Welcome to Erk Pod episode 546. Erk's June 2014 Wanderer comes to an end with Erk flying home to Melbourne via Sydney. It has been Erk's shortest international trip but one that has been action packed. Rather than going straight home, Erk is off to an ice hockey game in Melbourne! Erk hopes you have enjoyed listening to his trip even though the episodes have taken a while to be released. On the next episode of Erk Pod, Erk will update you on what has happened between the end of this trip in 2014, through the end of 2014, through 2015 & the start of 2016!
Photo – Erk visited the SLO PD, February 2013. It was closed.
NOTE: Due to Erk’s time out of Australia in early 2014, Erk Pod will not be heard January – March 2014. That said, Erk will be recording content for the show in America (January/February), Japan (February), Singapore (February), UAE (June), Germany (possibly – June) & London (June). The show will return in the first quarter of 2014. If you follow Erk on the social networks, you will see & hear updates no matter where in the world he is in close to real time.
IMPORTANT NOTE – Episodes 25 – 322 will be very gradually being converted to the new format & audio host.
Welcome to Erk Pod – Erk’s longest running podcast. Dating way back to 2007, Erk Pod was Erk’s first podcast. At many stages the show has been news & current affairs based & sometimes is based on Erk’s travels. Currently, the focus is on Erk’s travels with a mixture of soundscapes & travel observations. Erk has had overseas trips to the US (2009 & 2013), Europe & Asia (2011), the Caribbean & Mexico (2013) where listeners have come along for the ride.
Welcome to Erk Pod episode 545. Erk's June 2014 Wanderer continues.Erk heads off to Ferrariworld. Because of the heat in Abu Dhabi, the majority of the Formula 1 & Ferrari themed theme park has been built inside in a massive building with a massive roof and a lot of air conditioning. While Erk enjoys a lot of motorsport, F1 is not one of his preferred categories but the park is amazing and a must-see when in Abu Dhabi.
Welcome to Erk Pod episode 544. Erk's June 2014 Wanderer continues.Erk leaves London and arrives in Abu Dhabi. Erk is pleased to arrive in Abu Dhabi in daylight compared to his original night time arrival from Australia.
Welcome to Erk Pod episode 543. Erk's June 2014 Wanderer continues. Erk is back in London but staying close to Heathrow Airport. After overnighting, Erk will start the long trip home with a couple of days back in Abu Dhabi.
Welcome to Erk Pod episode 542. Erk's June 2014 Wanderer continues.Erk leaves Ottawa with another connection in Detroit before arriving back in London. Erk's time in Detroit is a lot less rushed this time and a lot easier than the forward journey. It is a long day with two flights and various timezones.
Welcome to Erk Pod episode 541. Erk's June 2014 Wanderer continues. Erk is now in The People's Republic Of Canadia, staying with a friend he met on 70000 Tons Of Metal earlier in the year. The first couple of days of the stay were hampered by the fact that Erk's luggage got mishandled so this meant that there was not a lot of exploring early in case the luggage showed up. In the end, the luggage did show up and the national capital of Ottawa & surrounding area was explored. Like Erk's trip to Vancouver in 2009, this was very much an introduction to the Canadian way of life with so much more to be explored at a later time.
Welcome to Erk Pod episode 540. Erk's June 2014 Wanderer continues.Erk is leaving London bound for the People's Republic of Canadia with a brief stopover in The Land Of The Free & Paranoid. It's a long travel day on what was a later addition to the original concept of the trip.
Welcome to Erk Pod episode 539. Erk's June 2014 Wanderer continues.Erk starts the day with a walking tour of the London Underground. Of course, that also means riding a Tube train and everyone knows how much Erk hates that! An interesting part of the tour is that it is a tour that requires that you have an Oyster card for train travel but there is also some walking in between stations and lines.
Welcome to Erk Pod episode 538. Erk's June 2014 Wanderer continues. Erk is coming up to the end of his time in London for this part of the trip. It is a gloomy day in the English capital but will that stop Erk from exploring?
Welcome to Erk Pod episode 537. The day after a pub crawl/Podcrawl, Erk has more of a low-key day as his time in London comes to an end in a few days. Erk may or may not be hung over. Despite this, Erk still manages to go on a train or two!
Welcome to Erk Pod episode 536. Still in London, Erk meets up with various London and English music podcasters for a pub crawl. For Erk, this is a must-do activity while in London - catching up with various friends that he normally can only communicate with online. Good time had by all.
Welcome to Erk Pod episode 535. Erk is still in London, wandering the streets and recording what goes on. He heads to Camden Market - a funky part of London full of shopping, live music and hippies (possibly).
Welcome to Erk Pod episode 534. Erk is still in London and still taking you along for the ride. Spending a lot of the day on London Overground, there are train delays - something which can occur on any railway system. He also details some of the history of a very old pub near his accommodation, comparing it to the history of modern Australia.
Welcome to Erk Pod episode 533. On this episode, Erk heads downtown to central London (again!). Erk meets a very tall policeman and goes to what surely must be Shawno's favourite station on the London Underground network.
Welcome to Erk Pod episode 532. Erk is still in London during his June 2014 holiday and is enjoying every minute. During this episode, Erk is joined by his friend Ro from the DarkCompass podcast in preparation for a Podcrawl (a pub crawl for music podcasters) on the coming weekend.
Welcome to Erk Pod episode 531. Erk continues his June 2014 travels around London. It's been an interesting but long day as Erk goes window shopping and also looking for a solution to a luggage problem that he is having. A key broke in the lock and Erk doesn't have the spare key. So he's been going around London looking for a spare key and somewhere that can remove the broken key.
Welcome to Erk Pod episode 530. On this episode from Erk's June 2014 Wanderer, Erk continues to explore London. There's so much that he can do in one of his favourite cities in the world, even on a Sunday. No prizes for guessing what Erk gets up to! He is somewhat surprised at when stores are open (or not) on a Sunday.
Welcome to Erk Pod episode 529. On this episode from Erk's June 2014 Wanderer, Erk continues to explore London. There's so much that he can do in one of his favourite cities in the world.
Welcome to Erk Pod episode 528. On this episode from Erk's June 2014 Wanderer, Erk continues to explore London. He reflects that if he was at home in Australia, he would be celebrating the Queen's Birthday weekend even though it is not her actual birthday. London live continues and for now, Erk is a part of it.
Welcome to Erk Pod episode 527. On this episode from Erk's June 2014 Wanderer, Erk is travelling from Abu Dhabi to London. It's Erk's first experience leaving the UAE and his first time arriving at London Heathrow. In 2011 when Erk visited the UK, he entered by catching the Eurostar from Paris to London.