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Life doesn't have a script. At least, it doesn't have to. Hosts Katy Sewall and Tiffany Parks explore the challenges and joys of moving abroad and moving home. Whether you’re living overseas, or not — or not yet — join us weekly for unadulterated conversation. Get to know Rome. Laugh at our embarrassments and insights. Most of all, imagine the possibilities for your own life (and meet some famous authors along the way).
 
In November 2003 I moved abroad for the first time to teach English in Taiwan. The culture was so different that I wrote a blog called Me In Taiwan to process what I was seeing and experiencing. Since then I have spent the majority of my time living and working overseas in many countries in Asia but also some in Latin America too. But nothing has had the impact on me like this first expat year in Taiwan. So in 2017 I started podcasting by reading and reflecting on these blog entries, one ent ...
 
Podcast Junkies was born out of a genuine interest in and curiosity for this growing league of podcast hosts. It's hosted by Harry Duran. It features wide-ranging, authentic and sometimes candid interviews with this family of voices behind the microphone. The shows themselves cover a variety of topics such as Business, Finance Entrepreneurism, History, Comedy, Storytelling and more. Podcast Junkies explores the motivations behind the podcast's inception and allows the listener to connect on ...
 
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06:00 – Stephanie Fuccio joins the podcast to share her podcasting origin story and her experience travelling and living in other countries 15:55 – Stephanie speaks to what inspired her to start multiple other podcasts 18:47 – Harry and Stephanie share how they have grown as podcast hosts and interviewers 31:26 – Stephanie lists the incredible numb…
 
06:00 – Harry welcomes Christine Blackburn back on the podcast to discuss her thoughts on the impact of COVID-19 and the growth of her podcast, Story Worthy 20:17 – The decision to launch new shows, such as Story Worthy Hour of Power 30:28 – Christine speaks to the caliber of guests she’s had on her show and how remote interviewing has changed her …
 
There's a new man in the White House this morning—and a new woman too! Just like we did four years ago during Donald Trump's inauguration, we recorded our live reactions to Joe Biden's inauguration via voice memo to each other, a conversation in real time across the ocean. It happened at 6pm in Rome, at 9am in Seattle, and at noon in Washington DC,…
 
If you've ever wondered what it's like to live, work and podcast in Kathmandu, Nepal, this episode is for you! Big & White, their podcasting nicknames, are two American Linguists who, until very recently were living in Nepal and creating a rather hilarious audio account of their daily lives. Their episodes covered much of what expat podcasts cover …
 
A missing person, a grieving family, a curious clue: a half-finished manuscript set in Paris... these are just three of the intriguing ingredients of Liam Callanan's new novel, Paris by the Book. The author joins us today to chat about his latest book, and muses on what it's like to write a book that takes place in a city you've never lived in, and…
 
Was Pope Francis really arrested by the FBI last weekend? Did all the lights in the Vatican go out to hide this event from the world? And most importantly, did Pope Francis really change all the votes cast from Italy in the November election from Trump to Biden? We're guessing you know the answers to these questions, but we address these questions …
 
Do Italian parents really take their toddlers out to restaurants at 10pm? Do they really go home for lunch during the work day and take a nap? Thanks to an idea sent in by a listener, today we dig into some of the norms of Italian daily life and how it compares to life in the US. Tiffany busts some myths and shares the ways she's assimilated to the…
 
06:00 – Hailey Rowe joins the podcast to discuss her entrepreneurial origin story, the first item she sold online and mentors who helped and inspired her along the way 12:39 – Hailey reflects on how her resilience aided in her business success 15:35 – Hailey points to a definitive moment of her early life that taught her a valuable lesson 19:41 – H…
 
Whether a funky mug from Prague, a hand-painted ceramic bowl from Mexico, or a random dish picked up off the street in Japan, there's got to be one special souvenir that has a place in your heart and on your shelf, and takes you back to wherever you found it. Thanks to a listener suggestion, today we're putting out a call for our listeners' favorit…
 
After the catastrophe that was 2020, we go back and listen to the resolutions we made one year ago. Did we manage to accomplish ANY of them? You'll have to listen to find out. We also make plans for the year ahead, and even dare to make a few resolutions, although we are humbled by the crazy year we've all just lived for and so are keeping our reso…
 
It's finally the end of 2020!! We made it! But the close of what many are calling the worst year in living memory won't be rung in as many people would like to: carousing and celebrating in the streets. Instead, most of us are stuck inside, especially those of us in Italy where curfews and lockdowns mean most people will be staying home. Tiffany an…
 
