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Imagine a life where work and adventure seamlessly blend, and you can explore the world while building a successful career. That's the power of being a digital nomad!  In this episode, I had the pleasure of (again) chatting with seven incredible individuals who have embraced this nomadic lifestyle, and this time they have unforgettable memories to share.  It's the enchantment of swimming beside a blind elephant in the heart of Thailand, the intrigue of being caught in the spotlight of a reality show tailor-made for globetrotters, and the unexpected camaraderie found with not one but two fearless Albanian grannies.  How about forming friendships with locals from every corner of this spinning planet through stand-up comedy, and then, the spark of revelation at the moment the bulb over your head illuminates, revealing that the digital nomad life wasn't just a pipe dream?  Also, prepare to be touched by the golden hearts of wanderers as they extend a hand to a struggling family in Manila. Hold your curiosity as we delve into the tale of a shaman in Peru, rendering aid to fellow souls on Ayahuasca ceremonies. Read the full article and see some pictures on – and start your journey towards the digital nomad lifestyle.  NOMAD LINKS Visit Jason Robinson's travel blog and follow him on Instagram as @TheNomadExperiment. Follow Nora Dunn’s YouTube channel, with tips on travel and travel gear, her blog, TheProfessionalHoboand on Instagram as @TheProfessionalHobo. Follow travel writer on his blog ““ and on Instagram as  @TheShaunBusuttil. Chris Cerra's email newsletter,, for the best accommodation deals for digital nomads. Use promo code VAGA20 to get 20% off on his Premium Newsletter forever. He’s @nomadaccommodationguy on Instagram Check out Mr. Derek Smith’s website on public speaking. He’s @Mr_Derek_Smith on Instagram. Check out Ranika Koneru's company, Cloud Connections, for inspiring group travel experiences to the world's greatest festivals. She’s on Instagram as @RainbowRani_ Explore Gianni Bianchini’s travel blog, Nomad Is Beautiful, YouTube channel, and podcast for digital nomad advice and insights. On Instagram as @Gianni.Bianchini. Connect with Palle Bo on YouTube, LinkedIn, Facebook, and twitter. See all the links here
I’m currently in Playa del Carmen, staying at a co-living space. I will be here for a month, and for the last two weeks, I’ve been joined by my oldest daughter, Amanda Bo.   On her last day, we talked about our time together in this tropical paradise. I’m sure you will get some inspiration on what to do if you get to this part of the world – with or without a beautiful ginger daughter. This episode is also available on YouTube and on The Radio Vagabond on Facebook:
Hey there, global explorers. Welcome back to another episode of this miniseries with the seven nomads on The Radio Vagabond. Today, we're diving into something every traveler understands – feeling alone in a world full of new places. Imagine hopping from one exciting spot to another, soaking in new cultures, and living life on your terms. But in between all that excitement, loneliness can sneak in. In this episode, I'm again joined by the seven experienced nomads, each with a trick or two up their sleeves to beat loneliness and create a real sense of community. From bustling markets in India to chasing the magical Northern Lights, our group of seasoned nomads has cracked the code to making friends no matter where you are. We're talking about turning chance meetings into lifelong friendships, how to blend online pals with real-life bonds, and how to build a support system that truly gets your nomadic lifestyle. So, whether you're tuning in from a beachside hammock in Thailand or a cozy corner of a café in Portugal, this episode is your guide to making friends on the move. Get ready to swap loneliness for connections that span the globe. The seven digital nomads are back. Ranika Koneru, Shaun Busuttil, Nora Dunn, Chris Cerra, Gianni Bianchini, Jason Robinson, and Mr. Derek Smith. So, let's conquer digital nomad loneliness – together!   KEY MOMENTS ·      00:00 - The Tension Between Freedom and Social Connection ·      03:13 - Becoming the Nucleus of Your Own Community ·      06:04 - Building Support Systems and Cultivating Relationships ·      09:32 - The Dance Between Freedom and Belonging ·      14:19 - The Benefits of Co-living Spaces ·      19:48 - The Commonality of Digital Nomads ·      22:50 - Balancing Social Needs ·      26:10 - Connecting Through Shared Interests ·      28:56 - The Challenges of Dating as a Digital Nomad ·      30:58 - Loneliness and Building Communities ·      34:25 - Home Base for Digital Nomads ·      36:44 - Advice for Aspiring Digital Nomads ·      37:13 - Conclusion and Call to Action   NOMAD LINKS Visit Jason Robinson's travel blog and follow him on Instagram as @TheNomadExperiment. Follow Nora Dunn’s YouTube channel, with tips on travel and travel gear, her blog, TheProfessionalHoboand on Instagram as @TheProfessionalHobo. Follow travel writer on his blog ““ and on Instagram as  @TheShaunBusuttil. Chris Cerra's email newsletter,, for the best accommodation deals for digital nomads. Use promo code VAGA20 to get 20% off on his Premium Newsletter forever. He’s @nomadaccommodationguy on Instagram Check out Mr. Derek Smith’s website on public speaking. He’s @Mr_Derek_Smith on Instagram. Check out Ranika Koneru's company, Cloud Connections, for inspiring group travel experiences to the world's greatest festivals. She’s on Instagram as @RainbowRani_ Explore Gianni Bianchini’s travel blog, Nomad Is Beautiful, YouTube channel, and podcast for digital nomad advice and insights. On Instagram as @Gianni.Bianchini. Connect with Palle Bo on YouTube, LinkedIn, Facebook, and twitter. See all the links here
If you're feeling overwhelmed and unproductive while trying to work remotely, constantly switching between different apps, and struggling to stay organized, then you are not alone!  Many digital nomads find themselves wasting precious time searching for important files and information, leading to missed deadlines and added stress. Have you heard these myths about essential tools for digital nomads?  Myth #1: To be productive, you need a fancy, expensive setup. Myth #2: Traveling and working simultaneously is impossible.  Myth #3: Productivity tools are only for traditional office settings. Our seven digital nomads are back. Ranika Koneru, Shaun Busuttil, Nora Dunn, Chris Cerra, Gianni Bianchini, Jason Robinson, and Mr. Derek Smith are here to share the truth about essential tools for digital nomads. Find links to all the tools mentioned in the episodes here: Use Google Maps for travel planning, saving locations, and reading reviews of restaurants and hotels. Try Rome2Rio to find the most efficient and cost-effective transportation options between places. Utilize Skyscanner to search for and book flights at the best prices. Use Airbnb to find accommodation everywhere. Consider using Facebook Marketplace for local accommodation options, especially in Southeast Asia. But when it comes to finding an apartment, Shaun mentions Flatio. Chris Cerra has a free newsletter called, where you get curated Airbnb deals and special discounts. And if you want to sign up for the Premium Newsletter, where the deals are even better and more specific deals it’s  Use the code: ”VAGA20” for 20% off the annual membership forever. Visit Nora Dunn's website,, for a regularly updated resource of websites to find monthly accommodations around the world – excluding Airbnb. The Radio Vagabond sponsor, is also a great tool for the best prices on hotels, guest houses, hostels, and apartments. Gianni uses for structuring his work. It’s a versatile organizational tool catering to digital nomads' personal and professional needs. It encompasses a range of features, including database checklists and flexible viewing options, making task management a breeze. Although mastering Notion may take some time, it can become a powerful asset, weaving efficiency into the digital nomad lifestyle. LINKS TO THE SEVEN NOMADS Visit Jason Robinson's travel blog and follow him on Instagram as @TheNomadExperiment. Follow Nora Dunn’s YouTube channel, with tips on travel and travel gear, her blog, TheProfessionalHoboand on Instagram as @TheProfessionalHobo. Follow travel writer on his blog ““ and on Instagram as  @TheShaunBusuttil. Chris Cerra's email newsletter,, for the best accommodation deals for digital nomads. Use promo code VAGA20 to get 20% off on his Premium Newsletter forever. He’s @nomadaccommodationguy on Instagram Check out Mr. Derek Smith’s website on public speaking. He’s @Mr_Derek_Smith on Instagram. Check out Ranika Koneru's company, Cloud Connections, for inspiring group travel experiences to the world's greatest festivals. She’s on Instagram as @RainbowRani_ Explore Gianni Bianchini’s travel blog, Nomad Is Beautiful, YouTube channel, and podcast for digital nomad advice and insights. On Instagram as @Gianni.Bianchini. Connect with Palle Bo on YouTube, LinkedIn, Facebook, and twitter. See all the links here.   KEY MOMENTS: 00:00 - Introduction Palle Bo introduces the episode and mentions that they will be discussing tools and resources for digital nomads. 01:08 - Leveraging ChatGPT Derek talks about how he ChatGPT to capture new ideas and how it has been a huge benefit for him as a writer. 03:45 – Nomadigo Ranika shares an app called Nomadigo, which helps digital nomads see where their friends are located throughout the year. 04:12 - Google Maps  Gianni discusses how he uses Google Maps to plan his travels and relies on AI to provide recommendations for itineraries. 07:23 – Rome2Rio and Facebook Marketplace Jason talks about using Rome2Rio to plan transportation options and mentions using Facebook Marketplace to find accommodations at local prices. 14:48 - Introduction to Notion Gianni recommends as a versatile app to manage work and personal life. It offers features like databases, checklists, and different viewing options. Although it has a learning curve, it can become a valuable tool for productivity. 16:22 - Google Translate Shaun praises Google Translate, particularly its photo translation feature. It has been useful for him during his travels in the Balkan region, allowing him to understand signs and communicate with locals, and how it’s enabling travellers to experience local culture and communicate with locals effectively. 17:46 - Importance of Local Connections Palle emphasizes the value of building connections and getting a sense of community while travelling and mentions an upcoming episode on this topic and the significance of connecting with locals in new places.
