82 The Good Host—Fügen, Where Eliska Runs Haus Sonneneck

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82 The Good Host—Fügen, Where Eliska Runs Haus Sonneneck

Eliska realized her dream of living in the mountains year after year, and the result is one of the best Airbnb locales in the world. I asked what effect meeting so many fascinating travelers has had on her ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders.  Special thanks to the musician, Dana Boulé.

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The good host is not merely polite to the guest—the good host assumes that the guest has stories to tell.
— Parker Palmer

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81 The Hipster Doctor—Russia, Where Onur Camped for the First and Last Time

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81 The Hipster Doctor—Russia, Where Onur Camped for the First and Last Time

Onur had a lot to say about his appearance that I lost when I deleted the first part of our conversation in another "slight" episode. I asked why he came to Belize ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders.  Special thanks to the musician, Dana Boulé.

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Now I must bore you with certain abstract things, but I hope you will listen patiently to them.
— Vincent Van Gogh

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79 El Payaso—Argentina, Where Camiseta Worked for Five Minutes

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79 El Payaso—Argentina, Where Camiseta Worked for Five Minutes

Camiseta plays accordion in Buenos Aires every weekend. This is the first of a series of "slight" episodes, encounters I recorded that may not warrant a full treatment but deserve to be heard nonetheless—or seen in this case. Click the link below to watch a video version of Camiseta with subtitles on our Facebook page. I asked whether he travels a lot ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders.  Special thanks to the musician, Dana Boulé.

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Globalization has a way of tinting its holdouts in a romantic glow.
— Stephen Metcalf

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78 The Scrumptious Simoom—Bethlehem, Where Flic Sheltered at an Inn

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78 The Scrumptious Simoom—Bethlehem, Where Flic Sheltered at an Inn

Flic had nowhere to sleep when a sandstorm overtook her in Bethlehem. I asked what it was like living in China ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders.  Special thanks to the musician, Dana Boulé.

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It is required of [everyone] that the spirit within them should walk abroad among [their] fellow [people], and travel far and wide.
— Charles Dickens

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76 A Collection of Homes—Oman, Where Carina Started a Journey through Ash

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76 A Collection of Homes—Oman, Where Carina Started a Journey through Ash

Carina hosts Easy German on Youtube, but that's actually only a small part of her and her husband Janusz's larger story. I asked whether the majority of Germans felt remorse after World War II ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders. Special thanks to the musician, Dana Boulé.

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The pathway leading to their homes was not clear.
— The Popol Vuh

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75 Forever Young—Iraq, Where Travis Felt a Tug on His Jacket

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75 Forever Young—Iraq, Where Travis Felt a Tug on His Jacket

Travis told a story at the foot of Machu Picchu that has stayed with me ever since.  I had asked whether being a soldier in Iraq changed him ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders.  Special thanks to the musician, Dana Boulé.

Also, a very special thanks to Carlos Molina Rojas for providing the opening music. You can hear more of his band, Grupo Sonkoy, on Youtube by clicking.

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We are edged with mist. We make insubstantial territories.
— Virginia Woolf

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74 That Little Push—Havasupai, Where Larry Met a Special Kind of People

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74 That Little Push—Havasupai, Where Larry Met a Special Kind of People

Larry's life changed when he took his very first hike into the paradise at the bottom of the Grand Canyon in his fifties. I asked what prompted that fateful trip ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders.  Special thanks to the musician, Dana Boulé.

Also, a very special thanks to Carlos Molina Rojas for providing the opening music. You can hear more of his band, Grupo Sonkoy, on Youtube by clicking.

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Hope is like a path in the countryside. At first there’s nothing, but as people walk that way, a path appears.
— Lu Xun

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73 The Shortest and Most Certain Way—Machu Picchu, Where Gloria Dreamed of Going

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73 The Shortest and Most Certain Way—Machu Picchu, Where Gloria Dreamed of Going

Gloria longed to visit Peru and climb Machu Picchu, like so many of us.  I asked what happened when she got to Cusco ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders.  Special thanks to the musician, Dana Boulé.

Also, a very special thanks to Carlos Molina Rojas for providing the opening music. You can hear more of his band, Grupo Sonkoy, on Youtube by clicking.

