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Postcards from Nowhere is a travel podcast that takes you on journeys exploring culture, history, food and people in the form of stories. With over a decade of travel stories in his kitty, Utsav Mamoria narrates the stories of the strange, obscure and fascinating things about the world, often interspersed with practical tips and deep realizations, which would shape the way you travel. Tune in to the new episode every Thursday.
 
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Chris Pyak interviews courageous people that have been able to ditch their traditional lives and desk jobs to chase their passions all over the world. The topics covered include travel stories, the best ways to find travel deals, how living in an unconventional way has improved their lives, how they fund their travels, how to make money on the road, and advice for those wanting to ditch their desk as well. 956258
 
I didn’t set out to become a paid speaker or a professional podcaster. But those things happened. And it all began the day I started telling one simple personal story. You have a story like that. On The Aaron Schlein Story, I share everything I learn about building your personal network, expanding your influence, and monetizing your expertise. It all starts with that ONE damn story.
 
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"It's all around us, so much so, that probably no state in India has been untouched by it - The labour migration. The state which probably provides the most manpower to India's varied workforce is Bihar. More specifically, the Bhojpur region. While the region has become infamous for its supposedly low brow music and cinema, what hides underneath is…
 
In 1947, on the eve of Partition, a young man left Lahore and came to Shimla. What makes his journey unique, amongst the millions who must have undertaken this voyage is what he ended up doing in Shimla. What started out as a stationery shop went on to become a storied institution. This week, we travel to Shimla and learn about a rare bookshop whic…
 
I'm sharing my 2022 travel goals and how I created them. These are NOT predictions, just me throwing my aspirations into the universe and praying I get to Europe once or twice this year! Join Us! Join our Facebook Group: Rick Steves Over Brunch Podcast Listeners. Get exclusive mini-episodes on Our Patreon Account More from Stephanie Craig Find her …
 
After a tumultuous autumn, we have big news! Join Us! Join our Facebook Group: Rick Steves Over Brunch Podcast Listeners. Get exclusive mini-episodes on Our Patreon Account For more, find us: Chris Mitchell Find him at travelingmitch, Ultimate Ontario, & His Writer's Portfolio. His podcast I'm Anxious About. Stephanie Craig Find her at History Fang…
 
It’s been over 2 years we have travelled together. This month, the Caravan rests to return in 2022. Till then Check out the other episodes of "India's Linguistic Heritage" The Hidden Story of Sanskrit, and the North-South Divide : https://ivm.today/3CpKQuO Reclaiming India's Linguistic Heritage: 300 Ramayanas?: https://ivm.today/3kgataz Partitions …
 
Why does the hill district of Shimla, home to a mere 8 lakh people, have at least 10-15 different languages? Why does Indonesia have 250 languages, and the strangest of them all - Papua New Guinea, an island nation, to this very day, has over one thousand spoken languages? Why did these rather disparate places acquire such a high density of languag…
 
In the early 19th century, the Maharaja of Travancore levied an absolutely bizzare tax: Any woman who had come of age and had breasts had to pay a breast tax, and bare her breasts to anyone who was of a higher caste to them. This was one amongst the hundreds of taxes the lower castes had to endure, which put them in a cycle of perpetual debt and po…
 
In 2018, a research study by the University of Michigan and World Bank found that women who are native speakers of certain kind of languages have a lower labour force participation rate and lower educational attainment. How did our Indian languages fare? This week, in the fifth episode of the series, India's Linguistic Heritage, we uncover the hidd…
 
"In 12th century Delhi, a new language began to emerge, which was initially known as Dehlavi. Parallelly, the political landscape of India changed, with the establishment of the Delhi Sultanate and the arrival of the Mughals. With them came Persian, and quickly established itself as the language of power. Over time, a new language emerged, a combin…
 
"In 2008, a quasi political organisation asked for the removal of an academic paper from the syllabus of Delhi University. They eventually succeeded in 2011. But what was in that paper that had 'hurt' sentiments? This week, in the second episode of India's linguistic heritage, and on the occasion of Diwali, we dive into a simple question: How many …
 
In the summer of 1420, following a strange series of events, the migration of a community of people started from a border town between Tamil Nadu and Kerala, to a village in Karnataka. The village eventually came to have a unique claim to fame: It became known as India's Sanskrit village, where every resident spoke Sanskrit. And yet, lesser known i…
 
A customs inspection at the Switzerland Italy Border, murders in the Tibetan highlands and a weaving workshop in Srinagar - Kashmir. What connects these disparate places? This week, in the tenth episode of Kashmir Diaries, Utsav brings to you the wild story of Shahtoosh, the most expensive fabric in the world, and completely illegal. Straddling thr…
 
"In 1948, as India was fighting Pakistan in Kashmir, the Pakistani army reached this village but bypassed it completely. Simply because hidden behind a gorge, with just one access point, the village was invisible to them. Legend has it that when the army of a neighbouring kingdom tried to invade the village, they were greeted with huge boulders fal…
 
In the narrative of Kashmir, what often lies forgotten is the origin story. What could a Naga king who ruled thousands of years ago, have in common with a humble Gujjar-Bakrwal man, and what did they have to do with the origin of Kashmir? This week, in the eighth episode of Kashmir Diaries, Utsav narrates the story of a deadly hike at Sheshnag lake…
 
What started out 600 years ago in Persia (present day Iran) thrived to become the crown jewel of the Kashmiri arts. However, the art of Kashmiri carpet weaving is now vanishing, on the brink of extinction. This week, in the seventh episode of Kashmir Diaries, we meet Rafiq Ahmed Shah, a 73 year old, fourth generation artist who is fighting to keep …
 
About 100,000 years ago, a mutation in a family of deers gave rise to 3 distinct sub-species which came to be known by the geographical regions they travelled to - Bukhara in Uzbekistan, Xinjiang in China and Kashmir in India. But what does that deer have to do with the Kashmiri people? This week, in the sixth episode of Kashmir Diaries, I bring to…
 
In 1960, the Indian Archeaologist T N Khazanchi, in a painstaking excavation spanning 11 years, discovered proof of 4 distinct human cultures beginning from the Aceramic Neolithic to the Historical era, which meant that the Kashmir Valley had been inhabited for at least 11,000 years. In the excavation, they also found a stone carving, which did not…
 
In this episode, we chat about the 2013 episode of Rick Steves' Europe, "Vienna and the Danube." From Vienna's cafes to its river cruises, travel to Vienna is magical. So magical that Stephanie has a mini-meltdown because Vienna feels so far away at the moment, while Chris does his best to keep us on course! Join Us! Join our Facebook Group: Rick S…
 
In the Indo-Pak War of 1971, as the two countries fought bitterly, the fate of a few people change irrevocably - Overnight, they found themselves to be citizens of a new nation. This week, in the fourth episode of The Kashmir Diaries, Utsav takes you to Kargil, which overnight became a household name thanks to the war in 1999. But in the narrative …
 
100 Episodes - A reason to celebrate, a reason to reflect. This week, we don’t have a postcard, but a long conversation about travel. Utsav speaks with Chuck, the host of Getting Meta, about slow travel, the evolution of Postcards from Nowhere, and what drives him to travel in the first place. This conversation is about the person, beyond the podca…
 
For this minisode, we chat about the places we miss the most in Europe! We know one day we will travel to Europe again, but right now we are homesick for some of our favorite places in Europe! Join Us! Join our Facebook Group: Rick Steves Over Brunch Podcast Listeners. Get exclusive mini-episodes on Our Patreon Account For more, find us: Chris Mitc…
 
They form 12% of the population of J & K, and yet their story is missing from the larger discourse of Kashmir. The Gujjar-Bakarwals are the nomadic pastoralists who migrated from Rajasthan in the 6th Century, and continue to live off the land. This week, in the third episode of the Kashmir Diaries, we delve into the uncertain future of the communit…
 
In this minisode, Stephanie is solo and sharing her best Jackson, Mississippi travel tips from her recent road trip around the South! She talks about where to eat in Jackson, the best things to do in Jackson, where to stay in Jackson or nearby, and her favorite Jackson tours. See below for links to help you plan your own trip to Jackson, Mississipp…
 
