Sinopse

The Bittersweet Life is a Rome/New Orleans based podcast exploring the wonder and frustration of living as an expat or repat. New episodes every Monday.We have two very different points of view on the bitter dolce vita. Katy Sewall is a newby expat/repat who lived in Rome for a year. Tiffany Parks moved to Rome thirteen years ago, intending to stay, though she had no plan.Whether youre living overseas, or not or not yet join us weekly for unadulterated conversation. Get to know Rome. Laugh at our embarrassments and insights. Most of all, imagine the possibilities for your own life.

Episódios

  • Bittersweet Moment #80: Virtual Book Tour (with Jess Walter)

    Bittersweet Moment #80: Virtual Book Tour (with Jess Walter)

    15/10/2020 Duração: 13min

    What are book tours like in the time of Covid? For this week's mini-episode, Katy sits down with bestselling author Jess Walter to discuss what it's like to do book events in his office while staring into a computer screen or to sign 6000 books in one go. They also consider that, even in a post-Covid world, true book tours might become a thing of the past, and why maybe that won't be such a bad thing. Jess' latest book, The Cold Millions will be published on 27 October 2020. Pre-order your copy, or better yet, drop by your local bookstore and you might just find a signed copy.  -------------------------------------- ADVERTISE WITH US: Reach expats, future expats, and travelers all over the world. Send us an email to get the conversation started. BECOME A PATRON: Pledge your monthly support of The Bittersweet Life and receive awesome prizes in return for your generosity! Visit our Patreon site to find out more. TIP YOUR PODCASTER: Say thanks with a one-time donation to the podcast hosts you know and love. Clic

  • Episode 337: Before and After Baby

    Episode 337: Before and After Baby

    12/10/2020 Duração: 50min

    This week we give all our listeners a peek into some of the extra bonus content that our Patreon donors are receiving. Every month we offer one or more bonus episodes exclusively for our Patreon supporters, and today we are sharing one of those with our entire audience. Way back in 2015, we taped a final episode just before Tiffany took a break to have her baby and begin learning the ropes of motherhood. This week, we re-listen to that episode and offer real-time commentary on it. Did Tiffany have any idea what she was getting in to? How has motherhood changed her, and is it anything like what she expected? Listen in, and if you like it, consider supporting the show on Patreon so you'll get extra content like this every month. -------------------------------------- ADVERTISE WITH US: Reach expats, future expats, and travelers all over the world. Send us an email to get the conversation started. BECOME A PATRON: Pledge your monthly support of The Bittersweet Life and receive awesome prizes in return for your g

  • Bittersweet Moment #79: Moving Abroad during a Pandemic (with Gabriela Proietti)

    Bittersweet Moment #79: Moving Abroad during a Pandemic (with Gabriela Proietti)

    08/10/2020 Duração: 09min

    Moving abroad is already a daunting experience at the best of times. Imagine doing it during a deadly pandemic. For this mini-interview we are joined by listener Gabriela Proietti who took the leap and moved to Rome this past January, only to be forced back home to the States when Coronavirus exploded in Italy in early March. But was she daunted?  No! Hear her tell her story in her own words of how she defied her nay-sayers to move back to Rome in the midst of the pandemic. -------------------------------------- ADVERTISE WITH US: Reach expats, future expats, and travelers all over the world. Send us an email to get the conversation started. BECOME A PATRON: Pledge your monthly support of The Bittersweet Life and receive awesome prizes in return for your generosity! Visit our Patreon site to find out more. TIP YOUR PODCASTER: Say thanks with a one-time donation to the podcast hosts you know and love. Click here to send financial support via PayPal. (You can also find a Donate button on the desktop version of

  • Episode 336: Silver Linings

    Episode 336: Silver Linings

    05/10/2020 Duração: 38min

    As devastating as this pandemic has been, to our lives, our loved ones, and our livelihoods, is there a silver lining? In the midst of the suffering and the uncertainty, sometimes you have to let yourself see the good too. Regular listeners will know that Tiffany is an eternal optimist. Today, she and Katy discuss the positive changes they have noticed in the world and their own lives in the past six months, from big-picture things like environmental improvements, to things as small and personal as having more time to read. We also hear from several listeners, both by letter and by voice memo, about the silver linings they have found during this trying time. -------------------------------------- ADVERTISE WITH US: Reach expats, future expats, and travelers all over the world. Send us an email to get the conversation started. BECOME A PATRON: Pledge your monthly support of The Bittersweet Life and receive awesome prizes in return for your generosity! Visit our Patreon site to find out more. TIP YOUR PODCASTER

