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World School Wonders
63 minutes | May 16, 2021
Experiencing South African Wine
If you love wine, Cape Town, South Africa is a great place to be! But with over 460 wine farms in the Western Cape alone, knowing where to go and how to avoid the typical tourist experience can be a challenge.In this episode, Jack and Niki share the experience they cultivated in over five-and-a-half months living in Cape Town and visiting dozens of wine farms, from the more commercially successful to those that some South Africans don't even know about.Listening for something specific? Here is a guide to the conversation:00:00 Intro 04:25 Overview of South Africa Wine Growers (Jack's Classification) 06:36 History of Wine Growing in South Africa 08:26 Wine Regions Visited 12:00 Stellenbosch and Franschhoek Comparison 15:47 Stellenbosh Wine Farms Visited 16:17 Villiera (wine farm with a game drive) 16:55 Babylonstoren (family wine farm experience) 19:15 Rupert & Rothschild (two famous families combine forces) 22:56 Vrede en Lust (great wine with epic mountain views) 26:00 Hartenberg (great lunch in Stellenbosch) 28:29 Swartland Region: Org de Rac (organic wine farm) 31:09 Cederberg (mountain wine growing) 34:30 Other Highly Rated SA Wines (saved for another trip) 35:15 Relatively Low-Cost Way to Import SA Wine into the US 36:00 Constantia Wine Farms Visited 37:23 Silvermist 40:00 Eagle's Nest (great Shiraz) 43:45 Constantia Glen (best views in Constantia) 46:41 Beau Constantia (with a "loo with a view") 49:40 Groot Constantia (most historic, famous wine) 55:56 Klein Constantia (smaller competitive version of Groot Constantia) 58:49 Steenberg (2-page tasting menu!) For details and links, visit www.worldschoolforfour.com/podcasts.Editorial Note: We misspoke about two important details in the podcast. First, the famous wine at Groot Constantia historically called "Constantia Wyn" is now called "Grand Constance." The competitive version produced by Klein Constantia is called "Vin de Constance."Second, the Rothschild family originated in Germany, not France.
8 minutes | May 13, 2021
BONUS CONTENT: Reveler Tours Talks Covid-19 Impact
Covid-19 decimated the travel industry in 2020, but Blaine Smith, Co-Founder of Reveler Tours in Cape Town, South Africa, reveals an unsuspected silver lining that's at the heart of why his company is so successful.
30 minutes | May 6, 2021
Celebrating South Africa with Reveler Tours
Using travel agents or tour guides is not always our thing. Our experiences have been hit or miss. That is until we met Blaine Smith, the Co-Founder of Reveler Tours in Cape Town, South Africa. Blaine and his partner Ryan have created something different – a company specializing in creating travel EXPERIENCES you’re not likely to find anywhere else. Whether you’re planning a visit to South Africa or simply looking for travel inspiration, this conversation is for you. Check out the Reveler Tours website https://www.revelertours.com or thumb through their Instagram feed @revelertravel or visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/revelertours. We’ll post photos from our travel with Reveler Tours on our website www.worldschoolforfour.com Have a great travel companion story of your own? Drop us a line at email@example.com Safe Journeys!
50 minutes | Apr 21, 2021
Unpacking Apartheid in South Africa Part 3
We wrap up our conversation with Al by exploring how Apartheid ended and what it was like for South Africans to process the harsh reality of government-sponsored human rights violations. And, as Niki tries to guide her family through a comparative conversation about race in America, she realizes that such conversations don't always go as envisioned.
