The Ukulele Road Trips Podcast - Ukulele Road Trips
By Ben's Ukulele Road Trips
To listen to an audio podcast, mouse over the title and click Play. Open iTunes to download and subscribe to podcasts.
Ben's Ukulele Road Trips podcast brings you conversations with locals of visited countries, fun facts, facts less fun but still interesting, and songs !
||CleanIce, Fire, Gods and Cods with Ásgeir and Hjalti in Reykjavik, Iceland||On the island of fishing, of sheep, and of powerful Norse Gods, join local Vikings Ásgeir and Hjalti for a beer and a talk about all things Icelandic. From ice to volcanoes, with a word of advice too, on what not to do as a tourist, get set for a tour of the life and countryside of fascinating Iceland! Recorded in the elegant Slippbarinn bar in Reykyavik, Icelandic MMA gets a mention too, being linked with our studio for the evening. And this pod maybe even shares a bit of Hjalti's favourite Icelandic Runic band, Skálmöld with their song Kvaðning at the very end. Maybe. Only one way to find out... Pictured, two cool local Vikings mid-conversation. Ásgeir on the left an Hjalti on the right||10/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitToronto, Canada - Courteous Cops and Justin Jousts with Adi, Augustin and Canadian Ben||Join locals Adi, Augustin and Canadian Ben on a comfy Toronto conversation sofa where we chat and sing about all things Canadian and Ontario. In this episode of the Ukulele Road Trips podcast, a line-up as diverse as the city, and as kind as the country. Politeness and courtesy are explored and probably, also, applied, in a recording which also includes the most famous and atypical Canadian sport's fan. Also in this podcast, a battle between the two great Justins of Canada, Bieber and Trudeau, a bit of Pokemon, patience lessons, and an interview with the most gentlemanly law enforcement officer, performed while I was under arrest. Support the adventure on www.Patreon.com/ukuleleroadtrips||10/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDating Hats and Dating Sediments with Marie and Aubert in Rimouski, Québec||Bienvenue à Rimouski! Join guests Aubert and Marie for locals' insights on this fine studenty town on the banks of the giant Saint-Laurent river. Special topics include hats that get you dated, and sediment that got dated . Plus, you know, songs! The fine and low-temperature-resistant Rimouski Podcast Team ! Come have a seat inside, it's warm, have a tea, and travel with us, through time and seasons, as the snow falls outside, and throughout the whole 'Bas-Saint-Laurent' region.||8/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"La Poutine", the City Walls, and Inuit Throat-Singing with André in Québec City||Bienvenue à Québec, au Québec ! Welcome to Québec City, in the Region of Québec ! Yes, it's slightly confusing, but we do address it, in the company of authentic Québecois and ukulele player, André! The old city walls and stairs, modern day Québec and a little trip all the way up North to the Inuit villages, all these, and much more, including a couple of typical chansons by André, in this, the first Podcast of the #GoingNorth Adventure! Such Paint skillz. Much wow.||11/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanForeword - GOING NORTH !||Ben's Ukulele Road Trips are jumping back on track, with much songs and adventure to come super soon! Such wow! Join Marine in asking about this upcoming Road Trip through both Canada and Iceland in this tiny little Teaser of a Podcast, the special bonus surprise of which, is a ukulele song by Marine ! Hop on on the metaphorical Viking boat of Northern adventures and sail across the frost and fog to lands of song and culture. Or in other words: join me as I'm "Going North" !||11/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode Ten - Lviv, Ukraine||Lviv, Lvov, Lwów, Lemberg, Leopolis ! It has many names, and even more stories to tell. Join L(v)ovely local guests Tereza, Nata and Ostap for a l(v)ively exploration of the romantic cobble-stoned streets of the Lion City. Romantic legends, secret tunnels leading to many joys, the jewish heritage and how-to-haggle tips, as well an unfortunate town-trumpeters, are all packed with L(v)ove, in this, the Ukulele Road Trips Lviv Podcast.||11/11/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode nine - Kiev, Ukraine||A hymn, a ballad, a ukulele hot-cop-love-song as we conversationally stroll around this great city with delightful locals Ivanka and Ekaterina, all these things, in this, the Kiev Podcast. From the Maidan Square in the heart of the city to the Legend of the birth of Kiev, from Tchernobyl to a Funiculaire, a big serving of interesting chat and songs that more than make up for the odd sound quality of this one. Pictured above, the podcast crew and a few pics from around the capital||10/16/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode Eight - Chisinau, Moldova||The singing traveling podcast is back! And is joined in Chisinau (it's the capital of Moldova would you know) by locals Max and Serghei. We meet Moldova, then get a bit closer, and then even a bit more closer, until we arrive in Transnistria. The Romanian and Russian influences and heritage are discussed, along with the soothing Moldovan wine, and bit of space travel too! Pictured above, a couple of snaps from Chisinau, a concert during the "Limba-day", late night protesting, cooking placinte in the countryside, Cricova cellar, and a view from Orheiul Vechi. Watch the trailer for Max's upcoming movie, 100 Risings, here.