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26 minutes | Oct 22, 2020
Bookends & Broomsticks [Gone Native Podcast #14]
Today I’m talking about what it means to try and be creative during the pandemic lockdown, starting & finishing projects, and trying to make sense of creating with so many things up in the air. If you’re an artist of any kind, writer, musician, painter, whatever, now is the time to hunker down and create, try things out, experiment, come up with the next thing, whatever it is. I’ll be shutting down this podcast branch of the project for a while. It was great training, and I’ll keep putting out recordings of some kind or another to keep exploring my voice and keep in practice. Also, you can look forward to a great series of produced history podcasts that we’ll have coming up next year, which I’m writing and recording as we speak. As well as the documentaries about Colombia which I STILL haven’t finished. Strange to vascillate between crazy energy and none at all…that’s how it seems to go these days though. Remember to check out the show on milesburke.net and on social media, another thing which I need to figure out the right way to approach in coming weeks/months:YouTubeFacebookInstagramTwitter Keep on travelling, however you can! #gonenative #colombia #expat #livingabroad #travelabroad #milesburke #linayucuma #quarantine #pandemic #creativity Gone Native Podcast – Episode #14Bookends & BroomsticksThanks for listening!
59 minutes | Sep 2, 2020
From Colombia to California, Pandemic Style [Ep. #13]
What is international travel like in this time of the COVID-19 pandemic? And why would anyone want to get INTO the U.S. right now? I travelled through all the COVID hotspots (not really by choice) and I’m here to give you the lowdown. Check out this very radioactive episode of Gone Native! Visit milesburke.net to see the full article with all the images from my trip in this post…it was wild! El Dorado airport Airports in Colombia are abandoned right now, and I saw more cleaning people in El Dorado Airport in Bogotá than I saw actual airport staff. Security was relaxed and fast, left on all my watch and jewels, shoes stayed on, and away I went through the metal detector. The next day, in Fort Lauderdale airport, I would return to the familiar experience of U.S. airport security, which is more like going to prison than getting on a plane. Full (overbooked!) American Airlines flight in the middle of the pandemic The “humanitarian” flight back to the U.S. was all spaced out, with one person per row on either side, but flights inside the U.S. were full! Completely packed, middle seats full…I even got a notice they were overbooked! Outrageous that they’re doing this, especially since I was on American Airlines, which announced that on October 1st, they will be laying off (firing, let’s be honest) thousands of airline staff around the country. This is after the moratorium imposed on them for taking government bailout money is lifted, which had prevented them from “letting go” employees up to this point. Maybe that’s why the flight attendants didn’t seem to give a crap if people were wearing their masks all the way over their nose or not, which everyone is nominally required to do in airports and planes right now. Most of those rules seem to be just lip service to good sanitary policy though. If they cared, why would they be packing planes so full? Fort Lauderdale, everyone traveling like things are normal I even had to change planes in Dallas, meaning that on my journey back from Colombia to northern California, I was required to pass through airports in all the hottest of the hot spots of COVID right now, more or less worldwide. But the good news is, flights are cheap right now! Airlines are being super flexible with change fees and cancellations. This might be the best time to travel, if it weren’t for the virus. San Francisco graffiti making a point The drive back from San Francisco to Humboldt was uneventful, except for the thick haze of apocalyptic orange doom smoke from the massive forest fires raging across the state. There were some very bad areas around Petaluma & Santa Rosa, and another spot farther north. You could see the smoke saturating the atmosphere from the plane, all the way up to cruising altitude and beyond. Since we passed over the Nevada border and the Yellowstone valley, everything past there was smoke. Even saw a few spot fires in the Yosemite National Forest as we flew over. Golden Gate Bridge and its forever fog For now, I’m self-quarantined in the trailer on my parents’ property, waiting out my 14 days plus results from a COVID test. Fingers crossed. I felt much safer in Colombia from the virus than I have since I got back into the U.S. What a shit show. Even felt weird walking around outside in Florida with my mask on, since almost nobody else was wearing one outside, and all the Florida man boat rednecks giving me weird angry looks. Could have been because I was a stranger, but also could have been marking me out as one of those dirty hippie liberals who need to be hung up by their heels with their throats cut and bled white for Trump’s America. Boat rednecks in Trump’s America But even with the smoke, it’s glorious being back in northern California at the end of summer. I’m so glad I could catch at least a little piece of this wonderful season, the warm sun and dry air, before the long wet winter sets in. I’ll be kicking back with a beer in the shade, wishing you and yours well, and good health in these strange times. Lovely Arctic Fox travel trailer for quarantine in Humboldt County, my parents’ driveway You can support this show and the content we create by subscribing or donating through the links in the sidebar. Check us out on social media and everywhere else:Gone Native websitePatreonYouTubeFacebookInstagramTwitter #gonenative #colombia #expat #livingabroad #travelabroad #milesburke #linayucuma #quarantine #pandemic #coronavirus #covid19 #californiafires #californiastrong #calfire #firefighters Gone Native Podcast – Episode #13Colombia to California, Pandemic Style
71 minutes | Aug 14, 2020
Alvaro Uribe’s Colombia, Before & After [Podcast #12]
Lina gives me the lowdown on Alvaro Uribe, on what happened during his presidency, and why he was recently placed under house arrest. We also wax philosophical about life under the STILL ONGOING quarantine here in Bogotá and Colombia at large, and how I’ll be attempting internation travel (as safely as possible!) in September. Check out all our videos, documentaries, podcasts, essays and more on milesburke.net, or find us on social media @GoneNativeShow Support the show on Patreon! Just a dollar (U.S. dollar that is, at least until the U.S. economy collapses) a month! Or use my Amazon affiliate link to do your regular shopping on Amazon.com. Links to the show:Gone Native websitePatreonYouTubeFacebookInstagramTwitter #gonenative #colombia #expatlife #livingabroad #travelabroad #milesburke #linayucuma #alvarouribe #uribismo #bogota #monteria #quarantine #coronavirus Gone Native Podcast – Episode #12Alvaro Uribe’s Colombia, Before & After Featured image is “Guerrilla de Eliseo Velásquez” by Fernando Botero, oil on cloth canvas. Thanks for listening!
