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Palle Bo is a long time radioproducer who has sold his house, car and all of his furniture so he could travel around the world. He has an ambition to visit every country in the world and you can join his trip in this podcast.

Come along as he meet the locals and experience Palle's excitements and concerns regarding the life as digital nomad.

The Radio Vagabond Palle Bo

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Palle Bo is a long time radioproducer who has sold his house, car and all of his furniture so he could travel around the world. He has an ambition to visit every country in the world and you can join his trip in this podcast.

Come along as he meet the locals and experience Palle's excitements and concerns regarding the life as digital nomad.

    KENYA (4:4): Visiting a Maasai Village in Masai Mara

    KENYA (4:4): Visiting a Maasai Village in Masai Mara

    Welcome to part 4 of my mini-series about Kenya and The Masai Mara. Click here to go to part 1, part 2, and part 3.
    After our exciting hot air balloon trip, I went to the Maassai village in the Mara. This was my last day in the Mara. I had spent two nights in Lenchada Tourist Camp in the Masai Mara game reserve in Kenya. And when we were asked if we wanted to go for a visit to a real Maasai village, I was the only one in the group who was interested. So, I got a private tour for a few hours. 
    WELCOMING MAASAI 
    A young boy from the village picks me up, and after a short walk just outside the fence that surrounds their little village, I meet up with Sammy, who would be my guide for the tour.
    A group of eight tall slim young Maasai men stood in a half-circle in front of me, singing, dancing, and jumping. They all wore their attractive colourful Maasai shuka – an African blanket they traditionally wear as a sarong. It's thick enough to be used as a light blanket for chilly mornings and afternoons. Each Maasai does not wear the exact same colours, but most of them wear red because it symbolizes their culture, and they believe it scares wild animals away. 
    JUMP JUMP JUMP
    They jump high, straight up in the air. Later I learned that the higher they can jump, the less dowry they pay to the woman's family before marriage. The young Maasai men then invited me to join the dance. First, they draped me in a red shuka – and had a laugh watching this pale middle-aged, slightly overweight Scandinavian dude trying to jump. In the moment, I felt I did pretty good but looking at the pictures, I can see that I barely left the ground. So, it would be expensive for me to get married in this culture.
    ONE BIG FAMILY
    In this village, there were 20 families with 200 people from the same grandfather. They do not intermarry in their village. As mentioned, they are a semi-nomadic tribe that stay in the same place for around nine years, and they move to another place when the houses are eaten by termites. They are polygamous – which means that the man can marry as many women as he likes (or can afford).
    SIX FACTS ABOUT THE MAASAI PEOPLE
    Here are some hardcore facts about the Maasai people. 
    1. Most Famous African Tribe
    The Maasai is an ethnic group living in northern, central and southern Kenya and northern Tanzania. They are among the best-known local populations internationally because they live in or near the many game parks of the African Great Lakes. And then we know them for their distinctive customs, dress, and beautiful jewelry. The men very often also have a distinct tall and slim frame. More on that later
    2. Population
    There are around 2 million Maasai people. 1.2 million are in Kenya and around 800,000 in Tanzania. 
    3. Language
    The Maasai speak the Maasai language, Maa – but except for some elders living in rural areas, most Maasai people speak the official languages of Kenya and Tanzania, Swahili and English.
    4. Body Modification
    The piercing and stretching of earlobes are common among the Maasai as with other tribes, and both men and women wear metal hoops on their stretched earlobes. 
    5. Tall People
    They are considered one of the tallest people in the world. According to some reports, their average height is 6 ft 3 inches (190 cm). 
    6. When a Maasai Dies
    They typically don't bury people in the ground when they die – as they feel that it ruins the earth. They instead have a "scavenger burial" where they cover the dead body with oxblood or cattle fat and leave it in a bush for the wild animals to eat. The deceased is considered a good person if they are eaten on the first night.
     
