The Bittersweet Life

By Katy Sewall / Tiffany Parks

Whether you’re living abroad, or not — or not yet — join us weekly for unadulterated conversation about the joys and challenges of living in a new place. Created by a Public Radio veteran, this show informs, entertains, and keeps you company as you make your way overseas (or make your future plans). Get to know Rome, Italy. Ponder adventure, loneliness and meaning. But most of all, imagine the possibilities for your own life. (Don't be afraid to start that the beginning!) They have two very different points of view on the bitter dolce vita. Katy Sewall is a newby expat/repat who lived in Rome for a year. Tiffany Parks moved to Rome twelve years ago, intending to stay, though she had no plan.

  1. 1.
    Episode 395: Should I Move Abroad?
    26:41
  2. 2.
    Bittersweet Moment #121: More Culture Shock!
    12:15
  3. 3.
    Episode 394: Reverse Culture Shock: Italy vs. USA
    32:13
  4. 4.
    Bittersweet Moment #120: First Day of School in Italy
    15:15
  5. 5.
    Episode 393: Braving International Travel—during Covid
    35:38
  6. 6.
    Episode 392: Make Your Home (Abroad) Your Own (with Rebecca West)
    26:46
  7. 7.
    Episode 391: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Moving Abroad... (with Lori-Lee Elliott)
    40:52
  8. 8.
    Episode 390: A Hurricane Strikes... Or Does It?
    27:39
  1. 9.
    Episode 389: An Idyll on the Amalfi Coast
    28:56
  2. 10.
    Episode 388: Studying Abroad in the 1960s
    57:43
  3. 11.
    Episode 387: Those Fleeting Moments of Glamour
    36:40
  4. 12.
    Episode 386: The Fascinating Science of Speech (with Lisa Wilcox)
    35:07
  5. 13.
    Episode 385: The Most Notorious Family in Rome
    44:47
  6. 14.
    Episode 384: Being French in New Orleans
    37:14
  7. 15.
    Episode 383: Are You Living Your Dream Life?
    31:48
  8. 16.
    Episode 382: The Art of Travel Journaling (with Daniel Butterworth)
    59:38
  9. 17.
    Episode 381: The Best Way to Visit a Museum
    29:09
  10. 18.
    Bittersweet Moment #119: How to Avoid Jetlag
    16:33
  11. 19.
    Episode 380: Finding Caravaggio at an Estate Sale
    35:33
  12. 20.
    Bittersweet Moment #118: Harry Potter, One of the Most Translated Books of All Time
    12:45
  13. 21.
    Episode 379: Can You Truly Be Bilingual?
    29:55
  14. 22.
    Bittersweet Moment #117: Being English in Italy—During the European Cup (with Julia Charity)
    18:46
  15. 23.
    Episode 378: Nostalgic Endings
    36:21
  16. 24.
    Bittersweet Moment #116: School's Out in Italy (featuring Aurelio and friend)
    14:28
  17. 25.
    Episode 377: Returning Again and Again
    27:22
  18. 26.
    Bittersweet Moment #115: Alaska Boat Trip – Your Questions Answered
    18:27
  19. 27.
    Episode 376: From Heartbreak to Purpose (with Asia Dawn Simonelli)
    31:07
  20. 28.
    Bittersweet Moment #114: Getting Married in Ancient Rome
    12:05
  21. 29.
    Episode 375: Sea Adventure to Alaska
    34:26
  22. 30.
    Bittersweet Moment #113: Italian vs. American Weddings
    13:10
  23. 31.
    Episode 374: Keep This, Ditch That
    28:28
  24. 32.
    Bittersweet Moment #112: An American Wedding in Italy
    15:04
  25. 33.
    Episode 373: The Label Debate Continues (with Keith Cooke)
    33:54
  26. 34.
    Bittersweet Moment #111: Italian Wedding Traditions
    15:59
  27. 35.
    Episode 372: Expat or Immigrant?
    30:30
  28. 36.
    Episode 371: Anna Sale Talks About Hard Things, Part 2
    21:48
  29. 37.
    Episode 370: Anna Sale Talks About Hard Things, Part 1
    33:51
  30. 38.
    Bittersweet Moment #110: Italy Welcomes Tourists
    10:15
  31. 39.
    Episode 369: A Day in the Life: One Year Later
    27:26
  32. 40.
    Bittersweet Moment #109: A Boudoir Adventure
    12:33
  33. 41.
    Episode 368: Italy Reopens to the World
    31:06
  34. 42.
    Bittersweet Moment #108: The Spanish Steps in Bloom
    9:50
  35. 43.
    Episode 367: Documenting Travel (with Riley Morton)
    26:49
  36. 44.
    Bittersweet Moment #107: Vaccine Hesitancy (with Jess Walter)
    8:02
  37. 45.
    Episode 366: Vaccinated
    30:45
  38. 46.
    Bittersweet Moment #106: Speed Writing
    19:44
  39. 47.
    Episode 365: A Day in the Life Revisited
    48:47
  40. 48.
    Bittersweet Moment #105: How to Find Work Abroad (with David McNeill)
    12:52
  41. 49.
    Episode 364: Cross-cultural Challenges
    29:01
  42. 50.
    Bittersweet Moment #104: Cross-cultural Families
    12:11

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