Over the past nine months, while my brother and I have been busy getting our vaccinations and shuffling between foreign embassies and consulates to apply for visas for our trip, I've been recording many of our conversations with friends and family, and kept the tape rolling as we've figured out our route and searched the London classified ads for a suitable car to drive to Mongolia. After many long nights spent whittling it all down to something interesting, I'm thrilled to announce that my new podcast called far.from.home has finally officially launched!
In the first episode, you'll meet our friend Rosi from Australia, who was the one that told us about this crazy journey to begin with and invited us to participate along with her and her friend Jane (aka Team Sugar + Spice). I also speak with an organizer and past participant in the Mongol Rally to learn how it works, and we weigh the potential challenges, risks, and rewards of driving 11,000 miles through a mysterious, rugged, and often unpredictable part of the world.
You can listen in the player above, and if you haven't already, please subscribe to the show on your iPhone or mobile device using iTunes, Stitcher, or another program of your choice to make sure you don't miss any future episodes! If you're new to podcasting and you need help figuring out how to do this, I've posted instructions on the Season One page on my site.
I'm planning on releasing another episode every 2 weeks or so leading up to the start of the Mongol Rally, followed by a second season of shows looking back at our adventures after the rally is complete.
Also, if you enjoy what you hear, please tell others about it and do me a big favor by leaving a review in the iTunes store, since this will improve my show's ratings and help attract new listeners!
Finally, as I've posted before, I want to give a special thanks to my colleagues at PRX, the Public Radio Exchange, for volunteering to assist with all the behind-the-scenes technical details to help me get this show off the ground.
Thanks for listening!