  • Bittersweet Moment #78: Grave-robbing Artists? (with Jennifer Dasal)

    Bittersweet Moment #78: Grave-robbing Artists? (with Jennifer Dasal)

    01/10/2020 Duração: 11min

    It's a much-told legend that Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci used to rob graves in order to dissect bodies in secret so they could achieve anatomical accuracy in their art. But is it actually true? On this mini-episode, we are joined again by curator Jennifer Dasal of the Art Curious podcast, and author of the brand new book, Art Curious: Stories of the Unexpected, Slightly Odd, and Strangely Wonderful in Art History. Listen in to find out the truth, which might just be more fascinating than the myth. -------------------------------------- ADVERTISE WITH US: Reach expats, future expats, and travelers all over the world. Send us an email to get the conversation started. BECOME A PATRON: Pledge your monthly support of The Bittersweet Life and receive awesome prizes in return for your generosity! Visit our Patreon site to find out more. TIP YOUR PODCASTER: Say thanks with a one-time donation to the podcast hosts you know and love. Click here to send financial support via PayPal. (You can also find a Donate bu

  • Episode 335: Art Curious (with Jennifer Dasal)

    Episode 335: Art Curious (with Jennifer Dasal)

    28/09/2020 Duração: 35min

    Is the Mona Lisa in the Louvre fake? Was impressionist painter Claude Monet a radical? And was Caravaggio—our show's muse—murdered? Art history holds as many mysteries and baffling stories as it does masterpieces, and Jennifer Dasal, museum curator and host of the wildly popular ArtCurious podcast knows all the best ones. In this week’s episode we sit down with Jennifer to chat about her brand-new book, ArtCurious: Stories of the Unexpected, Slightly Odd, and Strangely Wonderful in Art History and delve into the fascinating world of mystery and art. -------------------------------------- ADVERTISE WITH US: Reach expats, future expats, and travelers all over the world. Send us an email to get the conversation started. BECOME A PATRON: Pledge your monthly support of The Bittersweet Life and receive awesome prizes in return for your generosity! Visit our Patreon site to find out more. TIP YOUR PODCASTER: Say thanks with a one-time donation to the podcast hosts you know and love. Click here to send financial supp

  • Bittersweet Moment #77: Back to School, Covid Edition

    Bittersweet Moment #77: Back to School, Covid Edition

    24/09/2020 Duração: 14min

    It's that time of year again, but this year everything is different. In Italy, kids are now back in the classroom full-time but the rules are complicated and very strict. In this mini-episode, Tiffany gives the low-down on what Italian schools are doing to keep kids (and their loved ones) safe in the time of corona, as well as her worries for the year ahead. Aurelio pops in to give his take too. --------------------------------------- ADVERTISE WITH US: Reach expats, future expats, and travelers all over the world. Send us an email to get the conversation started. BECOME A PATRON: Pledge your monthly support of The Bittersweet Life and receive awesome prizes in return for your generosity! Visit our Patreon site to find out more. TIP YOUR PODCASTER: Say thanks with a one-time donation to the podcast hosts you know and love. Click here to send financial support via PayPal. (You can also find a Donate button on the desktop version of our website.) The show needs your support to continue. SUBSCRIBE: Subscribe to

  • Episode 334: Voting from Home and Abroad

    Episode 334: Voting from Home and Abroad

    21/09/2020 Duração: 32min

    Ready or not, election season is upon us! And it's never been easier for Americans living abroad to vote—well, in some states. Tiffany is lucky as Arizona (where she's registered to vote) allows online voting through a secure portal. Other states have more complex and lengthy processes, but bottom line: no matter where you are registered to vote and no matter where you live now, all US expats can (and should!) vote from abroad! On this episode, Tiffany and Katy discuss the ins and outs of voting by mail, whether you are doing it from your own US state or from a far-flung foreign country. Also, they both realize that neither of them has ever voted in person. Ever! Unless you count the times Tiffany has voted in Italy—she details what it's like to vote in Italian elections and how it's refreshingly old-school and surprisingly easy. *** Find out how to vote from abroad no matter your state with the non-partisan organization votefromabroad.org. --------------------------------------- ADVERTISE WITH US: Reach expa

  • Bittersweet Moment #76: Smoke and Good News!

