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Rein It In Matt and Rachel

Rein It In Matt and Rachel

By Matt and Rachel
This is a conversational podcast created by two married nerds in an attempt to document our travels and experiences. So far we've covered 1400 miles in Japan by train, a month working in the UK, NYC, plus life in and around Atlanta, GA, USA.

We generally eat and drink our way through life with stops for art, books, music, and (too often) work - but we sometimes need to remind ourselves to rein it in.

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S3:E8: Day Drinking Walking Tour of the Atlanta Beltline
Where we spend the afternoon walking the Atlanta Beltline, stopping along the way for snacks, cocktails, wine tastings, and (according to Alton Brown) possibly the best Philly sandwich in Atlanta. Since we recorded this one mostly live while walking you can hear the sounds of the Beltline and learn about some of our favorite cocktails in the city. (This episode is not sponsored by any on the businesses we discuss.)
October 3, 2021
S3:E7: Space Tourism in Huntsville, AL
Where we discuss rocket museums, food, beer, lost luggage, and ducks (we don't actually discuss the ducks enough) during our recent trip to Huntsville, AL.
August 17, 2021
S3:E6: First Flight and Building a Colorado Tiny House
This time we travel by planes, trains, and automobiles (well a pickup truck) during our journey to and across Colorado to prepare for the tiny house we're building. We discuss our first flight since COVID, reminisce about airport beers, give pointers for surviving IKEA on too little sleep, and talk about our experience so far in building a tiny house.
July 26, 2021
S3:E5: Road Trip 2021 Highlights and Lowlights
Where we wrap up the 2021 Road Trip cycle by talking about the states and attractions we visited in the US southeast and midwest, where we we look forward to visiting again, where we might consider moving, and what we regretted. Check out the planning and first two parts if you want to hear more. Let us know where you've been road tripping and what our closing tag line should be!
June 19, 2021
S3:E4: Road Trip 2021 Part 2 - WV, PA, VA
Where we talk about our short stop in Wheeling, a few days in Morgantown, a short trip to see Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater in Pennsylvania, and fun times playing pinball and checking Roanoke after talking about masks for a little too long.
May 30, 2021
S3:E3: Road Trip 2021 Part 1 - GA, TN, KY, OH
Where discuss our first post-vaccine trip since COVID to visit friends in the Midwest and Southeast. We've hit four states so far, seen some random attractions like Cocaine Bear from MFM, and plenty of local businesses for books, booze and food. Let us know your favorite attractions and local businesses in these states as well as WV, VA, and SC coming up in part two!
May 25, 2021
S3:E2: Planning a Road Trip
Where we discuss how we decide where to go and what to do during our travels using our upcoming road trip as context. We're planning a 1,500 mile loop with 24 hours on the road as we visit 6 states through the US Midwest, Appalachia, and Southeast. Spoilers: Don't over plan, do what you find fun, and try the unexpected - like visiting the infamous Cocaine Bear.
April 26, 2021
S3:E1: Our Favorite Pandemic Meals
Where we discuss some of our favorite meals from COVID times, both take out/pick up and homemade. How we try to make eating special, keep meals interesting, and what we plan to maintain after the pandemic. We cover some tips and recipes and look forward to hearing what others are enjoying!
February 21, 2021
S2:E12: Traveling Using Public Transit
Where we talk about our experiences traveling without renting a car. It works and can definitely be cheaper. We cover trains, trams, taxis, subways, buses, ride shares, and funiculars. It takes a bit of planning but makes for a great travel experience. Benefits are how it can get you closer to the locals and give you some extra decompression time.
January 1, 2021
S2:E11: Three States in Three Hours
Where we skip out of Atlanta for an extended weekend in the North Georgia Mountains try to stay reasonably safe while visiting breweries and wineries in three states - Georgia, Tennessee, and North Carolina. We also take brief interludes to discuss comic books, podcasts, and airbnb kitchen essentials. Have a great holiday season if we don't talk before 2021!
December 13, 2020
S2:E10: Travel Fails - Planes, Trains, and Spider Cabin!
Where we discuss various issues and lessons we've learned over our years traveling - and Rachel says f*** a lot. We cover various mistakes with planes, trains, AND automobiles from Europe, South America, Japan, and right here in our backyard of North Georgia - but most of all laugh about most of them and hopefully share a few tips to help others be better prepared.
