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Big and White: Life as a Foreigner in Nepal

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You don't need to sell all your stuff and jump on an airplane to find out what it's like to live or travel as a foreigner in Asia! Join the oddly and aptly named Big and White, two expat ladies who have already taken the plunge, as they chat about the joys and sorrows of moving to a new culture and sticking out like a sore thumb. Whether it's discussing the finer points of driving in Kathmandu traffic, chatting about stomach parasites, or reminiscing about the time they accidentally asked for placenta instead of salt, you're guaranteed to learn something.

You don't need to sell all your stuff and jump on an airplane to find out what it's like to live or travel as a foreigner in Asia! Join the oddly and aptly named Big and White, two expat ladies who have already taken the plunge, as they chat about the joys and sorrows of moving to a new culture and sticking out like a sore thumb. Whether it's discussing the finer points of driving in Kathmandu traffic, chatting about stomach parasites, or reminiscing about the time they accidentally asked for placenta instead of salt, you're guaranteed to learn something.

Location:

Nepal

Description:

You don't need to sell all your stuff and jump on an airplane to find out what it's like to live or travel as a foreigner in Asia! Join the oddly and aptly named Big and White, two expat ladies who have already taken the plunge, as they chat about the joys and sorrows of moving to a new culture and sticking out like a sore thumb. Whether it's discussing the finer points of driving in Kathmandu traffic, chatting about stomach parasites, or reminiscing about the time they accidentally asked for placenta instead of salt, you're guaranteed to learn something.

Language:

English


Episodes

Crazy Places We've Slept

5/7/2021
Have you ever worried about a yak interrupting your sleep? In this episode, your hosts Big and White reminisce about some of the wild and wacky places they’ve slept. Listen now to hear about balancing on planks, strange decor, mouse attacks, and more! For tips on sleeping in airports: https://www.sleepinginairports.net/

Duration:00:50:54

How to Deal: Re-Entry (part 2)

4/6/2021
How do I adjust back to my home culture smoothly? (Hint: you don’t, and that’s okay!) In this second of a two-part episode, your hosts Big and White give some tips from their own experience and the sage advice of others in ways to deal with re-entry into your home culture. While the transition period may be frustrating and somewhat bumpy, we promise that you can survive it and even get back to a point of thriving! (We’ll let you know when we get there too!)

Duration:00:49:25

Not Normal is Normal: Re-Entry (part 1)

2/19/2021
What do you do when not normal has become, well, normal? In this first of a two-part episode, your hosts Big and White talk about some of their experiences transitioning back to their passport countries. “Re-entry” can have many side-effects, such as incompetence, impatience, and overstimulation. But it can also have its good sides, such as highlighting the great things to appreciate about your “home”! And don’t forget to keep using the Word of the Season: Apricity!

Duration:00:58:07

Transitions - Looking back and looking ahead

1/20/2021
Every once in a while, it’s good to step away and debrief your life. In this episode, your hosts Big and White, during their transition to living in the States for a while, talk about their time in Nepal, their plans moving forward, and their success and/or failure with New Year's resolutions!

Duration:01:02:13

Story Time (with Moon!)

1/8/2021
Have you ever tried carrying a yoga ball on your bicycle? In this episode, your hosts Big and White, with returning guest Moon, tell some of their funniest and craziest experiences of being an expat in Nepal! Much silliness ensues, of course. This episode brought to you by: YAK

Duration:01:03:30

If you did that in America

12/8/2020
In this UNEDITED episode, your hosts Big and White talk about some things that are one hundred percent normal in Nepal that would be one hundred percent strange/unacceptable/confusing in a Western context. They also talk about how the smile with a single tear is the emoji you never realized you needed until it came.

Duration:01:00:53

Language & Identity + Big Announcement

11/25/2020
Why do we talk the way we do?!? In this episode, your hosts Big and White talk about sociolinguistics, which is the study of the choices that people make while using language. They also have an announcement about the future of the podcast. Check out: Nicole Holliday on Ologies podcast; Perceived Benefit Model; Tyson Moktan’s youtube channel

Duration:00:43:49

Misconceptions About Living Overseas

10/8/2020
“You live overseas? Your life must be sooo exotic!” In this episode, your hosts Big and White talk about how living overseas feels surprisingly… normal. They debunk about all the things they’ve heard (or thought) about living overseas. Spoiler alert: They aren’t fluent in Nepali, they don’t (really) travel all the time, and they aren’t inspiring. They also talk about how language affects the way you think, and vice versa!

