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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, 161 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).

    Episode 317: Out and About in Rome

    Episode 317: Out and About in Rome

    Italy has officially reopened for business. While masks are required in public places, social distancing is (supposedly) non-negotiable, and tourism is still non-existent, life is nevertheless quickly returning to normal. Perhaps too quickly?

    Will the irrepressible sociality of Italians cause a second wave of Covid cases? Have we learned anything at all or will 2+ months of quarantine have been in vain? We discuss this and more on our latest episode.

    • 39 min
    Bittersweet Moment #59: MEMORIZATION (with Katy's dad, Dale)

    Bittersweet Moment #59: MEMORIZATION (with Katy's dad, Dale)

    Memory is the buzz word on The Bittersweet Life this week! Monday's episode was all about autobiographical memory, and on this mini-episode, Katy's dad Dale stops by to talk about the challenges and rewards of memorizing a speech of prose as opposed to rhyming rhythmic poetry.

    He also explains why he chooses to memorize things and how, even after years of not revisiting a poem or speech he's memorized, parts of it never leave him, and continue to reinforce who he is.

    • 20 min
    Episode 316: The Nature of Memory (with Susan Engel)

    Episode 316: The Nature of Memory (with Susan Engel)

    Why do we remember certain things and forget others? Do some people simply have a better memory than others, or is it something we can practice and get better at? Perhaps most intriguing of all: how reliable are our memories?

    This week, we muse about the nature of memory, and are joined by Susan Engel, psychology professor and memory expert. Engel answers some of our most pressing questions, and debunks some of our long-held beliefs about memory.

    • 43 min
    Bittersweet Moment #58: EMPTY ROME

    Bittersweet Moment #58: EMPTY ROME

    Rome has finally opened up for walks in the center. Even so, when Tiffany finally has a chance to wander through the city, she finds it all but empty at midday: just deserted streets, chirping birds, and precious few residents out for a stroll.

    Tiffany takes you on her walk around empty Rome, capturing the sounds she hears and describing the sights she sees, from an abandoned Trevi Fountain to church bells at noon ringing for (almost) no one to hear.

    • 11 min
    Episode 315: THE FUTURE OF TRAVEL

    Episode 315: THE FUTURE OF TRAVEL

    With international and even domestic travel all but ground to a halt in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, the question on everyone's lips is: what is travel going to be like once everything is back to "normal"?

    Will it become unaffordable to fly? Will prices on everything skyrocket making travel once again a luxury for the elite? Or will airlines and other tourist providers offer amazing deals to lure reluctant travelers back into the sky and around the world?

    • 34 min
    Bittersweet Moment #57: DISPATCH FROM SEATTLE

    Bittersweet Moment #57: DISPATCH FROM SEATTLE

    What's going on in Seattle? More to the point, what's going on with Katy in Seattle?

    On this mini-episode, Katy checks in with what's in store for the city in the near future, as well as how she's doing, and what she's doing to stay safe, sane, and well during this crazy time.

    She also talks about how and why Seattle is one of the cities in the US that has been first to begin to flatten the curve, and she muses on why that might be.

    • 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
161 Ratings

161 Ratings

ProsecoPrincess ,

This podcast is keeping me sane!

I recently started listening to this podcast while doing evening walks after working from home, and I really look forward to my Monday & Thursday walks and these podcasts! I initially started listening because I love Rome but these podcasts are so much more than a glimpse into Rome, although there is plenty of that. In the few weeks I’ve been listening I feel as if I’ve learned so much from Katie & Tiffany...life in Italy, life in Seattle, books, authors, travel and so much more! Thank you ladies for making my evenings so enjoyable!

valmilo ,

This podcast speaks to soul!

I love love love this podcast. I’m Italian American and I grew up in Texas. I never felt like I fit in and I’ve always loved and been curious about Italy. I’m an artist and when I was young I used to listen to opera and try to teach myself Italian. I feel like I am kindred spirits with Tiffany & Katy! I secretly dream of living in Italy. This podcast is my sweet indulgence that nourishes my soul. It keeps me connected to my dream.

Carson Glasscock ,

Eccellente!

I have been listening to the podcast for about 6 months and can only say they are excellent! Look forward to the new ones and have enjoyed listening to the archives. The podcast on money saving tips in Rome was spot on. Tiffany is a star shining in the eternal city ...

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