Unlike some of the previous episodes of this podcast, this one has little to do with me. It’s simply a story I stumbled upon that I felt was important to share…

A couple of weeks ago, I got an email from a German hiker named Nicola Seitz who was looking for a place to stay for her last night in Vermont. As a longtime couch surfer myself, I told her I was happy to host, so one day after work, just as it began to rain, I drove down a winding mountain road toward the trail head where she would appear. After a brief stop at the farmer’s market and a simple yet hearty dinner of stir-fried vegetables, she offered to show her gratitude by sharing with me an essay she simply referred to as ‘The Document.’

Not knowing what I was in for, I requested that she allow me to record it. She kindly obliged, so I set up the microphones on the living room table:

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The header image, as well as the pictures below, were taken by Nicola, while the music for this episode was provided by Random Nerds’ own Samuel Sheldon.

Cafe Kreyol, the finest purveyor of direct trade coffees, once again provided the caffeine needed to edit and produce this thing.