Season one premieres March 3rd! And we're celebrating by posting the first three episodes on consecutive days. That means you get a new episode on the 4th and 5th also! Face the facts, the first week of March is shaping up to be the greatest week of your life.
Just now learned that approximately half the stories I have spent the past year recording were, in fact, not backed up when my hard drive failed last month. And they are lost and gone forever.
This includes an interview with Narab, a Khmer Rouge survivor from a village in central Cambodia. His parents were both shot and presumed dead by Khmer Rouge militia in 1981, six years after the official fall of the Khmer Rouge regime. His father, a school teacher, cradled an infant Narab in his arms and turned his back on the gunmen as they fired, hitting the father in his head. Neither Narab’s father nor his mother died that day. An extraordinary story of surviving three decades of Khmer Rouge terror ending at the elementary school Narab founded and runs now that their reign is over. One of so many incredible stories lost to faulty hardware.
The premiere of Yeah, Let’s Go There the podcast will come soon. While the first season will be shorter than expected, it is full of tales that will shock and inspire, just as Narab’s can still do.
Spread the word. Yeah, Let’s Go There is coming to you.
He was too drunk to realize that he was in danger, that the growing number of star-gazing men around him were actually coordinated pickpockets waiting for the right moment. I chased them off as best I could, but there were dozens of them and one of me...
Too often the advice you receive traveling is based on fear: don’t eat the street food, don’t drink the water, don’t leave your things out, hide your valuables, stuff your money down your underwear, don’t go out alone. You will get robbed, beat up, spit on, scammed, tricked, kidnapped. You’ll get sick, start vomiting, get diarrhea, flu, fever, cuts, scrapes, broken bones. You’ll be harassed, murdered, killed, sold items for four dollars instead of three.... Look. You live on Earth where bad things sometimes happen. Be prepared and be smart, not afraid.
After reading What’s Weird About Norway, Halvor Theng invited me to do a Q&A with his high school students for their course on intercultural communications.
Q: Do you have something you do every time you travel to a new country?
A: Buy a sim card, get to know the receptionist at my hostel and learn how to say “hello, thank you, this, how much, and numbers 1 through 10.”
You know what’s popular in South East Asia? Motorbikes. If you’re here, I recommend you rent one every chance you get. You know what Westerners don’t know how to do in South East Asia? Drive motorbikes. If you plan on riding one, there are many things you should know: