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214: RUDE
Jul 16 • 23 min
Part of living in a foreign culture is learning that some things that are totally acceptable back home are a faux pas in your adopted country. Picking up on the social rules of your new country is part of adjusting to life abroad. But what makes things…
213: IN-LAWS
Jul 9 • 27 min
After being talked about so often on the show, Tiffany’s Italian in-laws finally join us to speak for themselves. We discuss many topics with this couple who have been married for 40 years, including the closeness of the Italian family unit, how they…
212: ETHNICITY
Jul 2 • 25 min
Issues of race and diversity are on everyone’s lips and minds in the United States right now. But people in Italy are just starting to have these conversations. In an interview with our former intern, first generation Salvadoran American Estrella Gomez,…
211: SIRENUSE
Jun 25 • 27 min
Katy interviews Antonio Sersale, son of the founder of the legendary Le Sirenuse hotel in Postiano. From a young age, Antonio was groomed to take over the family business, but resisted for years, convinced the life of a hotelier wasn’t for him. Then, one…
210: CORRESPONDENT
Jun 18 • 39 min
Katy interviews writer and former war correspondent Michael Maren about his experiences covering conflict across the African continent. From Uganda during the overthrow of Idi Amin to Somalia during the height of the civil War, Maren has lived and worked…
209: REPURPOSE
Jun 11 • 30 min
This week, we hit the streets of Rome with our recording equipment to search for ancient artifacts or “spoglie” hidden in plain sight. Rome has been inhabited without interruption for over three thousand of years. A past like that cannot but leave its…
208: DECAY
Jun 4 • 26 min
What does it say about us adopted Romans that we choose to live in a city’s whose glory is all in the past? Why do so many of us, who can’t even use the excuse that this is our home, choose to live here despite how little it has to offer us? Why do we…
207: ARTIST
May 28 • 44 min
Katy interviews Samuel Webster, versatile artist, Australian expat in a small town in Italy, and host of Fool’s Paradise podcast. They discuss what it means to be an “artist.” Does adopting that title make you pretentious, or is it just an honest…
206: RAIN
May 21 • 37 min
What does Rome sound like in the rain? Tiffany and Katy take a walk through the soggy streets of Rome, from Trastevere to Campo de’ Fiori, capturing the sounds that you might not notice: raindrops falling in a puddle, water rushing through an underground…
205: ENCOUNTER
May 14 • 30 min
Sometimes a person comes into your life—just a chance encounter—and yet you never forget them. Maybe their impact is strong, maybe it’s insignificant, yet for some reason, the memory of that person stays with you for the rest of your life. Katy and…
204: ZODIAC
May 7 • 31 min
Planning a trip to Rome? Use your Chinese horoscope sign as a guide to plan your itinerary. What animal are you? A snake, a dragon, a rat, a dog? Listen to episode 204 of The Bittersweet Life podcast to discover a Roman location that suits your…
203: PRETENSION
Apr 30 • 33 min
An overheard conversation between two American students in Rome causes Katy to reflect on the idea of pretension. Why do some expats—even those who have only lived in a place for a few months—tend to feel superior to tourists whose experiences are…
202: STATESIDE
Apr 23 • 32 min
Katy and Tiffany reunite in Rome for the first time in two and a half years to kick of Season 5 of The Bittersweet Life. Tiffany talks about her recent trip to the States, including her book tour to LA and Seattle (during which she lost her voice!), her…
201: NICE
Apr 16 • 32 min
Traveling alone to Nice, France helped former public radio host, Steve Scher, overcome a long-held hangup from high school. Has traveling helped you shed a negative belief about yourself? Steve worked side-by-side with host Katy Sewall for 9 years at KUOW…
200: LIVE!
Apr 9 • 62 min
We explore the concept of synchronicity live on stage in Seattle and answer audience questions as we celebrate the 200th episode of The Bittersweet Life podcast and the release of Tiffany Parks’ new book Midnight in the Piazza. Thanks to Stackry.com for…
199: TRADITION
Apr 1 • 41 min
When it comes to gender roles, are Italians more conservative than other parts of the world? If a Italian marries an expat are they non-traditional? That… and Italian Easter traditions! Thanks to Stackry.com for supporting this program. Bittersweet Life…
198: MICRO
Mar 25 • 38 min
Today we learn to write micro-memoirs. These are short stories that capture the essence of an experience, sometimes in just one sentence. Whether you write a blog, post on Instagram, or just want to process the details of your day-to-day life in a new…
197: BOOK!
Mar 18 • 33 min
Tiffany’s first book, Midnight is the Piazza, is out! We talk about what it is like to achieve a long-held goal, and how to start writing if you want to but you’re stalled. Thanks to Stackry.com for supporting this program. Shop any US retailer and ship…
196: RETURN
Mar 11 • 37 min
When you travel, do you always go somewhere new, or do you revisit the same places again and again? What personality factors determine whether you prefer novelty or familiarity on the road? Host Tiffany Parks thinks life is short and the world is big. Why…
195: GUNS
Mar 4 • 38 min
How does violence in Italy compare to gun violence in the United States? We discuss guns, international gun regulations, and the privilege of living in less armed countries.
194: GEMS, Part 2
Feb 25 • 37 min
If you’re traveling to Rome with kids, this is the episode for you. Lots of fun, spooky ideas to keep kids and teens entertained in the eternal city. But, adults! You’ll love this too. These ideas are pretty fun for us grownups too. Thanks to Stackry.com…
193: GEMS
Feb 18 • 39 min
Planning a trip to Rome? Today we explore the lesser known gems of the city. These are amazing places tourists often miss (though they shouldn’t). Listening will make your trip is incredible. And if you’re not planning a trip, this will be like traveling…
192: PACING
Feb 11 • 35 min
What determines the pace of your life? Is it the city you live in? How many connections you have? What happens when you live in a country with a slower pace than you’re used to? Hosts Tiffany Parks and Katy Sewall discuss.
191: ADVICE, Part 2
Feb 4 • 30 min
“How does one choose their path without regrets?” That’s one big question circling through listener Darlene’s head as she listens to The Bittersweet Life podcast. Is the expat life for the unattached? Can it be too late to move? Are artist-types always…
190: ADVICE
Jan 28 • 35 min
Advice for future expats. Dreaming of moving abroad but love your job? We discuss the hazards of giving up your career. Tiffany also gives practical tips to keep in mind when moving to Rome, Italy. Future expats, this is the show for you. Thanks for…
189: AESTHETICS
Jan 21 • 46 min
Travelers frequently live in environments designed by other people. How important are the decorations around you? Some people can work anywhere, but aesthetics are really important for others. Host Katy Sewall realized her productivity suffered during the…
188: NEW YEAR
Dec 31, 2017 • 30 min
Tiffany and Katy discuss resolutions for the New Year as 2018 kicks off. Tiffany needs your help with hers. Also, host Katy Sewall makes a big announcement about where she is going from here.
