EarBuds Curator Spotlight: Scott Gurian

EarBuds Podcast Collective operates on a community model. We ask everyone to share their favorite podcasts or topics so that we can learn more about the world through audio content. We've had all sorts of themes since we started sending our weekly emails in February of 2017; from sports and game theory to funny female-hosted podcasts and historical breakdowns. 

 Interviewer, reporter, editor, and producer, Scott Gurian, somewhere in Siberia

Interviewer, reporter, editor, and producer, Scott Gurian, somewhere in Siberia

 

This week's theme is called *Leaving Your Comfort Zone,* and it was curated by Scott Gurian, host of the Far From Home podcast. This podcast details the 11,000-mile car journey Gurian took with his brother, Drew from the U.K to Mongolia for the Mongol Rally. Here's how Gurian's website describes the podcast:

Along with some friends, we hatched a plan to drive nearly 11,000 miles over seven weeks through 19 countries, 8 time zones, 5 mountain ranges, and a few deserts, all the way from London to Mongolia in a ridiculously tiny car!

From planning out the route and learning to drive stick to embarking on the actual journey, getting lost in the middle of nowhere, surviving countless mechanical problems, and even experiencing an emergency extraction, our adventure certainly had its share of excitement, and in the coming months, I’ll share all the details with you through the audio, images, and stories...
— https://farfromhomepodcast.org/
farfromhomne.JPG

This journey immediately captured our attention and we had to learn more about Gurian's adventure, so we asked him some questions. Read more about his experience here:

 

Scott and Drew set off on their journey from southern England with their friends Rosi and Jane and about 300 other teams as part of the Mongol Rally, an annual event where participants drive a quarter of the way around the world, raising money for charity.

 The race begins...

The race begins...

Scott says, "one early highlight from our trip was Romania's Transfăgărășan Highway, which the TV show Top Gear called the greatest driving road in the world!"

 Possibly the greatest driving road in the world

Possibly the greatest driving road in the world

Here's a selfie of Scott and Drew while riding the subway in downtown Tehran, Iran:

 The Gurian guys, and some other guys...

The Gurian guys, and some other guys...

Scott describes Turkmenistan as one of the oddest places he's ever visited. Aside from being an authoritarian country, it's home to the Darvaza Gas Crater, commonly known as the "door to hell." It is a former Soviet natural gas field that collapsed in the 1960s or 70s, was set on fire, and continues to burn to this day!

As they traveled across the Karakum desert, one of the hottest and driest in the world, the group witnessed camels hanging out, enjoying a midday stroll. 

 Just a camel enjoying a walk

Just a camel enjoying a walk

Driving 11,000 in one go is a challenge for any car. Imagine what this car went through traversing mountains, extreme heat, and the weight of its cargo! The Gurian car went through a number of wear and tear issues and dealt with radiator problems in Eastern Turkmenistan.

 Locals trying to diagnose car issues

Locals trying to diagnose car issues

Monday's episode for this week's theme is from the Far From Home podcast and it's called "Just Plain Weird." It details the group's five-day stay in Turkmenistan. This podcast really blew us away and we recommend checking out a few of these well-produced and captivating episodes. 

rally_route_preview.jpeg

Map of the entire route. All 11,000 miles.

Big thanks to Scott for sharing all of these stories and images, and for curating this week's listening list, which can be found here. Thank you to Drew for these beautiful photos!