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Pushing the Boundaries of Travel in Celebration of the Human Experience.
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Hospitality goes back to our primordial roots - welcoming strangers who brought news from the distant lands.  Today it can seem like a lost art - a transaction rather the sparkle of humanity.  In this episode we explore hospitality's roots but also go to where it is thriving today, in East Africa.  Some say it's something you can't teach.  If that is the case, those in the safari industry at the lodges, tented camps, resorts and hotels, are born with a great gift. As a traveler to Africa, you will be welcomed and cared for probably like you never have been before.  So welcome strangers and friends alike.  Put your feet up and enjoy the podcast.  We'll bring you an ice cold fresh washcloth to wipe off the safari dust and some chilled paw paw juice.  Now refreshed, sit back and tell stories of the day and dream of your adventures to come.  Karibu mgeni! (Welcome stranger!)We'd love to hear from you!  hello@metamo.travelLike this podcast? Subscribe so you can be notified of future episodes. Leave us a five-star review on Apple Podcasts (or wherever you listen to podcasts). Thank you!! Learn more about Metamo: https://metamo.travel/subscribe/Or, enquire about your next trip: https://metamo.travel/enquire/
We travel. We love life. We get up in the morning and walk outside. We go through our day in wondrous ways.  When we pack out bags for a journey out into the world - whether it's to our job or on a great adventure beyond our borders, do we consider what non-material things we need to pack and bring along?  Of  course we don't want to forget our passport or our underwear but we also don't want to miss out on the richness that lies below the surface of the material world that we want to bring with us. On this first Internal Packing List Guide Podcast, we explore the non-material world of human communication as we travel hundreds of thousands of miles per hour together on this great journey. Like this podcast? Leave us a five-star review on Apple Podcasts! We really appreciate it.Learn more about Metamo: https://metamo.travel/subscribe/Or, enquire about your next trip: https://metamo.travel/enquire/
Have you ever got mugged but didn't know it?  How about ending up in a Russian hospital and being told you might have to find a different way home to America other than how you got there? From a small abode in El Salvador to the birthplace of the Beatles, we have some fun and mix it up with our regular co-host Bob Spoerl about his travels and life lessons learned.  Even Bob is surprised at how travel has almost unwittingly influenced everything from his work to his music. To shake it up even further, our former guest Jenna Adeleke (see Episode 25) joins us to co-host this episode with Greg. We have a blast with Bob, learn how spirituality has influenced his travels and, to add some frosting to the cake, get to hear part of one of Bob's recently released songs, High, Happy, Haunted with the lyrics written by Bob's wife Deanna.  Bob is owner of the global communications company, Bear Icebox Communications based out of Chicago.  Visit the Bear Icebox website for all of your communications and PR needs:www.bearicebox.comBob and his wife Deanna bring you their funny and boundary pushing (well not too far but they do walk to the edge) podcast Grocery Chat each week at:www.grocerychat.com You'll really enjoy Bob's wonderful original music at: www.gingerbinge.infoIf you love travel and adventure stories, don’t forget to subscribe to the Metamo Travel Podcast. We’re on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or anywhere you find podcasts.New episodes airing weekly! Learn more at http://Metamo.Travel
In this episode Greg flies solo for the first time and gives us an overview of where we are on our Metamo Travel Podcast journey now that we have passed 25 Episodes. We take a look at the concept of travel, with all of its twists and turns presented to us along the way.  The episode gives us a forest above the trees look at why we travel and how it can add quality and perspective to our lives.  For good measure and to keep our bearings, a few stories are sprinkled in along the way.  Buckle up, enjoy the ride, and we'll see you on the other side. 
In our 25th Episode, Greg describes a "typical" ride on his journey across Africa which was full of surprises.  We learn how to make a certain kind of traveler's stew, seasoned with a spattering of languages, thickened with a certain ingredient, and thrown against the wall until it sticks. We meet the wives of a certain and forgotten Zaïrois owner of a flatbed truck, experience light inside a glowing pumpkin, and come out the other side of night into a magical scene.  Hold on to your seat (if you can find one) and journey on. Like this podcast? Leave us a five-star review on Apple Podcasts! We really appreciate it.Learn more about Metamo: https://metamo.travel/subscribe/Or, enquire about your next trip: https://metamo.travel/enquire/
John Wanyokie spent four years at the Nairobi National Museum but his mind and heart are in the forests of Kenya listening to the magical sounds or out guiding on safari in the bush. John shares with us today his passion for conservation, wildlife, and how birds affect his life.  John discusses the importance of travel and how following his Mom to work one day when he wasn't supposed to opened up new pathways.
