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Calling all expats, aspiring expats, and location independent citizens of the world...Freedom is about more than getting on a plane. It’s about becoming the most heroic version of yourself. In addition to insider travel secrets and advice on how to live abroad, this podcast gives you the clarity, focus, and skills you need to create a life that sets your soul on fire. Host Sarah Mikutel is an expat coach who traded New York City for a small town in Italy, figured out how to get dual citizens ...
 
Learn Czech in minutes! How would you like to be able to use the basics of Czech confidently and accurately? With One Minute Czech you can learn to do just that in short, easy-to-follow video lessons. You’ll learn just enough Czech to express yourself in a variety of situations, and the course is the perfect starting point to get a taste of this wonderful language.
 
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This week Donald and Ally preach the glories of the cleansing fire and the delicious creamy sauce of Svíčková as they're in Prague to watch Juraj Herz's 1969 dark comedy The Cremator. Spoilers Start - 26:47 Spoilers End - 45:36 Email the show at caravantourofterror@gmail.com with feedback or recommendations for future movies to visit! Intro & Outro…
 
Tom Favia served with the USMLM, The US Military Liaison Mission which the Soviet Union permitted to operate in East Germany at the end of World War 2 for the purposes of monitoring and furthering better relationships between the Soviet and Western occupation forces. The British & French also had missions in East Germany and the Soviets has theirs …
 
Do you enjoy camping? I was a campground manager in a state forest for two years when I was in college, and I never slept there. I like sleeping in beds. But…occasionally someone convinces me to go camping and when that happens, I always have a good time. In the last episode, my guest Kathi and I talked about the Scottish Isles you need to visit. T…
 
Did you know that Scotland has around 790 islands? One has been compared to Hawaii; another is famous for its whisky; another is the perfect place to take photos of puffins. And we’ll be talking about all of them today! One of my favorite previous guests is back to take us on a Scottish island hopping adventure. I’m joined by Kathi Kamleitner, whom…
 
This is the third and final part of Ralph Hänel’s story of his life in East Germany. In this episode, we hear his time in the Stasi prison in Cottbus which with its dark red brick façade was often referred to as the ‘Red Misery’. It’s a chilling insight into Stasi prison conditions and the brutality that the political prisoners endured from the oth…
 
The boys reach Hungary and find themselves submerged in a hearty stew of symbolism, grotesque imagery and willies. They're watching György Pálfi's 2006 film Taxidermia. But will they enjoy it?? Find out in this week's thrilling edition of, The Caravan Tour of Terror! Email the show at caravantourofterror@gmail.com with feedback or recommendations f…
 
What’s the cheapest flight you ever got? It felt kind of thrilling to get that deal, didn’t it? Set your trip off on the right foot? Today I’m joined by Scott Keyes of Scott’s Cheap Flights. He’s got a new book out called Take More Vacations, which discusses his travel philosophy and also all his best tips on how to find the cheapest airfare, best …
 
In this second part of Ralph Hänel’s story of his life in East Germany. We hear of Ralph’s arrest by the Stasi and subsequent interrogation for 10 months. Ralph describes in some detail the arrest and his early days of imprisonment. He also details the techniques used to try and make him break and the pressure the Stasi also put on his mother. It’s…
 
We speak with author Giles Milton about his new book Checkmate in Berlin: The Cold War Showdown that Shaped the Modern World. In 1945 at the end of World War 2 the Soviet Red Army captured Berlin. For the next four years, a handful of charismatic but flawed individuals – British, American and Soviet – fought an intensely personal battle over the fu…
 
All right, travel is back! Or we’re getting there. As more people get vaccinated against covid-19, more countries are opening up — and the rules for flying are frequently changing. My guest today is Scott Keyes of Scott’s Cheap Flights, and he’s got his finger on the pulse of everything airfare. He’s here to tell us what we need to know before book…
 
This episode is sponsored by MUBI, a curated streaming service with an ever-changing collection of hand-picked cinema. From new directors to award-winners. From everywhere on earth. Beautiful, interesting, incredible films — with a new one added every single day. Right now on MUBI, you can watch STATE FUNERAL, an astonishing archival vision of the …
 
