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The toilet times - Full time traveller

Full time traveller

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Nguồn audio: Trích đoạn trong tập podcast "Slow Travel is Cheap Travel, with Nomadic Matt Kepnes - Afford Anything Podcast (Audio)" của chương trình podcast thuộc bản quyền của Afford anything. Audio được chích ra và chia sẻ lại chỉ với mục đích giúp đỡ người học tiếng anh.


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Paul: Hi, Matt.

Matt: Hey Paul. How's it going?

Paul: It's great. How are you doing?

Matt: Doing well in this fine evening in Paris

Paul: Oh fantastic I'm glad you're enjoying Paris, you've been travelling, speaking of Paris, you've been travelling for thirteen years, correct?

Matt: Yeah since July 2006, a long time

Paul: So I want to talk about spending 13 years as a full-time traveler but let's go back to the origin of all of that because in 2006, in July 2006 before you began traveling, you were working in Health Care in Boston. Tell me about how that began, how did you come to work in Health Care and then how did you come to quit and become a full time

Matt: So I had graduated college in 2004 during that mild recession in around 2003 or so and nobody really wanted to hire history teachers, I went to school be history teacher so I needed a job, my mom knew somebody at a hospital, well, nepotism goes a long way, got a job, doing some basically admin stuff and sort of worked my way up a little bit as you could in a couple of years, during that time, you know, you're supposed to take a vacation, right, you got vacation time, you go take a vacation so I took a vacation to Costa Rica, 2004, fell in love with travel, 2005 taking Nullification to Thailand, I had never been a backpacker and they never studied abroad in Europe or stayed in hostels but they were fascinating, here were people who were just traveling and doing whatever they wanted, and meeting people from around the world and I just really loved their lifestyle and so I decided that I would quit my job to go travel. I was getting an MBA at the time and I knew Health Care wasn't gonna be my career for life so when the MBA was finished and I started looking for another job, I figured "why don't I use this as sort of a bookend, go travel for a bit then come back and you know, start my career

Paul: Uhm...and so that was when you quit your job in Health Care and went on what you thought would be just a one year sabbatical basically a one-year gap year...

Matt: Yeah, my goal was travel for a year and it all mapped out and leave in July 2006, come back around July August 2007 then start looking for a job, I didn't come back to the end of January 2008 which was not a good time to look for a job given the recession and all and I sat back down in cubicle and I was just not into it, I said I want to keep going, keep traveling. I'm not ready for this yet I would like to become a writer solely because travel writer sounds like a job that I could do. That would allow me to travel, I knew nothing about the field, it just seemed like, hey, you know, if you,..about a travel writer, you get to travel, started a website called "The mouse mat" and really was just there to be sort of an online resume where people could see my by-lines and hire me and then I, May June of 2008, I went away again and then here we are today...

Paul: So you came back to the United States in early 2008, did you get a job at that time?

Matt: Yeah, my cousin, nepotism again, on a temp agency and so while I sort of figured out my life, I got a temp job ironically back in the hospital covering this woman who was on maternity leave so they cut me down in her chair and said don't break anything, just answer the phones and direct calls and you know sort the mail so I had a little free time on my hands. I used that time to turn my website when I was back in this office again, you know, with five co-workers and I saw them every day, 9:00 to 5:00 and it's like this is exactly when I had left, like, you know, a month ago. I'm in Australia and now I'm getting ready to go to a cubicle and put on my tie again and it was just like, no, no I had grown as a person and I wasn't going back into the same life, I was going back into the matrix...


Speaking of something: related to the subject being discussed (nói về cái gì đó)

Recession: a difficult time when there is less trade, business activity etc in a country than usual (thời kỳ khó khăn)

Nepotism: the act of using your power or influence to get good jobs or unfair advantages for members of your own family (chạy việc nhờ quan hệ của người thân có chức quyền trong công ty nào đó)

Go a long way: If you say that someone will go a long way, you mean that they will be very successful (thuận lợi, thành công)

Work your way up: to achieve a better position within the organization you work for (lên chức)

Fall in love with: to love (yêu thích)

Backpacker: Someone who is travelling for pleasure, usually with not very much money, and who walks or uses public transport and carries a backpack (người đang đi dụ lịch, thường là không có nhiều tiền)

MBA: Master of Business Administration (có thể hiểu là một loại bằng cấp)

Sabbatical: a period when someone, especially someone in a university job, stops doing their usual work in order to study or travel

Gap year: a year between leaving school and going to university, which some young people use as an opportunity to travel, earn money, or get experience of working (gap year)

Map out: to plan something in detail (lên kế hoạch đầy đủ, chi tiết)

Be into it: to interested in it (thích)

Temp: temporary (tạm thời)

Ironically: used when talking about a situation in which the opposite of what you expected happens or is true (chớ chêu thay)

Maternity leave: a period in which a woman is legally allowed to be absent from work in the weeks before and after she gives birth (kỳ nghỉ thai sản)

The toilet times - The wedding writer

The wedding writer

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Nguồn audio: Trích đoạn trong tập podcast "Meet the Masters with Susan Schneider" của chương trình podcast thuộc bản quyền của Wedding podcast network. Audio được chích ra và chia sẻ lại chỉ với mục đích giúp đỡ người học tiếng anh


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Holly: So, Susan. Welcome to meet the Masters

Susan: Thank You, Holly

Holly: I loved this book and I know, it is, it, it grew out of your everyday experiences. So why don't you tell everybody a little bit about why you wrote The Wedding Writer.

