90 Certain Half-Deserted Streets—Amsterdam, Where Ilmari Could Feel Something

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90 Certain Half-Deserted Streets—Amsterdam, Where Ilmari Could Feel Something

Ilmari describes himself as an Eskimo with blond hair. We met in the Sahara Desert. I asked if reindeer and the Northern Lights really played a large role in his life growing up in Lapland ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders.  Special thanks to the musician, Dana Boulé.

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Shame is thrown aside when one travels.
— Jippensha Ikku

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89 One Thousand Degrees of Heat—Merzouga, Where Ilham Fell Down a Sand Dune

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89 One Thousand Degrees of Heat—Merzouga, Where Ilham Fell Down a Sand Dune

Ilham did everything she could to live in Marrakesh. I asked how to make lemon saffron chicken tajine ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders.  Special thanks to the musician, Dana Boulé.

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Follow the curve of the sentence wherever it might lead, into deserts, under drifts of sand.
— Virginia Woolf

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87 Asylum—Sweden, Where Ibrahim Is Waiting

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87 Asylum—Sweden, Where Ibrahim Is Waiting

Ibrahim escaped Eritrea through the Sahara Desert hidden in the back of a car, crossed the Mediterranean Sea from Libya to Italy crowded into a boat, and now waits in Sweden studying in an old schoolhouse. I asked what language he speaks ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders.  Special thanks to the musician, Dana Boulé.

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I didn’t make such an endless journey just to be sent back again now.
— Franz Kafka

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86 A Forlorn Émigré—Guantanamo, Where Alanka Can't Talk About

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86 A Forlorn Émigré—Guantanamo, Where Alanka Can't Talk About

Alanka could only briefly share a few impressions of Cuba, but the real story is how he and his family got out, and even better what happened in Japan. I asked how these places shaped him ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders.  Special thanks to the musician, Dana Boulé.

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All the interest we had felt in the place was gone, and we only wanted to get away.
— John L. Stephens

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85 The Tear, the Kick, and L'Abri—Malta, Where Marsh Grew Up

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85 The Tear, the Kick, and L'Abri—Malta, Where Marsh Grew Up

Marsh spent decades smuggling Bibles behind the Iron Curtain. We met at L'Abri, a quiet home in the English countryside, where people come to sort out their questions about God. I asked what was the most memorable ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders.  Special thanks to the musician, Dana Boulé.

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Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireann na doine.

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83 The Online Student—London, Where Mohammad and I Met Up

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83 The Online Student—London, Where Mohammad and I Met Up

Mohammad flew to London from Kuwait while I happened to be there too, so we met in person for the first time and had coffee together. I asked if he likes to travel ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders.  Special thanks to the musician, Dana Boulé.

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It is only when you meet someone from a different culture from yourself that you begin to realise what your own beliefs really are.
— George Orwell

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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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