Should we stay or should we go?

Apologies for the long delay since my last episode. I've been busy attending the Podcast Movement conference in Los Angeles, traveling across the country by rail, and working on a radio story for the fifth anniversary of Superstorm Sandy here in New Jersey. But I'm finally back, and I think you'll agree it was worth the wait, since this episode is a good one!

 
Getting directions

Getting directions

 

When it comes to welcoming foreign tourists, Turkmenistan is close to the bottom of the list. It was hard enough to get visas in the first place, and when we did, they were only good for 5 days.

Now broken down with serious car problems, we have to try to convince officials to give us more time.

When that doesn't work, we throw in the towel and decide to tow the car all the way to the border to try to get it fixed on the Uzbekistan side...

 
 
 
 

But what happens if the border is closed when we get there?

And will the Uzbekistan guards even let us in with a car that won’t start?

Suddenly, our little road trip had turned into an international bureaucratic dilemma, and the next 24 hours were sure to be interesting as we sorted this one out!

Listen to my latest episode here.

 
 

In other news, I'm thrilled to announce that Far From Home was recently featured in The Guardian's "Podcasts of the Week" column, which called it "a brilliant listen." Check out the review one of your fellow listeners wrote here.

My colleague Katy Sewall also interviewed me recently on 'The Bittersweet Life," her great podcast for expats, re-pats (expats who've returned home), and listeners with a sense of adventure. You can listen to the episode here, and if you like what you hear, consider subscribing so you stay up to date with future programs.

Thanks for listening!

Scott

 
 

better photos by Drew Gurian