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Thursday, May 28, 2020

Podcast 236: Tourism in the Time of Corona

Credit: Kristin Vang/Visit Faroe Islands

This week, we talk to Guðrið Højgaard, who is the Director of Visit Faroe Islands. These are strange times for people who promote tourism. Borders are closed, people are in lockdown, and almost all flights to and from the Faroe Islands have been cancelled.

But while things were shutting down, Højgaard and her team came up with Remote Tourism. We'll talk about how Visit Faroe Islands came up with this unique campaign, and the prospects for tourism moving forward.

Then we'll stand in front of a hotel under construction.

As always you can listen on all the major podcast platforms, and even most of the minor ones. You can also listen on the media player at the bottom of this post, or you can download the show directly here.


Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Podcast 323: Elin Sings, Remote Tourism, and Life Under Lockdown.




On this week's podcast, we get an update on the COVID-19 infection numbers in the Faroe Islands and listen to a coronavirus-themed opera. (You can watch that opera here.) For more information about the novel coronavirus in the Faroes, please visit the official government site, the state broadcaster, or Local.fo.

Then we explore "remote tourism." While the Faroe Islands is currently closed to tourists, you can still explore them remotely. For a limited time, Visit Faroe Islands will allow you to take a tour of Faroese villages, and control the tour guide in real time. Just to be clear, this isn't a simulation, it's a real live person, taking directions from people in real time. To learn more about this intriguing way to see the Faroes, check out Visit Faroe Islands' Remote Tourism site.

But wait, there's more! We spend the third segment of our show talking to Elin Brimheim Heinesen about life under lockdown in the Faroe Islands. And then she sends us off with a song.

As always, you can listen on the media player at the bottom of this post, on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, and just about anywhere you find podcasts. You can also download the show directly here.


Friday, December 20, 2019

Podcast 318: Like Water Through the Bassalt Pebbles...

On this episode, we talk to a athlete from Serbia about her time playing Volleyball in the Faroe Islands.

Then we sit on a beach on Sandoy and listen as the waves break and drain through the stones. This is one of our favorite pieces of field sound we've recorded in the Faroes. We've put out a special edition of the podcast with 30 minutes of those waves, if you're an ASMR-type. You can listen to that episode here.

Also, we offer a hearty birthday greeting to our friend Sunneva who turned 35, and her club, Sirkus, which turned 10.

As always, you can listen on Apple Podcasts and Stitcher and Spotify and probably some new platform that some kid in Mountain View, California just dreamed up. And you can download the show directly here. You can also listen on the media player at the bottom of this post.


Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Home and Away, Episode 2. Gina Thomsen of Peru

On this episode of Home and Away, Stella talks to Gina Thomsen of Peru. Thomsen moved to the Faroe Islands ten years ago. We'll hear how she's coping with the cold, learning Faroese, and why she was hesitant to marry a man she didn't think she could take in a fight.

You can listen on any of the major podcasting platforms, or download the show directly here. You can also listen on the media player at the bottom of this post.


Saturday, November 30, 2019

Podcast 317: Let's Play Gekkur

Photo Credit: KVF.FO

On this week's show, we play Gekkur. It's kind like a national lottery mixed with bingo, mixed with Dialing for Dollars, mixed with a PBS pledge drive. Is it confusing? Yep. Are there lots of rules? Oh, yeah. Is it a fun way to pass an hour? Definitely.

As always, you can listen on Apple Podcasts, on Stitcher Smart Radio, on Google Play, and just about anywhere else you find podcasts. You can also download the show directly here or listen on the media player at the bottom of this post.


Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Introducing: Home and Away



Home and Away is a show that documents the life of foreigners in the Faroe Islands. On each show, host Stella Zachariassen, a Faroese woman of Sri Lankan descent, talks to someone who immigrated to the Faroes and asks what their lives were like in their country of origin, and how they've adapted to life on the islands. We'll be featuring episodes of Home and Away in the Faroe Islands Podcast feed for the next few months.

On this first episode, Stella talks to  Ved Nagersheth from Mauritius. We hope you enjoy these programs. As always, you can listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, or wherever you listen to podcasts. You can also download the show directly here or listen on the media player at the bottom of this post.


Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Podcast 316: Volleyball, Volunteerism, and Vexing Trees



This week's podcast features an interview with Sandra Brunke, she's a woman from Germany who helps volleyball players from around the world find placement at colleges in places like the USA and Canada. She was interviewed by Oli Samuelsen on FM 1.

We also hear an extremely short interview with our friend Darius Lewis after KI Klaksvik won the top league in Faroese football (soccer).

Then we walk through a confusing set of woods that can confound a foreigner, like the host of this podcast, but are actually quite common in the Faroes.

As always, you can listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, and just about anywhere you get podcasts. You can also download the show directly here or listen on the audio player at the bottom of this post.