Deep in a bustling and vibrant market in Nigeria, Jenna Adeleke shares a transformational moment in her life.  In an instant, she knows just what she will do.  The humanity, the energy, and the vibrant colors permeate her very being.  Jenna would never be the same.  The story really begins in America when she first meets and makes an instant connection with the love of her life, "Leke." In this episode, Jenna travels to Nigeria to meet her African family for the very first time. She is blown away by the love, the warm hospitality, and the genuine connections she makes with her new family.  Jenna's passion for her 3 trips to Africa is contagious. She tells stories ranging descriptions of the culture, the food, to the brilliant colors everywhere.  Sit back and relax and enjoy - if this doesn't make you want to go to Africa to experience the culture and life there, nothing probably will. Learn more about Jenna's work on Etsy : Soul Creative by Jenna Featuring NaijAmore by SoulCreativeByJenna  https://www.etsy.com/OrOn Instagram:  @soulcreativebyjenna 
In this episode Bob and Greg probe the waters of the topic of transformational travel.  At the heart transformational travel is the realization that the journey we are on is not so much an external journey but an internal one.  One goes out into the world to explore and seek exciting experiences but transformation cuts both ways:  the people you meet can be influenced by you as much (or more) than you are by them.  Metamo's mission is to provide a more fulfilling way to travel and to transform the lives of children through its One-to-One Promise in the process, providing  education to children who might not otherwise have the opportunity.  This episode skims the surface of transformational travel looking for opportunities to take a  deeper dive along the way.  
Each wildlife safari has its own magic to it.  You never see the same scene twice.  In this episode Bob asks Greg to share an example of a memorable safari he has been on. They end up on safari on the floor of Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania, patiently watching lions hunt a notoriously ferocious beast known as the "widowmaker."   Ngorongoro Crater is one of the most stunning wildlife sanctuaries in the world.  It was once a massive volcano which may have been even bigger than Kilimanjaro.  On the floor of this largest intact caldera in the world live nearly 30,000 large mammals.  Let's journey together to meet a few of them on this episode.  
In this episode we continue our discussion with Maan Alyagout.  Maan describes how he was able to escape from Kuwait during the invasion by Iraq in 1990 into Saudi Arabia. A great storyteller, Maan continues to describe his journey that led him from the deserts of Arabia to the redwood forests of Northern California.  Using his wits and diplomatic savvy, Maan escapes with his life with dreams of returning to Humboldt County, where we speak with him today. Like this podcast? Follow us and leave a five-star review on Apple Podcasts or just about anywhere podcasts are found! Just search for "Metamo Travel." We really appreciate it.Learn more about Metamo: https://metamo.travel/subscribe/Or, enquire about your next trip: https://metamo.travel/enquire/
Our interview with Maan Alyagout takes us on a journey from the deserts of Kuwait, to the redwood forests of Humboldt County California, and back again. A great calamity befell the Kuwaiti people in 1990.  The invasion of Kuwait ensues and Maan finds himself in the middle of the morass. Using his wits and diplomatic savvy, Maan escapes with his life with dreams of returning to the redwood forests of Humboldt County California - where we speak with him today. Like this podcast? Follow us and leave a five-star review on Apple Podcasts or just about anywhere podcasts are found! Just search for "Metamo Travel." We really appreciate it.Learn more about Metamo: https://metamo.travel/subscribe/Or, enquire about your next trip: https://metamo.travel/enquire/
Today, we have a very special guest. Debbie Archangels is the host of The Offbeat Life. A podcast where she interviews travelers who ditched their 9-5 to become remote entrepreneurs and digital nomads. Debbie is also the founder of Howtocreateapodcast.com, a podcast consulting agency where she helps serious podcasters gain authority and income through their show.Like this podcast? Follow us and leave a five-star review on Apple Podcasts or just about anywhere podcasts are found! Just search for "Metamo Travel." We really appreciate it.Learn more about Metamo: https://metamo.travel/subscribe/Or, enquire about your next trip: https://metamo.travel/enquire/
On this episode we welcome back two special guests, David and Ronah Saunders.  David and Ronah share with us just a few of their favorite stories in the wild.  Ronah describes coming across a den of baby hyenas (she really wanted to bring one back home!). David recounts one of their most exciting safari experiences in Maasai Mara where smart wildebeest calf runs directly to their safari vehicle attempting to avoid almost certain death from a coalition of cheetahs surrounding it.  The tension builds and the fate of the wildebeest hangs by a thread. There are more stories too! Learn more about David and Ronah's work in Africa at  rrop.orgLike this podcast? Follow us and leave a five-star review on Apple Podcasts or just about anywhere podcasts are found! Just search for "Metamo Travel." We really appreciate it.Learn more about Metamo: https://metamo.travel/subscribe/Or, enquire about your next trip: https://metamo.travel/enquire/