187: CHRISTMAS
Dec 24, 2017 • 36 min
Christmas traditions can be grounding when you’re living in a brand new place. Tiffany and Katy talk about the joys and challenges of being untethered during the holidays. They also discuss which of their traditions come from childhood and which were…
186: DANTE
Dec 17, 2017 • 50 min
The magician Dante joins us with his amazing story of reinvention - from landing in prison to busking for huge crowds in the streets of Europe. As he puts it, “It’s not about what has happened, it’s about what we do next.”
185: METOO
Dec 10, 2017 • 26 min
The #MeToo movement took over news in the United States after Harvey Weinstein, a Hollywood movie producer, was outed for a history of assaulting women. Since then, more men have been fired and women are reexamining life experiences. This episode, we…
184: DISASTER
Dec 3, 2017 • 46 min
During the Sack of Rome in 1527, thousands of citizens were killed and the Italian Renaissance was crippled for good. When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, over 1500 people died and thousands lost everything they had. Hosts Tiffany Parks (in…
183: SABINE
Nov 26, 2017 • 35 min
Do Americans need more positive feedback than the French? French expat Sabine explains the communication issues she faces with her American husband. Also, what do her French friends think of her decision to move the the United States? Would you trade…
182: AUTHENTIC
Nov 19, 2017 • 27 min
You would think living in Rome would be fantastic but “Rome squashes some of my joy” co-host Tiffany Parks says in this episode. Over in New Orleans, co-host Katy Sewall keeps encountering local residents claiming that they’re able to be their more…
181: EXISTENTIAL
Nov 12, 2017 • 37 min
What is the purpose of living? Does life have meaning? If you are asking these questions, you might be experiencing an existential crisis. New Orleans writer Anne Gisleson formed her Existential Crisis Reading Group to contemplate life’s meaning. She…
180: HURRICANE
Nov 5, 2017 • 28 min
Hurricane Nate missed New Orleans in October, but being in it’s path brought about both fear and cultural revelation for new resident - our host Katy Sewall. It also brought about an unexpected interview with BBC radio.
179: DEATH
Oct 29, 2017 • 49 min
Mortician Caitlin Doughty joins us to talk about death practices around the world. Discover where you’d like to die and what countries deal with mortality best.
178: DAD
Oct 23, 2017 • 38 min
Sad days after Tiffany’s father dies. She struggles with the guilt many expats feel about being far away and not seeing him as much as she might have if she lived closer.
177: NOLA
Oct 16, 2017 • 31 min
Visit New Orleans with us! Host Katy moves into her new (temporary) home and discovers crime, a muggy heat and a great dance partner.
176: JORGE
Oct 7, 2017 • 45 min
Jorge Moreno, beloved bartender from the reality show Bachelor in Paradise, gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the show and explains how expats can accidentally ruin a town they love.
175: AIR LIFT
Oct 1, 2017 • 29 min
When expat Sara Sullivan’s baby got sick in Botswana, a medical transfer by private jet was required. What was that like? And what is it like to be able to afford a level of medical care that local residents can’t?
174: RALLY
Sep 24, 2017 • 29 min
Mongol Rally participants drive from London to Mongolia at their own pace and their own peril. Radio Producer Scott Gurian survived the 11,000 mile journey in his tiny, 1 liter car and joins us to talk about it.
173: GLAMOUR
Sep 17, 2017 • 36 min
A short memoir by Beth Ann Fennelly inspires a discussion on what makes something glamorous rather than trashy.
172: SURVEY
Sep 10, 2017 • 32 min
What is the best and worst place to live according to expats the world over? Tiffany tries to guess as Katy goes over the results of a recent survey conducted by InterNations. Spoiler alert: Italy did not do so great.
171: CLIMATE
Sep 3, 2017 • 34 min
Does weather dictate where people live or do people follow opportunities? We reflect on the power of weather after Hurricane Harvey floods the US city of Houston. If you’ve never heard the show, don’t be afraid to start with Episode 1.
170: ECLIPSE
Aug 27, 2017 • 45 min
Sometimes a big adventure comes along and you say no. How do you know you’re saying no for the right reason? Hosts Katy and Tiffany use the US total eclipse of the sun to fuel the discussion.
169: REFUGEE, Part 2
Aug 20, 2017 • 41 min
Jennifer Rumbach works with refugees all over the world, specializing in communicating with the LGBTI community. After a hectic year zig-zagging the world by plane, she is finally staying put in New York. How does living in one place affect her sense of…
168: TINY
Aug 14, 2017 • 45 min
What do a baby eel and a favorite cafe have in common? Next to nothing, unless you’re traveling and looking for a sense of place and belonging. We explore how the tiniest things can give you peace of mind.
