Passport to Perspectives explores culture, heritage and travel through interviews with globetrotters, travelers, immigrants and locals touring their world with insider recommendations and suggestions on specific destinations. Each week, you'll learn about a different culture and place.
Sofia Pamela LeRoy of Paris. Sofia puts the magnifying glass over Paris from a local’s perspective. Neighborhoods, her favorite brunch spots, overlooked views, museums and places to visit elsewhere in France beyond Paris.
You'll also hear about the diverse community in her neighborhood -- Belleville and why she thinks the Louvre is overrated.
Pamela Flores of Monterrey, Mexico. Pamela hosted local radio on Frecuencia Tec 94.9 in Monterrey and has lived in Monterrey for 20+ years. Pamela shares her perspectives on life in Monterrey, local food/drink suggestions when visiting Monterrey and where to vacation in Mexico from a local’s perspective.
Pamela also spent extended time in Los Angeles working for the Spanish-language broadcast station -- Telemundo -- so we’ll hear about her experiences as a Mexican amongst the vibrant and robust Mexican-American community that makes up LA.
Follow Pamela on Instagram: @pamelafm
Sofia Pamela LeRoy of Paris. Sofia recently returned to France after spending two years abroad in Amman, Jordan.
On Part One of Sofia's conversation, she focuses on her time spent in Jordan, life in Amman and tips/suggestions on where to visit, what to eat and what to do in Amman and Jordan.
On Part Two, Sofia will put the magnifying glass over Paris from a local’s perspective. Neighborhoods, her favorite brunch spots, overlooked views, museums and places to visit elsewhere in France beyond Paris.
Dan Smafield of Denver, Colorado. Dan has a vast array of travel / international experiences, including time spent as an AmeriCorps officer, a Study Abroad Program coordinator for the University of Colorado - Denver and a year-long study abroad immersion in Buenos Aires, Argentina - which allowed him the opportunity to travel throughout Latin America.
Dan’s shares quirky stories with Argentine culture, his journey through learning Spanish and his interactions with the international Au Pair (or nanny) community in Denver.
Episode 07 features the thoughtful Albie Afan - the owner of Astronaut Supply - a cannabis supply company with farms in Northern California about 130 miles east of San Francisco. Albie is also the son of Filipino immigrants, who migrated to the States during the Marcos era, but have since returned to live in the Philippines six years ago. Albie shares his perspectives on cannabis entrepreneurship, how his dual-identity has influenced his endeavors and his current collaboration with like-minded cannabis entrepreneurs based in the Philippines.
Astronaut Supply features a source of transparent and ethical practices, providing clean, compliant cannabis at an economical rate. The company works closely to ensure partnerships see value in both products and go-to-market strategy.
Episode 06 features the engaging Sasha Viney of Sydney, Australia. While she is originally from Sydney, Sasha has lived in San Francisco for four years now. Sasha is the daughter of Mauritian immigrants who migrated to Sydney in the 1960's - but she herself was raised in Australia. On this episode, Sasha shares her perspectives on the cultural differences between Australia and USA (7:30); a trip back to her ancestral Mauritius years ago + insight into the Mauritian community in Sydney (3:00); travel destination suggestions in Sydney & Australia (15:00 / 25:00); and a few personal stories of romance & dating Americans (17:15).
This week’s guests are the very fun and affable Keesa Ocampo & Elaine Ficarra of the award-winning travel-reality series "Discovering Routes". Keesa is the executive producer of the show and Elaine is one of the cast members. Keesa and Elaine share their travel experiences from their tour around the Philippines and hidden gems explored throughout the show.
“Discovering Routes” is an original series that follows people to their lands of ancestry in search of adventure. The digital series won in the Online Short and Original Content categories at the 2018 Cablefax Digital & Tech Awards in New York on March 6th.
New episodes are released every Thursday at 5pm PT on DiscoveringRoutes.com
Episode 04 features the smooth Edgar Orozco of the San Francisco Bay Area. Edgar is the son of a Colombian father and Mexican mother. On this episode, Edgar shares stories of his ancestral/cultural exploration from a recent trip to Colombia (3:00); Mexican food vs. Colombian food (18:35); The similarities between American Hip Hop trap music and Latino reggaeton (23:30); His suggested travel activities and destinations in Mexico & Colombia (28:24); The cultural significance of Dia de Los Muertos (33:55).
This week’s guest is the delightful Ria Benitez of Manhattan - New York City. Ria is a Filipino immigrant who speaks five languages and has a vast-array of international experiences. On this week’s episode, Ria shares some of her secret late-night New York eats, the nuances of expression in multiple languages, experiences of returning to the Philippines since immigrating and why in her eyes New York City isn’t the USA. Ria and Jason also have a fun discussion on how to properly eat “Kamayan” - that’s Filipino for eating with your hands.
This week’s guest is the well-traveled Natasha DeRivi of San Francisco. Natasha is an experienced traveler who has visited nearly 50 countries in her lifetime. On this week’s episode, Natasha shares her travel trips, thoughts on the English privilege abroad, experiences with culture shock, traveling in the age of the internet and how she landed in Tanzania solo at midnight.
(:50) Traveling to the Philippines as a Filipino American born in USA; (6:11) Podcaster Morgan Lee talks Hapa Identity; (13:41) The California Asian bubble; (16:00) Morgan Lee’s near death experience on a Colombian highway; (17:00) Traveling solo as a woman