We speak with author Tim Tate about his new book the Spy who was left out in the Cold: The Secret History of Agent Goleniewski Michal Goleniewski remains one of the most important, yet least known and most misunderstood spies of the Cold War. Even his death is shrouded in mystery and he has been written out of the history of Cold War espionage - un…
 
Czechoslovakia doesn’t exist anymore. But it did when my American friend moved there in the early 1990s. Today, we tend to think of Europe as being one of the most free regions of the world. Pro-human rights. It can be difficult to imagine how many Central and Eastern Europeans lived under Communism until the revolutions of 1989. The Communist regi…
 
The boys head North and say Guten Tag to Austria as they check out Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala's 2014 Psychological Horror Goodnight Mommy. What'll they find in this paradisical camping ground? Spoilers start: 17:00 Spoilers end: 48:40 Email the show at caravantourofterror@gmail.com with feedback or recommendations for future movies to visit! …
 
Ralph Hänel tells some unique, strange and funny short stories about childhood and youth in East Germany. We talk about the experiences of his parents in the closing stages of World War 2, his schooling, and how he became a DJ, winning a trip to the Soviet Union. Ralph is a great raconteur with virtually endless stories about his life in East Germa…
 
In 2015, Donald Trump said that the only reason people say Senator John McCain was a war hero was because he was captured. And he doesn't like people who are captured. In this episode, I’m going to tell you why the late Senator McCain earned the title of war hero. But why am I bringing this up now? This episode isn't about politics. It's about char…
 
Adrian Jones was commissioned as a lieutenant in the Irish Army in 1983. As a 23 year old officer he served in the United Nations Peacekeeping Force UNIFIL in Southern Lebanon from 1987 to 1988. The Irish battalion consisted of 580 personnel which were rotated every six months, plus almost 100 others in UNIFIL headquarters and the Force Mobile Rese…
 
Today I am back with my friend Stephen Warley to continue our conversation on life skills that matter. In this episode we get more into the specifics about how to live a good life. A simple life. One that will give you more energy and inner peace. Stephen shares what his days look like, and hopefully this will inspire you to consider what your idea…
 
On their way out of Italy the boys make one final quick stop near the border to check out 1994's cult classic Cemetery Man (aka Dellemorte Dellemore) starring Rupert Everett at his brooding best Spoilers start: 12:29 Spoilers end: 52:28 Email the show at caravantourofterror@gmail.com with feedback or recommendations for future movies to visit! Intr…
 
In August 1960, a Soviet colonel called Oleg Penkovsky contacted the West to offer to work as a 'soldier warrior for the free world. MI6 and the CIA ran Penkovsky jointly, in an operation that ran through the showdown over Berlin and the Cuban Missile Crisis. He provided crucial intelligence, including photographs of rocket manuals that helped Kenn…
 
Have you been working from home this year? The pandemic made many people realize that they could log on to their computer from anywhere to get the job done. Even before Covid-19 hit, my guest today has been talking about how work as we know it is changing. Stephen Warley hosts the Life Skills That Matter podcast and he believes that self-employment…
 
70 years ago today would have been the middle of a desperate battle by outnumbered British forces at the battle of the Imjin River in Korea. The Korean War was among the most destructive conflicts of the modern era, and one of the few times when the Cold War turned hot. There were approximately 3 million war fatalities and a larger proportional civ…
 
Everyone’s heard of Athens and you’ve most likely seen the sparkling white facades of Santorini’s cube-like buildings. But there’s a lot more to Greece than gyros and the Parthenon. Today’s guest is taking us off the beaten path. I’m speaking with Ivy Summer, an American nomad/expat living in Veria, Greece, an ancient city famously important to the…
 
The boys take in the sights of Rome as they're still in Italy for Dario Argento's 1982 giallo classic Tenebrae. Better get Ted Danson in, we've got a murderer to catch! Spoilers start: 17:50 Spoilers end: 36:36 Email the show at caravantourofterror@gmail.com with feedback or recommendations for future movies to visit! Intro & Outro: Nightmare Machi…
 
John Matisonn is a South African journalist who grew up in the suburbs in Johannesburg. In 1979 he was sentenced to jail for refusing to reveal his news sources. Matisonn describes life as a journalist in apartheid South Africa as well as his meetings with some of the key South African personalities of that period. He met with several South African…
 
A few months ago, I downloaded the Waking Up meditation app. Founder Sam Harris compares the average mind with a sky clouded with light pollution. He says that meditation is like building a telescope that can cut through that fogginess so you can access “the sky of the mind.” And that’s what the Enneagram and Stoicism help us do, as well. Cut throu…
 
9.07 a.m., April 12, 1961. A top-secret rocket site in the USSR. A young Russian sits inside a tiny capsule on top of the Soviet Union’s most powerful intercontinental ballistic missile and blasts into the skies. His name is Yuri Gagarin. And he is about to make history. We speak with Stephen Walker author of “Beyond” a new book that tells the thri…
 
Today we are traveling to Lisbon, Portugal, and Becky Gillespie is our guide. I’ve known of Becky for awhile now. She’s known in expat circles as Tokyo Becky and we’ll get to why that is in this episode. But now, after years of living in Asia and digitally nomad-ing around the world, Becky's creating a base for herself in Lisbon. And you might want…
 
The boys finally reach Italy and run straight into the work of Lucio Fulci, a master of Italian horror cinema. They had no idea what they were in for when they sat down to watch his 1972 giallo film Don't Torture a Duckling... Spoilers for 1st Half - 11:03 Spoilers for 2nd Half - 26:45 Spoilers End - 46:55 Email the show at caravantourofterror@gmai…
 
In April 1966, a state-of-the-art Soviet aircraft, the Yak-28P crashed into the British Sector of West Berlin. This intelligence gift to the Allied forces resulted in a tense confrontation with the Soviet forces We speak with historian Bernd von Kostka of the Allied Museum in Berlin-Dahlem who has researched this story for his upcoming book Capital…
 
A few episodes ago, you heard me talk about location independence for beginners. My guest Jeremy and I discussed how starting a service-based business was one of the best ways to get started. Jeremy mentioned that he grew his business through referral partners. In this episode, I’m diving deeper into that topic with my guest Zoe Linda Pollard. Zoe …
 
We speak with Chris Summers who as a 22 year old was sent by his employers to East Germany in a Ford Escort to install British factory machinery. He provides us with interesting insights into life in the provinces of the GDR. Long term listeners of the podcast will recognise one of Chris’s colleagues was Tim, husband of Antje who was our guest in e…
 
It does not take much to make some people angry. We live in a society where people are quick to take offense. To feel victimized. To be enraged at people with opposing views. Political leaders and certain media outlets stir the pot for their own benefit. In my episode on Stoicism and the Art of Happiness, Donald Robertson offered some techniques we…
 
Soviet Tours is a Berlin-based tour operator focussed on off-the-beaten-path destinations across the globe. Their core area, as the name suggests, lies mainly in and around the former USSR. From the mystic forests of Central Siberia to the austere peaks of the High Caucasus, from the scorching deserts of the Soviet Stans to the windswept steppes of…
 
The boys are in Madrid this week to find the Antichrist, and to watch Álex de la Iglesia's 1995 comedy-horror The Day Of The Beast starring Álex Angulo, Armando De Razza and Santiago Segura. Email the show at caravantourofterror@gmail.com with feedback or recommendations for future movies to visit! Intro & Outro: Nightmare Machine by Kevin MacLeod …
 
Our conversation with Rob Forsyth continues with his posting as a Lieutenant Commander or second in command to HMS Repulse, a Polaris nuclear missile. We hear in detail the challenges of command on these boats, their launch procedures and the conversations Rob had with his captain about the circumstances when they might refuse to launch the missile…
 
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