95 minutes | Aug 5, 2020
Bogotá, Gotham City, and Metropolis…are they connected? [Podcast #11]
Lina and I talk comic books, role-playing games, and how she was influenced by American culture as a kid, growing up in a small town in Colombia during the wild 1990s, then moving to Bogotá with her family. It’s amazing how much American music, movies, TV, even music videos, comic books, and tabletop games infiltrated the rest of the world, and how it shapes evolving popular culture around the world today. Remember to check out all our videos, documentaries, podcasts, essays and more on milesburke.net, or find us on social media @GoneNativeShow Support the show on Patreon! Just a dollar (U.S. dollar that is, at least until the U.S. economy collapses) a month! We don’t have any exclusive content up yet, but you can look forward to a lot more in coming months. I’ll be doing history podcasts and posting commentary and outtakes from the videos and other stuff on Patreon eventually, but for now everything is on the main feed. Links to the show:Gone Native websitePatreonYouTubeFacebookInstagramTwitter #gonenative #colombia #expatlife #livingabroad #travelabroad #milesburke #linayucuma #comics #dnd #graphicnovels #vertigo #dccomics #batman #frankmiller #thedarkknight Gone Native Podcast – Episode #11Expat Update #2 – Bogotá, Gotham City, Metropolis
37 minutes | Jul 29, 2020
Expat Weekly Update #1 – Bogotá, Colombia
BIG ANNOUNCEMENT! Starting this week, I’ll be giving you a weekly update from wherever I am in the world, which since the pandemic started has been in lockdown in and around Bogotá, Colombia. In this first update I’ll talk about the quarantine measures here in Bogotá and throughout Colombia, humanitarian flights, the culture of wearing masks here and around Latin America, and the vast human wave of immigration currently headed in slow motion for the southern U.S. border. I tried to steer clear of the virus topic, but just kept getting dragged back into it. If you’re curious about what’s going on here and other places outside the U.S. right now, get your info here! Support me on Patreon! (@gonenativeshow) Find me online or on social media:Gone Native websiteYouTubeFacebookInstagramTwitter
90 minutes | Jun 22, 2020
Lina Yucumá: Latin America Update (The Quarantine Sessions – Part 6)
How should you think about information and truth in a “post-trust” world? Lina Yucumá, my beloved wife, joins me again on the podcast to talk about what’s going on in these crazy times. We get into the situation in Colombia and Latin America in general, but we also wax philosophical about information and truth, and how to think about stories we tell ourselves and what is true. You can find Lina on her LinkedIn profile or her Behance design portfolio. I was recently featured on a podcast sponsored by an expat relocation company called Avvinue, which provides a free service to help immigrants and expatriates manage their move from one country to another. They’re not a sponsor, I just wanted to promote them since I think it’s such a great service. I could have used something like this when I was moving to Nicaragua! Mentioned during today’s show:Lina Yucumá on LinkedIn or BehanceAvvinue expat relocation platform“Collapse” by Jared Diamond Also check us out on social media:YouTubeFacebookInstagramTwitter
97 minutes | Jun 10, 2020
Hidden History (The Quarantine Sessions – Part 5)
Today I’ll talk about some of the hidden stories from history that exist all around us, like the massive genocide of native Americans in California that I was more or less unaware of growing up there. I’ll discuss how these and other stories relate to what’s going on with the Black Lives Matter protests that are erupting around the United States right now, and what it’s like to be watching all that from the outside as an American living in Colombia, which is still under a stringent quarantine during the coronavirus pandemic. I mention a number of books, podcasts, and other resources during this show, links to which I’ve included below: Books: Podcasts:Hardcore History – Dan CarlinPlanet Money (June 5 episode about police unions and police violence) Also check out Dan Calin’s new book, The End is Always Near: Websites for freelancing:UpworkFiverrToptalFreelancer Also check us out on social media:YouTubeFacebookInstagramTwitter
69 minutes | Jun 1, 2020
The Quarantine Sessions – Part 4: Cabin Fever
Colombia is still under quarantine, now extended until June 30th, but I’ve changed locations! Thanks to a jeweler friend of Lina and I (she made our wedding rings), I’ve got this sweet cabin all to myself for as long as the quarantine lasts. Today I talk about maintaining routines and some suggestions for creativity, even if your life or finances are falling apart. If you need a distraction, throwing yourself into something is the best solution. I’ll also talk a little bit about history, and how so much of history that happened all around us is either deliberately or accidentally hidden, and how we can go looking for it. Remember to check out the Gone Native Facebook page and YouTube channel, as well as the posts and articles on this site for more great content. Hope you’re all doing well out there during these strange times!
