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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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The French Forces in Berlin were the units of the French Armed Forces stationed from 1945 until the end of the Cold War-era in West Berlin according to the agreements of the Yalta Conference and Potsdam Conference. The troops were the French counterparts to the United States' Berlin Brigade and the United Kingdom's Berlin Infantry Brigade in the ci…
 
We continue Drea Hahn’s story with her family’s escape to Austria and the realities of being a refugee. In 1986, under the pretext of a “ski trip” to Yugoslavia Drea’s family escaped to Austria. We hear about the sadness of being unable to tell anyone they were leaving and how her relatives were summoned to the police station to be detained for que…
 
It’s my 10-year anniversary in England, and I want to give you a gift. But first, a story. In ancient Rome, when generals rode in on chariots during military processions -- triumphant, everyone cheering -- someone stood behind the general to whisper, 'Hominem te esse memento. Memento mori,' which translates as 'Remember, you are mortal. Remember yo…
 
This week Donald and Ally find themselves relaxing by the sunny coast of Poland but they’re understandably wary of the sea life, as they’ve just seen 2015’s The Lure (Córki dancingu) directed by Agnieszka Smoczyńska. Spoilers Start – 15:10 Spoilers End – 25:00 Email the show at caravantourofterror@gmail.com with feedback or recommendations for futu…
 
Drea Hahn was born in Czechoslovakia in 1980 in Teplice. Her mother was a secretary and her father was an engineer but refused to join the communist party and this was a source of tension in Drea’s family. She was partly raised by her grandparents and her grandmother shared stories about growing up in “the Protectorate”, the name given to the area …
 
Ben Brown is the writer of A Splinter of Ice, a play that portrays the meeting in Moscow in 1987 of one of the greatest novelists of the 20th century, Graham Greene and his old MI6 boss, Kim Philby, one of Britain's most notorious spies... and a traitor. Graham Greene never divulged any details of the meeting and Ben’s play imagines what might have…
 
In this episode, I am back with my friend Kai Whiting, co-author of the book Being Better: Stoicism for a World Worth Living In. Kai is a researcher and lecturer in sustainability and Stoicism currently living in Lisbon, Portugal. If you’re into ancient ruins, you will love the beginning of our interview, where Kai talks about the research he condu…
 
We return to the 2nd part of Tom Favia’s story with the US Military Liaison Mission which the Soviet Union permitted to operate in East Germany, ostensibly for monitoring and furthering better relationships between the Soviet and Western occupation forces. The British & French also had missions as did the Soviets in West Germany. Part 1 is here htt…
 
Ethel Rosenberg is a controversial figure and generates polarising views varying from an innocent mother caught up in Cold War hysteria to a willing and ruthless accomplice to her husband’s Cold War espionage betraying secrets to the Soviets. Anne Sebba’s new book “Ethel Rosenberg – A Cold War tragedy” (“An American tragedy” in the US) provides a m…
 
As a listener of this podcast, you’ve already heard me talk about how the ancient philosophy of Stoicism offers guidance on how we can live the good life in the modern world. How to be less stressed. How to be a better listener. How to be more productive. But Stoicism is about more than improving ourselves on an individual level, it’s about improvi…
 
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 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 in West Germany.…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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