Award-winning travel and food blogger from Hey! Dip Your Toes In Eulanda Shead Osagiede grew up in Colorado, balancing beautiful forests and mountains with growing gang violence and police oppression, studied dance in New York City then moved to the UK. We talk the Colonial history of travel writing, #BlackLivesMatter, the challenges of being a minority in a very white industry, Japan’s beautiful Kimonos, luxurious Moroccan hammans, the Caribbean and the Tanzanian seaweed collector who changed her perception. On this episode we cover: It being an ‘interesting’ time for travel An American locked down in Beckenham SE London Being ‘sick’ of walks in beautiful areas Being born on an air force base in Illinois Spending her formative years in Colorado Moving to New York to study dance A study abroad opportunity igniting her passion for travel Doing a Masters in Choreography and Dance Technology How the Hey Dip Your Toes In blog snowballed Navigating her way through Colorado forest at night Growing up with gang violence 90s Colorado Communities being marginalised Black Lives Matter and the current movement Shootings at cultural festivals and events Having to hide in the basement as bullets fired through the window Having the back window of her car shot out Developing a fear of authority and police Loving how Black Lives Matter is being supported Celebrating the amplification of black voices Attending the London protest or ‘peace walk’ How even talking about blackness when she was growing up was taboo Travel journalism having a Colonia-esque history - white men writing books How being black has had to inform her travel writing work Travel writing needing to be de-colonised The San Diego man who was surprised she was ‘so eloquent’ Feeling like a curiosity in other places How white fellow journalists can question their experiences Being regularly detained by customs Lisa arguing with ‘all lives matter’ posters on social media Japan being very welcoming and wonderful Wearing a beautiful Kimono Feeling at home in the Caribbean ‘Skin folk are kin folk’ not always being true The luxurious Banyan Tree in Northern Morocco How Moroccans really know how to give a good bath The ethics and integrity of travel writing The place in Madeira she couldn’t bring herself to write about The panel host who introduced her by saying something about her hair Influencers, v bloggers, v journalists How people don’t have to have a set title things days Lockdown affecting her emotional wellbeing Losing a lot of work ultimately meaning expansion The seaweed collector in Tanzania who changed her perception How important it is to have everyone’s voice on the table in travel writing
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