On the occasion and eve of the final Podcasters Across Borders conference, I, Mike, Shane, Adam, and Rick do a content walk from Ottawa’s Elgin Hotel to Parliament Hill and back again. We try to get into trouble but it doesn’t work. We do talk about things that could get people into trouble, though. I talk to some tourists. Shane waxes philosophical about personal happiness and the end of humanity. We consider the War of 1812, its 200th anniversary, and the origin of how Ottawa became the capital of Canada. We get a more than a little meta about podcasting and Adam Curry. Finally, we pay verbal tribute to the last PAB conference. Join us for the walk, the talk, and the beauty of Ottawa, Canada:
The Hookah is a single or multi-stemmed device for smoking tobacco. The smoke is passed through a water basin before inhalation. And the smoke is inhaled through a long hose, a slender flexible tube that allows the smoke to be drawn for a distance, cooling down before inhalation. In the Arab world, it is used as part of the culture and tradition. Social smoking is done at parties and at cafes. Last week Special K and I visited Sabba and Burt and we were treated to the relaxing ritual of hookah smoking. Sabba bought her hookah on a trip to Egypt years ago and decided to share the experience with us. Shisha is the tobacco smoked in a hookah. It is a very moist and sticky tobacco that has been soaked in honey or molasses. There are a variety of shisha flavors including apple, plum, coconut, mango, mint, and strawberry. I’m not sure what kind we had, but it was definitely a fruit flavoured shisha. It was a pinkish red colour that Burt mistook for mashed cranberry when he first saw it. According to tobaccofreeu.org, it doesn’t matter what you smoke in a hookah, it is just as dangerous as cigarette smoke. Hookahs generate smoke in different ways: cigarette smoke is generated by burning tobacco, while hookah smoke is produced by heating tobacco in a bowl using charcoal. The end product is the same—smoke, containing carcinogens. Oh well. It doesn’t matter, we had great fun. Listen to the soundscape of the wonderful time Special K and I had smoking a hookah for the first time.
Just like Auntie Vera Charles, Mevio.com is no longer allowing me to use their site for podcasting hosting. My account has been suspended. I knew this day would come and that’s why several months ago I purchased space on the wordpress site and started to post the show directly here. It’s the second time in six years that I have lost my podcasting host. It also messes with my iTunes feed, that now stops at episode 201. So until I find a new host and recreate my iTunes entry, I’ll continue to post here.
Leaving Reykjavik Harbour to Whale Watch (Photo by Special K)
Well, here it is : the first podcast of our June Holiday. Special K and I spent an amazing week in one of the most beautiful countries in the world – Iceland. On the first day we visited the hot spring known as the Blue Lagoon located between the cities of Keflavik and Reykjavik. The mineral salts in the spring gave us straw like hair and, being the vain Ninja that I am, I feared I’d be stuck with bad hair forever. On the second day, we went whale watching. Based on what we learned later – many Icelanders have more than one job. But we were still surprised to discover, a couple of days later, that our wonderful whale watching tour guide was none other than Tomas Lemarquis star of the brooding Icelandic film Noi the Albino. I should have guessed it, with his calm, melodic, meditative speaking tones leading us through our first Icelandic sea adventure. Listen to the audio of that experience: