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Palle Bo is a long time radioproducer who has sold his house, car and all of his furniture so he could travel around the world. He has an ambition to visit every country in the world and you can join his trip in this podcast.

Come along as he meet the locals and experience Palle's excitements and concerns regarding the life as digital nomad.

The Radio Vagabond Palle Bo

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Palle Bo is a long time radioproducer who has sold his house, car and all of his furniture so he could travel around the world. He has an ambition to visit every country in the world and you can join his trip in this podcast.

Come along as he meet the locals and experience Palle's excitements and concerns regarding the life as digital nomad.

    Toronto, Canada (Flashback Friday)

    Toronto, Canada (Flashback Friday)

    Welcome to Flashback Friday. Join me in Toronto, Canada.
    This one was first released in December 2017.

    • 12 min
    Rabat, Morocco (Flashback Friday)

    Rabat, Morocco (Flashback Friday)

    Welcome to Flashback Friday. Join me in Rabat, Morocco.
    This one was first released in January 2019.

    • 27 min
    INTERVIEW: Ukrainian Orest Zub: From Digital Nomad to Urban War Reporter

    INTERVIEW: Ukrainian Orest Zub: From Digital Nomad to Urban War Reporter

    Welcome to a special episode of The Radio Vagabond – recorded in May 2022.
    At a conference for digital nomads called NomadBase Live in Croatia, I met Orest Zub from Ukraine. He’s another digital nomad and a big part of the community Nomad Mania founded by our good mutual friend Harry Mitsidis.
    Orest have been to 129 countries so far in his ten years as a digital nomad. When the Russians invaded his country in February this year, he came back to Ukraine to help his country in the war. Not by being a soldier at the front line but by making videos showing the truth about what it looks like in his country, and what the war is doing to Ukraine.
    NOMAD BASE LIVE
    We were both attending the conference NomadBase Live – a fairly new thing organized by the same people who brought the world Nomad Cruise (that you heard me talk about many times before here on the podcast).
    When the global pandemic changed everything, they had to pivot and come up with new ideas. And one of them was creating NomadBase Live – a conference type event on land.
    This is their third but my first and it’s always great to meet old friends, make new ones and be a part of this community of likeminded people.
    On this NomadBase held in beautiful Primošten, Croatia we were 274 digital nomads from all over the world gathers to share experiences from our digital nomad, travelling lifestyle.
    OREST ZUB ON YOUTUBE
    In one of the videos on his YouTube channel, he’s driving to Kyiv with an experienced war correspondent, Rauli Virtanen. He’s a 73-year-old Finnish writer, freelance journalist, lecturer, and television producer.
    He’s also the first person who visited every country in the world – and for that a big inspiration for both Orest and myself.
    RAISING MONEY FOR AN ORPHANAGE
    It’s a tradition on NomadBase Live (and before that on every Nomad Cruise) that we have a charity dinner where we all chip in with donations to a good cause. And Orest was asked to find a children-specific charity in Ukraine that needs support in this crucial time.
    He found an orphanage in town Velykyi Lubin near Lviv in the western Ukraine where he lives. This orphanage hosts children from the surrounding areas and those who come from the war-torn eastern part of the country.
    At the conference Orest shows a video, he recorded at the orphanage, and a 7-8-year-old girl with a serious look on her face says that she’s from Mariupol, one of the places in Ukraine that has suffered the most.
    Following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the city was a strategic target for Russian and pro-Russian forces. On 19 March 2022, a Ukrainian police officer in Mariupol made a video in which he said,
    "Children, elderly people are dying. The city is destroyed and it is wiped off the face of the earth." 
    And this the city this little girl was having a safe and happy childhood until this meaningless war started. When Orest show this clip most of us had tears in our eyes.
    GETTING A VAN FOR THE ORPHANAGE
    In a Facebook post after the event, Orest mentions that our first contribution will be a van. So far this initiative has raised around 6500 USD which is probably enough for a very basic 8-seater van.
    If you’d like to contribute, you can do it on PayPal orest@openmind.com.ua or see this page for other options:OpenMind.com.ua/support.

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    KENYA (4:4): Visiting a Maasai Village in Masai Mara