Two systems of writing time developed independently: One in Kashmir, and the other in Kerala. But they developed in completely different cultural milieus. And its all connected to the parking lot of Maulana Azad Medical college in Delhi. This week, in the second episode of The Kashmir Diaries, we delve into the art of Persian and Sanskrit chronogra…
 
In this minisode, Stephanie interviews Dr. Lindsey Harvell-Bowman about flight anxiety including tips for how to reduce it. We also chat about Dr. Bowman's new book The Psychology and Communication Behind Flight Anxiety: Afraid to Fly. Join Us! Join our Facebook Group: Rick Steves Over Brunch Podcast Listeners. Get exclusive mini-episodes on Our Pa…
 
What could be common between the towns in the Isfahan province of Iran, and the city of Srinagar in Kashmir? And how could they show us two ends of the same spectrum? This week, starting a new series, The Kashmir Diaries, we travel to Srinagar and meet the last craftsman of a dying art - Rosewater making. But there is more to rosewater than being a…
 
In this minisode, Stephanie is solo and sharing her best Gatlinburg travel tips (and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park!) from her recent road trip around the South! She talks about where to eat in Gatlinburg, the best things to do in Gatlinburg, where to stay in Gatlinburg or nearby, and her favorite Gatlinburg tours. See below for links to h…
 
In this minisode, Stephanie is solo and sharing her best Nashville travel tips from her recent road trip around the South! She talks about where to eat in Nashville, the best things to do in Nashville, where to stay in Nashville, and her favorite Nashville tours. See below for links to help you plan your own trip to Nashville, Tennessee! Join Us! J…
 
In a corner of northwestern United States, live a group of Native American people known as the Navajo, who in their language has no word for religion or art. But they have a very unique philosophy which encompasses both - Hózhó. This week, join me in understanding the life philosophy of the Navajo people, and what lessons it holds for us - as trave…
 
In 1845, a young student at the University of Oxford wrote a poem that led him to win the Newdigate Prize. His poem was about a place he never visited. 130 years later, a nurse from New Zealand traveling through this very place, fell in love with a man, married, and started living with him - in a cave! This week, in the fifth episode of Beneath the…
 
In the arid desert landscapes of Jordan, amongst the Balga tribe of Bedouins, is the famous story of the Ibn Khaltan, a man known all over for his incredible generosity, bordering on madness. This week, in the fourth episode of Beneath the Veneer, we travel to Little Petra in Jordan, and understand the intimate aspects of Bedouin hospitality. Tune …
 
In this episode, Rick Steves (yes, THE RICK STEVES) joins to discuss his travel special "Why We Travel." In this Rick Steves interview, we discuss his approach to travel and business over the past year, learn some never-before-discussed behind the scenes of "Rick Steves' Europe," and share our hopes for the future of travel. Looking for a particula…
 
What could a statue of an Islamic ruler in the Umayyad dynasty near Jordan have in common with Ashoka Pillar in Sarnath India? How does Jordan, a country with a 95% Islamic population, have aspects of Hinduism and Buddhism in its architecture. This week, in the third episode of Beneath the Veneer, we travel to Amman in Jordan and Jericho in Palesti…
 
These structures are found all over the world right from Europe all the way to South Korea. They are seen in India too, 2,200 of them, but I can assure you that none of you have seen it. This week, in the second episode of Beneath the Veneer, we travel to one such structure in Jordan, and how it sends us on a meandering journey to discover the secr…
 
For this minisode, Stephanie is joined by travel writer Emily Lush, who lived in Vietnam for a year, to discuss our best tips for traveling to Vietnam. We chat about Vietnamese food and cuisine, scams, and why we absolutely adore this country. Join Us! Join our Facebook Group: Rick Steves Over Brunch Podcast Listeners. Get exclusive mini-episodes o…
 
What could the iconic cartoon character Tintin possibly have in common with a marine biologist which kickstarted the global environmental movement. And what could both of them possibly have to do with a small nation in West Asia? This week, starting a new series, Beneath the Veneer, we travel to the Hashemite kingdom of Jordan, where Utsav takes yo…
 