Do you want to achieve a greater sense of harmony between your work and leisure as a digital nomad? Are you searching for a way to strike a better work-life balance in your nomadic lifestyle? Our seven digital nomad experts have a ton of ideas and maybe the solution you need. In this episode, they will provide valuable insights and strategies to help you create a more balanced and fulfilling nomadic experience where work and leisure seamlessly coexist. Does this sound familiar? You're a digital nomad, constantly on the move, juggling work and adventure. But despite all your efforts, your work-life balance feels like a never-ending struggle. You've been told to simply work less and enjoy more, but that advice isn't helping. Instead, you're feeling overwhelmed, stressed, and constantly torn between your professional and personal life. It's time to break free from this ineffective approach and find a solution that brings harmony to your nomadic lifestyle. Again, my guests are the seven nomads: Ranika Koneru, Shaun Busuttil, Nora Dunn, Chris Cerra, Gianni Bianchini, Jason Robinson, and Mr. Derek Smith.   In this episode, you will... Decode the secrets to harmonizing your professional pursuits and personal life as a digital nomad. Obtain effective methods to uphold a satisfying work-life balance as you journey across the world. Understand the significance of separating work from free time for achieving a more fulfilling nomadic lifestyle. Delve into the artful navigation of work-life balance for the modern digital nomad. Learn about the dilemmas in merging work responsibilities with travel adventures. Decode the secrets to harmonizing your professional pursuits and personal life as a digital nomad. Identify and overcome the trials you might face in managing your professional obligations while exploring the place you're visiting. Gain insights into how the idea of work-life balance has evolved for the digital nomads in today's fast-paced world. Understand the importance of separating work from free time, for your overall satisfaction of being a nomad.   LINKS: Visit Jason Robinson's travel blog and follow him on Instagram as @TheNomadExperiment. Follow Nora Dunn’s YouTube channel, with tips on travel and travel gear, her blog, TheProfessionalHoboand on Instagram as @TheProfessionalHobo. Follow travel writer on his blog ““ and on Instagram as  @TheShaunBusuttil. Chris Cerra's email newsletter,, for the best accommodation deals for digital nomads. Use promo code VAGA20 to get 20% off on his Premium Newsletter forever. He’s @nomadaccommodationguy on Instagram Check out Mr. Derek Smith’s website on public speaking. He’s @Mr_Derek_Smith on Instagram. Check out Ranika Koneru's company, Cloud Connections, for inspiring group travel experiences to the world's greatest festivals. She’s on Instagram as @RainbowRani_ Explore Gianni Bianchini’s travel blog, Nomad Is Beautiful, YouTube channel, and podcast for digital nomad advice and insights. On Instagram as @Gianni.Bianchini. Connect with Palle Bo on YouTube, LinkedIn, Facebook, and twitter. See all the links here.   KEY MOMENTS: 00:00:01 - Introduction I introduce the seven nomads: Gianni Bianchini, Sean Busitil, Mr. Derek Smith, Nora Dunn, Jason Robinson, Ranika Koneru, and Chris Serra.  00:04:17 - Work-Life BalanceDerek discusses his goal of achieving work-life balance and the importance of setting boundaries.  Nora shares her experience of finding work-life balance as a long-term nomad.  00:09:51 - The Four-Hour Work WeekThe concept of work-life balance is explored in Tim Ferriss' book, "The Four Hour Work Week" – a bible for nomads.  00:13:56 - Sources of IncomeShaun explains his sources of income, including a scholarship, travel writing fees, and passive income from e-commerce stores.  00:15:25 - Finding a Work-Life Balance as a Digital NomadThe guests discuss the importance of finding a balance between solo work time and social interaction.  00:16:08 - Adapting and Diversifying Income StreamsNora Dunn explains how the pandemic and a Google algorithm update affected her website traffic and led her to explore other income streams, such as YouTube. 00:18:13 - Building a Successful YouTube ChannelNora Dunn talks about her YouTube channel and the challenges she faced in growing it. 00:19:47 - Struggles with Work-Life BalanceWe discuss the difficulties of achieving work-life balance as digital nomads.  00:25:58 - Managing Time Zones and FlexibilityWe discuss the challenges and benefits of working in different time zones.  00:32:06 - Next Episode PreviewI'm sharing what the next episode with the seven digital nomads will be about. 
Take a walk with me in San Pedro and hear where I'm going next.  This episode is also available as a video on YouTube and Facebook.
When Russia invaded Ukraine, Orest Zub's life took an unexpected turn. As the conflict engulfed his homeland, his once-thriving business as a travel YouTuber faced its own battle. But Orest found a new purpose, a mission to tell the world about what is happening on the ground in Ukraine and create international connections. And now he wants to invite the world to his country. As a part of NomadMania, he's organizing a tour to Lviv, Kyiv, and Kharkiv. IN THIS EPISODE, WE WILL… Uncover the deep-seated impacts of the Ukraine conflict on the nation and its people. Gain insights into the crucial importance of global support towards Ukraine's growth and prosperity. Acquire knowledge of the multifaceted effects of the war impacting various aspects of life in Ukraine. Learn the necessary safety and security protocols when considering travel to Ukraine during these tumultuous times.  Orest Zub is an individual who fearlessly stands against the wind, navigating through life with fiercely proactive determination. His adept understanding of the intricate convolutions of the ongoing Ukrainian-Russian war makes his perspective uniquely crucial. Originating from Ukraine, Orest has first-hand experience with the conflict's overwhelming impact on diverse sectors. Remarkably, he found ways to channel the storm into a driving force for establishing international connections between Ukraine and the world, undeterred by the odds. He personifies resilience, embodying an unwavering spirit fueling his mission despite the spiralling adversity he has witnessed. KEY MOMENTS 01:01 - Spontaneous Decision to Attend Bansko NomadFest 03:04 - The Complexity of War in Ukraine 10:45 - The End of the War in Ukraine 15:59 - Adapting to the New Reality 19:20 - The Significance of Ukraine 21:15 - Safety in Lviv 25:53 - Safety in Kyiv 27:35 - Situation in Kharkiv 33:05 - Differentiating News Reports 34:17 - The NomadMania Tour 37:21 - Limited Spots on the Kharkiv Tour 38:17 - Overland Travel to Ukraine 40:00 - All are Welcome to the NomadMania Event 41:06 - Preparing for the Event and Showcasing Ukraine   LINKS Stay informed about the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and its implications for the region by following Orest Zub’s YouTube channel for videos about the war in Ukraine. Experience the determination and inspiration of the Ukrainian people first-hand and consider participating in the NomadMania tour to Ukraine in October, organized by Orest Zub and the rest of the NomadMania team. Watch the video about the tour. Would you go to Ukraine right now? Join the conversation on The Radio Vagabond’s Facebook page.