    Bittersweet Moment #76: Smoke and Good News!

    17/09/2020 Duração: 12min

    Katy, and all of our fellow-West Coast listeners, are seeing massive tracts of their states destroyed, smoke blotting out the sun, and highly hazardous breathing conditions. If they couldn't go out to dinner or to a pub during lockdown, now they can't even take a walk around their block or sit in their backyard. But after filling listeners in on what's going on in her world, Katy is thrilled to dive back into the listener mail bag and read two extremely welcome pieces of good news. She shares them on today's mini-episode. She even got a hand-written response to one of her hand-written thank-you notes. How cool is that? --------------------------------------- ADVERTISE WITH US: Reach expats, future expats, and travelers all over the world. Send us an email to get the conversation started. BECOME A PATRON: Pledge your monthly support of The Bittersweet Life and receive awesome prizes in return for your generosity! Visit our Patreon site to find out more. TIP YOUR PODCASTER: Say thanks with a one-time donation t

  • Episode 333: Numbers

    Episode 333: Numbers

    14/09/2020 Duração: 40min

    From lucky and unlucky numbers to numbers that make almost magical equations, from significant date to the "perfect" numbers, this week's episode is all about, well, numbers. And the fact that this is Episode Number 333 may—or may not—have anything to do with this week's choice of topic. Perhaps most intriguing of all: did you know that numbers can have color? To Tiffany they do. --------------------------------------- ADVERTISE WITH US: Reach expats, future expats, and travelers all over the world. Send us an email to get the conversation started. BECOME A PATRON: Pledge your monthly support of The Bittersweet Life and receive awesome prizes in return for your generosity! Visit our Patreon site to find out more. TIP YOUR PODCASTER: Say thanks with a one-time donation to the podcast hosts you know and love. Click here to send financial support via PayPal. (You can also find a Donate button on the desktop version of our website.) The show needs your support to continue. SUBSCRIBE: Subscribe to the podcast to

  • Bittersweet Moment #75: Exploring Pompeii

    Bittersweet Moment #75: Exploring Pompeii

    10/09/2020 Duração: 16min

    Pompeii, an entire ancient city preserved exactly as it was when it was covered in lava and ash during the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. Even for a seasoned traveler like Tiffany, the site inspires awe, wonder, and fascination. Come along as Tiffany visits this ancient city for the first time. --------------------------------------- ADVERTISE WITH US: Reach expats, future expats, and travelers all over the world. Send us an email to get the conversation started. BECOME A PATRON: Pledge your monthly support of The Bittersweet Life and receive awesome prizes in return for your generosity! Visit our Patreon site to find out more. TIP YOUR PODCASTER: Say thanks with a one-time donation to the podcast hosts you know and love. Click here to send financial support via PayPal. (You can also find a Donate button on the desktop version of our website.) The show needs your support to continue. SUBSCRIBE: Subscribe to the podcast to make sure you never miss an episode. Click here to find us on a variety of podcast apps

  • Episode 332: How We Live Now (with Bill Hayes)

    Episode 332: How We Live Now (with Bill Hayes)

    07/09/2020 Duração: 35min

    Daily life during a devastating pandemic—something nearly no one alive has ever experienced before—is captured poignantly and artistically by Bill Hayes in his new book, How We Live Now: Scenes from the Pandemic. Today we catch up with the author and street photographer to learn about how the book was conceived, what inspired it, and how it was able to be published in record time. He and Katy discuss how the world changed almost overnight, and yet how, the early days of the pandemic already seem like a distant memory. He talks about things that are simply no longer a part of our lives, something as simple as shaking hands with a stranger or kissing a friend on the cheek, as well as all the things that make up our new normal: quiet streets, masked people, socially distanced meet-ups. He even shares an excerpt from the book in which he marvels about the uncanny silence on the streets of Manhattan. Order How We Live Now here or find it wherever you buy books. Find Bill Hayes on Instagram, Facebook, or at his web

  • Bittersweet Moment #74: More Questions!