    KENYA (4:4): Visiting a Maasai Village in Masai Mara

    Welcome to part 4 of my mini-series about Kenya and The Masai Mara. Click here to go to part 1, part 2, and part 3.
    After our exciting hot air balloon trip, I went to the Maassai village in the Mara. This was my last day in the Mara. I had spent two nights in Lenchada Tourist Camp in the Masai Mara game reserve in Kenya. And when we were asked if we wanted to go for a visit to a real Maasai village, I was the only one in the group who was interested. So, I got a private tour for a few hours. 
    WELCOMING MAASAI 
    A young boy from the village picks me up, and after a short walk just outside the fence that surrounds their little village, I meet up with Sammy, who would be my guide for the tour.
    A group of eight tall slim young Maasai men stood in a half-circle in front of me, singing, dancing, and jumping. They all wore their attractive colourful Maasai shuka – an African blanket they traditionally wear as a sarong. It's thick enough to be used as a light blanket for chilly mornings and afternoons. Each Maasai does not wear the exact same colours, but most of them wear red because it symbolizes their culture, and they believe it scares wild animals away. 
    JUMP JUMP JUMP
    They jump high, straight up in the air. Later I learned that the higher they can jump, the less dowry they pay to the woman's family before marriage. The young Maasai men then invited me to join the dance. First, they draped me in a red shuka – and had a laugh watching this pale middle-aged, slightly overweight Scandinavian dude trying to jump. In the moment, I felt I did pretty good but looking at the pictures, I can see that I barely left the ground. So, it would be expensive for me to get married in this culture.
    ONE BIG FAMILY
    In this village, there were 20 families with 200 people from the same grandfather. They do not intermarry in their village. As mentioned, they are a semi-nomadic tribe that stay in the same place for around nine years, and they move to another place when the houses are eaten by termites. They are polygamous – which means that the man can marry as many women as he likes (or can afford).
    SIX FACTS ABOUT THE MAASAI PEOPLE
    Here are some hardcore facts about the Maasai people. 
    1. Most Famous African Tribe
    The Maasai is an ethnic group living in northern, central and southern Kenya and northern Tanzania. They are among the best-known local populations internationally because they live in or near the many game parks of the African Great Lakes. And then we know them for their distinctive customs, dress, and beautiful jewelry. The men very often also have a distinct tall and slim frame. More on that later
    2. Population
    There are around 2 million Maasai people. 1.2 million are in Kenya and around 800,000 in Tanzania. 
    3. Language
    The Maasai speak the Maasai language, Maa – but except for some elders living in rural areas, most Maasai people speak the official languages of Kenya and Tanzania, Swahili and English.
    4. Body Modification
    The piercing and stretching of earlobes are common among the Maasai as with other tribes, and both men and women wear metal hoops on their stretched earlobes. 
    5. Tall People
    They are considered one of the tallest people in the world. According to some reports, their average height is 6 ft 3 inches (190 cm). 
    6. When a Maasai Dies
    They typically don't bury people in the ground when they die – as they feel that it ruins the earth. They instead have a "scavenger burial" where they cover the dead body with oxblood or cattle fat and leave it in a bush for the wild animals to eat. The deceased is considered a good person if they are eaten on the first night.
     
     
    A LOOK IN THE HISTORY BOOK
    The Maasai tribe has not had an easy life. According to Maasai belief, the tribe originated in northwest Kenya, just north of Lake Turkana. As they are semi-nomadic, the Maasai tribe lives off the land. After a few years in one place, they move to the next area to survive.
    Before the

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    KENYA (3:4): Hot Air Ballooning Over the Masai Mara

    KENYA (3:4): Hot Air Ballooning Over the Masai Mara

    Welcome to part 3 of my mini-series about Kenya and The Masai Mara. Click here to go to part 1 and part 2.
    I decided to splurge and go on an early morning hot air balloon safari – very early the morning after New Year’s Eve. I wanted to see the beautiful sunrise on the horizon of the savanna with exotic animals below me. So, after our game drive, I spoke to Francis who would arrange pickup for me just four hours after we entered 2022.
    Francis mentiones that the balloon will launch at 06 in the morning and take one hour. On landing we will be welcomed with a champagne bush breakfast. There will be plenty of room for take-off and landing, and he assured me that we would not disrupt any animals during the flight.
    He also told us to keep warm because it would get chilly. There would be no guarantee that we would see any animals as this was not during the migration season.
    It’s something that is not included in the package. It’s available as an extra option at 450 USD /408 Euros per person. So, it’s not cheap.
    This is how I justified the extra expense:
    In ten years, I would be able to remember the experience but not the price tag.
    After the briefing, Francis mentioned that he would pick me up at 4.20 am. This would not be an easy feat. For the first time since I was three years old, I had to go to bed before midnight on New Year’s Eve.
    THE RADIO VAGABOND LANGUAGE SCHOOL: SWAHILI
    Meanwhile, let’s learn to say a few words that will impress the locals when you get here. As you heard in the previous episodes in this mini-series, Kenyans have English as one of the two official languages. And since you probably understand what I’m saying now, let’s have a quick lesson in the other one: Swahili. You can hear the pronunciation on the podcast.
    Hello: Jambo
    Thank you: Asante sana
    You’re welcome: Karibu
    Okay: Sawa
    Don’t worry: Hakuna matata
    Note that no one says that in Kenya unless you are a tourist. The more common term is “Usijali”
    Friend: Rafiki
    Goodbye: Kwaheri
     