Welcome to the second of the seven episodes with conversations with seven experienced digital nomads. In this one we dive into the concept of travel pace for digital nomads, exploring fast and slow travel styles. Throughout the discussion, the benefits and challenges of fast and slow travel are explored. Fast travel is described as an exhilarating experience, filled with adrenaline and the thrill of exploration. On the other hand, slow travel is likened to savouring a fine wine, allowing for deeper immersion in a place and the formation of connections. The guests also touch on the personal experiences and challenges they have faced with fast travel. They discuss the exhaustion of constantly finding new places to live, navigating unfamiliar environments, and making decisions on the go. They emphasize that slow travel allows for a better balance between work and exploration, as well as a deeper understanding and appreciation of the local culture. Ultimately, the discussion showcases the varying travel paces of digital nomads and highlights the importance of finding the right balance between fast and slow travel. The episode provides valuable insights for digital nomads seeking to achieve a more fulfilling and sustainable travel lifestyle. The conversations made me reflect on my own travel pace as a digital nomad, sharing the number of places I’ve visited in 2022 and the average length of stay in each location.   LINKS: Visit Jason Robinson's Nomad Experiment travel blog to learn about the digital nomad lifestyle and share your own experiences. Follow Nora Dunn’s YouTube channel, with tips on travel and travel gear, and her blog, The Professional Hobo. Follow travel writer Shaun Busuttil on his blog and Instagram. Chris Cerra's email newsletter,, for the best accommodation deals for digital nomads. Check out Mr. Derek Smith’s website on public speaking. Check out Ranika Koneru's company, Cloud Connections, for inspiring group travel experiences to the world's greatest festivals. Explore Gianni Bianchini’s travel blog, Nomad Is Beautiful, his personal website, his YouTube channel, and his podcast for digital nomad advice and insights. Connect with Palle Bo on YouTube, LinkedIn, Facebook, and twitter. See all the links here.   KEY MOMENTS: 00:00 - Welcome to the Second Episode with the Seven Nomads 02:29 - Nora Dunn: Sometimes Travelled Very Slow 03:46 - Mr. Derek Smith: Finding a Base for Exploration 07:01 - Gianni Bianchini: The Benefits of Slow Nomading 09:14 - Chris Cerra: The Ideal Duration of Stay 10:36 - Shaun Busuttil: Staying three to six months 11:43 - Cultivating a Routine and Navigating a Place 12:51 - Ranika Koneru: Has Been Slowing Down 13:33 - Jason Robinson: Also Stays a Long Time 14:11 - The Difference between Younger and Older Digital Nomads 14:56 - Mr. Derek Smith: Finding a Hub and Slowing Down 15:49 - Shaun Busuttil: PhD Studies Reveal What the Trend is 18:53 - How Palle Bo is Different than the Other Seven Nomads 21:19 - Feeling Time is Moving Slower 27:22 - Nora Dunn and Gianni Bianchini: The Desire for a Home Base 29:51 - The Changing Definition of Digital Nomad 32:47 - Creating a Social Network 36:15 - The Value of a Home Base 39:15 - Shaun Busuttil and Gianni Bianchini: Benefits of a Home Base 43:11 - Summing it Up: Fast Travel vs Slow Travel 44:27 - The Challenges of Slow Travel 45:17 - Different Approaches to Travel 46:53 - Travel Pace as a Digital Nomad 47:05 - Upcoming Episode: Work/Life Balance
Break free from societal expectations and embark on a life-changing journey as a digital nomad.  My guests who challenge the norm, pursue their desires, and find fulfillment in a world of adventure and freedom are Ranika Koneru, Shaun Busuttil, Nora Dunn, Chris Cerra, Gianni Bianchini, Jason Robinson, Mr. Derek Smith. In this episode, you will: Get a glimpse into the enthralling world of the digital nomad lifestyle and their exciting experiences. Hear how our seven nomads got started. Scrutinize the reasons that instigate individuals to adopt the digital nomad way of life. Familiarize yourself with the tough realities and hurdles that mark the journey of a digital nomad. Glean insider tips and strategies to strike the right work-travel balance in a digital nomad's life. Unearth the potential personal growth and transformative journey made possible through the nomadic lifestyle. Unique digital nomad experiences In this episode, you will be taken on a captivating journey into the lives of different digital nomads. These exclusive insights highlight how travel, work, adventure, and personal growth intertwine in the digital nomad lifestyle. By diving into the authentic stories, the episode demonstrates that everyone's nomadic journey is distinctly unique, proving there isn't merely a single path to this lifestyle.   The key moments in this episode are: 02:44 - Ranika Koneru: Becoming a Nomad 03:59 - Gianni Bianchini: Ten Years as a Nomad 05:06 - Meeting Chris Cerra 06:22 - Shaun Busuttil: A Nomad's Perspective  08:56 - Jason Robinson: The Nomad Experiment  14:00 - Chis Cerra: Becoming a nomad 14:54 - The Motivation to Start a Nomadic Lifestyle  17:09 - Nora Dunn: The Evolution of Digital Nomadism 20:26 - Mr. Derek Smith: Embracing Public Speaking as a Nomad 23:30 - Jason Robinson: Overcoming Challenges as a Nomad 28:08 - Nora and Ranika: The Curiosity to Understand Different Cultures 32:00 - Chris Cerra: Leaving Behind Careers and Taking Risks 35:21 - Derek and Gianni: Becoming Nomads 40:30 - Shaun Busuttil: Starting as a Freelance Writer 46:21 - Poem Written and Read by an AI   The resources mentioned in this episode are: Follow travel writer Shaun Busuttil on his blog and Instagram. Chris Cerra's email newsletter,, for the best accommodation deals for digital nomads. Check out Ranika Koneru's company, Cloud Connections, for inspiring group travel experiences to the world's greatest festivals. Explore Gianni Bianchini’s travel blog, Nomad Is Beautiful, his personal website, his YouTube channel, and his podcast for digital nomad advice and insights. Visit Jason Robinson's Nomad Experiment travel blog to learn about the digital nomad lifestyle and share your own experiences. Follow Nora Dunn’s YouTube channel, with tips on travel and travel gear, and her blog, The Professional Hobo. Check out Mr. Derek Smith’s website on public speaking. Connect with Palle Bo on YouTube, LinkedIn, Facebook, and twitter. See all the links here.   Stay tuned for upcoming episodes of The Radio Vagabond podcast to hear more from these digital nomads about their experiences and insights.
This is part two of my days visiting a gorilla family in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in Uganda. If you haven’t heard part one, you should listen to that one first. Then you will know that I’ve just had lunch in the forest with the group, and we were reflecting on the unique experience. GETTING SLIPPERY But the day wasn’t over: we still had to get down to civilization. And the descent proved to be a bit of a challenge for your trusted vagabond. After witnessing these magnificent creatures chow down on their leafy delicacies, it was time for us to refuel. So, in a cozy clearing right next to where we mingled with the gorillas, we sat down, ready to tackle the most important meal of the day – a good ol' sandwich and a trusty bottle of water. But hold on to your hats, dear listeners, because the day was far from over. We still had a mission ahead of us: the grand descent back to civilization. Now, you may think, "Oh, going downhill, that's a piece of cake!" Well, let me tell you, it wasn't all smooth sailing for this intrepid traveler. PRIDE WOUNDED, BUT NOTHING ELSE The descent turned out to be a bit of a challenge for me. It was like nature threw a curveball just to keep things interesting. Steep slopes, slippery terrain, and unexpected obstacles tested my balance and agility. It was an action-packed descent that would have made any adventure movie director proud. Picture this: a not-so-rainy day in the muddy forest. Sure, it had poured the day before, transforming the tracks into a slippery mess. Now, here's where the fun begins. The rest of the hiking group, oh so clever, pranced along with their sensible hiking shoes, with so much pattern on their outsoles that they could probably scale a vertical wall. And then there was me, the fashionably clueless one, strutting my stuff in regular sneakers that might as well have been made of banana peels. With every step I took, it was like walking on a tightrope of terror. The mud clung to my shoe soles like a clingy ex, turning each step into a slippery slide of pure comedy. I was the star of my very own slapstick show, slipping and sliding like a cartoon character on a banana binge. Don't get me wrong – I had my two trusty walking sticks in my hands, ready to conquer the treacherous terrain. But even with those in my arsenal, I was no match for the slippery mud monster. It was like having roller skates with wheels that had minds of their own, doing pirouettes and cartwheels whenever they pleased. Who needs a theme park when you have Mother Nature's amusement park right under your feet? And let me tell you about my grand finale: In slip number fourteen, I went tumbling down the mountainside, a graceful descent worthy of a gymnastics routine. Well, not so much. In the midst of an acrobatic extravaganza, executing somersaults, my glasses, those trusty companions, were rudely knocked off my muddy face. In a moment of sheer brilliance, as my spectacles soared through the air like a bird, I summoned my lightning-fast ninja reflexes and plucked them right out of thin air. With the grace of a swan, I snagged them mid-flight and twirled around for a few additional elegant turns. Luckily, no rocks were waiting to give me a big, bruised surprise. Nope, just a bed of soft vegetation, nature's way of saying, "Hey buddy, don't take yourself too seriously." As the two guides rushed to my rescue, I couldn't help but chuckle. Pride wounded, but nothing else. It was a laughter-filled reunion as they pulled me back up onto the slippery track, like the heroes of a B-grade comedy. And when we finally reached the bottom, my transformation was complete. I was a masterpiece of mud, a walking canvas of earthy tones. I tell you, mud on my shoes, mud on my jeans, mud even on my face – fashion statement of the century. Ridiculous? Absolutely. But hey, who needs a day at the spa when you can have a mud makeover in the great outdoors? So there you have it, my misadventures in the muddy forest. Lessons learned: invest in some sensible shoes and always be ready for a comedy routine when nature decides to play a little joke on you. Life's a stage, my friends, and I'm just the clumsiest actor in the cast. WE DID IT After the trek, we returned to the starting point to pick up our certificates as a sign of the successful tracking of mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. This encounter with the mountain gorillas was nothing short of transformative and a reminder of the connection between humans and apes. If you go, consider contacting my friends at Eco Adventures Safari. And please tell them I sent you. CROSSING THE EQUATOR On the way back, we cross the equator and make a stop. I can get the typical picture of standing with one foot in the Northern Hemisphere and the other foot in the Southern Hemisphere, a unique experience that captures the essence of being at the center of the Earth. It's like standing in two places at once without moving a muscle. But wait, there's more! They've got these quirky demonstrations that mess with your mind. Water swirls in different directions just because you're a few meters on one side or the other. It's like the equator has its own magical water show. COMPUTER PROBLEMS Something not so good happened on this trip. Something that would affect my life as a digital nomad for months. At the end of this episode, I tell you what this is all about and what happened after that. But you have to listen if you want to know. My name is Palle Bo, and I gotta keep moving. See you.