     
    A LOOK IN THE HISTORY BOOK
    The Maasai tribe has not had an easy life. According to Maasai belief, the tribe originated in northwest Kenya, just north of Lake Turkana. As they are semi-nomadic, the Maasai tribe lives off the land. After a few years in one place, they move to the next area to survive.
    Before the

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    KENYA (3:4): Hot Air Ballooning Over the Masai Mara

    KENYA (3:4): Hot Air Ballooning Over the Masai Mara

    Welcome to part 3 of my mini-series about Kenya and The Masai Mara. Click here to go to part 1 and part 2.
    I decided to splurge and go on an early morning hot air balloon safari – very early the morning after New Year’s Eve. I wanted to see the beautiful sunrise on the horizon of the savanna with exotic animals below me. So, after our game drive, I spoke to Francis who would arrange pickup for me just four hours after we entered 2022.
    Francis mentiones that the balloon will launch at 06 in the morning and take one hour. On landing we will be welcomed with a champagne bush breakfast. There will be plenty of room for take-off and landing, and he assured me that we would not disrupt any animals during the flight.
    He also told us to keep warm because it would get chilly. There would be no guarantee that we would see any animals as this was not during the migration season.
    It’s something that is not included in the package. It’s available as an extra option at 450 USD /408 Euros per person. So, it’s not cheap.
    This is how I justified the extra expense:
    In ten years, I would be able to remember the experience but not the price tag.
    After the briefing, Francis mentioned that he would pick me up at 4.20 am. This would not be an easy feat. For the first time since I was three years old, I had to go to bed before midnight on New Year’s Eve.
    THE RADIO VAGABOND LANGUAGE SCHOOL: SWAHILI
    Meanwhile, let’s learn to say a few words that will impress the locals when you get here. As you heard in the previous episodes in this mini-series, Kenyans have English as one of the two official languages. And since you probably understand what I’m saying now, let’s have a quick lesson in the other one: Swahili. You can hear the pronunciation on the podcast.
    Hello: Jambo
    Thank you: Asante sana
    You’re welcome: Karibu
    Okay: Sawa
    Don’t worry: Hakuna matata
    Note that no one says that in Kenya unless you are a tourist. The more common term is “Usijali”
    Friend: Rafiki
    Goodbye: Kwaheri
     
    OTHER INTERESTING FACTS: DANGEROUS ANIMALS
    Shane, who you had met the two previous episodes, also took us through the most dangerous animals. It’s not lions but much more elephants and hippos. A lone male elephant is very dangerous. Hippos are also animals to keep away from. We added a third one in our previous episode when we were chased by an angry rhino. It is always to have an experienced driver with you as they know the signs of danger. Therefore, Shane says, do not try to self-drive so that you do not put your safety at risk.
    THE ULTIMATE EXPERIENCE
    I was picked up at 4.20 as Francis promised on the first day of the year. We drove for about an hour on the bumpy roads (what he called a Kenyan massage) and we went on the savannah in the middle of Masai Mara. We signed a few papers as the team got three hot air balloons ready. The birds were chirping in the morning and the air was crisp and fresh.
    The experience began at the launch site in the heart of the Masai Mara National Game Reserve. It was still dark, but you could hear animals grazing close by and the occasional lion roaring in the distance at his early morning kill. There was a lot of activity as the Balloon Safari crew team were bustling around the balloon basket and “the envelope” (as they called the balloon itself) laid out flat on the ground ready for inflation.
    As we checked in at their security desk (the hood of a Jeep), we could hear the fans start and in the pre-dawn light I started to see the billowing of the envelope as it inflated and flames from the hot air balloon burner-test lit up the darkness. With the first glow of sunlight flickeing across the skies, the hot air balloon filled and gently rose.
    Our Russian pilot, Sergei Nosov gave us a pre-flight safety briefing. He took us through all the safety aspects and landing procedures.
    The basket was big and could fit twelve people in four compartments and the pilot in the middle. With the basket

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    KENYA (2:4): Attacked by an Angry Rhino in Masai Mara

