Tuesday, September 17, 2013

I was listening to Rick Steves...

So those little things I was telling you about? Well one of them is "Travel with Rick Steves," which is a radio show I discovered a few weeks ago as I was driving around listening to NPR. Of course, the name Rick Steves is one I'm quite familiar with, but I never knew he had a show. Lo and behold, I stumbled across it and he and some guests were discussing artwork in Ireland. Hello! I love Ireland. I was instantly hooked. I groaned pulling up to the house; I didn't want it to be over. So I ran inside and discovered that you can download all his shows in podcast format on iTunes. Hallelujah!

Not only does he have interesting guests discussing interesting places (three topics per episode), but every time I listen to it, I'm reminded of someone in my life. Some of my best travel memories and dreams have special people attached to them and I always find myself writing little notes to the people I'm reminded of after listening. I think that's what sets this show apart. Listening to it is such a treat. Honestly, I can't recommend it highly enough; I'm riveted every episode for more reasons than I can count.

So when my family came to visit this weekend, 50% of what came out of my mouth started with, "I was listening to Rick Steves..." It's got all my creative juices flowing whether it's mentally planning out a future trip thanks to wanderlust or finding story inspiration in the charming tales of B&Bs related by listeners calling in. In short, it has me thinking of things other than tennis and hormonal teenagers. It's an escape. Don't you just love those? Things that remind you of what you have an appetite for?

One from the archives! Here we are on some cliffside village in the South of France wayyyy back in 2007.

As you all know, my best friend Ali lives just down the road from me. Adventurous, quirky, bold, and brilliant, she's always on the same page as me and is, thus, my travel buddy of choice. Together, there's no stone we'll leave unturned i.e. no awkward experience to be shied away from. I distinctly remember chasing after her down the streets of Paris as she chased after American tourists, trying to find out where they'd gotten their pizza. They ran away from us very fast, thinking we were gypsies. I mean... because of course they did! Even a humbling lesson on how to order our first adult drinks in a cramped bar in Edinburgh was the stuff of legend. It's ridiculous mishaps like these that make us roar with laughter as much now as they did then so great. And she and I have a little travel-related project tucked up our sleeve that I hope very much to be sharing here soon. A creative outlet! I can't tell you how excited I am!

So thank you, Rick Steves, for a little shove in the right direction! But man oh man... what do I do with all this wanderlust?!

P.S. Let me know if you give the podcast a listen!


  1. Escapes like these are the best! I know music can do that to me too. Yesterday, I started cleaning the house before our big move. I put Accuradio on and clicked on the 60s station. I am not exagerating when I say that I actually DANCED while cleaning the kitchen. And sung, but that's normal.

    It made me realize that I wasn't listening to enough music anymore. I missed that. And all these songs made me think of thousands of things and people, because these were the songs I listened to when I did this or that with him or her a few months/years back.

    Anyway, enough rambling. :)

    Loving all your posts, and glad to see you're ok!

    1. I LOVE when you literally can't control your reaction! I've had that dancing symptom happen to me countless times in the kitchen; it always so gloriously catches me off guard. And I'm looking up this band ASAP!

      Thanks for checking in, Charlotte! Always love hearing from you!!

  2. I'm so excited to hear about this!! I love podcasts, and I've been searching for new ones to add to the list. Aaaaand Rick Steves is my favorite, because he's the reason we figured out about the nun cookies in Spain!

    1. Oh my GOSH you're going to love it, Julie! And nun cookies?!?! Please explain! Don't tell me Spain's going to shoot even higher on my list!

  3. I've never heard of Rick Stevens, so clearly I have some digging to do! Will check it out!

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