Episode 31: I See London, I See France…Alone

Tiffany from (A)broad in Education and super special guest Thuan (check out his foodie Instagram @travel2f00d) join us to discuss being American while traveling solo.

Moral to the Story: Travel makes you different.

Other Fun Topics Discuss:

  • Tamu is traveling to Europe.
  • Tiffany has two volumes of photos from her trips.
  • Tamu’s flight anxiety.
  • Group consensus: there is plenty to do to keep you distracted on flights.
  • Geography.
  • Tiffany’s Collage: Smoking in Amsterdam
  • Food tastes better in their origin countries.
  • Thuan Recommends: Churchill War Museum
  • Feeling Triggered: Tamu passes on the Heineken Museum because Wight 1 used to drink it. Tiffany suggests going to exorcise the legacy of Wight 1.
  • Tamu is taking a wig to change her persona in Amsterdam.
  • Hair changes your personality.
  • Tiffany suggests wearing a wig throughout the trip.
  • Le Paris Noir Tour.

      Travel & Race & Safety:

  • Don’t read the comments when you Google about being black and travelling.
  • Being American carries more weight than blackness.
  • Travel in Paris.
  • Tales from the Camino de Santiago.
  • Being American can also make you feel like an outsider aside from race/ethnicity.
  • Passports: Concept of US passport as reparations.
  • Head Scratcher Question: Are all Americans colonizers?
  • Americans have a privilege abroad just by being American.
  • Is it radical to travel?

Episode 22: 84 Invites: Jim & Ben’s Wedding Reunion Special

Right before they popped off to the land of tea & crumpets, Jim and Ben stopped by for one last in-person recording session to talk about their wedding. Apologies in advance to the Brits for our terrible English accents.

Moral to the Story: Marriage has to be based on fake news otherwise no one would do it.

Other Fun Topics Discussed:

  • Ben explains the arduous emigration process.
  • Tamu & Mallory cried at the courthouse wedding video.
  • San Diego Shout Outs: To the wedding venue, Bahia Resort Hotel and the runner-up, Top of the Bay.
  • Deep Sadness Moment: Mallory learns Orlando Bloom is engaged to Katy Perry.
  • WTF Moment: Ben learns Orlando Bloom is English!
  • Ben loves Katy Perry so much she is the only artist he listens to offline.
  • Mallory’s elvish journals.
  • Ben is taking his Tolkien collection to England.
  • Ben feels that Elijah Wood should be English and/or gay.
  • Question of the Day: Do the English speak proper English?
  • Speaking of Weddings: Joelle of Mouse and Weens had close to 200 people at her wedding.
  • Ben’s dream wedding came to fruition, the feeling was not mutual for Jim.
  • Friends/guests forget a wedding is not about them.
  • Jim & Ben spent 10 hours putting together their seating chart to avoid “landmines”.
  • For Jim, the bigness of the wedding (84 guests) was overwhelming .
  • Jim’s 80-line excel spreadsheet.
  • Jim, the Consummate Wedding Planner: Jim broke all of the wedding activities into 15 minute increments.
  • Toast strategies for when you have four (4) of them.
  • Would they do a big wedding again? No, however, for each of them watching one another walk down the aisle with their respective families made it worth it.
  • Lessons Learned: Jim will now be a horrible wedding guest.
  • All about the music: Jim’s OCD came out creating the reception playlist and Tamu felt a way about being excluded from the music selection.
  • Shifting Perspectives: Ben’s parents’ progression from him burning in hell to full acceptance of his being gay.
  • You get 1 min: Jim’s explanation for the champagne toast.
  • A moment of Zen: Jim’s mani/pedi relaxation moment.
  • Tamu won’t be allowed into Britain with her bad cockney accent.

Jim & Ben’s Guide to Wedding Survival:

  1. Clearly communicate your needs and wants.
  2. Decide the size of wedding up front and do not deviate.
  3. Agree together on how scripted you want things to be.
  4. Don’t sweat the small stuff.
  5. Don’t freak out about your friends being idiots, they are just excited.
  6. Don’t settle on venues. Take time and look around.

Podcast Shout Outs from Across the Pond:

  • Check out The Thirst Podcast for pop culture, news, reviews, and discussion.
  • Listen to Her Moment in History where hosts Grace and Michelle give famous, infamous and not-so-well know women a time to shine.

 

Episode 8: How Appropriate…There’s a Wedding Outside!

In this week’s episode, Tamu and Mallory discuss the movie Sliding Doors and how their lives (both romantic and personal) might have been different if they choose another life path. Of course during the discussion, a freshly married couple are outside taking  wedding photos which was taken as a fitting sign for the two romantic cynics.

Moral to the Story: The Sliding Doors versions of Mallory and Tamu are living their best lives!

Other Fun Topics Discussed:

  • Tamu is STILL sad that the podcast is not receiving listener emails.
  • #Vote
  • New Business Idea for Amazon: Ordering weed through Alexa
  • What-ifs from the past.
  • LOVINGLY hating on the wedding photo shoot outside.
  • The many missed opportunities of Mallory and Tamu.
  • Mallory had no time for behind the scenes theater work, she wanted to Direct!
  • More tales from Tamu’s past.
  • Amaretto Sours are just wrong.
  • Mallory’s parent’s Sunday Funday.
  • Wine interlude: If you live in/or are visiting the Twin Cities, check out Twin Cities Wine Education.
  • According to Mallory, Teddy Roosevelt is a type of white.
  • Tamu is a terrible human.
  • Sex and the City Question: What is OK to do before someone says, “I Love You?”
  • Advice from Mallory: Get yourself a man who will wipe your ass when you need it.
  • If Tamu had gone forward with any of her alternative life paths, she would have never have her current life and the people in it…and this podcast *gasp*.
  • What are the jay walking laws in England?
  • Gerry is the worst!
  • Friends 2018 would be hipsters in Williamsburg & still with no black friends!
  • British people LOVE Monty Python.
  • #Vote

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