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Life doesn't have a script. At least, it doesn't have to. Hosts Katy Sewall and Tiffany Parks explore the challenges and joys of moving abroad and moving home. Whether you’re living overseas, or not — or not yet — join us weekly for unadulterated conversation. Get to know Rome. Laugh at our embarrassments and insights. Most of all, imagine the possibilities for your own life (and meet some famous authors along the way).

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 228 Ratings

Life doesn't have a script. At least, it doesn't have to. Hosts Katy Sewall and Tiffany Parks explore the challenges and joys of moving abroad and moving home. Whether you’re living overseas, or not — or not yet — join us weekly for unadulterated conversation. Get to know Rome. Laugh at our embarrassments and insights. Most of all, imagine the possibilities for your own life (and meet some famous authors along the way).

    How to Dress Like an Italian

    How to Dress Like an Italian

    How do you dress in Italy so you blend in? No one wants to be pegged as a tourist the moment they step off the plane, so today, in response to a listener question, Tiffany gives her advice on how to dress when in Italy so you'll look more like a local.

    • 27 min
    Bittersweet Moment #131: Perfect Pitch (with Evan Doty and Dana Zahler)

    Bittersweet Moment #131: Perfect Pitch (with Evan Doty and Dana Zahler)

    Imagine you hear a note, a ding in an elevator or a chirp of a bird, and somehow, you just know what note it is. F-sharp. B-flat. Middle C. It's just there, as easy as it would be to recognize a color.

    This is possible for Katy's nephew Evan. He didn't have to study. He didn't have to train his ear. He didn't acquire this ability after years of piano lessons. It was always with him. Today Katy talks with Evan and his mom about what it is like to live with this incredible gift.

    • 15 min
    When Not to Move Abroad

    When Not to Move Abroad

    We spend a lot of time on this show encouraging our listeners—especially those who write in for advice—to throw caution to the wind and move abroad if that is their dream.

    But what about when the timing just doesn't seem right? Today we read a letter from a listener asking about a possible move to France, but this time we offer different advice. Listen in and decide if you agree.

    • 21 min
    Bittersweet Moment #130: Empty Nesters Move to Rome

    Bittersweet Moment #130: Empty Nesters Move to Rome

    For Adrianne Castro and her husband Joe, a move to Rome had been a very long time in the making. At first it started out as just an idea when they were on a trip with their young son. But then soon found themselves wondering: why not?

    Several years, a son settled at college, the recognition of Joe's Italian citizenship, a pandemic, the sale of their home, and a lot of planning later, Adrianne has fulfilled this long-time dream and is living the life she imagined in Rome. She Jons us today.

    • 14 min
    Episode 403: Coping with Anxiety

    Episode 403: Coping with Anxiety

    Do you suffer from anxiety? Is it a chronic problem or something that only flairs up occasionally? Or are you blessed with calm under pressure?

    Today we talk about anxiety from a few different angles, including the stress of moving outside your comfort zone, whether it be moving abroad, quitting a stable job, or trying something new.

    Why do some of us sometimes choose discomfort as opposed to doing what's easy? And what happens when you crave novelty but your world has shrunk due to the pandemic?

    • 35 min
    Bittersweet Moment #129: The 24-hour Radio Race

    Bittersweet Moment #129: The 24-hour Radio Race

    Can you produce an entire creative project in just 24 hours, from start to finish? This week, Katy attempted just that. She and her good friend and fellow radio producer Casey Martin decided to participate in the KCRW 24-hour Radio Race 2021. The challenge: produce an entire radio piece from scratch in no more than 24 hours. After Monday's episode on ideas, hear Katy and Casey go through the brainstorming process in real time, thinking up an idea and curating it to fit the theme.

    • 11 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
228 Ratings

228 Ratings

Leahlmass ,

Thrilled I found this podcast

Even though I only recently found this podcast, Katy and Tiffany feel like old friends. If you dream of traveling more or just want to escape through learning about the experiences of others, time spend with these ladies (and their multitude of terrific guests) is never wasted. I’m certainly hooked! Highly recommend and have shared with my podcast-loving friends!

sarapostorino ,

Relatable and interesting

I love this podcast for it’s intelligent, compassionate and thoughtful conversations. I’m a Seattle-raised expat currently living in Italy and relate greatly to these 2 women and their curious hearts. Highly recommend, thank you Katy and Tiffany!

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