Join me as I trek through Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to find a family of mountain gorillas and experience the magic of observing these incredible creatures up close. Don't miss this thrilling episode of The Radio Vagabond. Also, you get to know Charles and Amos, both with a deep knowledge of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and its enchanting mountain gorillas. Charles is an experienced driver and tour guide from Eco Adventure Safaris dedicated to providing visitors with an unforgettable trip through Uganda's stunning scenery. Amos is an experienced ranger guide with a vast knowledge of the forest's ecosystem and a gift for recounting engaging stories about endangered mountain gorillas. Both Charles and Amos are passionate about wildlife and environmental conservation, offering wildlife enthusiasts an extraordinary journey that will leave a lasting impact. In this episode, you will be able to: Discover the wonders of gorilla trekking in Uganda while venturing into the majestic Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Gain fascinating insights into the lives of mountain gorillas and their awe-inspiring habitats. Learn about silverback gorillas' crucial roles and behavior in their social groups. Acquire essential information on permits and costs for mountain gorilla visits in Uganda, Rwanda, and Congo.   Timestamped summary of this episode:   00:00:00 - Introduction  I’m in Uganda, waiting for a driver to take me on a three-day tour to the jungle to see the mountain gorillas. 00:02:20 - Eco Adventures Safari  Charles from Eco Adventures Safari picks me up, and we spend 10 hours driving to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Charles explains the itinerary, including community walks, gorilla tracking, and the journey back. 00:05:10 - Rolex SnackCharles introduces me to a popular Ugandan street food called Rolex. The snack consists of an omelette rolled up in a chapati and has become a symbol of Ugandan entrepreneurship. 00:08:08 - Bwindi Impenetrable National ParkI describe the national park, which covers an area of 320 square kilometres and is home to almost half of the world's mountain gorillas. UNESCO also recognizes the park as a World Heritage Site due to its many different plants and animals, including the Batwa Pygmies, one of Africa's oldest indigenous communities. 00:12:36 - Trekking to See GorillasWe arrive at the park headquarters for a briefing from the Uganda Wildlife Authority Ranger guides. After a performance from the Rushaga Community Handicraft Association, we begin our trek to see the mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. 00:17:14 - Gorilla EncounterI talk to the ranger guide, Amos, about the magical experience of encountering a family of mountain gorillas in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. We talk about the social structure of gorilla families, the role of the silverback, and how trackers locate the gorilla groups. 00:23:33 - Gorilla Behaviour The conversation revolves around gorilla behavior, including how the silverback protects the family from predators and other gorilla groups. We discuss how females leave their families and join new silverbacks when they are soon to conceive and how gorillas engage in friendly interactions with other groups. 00:26:08 - Reflecting Over lunch, the group reflects on our hour-long encounter with the gorillas, talking about how natural the gorillas were around humans and how close we got to the silverback. We also discuss the incredible acrobatic skills of the gorilla kids and how human-like their behavior was. 00:28:30 - Permits and Costs I provide information on the cost of permits to visit mountain gorillas in Uganda, Rwanda, and Congo and recommend Eco Adventure Safari for those considering gorilla tracking.  00:30:48 - Part Two PreviewI tease the second part of my Uganda gorilla trip episodes, where I go on a slippery and muddy adventure, falls multiple times, and teach you some important words in the local Luganda language. I also hint at something terrible that happened on this trip.   The resources mentioned in this episode are: Book a tour with Eco Adventure Safaris for responsible, eco-friendly gorilla trekking tours and wildlife safaris in Uganda, Rwanda, Congo, Kenya, and Tanzania. Try a Ugandan-style omelet rolled up in a chapati called a Rolex. Follow The Radio Vagabond on Instagram and check out my photos from the trip. Spend the night at Rushaga Gorilla Havens Lodge, nestled in natural surroundings and offers a peaceful and serene atmosphere – and a stunning view. Consider visiting Bwindi Impenetrable National Park during June, July, August, September, or December for drier weather and better gorilla trekking conditions. Ensure your camera is fully charged and has enough space for photos before embarking on the gorilla trek with Uganda Wildlife Authority Ranger guides. Support the Rushaga Community Handicraft Association by purchasing their handmade crafts when visiting the national park. Donate to organizations supporting mountain gorillas conservation, such as the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund or the International Gorilla Conservation Programme. Visit for the best hotel prices worldwide.
In this episode, I’m talking to a previous guest. His name is Curtin, and I’ve got to know him on a Nomad Cruise from Barcelona to Brazil. This was back in 2018, and we recorded an episode about his extraordinary life when we got to Brazil.  Curtin is an American man who put his life on hold to go to Ukraine when Russia invaded in 2022 – not to fight but to help the locals survive.  First, he went to Poland and soon started bringing food, toys, and other things across the border to the people of Ukraine. Then after a while, he went further east to Kyiv and even all the way to the front line, putting his own life in danger. His time as an aid worker in Ukraine and many years as a nomad is now over. He’s on his way back to the USA to teach history.  We are lucky that people like Curtin unselfishly go out of their way to help people in need. Listen to the first episode I did with Curtin in 2018.   In a world consumed by chaos and strife,  There lived a man named Curtin, a beacon of life. When war ignited in Ukraine's land, He decided to lend a helping hand. He ventured to Ukraine via Poland, a land nearby, Bringing food, toys, and aid to supply Through sleepless nights and tireless days, He worked in ways that defied worldly praise. Not to fight, but to uplift, he did strive, To bring solace to those barely alive. With danger as his constant companion, He embraced the risk, fueled by compassion. In November, he took a break, With nomad friends, memories to make. A vagabond appearance, a scruffy guise, But greeted warmly, love shining in their eyes. Now, his time as an aid worker draws to an end, His nomadic years are also reaching a bend. Returning to his homeland, a new role awaits, To teach history, sharing knowledge's gates. We are fortunate, blessed for souls like Curtin, Who venture where hope seems uncertain. They put their own lives on hold, unafraid, To extend a hand, providing aid.
Anything but First World Problems There's nothing good to watch on TV. I can't decide what to order from the extensive menu at this restaurant. I have too many clothes and not enough closet space. The barista at my coffee shop spelled my name wrong on my cup. My phone is too big to fit comfortably in my pocket. Oh no… My phone battery is dying, and I forgot my charger. I can't find my favourite flavour of sparkling water at the grocery store. Do these problems seem familiar to you? These are first-world problems, and I’m just as guilty of having them: I’ve been frustrated when my phone was dying, and I’d forgotten my power bank at an Ed Sheeran concert in Atlanta. And you’ve heard me complain about Starbucks getting my name wrong on an overcharged cup of tall Americano. In this episode, we’re going to be dealing with other problems, like: “Should we give our 13-year-old baby girl away to be married to an older man, or should we keep her here and risk that she will be abducted and turned into a sex slave.” That’s the kinda stuff we’ll be dealing with in this episode, as Susan Laker will tell her life story. WARNING It’s also a story that will be hard to listen to. It’s heartbreaking, and with so many graphic details, that will not be suitable for children. At the same time, I feel this might be the most important episode of The Radio Vagabond that I’ve done up until now.  My name is Palle Bo. Welcome back to the third and final part of my miniseries from the Acholi Quarter in Kampala, Uganda. INTRO I hope you have had a chance to listen to the first two episodes from The Acholi Quarter in Uganda, where Susan Laker, a small but mighty woman in her late 30s, took us around. She’s the co-founder and leader of 22STARS Foundation’s work here, always helping children and families in need with a big smile. But let me tell you, her journey wasn't always a straight path. This tale is a wild one, full of crazy twists and turns. It could be a movie, maybe something like The Color Purple, set in Uganda. CHILD BRIDE Her parent gave her away to be married when she was just a child. She was angry at her parents when this happened and didn’t understand why.  “I was 13 years old when I was force into early marriage by my parents.” Most of us would say that there is nothing that would justify that. But her parents had a good reason. “By that time, I didn't know the reason. I was just mad but later on, you realize they did that to protect me from being abducted from the LRA Rebels.” LRA REBELS The LRA Rebels, or “The Lord's Resistance Army,” was a rebel group operated in Uganda and other Central African countries, started by Joseph Kony in 1987. The LRA would typically attack villages at night, using guns, machetes, and other weapons. They would kill or maim those who resisted, burn down homes, and loot property. They would then abduct children. They used to abduct children, even babies, from their mothers and were forced to march long distances to LRA bases deep in the bush. And were then subjected to brutal initiation rituals, during which they were beaten, sometimes with their peers, and forced to kill other children or adults. The abducted children were then trained as soldiers and used to attack civilians, other rebel groups, and government forces, using guns, sticks, and pangas – large, heavy, machete-like knives. The LRA's tactics of abducting children were particularly savage and brutal. The children were forced to serve as soldiers, porters, and sex slaves. The group often targeted vulnerable communities, including schools and churches, and used violence and intimidation to abduct children. And then, the children were subjected to intense physical and psychological abuse. They used violent initiation ceremonies to break the children's spirits and force them to commit atrocities. The children were often forced to kill or maim their own families or fellow abductees to break their spirits and brainwash them into cutting ties to their former lives. The LRA also used brutal methods of discipline to maintain control over the children. This included beatings, torture, and even execution. Susan gave me examples of how brutal the methods were: “They cut off your lips, they cut off your private parts – like the breasts. If not, they put the padlock. They tie your lips, and then some are beaten to death. Some they chop of their neck. They were killed. Those who tried to escape, they were stoned to death.” In addition to their role as soldiers, the girls among the abducted children were often forced into sexual slavery and forced marriages. “Some of them ended up giving birth and some of them ended up dying giving birth because they were so young. Some of them died because they were mistreated. Also, there was no in facility to take care of a pregnant woman, so some of them got sick and died because there was no medication.” The children were also used as human shields in battles, which put their lives at even greater risk. JOSEPH KONY In 2012, a video campaign called "Kony 2012" from the organization Invisible Children went viral, bringing international attention to the LRA's atrocities and Kony's role in them. The campaign and its creator, Jason Russell, set out to make Kony famous, and they definitely succeeded in that. Joseph Kony was born in 1961 in a village in northern Uganda. He grew up in a Catholic household and was initially drawn to religion but dropped out of school and joined the rebel group led by a distant relative, Alice Lakwena. She had claimed to have received messages from the Holy Spirit and was leading a rebellion against the Ugandan government. When Lakwena’s rebellion failed, Kony formed his own group, the LRA, in 1987. And like Alice Lakwena, he also claimed to have a hotline to God. He said that he was a spiritual medium and that his commands came directly from the spiritual world and were not to be questioned. Kony was known for his mysticism and claimed to have supernatural powers, including the ability to turn bullets into water and to communicate with spirits. He was also notorious for his brutality and didn’t just have his brainwashed followers do all of the dirty work. He’s believed to have personally participated in many of the LRA's atrocities. So, he was a self-appointed messiah and said his government was based on the Ten Commandments. But then he went on to break every one of them.  In 2005, the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant for Kony and four of his top lieutenants for crimes against humanity and war crimes. However, he’s managed to hide, and still to this day – almost 20 years later, Kony's whereabouts are unknown. Although the LRA's activities have declined significantly in recent years, the group remains active and has been responsible for sporadic attacks and abductions that continue to be reported in the region. The LRA's use of children for soldiers, waiters, and sex slaves has devastated the children who were abducted and their families. Many of the children who escaped or were rescued suffered from depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder.  SUSAN’S PARENTS' CHOICE Enough about the LRA and its creepy leader, Joseph Kony. I just wanted you to get a little bit of perspective on what Susan’s parents were trying to save her from when they gave her away for early marriage at the age of just 13.  It’s just so hard to fathom. What a choice for parents to make. “Should we keep our child here with the risk that the brutal LRA Rebels will take her and turn her into a sex slave – or maybe cut off her lips and private parts? Or stone her to death… And maybe brainwash her and she will come back here and kill us in our sleep. Or should we give her away to be married to that older soldier, who will probably do what he likes and most likely get her pregnant soon, but then might also be able to keep her alive…?” I have no idea if this was what Susan’s parents were thinking at the time. We can only speculate because this is so far away from anything most of us have even thought about having to consider. Think about that before you get frustrated that there’s too much to choose from on a menu at a restaurant or that you have too many clothes and not enough closet space. SUSAN’S SON I met her son, Derek, just before I sat down with Susan to hear her story. And we’re not talking about a little boy. No, he’s a grown man. Taller than me and very handsome. I know that Susan only is in her late 30s, so I’m very surprised to find out that she could have a son in his mid 20’s.  “I ended up giving birth to my son at the age of 13 – the boy you just saw. And at the age of 14, I had a miscarriage, because it was so soon, and I was so young. And then at the age of 15, I gave birth to my second daughter, who is now 22.” Let that sink in: At 13, she was sent off to marry an older man and had a baby within a year. Straight away, at the age of 14, she got pregnant again but had a miscarriage. And straight away again, she got pregnant for the third time and had her second child at 15, basically when she was a child herself.  I don’t know much about the father of her kids. Maybe he was a good man who felt it was his right because she was his wife, and he protected her. I don’t know more about him than what Susan just told me here. I was just about to ask her about that when she told me that he suddenly – and unexpectedly got sick and died.  “Then their father mysteriously fell sick for one week and passed on. I didn't even know he was sick. I didn't know what he suffered off anything.” There she was, at 16, a widow with two children. So, she went home to her parents, who forced her to marry another soldier – for her safety.  And shortly after that, she had another baby. Three children and two husbands – still as a teenager. THE SECOND HUSBAND DIES TOO Susan’s new husband was sent to Somalia as a soldier and never returned. She never heard from him again, and Susan was getting in
Welcome to part 2 of a mini-series of three episodes from the Acholi Quarter in Kampala, Uganda. If you've heard the first part, you would know that it's a quarter with challenges, that's getting help from a foundation called 22STARS. They also make jewellery from recycled paper, and 22STARS helps them sell it worldwide. You should go back and listen before this one if you haven't heard it. DON'T CALL IT A SLUM In my work with these episodes, every time I've read up on this quarter, it's been referred to as "a slum." Maybe it's just me. But I'm not too fond of that label. So, I looked into what can be classified as a slum area. Here's what I found:  "The housing units in slums are usually substandard and lack Basic amenities such as clean water, sanitation, ventilation, and electricity. Slum areas are characterised by high population density, with many people living in small spaces. And they typically lack access to basic services such as health care, education, and sanitation facilities.  Slums also often have poor infrastructure, including unpaved roads, limited or no access to public transport, and inadequate sewer system. Plus, often with a high level of poverty and unemployment which can lead to social problems such as crime, drug abuse, and other forms of social deprivation." So, with that definition, the Acholi Quarter in Kampala, Uganda, can be classified as a slum, but it is so much more. It's also a vibrant and lively neighbourhood that bursts with energy and personality.  " While it may be a factually accurate description of the living conditions in the Acholi Quarter, the use of the term "slum" can also be seen as stigmatizing and degrading to the residents who live there. So, instead of using the term "slum," it may be more appropriate to use terms such as "informal settlement" or "underserved community" to describe the Acholi Quarter while also acknowledging the challenges faced by residents and the need for greater investment in infrastructure, services, and opportunities." From the moment I step foot in this bustling community, I'm swept up in the sights, sounds, and smells of everyday life. In this episode, I'll walk into the area with Susan Laker and Nicholas Basalirwa from 22STARS. This organization has done much in recent years to improve the living conditions in this area, such as initiatives to provide better housing, sanitation, education, and access to services.  WALKING TOUR IN THE COMMUNITY In the latest episode, they gave me the lowdown on the microloans they've been handing out to help small local businesses, and now they're showing me some of the success stories. As we walk, the aroma of sizzling street food surrounds us. Vendors are hawking everything from grilled meat skewers to piping hot samosas. And then, there it is: "Rolex." I'll get back to that.  As we weave through the area, Susan points out some small businesses that have benefited from 22STARS' microloans. It's clear that this organization has significantly impacted the community, and first, we meet Ashan Grace, who has a small food stand. Susan introduces her: "She's one of our beneficiaries. She has one child in the project, and she is also benefiting from the small business loans. She was making beads before, but because of Corona, she had to go back to selling food. She's doing very well. She goes to the big down and buys vegetables and then, she splits them into a small quantity so that it can meet the level of the community. Because here, no one can afford to go to the supermarket and buy at the high price. But when she buys in bulk directly from the vehicle this one is sold at 100 shillings."  GETTING A ROLEX Beyond its reputation as a bustling hub of activity, Acholi Quarter is a testament to the resilience and strength of its people. This is never more evident than when Susan introduced me to Abdul Doreen. Despite her disability, Abdul is up at the crack of dawn, making one of Uganda's most beloved street foods: Rolex. This delicacy features a perfectly rolled chapati filled with eggs and veggies – the kind of dish that'll make you forget all your troubles. And no, the name has nothing to do with the fancy timepiece brand. It's actually a clever combination of "rolled" and "eggs."  "She has three two kids sponsored by 22STARS and she does not let the disability put her down. She's a very strong woman. She starts very early in the morning at six o'clock and here until afternoon. After 2-3 hours of rest, she's back again to be here in the evenings." This community was established by refugees who had fled from the conflict in northern Uganda. Despite facing insurmountable challenges, they have created a thriving and tightly-knit community. It's nothing short of remarkable. Many locals have started their own businesses, ranging from retail shops to tailoring and hair salons. There are a lot of outdoor shops where vendors sell everything from vegetables to delicious street food. Despite the numerous obstacles that Acholi Quarter has encountered, it remains a place of hope and inspiration. The people here are a shining example of the power of community and the incredible strength that can be harnessed in even the most trying of circumstances. As I speak with the locals, I am struck by their warmth, sense of humor, and unwavering determination to build a better life for themselves and their families. It's truly inspiring to see firsthand how they've turned their struggles into triumphs. DRINKING AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE As I looked around, I couldn't help but notice a group of guys having drinks in the middle of the afternoon. It got me thinking, so I asked Nicholas if alcoholism was a problem in this community. "Unfortunately, yes. Alcoholism is a significant issue here, and it has contributed to high rates of domestic violence. You see, in this culture, women are expected to work and respect their husbands. However, most husbands drink heavily during the day with the other men. When they come home, they take out their frustrations on their wives, resulting in a lot of domestic violence." Nicholas went on to explain that due to high unemployment and a lack of education, many people here end up turning to alcohol as a way to escape their problems. They spend their money on booze instead of providing food for their families. Most women are not even allowed to work by their husbands, but as they face mistreatment, they yearn to start working. Unfortunately, their husbands won't let them; if they try to, they face severe beatings. Despite these challenges, things are starting to change.  "That's why the small business loan program is such a great thing. Most of the people benefiting from it are women, and it's been very positive for the community. Others are changing their mindset as they see how these women are developing at a rapid pace." It's heartening to see that progress is being made, but there's still a lot of work to be done to address these deep-rooted issues. WEATHER OF KAMPALA Kampala experiences a tropical savannah climate characterized by two rainy and two dry seasons. The rainy seasons are from March to May and from October to November, while the dry seasons are from December to February and from June to August. During the dry seasons, the temperatures range from 25°C to 30°C (77-86 F), and the humidity is relatively low. The weather is pleasant, and there is minimal rainfall, making it ideal for outdoor activities and sightseeing. So, this is also the best time to visit Kampala, but that also makes it the peak tourist season and accommodation and travel costs may be higher during this time. During the rainy seasons, Kampala experiences heavy rainfall, and flooding is not uncommon. The temperatures range from 20°C to 28°C (68-82 F).  Kampala is 21.71 mi (34.95 km) north of the equator, so the temperatures don't change much. Overall, the area has a warm and comfortable climate throughout the year, and you can enjoy the city's attractions anytime.  STONE QUARRY As we ascend to the hilltop, we arrive at the quarry – a gritty place where laborers hack away at rocks and building materials. It's nestled smack in the middle of the teeming Acholi Quarter, where life is raw and unvarnished. Beyond the quarry, there's a water hole that locals have nicknamed "the beach." But make no mistake; there's nothing idyllic about it. As Susan shows me around, she points to the pulverized stones that litter the landscape. "These used to be whole rocks, but we crushed them to pieces," she says. "Now they're just scars on the earth." She goes on to explain that when it rains, the water fills the "beach" with a murky brown liquid. "That's when we have no work to do, and our families go hungry," she laments. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and many in the community turned to craft beads as a way to survive. But when the pandemic hit, and the market dried up, it was back to square one. "People suffered a lot," Susan tells me, her voice heavy with emotion. It's a stark reminder that life in this part of the world is a constant struggle, and resilience is a quality that's in short supply. The quarry is a place where physical labor meets danger head-on. The workers toil away, extracting stones and breaking rocks using hand tools like hammers and chisels. It's a grueling process that requires strength, endurance, and a willingness to put oneself at risk. Susan gestures towards the waterhole, where the rocks are brought after they've been broken down. "The men bring the rocks here and break them into medium-sized pieces," she explains. "Then, the ladies and children crush them into smaller pieces. These stones are used to build the concrete houses you see around here." The work is backbreaking, and the conditions are far from ideal. The dust kicks up, making breathing hard and causing respiratory problems and other health issues. "These workers use a lot of energy and time, but they're paid very little," Susan tells me. "A fu
Welcome to the first of a miniseries from the struggling Acholi Quarter; a part of Kampala in Uganda that is getting help from a foundation called 22STARS. The story actually starts a few years earlier, when I got to know a Dutch/German woman, Stella Romana Airoldi on a Nomad Cruise. In case you don’t know Nomad Cruise is like a conference for digital nomads on a cruise ship. On this one in the Mediterranean from Malaga to Athens, Stella was given a talk about a social enterprise and foundation called 22STARS – together with a Ugandan woman, Susan Laker. Susan and other Ugandan women are making jewellery out of colourful recycled paper and Stella is helping them sell it around the world. This talk and meeting Stella and Susan on the Nomad Cruise made me think, that I had to go to Uganda and see this with my own eyes. So, in this episode I’ll take you along as I drive down a dirt road in the Acholi Quarter, a slum area in the outskirts of Kampala. I’m in the car with Nicholas Basalirwa from 22STARS, and there’s a young woman on the street that looks just like Susan. She says hi to me in the car and I say, “are you Susan?” But the woman says “no, I’m her daughter” – and it surprised me that Susan could have a grown-up daughter. 22STARS JEWELLERY AND FOUNDATION Let me give you a bit of background. 22STARS started back in 2009 when Stella was 23 years old, and Susan was just two years older. Stella was studying international law and came to Uganda to do research for her thesis. Here, another Ugandan woman, Aidah Wafula, who’s a social worker at an HIV/Aids Information Center in Kampala introduced her to Susan, who, at the time, didn’t speak any English. But still, Stella could see hear her extreme willpower and sense her big heart, and Stella wanted to help any way she could. So, in the following few years Stella sent money annually to support Susan`s business, and with that support, Susan took the opportunity to go back to school. And she was able to put food on the table for her three children. Before she met Stella, they were working in the stone quarry, but now they were able to go to school. At the end of 2012, Stella returned to Kampala and was extremely impressed when Susan spoke to her in English and showed her what she had learned. Susan expressed the need to market and sell jewellery from the other women in her community, so that they also would be able to pay for the education of their children. And the very same day the 22STARS Jewellery business was created. WOMEN MAKING PAPER JEWELLERY As I get out of the car, I see a handful of women sitting on the sidewalk making the beautiful handmade paper jewellery. And they smile at me and give me a real Ugandan welcome – in the form of a happy outcry.  We’re standing next to the women on the sidewalk or as Susan calls it “the factory of the beads.” They make beads, and turn them into jewellery, Christmas ornaments, and baskets. They are made out of recycled papers. Susan tells me how they measure them, they cut, roll, varnish and assemble them. Susan explains: “We assemble them in different fashions, and we roll them in different shapes. We also cut them in different centimetres or meters or others in millimetres.” Susan shows me some beautiful necklaces, and I’m impressed that it’s all made out of paper. Make sure to go to and see the picture I’ve taken. It’s absolutely stunning. Each piece of jewellery is hand-crafted from 100% recycled paper by one of forty 22STARS empowered women. They buy old posters, bottle labels and magazines, then the women cut the paper in triangle shapes of various sizes, roll them up, glue them and varnish them. Every bead is waterproof, shiny, and hard. Once the beads are ready the designing starts. The necklace she’s showing me should go for 50,000 Ugandan Shilling – that’s around 13 USD or 12 EUR, but because they are desperate, they sell it for as low as 3,000 which is less than one Dollar or Euro. “They want to end living from hand to mouth and to have food on the table for the children. Some of them already slept with empty stomach, so they cannot resist. And if somebody says, I want these for 2000, or 1000, they'll just go for it. No one values the time and the energy that has been put into making it. Really this should go for 50,000 Ugandan shillings, but because we don't have the market, we give it out for 3000 or even 1000. So, we just do it but not willingly.” Think about this when you’re at a local market in a developing country and are bargaining for a good price on local craft that has taken hours to make. In order to be less dependent on selling them on local markets here in Kampala, Stella also finds markets for the jewellery outside of Uganda. So far, they sell the jewellery in more than ten countries worldwide and are constantly looking for new people to become a wholesaler in other markets. If you’re interested go to and reach out to Stella. LETTER FROM A LISTENER I’ve received a message from Nick Bolton. He’s a 53-year-old guy from the UK that is about to embark on his own nomad journey. When he wrote this he was listening to my episode from Senegal. He writes: Hi Palle, Just wanted to share what an inspiring podcast you’ve created. To me, you’re currently in Senegal so I guess there are parallel universes when you’re a vagabond. I start my own full time vagabond journey in January by moving to Dubai as a base then travelling the world. Your podcast inspired that. In the meantime, this year is a year of mini adventures cycling from Brindisi to the UK and trekking in the Himalayas. I hope one day our paths cross on the Vagabond paths. PS - I lived on a boat for 3 years called Vagabond! Thank you so much for reaching out, Nick. I can’t wait to follow your vagabonding journey. And I’m sure we’re going to meet somewhere in the world at some point. On that note, I can recommend that you go to Bansko Nomad Fest in Bulgaria in June 2023. It’s a great place to meet a lot of like-minded nomads. I’ll be there for a full month and also doing a talk on how to start a podcast. PANDEMIC WAS TOUGH HERE A lot of people, they mistakenly think that the pandemic only affects tourism, but it affects everything, but Susan tells me that the Pandemic also affected everything here. “Since the lockdown, we have suffered with no market, nothing at all.  Everybody was affected. The schoolchildren, the parents, people living in the community. We were all packed in this small area. We don’t have big houses and we don’t have a fridge to store our food or anything. We don’t have any garden and we live as refugees We survive on stone quarrying and these beads. We live from hand to mouth; this is how we feed, and people were not coming to our community to support us. We had no access to go to the bigger towns or the village to bring food and split them here in small quantity and sell them to the needy. So, people suffered.” The government promised that they would give food, but that was not nearly enough. Some families have as many as 17 people, and the food given to them was only enough for one or two days. There’s they had no breakfast, no lunch, only a late, late dinner. And that was it. But thankfully 22STARS was able to do a lot to help them through this tough time. “We are so grateful. And thankfully with 22STARS we were able to put up a fundraising and we got food, donated several times, beans, rice, soap, clean water. We also got our children studying. We had to hire teachers. They bought us masks, they bought us all the equipment we needed. We were given laptops, projectors. We were also given solar system and a generator in in case there was no power. So, our children were kept well, thanks to donors and sponsors.” We also got blankets and mattresses donated. And this time when our children were returning back to school, we were given school scholastics, like books, bags, school shoes, which really helped a lot.” One of the main areas of work for 22STARS Foundation is education. The organization provides scholarships for children who come from disadvantaged backgrounds, enabling them to access quality education that would otherwise be out of reach. KIDS STAYED IN SCHOOL “I'm so thankful that none the children sponsored by 22STAS, dropped out of school because we were able to keep counselling them, providing them with education and different skills. We got them computers to keep them busy and avoid them from moving up and down the street looking for food, like most of the other children, who go pick scrap to sell and make a living. But thankfully our project supported with all the things that we were able to pass through this COVID 19 situation.” As the women are giving me yet another outcry of gratitude, Susan takes me into a small classroom with around 25 children around a table with maybe ten laptops. All the children are in yellow T-shirts where it says “22STARS. Education is Key”. The teacher, Joel Watimon, is a university student and has been volunteering as teacher for 20 months. See the pictures on PROVIDING MICRO LOANS As Joel is starting his class, teaching basic computer skills, Susan takes me into the room next door where a lot of grown-ups are presenting their business ideas to Nicolas from 22STARS to get small business loans Because 22STARS Foundation provides microloans to local people in Uganda as a means of supporting them in starting or growing their small businesses. Susan explains that these loans are typically small amounts of money that can be used to purchase inventory, equipment, or other resources that will help the business to become more profitable. “Here are our ladies who are beneficiaries from the small business loan. This is this sixth time these ladies got the loan, and this has brought a lot of impact in their life. Their lives have changed. They have transformed from crushing stones and running on the street with the beads, trying to ea
Update from where I am right now: The South Island of New Zealand. This episode is also available as a video on Facebook and YouTube.