    KENYA (2:4): Attacked by an Angry Rhino in Masai Mara

    THINGS TO DO IN NAIROBI
    In the last post, I was talking about Shane and Monica who I met in Nairobi. They both gave us tips on all the amazing stuff there’s to see around the country, but there’s also a lot to do in the capital.
    VISIT THE KAREN BLIXEN MUSEUM
    The museum is located in the town Karen at the Ngong Hills slopes just outside Nairobi. It was owned by Danish author Karen and her Swedish husband Baron. It became more famous after the renowned “Out of Africa” film. It’s open to the public and you can enjoy guided tours and lots of materials to buy. You can learn more here.
    DAVID SHELDRICK WILDLIFE TRUST
    David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is one of the largest and most successful orphan elephant rescue centres in the world. They have successfully cared for 282 elephants and here, you can also get to adopt a calf (baby elephant).
    NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK
    Nairobi National Park is a few minutes away from the city centre. You can see rhinos, zebras, giraffes, baboons, wildebeest, and many other animals against a backdrop of the city skyline. Learn more from their website.
    BOMAS OF KENYA
    This is a cultural village representing the 42 tribes of Kenya. If you want to learn about the ethnic tribes and history of the country, this a tour that you should not miss. You also get to learn about the clothing, dances, and economic activities of each tribe. You can also try diverse Kenyan cuisine at the Utamaduni Restaurant. Learn more here.
    THE GIRAFFE CENTRE
    The Giraffe Centre is run by the Kenya non-profit organisation, the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife, whose main purpose is to educate Kenyan children about their environment and wild animals. They also give visitors and opportunity to come into close contact with the world’s tallest animal.
    I went there and spoke to Daniel Mutua the educator who shared lots of information about this majestic animal.
    When visiting the centre, you will get some pellets, walk on the platform, and get ready to feed the giraffes. David mentioned that the pellets are made from dry grasses, molasses, and corn. These act like snacks for the animal whose main food is grass, leaves and water.
    Kenya has three subspecies of giraffes: Maasai, Rothchild and the Reticulated, and in the late 1970s there were only about 130 Rothchild giraffes left on the grasslands of East Africa. The African Fund for Endangered Wildlife was founded in 1979 by the late Jock Leslie-Melville, a Kenyan citizen of British descent, and his American-born wife, Betty Leslie-Melville. They began the giraffe centre after discovering the sad situation on the deteriorating animal population. However, from the centre’s efforts, today there are over 300 Rothschild giraffes which are safe and breeding well in Kenyan parks. Twelve of them are in the giraffe centre.
    The difference in the three species is notable on body spots and the animal habitats. Each giraffe has a different personality just like humans ranging from gentle, kind, playful and so much more. At the centre, they know them by name and by their characters.
    Inside the Giraffe centre there is the Giraffe Manor Hotel. Its resident herd of giraffe will poke their long necks into the window before retreating in the wild. You get to dine with the lovely animals.
    VISIT KICC
    On a clear day you can see Mount Kenya and Kilimanjaro from the rooftop of the tallest building in the city. The KICC (Kenyatta International Convention Centre) Tower is an icon and a landmark for Kenya. It is a leading facility in the meeting industry in East Africa. I went up there and I got amazing views of the stunning city. It was a bit cloudy so I couldn’t see the two biggest mountains in Africa, but I still saw a lot. I spoke to two of the four people that I met on the tower, and we had a great chat about the best and the worst about living here.
    SOME TIPS ON SAFARIS
    Choose a good car: The type of vehicle you use is very important. If you are in the 4-wheel drive normal vehic

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    KENYA (1:4): What to See in Two Perfect Weeks

