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Word Travels - the Truth Behind the Byline

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Filmed in 12 countries across six continents, Word Travels discovers the truth behind the byline, as two of Canada's top travel writers battle deadlines, jetlag and culture shock, on their hunt to find the next great travel story.
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Robin EsrockJulia Dimon
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Episodes (13)

  1. 1. Bolivia
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    August 31, 2008
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    Travel writers, like all journalists, have different beats. Enjoying the "people" side of a story, Dimon investigates indigenous female wrestling, while Esrock hits the mountains to bike down the world's most dangerous road. Getting online to file and pitch stories may be a challenge, so it helps to be blessed by Andean priests on Lake Titicaca.
  2. 2. Ethiopia North
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    August 31, 2008
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    African stories fill up notebooks in minutes, but before Esrock and Dimon can explore the 12th century rock churches in Lalibela, they have to deal with social issues, mechanical faults and each other's ethical differences.
  3. 3. Venezuela
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    In this episode, the journalists head deep into the Orinoco Delta for a lesson in jungle survival. While Esrock takes the plunge to swim with dolphins, abseil a canyon and catch a piranha dinner, Dimon goes where only few have been before in a hunt for the elusive Moriche worm. For each, it's a journey full of surprises.
  4. 4. Jordan
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    Jordan is a country of contrasts, and so are the personalities of these writers. Dimon lifts the veil to discover the hip bars and malls of modern Amman, while Esrock channels his inner Indiana Jones and gallops into the ancient city of Petra. With posh hotels and five-star feasts in the desert, both relish the luxury of a sponsored press trip.
  5. 5. Colombia
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    The job of a travel writer is to inspire, and to break myths. Far from being a war zone, our writers are stunned by Colombia's warmth and beauty, but a sellable story needs more edge. Julia looks into the art of buying emeralds, Robin visits the infamous bulletproof tailor of Bogota, and both head to Cartagena for a dip inside the crater of a chocolate mud volcano.
  6. 6. Ethiopia South
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    Robin and Julia brave an exhausting road trip to one of the world's most culturally diverse regions inhabited by over 50 distinct tribes and cultures. Travelling through the Lower Omo Valley, what they discover both shocks and inspires them, as they grapple with their ethical responsibilities when promoting tourist activities.
  7. 7. Dubai
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    Finding and experiencing stories is not always smooth sailing. In the world's biggest boomtown, Robin decides to sandboard and snowboard on the same day, but the heat and glitz blow hot and cold. Meanwhile, Julia's story falls through and her interview cancels, forcing a frantic rush before her looming deadline. In a city with the newest and biggest everything, it's the history that saves the day.
  8. 8. Latvia
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    Amongst stunning art-nouveau buildings and medieval cobblestone streets, Robin and Julia reveal their daily lives backpacking in a hostel. After looking into life backstage at one of the world's oldest circuses, Robin probes stag parties while Julia decides to put herself through hell in one of the world's most unusual hotels.
  9. 9. Yukon
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    It's -30C in the "Great White North", but travel writers rarely judge a day by the weather. Robin hangs out with huskies and learns about dog-sledding from a Yukon legend, but Julia's story is derailed by canceled flights. Will she make it to Whitehorse to get her story?
  10. 10. Lithuania
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    Some stories are important to write, even when they don't want to be written. Researching the rise of genealogical travel, Robin traces his roots to a small town where his grandfather was born, and then died and that tragedy remains thick in the air. Julia looks into a quirky Soviet theme park, where the harsh history meets communist kitsch.
  11. 11. Thailand
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    Reversing their traditional roles, Robin and Julia switch beats as they head to northern Thailand, investigating stories about people who travel to learn. Julia looks into a Canadian-run Thai kick-boxing school, taking a lesson in hard knocks, while Robin joins two very different cooking schools, succumbing to a chili eat-off.
  12. 12. Hong Kong & Macau
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    It's tough to find something new to pique the interest of editors. In Hong Kong, both writers decide to head underground to find the cutting edge, Julia with the new sport of parkour, Robin with a late night fixed-gear bike race.
  13. 13. New Zealand
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    It's the adrenaline capital of the world, so Robin swoops and sledges his way to a double page spread. Julia explores the geo-thermal wonderland of Rotorua through the up-and-coming hobby of geo-caching. Fun and games aside, both consider how a life on the road impacts personal relationships, and how to keep a stable head when your world is constantly changing.

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