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Episode 45: Village Memories

Gail Carriger and Piper J. Drake discuss a few of the villages, small towns, and rural places of their travels and why the love them.

Where have you been?

Piper went on a socially distanced getaway! Road trip with Corbin to Getaway House for a tiny cabin and camp site glamping week with private bathrooms in each cabin. Yay! 

Village Memories:

Piper’s remembered places:

  • Chonburi, Thailand
  • Biberach an der Riss, Germany

Gail’s remembered places:

  • small town on Northern California Coast
  • small town in South of England near Exeter
  • small town in Tuscany
  • and more…

Shoutouts

Getaway House

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Episode 44: Food That Travels To You

Gail Carriger and Piper J. Drake discuss their favorite foods to order, so that it comes to each of them.

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Food That Travels

Piper’s must obtain:

  • Instant packs of โจ๊ก (Thai Jok, rice porridge) from Thailand
  • พริกป่น (Thai Prik Bon, Thai Roasted Chili Powder) from Piper’s stepmother
  • Plant seeds for ผักบุ้ง (Thai Water Morning Glory; Water Spinach)

Gail’s must obtain:

  • malty tea leaves from UK
  • Tea leaves from Thailand, via California distributor
  • Hale’s Blue Boy Sala Flavored Syrup

Shoutouts

ครัวชั้นสูง – High Zone Kitchen

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Episode 43: City of Dreams

Gail Carriger and Piper J. Drake discuss cities they would love to return to and why.

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Cities of Dreams

Piper would like to return to:

  • Tokyo, Japan
  • Wellington, New Zealand
  • London, UK

Gail would like to return to:

  • Strasbourg, France
  • Cusco, Peru
  • Barcelona, Spain

Gadgets!

On her trip to Wellington, New Zealand, Piper came across a surprising gadget. Gail has now seen the picture, but it won’t be posted. We’ll leave it to your imaginations, dear Listeners!

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Episode 42: Listening to other Podcasts About Travel

Gail Carriger and Piper J. Drake share podcasts they listen to about travel or while traveling.

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Where have you been?

Piper went somewhere! *gasp* Exercising caution and following social distancing considerations for maximum safety. Writing research trip to Deception Pass in Washington state.

Key tidbit: Gail and Piper are bereft and will deeply miss Taco Bell’s Mexican Pizza as it is retired from their menu.

Other Podcasts About Travel

Piper’s Podcasts

Gail’s Podcasts

Gadgets!

Piper’s rec: Jiffy Pop Popcorn in heavy-gauge aluminum foil pan

Gail’s rec: Peeps marshmallow treats

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Episode 40: Train Stories

Gail Carriger and Piper J. Drake discuss train travel memories through the years.

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Train Stories

Piper has very contrasting train adventure memories. First, she shares her impressions of a childhood overnight train trip in Thailand, traveling with family from Bangkok to Northern Thailand. Then, she shares college late night train rides to visit friends at other colleges. Her favorite memory is her most recent train trip experience from Seattle to Vancouver.

Gail has a similar experience with sleeper trains, though her experiences were in Europe. She also shares an experience with a commuter train in Europe in which she and her friends were not the protagonists in the story, in which they brought out the “stinky cheese and smelly meat” in the train car. And, of course, Gail has lived her best live enjoying an incredibly risky street food on a train in Peru.

This episode includes a tangent or two to acknowledge how very much both Piper and Gail enjoy a wonderful, pungent, soft, spreadable “stinky cheese” – and are willing to suffer the consequences.

Someday Train Trip Wish List

Piper’s Wishes

  • Rovos Rail to explore Africa
  • Orient Express to explore Europe

Gail’s Wishes

  • Canada cross-country train
  • California vineyard train trip in steampunk

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Episode 39: Road Trip Memories

Gail Carriger and Piper J. Drake discuss favorite road trip memories.

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Road Trip Memories

Road trips are a big thing for Gail and she has many memories of various road trip memories. Shout out the Carmen. 

Piper grew up with a lot of family road trips and tended to visit her friends at other colleges in her college days as well as memories of annual road trips from New Jersey to Maryland for Otakon in order to accommodate cosplay wardrobe and accessory choices, plus con food survival choices.

Gail’s Most Memorable: New Zealand. Gail strongly recommends exploring New Zealand via road trip in camper vans.

Piper’s Most Memorable: Arizona to Maryland with Matthew J. Drake, exploring the big truck stop rest stops and convenience stores.