    OTHER INTERESTING FACTS: DANGEROUS ANIMALS
    Shane, who you had met the two previous episodes, also took us through the most dangerous animals. It’s not lions but much more elephants and hippos. A lone male elephant is very dangerous. Hippos are also animals to keep away from. We added a third one in our previous episode when we were chased by an angry rhino. It is always to have an experienced driver with you as they know the signs of danger. Therefore, Shane says, do not try to self-drive so that you do not put your safety at risk.
    THE ULTIMATE EXPERIENCE
    I was picked up at 4.20 as Francis promised on the first day of the year. We drove for about an hour on the bumpy roads (what he called a Kenyan massage) and we went on the savannah in the middle of Masai Mara. We signed a few papers as the team got three hot air balloons ready. The birds were chirping in the morning and the air was crisp and fresh.
    The experience began at the launch site in the heart of the Masai Mara National Game Reserve. It was still dark, but you could hear animals grazing close by and the occasional lion roaring in the distance at his early morning kill. There was a lot of activity as the Balloon Safari crew team were bustling around the balloon basket and “the envelope” (as they called the balloon itself) laid out flat on the ground ready for inflation.
    As we checked in at their security desk (the hood of a Jeep), we could hear the fans start and in the pre-dawn light I started to see the billowing of the envelope as it inflated and flames from the hot air balloon burner-test lit up the darkness. With the first glow of sunlight flickeing across the skies, the hot air balloon filled and gently rose.
    Our Russian pilot, Sergei Nosov gave us a pre-flight safety briefing. He took us through all the safety aspects and landing procedures.
    The basket was big and could fit twelve people in four compartments and the pilot in the middle. With the basket

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    KENYA (2:4): Attacked by an Angry Rhino in Masai Mara

    KENYA (2:4): Attacked by an Angry Rhino in Masai Mara

    THINGS TO DO IN NAIROBI
    In the last post, I was talking about Shane and Monica who I met in Nairobi. They both gave us tips on all the amazing stuff there’s to see around the country, but there’s also a lot to do in the capital.
    VISIT THE KAREN BLIXEN MUSEUM
    The museum is located in the town Karen at the Ngong Hills slopes just outside Nairobi. It was owned by Danish author Karen and her Swedish husband Baron. It became more famous after the renowned “Out of Africa” film. It’s open to the public and you can enjoy guided tours and lots of materials to buy. You can learn more here.
    DAVID SHELDRICK WILDLIFE TRUST
    David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is one of the largest and most successful orphan elephant rescue centres in the world. They have successfully cared for 282 elephants and here, you can also get to adopt a calf (baby elephant).
    NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK
    Nairobi National Park is a few minutes away from the city centre. You can see rhinos, zebras, giraffes, baboons, wildebeest, and many other animals against a backdrop of the city skyline. Learn more from their website.
    BOMAS OF KENYA
    This is a cultural village representing the 42 tribes of Kenya. If you want to learn about the ethnic tribes and history of the country, this a tour that you should not miss. You also get to learn about the clothing, dances, and economic activities of each tribe. You can also try diverse Kenyan cuisine at the Utamaduni Restaurant. Learn more here.
    THE GIRAFFE CENTRE
    The Giraffe Centre is run by the Kenya non-profit organisation, the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife, whose main purpose is to educate Kenyan children about their environment and wild animals. They also give visitors and opportunity to come into close contact with the world’s tallest animal.
    I went there and spoke to Daniel Mutua the educator who shared lots of information about this majestic animal.
    When visiting the centre, you will get some pellets, walk on the platform, and get ready to feed the giraffes. David mentioned that the pellets are made from dry grasses, molasses, and corn. These act like snacks for the animal whose main food is grass, leaves and water.
    Kenya has three subspecies of giraffes: Maasai, Rothchild and the Reticulated, and in the late 1970s there were only about 130 Rothchild giraffes left on the grasslands of East Africa. The African Fund for Endangered Wildlife was founded in 1979 by the late Jock Leslie-Melville, a Kenyan citizen of British descent, and his American-born wife, Betty Leslie-Melville. They began the giraffe centre after discovering the sad situation on the deteriorating animal population. However, from the centre’s efforts, today there are over 300 Rothschild giraffes which are safe and breeding well in Kenyan parks. Twelve of them are in the giraffe centre.
    The difference in the three species is notable on body spots and the animal habitats. Each giraffe has a different personality just like humans ranging from gentle, kind, playful and so much more. At the centre, they know them by name and by their characters.
    Inside the Giraffe centre there is the Giraffe Manor Hotel. Its resident herd of giraffe will poke their long necks into the window before retreating in the wild. You get to dine with the lovely animals.
    VISIT KICC
    On a clear day you can see Mount Kenya and Kilimanjaro from the rooftop of the tallest building in the city. The KICC (Kenyatta International Convention Centre) Tower is an icon and a landmark for Kenya. It is a leading facility in the meeting industry in East Africa. I went up there and I got amazing views of the stunning city. It was a bit cloudy so I couldn’t see the two biggest mountains in Africa, but I still saw a lot. I spoke to two of the four people that I met on the tower, and we had a great chat about the best and the worst about living here.
    SOME TIPS ON SAFARIS
    Choose a good car: The type of vehicle you use is very important. If you are in the 4-wheel drive normal vehic

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