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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).

The Bittersweet Lif‪e‬ Expat, Repat, Travel, Rome, Seattle, Books, Art, Wonder

    • Places & Travel
    • 4.8 • 206 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).

    Bittersweet Moment #98: The Holiest Place in Rome

    Bittersweet Moment #98: The Holiest Place in Rome

    Oscar Wilde called it the "holiest place in Rome" and Percy Shelley said it would make someone fall in love with death to think of being buried in so sweet a place...and not soon later he was buried there at only 29.

    But the most famous resident of Rome's Non-Catholic Cemetery is John Keats, who was interred there exactly 200 years ago. Inspired by Katy's essay on his death and the death of her friend Susan, Tiffany visits the cemetery in her mind. Listen to the end to find out how to be buried there!

    • 15 min
    Literary Travel

    Literary Travel

    Reading books can inspire you to travel, and travel can inspire you to read books. It's what we call a delicious cycle.

    Today we talk about the books (and other types of art) that have inspired not only particular trips, but the things that we have sought out when on that trip, or even things we have made a point to see in our own cities.

    But this inspiration goes both ways, and sometimes the things we see when traveling inspire us to read more about them, whether in fiction or non-fiction.

    • 29 min
    Bittersweet Moment #97: The Scariest Cold Call

    Bittersweet Moment #97: The Scariest Cold Call

    On our "super secret" Truth or Dare episode from a few years ago (available only to our Patreon patrons and long-time donors), Katy did something incredibly scary, heart-poundingly so: she called someone she'd had a brief but electrifying encounter with—completely out of the blue, and 20 years later.

    As a hint of what the bonus content that our patrons and regular donors receive every single month, we are broadcasting this very scary call in all its nail-biting glory.

    • 20 min
    Anticipating Travel

    Anticipating Travel

    Some psychologists say that anticipation of a desired event can often bring more happiness than experiencing the event itself. And if that's the case, can we conclude that planning a trip is even more fun that actually taking the trip?

    Inspired by a recent article in the New York Times, Travel and the Art of Anticipation by Stephanie Rosenbloom, we muse about the so-called "happiness reset," the pleasure of anticipating travel, and the joys to be gleaned from reminiscing about past adventures.

    • 35 min
    Bittersweet Moment #96: Disappearing Languages

    Bittersweet Moment #96: Disappearing Languages

    Every two weeks, an endangered language disappears from the planet, when the last person who speaks it dies. And one third of the world's languages are endangered.

    On this mini-episode, we talk about the world's languages that are most at risk of disappearing, and why you might want to learn one of them.

    • 11 min
    Losing Language

    Losing Language

    One of the greatest rewards of being an expat is mastering a foreign language. But what happens when you live in a foreign language so long, so cut off from your own culture, that you start to lose your fluency in your native tongue? Think it couldn't happen to you?

    Join us for a chat that might change your mind, and learn some Italian words in the process—ones that you might think you know, but their true meaning just may surprise you.

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
206 Ratings

206 Ratings

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!

Seattle artist LindaLMT ,

Best of Both Known Worlds

I have been listening since the very beginning and years later I am still entertained and enlightened by Katy and Tiffany. I live in Seattle and knew of Katy as the producer of one of my favorite local morning news programs. When I first saw her doing an interview “live”; I was completely impressed by her. She is competent, confident, and sincerely enthusiastic (I am older, so I am impressed by such things).
The Bittersweet Life is as enjoyable as it is because we have the privilege of listening-in on the conversations of two intelligent, thoughtful and extraordinary young women. It’s true.
Most importantly we get to hear about life in my beloved Italy and for a Seattleite the local twist and connection. What could be better? Niente.

AimeeDT ,

Delightful to listen to friends connect across borders.

Katy and Tiffany bring two different perspectives from two different countries - within one relationship that stands the test of time and distance. Each Bittersweet Life episode always entertains me, distracts me, speaks to me, educates me and/or inspires me. I never truly know what each week will bring... But, I’m always ready!

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