06:00 – Sarah St John joins the podcast to discuss her entrepreneurial journey, the value of using podcasts as a marketing tool and her book, Frugalpreneur 16:41 – How Sarah decides what content and guests to include on Frugalpreneur 27:30 – Sarah speaks to how she integrates affiliate marketing into her podcast 31:48 – Sarah discusses the receptio…
 
It makes my heart soar when someone I am interviewing quotes a previous guest. This is what happened with then Mandarin Chinese language learner Von and his "brain burn" description on Geopats Language podcast back in 2018. So even though Von had a lot more reflections that he sent me for this episode, I am sharing his brain burn in this episode. I…
 
Lots of out-of-work tour guides are now offering virtual tours of Rome (and, I imagine, cities all around the world), as a way to keep their businesses alive, keep their knowledge fresh, and help people who are stuck at home feel like they are traveling. But way back in April, while we were all stuck inside and not even permitted to go for a walk m…
 
This episode is really special for me. Last month for NaPodPoMo I had the extreme pleasure of chatting with Damon Castillo for this episode. Yes, THE Damon Castillo of the Mess of Me album that we've been using for the past 2 years in all of the Geopats Podcast Network shows. We talk about the longevity of the Damon Castillo Band, his geopatness, m…
 
This episode is really special for me. Last month for NaPodPoMo I had the extreme pleasure of chatting with Damon Castillo for this episode. Yes, THE Damon Castillo of the Mess of Me album that we've been using for the past 2 years in all of the Geopats Podcast Network shows. We talk about the longevity of the Damon Castillo Band, his geopatness, m…
 
It's Christmas Eve and Tiffany interviews one little child who is looking forward to the big day. Enjoy this mini-burst of holiday cheer and Merry Christmas from your friends at The Bittersweet Life. -------------------------------------- ADVERTISE WITH US: Reach expats, future expats, and travelers all over the world. Send us an email to get the c…
 
What do you get when 3 Podcasters compare their experiences about publishing a podcast a day for 22 days (of the 30 day challenge of NaPodPoMo, National Podcast Posting Month)? An honest chat about our challenges, successes and inevitably, editing discoveries during this experience thus far. Would love to hear from you! Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn…
 
06:00 – Russ Johns joins the show to share his podcast origin story, his background in music and his experience with trauma and resilience 18:32 – Russ speaks to the importance he places on kindness 20:39 – The inspiration to start #PirateBroadcast and the decision to live stream content instead of recording it 31:34 – Russ details the growth and p…
 
Just in time for last-minute Christmas shopping, the "world's librarian" Nancy Pearl, who is also a best-selling author herself, shares her favorite books for giving (or reading yourself) this holiday season (find titles and links below). Nancy also shares her advice for testing out a new friendship: give your new friend a book for Christmas, and w…
 
Social media can be fun and frustrating for anyone but for Podcasters, this dichotomy takes on a whole new level of the rollercoaster. Shaun of the Germany Experience takes time to reflect on his episode with us last year, when he was just a few episodes into his podcasting adventure. Would love to hear from you! Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn & you …
 
Katy catches up with Matthew P. Woerner, the writer and director of Monday's audio play "After Midnight," who also happens to be a childhood friend. On this mini-episode, they discuss their mutual love for old-time radio, and hypothesize on what makes radio theater unique. Matthew talks about his inspiration for "After Midnight," and how he got the…
 
Are you bold in your language learning? Matthew Boyle, guest from episode 11, is here to convince you that you should be. More info: https://www.stephfuccio.com/geopatslanguage/34 Ways to Support Geopats Language: Geopats Language is hosted on Captivate FM: An insanely Creator oriented hosting service with personality, marketing know how and more. …
 
Get a cup of your favorite hot drink, find a cozy corner, and sit back and enjoy a totally different kind of show. Today we're presenting a special radio play inspired by the Golden Age of radio drama, the very medium that made Katy fall in love with radio and go into a career as a public radio producer and podcaster. After Midnight was written and…
 
06:00 – Maura Hughes joins the podcast to discuss the culture of MeetEdgar, the work she’s doing there and the impact that COVID-19 has had on her work 12:25 – Maura shares her podcast origin story and the production of the MeetEdgar’s Social Post podcast 21:29 – Maura speaks to the importance of making podcast content relatable for your audience 2…
 