167: RECAP
Jul 30, 2017 • 39 min
After an lengthy US journey to visit her family, host Tiffany Parks returns to her home in Rome. We get her impressions and hear a big announcement from Katy. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode 1:OUTSET
166: TIPS
Jul 24, 2017 • 37 min
Today, tips on what NOT to do from an expat who is on her 17th expat assignment, Lori-Lee Emshey. Listen to avoid the mistakes people often make when moving to a new place. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode 1:OUTSET
165: SPARK
Jul 17, 2017 • 28 min
Artist Cat Seto completely remade her stationery business after being bullied into a trip to France. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode 1:OUTSET
164: SUZANNE, Part 2
Jul 8, 2017 • 41 min
Travel changes you, but how much? We trace how hosts Tiffany and Katy have changed through the eyes of their childhood friend, Suzanne Morrison. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode 1:OUTSET
163: SUZANNE, Part 1
Jul 2, 2017 • 24 min
We explore what makes yoga appealing to some? And what youthful notions of travel are unrealistic? NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode 1:OUTSET
162: ARRIVAL, Part 2
Jun 21, 2017 • 29 min
Expat Tiffany Parks returns to her hometown of Seattle after years away (in Rome). This episode is a continuation of last week’s episode with special guest, author and old-time friend, Suzanne Morrison. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with…
161: ARRIVAL
Jun 11, 2017 • 27 min
Host Tiffany Parks arrives in Seattle from Rome, reuniting with co-host Katy and long-time best friend, Suzanne Morrison. The conversation turns into a bit of a praise-fest. Maybe that’s what happens when an expat is gone from home for so many years.…
160: TRIP
May 30, 2017 • 30 min
Tiffany is heading to the U.S.A after 4 years without visiting her home country. Is her Italian-born toddler ready with enough English to meet his American family? NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode 1:OUTSET
159: SALT
May 21, 2017 • 46 min
Hala Alyan is a Palestinian American a poet, novelist (Salt Houses) and clinical psychologist. After her family fled Kuwait when Saddam invaded, they moved a lot! Together we explore storytelling, straddling cultures, loneliness, therapy and what value…
158: GRIEF
May 14, 2017 • 32 min
Katy cries over a sudden, devastating loss in her life, and the conversation turns to how to decide what you want out of life. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode 1:OUTSET
157: CLARE
Apr 30, 2017 • 38 min
Fan favorite Clare Brown joins us from Split, Croatia to talk about Tinder dating in a foreign country, making it as a freelancer, and the hazards of being happy anywhere. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode 1:OUTSET
156: SIGNS
Apr 23, 2017 • 33 min
Have you ever received a sign to do something? Do signs even really exist? Katy and Tiffany share their experiences and yours. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode 1:OUTSET
155: LONELY
Apr 16, 2017 • 25 min
Loneliness. Can it be cured by hitting the road? Katy and Tiffany discuss. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode 1:OUTSET
154: MUSE Part 2
Apr 9, 2017 • 20 min
Part two of a rebroadcast of our walking tour through Rome tracing the steps of the painter Caravaggio. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode 1:OUTSET
153: MUSE Part 1
Apr 2, 2017 • 25 min
A rebroadcast of our walking tour through Rome tracing the steps of the painter Caravaggio. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode 1:OUTSET
152: COOKING Part 2
Mar 28, 2017 • 34 min
The cooking discussion continues. Katy and Tiffany discuss their own cooking habits in response to last week’s episode with Francesca Montillo of Lazy Italian Culinary Adventures. What happens when Italians express love through food, but you don’t like to…
152: COOKING Part 2
Mar 26, 2017 • 34 min
The cooking discussion continues. Katy and Tiffany discuss their own cooking habits in response to last week’s episode with Francesca Montillo of Lazy Italian Culinary Adventures. What happens when Italians express love through food, but you don’t like to
151: COOKING
Mar 19, 2017 • 31 min
Italian expat and cooking expert, Francesca Montillo, inspires us to cook and eat with others daily. She also explains what it is like to grow up in small-town Italy, and move permanently to the United States. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to…
150: RESIST
Mar 12, 2017 • 36 min
Do expats and American citizens have a responsibility to resist and take action against President Trump? Ezra Levin, co-executive director of the Indivisible guide, drops by. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode 1:OUTSET
149: COFFEE
Mar 6, 2017 • 35 min
Starbucks is opening its first Italian location in Milan in 2018. Are you okay with that? Tiffany and Katy discuss the good and bad of homogenized corporate culture spreading throughout the world. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with…
148: TIME FLIES
Feb 26, 2017 • 38 min
Why does time fly sometimes? Why does it slow when you travel? We explore time with the New Yorker’s Alan Burdick, author of Why Time Flies. Alan Burdick in The New Yorker New to the show? NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode…
147: SEX
Feb 12, 2017 • 33 min
Is part of exploring the world exploring sex? Host Katy Sewall talks with journalist (and former expat) Emily Witt about her book Future Sex. Warning: Sexual content. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode 1:OUTSET
146: VIEW
Feb 5, 2017 • 33 min
How does your perspective change of your hometown when you live abroad or travel? Katy and Tiffany explore that idea. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode 1:OUTSET
145: LETTERS
Jan 29, 2017 • 35 min
Katy and Tiffany read your letters and encourage you to email stories of the signs you’ve received in life before changing course or embarking on a new adventure. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode 1:OUTSET
144: TRUMP
Jan 22, 2017 • 31 min
Using voice memos, Katy and Tiffany watch the Presidental inauguration of Donald J. Trump from their respective parts of the world - Rome, Italy and Seattle, United States. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode 1:OUTSET
143: CRITTERS
Jan 15, 2017 • 41 min
Actress and conservationist Jane Alexander (Kramer vs. Kramer) joins host Katy Sewall on stage to explore the world and the amazing creatures in it. Thanks to Town Hall Seattle for hosting this event. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with…
142: HAT BOX
Jan 8, 2017 • 35 min
We celebrate the dumbest thing we ever traveled with. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode 1:OUTSET
141: HUMILITY
Dec 11, 2016 • 31 min
Does it take humility to live in a foreign country? Tiffany and Katy discuss. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode 1:OUTSET
140: RAKEEN
Dec 4, 2016 • 26 min
Rakeen Akila was kidnapped and held for ransom in Afghanistan. Now he’s a refugee in Italy. His story is one of amazing resilience and great heartbreak. Come to personally understand our world-wide refugees through one man’s experience. NEVER HEARD THE…
139: PLACEBO
Nov 27, 2016 • 39 min
Why do foreign doctor’s offices seem sketchy sometimes? Why are colors brighter when you travel? This has more to do with your brain than reality. Science writer Erik Vance (Book: Suggestible You) joins us to examine the science behind your brain and its…
138: ELECTION, Part 2
Nov 22, 2016 • 23 min
The Italian view of the Brexit vote and Trump’s election
137: ELECTION
Nov 13, 2016 • 33 min
Raw reaction to the election of Donald Trump. Voice memo episode!