    Bittersweet Moment #74: More Questions!

    03/09/2020 Duração: 19min

    Monday's Conversation Starters episode just didn't cover all the things we want to know about each other! In today's mini-episode we continue the question-and-answer drill to delve deep into what makes us us...and we get lost in several tangents along the way. --------------------------------------- ADVERTISE WITH US: Reach expats, future expats, and travelers all over the world. Send us an email to get the conversation started. BECOME A PATRON: Pledge your monthly support of The Bittersweet Life and receive awesome prizes in return for your generosity! Visit our Patreon site to find out more. TIP YOUR PODCASTER: Say thanks with a one-time donation to the podcast hosts you know and love. Click here to send financial support via PayPal. (You can also find a Donate button on the desktop version of our website.) The show needs your support to continue. SUBSCRIBE: Subscribe to the podcast to make sure you never miss an episode. Click here to find us on a variety of podcast apps. WRITE A REVIEW: Leave us a rating

  • Episode 331: Conversation Starters

    Episode 331: Conversation Starters

    31/08/2020 Duração: 35min

    Whether you're looking for a great question to break the ice on a first date or just want to get to know your best friend, parent, or spouse even better, today we ask each other odd and unusual questions that cause us to reflect on our own lives, desires, and idiosyncrasies. In this episode, we prove that even after 30 years of friendship, there are still new things you can learn about a person...if you ask them. Play along with us! --------------------------------------- ADVERTISE WITH US: Reach expats, future expats, and travelers all over the world. Send us an email to get the conversation started. BECOME A PATRON: Pledge your monthly support of The Bittersweet Life and receive awesome prizes in return for your generosity! Visit our Patreon site to find out more. TIP YOUR PODCASTER: Say thanks with a one-time donation to the podcast hosts you know and love. Click here to send financial support via PayPal. (You can also find a Donate button on the desktop version of our website.) The show needs your support

  • Bittersweet Moment #73: Mail Bag

    Bittersweet Moment #73: Mail Bag

    27/08/2020 Duração: 14min

    When our listeners reach out to us to share how we've inspired them, delighted them, challenged them, or simply kept them company—well, it doesn't get much better than that for a podcaster. On this week's mini-episode, Katy shares some of our most heart-warming recent listener mail. And we always look forward to receiving more. Write us, or send us a voice memo, and maybe we'll turn the 'mail bag' into a regular feature. --------------------------------------- ADVERTISE WITH US: Reach expats, future expats, and travelers all over the world. Send us an email to get the conversation started. BECOME A PATRON: Pledge your monthly support of The Bittersweet Life and receive awesome prizes in return for your generosity! Visit our Patreon site to find out more. TIP YOUR PODCASTER: Say thanks with a one-time donation to the podcast hosts you know and love. Click here to send financial support via PayPal. (You can also find a Donate button on the desktop version of our website.) The show needs your support to continue

  • Episode 330: America Grounded

    Episode 330: America Grounded

    24/08/2020 Duração: 29min

    A record number of Americans—42%—now hold passports (up from 27% in 2007) but much good it will do them. In the wake of this unprecedented pandemic, there are only a handful of countries in the entire world that are welcoming Americans with no quarantine requirement. As a result, most US residents have traded in their passports for camping gear this summer. On this episode, we chat about how travel-lovers are handling these new restrictions on their movement, as well as the other side of the coin: what is Europe (and the rest of the world) like with no American tourists? --------------------------------------- ADVERTISE WITH US: Reach expats, future expats, and travelers all over the world. Send us an email to get the conversation started. BECOME A PATRON: Pledge your monthly support of The Bittersweet Life and receive awesome prizes in return for your generosity! Visit our Patreon site to find out more. TIP YOUR PODCASTER: Say thanks with a one-time donation to the podcast hosts you know and love. Click here