    KENYA (1:4): What to See in Two Perfect Weeks

    Welcome to this mini-series about Kenya and Masai Mara. This is part 1
    On December 31st, I was excited to go to Masai Mara. I went on a 5-hour drive from Nairobi, Kenya, to Masai Mara National Reserve (often referred to just as The Mara). I knew that the game drives would start early in the morning, and I would not be partying too hard for New Year.
    The two-night/three-day safari trip was partly made possible by Scenery Adventures Ltd, which is owned and operated by Monica Musungu. Scenery Adventures does inbound and outbound travel. They take visitors to Congo, Tanzania, Seychelles, Egypt, and many other places.
    I got to know Monica when we were in Berlin in March 2020, just as the Corona pandemic was beginning to rear its ugly head. We were both there for a big travel event called ITB, which was canceled days before the event. As we had our tickets ready, we decided to travel anyway and that’s how our paths crossed.
    MEETING THE TRAVEL CAMEL
    I also met Shane Dallas who I knew from the travel industry, and TBEX, which does conferences for travel content creators around the world. Shane is the conference director of TBEX Europe, Asia, and Africa. As I’m the co-host and producer of the TBEX podcast, Travel Matters, you can say that we’re colleagues. Shane has been traveling worldwide for years – calling himself and his travel blog “The Travel Camel”, but when he came to Kenya, he fell in love with the country and his wife, Maureen. He’s been living here for a number of years with her and their daughter. He knows a lot about this country, but he’s originally from Australia. It has been nine years since he went back to Australia. He is probably getting away from all the poisonous snakes and spiders. However, he misses his family, friends, cricket, and rugby.
    I asked Shane to give me some insights into what Kenya means to him.
    “Kenya is complex with more than 40 tribes, and each has its food, customs, and activities. I love it”.
    That morning, I finally met Dennis, my driver, in Nairobi for the next few days. We got on the van with an open roof which would come in handy when we went on game drives in the park. That way, we could stand up and get a good view of the wildlife for taking photos. We were a group of 7 or 8 – a few from Kenya, and besides me was a guy from San Francisco.
    Not only was I going on game drives, but I also decided to spend a little extra time by visiting a Maasai Village and then start 2022 by going on a hot air balloon safari over the savannah early in the morning on January 1st.
    Here are some facts about Kenya
    FACTS ABOUT KENYA
    How Big and How Many People
    At 580,367 square kilometers (224,081 sq mi), Kenya is the world's 48th largest country by area. It is slightly smaller than Ukraine and a bit bigger than Spain. With more than 47.6 million people, Kenya is the 29th most populous country globally.
    Kenya is the World’s Leading Safari Destination
    Kenya has been recognized by the World Travel Awards as the world’s leading safari destination for 2021, a position it has held for seven years now! The country has 50 epic national parks and reserves home to diverse wildlife, including the renowned Big Five (lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos, and buffaloes).
    Official Languages
    There are more than 69 different languages spokenKenya, but they only have two official languages, English and Swahili. English is widely spoken in commerce, schooling, and government, and you can totally get by here. The English level on the street is very good – even though they do have a local dialect that can be a bit hard to catch sometimes for a western speaking ear.
    The Flag
    The flag is a horizontal tricolor with black, red, and green from the top and thinner white lines. The black stands for the country's people, the green stands for the landscape, the white lines represent peace, and the red in the middle symbolizes war.
    And then what is most unique of the flag: a Maasai shield and s

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    UKRAINE: Before the War in Europe

    UKRAINE: Before the War in Europe

    It’s a sad week for the world, Europe, and especially Ukraine – as Russia invaded the country in an unprovoked attack yesterday morning.
    So, I thought I would share a conversation I had during a walk with Ksenia from UkraineToGo. We walked through the beautiful city of Kyiv when I was there at the very beginning of my journey, in August 2016.
    This was at a time when Ukraine also was at war with Russia after they invaded Crimea. As you will hear, it was a love/hate relationship with their big brother from the east. On one hand, we talk about some very popular toilet paper with Putin’s face on them and on the other hand, a big monument called the Arch of Friendship – celebrating the friendship between the two nations. I wonder what the people of Ukraine think of that monument this week.  
    I wonder what kind of history is being written this week and in the coming time. To be honest, I don’t see how this is going to end.
    That sanctions are going to make Putin think “this was a mistake; I pull my troops out”. Not likely. That the world and the Ukrainians just accept that Russia takes over this beautiful big European country with proud people that love their freedom and democracy. No, I don’t see that happening either.
    What I fear the most, is that it will end very bloody and escalate to even more countries. I feel so bad for the Ukrainian people who just want to live in peace. But also, for the regular Russian people who didn’t make this decision and will be suffering from what happens with the economic sanctions imposed by the world.
    All in all, this is a horrible situation.

