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.
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.
Upcoming Major Event
Erk's Europe Trip
In 2011, Erk visited Europe & the UK for the first time. In mid 2014, Erk is returning for another visit. Traveling via the Middle East for the first time, Erk will be heading into Europe & the UK again. Details to be confirmed but a highlight will surely be repeating a music podcasting pub crawl in London with fellow members of the Association Of Music Podcasting,
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.
Welcome to Erk Pod episode 526. It's been a while but Erk is starting to feature content from Erk's June 2014 trip to the Middle East, UK & Canadia. It is Erk's first full day in the Middle East area of the world as he arrived in Abu Dhabi (UAE) the previous night from Sydney. How does Erk adjust to new surroundings? He has been in areas of Sydney that are highly Middle Eastern but being in the real Middle East is a different type of flying altogether.
Welcome to Erk Pod episode 525. It's been a while but Erk is starting to feature content from Erk's June 2014 trip to the Middle East, UK & Canadia. Erk departs from Australia bound for the Middle East for a few days. He arrives in Abu Dhabi in the late at night where the temperature is rather warm (32C/94F) after a nice flight in business class. This is day 1 of Erk's shortest international trip ever in terms of time.
Welcome to Erk Pod episode 524. It is the end of this trip with Erk departing Singapore & arriving home in Sydney. It was a lot of fun bringing you along for the ride over 57 days & 5 countries outside Australia. Podcast content was recorded every single day of the 57 day trip with content being uploaded to the internet as an Audioboo message in 5 minute snippets up to 20 or more times a day on most days of the trip. In total, there was content recorded for 73 Erk Pod episodes during the trip, 5 episodes of Erk FM: Metal Monday, 2 episodes of Erk To The Diary Room & around 5 episodes of On The Rails With Erk. In addition, the trip saw the creation of another concept - Erk To The White Courtesy Phone. Erk hopes that you have enjoyed traveling with him & thanks you for listening to Erk's Pacamerican Circle episodes of Erk Pod. Thanks also must go to the various people who entertained, amused and supplied good times to Erk (as well as a place to sleep in some cases).
Welcome to Erk Pod episode 523. Winding down & thinking of home, Erk is heading ever closer to jumping on a jet plane & heading from Singapore back to Australia. There's a good feeling about going home but sad feelings about the end of a wonderful trip.
Welcome to Erk Pod episode 522. On this episode, Erk leaves the city & country of Singapore & heads to Jonor Bahru, Malaysia. Erk's original plan was to walk over the causeway joining the two countries however new immigration buildings on the Malaysian side means that this is no longer possible. Not wanting to hire a car or other vehicle, Erk decides that there is still a way to do this - public transport! Catching a couple of trains from near his Singapore hotel to the train station near the border checkpoint, he catches a bus to the Singapore exit point. Leaving the bus, he goes upstairs & gets his passport stamped to say he is leaving Singapore. Boarding another bus, he crosses the causeway by road & ends up on the Malaysian side. Leaving the bus again, he goes upstairs to the Malay entry point for another passport stamp. The process is repeated on the way back to Singapore.