||9/15/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode Seven - Student city Cluj! - Romania||Welcome to Cluj! Or Cluj-Napoca to be precise. You may not have a clue(j) yet about this great city, but with the help of guests Ana-Maria, Natalia and Anna, you will light-heartedly stroll around Cluj and the area, under the sweet summer sun. If you're lucky, Anna might just grace the podcast with a couple of beautiful songs in Hungarian. Only after a Romanian language lesson, songs about beer and salt, and this instructive conversation! Pictured above: The Cathedral and statue of Matei Corvin on Cluj's Unirii Square, the podcasting team Natalia, Anna, and Ana-Maria, the Cluj "mirror-street", the salt mines of Salina Turda, a quick pic from Alba Julia.||8/2/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode Six - The Big Transylvanian Special||Join Ileana, a medium-sized Ukulele and myself for this new edition of the Ukulele Road Trips Podcast, in Transylvania !! It is set in one of it's fine jewels, the "crown-city" of Brasov. Or Kronstadt, as a certain Johannes would say... With a fine tour-guide and a slightly "minte creața" host, stroll around the castles and magical forests, as well as through the German streets of Brașov. You might not get too many vampires, but a local legend, as well as a very (very) special interview inside the "Black Church" ! Pictured above: The Brașov town square, the black church, Tour-guide Ileana with a few tourists, Johannes saying "Verdammt Elizabeth, I forgot my reading glasses on the entrance table again, throw them over", the "crown and the tree", the town crest, the Black Church Organ, and the studio for this podcast, the Kis Met Dao Hostel. Many thanks once again to Ileana for this entertaining and instructive podcast. Don't forget join her on the Walkabout Free Tour Brașov when you come to these parts! I nicked the organ bit here. Steffen Schlandt, Eckart's son is on the organ's four keyboards.||7/13/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode Number Five - Romania and Bucharest||It has happened ! The Ukulele Road Trips Podcast has made it to a new country ! It's a gift-(w)rapped Romania and Bucharest special, with exciting present and varied past. From French Pâtisseries to North-Korean style buildings, from car-driving pre-Romans to the challenges ahead, let Romanians Claudia and Marius introduce the country and capital of this fine Eastern Latin Land. Pictured above: Views of and from the Palace "of the People", a couple of views in Bucharest and one of the 'moved it moved it' churches in the city center. Do check out Marius's website www.tourofcommunism.com for more in-depth articles about XXth century Romania !||6/11/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Big Seaside Special - from Varna||Traditional singing, and tasty typical drinks in this one ! A big serving of coastal knowledge, fun facts and, beautiful Bulgarian songs performed on the Tambura ! Let Denitsa and Martin take you on a Black Sea adventure, while the flowery and talented fifteen year-old Polina charms and dazzles you with classical Bulgarian melodies. The very last episode from Bulgaria is packed with special stuff ! From live recordings of a Women's choir to a song about the necessity of trade when you build a Greek colony, it's got it all !! Pictured above, Polina with my ukulele, the podcast gang, the women's choir and Varna here and there.||4/29/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Cracking Bulgarian Easter Special - From Plodiv, Bulgaria||Cracking eggs, cracking fun and all things Plovdivian, with this Easter special !! Two great guests and a live audience (yes it's true, and he's very nice), plus, songs ! "It's so egg-citing, seeing which egg the beater will be, It's so egg-xilerating, seeing which egg the beater will beat. So many colourful shells before me, but only one will be, the hero of this day, I say, Bulgarian Easter is coming your way!"||4/15/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEmpires and Facial Hair from Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria||And it's packed with special guests (three !! yes, three !!) and amazing facts, songs, and stories. All are of course Bulgaria-based as we chit-chat live (but not that live, this is a podcast) from the city of the Tsars, veliko Tarnovo ! BOUM !||3/27/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast Number One !||A big ball of all things Bulgarian in this first ever Ukulele Road Trips Podcast, as I sing and chat about -amongst other things- yogurt and communism. Feel free to comment. Also, this is available for download.||3/19/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
WOW….Ben’s Ukulele Road Trips Podcast is flat out awesome. Good production quality. Easy to listen. Very impressed Ben. Keep bringing it.
Local guests bring the regional facts and insights while Ben brings the humor and songs. A great way to learn things you didn't know you didn't know about places you never thought about visiting!