Gadget Pick! Best Road Trip Snacks 

Piper – Dr. Pepper and Beef Jerky

Gail – Cheetos and tea

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Episode 38: Hotel Adoration

Gail Carriger and Piper J. Drake discuss favorite hotels in their past histories with travel.

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Favorite Hotels of All Time

Piper’s fav: Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok

Gail’s fav: Adobe on Green Street Inn in Santa Cruz (possibly closed)

Honorable Mentions

Gail & Piper both mentioned Mandala Bay

Gail: Marina Bay Sands

Piper: Hotel Monaco Seattle

Gadget Pick! Favorite Hotel Provided Items

Gail – nicely scented shampoo/conditioner, make up wipes, and whole milk

Piper – individually wrapped insect repellent wipes

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Episode 37: Movies That Call Us to Places

Gail Carriger and Piper J. Drake discuss movies that give a strong sense of place.

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What do Gail and Piper think of when they bring up movies that give them a sense of place?

Gail thought of movies with an upbeat, positive ambiance because that’s what she loves.

Piper thought of places that she wanted to visit after watching particular movies.

Both Gail and Piper have lived in different parts of the US and for a time, in different parts of the world, and they have “heart homes” – places they can imagine themselves living in and not just visiting.

Movie Shout Outs! 

At the top of both Piper and Gail’s lists (without planning) is:

Under the Tuscan Sun for Tuscany region in Italy

Gail also recommended:

Crazy Rich Asians for Singapore

ด้ายแดงซีรีส์ (Until We Meet Again) Thai drama series for Thailand

* Gail has a password protected recommendation list of boy’s love dramas for those interested

Piper also recommended:

ผู้ชายให้เช่า (Boy for Rent) Thai drama series for Thailand

บุพเพสันนิวาส (Love Destiny) Thai drama series for historic Thailand

* recommend including the search terms “eng sub” for English subtitles

Heart Homes

For Gail, her heart homes are:

  • Como lake/Tuscany region, Italy
  • Singapore
  • Strasbourg, France

For Piper, her heart homes are:

  • Thailand, near Chonburi
  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Tokyo, Japan

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Episode 36: In Flight Entertainment

Retrieved from the Repository: a lost episode has been recovered for our listeners in which Gail Carriger and Piper J. Drake discussed in-flight entertainment choices.

*This episode was recorded in 2017, prior to the current travel advisories and restrictions.

Where have you been? 

Piper had traveled to the Princeton area for day job and it was relatively freezing as compared to where she lived, at the time, in the Phoenix, AZ area. She encountered a mysterious crate that reminded her of the Predators movie.

Main Topic: In-Flight Entertainment

Gail and Piper cry watching movies, tv shows, even commercials. They both prefer streaming services for their video entertainment. 

Both Piper and Gail use their phones to listen to podcasts.

The two of them discuss the pros and cons of in-flight WiFi and whether it’s worth it to them.

Gadgets! 

Gail – iPad and Amazon Prime Video (http://amzn.to/2Ak0PeY) plus a Kindle Oasis for reading.

Piper – mini iPad and Drama Fever, Viki (https://www.viki.com/roku) Crunchy Roll / VRV (https://vrv.co/). Writing with a bluetooth keyboard paired with her mini iPad.

*DramaFever is no longer available.

Shout Outs

Legend of Korra

Feast of Fiction – https://www.youtube.com/user/feastoffiction

Yuri on Ice

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Episode 35: Books That Call Us To Places

Gail Carriger and Piper J. Drake share books that give them a strong sense of place.

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What do Gail and Piper think of as a book that gives them a sense of place?

Gail thought of books that make her want to travel somewhere and particularly thinks of the light of a place. 

Piper thought of not only books that made her want to travel to a place, but also books that created the perfect scene that pulled her into the book.

Gail and Piper discuss the writing craft aspect of how they think of books and a sense of place, what senses come into play, and how to research for setting. They also discuss ways to research a place when you can’t actually go there.

Book Shout Outs! 

Gail recommended:

Lord of Two Lands by Judith Tarr

The Dark is Rising series by Susan Cooper

*Gail particularly referenced The Grey King, the book in this series that was set in Wales.

My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell

Piper recommended:

Psy-Changeling series by Nalini Singh

*Piper struggled to remember the first short story that introduced her to this series. The title was “Stroke of Enticement” and was originally in The Magical Christmas Cat anthology.

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao

Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs

Gadgets!

Piper currently reads with a mini iPad because it’s closer to the size and weight of a paperback. 

Gail reads on a Kindle Oasis because it is e-Ink.

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