November 22, 2020
S2E9: Trying a Getaway and Egyptian Snack Unboxing
Where we discuss caving to social media advertising and our recent stay at a Getaway in Northern Georgia. In the second half we unbox snacks from Egypt and compare them to the last box from Thailand.
September 13, 2020
S2E8:Minisode: Thailand Snack Unboxing
Where we attempt a minisode while opening another international snack box in an attempt to travel from home - this time to Thailand! Salty, sweet, sour, and savory with a touch of Rachel's archnemesis - mayonnaise!
August 1, 2020
S2E7: Collaborative Games
Where we talk about some of our recommened collaborative games and ramble on about our love of Arkham Horror Card Game. Most are good for 1 or 2 players since we're all still stuck at home and unable to travel here in the states.
July 25, 2020
S2E6: UK Snack Unboxing
Where we take a break and try to approximate a little travel in the times of COVID with an international snack unboxing from the UK - savory, sweet, trivia, and more.
July 5, 2020
S2E5: Let's Go Camping!
Where we talk about a way we found to somewhat safely get away in the times of COVID and our reflections and tips from past camping experiences. We also capture a bird catching a bug in front of our faces and discuss how Matthew McConaughey was born with bongos in a Nebraska lake
May 24, 2020
S2E4: Two Player Games - Favorites & Reviews
Where we talk about some of our favorite two player games. We touch on a few classics and spend more time reviewing lightly competitive board, dice, and card games - a couple that are particularly good for travel.
April 18, 2020
S2E3: Nashville Top 10 - More Than Just Country Music
Where we discuss some of our favorite things to do and stories from our handful of visits to Nashville over the last 6 years. We cover food, lodging, music, culture, art quests, neighborhoods, and giant replicas of Greek architecture.
March 8, 2020
S2E2: Hawaii, Travel Challenges, and Shave Ice with Guest Podcasters Animal, Vegetable, Marital
Where we chat with our good friends Sarah and Brian (the hosts of the Animal, Vegetable, Marital podcast) about their recent trip to Hawaii, veganism, learning to travel as a couple, hanger, and debate the virtues and disappointments of shave ice. Check them out at
February 14, 2020
S2E1: Our Top 10 Meals
Where we kick off season two and discuss our top list of meals, including some nostalgia and some recent trips. We cover Mexico, Italy, Japan, Atlanta, San Francisco, Fort Collins CO, London and finish with how the best meal ever can be in your hometown. Hope you enjoy and would love to hear about your favorite meal! Listen, like, subscribe, and review!
January 19, 2020
Ep 20: London and Wales Top 10 Wrap-up
Where we wrap up our highlights from our recent extended stay in the United Kingdom, primarily in London, but also in Cardiff and Swansea, Wales. We talk about Shakespeare, theater, real cask ales, pubs, food, ruins, castles, rum bars, public transit, museums, nostalgia, and just living abroad for a short period of time. Hope you enjoy! We'll be back next year with season 2!
December 15, 2019
Ep 19: Inns and Cathedrals - Wales, UK
Where we talk about the amazing ruins of Tintern Abbey and Caerphilly around Cardiff and Rachel's reminiscing about our walk from Swansea to Mumbles in southern Wales with stops along the way.
November 28, 2019
Ep 18: One Month in London
Where we talk about my one month stay in London for work, Rachel joining at week three, theater shows, walking tours, museums, real ale, food, and tips for saving some money and finding fun things to do.
November 24, 2019
Ep 17: Top 10 Work Travel Trips & Tips
Where we pass over our Dragon Con wrap up because we took too long and instead discuss opportunities we've had to maximize work travel and our upcoming extended trip to London, Wales, and other points in the UK. Maybe a couple of tips and podcast recommendations in there as well.
October 20, 2019
Ep 16: Two Weeks to Dragon Con 2019!
Where we discuss Dragon Con, with a few asides about our cat Laszlo, as well as what we've been up to the last few weeks and our growing audience. We cover a bit of what Dragon Con is, our costumes past and present, prep, planning, and tips for maximum enjoyment. Let is know on Instagram or Facebook if you'll be at the con this year!
August 18, 2019
Ep 15: Japan Top 10 Wrap Up
Our final Japan episode where we discuss out top 10 experiences and tips, plus discuss what's on the agenda next. This one's a little longer, but we think it's well worth the time. We had fun reflecting on our favorites and shout out to previous episodes if you want to hear more on specific topics. We also tweaked the transition music a bit, let us know if it still needs work. Thanks for listening!