For this minisode, we chat about more of the worst things that have gone wrong on our travels that we *mostly* caused ourselves! Join Us! Join our Facebook Group: Rick Steves Over Brunch Podcast Listeners. Get exclusive mini-episodes on Our Patreon Account For more, find us: Chris Mitchell Find him at travelingmitch, Ultimate Ontario, & His Writer'…
 
It's been the site of a war, it has a connection to Mount Everest and a very very old connection to the human race. This week, in the seventh episode of Exploring your backyard, we visit the well known Lalbagh botanical gardens in Bangalore. This is the story of how well known but little understood Lalbagh is, and how many fantastic things one can …
 
In this episode, Bri joins Chris to discuss the 2010 special of Rick Steves' Europe, "Andalucía: The Best of Southern Spain." Join Us! Join our Facebook Group: Rick Steves Over Brunch Podcast Listeners. Get exclusive mini-episodes on Our Patreon Account For more, find us: Chris Mitchell Find him at travelingmitch, Ultimate Ontario, & His Writer's P…
 
A German Jew fleeing Nazi Germany. A temple buried and lost to the vagaries of time. A steamboat journey on the Mediterranean sea. This week, in the sixth episode of Exploring your backyard, we visit Malleshwaram, and how unlikely events and forces came together to establish this suburb. And how the city became home to one of India's foremost intel…
 
What connects the Thai Forest Tradition of Buddhism to the neighbourhood of Ulsoor in Bangalore? (No, its not a Buddhist monastery!). It is in fact a tree whose fruit is the national fruit of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, and the state fruit of Karnataka. This week, in the fifth episode of Exploring your backyard, we move into Ulsoor, which hides the s…
 
In 1792, the British departed from Srirangapatna near Mysore to Bangalore for a rather strange reason - To escape the mosquitos. But that wasnt the only deadly thing that shaped the future of Bangalore. This week, in the fourth episode of Exploring your backyard, we turn our eye towards Bengaluru, and how pandemics came to shape the city in ways we…
 
"Cotton Green, the forgotten, nondescript station on the Harbour line of the Bombay suburban train network. But once, this area was the beating heat of Bombay. This week, in the third episode of Exploring your backyard, we take you to the story of the meteoric rise of Bombay, which had wide ranging causes, right from the American Civil War in the 1…
 
For this minisode, Stephanie interviews Rob Taylor, the author of The Road Trip Survival Guide, about road trip tips and his new book. Join Us! Join our Facebook Group: Rick Steves Over Brunch Podcast Listeners. Get exclusive mini-episodes on Our Patreon Account For more, find us: Chris Mitchell Find him at travelingmitch, Ultimate Ontario, & His W…
 
You can't have been to Mumbai and not been to Colaba. The ultimate tourist hotspot, with colonial architecture and the bullet riddled walls of Cafe Leopold. This week, in the second episode of Exploring your Backyard, we take you to two silent spectators of Colaba, which are barely even noticed even by those who live there. Walk with us through Col…
 
For the outsider, Mumbai means Marine Drive and South Bombay. For anyone who has lived long enough in the city, they know that Dadar is the heart of the city which beats endlessly. This week, starting a new series, Exploring your Backyard, we tell you how this iconic neighbourhood has shaped the country in ways you would not have imagined. Or how D…
 
A pandemic which killed an estimated 2 to 6.4% of India's population, and became one of the only decades where our population actually declined. It's largely forgotten today. What did the 1918 Pandemic have to do with Jim Corbett and the leopards of Kumaon? What does it have to do with the home grown FMCG giant Godrej? In the last episode of the Da…
 
In this episode, we chat about the second half of the 2016 special of Rick Steves' Europe, "European Easter." Join Us! Join our Facebook Group: Rick Steves Over Brunch Podcast Listeners. Get exclusive mini-episodes on Our Patreon Account For more, find us: Chris Mitchell Find him at travelingmitch, Ultimate Ontario, & His Writer's Portfolio. His po…
 
The American Army fighting the war in Vietnam never took it seriously. They never estimated the extent to which these tunnels existed, for they seemed outside the scope of the American imagination. And yet, these impossible tunnels were very much a reality. This week, in the fifth episode of Dark Tourism, we take you to Vietnam, up close to the Cu …
 
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