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A podcast about the joys and sorrows of moving to a new culture and sticking out like a sore thumb.

A podcast about the joys and sorrows of moving to a new culture and sticking out like a sore thumb.
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Nepal

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A podcast about the joys and sorrows of moving to a new culture and sticking out like a sore thumb.

Language:

English


Episodes

Kathmandu: Top Ten Things to Experience

12/12/2018
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In this episode, your hosts Big and White talk about fun and different things to do in Kathmandu! Traveling in a new place means doing touristy things (like looking at temples and eating local food), but it also should be accompanied by everyday things like buying a newspaper and walking down narrow streets. They hope that this episode inspires you to visit Nepal! Your hosts also talk about their Enneagram types, only the best personality test ever. Cat Stevens:...

Duration:00:47:25

Nepal: Top Ten Things to Experience

12/7/2018
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In this episode, your hosts Big and White talk about everything you HAVE to do when (not if) you travel to Nepal! Of course they discuss common things like trekking and visiting the jungle, but they also mention motorcycle rides, Tibetan tea, water sports, and a host of other exciting things to do in this tiny yet diverse country.

Duration:00:40:55

Holidays Overseas

11/28/2018
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In this episode, your hosts Big and White talk about what it’s like to celebrate holidays as an expat. Being away from family can be difficult, but it’s also an exciting chance to make your own traditions such as eating meals on rooftops, making orange rolls from scratch (sorry Pillsbury, these are better), and forcing your friends to open Christmas stockings.

Duration:00:38:58

Is the Bed Made of Plywood? (with Rain & Double)

11/21/2018
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In this episode, your hosts Big and White reunite with an old friend who lived in Nepal four years ago. They talk about her experience coming back now that so much has changed, and all the things that she missed about Nepal (including amazing Indian food!) Her husband also joins the conversation and describes his traumatic experiences brushing his teeth with Perrier, sleeping on a hard bed, and trying to embrace ambiguity (not easy for a software developer). Big and White also wax poetic...

Duration:00:53:18

Night at the Nepali Movies

11/14/2018
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In this episode, your hosts Big and White talk about going to the movies in Nepal! It’s surprisingly different than the experience in Western countries, with exciting features like early morning showtimes, enhanced security, delicious food, and weird commercials. There is only one English movie out at a time, and no subtitles to be found anywhere. But they love it! They also discuss Bohemian Rhapsody (because, obviously) and the linguistics guy Eric Singer. Plus their favorite festival,...

Duration:00:51:19

Shopping in Nepal: Joys and Struggles

11/7/2018
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In this episode, your hosts Big and White talk about what makes shopping in Nepal different from anywhere else they’ve lived. They discuss how many times a week one should grocery shop (hint: it’s more than one), how one might find random items such as kale and good cheese, the large variation in prices, and how long it took them to figure out these things. They lament that shopping for a big and white body in Asia is difficult, but that other amazing things such as fair trade goods are...

Duration:00:45:05

Dashain Festival in Nepal: Kites, Swings, and Goats, Oh My!

10/31/2018
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In this episode, your hosts Big and White talk about Dashain, the biggest Hindu holiday of them all! They talk about the fun and not-so-fun parts of the festival, from flying kites and giant swings to goats being sacrificed to a goddess who defeated evil demons. They talk about their outsider perspective of such an important (one might say auspicious!) time, and conclude that the best part of any holiday is getting to spend time with family and friends. Finally, they discuss their plans...

Duration:00:38:13

Food Glorious (Nepali) Food

10/24/2018
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In this episode, I hope you’re feeling hungry, because your hosts Big and White talk all about Nepali food! They discuss such mysteries as the food-snack continuum, weird eating customs, and what category dried yak cheese belongs in. They also talk about momos, chowmein, thukpa, Newari food, all the parts of the national dish (dal bhat, literally: lentil rice), and snacks forever. All the snacks. They also talk about how Big is doing actual linguistics and White has actual friends!

Duration:00:51:29

Tales of the Village

10/17/2018
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In this episode, your hosts Big and White explain a little of the work they actually do. It’s mostly boring office work, but sometimes they travel to the village, which is great fodder for glamorous instagram posts! They share stories of crossing rivers, adorable animals, interviewing old ladies, and the struggles of being an introvert in a communal setting. This week Big’s listener mail question for you is: what unnecessary (but amazing) things should the ladies add to their packing list?

