Welcome to The Listen Blog: a space where you can find highlights and insights from The Listen Podcast, hosted by Kate Jetmore. This post focuses on Season Five, a series of interviews featuring Adventure. In this bundle, you will get a peek into the lives of ordinary people who achieved extraordinary things. Are you curious about their fears, their insecurities, and what inspired them to set off on great adventures? Let’s begin!
Cycling across Europe with Ats and Kätlyn
These two adventurous Estonians had the courage to cycle their way around Europe. Starting from their front porch in the middle of the woods, with the goal of reaching Portugal, they packed up their bikes and started riding. They visited a total of 16 countries and spent 8 months on the road.
“Let’s take a chance and we’ll see!”
On their way, they got the chance to meet friendly, kind people who helped them whenever Ats’ bike broke down, which was… pretty often! And even though they only speak English and Estonian fluently, they also feel confident using a different type of communication: body language! A kind smile in the right moment was all they needed.
Though there were times of struggle and uncertainty, they acknowledge that this experience has shaped their mindset. Today, they feel their priorities have shifted and they feel more confident when taking on risks. If you want to check out the full interview, click here.
Sailing the World with Sara Turman
Sara and her partner Peter had always had the fantasy of sailing around the world in their own boat together, but they just kept putting it off, until they had a wake-up call. When he got sick, they realized they had to take this journey once he recovered. So, they bought a boat and sailed off together.
“Surprisingly, the ocean was a very empty place!”
Alone at sea, crossing the Atlantic, they had a safe and quiet trip. They settled into a routine of reading and spending time together. For Sara, the boat felt like home, so she could enjoy feeling comfortable while also having adventures and discovering new places and cultures whenever they reached a new port.
Sara’s history is truly inspiring. She is a firm believer in pursuing your dreams and putting yourself out there. If you want to find out the name of her boat and discover her special tricks for feeling at home while sailing, check out the full interview here.
If you’re interested, you can also visit her blog at: https://sailingopsimath.com/.
Walking the Camino with Thom and Penny
Thom and Penny are two ordinary people, like you and me, who needed a break from their lives and decided to go and walk the Camino de Santiago, in Northern Spain. In a nutshell, the Camino is a network of routes across Europe that ultimately lead to Santiago de Compostela. Sound extraordinary? It is! However, this adventure is accessible to anyone.
“Any ordinary person can be a pilgrim.”
After watching the film The Way, Thom and Penny were convinced that they needed to walk the Camino. And what did that look like, practically speaking? Every day for six weeks, they would wake up, start walking and continue on for hours, following the yellow arrows marking the way leading to Santiago, their ultimate goal. They met incredible people from all over the world who reminded them to “stay awesome” and who are close to them still today.
In the full interview, you will learn about the so-called “Camino Magic” and whether you can also find it off the trail. This is a truly heart-warming episode of The Listen Podcast, where you will discover how the Camino changed Thom and Penny… and even your host Kate Jetmore, who also walked the Camino back in 2001. Who knows, maybe they’ll inspire you to take the Camino, too! Like Thom said, anyone can be a pilgrim… Click here for the full episode.
Season Five was so special to us! Did you enjoy it?
We hope you are inspired by our ordinary guests doing extraordinary things! If you are, please share with us, we’ll be so excited! Also, if you have an idea for a future season, feel free to reach out to us on social media. We’d love to hear from you!
For more insightful interviews, tune in to The Listen Podcast on your favorite podcasting platform. Ivoox, Soundcloud, Spotify… you name it, we’re there!
Don’t be shy! Comment, share, rate… We love your feedback!