This is The Radio Vagabond, and then today, it’s not really. Because I have something special for you in this one. There’s another podcast that I listen to, and I would like to introduce for you. It’s hosted and produced by a good friend of mine, Francis Tapon, and his podcast is called “Wanderlearn”. It’s a travel podcast, but so much more. Francis is an extreme traveller and I’m almost out of breath when I hear about all the crazy stuff he’s done – like extreme hikes and travelling to every country in Africa without leaving the continent and attempting to climb the highest mountain in each of them, and so much more. The episode you’re about to hear features me as a guest. Just to make it super meta… We recorded it when we met for the first time in Spain at the TBEX conference. Since then, we also met in Yerevan at the Extraordinary Travel Festival and then again at TBEX in Thailand. I also did an interview with Francis about hitchhiking, and you can find that one either here or by going to the Wanderlearn podcast. He published this episode in December, when he was in Morocco, just after Morocco was celebrating a win at the FIFA World Cup. So, you’ll hear him talking about that. I’ll be back after the Wanderlearn episode and give you a quick update about what I’ve been up to lately. Here’s Francis Tapon and his episode of Wanderlearn. Enjoy. Make sure that you find Wanderlearn in your podcast app or go to to learn more about this extraordinary guy. A quick update about what's been happening in my life: I am still in New Zealand where I was, the last time you heard from me – and I haven't been publishing much apart from the Flashback episodes that you get every Friday. I haven't even done the diary entries that I normally put out on Saturdays, and part of the reason for that is I've been traveling so fast, making a road trip around this South Island. Also, I ran into some difficulties, like an SD card with some footage that all of a sudden didn't work. So I wasn't able to do a video. There was a ferry that was delayed, so I wasn't able to sit down and edit the episode. And then, when I finally had some time on my hands, I forgot the power cable to my Mac when I was in Queenstown visiting a friend there. But now I have the power, and I have the time. So, you will be getting some diary entries, and the first one is coming out very soon. Also, I plan to be working on some new episodes that you haven't heard before from some of the travels, I've been on. I'm in Christchurch, New Zealand, until May when I'm going to Greece to attend another TBEX conference. There's so much more to come, so stay subscribed, and you will hear from me very, very soon. My name is Palle Bo, and I gotta keep moving. See you.
HARVEST CELEBRATIONS AND HERITAGE: EXPLORING GOTHENBURG, NEBRASKA Welcome to another episode from my American road trip. In this one, I’ve reached Scandinavia … in Nebraska. I had a “Farm Stay” that I booked through Airbnb. Here they call it “Retreat to Buffalo Creek Valley Bunkhouse” but you can also book it directly at their own website I get to stay in a renovated cabin that used to be the host’s Great Grandpa's workshop. I’m greeted by John and their dog and after showing me the cabin, we go over to the main house of the farm where I meet Mary Lou and their grown-up son, Chris. FROM PASTURES TO PLATE: THE CATTLE INDUSTRY IN GOTHENBURG Chris is a modern cowboy and as he was about to go check on the cattle roaming around on the fields. He asked me if I’d like to tag along, and obviously I accepted. So, we saddled up – in his pickup truck with the dog in the back and was on our way. We drove around on the field looking at the cattle. The cows, a bull and even a little baby calf. I got to learn a lot about cattle farming in Nebraska from this fifth-generation cowboy. As Chris gets out of the car to open the gate to the field, let me talk a little bit about cattle farming here in the state of Nebraska. It’s a significant industry, as Nebraska is a major producer of beef in the United States. You’ll find a large number of cattle ranches and feedlots, where cattle are raised for meat production. Nebraska has favourable conditions for cattle farming, including a large supply of grass and feed crops, as well as a good climate for year-round grazing. The state also has a strong transportation infrastructure and is located near major beef-processing centres. We’re driving on a bumpy hilly field, and I can see that Chris is a pro. He’s definitely done this before. It might not be a big farm they have but, in my book, they have a lot of cows, a bull and when I was checking on the cattle with Chris, we spot the cutest little baby calf. Cattle farmers in Nebraska use a variety of techniques to raise their animals, including pasture-based systems, feedlot operations, and a combination of both. In feedlot operations, they are confined to pens and fed a specially formulated diet to maximize weight gain but in pasture-based systems like here, the cattle are allowed to graze freely on grass. In recent years, there has been a growing trend towards more sustainable and environmentally friendly cattle farming practices in Nebraska. Many farmers are using techniques like rotational grazing and conservation tillage to reduce the impact of their operations on the land and improve the health of their herds. Their meat, Bunkhouse Beef, is 100% grass fed beef from start to finish. They guarantee their animals spend their entire lives happily living on open pasture. They are antibiotic feed free, hormone free, and are never fed any grain. It was absolutely a unique experience staying at a farm in Nebraska and meeting the family. Mary Lou, John, and their son, Chris is in his late 20’s and fifth generation of this place – and a real cowboy. He taught me a lot about cattle farming which is an important part of the economy and culture of Nebraska. THE DANISH ANCESTOR Chris’s mother Mary Lou is 25% Danish, and when I had dinner with the family, she told me a fascination story. Before we get into the it, I want to mention two things: Firstly, when I was having dinner with the family and Mary Lou told me this story, I wasn’t recording. Plus, there were so many details that needed a lot more research, so in the production of this episode, I’ve asked Mary Lou to do that, and she’s been hard at work for days digging into her family history, talking to members of the family, and reading up on old letters and so much more. Also, I want to say that, with me being Danish, I’ve chosen to say the names of people and landmarks as we would say it in Danish. And a little funny fact: Mary Lou’s great grandfather’s name is in their world spelled different than how we would spell it. Mary Lou would say that his name is Neils but in Danish it’s actually Niels. Not spelled N-E-I-L-S but N-I-E-L-S. We would never spell it that way, and I bet you anything that Niels himself didn’t either – but somehow some time it got changed and stayed that way. Just a little fun fact. With that, get yourself a nice beverage, send the kids to their room so it’s nice and quiet, and get ready for a tale filled with adventure, hardship, excitement, seasickness, and maybe a little bit of scandal. PIONEERING WOMEN: THE STORY OF A DANISH IMMIGRANT IN GOTHENBURG Once upon a time, in a village called Råbylille on the small island of Møn in the southern part of Denmark, a girl named Marie was born in the year 1862. She and her family were very poor and as a teenager she dreamed of a better life in the great new country called America. Her cousin Jim had been there and, and on a visit back to Denmark he called it “a land of opportunity.” After some consideration, Marie decided to embark on a journey to this "new land of milk and honey" far, far away in the search of a better life. Or was there another reason? One early morning, she walked with her niece and dear friend, Kristine the ten kilometres from Råbylille to a dock in Stege on the small island. As they were walking Marie, said to Kristine: "I am not going to be poor like my parents." On the small ferry from Møn to Copenhagen, teary-eyed she waved goodbye to her niece, not knowing if she would ever see her again. I’m guessing that Marie – apart from being nervous, also was exited to the adventure laying ahead but unfortunately, but her excitement pretty quickly turned to nausea, and she spent most of the voyage on her back, praying for dry land. As the ship swayed and groaned, Marie was overcome by the affliction of seasickness, but maybe there was a touch of morning-sickness thrown in as well. This trip and the seasickness also meant that Marie would never see Denmark again. In a letter home to Kristine in 1883, she wrote: "A lot of people – like Cousin Jim, go home to Denmark to visit, but as I get so sea-sick that I almost die, I dare not sail, and I shall never come back to Råbylille and Møn again." It was also told that she could barely watch the wind blow across the water in the stock tank on the Nebraska farm without her getting seasick. But despite being seasick (or something else), she persevered and made it to the shores of America … alive. And after that all the way to Omaha, Nebraska in the center of the country. This in itself is a long journey of more than 1200 miles (2000 km), and she probably made the journey on the brand-new Transcontinental Railroad (originally known as the "Pacific Railroad"). In Omaha, she was introduced to a man named Neils, also from Denmark. He had immigrated with his mother and two brothers from Thisted of their home country a few years earlier. The Danes listening, will know that Thisted is in Thy in the north-western part of Denmark, and very rural. It actually looks a bit like this part of Nebraska. And even with the small distances in Denmark, it’s very far from Møn. Just about as far as you can get in the country, and very unlikely that someone from Møn should meet someone from Thisted. But in this story, that’s exactly what happened. Neils, a young 25-year-old man was looking for a suitable wife, and his family in Omaha, apparently had heard about this new young girl from Denmark, fresh of the boat. And a marriage somehow either was arranged, or they were simply introduced to each other by the family and fell in love. Marie fit the bill, and they ended up getting married and settling down in a place called Wild Horse Valley, near Brady, Nebraska. Marie had a son named Albert, but the circumstances of his birth were shrouded in mystery or maybe a bit of sadness or a small scandal. Officially he was born after Marie and Neils were married on October 2nd in 1886, but someone in the family suspect that this was not his actual birthday. That the date was "adjusted" to cover up a story of his untimely birth. Also, no one knew for sure who the father of Albert was. Maybe it was Neils, but maybe it was not. One theory was that she had been taken advantage of by a man in Omaha where she worked before she could speak English. Another theory (that also was the first thing that came to my mind when I heard of a teenage girl going on a one-way ticket across the world without her family), is that the young Marie already was pregnant when she got on the ship from Denmark and had chosen to “flee away” from the shame of having a child out of wedlock. Maybe that was part of the reason she got so sick on the ship from Copenhagen. Questions on this theory surround the story on both sides of the Atlantic, for even a cousin in Denmark asked a visiting relative: “Did you ever figure out who the father of Albert was?” No one will ever know what happened – and it doesn’t really matter. No matter what, this is truly a story of people who handled a difficult situation in the best way they knew how. And regardless of the circumstances of Albert's birth, Neils loved him and raised him as his own. Neils and Marie built a successful farm and an impressive home on the Wild Horse Valley homestead and lived well beyond the poverty level of her Danish parents. It’s been said that their house looked like a mansion compared to her home in Råbylille. They had nine children, but Marie also faced hardships and illnesses and losing two of the children. But they got through all this with a strong belief in God and Jesus. At some point Marie wrote in another letter back to her nice in Denmark: "Kristine, I am getting old and can't work much anymore, but my daughters work for me." Marie wasn’t really that old: Only 50. The oldest son Albert went on to marry a Swedish woman and had a family of his own. And their son grew up to become the father of Mary Lou who is telling me the story as I’m having dinner wit
Here is my weekly diary, telling you what's been happening in my nomad life. I’m back in Melbourne after a week of road-tripping on the Great Ocean Road.