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    KATHMANDU, NEPAL: Nature, Massacre, Monkeys and Friendly People

    KATHMANDU, NEPAL: Nature, Massacre, Monkeys and Friendly People

    काठमाडौंमा स्वागत छ
    WELCOME TO KATHMANDU
    Before going to Nepal, I’d been told that this country has some very friendly people – that show a genuine interest in who you are and where you’re from. And that was the case already in the taxi on the way from the airport to the city.
    In the car with Basu Rimal, he asked a lot about where I was from and what it was like there. He told me that he had been to Scandinavia.
    “I’ve been to Norway and Finland, but not Denmark yet. Scandinavia is really nice, I really liked it but it’s very cold.”
    Basu works in tourism and has a tour company called Nepalaya Treks And Expedition, where he does trekking in Himalaya.
    YOU DECIDED ON NEPAL
    In last week’s episode, I asked you where we should go. And there was a big majority in the votes that said that we should go to Nepal. Thank you all for being so active in saying your opinion on The Radio Vagabond on Facebook.
    I’m here with a good friend from Denmark, and we’re staying in a guest house called Ambassador Garden Home in a vibrant lively area called Thamel in the heart of Kathmandu.
    Thamel have the biggest tourist market in Nepal and the biggest business hub with a ton of guest houses, restaurants, shops, and bookstores.
    Obviously, I found Ambassador Garden Home on Hotels25.com.
    LANGUAGE IN NEPAL
    Nepal has 122 major languages. Nepali is the most common spoken by 78% of the population either as first or second language and has official language status. But the other 121 languages are all recognized national languages.
    PATAN DURBAR SQUARE
    Patan Durbar Square is situated at the centre of the city of Lalitpur, around 10 km from the city center of Kathmandu in Nepal. This square is one of the three Durbar Squares in the Kathmandu Valley, which are all UNESCO World Heritage Sites. 
    The Durbar Square is a marvel of Newar architecture. The square floor is tiled with red bricks. There are many temples in the area. There is also a bell beside the main temples. It’s a stunning and lively area.
    NEPAL EARTHQUAKE
    In April 2015 the square was heavily damaged by the big Nepal Earthquake. 
    The earthquake struck near the city of Kathmandu in central Nepal. About 9,000 people were killed, many thousands more were injured, and more than 600,000 structures in Kathmandu and other nearby towns were either damaged or destroyed.
    The initial shock registered a magnitude of 7.8, with the epicentre only around 77 km (48 miles) northwest of Kathmandu. And two large aftershocks, with magnitudes 6.6 and 6.7, shook the region within one day of the main quake.
    Here is a YouTube video shot right here when the earthquake hit.
    7 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT KATHMANDU
    Big City in the Valley Kathmandu is the capital city and largest city of Nepal with a population of 1.5 million in the city, and 3 million in its wider urban areas across the Kathmandu Valley.
    Kathmandu is the 17th highest capital in the world Last week we were in La Paz, Bolivia – the highest capital in the world, and Kathmandu is also up there. Standing at approximately 1,400 meters (4,600 feet) above sea level it’s number 17 on the list.
    City of Glory Kathmandu is known as Kantipur which means the city of glory. The rich ancient culture and diverse religion make this city as the city of glory.
    UNESCO Hot Spot Kathmandu valley is full of cultures and heritage sites. It has seven UNESCO World Heritage sites. The Kathmandu Valley itself was accorded the status of a World Heritage Site in 1979.
    The World’s Biggest Mountain is Close Mt. Everest is 240 km away from Kathmandu and is seen from Kathmandu valley.
    Never a Colony Even though this country lies in between the two big countries India and China, which was ruled by the British, Nepal was never a colony and never ruled by any foreigners and other countries.
    Kingdom Nepal was a kingdom ruled by the Shah family 1768 to 2008. The beginning of the end for t

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An inspiring and amazing podcast. Palle Bo manages to not only document his journey but also make you feel as if you were a part of it. You laugh, you cry and you get emerged in this podcast! 5 stars!

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I’m following Pelle’s travels with great pleasure from the first episode. Great to hear about his reviews of the new places and the crazy, funny ideas of what you can do while you visit and the interesting meetings with the locals. I’m always getting inspired to see that the world IS safe and friendly place really. Keeping my fingers crossed for your plans, Pelle!

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Palle is a man on a mission. He wants to visit every country in the world. Having followed him for more than half a year, I must say he is bringing something unique to the "travel podcast industry". His many years of radio makes a difference. The episodes follow his adventures and are well edited and produced. Bringing a microphone and recording what happens first-hand makes his podcast one of the best travel podcasts out there.

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