Duration:00:54:43

Healthy Expatting (Part 2)

10/10/2018
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In this episode, your hosts Big and White continue their discussion of how to stay healthy when moving overseas. While sometimes life is all unicorn farts and Mel Brooks movies, it is often also full of being vulnerable, becoming jaded, and humbling yourself to ask for help (gasp!). Join Big and White as they give advice from their own experience on how to deal with the difficulties of life in both healthy and unhealthy ways.

Duration:00:41:16

Healthy Expatting (Part 1)

10/4/2018
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In this episode, your hosts Big and White talk about their tips for being healthy when moving overseas, and just being healthy in general! They remind you to check your idealism, eat healthy (but also eat dirt), have a hobby or artistic outlet, get into green spaces, and accept who you are. They also discuss traveling salesmen, personality types, and the dream of the (pre)1890s.

Duration:00:49:47

Language Learning: How We did It (sort of)

9/26/2018
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In this episode, your hosts Big and White talk about learning languages! There are so many different theories and methods, but they are pretty big proponents of the method they used to learn Nepali (GPA: the Growing Participator Approach). They share about their experiences learning Nepali, some differences and challenges of learning a language from a different language family, and funny mistakes they have made over the years. You’ll also get to hear about White’s new exercise class, and...

Duration:00:53:51

International Travel: Joys and Woes

9/20/2018
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In this episode, your hosts Big and White reminisce about some of their experiences on planes and in international airports. They give tips for what to pack, what to wear, and how to not cry (just kidding, that’s impossible). They also talk about White’s celebrity crush and Big’s recent trip out of Asia!

Duration:00:53:25

Nepali Movies: What the Heck?

9/12/2018
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Have you ever wanted to watch a movie that was a romantic comedy and an action film and a drama, all at once? Well do we have a treat for you! In this episode, your hosts Big and White try to explain Chhakka Panja, the most famousest Nepali movie. It’s full of love affairs, punching, musical numbers, sound effects, and mustache toupees: the hallmarks of any good film. They also talk about their exciting weekends, how to avoid muddy feet, and weird Nepali phone etiquette.

Duration:00:46:49

Rules of the Road

9/5/2018
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In this episode, your hosts Big and White talk about the hazards and joys of traffic in Nepal. It took them both some adjustment, but now they love weaving through traffic, avoiding street cows, and holding other people’s stuff in their laps on the bus. They also discuss sidewalk jail and crazy mountain roads, and give advice for how to search for anything online. Okay, not anything anything, but almost anything.

Duration:00:57:14

White's First Trip to America

8/29/2018
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In this episode, your hosts Big and White talk about what it’s like to visit your home country for the first time after moving overseas. They discuss preparing to travel, crazy American food trends, how not to cope with jet lag, hanging out with people you’ve known forever, unappealing fashion trends, experiencing reverse culture shock, wide open spaces, going to the DMV, what Koreans and hip Portlanders have in common, and much more.

Duration:00:56:52

Don't Drink the Shower Water (with Picnic!)

8/22/2018
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In this episode, Big and White host their first guest, Picnic, a schoolteacher from the US. They ask her about her impressions of Nepal, and she gushes about how nice everyone is, how much she loved adventuring out of the city, and how she isn’t actually big (just white). There is also a lot of discussion about toilets, unsurprisingly.

Duration:00:33:44

Ten Questions

8/16/2018
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In this episode, your hosts Big and White each ask each other 5 surprise questions (for a total of 10!) to help listeners get to know them and Nepal a little better. From Nepali snacks to American accents to Nepali networking skills to spiritual questioning to the delights of urban sheep, they cover it all.

Duration:00:42:11

First Memories of Nepal

8/4/2018
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The first episode of Big and White! In this episode, your hosts Big and White talk about why they want to do a podcast, how much they love Nepal, and accepting their identities as expats. They answer such burning questions as where Nepal is, how cookies can help with culture shock, what it’s like to navigate a city without Google maps, why Nepalis are anti-diaper, and when it’s okay to talk about the consistency of your poop but not about your feelings.

Duration:00:42:25

Big and White Preview

8/4/2018
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Big and White, a podcast about living in Nepal, is coming soon!

Duration:00:04:05