136: VALUES
Oct 30, 2016 • 41 min
Katy moved to Rome once. Does that mean she’d be brave enough to do it again? Are you brave enough to move to a brand new city? Katy and Tiffany use a listener email to kick off the show. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode 1:OUTSET
135: MOVING Part 2
Oct 23, 2016 • 29 min
Katy moved to Rome once. Does that mean she’d be brave enough to do it again? Are you brave enough to move to a brand new city? Katy and Tiffany use a listener email to kick off the show. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode 1:OUTSET
134: CAMINO
Oct 16, 2016 • 29 min
The Camino de Santiago is a popular pilgrimage route across Spain. Our guest Aarin Wright set off on the Camino with her father after finishing University. Was all the walking as rewarding as she hoped? NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with…
133: EXCHANGE
Oct 9, 2016 • 55 min
Sunny Strong studied abroad in Florence in 1963, leaving her boyfriend Mike at home. Now, after 52 years of marriage, they recall how that time changed them. And we listen to reel-to-reel tapes and letters from that time to really capture Italy in 1963.…
132: SPQR
Sep 25, 2016 • 47 min
Historian Mary Beard talks about her new book S.P.Q.R: A History of Ancient Rome. What parts of ancient Rome are alive in modern Rome? For one - Traffic! NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode 1:OUTSET
131: DEAL
Sep 21, 2016 • 21 min
Host Tiffany Parks shares a big announcement. Also, Katy and Tiffany explore what it means to live in a temporary place that doesn’t feel like home. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode 1:OUTSET
130: BOTSWANA
Sep 11, 2016 • 29 min
We visit Gaborone, Botswana where expat Sara Sullivan moved after living in Pakistan. We talk about misperceptions of Africa, ‘staying-in-touch’ strategies, and the challenge of deciding where to live when your spouse has a job offer in one country and…
129: SPEECH
Sep 4, 2016 • 31 min
We use linguistics and speech pathology to think about learning languages with special guest Lisa Wilcox. Sound boring? Turns out- it is actually really funny. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode 1:OUTSET
128: QUAKE
Aug 28, 2016 • 22 min
Host Tiffany Parks in Rome reacts to the earthquakes that rocked Italy on August 24, 2016. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode 1:OUTSET
127: TEARS
Aug 21, 2016 • 32 min
If you cry unexpectedly while looking at art, or reading or watching TV - what do those tears mean? Do they indicated buried longings, fears, or loves? Katy and Tiffany discuss. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode 1:OUTSET
126: THERAPY
Aug 14, 2016 • 27 min
We delve into the archives to get you some free therapy. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode 1:OUTSET
125: BEGIN
Aug 8, 2016 • 31 min
By listener request, we replay the very first episode of the show, which happened over 2 years ago. A perfect opportunity to introduce The Bittersweet Life to your friends. (Please do!) NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode 1:OUTSET
124: SHIP
Jul 31, 2016 • 44 min
Nicole Hardy sailed the world on a 180 ft. square rigged tall ship. Her fantasy idea was rather horrific in reality. As a single woman who takes serious risks, what does it mean to plan a trip that is nothing like you expected? NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t…
123: MOVING
Jul 24, 2016 • 26 min
Our hosts say goodbye to their old lives as Tiffany moves out of her Trastevere apartment, and Katy’s Seattle home is torn down. They explore life, loss, and the pain and annoyance of moving. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode…
122: ARTISTS
Jul 17, 2016 • 41 min
We visit the artist movement of cold war Germany, then Berlin after the wall comes down with guest Rob Spillman. Rob is editor and co-founder of Tin House, a literary magazine in the USA, and author of the memoir All Tomorrow’s Parties. Do artists thrive…
121: WOMAN
Jul 10, 2016 • 33 min
Reality TV director Scottie Madden’s journey from man to woman took 50 years. She and her wife Marci join Katy to talk about how their relationship has changed and grown, and what it’s like to film in wild places. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to…
120: SETTLER
Jul 3, 2016 • 20 min
On July 4th (Independence Day in the USA), many immigrants get their citizenship. In their honor, we rebroadcast the day (host) Tiffany Parks finally became a citizen of Italy. (Other host) Katy Sewall was in Rome to record it, and meet Tiffany’s new…
119: WRITING
Jun 26, 2016 • 60 min
Writing while traveling with professor Daniel Butterworth
118: POLITICS
Jun 19, 2016 • 37 min
How does being an expat affect your politics? Host Tiffany Parks discovers that her politics in Italy are different from her politics in the United States. Do political views remain changed if you move back to your home country? NEVER HEARD THE SHOW?…
117: CHOICE
Jun 12, 2016 • 42 min
Why do you like what you like? Journalist Tom Vanderbilt joins us to explore how our likes and dislikes are formed. His new book is You May Also Like: Taste in an Age of Endless Choice. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode 1:OUTSET
116: GOALS, Part 3
Jun 5, 2016 • 42 min
We share our bucket list goals (and yours!!) as our series on goals concludes with part 3. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode 1:OUTSET
115: VISUAL
May 23, 2016 • 37 min
Learn how to keep yourself safe by studying fine art. Our guest, Amy Herman, trains police, doctors, military and special operatives to see the world in a richer way in art galleries. We offer you her secrets. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to…
114: RUINS
May 15, 2016 • 31 min
Author Jess Walter (National Book Award finalist & winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award) joins us to talk about his novel Beautiful Ruins. We also talk about writing in a language you don’t speak, what it is like to have your writing translated, and how a…
113: GOALS, Part 2
May 8, 2016 • 37 min
It feels good to accomplish goals, even tiny, silly ones. Hosts Katy Sewall and Tiffany Parks talk about the goals they’ve accomplished and those they no longer wish to do. (Listen to Goals, Part 1 before this episode). NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be…
112: EXPLORE
May 1, 2016 • 44 min
Clare Brown recently moved from London, England to Split, Croatia hoping to explore and write. Instead her life is full of new friends, adventure, and very little quiet time. She joins us with her hilarious and insightful impressions of life as a single…
111: GOALS, Part 1
Apr 24, 2016 • 31 min
A discussion about “bucket list” wishes turns into all the goals and dreams that will never happen. Not as depressing as it sounds. Or is it? NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode 1:OUTSET
110: PLANTS
Apr 17, 2016 • 46 min
New York Times best-selling author Hope Jahren, writer of “Lab Girl,” changes how we experience the plants of the world. She also tackles the difficulties of being a female scientist and why us laymen feel intimidated by people who study the natural…
109: EYES
Apr 10, 2016 • 27 min
Tiffany and Katy describe the sights of Rome and contemplate Katy’s death in this rebroadcast of Episode 24. If you’ve never heard our series on the five senses, don’t miss it. Look for Episodes 21-25. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with…
108: DAWN
Apr 3, 2016 • 31 min
Tiffany and Katy walk the early morning streets of Rome in this rebroadcast of Episode 44. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode 1:OUTSET
107: REALITY
Mar 27, 2016 • 27 min
Reality always intrudes on fantasy. Is that always a bad thing? Hosts Tiffany Parks and Katy Sewall discuss. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode 1:OUTSET
106: FANTASY
Mar 20, 2016 • 29 min
How much of life is us trying to fulfill the fantasies of our youth? Hosts Tiffany Parks and Katy Sewall explore this idea. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode 1:OUTSET
105: FOLKS
Mar 13, 2016 • 28 min
The stereotype is that when a child moves to another country, parents are depressed. But is that true? We explore the notion with Singapore-based writer Rashmi J. Dalai. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode 1:OUTSET
104: GUILT
Mar 6, 2016 • 29 min
Expats often feel guilt. What happens when you should go home, but don’t? Guest Jessica Scott-Reid (Wall Street Journal Expat Blog) joins hosts Katy Sewall and Tiffany Parks to talk about it. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode…
103: CIRCUS
Feb 28, 2016 • 36 min
Circus performers are often forced to travel or live abroad for work. We meet Andrea Conway and Wayne Doba, a married couple who specialize in comedy, tap dance and acrobatics. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode 1:OUTSET
102: DESIGN
Feb 22, 2016 • 25 min
Expats often live in spaces decorated by other people. Interior designer, Rebecca West, shares some ideas on how to make anywhere feel like home. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode 1:OUTSET
101: ROOTS
Feb 14, 2016 • 21 min
When Tiffany’s husband Claudio takes a photo with the Karate coach of his youth, Tiffany realizes that by being an expat, her life has no continuity. She can’t revisit old teachers and places. How important is a sense of continuity when it comes to life?…
100: MILESTONE
Feb 7, 2016 • 26 min
Hosts Katy Sewall and Tiffany Parks mark the 100th episode by talking about milestones. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode 1:OUTSET
99: EVICTED
Jan 31, 2016 • 22 min
Host Katy Sewall is greeted by sad news when she returns to Seattle from Rome. Host Tiffany Parks is also facing new restrictions on her life. Does it pay to return home? NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode 1:OUTSET
98: BYE
Jan 24, 2016 • 19 min
It’s time for Katy to leave Rome… again. Tiffany and Katy say goodbye and marvel at how unpredictable life and time can be. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode 1:OUTSET
97: NATIVE?
