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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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    • Places & Travel
    • 4.8 • 186 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).

    Shifting Goals

    Shifting Goals

    We all make goals, but what happens when we decide to scratch one off the list without completing it? Whether because we're not interested in having a particular experience anymore, our passions have led us in another direction, or we've "aged out" of achieving a dream, it's ok to change our minds. What we are determined to do when we're 14 (or 40) might not be what we're meant to do. This week we talk about how revising our goals is a better strategy than sticking to something we've outgrown.

    • 35 min
    Bittersweet Moment #86: Gratitude

    Bittersweet Moment #86: Gratitude

    On this extra-short mini-episode, Katy and Tiffany express their thanks for things in their lives that they are unexpectedly treasuring this year. Sometimes it's the little things, sometimes it's the big things, but we can all find something to be grateful, even in the midst of the craziest year of our lives.

    • 9 min
    Joyful News (with Clare Brown)

    Joyful News (with Clare Brown)

    About five years ago, Clare Brown left a predictable life in the UK to move to Split, Croatia in search of writing, exploration, and adventure. A longtime listener of the show, she has been a regular guest over the years and has inspired the listeners of The Bittersweet Life with her daring yet highly relatable story. She first appeared on Episode 112 EXPLORE and, by popular demand, she returned in Episode 157 CLARE. This week, joins us once again from Split, Croatia with chapter three of her amazing story.

    • 37 min
    What's Going on in Italy?

    What's Going on in Italy?

    Italy is in the midst of a wicked second wave of Covid. In fact, it makes spring's wave seem like a bump by comparison. Instead of instituting a national lockdown, as they did last spring, Italy's leaders have opted for zoned restrictions, ranging from light restrictions in the yellow zones, to a complete lockdown in red zones.

    In this mini-episode, Tiffany explains the different restrictions facing different areas of the country, and wonders if they will be enough to flatten this devastating new curve.

    • 14 min
    Sleep

    Sleep

    Do you have a hard time falling asleep at night? Or perhaps, like Katy, you sleep fitfully, waking multiple times a night and having trouble falling back to sleep again. Or maybe, like Tiffany, you're one of the lucky ones, and sleep comes quickly and easily. (But don't get too smug, you could end up with a baby who refuses to sleep, just like Aurelio did!)

    After several listener requests, this week we present an episode all about slumber.

    • 32 min
    Bittersweet Moment #84: Biden Wins!

    Bittersweet Moment #84: Biden Wins!

    Katy and Tiffany send voice memos back and forth across the Atlantic as one of the most consequential presidential elections in American history is finally called for Joe Biden. For Katy, it's early on a Saturday morning, for Tiffany, it's almost dinnertime, and once again they wonder if the time of day that something happens makes a difference in how you experience it.

    But most of all, they share their feelings, hopes, and reactions as this historic election is finally called.

    • 14 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
186 Ratings

186 Ratings

Carla4311 ,

Conversation among friends

I love listening to Katy and Tiffany. Over the years I feel like they are my dear friends joining me for a coffee or walk as I listen each week <3 I first discovered the show because of my love for Rome and have stayed listening for years. Thank you ladies!

curious appetite ,

Hang on every word kinda pod!

I’ve been living in Florence for 8 years and am from Seattle and find this podcast extremely lovely to listen to as I prepare dinner. It has gotten me thru when I stuck in SF during lockdown and is offering a glimpse into life back home now I’m back in Florence plus I get to learn more about Rome! Brave ragazze

ticshrine ,

My favorite podcast

I love this podcast because it takes me on walks through room.I love the randomness of the conversations that are always interesting topics, and the intimacy and honesty.

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