Travels with John Smith

Travels with John Smith

This podcast is about the 8 years John Smith and I lived in Wuhan, China and travels to other places inside and outside of China during during that time. It is read by me, Patti Fedrau (Layne).

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December 7, 2020 29 min

Travels with John Smith

Chapter 60 year 9 (2020)

Peru Part 3

Machu Picchu, Cusco Carnival


-train ride beside the Urubamba River

-eating guinea pig in Aguas Calientes

-Hiram Bingham and Machu Picchu

-a Book called, “Turn Right at Machu Picchu”

-Walking around Machu Picchu 

-Market choices in Cusco

-Rainbow Flag

-One advantage of altitude

-dancers twirling

-Spraying foam for fun

-Refuge above the square

-Mayhem below

-discovery

- like secret agents

-n...

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Travels with John Smith

Chapter 59 year 9 (2019-2020)

Peru Part 2

Arequipa and Cusco


-Another Plaza de Armas

-Hotel with a view

-Zig Zag is delicious

-The Cathedral that kept coming back

-A room for a jewel thief

-white volcanic rock in a quarry

-under the charm of some alpacas

-a mummy named Juanita

-potato tasting

-Monastery village

-Cusco introduction

-Altitude sickness is real

-Cathedral built on top of a temple

-starting to spread

-cheeky artis...

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Travels with John Smith

Chapter 58 year 9 (2020)

Peru Part 1

Lima, Trujillo and Huanchaco


-Lima’s Ceviche

-The cliffs above the Pacific Ocean

-Larcomar shopping mall 

-Barranco art

-The Larco museum and erotic art

-Peruvian Hairless

-1st class bus ride 

-Steve and Nancy show us around

-Huanchaco living

-Purple jellyfish

-Tacu Tacu my new fav food

-Chan Chan mud palace

-Trujillo’s kilometre long mosaic wall

-Temples of the sun and moon

-Deserted beac...

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November 19, 2020 5 min

-Thank you
-An apology 
-further dates to listen
-Anything is possible 

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Travels with John Smith

Chapter 57 year 9 (2019-2020)

London, Canada and Ecuador


-cool places in London

-back in Canada

-finding a place to live

-stuff in a truck from BC

-boxes, painting and settling

-planning a trip for Chinese NY

-Xmas with family

-1st hearing about the virus in Wuhan

-masks or not? 

-Boutique hotel in Quito

-Old town Unesco site

-Eating chicken with the locals

-A volcano where people live and crops grow

-neighbourhood watch du...

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Travels with John Smith

Chapter 56 year 8 (2019)

Berlin and Lisbon

(We love Europe)


-Checkpoint Charlie

-buying a piece of the wall

-The ‘Fraternal kiss’

-What the Brandenburg Gate represents

-Naked Entertainment in the Pariser Place

-German Pretzels 

-View from the River Spree

-The Cement maze memorial

-victims of the Holocaust

-Topography of Terror

-Bikini Berlin Mall

-Buddy Bear Project

-The post office

-Naked fountain

-a steep climb 

-1st view of...

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Travels with John Smith

Chapter 55 year 8 (2019)

Bangkok, Beijing and Warsaw

(Food and Fun in 3 places)

-School ends and a surprise trip

-jamming in Bangkok

-shopping at Chatuchak weekend market

-Being a tourist with Jeanine

-Standing Buddha

-Beijing Duck with Mizar

-Grandma’s Hutong

-Mizar’s music

-Noodle heaven

-Warsaw airport bus

-Hard Rock Cafe Warsaw

-Tallest Building in Poland

-Freeloading on the bus

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Travels with John Smith

Chapter 54 year 8 (2019)

Zhangjiajie, Wuhan


-crazy rides

-mountain refuge

-free entry

-Zhangjiajie Avatar mountains

-hiding from the monkeys 

-KTV sad

-Grandma’s food

-pool with a view

-bad line up

-very very bad line up

-Simon and the ‘guitar boys’

-Anything is possible

-eating favourite foods

-saying goodbye

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Travels with John Smith

Chapter 53 year 8 (2019)

Chinese New Year with Pat and Lyle

Kou Lipe and Kou Lanta, Thailand


-boat trip to Kou Lipe

-customs on a beach

-a cabin in paradise 

-Sunrise

-relaxing

-Saying goodbye

-no peeking

-cabanas in nature

-bicycles

-refuge from the rain

-beach life

-disco taxi

-visit with Gabby and family

-Dawn Marie and I get our feet nibbled

-Old Town mishap

-give this up?

-meeting the Prime Minister of Thailand

-changed pla...

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Travels with John Smith

Chapter 52 year 8 (2019)

Chinese New Year with Pat and Lyle

Penang and Langkawi, Malaysia 


-The museum hotel George Town

-Lyle and a new friend 

-third eye ceremony

-Peranakan mansion 

-Captain China’s place

-red enveloppe 

-gigantic reclining Buddha

-a little history

-booking hotels online 

-Langkawi beach and a big jellyfish

-night market and Malaysian food

-Langkawi bridge in the sky

-details about the bridge

-foot spa in...