July 4, 2019
Ep 14: 22 Days of Food in Japan
22 days gives one a lot of time to try a variety of food and food experiences in Japan. In part one of our two part Japan trip wrap-up we focus on food and eating in Japan - variations on ramen, tsukemen, tantanmen, soba, and noodles galore; breakfasts, both traditional and our own, including natto, random fish, and finishing with miss soup; soup curry, cheese tarts and other favorites, surprises, advice; plus what we missed and what we'll miss. Join us to hear there is more than sushi in Japan and way more to try still! Note: Apologies that we're still sorting out our recording levels and the transition music may be much louder than expected if listening on headphones - we're working on it!
June 7, 2019
Ep 13: Hokkaido, Hell Valley, and Hakodate
Where we wrap up our six days in Hokkaido; discuss comparisons of onsen towns, ryokans, and kaiseki meals from Echigo-Yuzawa and Noboribetsu; and talk about food, the first concrete electricity pole in Japan, the view, and tourists in Hakodate.
June 1, 2019
Ep 12: Sapporo Japan - Food and Magical Sake Nights
We recap the various foods and drinks we had in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan - Including a comparison of ramen so far on our trip, more chicken than chicken, fun tiny bars, and a magical night of sake and folks who were friendlier to us than we deserved. Go visit Sapporo and Hokkaido! (Also subscribe and listen to our podcast ;) )
May 25, 2019
Ep 11: Finally in Hokkaido, Japan!
Where we discuss observations on Aomori, amazing sushi, more Joyful Trains, internal flight discounts, and most of all finally making it to wonderful Hokkaido, Japan, including our day trip to Daisetsuzan National Park, Kurodake, Sounkyo Gorge, and walking an abandoned highway that has been reclaimed by nature! It takes us a few minutes to get our stride, but we think this is a good one! Subscribe for more and follow us on Instagram at @reinitin_podcast
May 23, 2019
Ep 10: Japan - Halfway; Food and Reflections
We're half way through our 21 day Japan trip so we take a few minutes to catch up on where we've been, some reflections on Japan so far, and talk about food and being adventurous.
May 19, 2019
Ep 9: Losing a Passport in Japan & A Shinkansen to a Ryokan in the Mountains
Where we recover from a lost passport (and wallet (and JR Pass)), take a shinkansen to Echigo-Yuzawa, drink sake from a room full of vending machines, relax in a Ryokan, bathe in an onsen, and nearly suffer defeat at the hands of a kaiseki.
May 15, 2019
Ep 8: Tokyo - Costs, Toilets, Beers, and Surprises
Where we discuss various surprises and realities of from the first part of our stay in Tokyo. We cover cost expectations, toilets, beers, booze, lack of sake, and other observations before we head north and leave the big city. check out our photos on Instagram at @reinitin_podcast
May 14, 2019
Ep 7: Day 2 & 3 in Tokyo - Shinjuku, Harajuku, Roppongi, & Shimokitazawa
Where we discuss the Gyoen National Gardens, Harajuku Cat Street, Izakaya Tours, the Mori Art Museum, Shimokitazawa, and eating Spanish food in Japan
May 12, 2019
Ep 6: First Day in Japan! Flights, Tips, First Food and Views!
First episode from our 22 day Japanese adventure. Tips for day one of travel, ramen and tsukemen for dinner, free art (#fafatl) drops, and views from above. Follow us at @reinitin_podcast on Instagram for photos.
May 10, 2019
Ep 5: One Street, One Day - Tour De Ponce, Atlanta
Where we take a journey along Atlanta's Ponce De Leon Avenue from start to finish, stopping at some favorites and trying some places we've been wanting to check out during our eight years living in the city.
March 10, 2019
Ep 4: Yayoi Kusama and Japan Planning
Where we talk about our recent visit to Kusama's Infinity Mirrors, art over hyped experience, and the beginnings of our Japan trip planning.
February 17, 2019
Ep 3: North Georgia Mountains
Where we talk about the North Georgia mountains and local travel vacations.
January 20, 2019
Ep 2: PB&J, The Met, and Broadway
Part 2 of NYC our NYC trip. Peter, Bjorn, and John; The Met, Broadway Show, and visiting our special podcast guest, Jon!
December 3, 2018
Ep 1: New Podcast and NYC MOMA
Hey, we started a podcast! We're in New York City and we visited the MOMA after talking about why we are podcasting.
November 30, 2018