In a time when leisure travel (especially international leisure travel) is all but non-existent, some brave and insistent travel-lovers are going anyway. Today we chat with long-time listener and past guest Lynn Fortunato, who flew to Italy from her home in San Francisco just before the second wave hit, with a one-way ticket and not much of a plan.…
 
There are lots of new sights we are all quickly getting used to during this unprecedented time. People in masks, plexiglass partitions, ubiquitous hand sanitizer dispensers... but what about all the things we used to see everywhere that are now just gone? This week we remark on what sights have disappeared from our streets, and if they'll ever come…
 
06:00 – Liz Gannes joins the podcast to discuss her career trajectory and where her passion for journalism started 14:36 – Liz shares her thoughts on the impact social media has had on society and, particular, how we consume news 17:54 – Liz talks about her podcast origin story and how she consumes content 22:12 – Liz opens up on how she earned a f…
 
Winter can be long at the best of times. But during a pandemic with no end in sight, it can be brutal. Katy is joined briefly by author Jess Walter and the two try and come up with ways to get through this long, dark, and solitary winter. **This episode was sponsored by Clyde Hill Publishing—partner and publisher for founders, innovators, thinkers,…
 
We all make goals—or, at least most of us do—but what happens when we decide to scratch a goal off the list without ever completing it? Whether because we're simply not interested in having a particular experience anymore, our passions have led us in another direction, or we have (sob!) "aged out" of the possibility of achieving a dream, it's ok to…
 
On this extra-short mini-episode, Katy and Tiffany express their thanks for things in their lives that they are unexpectedly treasuring this year. Sometimes it's the little things, sometimes it's the big things, but we can all find something to be grateful, even in the midst of the craziest year of our lives. **This episode was sponsored by Clyde H…
 
About five years ago, Clare Brown left a predictable life in the UK to move to Split, Croatia in search of writing, exploration, and adventure. A longtime listener of the show, she has been a regular guest over the years and has inspired the listeners of The Bittersweet Life with her daring yet highly relatable story. She first appeared on Episode …
 
06:00 – Skye Pillsbury joins the podcast to share her podcast origin story 14:30 – How Skye found her written voice and became a creator of compelling content 18:41 – Skye and Harry discuss the power of the podcasting community and share what inspired them to start their own respective podcasts 26:59 – Harry and Skye talks about the business of pod…
 
Italy is in the midst of a wicked second wave of Covid. In fact, it makes spring's wave seem like a bump by comparison. Instead of instituting a national lockdown, as they did last spring, Italy's leaders have opted for zoned restrictions, ranging from light restrictions in the yellow zones (Rome, for example), to a nearly complete lockdown in red …
 
Do you have a hard time falling asleep at night? Or perhaps, like Katy, you sleep fitfully, waking multiple times a night and having trouble falling back to sleep again. Or maybe, like Tiffany, you're one of the lucky ones, and sleep comes quickly and easily. (But don't get too smug, you could end up with a baby who refuses to sleep, just like Aure…
 
Katy and Tiffany send voice memos back and forth across the Atlantic as one of the most consequential presidential elections in American history is finally called for Joe Biden. For Katy, it's early on a Saturday morning, for Tiffany, it's almost dinnertime, and once again they wonder if the time of day that something happens makes a difference in …
 
06:00 – Harry Morton joins the podcast to share his journey to entrepreneurship and how Covid-19 has impacted his business 23:16 – Harry discusses the importance he placed on building a network of other business owners and lessons he’s learned throughout this process 29:41 – Harry provides his thoughts on the podcast industry and the trends he’s ob…
 
Photographer and visual storyteller Cyndie Burkhardt was living in New York City feeling unsatisfied with her life. Rather than continue to struggle, she decided to leave. Her goal: to visit 12 countries in 12 months and rediscover herself along the way. Nine months in, the coronavirus stopped her in her tracks. On today's episode we sit down with …
 
If you live abroad, sometimes you have to stay up all night in order to keep an eye on the fate of your home country. And then there are the rare occasions when you have to stay up all night even if you are in the states. No one said 2020 was going to be an easy year. On this week's mini-episode, Tiffany and Katy comunicate with each other via voic…
 
It's the eve of the US presidential election, what the vast majority of Americans consider to be the most important election of their lifetimes. But what happens when you're an expat, living across the world while something so important is happening? Even if you exercise your right to vote from abroad, it can still be challenging for expats to be s…
 
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