Susan: Well, in a way I feel as though this novel, uh, was given to me. It was, it was as though I was living it every day and then I had to write it. So, my experiences at all of the bridal magazines and the bridal industry were so interesting and so unplumbed by other writers, there have been many novels written about magazines as you know. But somehow no one really touched Bridal and it's such a special, uh, it's a special area within what the larger women's fashion magazine milieu...

Holly: May I ask you this, though, because it really does start off with magazine you know, I think Princess Bride

Susan: Uh,...

Holly: and tulle magazines folding...

Susan: That's right.

Holly: and I kind of remember that you know, being in Bridal media and

Susan: Yeah,...

Holly: you know and...and...and being at bridal market and meeting all of the editors, uhm, such as yourselves over the years,uhm, which has been a privilege's like getting to know you over the years, and, so this is a real treat to have you personally on...

Susan: Oh, thank you, Holly

Holly: Oh, thank you but ya know, I do remember when modern bride and elegant bride...

Susan: Yeah

Holly: Did, know, closed doors and I have to say your book opens kind of like that so was, there is that fact that....

Susan: It was amazing and that's what I mean like it was almost, the novel was almost given to me because I immediately incorporated those events into the very beginning of the novel, it was so dramatic, I mean it's like you can't make this stuff up, you know, I got a, uh, phone call from a ,friend, dear friend of mine at Modern Bride, the beauty editor, uh, Mary Clark and she just said they just folded both magazines modern bride and elegant bride and we were all so stunned at this news, uh, that I just, you know, spent the rest of the day talking to everybody on the bridal guide staff and you can imagine the sorts of, of, feelings people had

Holly: Well, I think that there's a lot that goes on behind the scenes and obviously you experienced it in reality but you also have, on these really fabulous characters and and their connection not only to each other but also to their families...

Susan: Right.

Holly: to the men their lives

Susan: Right.

Holly: to their what you call OB FX office best friends forever

Susan: Right, right.

Holly: so, you know there's a lot, you know with balance of...of work and...and...and real life so tell us a little bit because the four heroines the book

Susan: Yes.

Holly: Are, uhm, you tell tell everybody about them?

Susan: Okay, uhm, everybody who I know who's in the business keeps saying to me "Am I in the book? Am I that character? Am I that character? it's so interesting and....all four of the main women characters are really composites of women who I know in the bridal industry, uhm, and then on some level they're all me because I really understand them all and I've known these women very very well so we start with an older editor who is being thrown out of her job, uh, which is something very common in the magazine industry and probably in many other industries too as I'm told and she's being, uh, uh, replaced by her own protege, Lucky, who is really the main character in the novel. Lucky is a very ambitious young woman who comes from a very, uh, difficult background and is super determined to make it, she has no choice because if she doesn't make it as a working woman she has to really go back to where she comes from and she does not want to do that on pain of death, so this is a girl who is willing to go the distance, uh, and the other so her...her mentor, Grace, is thrown out of her position so that Lucky can ascend to the top of the magazine. Uh, the other characters, Sarah, is the fashion director she is the woman who knows Bridal Fashion the way she knows the back of her hand, Shigo has been to every bridal market for the last, No, 20 years and she is a single woman who has spent her entire career dressing other women for their weddings and as you can imagine there's a certain point in see in this character, uh, Felice is the art director of the magazine and she is married but with a teenage son who is giving her tons of trouble and her marriage is also in a really bad place so what I'm trying to do is deal with real-life women who are working in a world of fantasy so it's the contrast between sort of the grid of everyday life and the glamour of the world of weddings.


Susan, Holly, Lucky, Felice, Grace, Mary Clark, Sarah, Shigo là tên người. (Vì chỉ nghe nên không đánh vần nên tôi chế đại cách viết của tên)

Uh, Uhm: chỉ là những từ vô nghĩa, bị vấp.

Ya: viết tắt cho "you"

Start off (with): begin something in a particular way (bắt đầu cái gì đó theo một cách đặc biệt)

Kind of: slightly but not exactly, or in some ways (hơi hơi,...)

Stunned: too surprised or shocked to speak (quá kinh ngạc không nói nổi)

Behind the scenes: secretly, while other things are happening publicly (hậu cảnh)

Fabulous: extremely good or impressive (ấn tượng)

Make it: be successful at something (thành công)

On pain of death: If you do something on pain of death, you will be killed if you do not do it (Không làm thì chết)

Go the distance: To finish something you have started (Làm tới cùng, làm lâu dài)

Know something/somebody the way you know tha back of your hand: Know something very well (biết rõ cái gì/ai đó nằm lòng bàn tay)