Welcome to this episode of The Radio Vagabond, where I continue my road trip in the old west of the USA. We started in Billings, Montana, went to Yellowstone, and east to Devil's Tower in Wyoming. And in this one, I've driven an hour further east to a place with a Wild West History – and a place that is said to be one of the most haunted hotels in the American West.  My name is Palle Bo. Welcome to f*ing Deadwood… as they say in the TV series. BLACK HILLS OF SOUTH DAKOTA I'm in The Black Hills, a range of South Dakota mountains known for their stunning natural beauty and rich history. The hills are home to several national parks and monuments, including Mount Rushmore National Memorial, with the iconic carved faces of four American Presidents, and also Badlands National Park, which features unique geological formations and diverse wildlife. More on both of these a bit later.  The Black Hills are also an important cultural and spiritual center for several Native American tribes, including the Lakota and the Cheyenne. In the late 1800s, the Black Hills were the site of the famous Black Hills Gold Rush, which brought thousands of settlers to the area in search of riches.  THE GOLD RUSH PUT THIS PLACE ON THE MAP And we start in a small town in South Dakota that was a big part of this Gold Rush and so uniquely the old Wild West that it became the location and name of a TV series and a movie.  I'm in Deadwood, South Dakota, a town with a rich and wild history that makes it one of the unique places in the United States. Deadwood attracted some of the most famous figures of its time, including Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane.  Today, the town has embraced its history, with many original buildings still standing and used as hotels, restaurants, casinos, and museums. And I start my visit to Deadwood by going to one of these museums.  ADAMS MUSEUM The Adams Museum is the oldest in The Black Hills, and I go to learn more about the rich history of Deadwood. In 1930 pioneer businessman W.E. Adams founded the Adams Museum right here in Deadwood to preserve and display the history of the Black Hills.  He donated the building to the City of Deadwood. Inside, I speak to Visitor Services Associate at the museum, Diane.  "The Gold Rush attracted many people here, and at the time there were 5,000 people living here. Today only around 1,200."   Deadwood was founded during the Black Hills Gold Rush of 1875, and it quickly became one of the most dangerous and lawless towns in the American West. Lots of legendary figures used to hang out here, and let me fill you in on two of the most well-known. WILD BILL HICKOK AND CALAMITY JANE  Wild Bill Hickok was a legendary gunslinger and lawman of the American West, and his death in Deadwood, South Dakota, is one of the most famous events in the history of the Wild West. Hickok arrived in Deadwood in the summer of 1876, and he quickly became one of the most recognizable figures in town. He was known for his gun skills and reputation as a lawman, and he has often seen playing cards in local saloons. His friend, Calamity Jane was another famous figure of the American West who called Deadwood home. She was known for her rough-and-tumble lifestyle and was a skilled marksman, but she is best remembered for her association with Wild Bill Hickok.  Calamity Jane claimed to have been married to Wild Bill, but no historical evidence supports this claim. Nevertheless, she remained a popular figure in Deadwood and was known for her wild and adventurous spirit.  Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane represent the spirit of adventure, the lawlessness of the frontier, and a big part of the rich history of Deadwood. MAIN STREET DEADWOOD  I'm taking a stroll down Main Street. In the Deadwood series, this street was dusty in the sun and muddy when it's been raining. Now the street is paved, and no horses are tied outside the saloons. And it doesn't smell of horse manure and sweaty cowboys. It's still got that iconic Wild West look feel.  It's incredible to think about all the stories and legends created in this small town. Walking the streets of Deadwood, I can feel the energy of the past and the spirit of the wild west. It's like stepping back to a place where gunslingers, gamblers, and gold miners roamed the streets.  I will explore some of these historic sites Diane told me about at the museum, and my first stop is the saloon where Wild Bill played his last hand of poker.  WILD BILL GOT SHOT HERE PLAYING POKER On August 2, 1876, Wild Bill was playing a game of poker at Nuttal & Mann's Saloon (Saloon no. 10), when he was approached by a stranger named Jack McCall.  Wild Bill, with his long hair and iconic mustache, was sitting with his back to the door, and McCall came through the door, drew his gun, and shot Wild Bill in the back of the head, killing him instantly. It was later discovered that McCall was seeking revenge for killing his brother, and he claimed that Wild Bill was responsible. The death of Wild Bill Hickok shocked the people of Deadwood, and it quickly became a part of the town's folklore.  Hickok's death remains one of the most famous events in the history of the American West, and it's a testament to the lawlessness and violence of the frontier. Although he was known for his skills as a gunslinger, Wild Bill Hickok will always be remembered as one of the most legendary figures of the Wild West. She lived on for 26 years after Wild Bill got killed, and today, their graves can be found side by side in Mount Moriah Cemetery right here in Deadwood. The signs at the cemetery read: James Butler Hickok, alias "Wild Bill." Born May 27, 1837. Died August 2, 1887. Victim of the assassin Jack McCall. Martha Jane Burke, alias "Calamity Jane." Born May 1, 1851. Died August 1, 1903. Her dying request: "Bury me beside Wild Bill". Even though they are both long gone, their stories continue to captivate people worldwide, and their grave sites are now popular tourist attractions. THE GHOSTS OF DEADWOOD With such a rich history and the lawlessness of many people being killed in these streets and saloons, it's no surprise that many people believe that Deadwood also is home to many ghost stories. One of the most famous ghost stories in Deadwood is that of Wild Bill Hickok, and inside Saloon No 10, I've just seen the chair he was sitting in and in a frame the playing cards he was holding in the poker game – the so-called "Dead Man's Hand."  And it is said that his spirit still haunts the town and that, on occasion, visitors to Deadwood have reported seeing his ghostly figure wandering the streets at night. Some had even claimed to have seen him playing cards in local saloons, just as he was when he was alive. Another famous ghost in Deadwood is that of Calamity Jane. She is said to haunt the town, and visitors to the cemetery where she is buried, have reported seeing her ghostly figure wandering the grounds. Some have even claimed to have heard her ghostly laughter or the sound of her spurs clanging against the hard ground. But there are also several other ghost stories associated with Deadwood. The Bullock Hotel, for example, is said to be haunted by the ghost of former owner Seth Bullock, who is said to still walk the halls of the hotel. And the Bella Union Saloon is said to be haunted by the ghost of a woman who died in a fire there many years ago. And then, the place I'm heading to now: The Fairmont Hotel. It is said to be one of the most haunted hotels in the American West and the site of one of the most popular ghost tours in the area. The Fairmont Hotel Ghost Tour is a guided tour that takes visitors through the hotel's dark and creepy halls, exploring its haunted history and sharing tales of the spirits that are said to haunt the property. Inside I meet George, who can tell me more about this place. GEORGE SAW AND HEARD GHOSTS According to local legend, the Fairmont Hotel is home to several ghostly entities, including the spirit of a former hotel employee who died on the job and the ghosts of several former guests who never checked out. Some people have reported seeing ghosts wandering the halls or hearing strange noises coming from empty rooms, and the hotel staff has even reported seeing objects move on their own or hearing footsteps when no one is there. "I didn't believe in ghosts before I got here but I've seen two ghosts in the year and a half, I've been here. I was working upstairs, I saw a guy, dressed in black walk into a room. I went down to chase him, but he wasn't there. I also built a shoe rack, and I go up there and the sneakers are all over the place." George also tells me that he's only been afraid one time. "I was sleeping up there one night, and in between our two properties, there was a banging on the wall that shook both places. It was four o'clock in the morning, pitch black, and it was like "BOOM, BOOM, BOOM" about ten times. And that scared me because, I thought, if that ghost can hit the wall like that, he could hit me. And that's the only time, I was really afraid." The Fairmont Hotel Ghost Tour is a popular activity for visitors to Deadwood, and it's a great way to experience the town's rich and haunted history. The tour guides are knowledgeable and passionate about the hotel's history and the area. They are sure to keep you entertained as they share the stories and legends of the Fairmont Hotel and its ghostly residents. So, whether you believe in ghosts or not, there's no denying that Deadwood, South Dakota, is a town with a rich and colourful history, and it's a place that is steeped in mystery and intrigue. But what I love about Deadwood is that it's not just a place of the past; it's a thriving community with a bright future. The town has been able to preserve its history while also adapting to the changing times, and it's a great example of how a community can come together to celebrate its heritage while also moving forward. MOUNT RUSHMORE I drove about an hour south to Mo
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