Jan 17, 2016 • 29 min
What is it like to feel like a foreigner in your native country? Italian citizen Marta Nathansohn has lived abroad much of her life. Now in Rome, she’s having trouble fitting in. She joins Katy and Tiffany to tell her story. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be…
96: PRIESTESS
Jan 10, 2016 • 36 min
Feminist activist and new expat to Rome, Kate McElwee, visits Katy and Tiffany to talk about her fight for women’s ordination in the Catholic church and the heartache of being robbed your first week overseas. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start…
95: IMMIGRANT
Jan 4, 2016 • 26 min
Kidnapped in Afghanistan! Hear the harrowing story of Rakeen, a refugee to Rome, Italy from Kabul, Afghanistan. Unbelievable! It might just change how you view asylum seekers. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode 1:OUTSET
94: NATALE
Dec 20, 2015 • 14 min
Christmas in Italy. Hosts Katy Sewall and Tiffany Parks get ready for the holidays. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode 1:OUTSET
93: TRAST
Dec 13, 2015 • 37 min
Hosts Tiffany Parks and Katy Sewall take you on a walking tour of Trastevere, their favorite neighborhood in Rome. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode 1:OUTSET
92: MOMS
Dec 6, 2015 • 38 min
Hosts Katy Sewall and Tiffany Parks meet Katy’s expat friend, Cassi Griesbach, at an outdoor cafe in Rome. Cassi is a mother of three, now expecting a 4th. She gives new mom, Tiffany, some much needed advice. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start…
91: MAFIA
Nov 29, 2015 • 35 min
Journalist Ugo Barbara joins host Katy Sewall to talk about Italian mobsters, the Roma (aka gypsies), sexual slavery in Italy, and immigration issues. They also explore why Berlusconi came to power and why Ugo was Katy’s only Italian friend while living…
90: INFLUENCE
Nov 22, 2015 • 31 min
Movies and books can have a big influence on personal actions. Some even inspire a move to a foreign country. What art influenced you? Hosts Tiffany Parks and Katy Sewall share their personal picks. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with…
89: MISSING
Nov 15, 2015 • 26 min
Missing important events and people is part of living abroad or traveling a lot. Host Katy Sewall missed her 20 year high school reunion to visit Rome. Now she is feeling regretful. Together, Tiffany and Katy reflect on the difficult life choices expats…
88: BLOOD
Nov 8, 2015 • 50 min
Comedian Marsha De Salvatore brings humor to a discussion on living abroad with a serious blood disease. Also, we talk about socialized health care systems, modern day dating, comedy and the differences between American and Italian women. NEVER HEARD THE…
87: SHARING
Nov 1, 2015 • 31 min
A conversation about sharing (something expats often have to do) takes a darker turn. Host Tiffany explains what’s like to live with a stalker. Katy and Tiffany also explore the difficultly of revealing who you are to the world. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW?…
86: BIRTH
Oct 25, 2015 • 21 min
Host Tiffany Parks takes you inside the realities of giving birth in Italy… or really… giving birth anywhere. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode 1:OUTSET
85: PARK
Oct 18, 2015 • 29 min
Host Katy Sewall and her husband Derek kick back in the Villa Borghese park to reflect on being back in Rome. While there, they are visited by Abdul, a immigrant from Bangladesh with roses to sell. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with…
84: CITIZEN
Oct 11, 2015 • 19 min
Hosts Tiffany Parks and Katy Sewall are together again in Rome, Italy on a very special day. Listen as Tiffany finally gets her Italian citizenship. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode 1:OUTSET
83: SHERMAN
Oct 4, 2015 • 101 min
Native American author Sherman Alexie joins Katy Sewall live on stage with veteran NPR host Steve Scher to talk about urban animal encounters. A longer episode that will delight those who love great storytelling and the creatures in our midst. Contains…
82: DIVORCE
Sep 27, 2015 • 20 min
Do expat couples divorce more than other couples? Writer and former expat, Debra Bruno joins us to talk about her article “Divorce Global Style: For Expat Marriages, Breaking Up is Harder to Do.” NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode…
81: CHEF
Sep 20, 2015 • 62 min
Celebrity chef, Thierry Rautureau (aka The Chef in the Hat), grew up small town France grilling bread over an open flame. Now he’s a big shot chef in Seattle. He joins us with advice for home cooks and insight into our changing attitudes towards eating…
80: MOVIES
Sep 13, 2015 • 27 min
Robert Horton is a film critic and temporary expat living in Scotland for six months. What movies inspired him to move abroad? How do movies influence our view of the world? Why are blockbusters aimed exclusively at teenagers? NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t…
79: REFUGEE
Sep 6, 2015 • 66 min
Jennifer Rumbach works with refugees all over the world. Lately her focus has been on the special needs of LGBTI refugees. She joins host Katy Sewall before a live audience for a funny and fascinating conversation that goes from Ghana, to Iraq, to Nepal.…
78: HOUSE-SIT
Aug 30, 2015 • 25 min
We explain how to house-sit your way around the world. Dalene Heck of Hecktic Travels joins us with tips. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode 1:OUTSET
77: CIAO
Aug 23, 2015 • 30 min
Tiffany’s baby is due. We say goodbye to her (temporarily) and hear her final thoughts on becoming a parent. We also find out if she’s picked a name for her baby boy yet. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode 1:OUTSET
76: BOOKS
Aug 16, 2015 • 27 min
Armchair travel! Reading can take you anywhere. Today we recommend books that transport you. NPR’s Nancy Pearl is famous for giving the best book recommendations. She gives us her selections for the best armchair travel books. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t…
75: GUEST
Aug 9, 2015 • 18 min
Part of traveling is being a guest in other people’s homes. Can you relax or are you always trying to be the perfect guest? Tiffany’s been living with her in-laws to escape Rome’s incredible summer heat. How is staying with family different from friends?…
74: NEW
Aug 2, 2015 • 20 min
Trying new things is a big part of traveling or living in a foreign country. It’s also a way to get to know yourself. Tiffany and Katy muse about newness. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode 1:OUTSET
73: INVISIBLE
Jul 26, 2015 • 25 min
