The Low Season
61. Marcus (Prague)

61. Marcus (Prague)

August 14, 2020
We're in beautiful Prague talking to naked tour guide Marcus Bradshaw, who is delighted to see Prague no longer caving under mass tourism.
On the show today: what travel once was vs. what it has become; what's important vs. what's just a bonus, and the Czech Republic vs. salad.

Conversation from June 11th 2020.

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Marcus' Salad Delivery Company. Go get yourself a Fresh Salad!

He also has his own tour company called The Naked Tour Guide, but due to the pandemic there's currently no tours running.

The quote Marcus used came from Yuval Harari's book Sapiens and reads:

"The tourism industry does not sell flight tickets and hotel bedrooms. It sells experiences. Paris is not a city, nor India a country – they are both experiences, the consumption of which is supposed to widen our horizons, fulfil our human potential, and make us happier. Consequently, when the relationship between a millionaire and his wife is going through a rocky patch, he takes her on an expensive trip to Paris. The trip is not a reflection of some independent desire, but rather of an ardent belief in the myths of romantic consumerism. A wealthy man in ancient Egypt would never have dreamed of solving a relationship crisis by taking his wife on holiday to Babylon. Instead, he might have built for her the sumptuous tomb she had always wanted."

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Music by Mark Schilders. Design by CC Whyte, and Chris' non-profit charity project 'The Chariso Press'.

Georgia Riungu created Women of Berlin!!

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60. Peter (Bratislava)

60. Peter (Bratislava)

August 12, 2020

Today we're talking to Peter Chrenka in Bratislava, a city that (at the time of recording) was just beginning to wake up and remove its facemask. Peter runs Authentic Slovakia and offers guided driving tours in Skodas from the 70s. We talk about young guides and recent history, getting by without state support, and not getting too nostalgic about totalitarianism...

Conversation from June 11th 2020.

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Peter's tour company called Authentic Slovakia. And on FB.

Peter's favourite place to guide in Bratislava.

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Music by Mark Schilders. Design by CC Whyte, and Chris' non-profit charity project 'The Chariso Press'.

Georgia Riungu created Women of Berlin!!

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59. Tomer (Tel Aviv)

59. Tomer (Tel Aviv)

August 10, 2020
We're in Tel Aviv today, talking to Tomer Chelouche - a guide and fellow podcaster who comes from one of the city's founding families.
Working also as an urban consultant, he is fascinated by how cities work. We remember when tourism was a good thing, consider how the industry can support sustainable cities, and discuss why we shouldn't aim for "back to normal".
Conversation from June 10th 2020.

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Tomer's Virtual Tours of Tel Aviv.

Neve Tzedek is the neighbourhood Tomer lives and tours through.

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Music by Mark Schilders. Design by CC Whyte, and Chris' non-profit charity project 'The Chariso Press'.

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58. Kasia (Paris)

58. Kasia (Paris)

August 7, 2020

Bonjour mes amis! Meet Kasia Klon, a guide who came to Paris from Poland- via New York and Berlin- only to be disappointed. Getting over an initial dislike of the French capital, she soon fell in love with the city and now leads small-group street art tours. We talk Paris Syndrome, proud locals and why a simple Bonjour goes a long way.

Conversation from June 10th 2020.

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Kasia's tour company does regular and virtual tours of Paris.

Street Art Tour Paris on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Check out this cool neighbourhood of Paris.
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Music by Mark Schilders. Design by CC Whyte, and Chris' non-profit charity project 'The Chariso Press'.

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57. Bart (Antwerp)

57. Bart (Antwerp)

August 5, 2020

We made it to Belgium! Antwerp, specifically. And today we're talking to Bart Verhoeven, who has spent the last couple of years guiding all over the country that gave us Art Nouveau. We talk low season finances, exploring your own country and beer. Of course.

Conversation from June 1st 2020.

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Music by Mark Schilders. Design by CC Whyte, and Chris' non-profit charity project 'The Chariso Press'.

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56. John & Hugo (Melbourne)

56. John & Hugo (Melbourne)

August 3, 2020

Today we're in Melbourne, Australia - the cocktail capital of the world. We're talking to John O'Sullivan and Hugo Mylecharane of Depot Adventures (formerly Walks 1010) who operate a rather unusual Free Tour model... We discuss ethics & solidarity, five year plans and the element of surprise.

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The Depot Adventures Tour Company.

On Facebook and on Twitter.

Melbourne on a lockdown.

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55. Margaret (London)

55. Margaret (London)

July 31, 2020

We're in London chatting to self-proclaimed monarchist Margaret Stockton-Davies - a guide who just loves the drama of the Royal Family. We weigh up the possibilities vs the risks of the Free Tour model, and throw a glimpse into the future of virtual guiding.

 

Conversation from June 2nd 2020.

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Free Tours By Foot is the tour company Margaret is working for.

Margaret also has her own Instagram and YouTube channels.

If you haven't seen The Crown yet. Go go go!

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54. Rick (Steves)

54. Rick (Steves)

July 29, 2020

Today, we're in Edmonds, Washington talking to Rick Steves. Yes, that Rick Steves. The 'Rick Steves Europe' Rick Steves. The travel guru is on a decades-long mission to move people- namely U.S. Americans- to get over themselves, broaden their horizons and experience the world. As he asserts in his new book, Rick sees travel as a political act. After 9/11, he worked to convince folks they needed to travel more, not less. So just how does he plan to carry on his mission when combating the coronavirus requires us to stay home?

 

This was a special collaboration with the Berlin Guides Association.

Conversation from July 27th 2020. The full 1-hour video conversation.

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The Rick Steves Universe.

This is where Rick's at currently.

A review of Steves' book Travel as a Political Act by NPR.

The New York Times Magazine piece on Rick Steves by Sam Anderson.

Rick Steves' Commencement Address for the Class of 2020

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53. Arja (Berlin)

53. Arja (Berlin)

July 27, 2020

With over ten years’ experience running her own tour guide business, Arja Jacob is confident that she’ll be back on her feet once tourism is. She’s well-connected. We’re back in Berlin to talk about a return to travel as a luxury, keeping the tourists where they need to be and why she’s not sorry about mass tourism taking a long holiday.  

 

Conversation from May 11th 2020

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Arja's tour company called 'Berlin Locals'.

Arja's whereabouts in Niedersachsen.

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Music by Mark Schilders. Design by CC Whyte, and Chris' non-profit charity project 'The Chariso Press'.

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52. Ramzi (Beit Sahour)

52. Ramzi (Beit Sahour)

July 24, 2020

This Friday and we’re in conversation with Ramzi Salsa, a Catholic Palestinian guide who got into tourism between the First and Second Intifadas. This is not the first time his career has been affected by external factors. We talk about pilgrims, dual narratives and putting your whole heart into your work.

 

Conversation from June 20th 2020.

 

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Beit Sahour, the Palestinian city close to Bethlehem where Ramzi is living. Capernaum is one of Ramzi's favourite tourist destinations.

The Dual Narrative Tours are run by Mejdi Tours.

The First Intifada and the Oslo Accords.

 

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