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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.

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English


Episodes

Foreigners in... England?

8/28/2019
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What's it like to travel to somewhere less, well, foreign? In this episode, your hosts Big and White talk about being a tourist in counties very similar to your own, and how different it feels from traveling to a country that is much less like your home country. White recently visited England, and Big recently visited Canada, so if you want to hear about those places probably listen to this episode? Also, they talk about how writing systems affect dialect and language boundaries. Because...

Duration:00:41:22

All the Single Expats

8/16/2019
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In this episode, your hosts Big and White talk about what it's like moving overseas unattached. There are many freedoms and opportunities that come with being single, but there are many difficulties as well. They also try to give some advice about being healthy as a single person, drawn directly from their experiences, both successes and failures.

Duration:00:51:08

Weather in Kathmandu

7/11/2019
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Monsoon is here! In this episode, your hosts Big and White discuss the weather in Kathmandu, Nepal. Seasons here don’t follow the cycle we think of in the West, and you might be surprised! Don’t forget to use our coupon code bigandwhite at Nepal Umbrella Emporium!

Duration:00:46:09

Reverse Culture Shock

6/26/2019
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In this especially awkward episode, your hosts Big and White discuss the effects of reverse culture shock - it’s like normal culture shock, only in reverse? Big is in the USA right now and she is experiencing some repatriation challenges. However, she also talks about how after so many culture adjustments, she’s getting more and more adept at just going with the flow, man. Link to James Shrestha video - amazing example of code switching! https://youtu.be/lYdNh7GbosE?t=641

Duration:00:54:25

Technology in Nepal

6/13/2019
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How often do you use Google and Amazon? In this episode, your hosts Big and White talk about the difference between technology use in Nepal and the US. Use of apps for finances and online shopping aren’t as prevalent, but technology use is increasing quickly and Nepal has its own cultural style of dealing with increasing technology use. Big and White also review a censored scene from Wonderwoman… are you as disturbed as they are?

Duration:00:45:27

Language or Dialect?

5/29/2019
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How would you define a language? In this episode, your hosts Big and White talk about language boundaries. You might think of languages as similar to countries - having a nice border or boundary between them. And once you cross that boundary, you're in a different language. With languages that are not closely related to each other, that's true. But in fact, languages are on a continuum. So when going from one language to another related language, you have to ask, where does one language end...

Duration:00:48:55

What Didn't Change

5/15/2019
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Will moving overseas change your life? In this episode, your hosts Big and White talk about all the things that don’t change when you move, like your anger issues and your inability to make new friends. It’s not all sad things though - moving overseas can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life! And! It’s book club time! Here is the list of books about Nepal that Big and White recommend, as promised. Book recommendations: Massacre in the Palace Kathmandu Thamel The Living...

Duration:00:55:41

Coming Home (with Moon!)

5/2/2019
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What is life like as a foreigner in your own country? This week your hosts Big and White chat with Moon about her recent time in America. Was it horrible, wonderful, or a weird mix of both? Listen to find out!

Duration:00:50:43

Tips for Trekking in Nepal

4/18/2019
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Hiking, tramping, backpacking, ...bushwhacking? In this episode, your hosts Big and White talk about trekking in Nepal! What to expect, what to pack, and where to go are just some of the topics they cover. If you like being out in the mountains, or even if you don’t and you want to stay in the hills, trekking in Nepal is an amazing experience!

Duration:01:03:15

Planes, (no) Trains, and Automobiles: Tips for Traveling in Nepal

4/3/2019
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Traveling within Nepal isn’t simple! In this episode, your hosts Big and White give some tips for traveling outside of Kathmandu and share some of their transit adventures. Busses, jeeps, taxis, planes… Nepal has it all (except trains)! They also teach you some useful phrases for basic interactions in Nepali.

Duration:00:49:01

Architecture in Nepal (with guest host Indy!)

3/22/2019
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As you might have guessed, homes in Nepal are different from the West! In this episode, your hosts Big and White (with guest host Indy!) talk about the layout of buildings, what to look for when moving to a new flat, concepts of public versus private space, and more! And many thanks to our sponsors for this episode, Consonant Clusters Cereal, the most nutritious part of your pronunciation today.

Duration:00:55:36

Culture "Shock"

3/6/2019
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Adjusting to a new culture is hard! In this episode, your hosts Big and White talk about the ups and down of culture shock. Spoiler alert: you can’t avoid it! The ladies talk about what culture shock is, tips for dealing with it, and how they cope (the good, the bad, and the ugly). They also talk about one of White’s favorite things in the Nepali language: rhyming words!

Duration:00:55:10

More Tales of the Village

2/28/2019
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Traveling to remote areas is quite the cultural experience! In this episode, your hosts Big and White tell some more stories from their recent escapades in the rural areas of Nepal. They discuss some of their favorite and not-so-favorite aspects of going to the village, including an exciting encounter with Panty the goat.

Duration:00:46:13

73ish Questions (Bonus Ep!)

2/21/2019
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We’re celebrating our 25th episode with some cocktails and a bonus ep! In this episode, your hosts Big and White answer 73ish questions about themselves, rather honestly. You’ll learn more than you every really needed to know about both of the ladies, and hopefully you’ll laugh with them, not at them, as they bare their souls. Music: Champagne Corolla by Justin Townes Earl

Duration:00:31:31

Surprising Things About Nepal

2/13/2019
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Nepal never fails to defy expectations! In this episode, your hosts Big and White talk about a few unexpected things about Nepal. Most people think when you move to Nepali you’ll either become a yogi on top of a mountain or live in a village with a goat. (Hint: that isn’t Big or White’s experience) Did you think that there would be amazing coffee in Nepal, that Western toilets are really common, or that the internet would be amazing? And most importantly, that Nepal is unlike any other...

Duration:00:50:48

I wanna give you a big hug! (with Maple)

2/8/2019
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We have a Canadian guest! In this episode, your hosts Big and White talk with Maple about moving to a bigish city after her upbringing on a farm, the types of cultural adjustments she had to make (especially regarding morality vs culture), and the cycle of making new friends over and over for 7 years. Maple just got back from a year in Canada, so she also tells us about some reverse culture adjustment calamities (like just wanting a hug from old friends)! Big also describes her experiences...

Duration:00:44:34

What's In Your Suitcase?

1/30/2019
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How would you shop if you didn’t have access to Amazon? In this episode, your hosts Big and White talk about all the weird random things that they bring back to Nepal with them. Being an expat can turn you into a hoarder of very specific items! In case you’re wondering: peanut butter isn’t one of them, but cheese, dental floss, candles, and shoes are definitely on the list. Big and White are pretty lucky to have access to so many types of products in the various countries they visit, and...

Duration:00:52:18

Foreigners in Cambodia

1/24/2019
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We’ve ventured out of Nepal! In this episode, your hosts Big and White talk about their experience in Cambodia, including warm beaches, amazing history, vegan restaurants, and exciting shopping! They tell of their experiences at Angkor Wat, what they learned about Cambodia’s history, and how they experienced Cambodia’s current state of development. They highly recommend visiting, and hope for some ideas to add to their list for next time.

Duration:00:54:19

Staying Connected

12/19/2018
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In this episode, your hosts Big and White talk about maintaining relationships with people back “home,” and in other places as well. Any time you move it can be a challenge to stay in touch, but moving to a new culture makes the gap seem even wider. They talk about some ideas for staying connected, whether you are homeside or awayside! They also are super stoked for their upcoming, much-needed vacation in Cambodia! Stay tuned for season 2 of Big and White in 2019. Pillars and Bricks article

Duration:00:47:07

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