Traveling in Brussels, Bruges and Ghent, Belgium

People walking in a plaza in Brussels, Belgium.

Kathy and Ines discuss Kathy’s most recent trip, which included an extended stay in the tiny but mighty country of Belgium. Kathy tells us why she was charmed by Ghent’s quaintness, why Bruges is the “look at me!” middle child, and why Brussels is so underrated. She also names some of her favorite sites in all three cities, including churches, plazas, churches, museums, churches, swans, churches, and also some more churches. Find out how Maximilian of Austria’s hatred of Bruges shaped the city, what Ghent does to welcome new babies, and why Brussel’s Museum of Musical Instrument should be on every traveler’s list. Plus, tips on Belgium beer, waffles, and frites!

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Traveling as a Comedian with Stand-Up Comic Mona Aburmishan

 

Mona Aburmishan is this week's guest on XX, Will Travel podcast

Comedian Mona Aburmishan

This week’s guest is Chicago-based comedian Mona Aburmishan.  Mona discusses how she came to travel the globe as a comic and how she uses comedy as an instrument for unity and peace. Her Palestinian-American background and her work in international development give her observational humor a global spin that is often missing from mainstream comedy.

Mona recently returned from Dubai where she headlined Comedy Central Presents for Comedy Central Arabia. Visit www.monacomedy.com to see where you can catch Mona performing next.

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Meet Comedian Mona Aburmishan

XX Will Travel Guest Mona Aburmishan

Comedian Mona Aburmishan

We are thrilled to host this week’s guest, comedian Mona Aburmishan who tells us what it’s like to travel as a comedian and perform around the world.

Mona has performed, emceed, and produced comedy shows, competitions and events in major clubs, theaters and universities around the world. In addition to comedy, Mona is a sought-after speaker in various socio-political topics in the United States and the Middle East.

Mona has a Master’s in International Development and is fluent in English, German and Arabic. Having lived and performed in Europe, The Middle East, and Africa, Mona uses her global insight and perspectives as well as her homegrown Chicago-style to offer a fresh look at the funny that’s all around us. 

Recently Mona headlined Comedy Central Arabia’s latest Season 2 Premier “Stand Up Al Waggif” filmed on location in Dubai, UAE. She was the first female to headline this groundbreaking series produced by Viacom.

Mona is currently touring across the country and headed for the U.K., Middle East & South Africa this spring 2018.

Visit monacomedy.com for more detailed information on Mona and upcoming performances and tune in to our interview when it drops this Wednesday, March 28th.

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Traveling in Cusco and Lima, Peru

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We’re finally taking on Ines’s home country–Peru! We’re here to answer all your pressing questions abou the land of the Incas from both a local and a tourist perspective. Find out how to get to Machu Picchu either via trekking or the “lazy way”, discover what other sights and ruins there are to see in Cusco, get recommendations on some of our favorite eats, and learn the different ways that the altitude can effect you and what to do about it. Then we take on Peru’s capital city, Lima, which happens to be Ines’s hometown. We discuss how Lima went from “la horrible” to booming, wax poetic on its world-renowned food scene, talk about the many things to see and do, and guide you the best neighborhoods for accomodations. Plus, Ines tells you why you should never take a cab off the street, discusses little known facts on Peruvian history, and shares how the city has changed in recent years. Want more Peru? Kathy also tells us about her side trip to Puno and Ines lists all the other places that are worth visiting but don’t get nearly as much attentions as they should.

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Travel in Movies and Film

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Hollywood sign at Nick Metropolis Collectible Furniture in Los Angeles, CA

Just in time for the Oscars, it’s our episode on travel and film! We asked for your favorite movies that were either travel-themed or inspired you to take a trip and you answered with more than 200 movies and TV shows. We count down your top 10, discuss our faves and give our takes on the most wanderlust-worthy Academy Award nominees, past and present. Kathy also recounts her 2016 trip to Los Angeles, California for Oscar weekend. (For the full story, check out our episode on LA.)

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Cutaways Podcast

The Cutaways

And we can’t forget our special guests! The Cutaways are a dynamic duo of lady podcasters/filmmakers from LA. They watch one rom-com a week in chronological order and then break it down on their podcast. Co-host Justine Gendron joins us to share her top three travel-themed rom-coms.

Gretchen Kelly

Travel journalist Gretchen Kelly

We also welcome travel journalist and set-jetting expert Gretchen Kelly of Extreme Luxury Getaways. Gretchen has written extensively on the phenomenon of set-jetting, or visiting locations where movies and TV shows are filmed, for Forbes.com, the New York PostFrommers.com, and more. She also gives suggestions on where to go to see the real-life settings of your favorite films and shows.

 

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A Love Letter to Haiti with Rosalind Cummings-Yeates

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Long seen as a troubled nation, Haiti isn’t usually on many people’s list of travel destinations. But after 45’s very unsavory comments about the country came to light, we wanted to know: What is Haiti actually like? We sat down with journalist Rosalind Cummings-Yeates, who recently visited Haiti for Port-Au-Prince’s International Jazz Festivaland considered the trip one of the highlights of her life. Rosalind shares all there is to love about Haiti: from its beautiful mountain landscape, to the stunning architecture of the Citadelle, the rich history found in the National Museum of Haiti, to the delights of Haitain cuisine and the warmth of its people. Find out how you can visit the island and, more importantly, why you should fall head-over-heels for it.

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Meet Rosalind Cummings-Yeates, Travel Journalist and Lover of Haiti

Rosalind

This week’s guest is Rosalind Cumming-Yeates, an award-winning journalist, author and arts critic specializing in travel and culture. Much of Rosalind’s work centers on the Caribbean and she had the privilege to travel last year to Haiti’s Festival International de Jazz de Port-Au-Prince. She considered the trip one of the highlights of her life, an especially poignant assesment after Donald Trump’s unsavory comments about Haiti. Learn more about Rosalind after the jump and listen to the episode on Wednesday to discover why Haiti should be on your travel bucket list.

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