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One is drawn irresistibly onward by ever-recurring surprises through a deep, winding gorge, turning and twisting past overhanging cliffs of incredible heights.
— Hiram Bingham

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71 Chicago Live Show Part 2—Burma, Where Kathy Had to Wait

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71 Chicago Live Show Part 2—Burma, Where Kathy Had to Wait

Kathy oversees the English Language Academy at DePaul University, where international students transition into a new culture and a second or third or fourth language.  I asked her to come tell us how their stories have changed her at our very first live show at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum in Chicago ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders.  Special thanks to the musician, Dana Boulé.

Special thanks to the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum too.

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Medicine is the meaningful work found in the mutual exchange between people.
— Terri Kapsalis

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70 Chicago Live Show Part 1—South Korea, Where Anne Took Off Her Hijab

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70 Chicago Live Show Part 1—South Korea, Where Anne Took Off Her Hijab

Anne moved from Indonesia to South Korea to Chicago, where we sat down with her in front a live audience at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum to discuss a very visible change that travel caused in her ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders.  Special thanks to the musician, Dana Boulé.

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Distilling is beautiful.
— Primo Levi

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69 A Wild Olive Shoot, Grafted In—Spain, Where Mike Came to Build a Church

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69 A Wild Olive Shoot, Grafted In—Spain, Where Mike Came to Build a Church

Mike left the U.S. with his wife and kids to learn Spanish and build a church in Spain.  I asked which beliefs survived the journey and which didn't ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders.  Special thanks to the musician, Dana Boulé.

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One of you spoke words of warm consolation for my traveling thousands of miles of sea over such a long period to come to your country.
— Shusaku Endo

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68 As I Expected But More So—Namsan, Where Jay Found a Temple

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68 As I Expected But More So—Namsan, Where Jay Found a Temple

Jay has so many stories I didn't know where to begin.  A pilgrimage in Japan.  A pilgrimage in Spain.  A cathedral in France.  A temple in Korea.  I asked how these discoveries have changed him ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders.  Special thanks to the musician, Dana Boulé.

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Walked all day and the next day. The road straight, grey, dusty, and trafficless.
— Bruce Chatwin

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First Live Show!—October 1 in Chicago

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First Live Show!—October 1 in Chicago

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Upcoming Live Show!

On Sunday, October 1 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm, we'll gather our friends and listeners at the Hull-House Dining Hall in downtown Chicago to record our first live episode!  Special guest Kathy Larson will share stories of international students' and her own cross-cultural encounters from DePaul University's English Language Academy and beyond.  If you're interested in bringing a snack, let me know. 

Directions and parking from their website:

"The Jane Addams Hull-House Museum is located on the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago, 800 S. Halsted Street, Chicago. It is easily reached by public transportation using the UIC Halsted stop on the Blue Line or the Halsted Bus (#8), or via the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290) and the Dan Ryan Expressway (I-90). Parking is available at Halsted and Taylor Street garage.

"Parking is available at Halsted and Taylor Street garage across the street for $4.50 for up to 30 min. to $13.00 for all day, depending upon day of the week, time of day, and length of stay. Visit the UIC Parking Services website for more details."

Hope to see you there!

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67 La Recoleta—Sicily, Where Daniel Called in Sick

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67 La Recoleta—Sicily, Where Daniel Called in Sick

Daniel took me to the cafe in Buenos Aires where Borges used to read stories to his mother.  I asked what it was like to immigrate to the US and then back to Argentina again, and how he ended up in Sicily along the way ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders.  Special thanks to the musician, Dana Boulé.

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The fox makes more tracks than necessary, some in the wrong direction.
— Wendell Berry

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66 The MV Polaris—Svalbard, Where Liz Is Going on an Arctic Expedition

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66 The MV Polaris—Svalbard, Where Liz Is Going on an Arctic Expedition

Liz sat down with me on the steps of Oslo Sentralstasjon before departing further north to the Svalbard archipelago to look for polar bears.  I asked what it's like being a diplomat from New Zealand ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders.  Special thanks to the musician, Dana Boulé.

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Camarón que se duerme se lo lleva la corriente.
— Santiago, Chile

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65 Welcome to Cafemin—Oslo, Where Gabriel Insisted on Speaking German

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65 Welcome to Cafemin—Oslo, Where Gabriel Insisted on Speaking German

Cafemin is a way station in Mexico City on the migrant route from Latin America to the US.  I asked the director how people change when they rest there ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders.  Special thanks to the musician, Dana Boulé.

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I feel always below the grace of their behavior the instinctive, primeval hatred of the stranger.
— W. Somerset Maugham

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