Some expats are invisible. They look like they are native in their adopted country. That can be positive and negative. We explore how with writer and expat Surekha A. Yadav who wrote the article “What’s It Like to Be an Invisible Expat.” NEVER HEARD THE…
72: ADDICT
Jul 19, 2015 • 27 min
What makes the expat lifestyle so addictive? Rashmi Dalai, an American writer in Asia, explores that question with host Katy Sewall. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode 1:OUTSET
71: WEATHER
Jul 12, 2015 • 27 min
It is so hot in Rome and Seattle, it is all people can talk about. How much does weather dictate where you live in the world? Expats on assignment don’t get to choose what climate to live in sometimes. What does that mean for their lives? NEVER HEARD THE…
70: UPDATE
Jul 5, 2015 • 31 min
Tiffany updates us on Rome, her baby and the inappropriate things people are saying to her lately. Katy talks about her upcoming live performance in Seattle and the mysterious illness of her co-worker, Gil. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start…
69: GROUP TRIP
Jun 28, 2015 • 26 min
Planning a multi-generational trip isn’t easy. Taking that trip is also stressful if you do it wrong. Madeline Jhawar from Italy Beyond the Obvious gives us advice. We’ll also explore the difference between people who love trip planning and those who…
68: RED TAPE
Jun 21, 2015 • 21 min
Every country has bureaucracy. Part of living in a new country is learning the hoops to jump through. Host Tiffany Parks has been dealing with a lot of process. What has she learned? NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode 1:OUTSET
67: CROW GIFTS
Jun 14, 2015 • 7 min
Crows regularly bring gifts to 8-year-old, Gabi Mann. What is she doing right? Listen to a magical tale centered on a hilarious girl and her winged friends. A rebroadcast of Episode 51. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode 1:OUTSET
66: REPAT Part 2
Jun 7, 2015 • 35 min
We further explore the difficulties of repatriating with Maria Foley, the blogger behind I was an Expat Wife. She conducted a survey of former expats to discover what struggles they faced coming home. We discuss what she found. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t…
65: ROME
May 31, 2015 • 23 min
Planning a trip to Rome? We offer practical tips and hidden gems to make your vacation great. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode 1:OUTSET
64: REPAT
May 24, 2015 • 31 min
Repatriating is hard. Going home can lead to depression, isolation and wistfulness. Debra Bruno, freelance journalist for the Wall Street Journal, joins us to talk about her article Repatriation Blues: Expats Struggle with the Dark Side of Coming Home.…
63: LANGUAGE Part 3
May 17, 2015 • 33 min
How did you learn a foreign language? Our guest JJ Michael learned Thai from math text books. We explore how language is best learned and the expat life in Thailand. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode 1:OUTSET
62: LABELS
May 10, 2015 • 33 min
Is “expat” a term reserved for white westerners? Are all other races immigrants? That’s the argument put forth by writer and activist Mawuna Remarque Koutonin. Today we debate that notion with special guest Keith Cooke. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be…
61: BABIES
May 3, 2015 • 24 min
Tiffany is expecting a son. What does that mean for her career? How common are stay-at-home dads in Italy? How does Italian maternity leave compare to what she would have received in the United States? Does a Catholic country revere mothers in a way…
60: SOCIAL
Apr 27, 2015 • 29 min
Social media. Do you need it to be successful in the modern world? Is Twitter like a bar or a billboard? Guests Jessica Spiegel of Italy Explained and Pam Mandel of Nerd’s Eye View join us. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode…
59: BIG NEWS
Apr 19, 2015 • 20 min
Big news on the show today. Things are about to change - for one of us, at least. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode 1:OUTSET
58: HOME BASE
Apr 12, 2015 • 29 min
Freelance writers Jessica Spiegel (Italy Explained) and Pam Mandel (Nerd’s Eye View) join us to discuss travel-writing, working from home, and not loving overseas living. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode 1:OUTSET
57: POMPEII
Apr 5, 2015 • 30 min
Katy visits “Pompeii: The Exhibition” with her husband Derek. This leads to a discussion on why we are so attracted to the tragic story of Pompeii, and how many years must pass before tragedy turns into gift shop kitsch. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be…
56: MUSEUM
Mar 29, 2015 • 24 min
What mistakes do museum visitors make? Tiffany Parks gives tips to make your museum visit more enjoyable. We also debate which is better, taking pictures of everything or putting the camera away and living in the moment? NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be…
55: ZONES
Mar 25, 2015 • 24 min
Living in a different time zone than your family and friends can change relationships. Katy Sewall and Tiffany Parks explore how, and that leads to a discussion on irrational fears. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode 1:OUTSET
54: FLIGHTY
Mar 15, 2015 • 25 min
A common expat stereotype is they’re maladjusted and running from real life. Is that true? Host Katy Sewall speaks with psychiatrist and former expat, John Wynn, about it, and host Tiffany Parks shares her own story. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid…
53: FLUX
Mar 8, 2015 • 26 min
Life is full of major transitions. For host Katy Sewall, moving to Rome then back to Seattle has been hard. She speaks with psychiatrist and former expat, John Wynn, about why change is tough and how to do transitions well. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be…
52: ANIMALS
Mar 1, 2015 • 26 min
Travelers often encounter animals. From the humble pigeon to a monkey or a great white shark. Today we share animal stories around the world. Special guest stars: Andrew Blechman, author of Pigeons: The Fascinating Saga of the World’s Most Revered and…
51: CROWS
Feb 22, 2015 • 24 min
Gabi (age 8) regularly feeds crows and they bring her shiny things in return. Host Katy Sewall’s story about Gabi was instantly viral. Hear Gabi show Katy her crow-gift collection. We’ll also discover why crows give gifts and how you can earn gifts too!…
50: HOME
Feb 15, 2015 • 25 min
What feels like home changes for travelers and expats sometimes. Katy Sewall and Tiffany Parks share their experience with home and homesickness. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode 1:OUTSET
49: TIME
Feb 8, 2015 • 33 min