Duration:00:59:34

How COVID life is like Culture Shock

9/10/2020
Have you been wondering why you feel so tired and cranky all the time? In this episode, your hosts Big and White talk about all the similarities between culture shock and the constantly changing situation created by COVID. Many thanks to our (fake) sponsor: FLATHARDBED Resources: https://tinyurl.com/y3ev9om9 The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

Duration:01:08:27

Building Community Overseas

8/26/2020
This may come as a surprise, but humans need other people! In this episode, your hosts Big and White talk about the importance of building community when you move overseas (or to any new place), and try to give some tips on how to make friends in a new environment and culture. They also discuss Zoom fatigue, and the pros and cons of this new online world we are all engaging in.

Duration:01:04:41

Biting off more than I can chew, with Ujjwal Rai!

8/5/2020
In this episode, your hosts Big and White welcome Ujjwal Rai, a trekking guide and all around adventurous man! Ujjwal tells his story and inspires us with how much he loves his job, and teaches us some amazing, highly applicable, Nepali proverbs! Find Ujjwal at: lostinthehimalaya.com Instagram: @lostinthehimalaya

Duration:01:04:25

Unexpected Book Club

7/9/2020
Looking for some good reads? In this episode, your hosts Big and White talk about some unexpected books that have helped them in their lives overseas. As astronaut Chris Hadfield says, “It’s mostly a matter of changing your perspective.” Books on our list: In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance Me Talk Pretty One Day by...

Duration:00:42:52

Online Shopping in Nepal (and Ethical Shopping!)

6/26/2020
Have you ever had a package delivered on a scooter? In this episode, your hosts Big and White talk about the joys and woes of online shopping in Nepal. They discuss the online shopping options, how to give directions when you don’t have an address, and more! Ethical shopping in Nepal: Purnaa, Kolpa, White Yak, Local Project, Meecha, Woven International Resources: Good On You App, Better World App, Done Good, Fashion & Compassion, Wonderful Things, Buy Me Once Ethical Brands: Girlfriend...

Duration:01:04:20

Growth and Fixed Mindset Overseas

5/29/2020
What does it mean to have a growth mindset? In this episode, your hosts Big and White talk about growth and fixed mindset, with a special focus on how it affects people who move to a new culture. Spoiler: growth mindset is the one you want! What did Big fail at over and over to learn a growth mindset? How did one terrible track meet affect White’s life for years after? Listen to find out! This week Big and White also answer a listener question about some tricky aspects of Nepali that they...

Duration:01:04:43

Relearning Your Own Language (with Macaw)

5/9/2020
In this episode, your hosts Big and White talk with their guest Macaw about his experience immigrating to the US and then repatriating to his home country of Honduras. He explains what it’s like being bilingual, discusses cultural adjustments (including missing Honduran food), and tells us what he loved about his new home (mostly AC). We also learn that Honduras has the same kind of vegetable sellers as Nepal! Be sure to try cooking anafres, a delicious Honduran fondue. This week our...

Duration:01:06:49

COVID and Shortages in Nepal (Part 2)

4/18/2020
In this 2-part episode, your hosts Big and White remember the border closures in 2015 and talk about the shortages experienced in Nepal at that time, as compared with the lockdowns now. They also discuss that one time a Turkish airplane crashed and blocked the only international landing strip in the whole country, what a wild time. At the time of publishing Kathmandu and the rest of the country are on full lockdown, but never fear, Big is staying at White’s house and they are bravely...

Duration:00:45:06

COVID and Shortages in Nepal (Part 1)

4/8/2020
In this 2-part episode, your hosts Big and White talk about how COVID-19/Corona virus is affecting Nepal, along with the wider issues of shortages and how to live without toilet paper. At the time of publishing Kathmandu and the rest of the country are on full lockdown, but never fear, Big is staying at White’s house and they are bravely bringing the podcast to you! This episode brought to you by ManClamp™ (fake sponsor)

Duration:00:54:40

Kura Gareko: Anything but (you know what)

3/27/2020
Are you as tired of talking about COVID-19 as we are?!? In this BONUS episode, your hosts Big and White enjoy a whiskey together while they have a casual chat about random topics that you asked for! Sponsored by Posthumous Podcasting(™) and Lil’ Trash Pile (album dropping soon)

Duration:01:26:43

Even More Gooder

3/11/2020
What could we have done better? In this episode, your hosts Big and White talk about some ways that they feel they could have improved their transition to living in a new culture and context. Of course language and culture learning comes up, along with relationships, investing, and… buying a couch? Really to be honest this is an episode chock full of advice for people about to move overseas. This episode brought you by... Couch(™).

Duration:01:00:19

AMA: Bonus Thank You Episode!

3/5/2020
In this episode, your hosts Big and White say a huge THANK YOU to their patrons and listeners by doing a bonus episode. The topic? ASK US ANYTHING. And you really asked us... all the things?!?

Duration:01:17:30