  • Bittersweet Moment #72: A Long Way to Italy

    Bittersweet Moment #72: A Long Way to Italy

    19/08/2020 Duração: 15min

    Tiffany is 19 and desperate to meet up with her boyfriend in Italy in the final weeks of summer before heading back to university in the fall. She's worked all summer and saved enough for the flight. She's got the tickets and a place to stay... what could possibly go wrong? Five flights, a bus ride, two train rides, and a taxi later...  Suffice it to say, back then she was not yet the expert travel planner she would become. She made a lot of mistakes that trip, but it made for a voyage she'll never forget. And, oddly, it only made her yearn to travel more. --------------------------------------- ADVERTISE WITH US: Reach expats, future expats, and travelers all over the world. Send us an email to get the conversation started. BECOME A PATRON: Pledge your monthly support of The Bittersweet Life and receive awesome prizes in return for your generosity! Visit our Patreon site to find out more. TIP YOUR PODCASTER: Say thanks with a one-time donation to the podcast hosts you know and love. Click here to send financ

  • Episode 329: Expat Move Time Warp (with Stephanie Fuccio)

    Episode 329: Expat Move Time Warp (with Stephanie Fuccio)

    17/08/2020 Duração: 36min

    The uncertainty of the expat life is magnified by life during a devastating global pandemic. But how often to you get to hear from the same person, just before and then during a major catastrophe that touches virtually every person in the world? Today we're joined by Stephanie Fuccio, Italian-American long-term expat (mostly in Asia), and host and creator of the Geopats podcast network. Through the magic of radio we hear from Stephanie, first back in January, days before she moved from Shanghai to Berlin, then a month later after she had settled in the German capital, then fast-forward six months to post-lockdown Berlin. It's a very personal journey that turned out much different than expected. Find Stephanie on Twitter, Instagram, or on her website. ***Related episodes*** *Hear about Katy's recent move from San Francisco to Seattle on Episode 277: Transition. *Guest Mike Shaw talks about his move from China to Bali on Episode 288: China vs. Bali *Guest Debra Bruno talks about the depression and isolation tha

  • Bittersweet Moment #71: Looking for the Little Things

    Bittersweet Moment #71: Looking for the Little Things

    13/08/2020 Duração: 17min

    A lot of us are walking more these days, in some cases, around and around the same neighborhood. On today's mini-episode, Katy takes us outside to the blocks around her Seattle home, exploring and commenting on the tiny little creative things that are happening in her neighborhood. --------------------------------------- ADVERTISE WITH US: Reach expats, future expats, and travelers all over the world. Send us an email to get the conversation started. BECOME A PATRON: Pledge your monthly support of The Bittersweet Life and receive awesome prizes in return for your generosity! Visit our Patreon site to find out more. TIP YOUR PODCASTER: Say thanks with a one-time donation to the podcast hosts you know and love. Click here to send financial support via PayPal. (You can also find a Donate button on the desktop version of our website.) The show needs your support to continue. SUBSCRIBE: Subscribe to the podcast to make sure you never miss an episode. Click here to find us on a variety of podcast apps. WRITE A REV

  • Episode 328: Summer Game: This or That?

    Episode 328: Summer Game: This or That?

    10/08/2020 Duração: 40min

    Sometimes you just need to tune out the cacophony of terrifying news and the anxiety over an uncertain future, and play a silly game. Don't you agree? This week, Katy and Tiffany take a much-needed break from the craziness that is life in 2020 to play an old favorite: This or That? And in this case, it's a summer themed version! Find out Tiffany and Katy's preferences on all things summer, and see if you can guess what they'll say. --------------------------------------- ADVERTISE WITH US: Reach expats, future expats, and travelers all over the world. Send us an email to get the conversation started. BECOME A PATRON: Pledge your monthly support of The Bittersweet Life and receive awesome prizes in return for your generosity! Visit our Patreon site to find out more. TIP YOUR PODCASTER: Say thanks with a one-time donation to the podcast hosts you know and love. Click here to send financial support via PayPal. (You can also find a Donate button on the desktop version of our website.) The show needs your support

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