Time can seem long or short, important or boring, precious or fleeting. Why do some experiences stay vivid while others seem so long ago? Tiffany and Katy explore how time plays with memories. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode…
48: FREELANCE
Feb 1, 2015 • 38 min
Expats are often freelancers. Writers, artists, tour guides, radio reporters. Katy and Tiffany talk about the difficulties of freelancing and appeal to you for help. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode 1:OUTSET
Epsiode 47: CONTRAST
Jan 25, 2015 • 31 min
Parts of American culture seem strange after a year living as an expat in Italy. Katy and Tiffany talk about the cultural oddities that stand out after living abroad. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode 1:OUTSET
46: GOODBYE
Jan 18, 2015 • 25 min
Katy’s last morning in Rome arrives. Tiffany and Katy spend their final moments together before Katy is no longer an expat. Taped during Katy’s final 20 minutes in Rome. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode 1:OUTSET
45: LEAVING
Jan 11, 2015 • 30 min
Moving home after living as an expat isn’t an easy thing to go. Tiffany and Katy lament Katy’s imminent departure from Rome and discuss the joys and difficulties that lie ahead. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode 1:OUTSET
44: MORNING
Jan 4, 2015 • 30 min
Listen as the city of Rome comes alive. Tiffany picks up Katy at dawn, when only garbage men and birds move about. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode 1:OUTSET
43: CARAVAGGIO, Part 2
Dec 14, 2014 • 19 min
We retrace the steps of the painter Caravaggio who walked the streets of Rome in the late 1500s. We examine his artistic genius and murderous temper while looking at his painting “Madonna di Loreto.” (Listen to “Part 1” first.) NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t…
42: CARAVAGGIO, Part 1
Dec 14, 2014 • 24 min
The painter Caravaggio walked the streets of Rome in the late 1500s. Today we retrace his steps, examining his artistic genius and murderous temper. Listen to Part 2 for the conclusion. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode 1:OUTSET
41: COMPLAIN
Dec 7, 2014 • 19 min
When can an expat legitimately complain about the country they elected to live in? Tiffany and Katy wonder if complaining only for natives and immigrants? NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode 1:OUTSET
40: FRIENDS
Nov 30, 2014 • 20 min
Are long term expats unwilling to make friends with short term expats? Also, when you live abroad, is a big part of friendship saying goodbye? NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode 1:OUTSET
39: MEMORY
Nov 23, 2014 • 27 min
Tiffany and Katy muse on how memories are formed, recorded, erased and Facebooked. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode 1:OUTSET
38: STUDENT
Nov 16, 2014 • 22 min
Students often travel abroad for extended periods of time. Does that make them expats? Our guest, student Peter Dziedzic, says no though he hasn’t been home in years. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode 1:OUTSET
37: RETIRE
Nov 9, 2014 • 29 min
What planning does it take to retire overseas? Can the average person do it? Rose and Wayne Wentz retired to Rome from Seattle. They pass on their practical and helpful advice. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode 1:OUTSET
36: ALIEN
Nov 2, 2014 • 22 min
Are expats people who feel alien in their native country? Tiffany and Katy explore the feeling of “otherness” and the differences between an expatriate and an immigrant. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode 1:OUTSET
35: TRANSLATE
Oct 26, 2014 • 23 min
Tiffany is bilingual and that means translating for others. It can be tiring, but it also gives her power. Has she been editing Katy’s speech this whole time? NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode 1:OUTSET
34: VENTURE
Oct 19, 2014 • 21 min
Moving abroad isn’t exclusively for students or childless people. It’s an adventure for all ages. Toni DeBella moved to Orvieto, Italy once her son was grown, proving that new dreams can always be made. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with…
33: PARENTS
Oct 12, 2014 • 31 min
Meet two parents who boldly moved to Italy with a dream rather than a plan. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode 1:OUTSET
32: KIDS
Oct 5, 2014 • 23 min
We meet three American girls in Orvieto, Italy. Giulia (age 13), Paloma (age 11), and Viola (age 8) have been expats their whole lives. How do they view the United States from afar? Do they feel like they fit in with the local kids their age? NEVER HEARD…
31: TRAIN
Oct 2, 2014 • 31 min
Train travel is a romantic. Is train travel even better if you record an episode of The Bittersweet Life on the trip? You be the judge. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode 1:OUTSET
30: COMEDY, Part 2
Sep 21, 2014 • 29 min
Our discussion on comedy continues with this bonus episode. Drunkenness, ESL, and expat cliches are on the table. Our guest, comedian Marsha De Salvatore, runs Rome’s Comedy Club. Note: If you haven’t heard Episode 29, listen to that first. NEVER HEARD…
29: COMEDY
Sep 21, 2014 • 29 min
What people find funny varies from country to country. Comedian Marsha De Salvatore drops by to make us laugh and dissect why we’re laughing. You might be funnier in another culture. Did you even think of that? NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to…
28: HOSPITAL
Sep 14, 2014 • 30 min
Not all medical systems are created equal. Expats often find that out unexpectedly — like Katy did after giving herself a concussion. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode 1:OUTSET
27: UNSURE
Sep 7, 2014 • 34 min
Expat Amy has lived overseas since college. First in Italy, then in Nicaragua, then back to Italy. All year she’s been planning to return to the United States but she never leaves. Do long term expats lose their sense of truly belonging anywhere? NEVER…
26: MINORITY
Aug 31, 2014 • 20 min
Moving abroad often means becoming a “minority.” For some travelers, this is a new experience. Tiffany, Katy and Katy’s husband Derek discuss an eye-opening aspect of becoming an expats. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode 1:OUTSET
25: TOUCH
Aug 24, 2014 • 14 min
Our series on the five senses wraps up with touch/feel. What does it feel like to be an expat and how is that different from the tourist experience? NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode 1:OUTSET
24: SIGHT
Aug 17, 2014 • 26 min
