“The Mighty Mekong” – Episode 17

“You should see the boat, maties… a clapboard, Lao (as in wow!) flat-top, tin-roofed, diesel-puffing dinosaur, huffing and puffing her way up the Mighty Mekong, from Chiang Khong in northern Thailand to Luang Prabang in central Laos. All aboard!”

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“Behind the Scenes with Morlan Higgins” – Episode 16

I was thinking, perhaps, more poetically and metaphorically. How life itself is like a great journey, a trip of unpredictable twists and turns… where you never know exactly where you’ll end up or how you’ll get there. Some people come into, and go out of, your life… over the years… like Morlan and I have… but somehow the river of life reconnects us… because maybe… we’ve been on the same path, after all.

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Amsterdam, the “Perfect City” – Episode 15

Amsterdam in winter: hot belgian waffles, fresh European ham, goat cheese and dark beer, fresh baguettes, yagermeister, Sumatran coffee, truffles, thick mushroom soup, 34 year old Portuguese port, foot long bratwurst, warm “nuwein” in the street markets, yogurt in cartons, hot frites on the street with mayonnaise…. flannel shirts, turtlenecks, silk leggings under the pants, hot steam coming out of your mouth, like from a New Yawk “manhole”.

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“Behind the Scenes with Liz Femi from Nigeria” – Episode 14

Welcome to another Behind the Scenes episode on the “e. travels with e. trules” podcast. In this lively episode, I’ll be talking with Liz Femi, a fellow solo performer and friend, who was born in the United Kingdom and grew up in Nigeria, a country not many tourists – or travelers – know much about. Liz is a small, smart, beautiful, and feisty young woman, who her mom describes as “a really bendy, bouncy branch…connected to a strong Nigerian oak tree.”

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“The Iron Horse and the Bucket Brigade”, Episode 11

It’s 6 am and Surya and I are at the North Borneo Railway Station in Kota Kinabalu, the biggest city on the island of Borneo in East Malaysia. We’ve been marooned here for 4 months, on a Fulbright Grant I’ve received to teach Muslim students “freedom and self expression”, because… for some odd or lucky reason, I’ve been chosen to represent my country in the Islamic world, shortly after 9/11.

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“Nine Lives and Good Karma”, Episode 9

Bali, Indonesia, 2012,
You know the old saying that “every cat has 9 lives”, right? Well multiple that – times 2 – for the 18 lives that any two people have collectively between them – and you get the premise of this tale — where my wife, Surya, and I, have returned to the magical island of Bali, where we met in 2000 – only to be confronted with two — life threatening adventures, or as I say in the podcast’s weekly Intro: two… mind-boggling… “mis-adventures”. This week’s travelogue, “Nine Lives Times 2, and Good Karma”, is all about bad luck, good luck, and the powerful instinct to survive… no matter where you are… or what happens!

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