40 minutes | Apr 8, 2021
Unpacking Apartheid in South Africa - Part 2
Join us for the 2nd part in our 3-part conversation with our friend, Al, as he shares what it was like for a white South African male to understand the "real" South Africa and protest against it.What did white South Africans know and understand about the treatment of non-whites during Apartheid? What was it like to apply for Conscientious Objector status (avoiding South African military service in townships and war zones), and what are the consequences of that status? And how do two 12-year old kids comprehend that story? Don't forget to visit our website at https://worldschoolforfour.com/podcasts/ for more resources specific to this episode. And if you'd like to share your thoughts on this conversation, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
38 minutes | Mar 29, 2021
Unpacking Apartheid in South Africa - Part 1
Living in South Africa has allowed us to explore Apartheid and understand what racism looks like in a country other than The United States. In Part 1 of this 3-part series, Niki interviews a close family friend, Al, a white South African male who grew up during Apartheid. In this episode, Al describes the roots of Apartheid and how the South African government rationalized the policy. Then, Jack and Niki reflect on the conversation with Thom and Emma. How do two 12-year olds view racism? How will Al's experiences influence our reaction to racism, and what do we get out of studying the uglier parts of history? These are many of the questions we're exploring on our journey to being good citizens in a modern world.Don't forget to visit our website at https://worldschoolforfour.com/podcasts/ for more resources specific to this episode. And if you'd like to share your thoughts on this conversation, send us an email at email@example.com.
9 minutes | Mar 21, 2021
Bonus Content and Out-Takes from For Grant - What the World Is Like (South Africa Edition)
We left out a few stories from Episode 1 describing what life is like in South Africa, so we thought we'd create a bonus episode to share them. Jack is a serious jokster, so it's not surprising that Thom and Emma offer their fair share of humor, too. You might need to listen to Episode 1 to fully understand the jokes. We're sure you'll enjoy an additional 10 minutes of fun!
24 minutes | Mar 21, 2021
For Grant - What the World Is Like (South Africa Edition)
Season 2 of World School Wonders has begun! Jack, Niki, Thom, and Emma are back describing what life is like in South Africa for their 7-year old cousin living in Texas. Some of this content may sound boring to a 7-year old, so don't miss the bonus content and out-takes from this episode!
41 minutes | Nov 29, 2020
Redefining Education in Albania
In this episode, Niki and Jack are joined by their Airbnb host and friend Klaudjo Kavaja, co-founder and co-host of The Living Education podcast. Listen as they learn about the Albanian education system and how Albanians are still struggling to harness opportunity and reverse the "brain drain" that's plagued the country since Communism ended in 1991. Klaudjo edited their conversation for a podcast episode on The Living Education and you can listen to it here: https://thelivingeducation.com/blog/
15 minutes | Nov 16, 2020
For Grant - What the World is Like (Albania Edition)
Thom and Emma make a special appearance on this episode, as we're answering a critical question from our 7-year-old cousin from Texas - what is it like living in different countries and communities around the world? Our answers will give you insight into what two 11-year-olds find important.
19 minutes | Oct 22, 2020
Long-Term Travel – The Best of Times and Worst of Times (Part 2)
Today Jack and Niki share the top SIX things they love about the slow-travel lifestyle. Naturally, the Best of Times list is longer than the Worst of Times list!
24 minutes | Oct 14, 2020
Long Term Travel: The Best of Times and Worst of Times (Part 1)
Long term travel is an exceptional experience to give your family. But preparing to leave the country for an extended period of time isn't for the faint of heart! In this episode, Jack and Niki share the top five things that stressed them out and provide some helpful tips for anyone considering a similar adventure.
30 minutes | Sep 30, 2020
"Why Not!" Is the New "Why" of Travel
In this episode, Niki and Jack share the story of what compelled them to start their global adventure. They also explain the not-so-novel concept of "world school" and what "schooling" looks like for thousands of families following this lifestyle.
4 minutes | Sep 22, 2020
Debuting October 1, 2020 - Join this family of 4 as they travel the world and discover life together. World School Wonders is the story of an American family who quit their jobs, brick-and-mortar education, and left their suburban lifestyle for adventures unknown around the globe.
37 minutes | Sep 11, 2020
Unearthing World School with Lizz Quain
In this episode, Niki and Jack interview Lizz Quain, a veteran world school mom of 11-year old twins and entrepreneur with Galileo XP, an online self-directed school for world school and home school kids ages 8-18.
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