Our series on the five senses continues with sight. The sites of Rome have Katy contemplating her own death. Are we just a drop in the bucket? Tiffany and Katy broadcast from a roof on the Capitoline Hill. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start…
23: TASTE
Aug 10, 2014 • 23 min
Our series on the five senses continues with taste. Katy and Tiffany try eating (and podcasting at the same time) while visiting Eataly, a grocery store in Rome. Do countries have a national flavor? Does living abroad require a change in eating habits?…
22: SMELL
Aug 3, 2014 • 20 min
Our series on the five senses continues with smell. Katy and Tiffany visit a used book store in Rome that smells like Katy’s grandparents house in Pennsylvania. Is smell the closest thing we have to time-travel? NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to…
21: SOUND
Jul 27, 2014 • 31 min
We begin a 5-part series on the five senses. This week: Sound. Explore Rome, Italy with your ears, and experience how different a city can sound. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode 1:OUTSET
20: REBOOT
Jul 20, 2014 • 24 min
When you move away- no one knows you. You have no reputation. No expectations. No history. Does that mean you can completely reinvent yourself and become a new person? Or is a complete revamp impossible? NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with…
19: LANGUAGE Part 2
Jul 13, 2014 • 27 min
Do you think in English, or do you just think? Which language expresses ideas easier - English or Italian? Tiffany and Katy discuss language in response to listener Adam’s email. If you want to hear LANGUAGE, Part 1 - look for Episode 2. NEVER HEARD THE…
18: RELINQUISH
Jul 6, 2014 • 22 min
Moving overseas can mean giving up a dream; letting go of ideas of who you are or who you hoped to be. Katy and Tiffany discuss the dreams they let go to live abroad. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode 1:OUTSET
17: ASSAULT Part 3
Jun 29, 2014 • 26 min
Why do women feel shame after a bad sexual encounter? Does a lack of support from female friends make an assault worse? Katy and Tiffany talk it over. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode 1:OUTSET
16: HOME BIRTH Part 2
Jun 22, 2014 • 20 min
Cassi and Leon Griesbach moved abroad while expecting a baby. Their plan: Hire local midwives and give birth in their apartment. Cassi shared their story in Episode 12. How did it go? Today we visit with Cassi to find out. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be…
15: MISSING
Jun 15, 2014 • 21 min
Sometimes you become an expat for life. Sometimes you repatriate. When moving home, what’s there to look forward to? Katy and Tiffany try to get excited about the fact Katy will eventually move away. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with…
14: INTEGRATE
Jun 9, 2014 • 22 min
Living abroad requires cultural integration (language, dining hours, work schedules), but what about the superficial things? Things like fashion, breakfast food, and kissing hello? Katy and Tiffany explore the culture they’ve picked up, and what they…
13: VISITORS
Jun 1, 2014 • 26 min
If you move somewhere great, expect visitors - welcome or not. Do you have to say yes to out-of-town company? Katy slips out of the house while her guests are napping to talk with Tiffany. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode…
12: HOME BIRTH
May 26, 2014 • 33 min
Cassi, just arrived in Rome with her husband, two little girls, and a baby on the way. She plans to give birth in her apartment. How do you plan for childbirth in a new country with rudimentary language skills? She shares her story. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW?…
11: ASSAULT Part 2
May 19, 2014 • 22 min
Our exploration of sexual assault overseas continues with Katy’s story. If you haven’t heard Part 1, go back and get caught up. This episode picks up right where the other left off. Again, a warning that this episode is not for children. NEVER HEARD THE…
10: ASSAULT Part 1
May 18, 2014 • 17 min
It’s harder to read people in a foreign culture. That can lead to embarrassment or much worse. Today we delve into the dark side of living abroad by sharing personal accounts of sexual assault. This episode should not be heard by children. NEVER HEARD THE…
9: BLACKOUT
May 11, 2014 • 25 min
It’s lights out in Rome. Not for everyone — for Katy. There’s nothing more humbling to an expat than losing a basic necessity and having no idea why or how to get it back. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode 1:OUTSET
8: TRAFFIC
May 4, 2014 • 21 min
Tiffany dodges Rome’s heavy commuter traffic to bring you this episode. The driving rules of your native country seldom apply overseas. That can result in confusion, fury - or worse - a close shave. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with…
7: LAYABOUT
Apr 27, 2014 • 26 min
What’s important in life? Accomplishing goals or meeting friends for an aperitivo? Where you live may change the answer. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode 1:OUTSET
6: OVERSTAY
Apr 20, 2014 • 21 min
When you move overseas — without a Visa — can you travel? Katy has overstayed her welcome and now she is facing passport control. Will she be deported? NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Don’t be afraid to start with Episode 1:OUTSET
5: DATING
Apr 13, 2014 • 26 min
If an expat dates a local, does that improve their social standing? Do all cultures flirt in the same way? Hosts Tiffany Parks and Katy Sewall discuss dating abroad.
4: HOMESICK
Apr 6, 2014 • 19 min
Homesickness. Eventually it strikes everyone who moves away. Hosts Tiffany Parks and Katy Sewall share their coping mechanisms and examine what they are actually missing when they miss home. NEVER HEARD THE SHOW? Start with Episode 1:OUTSET
3: HOLIDAYS
Mar 30, 2014 • 23 min
Expats expect things to be different, but holidays make cultural contrasts very vivid. Does Christmas in Rome feel different because the commercialism is missing? Hosts Katy and Tiffany explore how holidays alter the expat experience.
2: LANGUAGE
Mar 23, 2014 • 24 min
It can be hard to live life in another language - even if you’re fluent. Long-term expat Tiffany Parks explains why. It’s also hard to live with no language. Short-term expat Katy Sewall explains how the language barrier changes her perspective on dogs,…
1: OUTSET
Mar 18, 2014 • 30 min
The premiere episode looks at the challenges of expat life from a short-term and long-term perspective. Hosts Katy Sewall and Tiffany Parks describe the fear and liberation of moving abroad. They also tackle the question: If you’re not happy, is a city’s…