11 episodes

Two best friends relive their ’Gap Year’ travelling the world in 2010, by re-reading and reflecting on the hilariously misguided blog diary they kept along the way. Just prior to smart-phones and social media taking over our travel habits, these two wide-eyed 18 year olds set off with nothing but digital cameras and a trusty blog to document their trip. In this podcast, Rachel and Emily recount and relive the trials, traumas and laughs of their 5 month adventure by re-reading the blog entries they so faithfully typed up in internet cafes along the way. From lost passports to inaccessible bank accounts, jumping out of planes and into gorges, this is a nostalgic exploration of first-time travel and all its hilarious twists and turns.

Gap Year Diaries Emily and Rachel

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Two best friends relive their ’Gap Year’ travelling the world in 2010, by re-reading and reflecting on the hilariously misguided blog diary they kept along the way. Just prior to smart-phones and social media taking over our travel habits, these two wide-eyed 18 year olds set off with nothing but digital cameras and a trusty blog to document their trip. In this podcast, Rachel and Emily recount and relive the trials, traumas and laughs of their 5 month adventure by re-reading the blog entries they so faithfully typed up in internet cafes along the way. From lost passports to inaccessible bank accounts, jumping out of planes and into gorges, this is a nostalgic exploration of first-time travel and all its hilarious twists and turns.

    E9: Costa Rica - ‘Zip-lining mishaps, Tarzan swings and amorous frogs’

    E9: Costa Rica - ‘Zip-lining mishaps, Tarzan swings and amorous frogs’

    Two best friends relive their ’Gap Year’ travelling the world in 2010, by rereading and reflecting on the hilariously misguided blog diary they kept along the way.


    In this episode, Rachel and Emily reread blog entries describing their zip-lining canopy tour in the beautiful cloud forest reserve of Monteverde, which had unsurprisingly disastrous consequences. We also learn about the average mating season of the Costa Rican tree frog, and are treated to our first delve into the incredibly surreal and abstract handwritten diary that Rachel kept during the trip...

    • 53 min
    E8: Costa Rica - ‘Perilous bus rides, bad moods and a bug’s 'life'’

    E8: Costa Rica - ‘Perilous bus rides, bad moods and a bug’s 'life'’

    Two best friends relive their ’Gap Year’ travelling the world in 2010, by rereading and reflecting on the hilariously misguided blog diary they kept along the way.


    Rachel and Emily travel further into Costa Rica along hazardous mountain roads, rereading blogs from their first day in the cloud forest reserve of Monteverde. In this episode, Rachel visits a magical (and unnerving) world of insects, as the only participant on a deeply intense guided tour, and Emily busies herself with unwittingly making new friends in the hostel kitchen. 

    • 46 min
    *Special Episode* Remembering Jairo

    *Special Episode* Remembering Jairo

    In this special episode, Rachel and Emily take time to remember and celebrate the life of Jairo Mora Sandoval, the conservationist, volunteer and valued community member they had the pleasure of working with during their time in Gandoca, who was tragically killed in 2013. 
    Further resources mentioned in the episode:
    WIDECAST website
    https://www.widecast.org
    Information on leatherback turtle poaching:  
    https://www.worldwildlife.org/species/leatherback-turtle
    https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/illegal-sea-turtle-egg-poaching-rise-costa-rica/
    https://www.greenmatters.com/p/sea-turtle-poaching-investeggator
    https://www.poachingfacts.com/wildlife-encyclopedia/sea-turtles-profile/

    • 17 min
    E7: Costa Rica - ‘Toe-shoes, vengeful ants and a fond farewell’

    E7: Costa Rica - ‘Toe-shoes, vengeful ants and a fond farewell’

    Two best friends relive their ’Gap Year’ travelling the world in 2010, by rereading and reflecting on the hilariously misguided blog diary they kept along the way.


    Looking back over the blog entries from their last few days of sea turtle conservation on the Costa Rican coast, Emily and Rachel recount the arrival of a new volunteer, and, more importantly, his iconic footwear choice, as well as their sad farewell to the conservation project and onward journey back to San Jose. In this episode, we also witness what happens when leaf-cutter ants attack, and just how unbelievably disgusting two individuals can be after 14 days of sandy, muddy, humid jungle living, with only infrequent rainwater showers as personal hygiene routines.

    • 40 min
    E6: Costa Rica - ‘Laguna lectures, flying bullfrogs and a pool party’

    E6: Costa Rica - ‘Laguna lectures, flying bullfrogs and a pool party’

    Two best friends relive their ’Gap Year’ travelling the world in 2010, by rereading and reflecting on the hilariously misguided blog diary they kept along the way.

    After much hard labour and laying around in hammocks at the sea turtle conservation station, Emily and Rachel relive and read back over their hallowed ‘day off’, which they spend floating around the local laguna on a canoe owned by a man named Gilberto, spotting distant squirrel monkeys and potentially deadly caimans. In this episode we also learn just how long it can take Rachel to successfully capture a single photo, and what it’s like to attend a Costa Rican pool party in torrential rain.

    • 39 min
    E5: Costa Rica - ‘Rum parties, motorbike madness and a turtle named Luna’

    E5: Costa Rica - ‘Rum parties, motorbike madness and a turtle named Luna’

    Two best friends relive their ’Gap Year’ travelling the world in 2010, by rereading and reflecting on the hilariously misguided blog diary they kept along the way.


    Now fully qualified turtle conservationists, Emily and Rachel continue re-reading and reliving their adventures in the coastal Costa Rican jungle. In this episode, they attend their very first party of the trip, Emily has a near-death experience whilst trying to speak Spanish, and Rachel recounts her own turtle adventures with a group of overly enthusiastic American tourists in tow.

    • 37 min

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