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Travels with John Smith

Chapter 51 year 8 (2019)

Chinese New Year with Pat and Lyle

Hanoi and Ha Long Bay


-learning to survive the motorbikes

-Old Quarter and it’s sights

-King Roti bun discovery

-cousins in the market

-Vietnam’s New Year

-Fireworks above the big square

-Floating on Ha Long Bay

-Lord of the Ring cave

- fishing hut on the beach

-floating fishing village ride

-South China sea currant

-Salt water Pearls

-Hanoi Puppet show on water

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Travels with John Smith

Chapter 50 year 8 (2019)

Pat and Lyle in China

Wuhan, Shanghai and Beijing


-Kung Pao Chicken Chinese

-Yellow Crane and Taxis

-Tailor Street and Dumplings

-Walking and Foot massages

-Hu Bu Lane and Doupi

-Han Show

-Shanghai fake market shake down

-never enough jewellery

-Beijing Duck

-The Wall with Drunken Doctors

-Haggling on my birthday

-Tiananmen Square cold

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Travels with John Smith

Chapter 49 year 8 (2018-2019)

Shenzhen, Krabi and Wuhan

-meeting Wayne Gretzky

-Typhoon in Shenzhen

-Holed up in the hotel

-Preparing for the unknown

-disaster passes us by

-fighting for space at the train station

-Bangkok Cabbage and Condoms

-Krabi view 

-Sacred Penis Cave

-Snorkelling in Italian and Spanish

-Eats on the beac and feet in the sand

-They want to cancel Halloween 

-The Teahouse guitar boys

-Tony, The World Se...

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Travels with John Smith

Chapter 48 year 7 (2018)

Dunes, Dubai and Wuhan


-dune bashing

-belly dancer

-Bedouin camp

-The Burj Khalifa view

-Gold souk

-expensive tea

-tallest building in the world

- fountains and desert

-$24,000 for a room 

-The Palm Jumeirah

-Women only

-I wanna live in a Mall

-Dubai culture 

-‘no skin rules’

-writing a song with Key

-Simon and his music

-The Teahouse 

-Prom and 1 BC forever!

-Hothouse blues 

-An arranged marriage

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Travels with John Smith

Chapter 47 year 7 (2018)

Brunei and Kuala Lumpur


-The Sultan of Brunei and his country

-The Sultan’s house and stuff

-our hotel is like a palace

-losing my mind and my shoes

-proboscis monkeys

-stilt villages above the river

-visiting mosques 

-no kissing in the taxi

-2 monitor lizards in the goldfish pond

-meeting ex-pats at the pool

-living in Brunei if you are foreign

-going to the parade on independence day

-the Sultan...

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Travels with John Smith

Chapter 46 year 7 (2018)

Birthday Moon and Myanmar

- Snow Day

- Blue Moon, Blood Moon and Eclipse Birthday

- Cowboys in Bangkok

- Hotel like home

- Credit card blocked

- Can’t change our money

- Life on the train in Yangon

- Buying a ticket isn’t easy

- The beautiful Shwedagon Pagoda

-  Don’t call it Burma

-  thankaka cream and other market discoveries

-  Orwell’s Burma Days

  • guides and drivers
  • a little bit of politics
  • local ...
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    Travels with John Smith
    Chapter 45 (2017-2018)
    End year 6, beginning year 7
    -Xiamen beach
    -Hanging out in Gulangyu
    -Welcome dinner with Jianping
    -back in Shanghai forest 
    -Wuhan changes
    -Jamming in Prison
    -Staycation
    -Snow Queen and Colonel Saunders
    -Kota Kinabalu beach
    -6 foot lizard
    -New Years is not what it used to be
    -Making the decision to stay one more year

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    Travels with John Smith

    Chapter 44 year 6 (2017)

    Golden Triangle, India


    -Sikh temple is cooking

    -new friend Maninder?

    -poverty

    -Taj Mahal

    -the Emperor and his wives?

    -Pink Palace of wind

    -The Maharajahs

    -the women of Amber Fort

    -cows

    -Holy Pushkar

    -mad ride to the Mosque

    -using the bag in the plane

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    Travels with John Smith

    Chapter 43 year 6 (2017)

    Maldives, Sri Lanka part 2

    The colour of Paradise


    -swimming with a barracuda 

    -3 million dollar sand dune in the middle of the ocean

    -Hulu Male

    -birthday dinner hospitality

    -no bikinis on the beach

    -the tourist beach

    -day trip to Paradise

    -snorkelling under our bungalow

    -sharks of every size

    -upgrade to more paradise

    -leopards and Pati’s

    -moonstones and cinnamon

    -virgin tea

    -turtles and fisherman on ...

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    Travels with John Smith

    Chapter 42 year 6 (2016-2017)

    Yoda and Sri Lankan Elephants


    -dressing like Yoda

    -Leonard Cohen ‘leaves the table’

    -temples

    -trains and tuk tuks

    -The Penthouse by the sea

    -water monitor in the floating market

    -drinking lime and ginger on a hot day

    -dizzy for Sigiriya

    -wild elephants 


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