98 minutes | Apr 21, 2020
The Quarantine Sessions #3: The New Normal
Lina and I talk about how to think about this coronavirus of COVID-19 quarantine situation as “the new normal”, and recent trends we’re seeing online like baking bread, recipes for Ikea Swedish meatballs, Disney churros and more. As the situation drags on here in Colombia, the U.S. and everywhere around the world, we all have to come up with different ways of coping with a long-term lockdown. Will it be short? Will it be long? Will it go on forever? Either way, we all need to adapt, one way or another. Visit milesburke.net or find us on social media @gonenativeshow for more podcasts, videos, documentaries, essays, and more. Remember to like, subscribe and share, we might not all be in the same boat but we’re all in the same storm together, and we appreciate you all!
72 minutes | Apr 3, 2020
The Quarantine Sessions – Part 2: FREAKING OUT & How to Deal
Things have taken a turn for the surreal here at the finca, so Lina and I talk about FREAKING OUT and how to handle some of the psychological stress of being locked in with people that you might not ordinarily spend this much time with. This is not a unique situation and many people are dealing with the same thing right now, so hopefully listening to our discussion can help you get some ideas about how to think about some of the more challenging parts of quarantine, whether you are alone or with family, friends or roommates right now. In this episode we are speaking to you from Subachoque, a small town just outside Bogotá here in Colombia, where I have been living for the last three years. Many U.S. citizens like myself have managed to flee the country either before the lockdown hit or on embassy-organized evacuation flights. But many of us expats and immigrants are still here, quarantined with our adopted family or friends or just by ourselves. It’s hard enough being locked in by yourself for an unknown amount of time, but having to do it in a foreign country where you already don’t fully understand what’s going on is even more difficult. We’re here for you! Leave us a comment or shoot us a message on the website or our Facebook page, details are below. Stay safe and stay sane out there! Gone Native website: https://www.milesburke.netFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/GoneNativeShowInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/milesafter30 #gonenative #expatlife #livingabroad #coronavirus #quarantine #pandemic #colombia
44 minutes | Mar 12, 2020
A Gringo in Tabio, Cundinamarca, Colombia
Today I decided to sit down with you and share a few spoken thoughts on being an American in Colombia. Except that where I’m sitting is the front lawn of a cabin in the mountains of Tabio, Cundinamarca, Colombia, near Bogotá. I’ll talk about some of the names we give ourselves and are given by others, feeling like an outsider vs. an insider, and the ways we think about other people.
7 minutes | Feb 25, 2020
Gone Native Podcast Update – February 2020
We wanted to give you a quick update about what we have coming up soon on the Gone Native podcast, including interviews, conversations, audio essays and more. Lina and I tell you about what we have planned, and if you have any expat, immigrant, foreigner or travel experiences you want to share, then we want to hear from you! You can find us on the Gone Native website (milesburke.net), as well as our YouTube channel Gone Native, Facebook, and other social media @gonenativeshow Make sure you like, subscribe and share to help us get the word out, and leave us a message on any of our platforms. Thanks for listening!
110 minutes | Feb 7, 2020
Coming to Colombia with Lina Yucumá
Lina and I sit down to discuss what this series is all about, why I decided to move to Colombia and how I ended up still here almost three years later, and what it was like for her growing up here in the turbulent 1990s and 2000s. Her family is from the central Colombian department of Huila, which experienced a lot of problems with guerrillas, paramilitaries, narcotraffickers and other militant groups when she was just a child. After her father was carjacked and the family experienced other threats, they ended up selling their house and finca and moving to Bogotá, where Lina spent most of her adolescence and adult years and where we live now. Find the video feed on YouTube here. Gone Native Blog: https://www.milesburke.net/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gonenativeshow/
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