Ryan Libhart Pereyda & Nathan Wirt push the boundaries of travel to the outermost limits. As they describe their wild adventures riding motorcycles from South America to California, across the US, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, there seems to be no limit to how far these two friends and travel mates would go in the name of adventure. Our story picks up here as the two venture to all the way to Nairobi, Kenya. There, they meet someone who becomes a special friend (and who keeps an artifact from their trip). Life lessons and resourcefulness, insights into different cultures, and a sundry of stories from Nate and Rien on their two epic journeys together await you!Like this podcast? Follow us and leave a five-star review on Apple Podcasts! We really appreciate it.Learn more about Metamo: https://metamo.travel/subscribe/Or, enquire about your next trip: https://metamo.travel/enquire/
Ryan Libhart Pereyda & Nathan Wirt push the boundaries of travel to the outermost limits. As they describe their wild adventures riding motorcycles from South America to California, across the US, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, there seems to be no limit to how far these two friends and travel mates would go in the name of adventure. Their stories ultimately take us deeper and deeper into remote Africa across deserts to a remote oasis near the Libyan border, through war-torn no-man-land countries like Sudan and Somalia, and into some of the most isolated parts of East Africa and beyond. Life lessons and resourcefulness, insights into different cultures, and a sundry of stories from Nate and Rien on their two epic journeys together await you, never knowing what's around the next corner on Transcontinental motorcycle adventures with Ryan Libhart Pereyda & Nathan Wirt: Part 1. Like this podcast? Follow us and leave a five-star review on Apple Podcasts! We really appreciate it.Learn more about Metamo: https://metamo.travel/subscribe/Or, enquire about your next trip: https://metamo.travel/enquire/
When traveling off the beaten path it’s pretty easy to misread the most obvious. Sometimes we trip and fall down. Sometimes we just look foolish. And once in a while we learn something from it.Like this podcast? Subscribe and leave us a five-star review on Apple Podcasts! We really appreciate it.Learn more about Metamo: https://metamo.travel/subscribe/Or, enquire about your next trip: https://metamo.travel/enquire/
Up in the hills of California's Coastal Range late at night in 1984, Joey Raspo and Skid draw out a plan on the back of an old napkin to travel to Egypt and climb to the top of the pyramids. Danny Puccinelli joins the escapade at the last hour and the three friends end up on an epic adventure.  Lost Italian relatives, sand storms on the Sinai, a Bedouin encampment, a sojourn in a cave, and a climb to the top of the Great Pyramid of Giza await. This edited version of their odyssey changes the names to protect the guilty.   Like this podcast? Subscribe and leave us a five-star review on Apple Podcasts! We really appreciate it.Learn more about Metamo: https://metamo.travel/subscribe/Or, enquire about your next trip: https://metamo.travel/enquire/
In this episode, we pick up where we left off last week. Greg is 1,000 miles from the coast to complete his journey across the continent of Africa. His last ride ends up being perhaps the worst one yet and he enters a Zen-like state to get through it. He reaches Cameroon and spies something on a train so familiar yet so foreign at the same time.  Greg finally knocks on the door of a French mission only to have to talk his way in using extremely limited French.  Finally, he takes a six-hour plane ride back to Nairobi and reflects on his seven-month journey. Like this podcast? Leave us a five-star review on Apple Podcasts! We really appreciate it.Learn more about Metamo: https://metamo.travel/subscribe/Or, enquire about your next trip: https://metamo.travel/enquire/
We pick up where we left off on Greg’s epic journey across the continent of Africa. On this week’s episode, Greg discusses his time in the Central African Republic. He makes his way from Zongo to Bangui across the Ubgangi River (after having to bribe to get there). Then, he escapes a curious kid holding a long screwdriver who kept following him, and runs into a motorcade with the country’s infamous self-proclaimed former Emperor Jean-Bédel Bokassa. All in search of a cholera shot to get back out of the country.Like this podcast? Leave us a five-star review on Apple Podcasts! We really appreciate it.Learn more about Metamo: https://metamo.travel/subscribe/Or, enquire about your next trip: https://metamo.travel/enquire/
Greg continues sharing his stories from his epic adventure across Africa. On this episode, he’s just left Bumba after recovering from malaria. He stays at a Hotel Californiaesque place in Lisala where he hears a knock on the door only to be surprised by a strange creature. Then, after sleeping on trucks, he makes his way to Zongo and enjoys the dancing, beer, and listening to kwasa kwasa. And then, the lights across the Ubangi River draw him in, but he needs to bribe his way to get there. But that’s for the next episode!Like this podcast? Leave us a five-star review on Apple Podcasts! We really appreciate it.Learn more about Metamo: https://metamo.travel/subscribe/Or, enquire about your next trip: https://metamo.travel/enquire/
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