Wandering Earl: Live From Here! (New Travel Video Series)

Derek Kyrgyzstan, Live From Here!, Videos 129 Comments

After a bit of thinking recently, I realized that the time has come for me to….eat more pickles. I love pickles and it’s just a shame that I haven’t been eating them as much as I would like as of late.

Oops…sorry about that. The pickle thing was for another post I was planning on writing.

What I meant to say here is that the time has come for me to…integrate more video into this blog. That’s right, more travel video to go along with all of the written posts I publish.

I reached this conclusion a few weeks ago but it wasn’t until I was walking around the town of Karakol, Kyrgyzstan a few days ago that I realized there was no reason why I couldn’t start a new video series right away. So I did. Just like that. And the new series is called:

Wandering Earl: Live From Here!

While I admit that this first episode is a bit unpolished and very much non-professional (major understatement!), I was extremely excited to get this first travel video made and test this new idea out. It’s basically me yakking away in front of the camera, talking a lot of nonsense as usual, but also talking about the destinations I’m visiting and what I’ve been up to. And this first episode happens to take place in a very cool mountain location here in Central Asia.

(If you’re reading this post via email or RSS, just click here to view the video on my blog.)

I actually wanted to show this video back on April 1st, the day that I filmed it, but that didn’t happen. The main reason is that, here in the middle of nowhere, it has taken me two and a half days to upload it. The video finally finished uploading about an hour ago, just in time to get it up on the site today.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed it and if all goes well, I plan to add a new episode every few weeks. Either way, thanks for watching!

Any plans to visit Kyrgyzstan? Do you want your very own local Kyrgyz slippers?

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Comments 129

  1. joe brennan

    Earl, love your site, but this is the first video of yours i have encountered, and i’m curious, do you have a bit of an accent mixing with your american one now? I can’t put my finger on it

    1. Wandering Earl

      Hey Joe – My accent gets all mixed up at times depending on where I am in the world. It’s nothing specific, probably just the influence of bouncing all over the place for many years!

  2. castaway

    Dig the idea of a video series, Earl. Always enjoy reading your updates on travels, supporting photos, observations, etc. Videos add a new dimension, and I suppose a nice ‘color commentary’. Appreciate the additional content, and always look forward to hearing about your newest adventure. Stay curious, stay safe.

  3. Tommy

    This post has really got me thinking about how much I like mangoes and haven’t been eating enough of them either.
    I feel your pickle pain brother…

  4. Scott

    Loving the video, and nice to put a voice to the face (er words)! Highlight of the video for me has to the assemble of words and sounds you made after drinking the vodka! 😀

  5. Patrick Davis

    Keep the videos coming dude, hilarious stuff! I’m graduating in may and your blog is an inspiration for a future traveler. Definitely would love to get my hands on those dope looking slippers!

  6. Runawayhippie

    Earl! What a great idea.. It’s so nice to be able to have a different view of the countries and places you’re visiting! As they say a picture is worth a thousand words.. And I don’t even know how many a video is worth! Those slippers look warm! Did you hike in those? Jealous, the winter in Canada has been endless, could’ve really used those 😀 hope you’re doing well!

  7. Scott

    Very funny Earl. Looking forward to much more.

    Looked like my home state of Colorado well minus that wonderful KragjkajdbkJ…Vodka of course.

    Cheers Scott

  8. Anne

    I hope you are enjoying wearing kalpaks, living in yurts, dining on mutton, and embroidery and sheparding somewhere in the Krgyz mountains! Perhaps in the next video, after you’ve had enough vodka, you can sing us one of these songs or play one of these traditional musical instruments: http://www.kyrgyzmusic.com/

    🙂 !!!! Enjoying reading about your travels!

  9. Megan

    Hello there Wandering Earl! I came accross your blog a few weeks back while hunting info for my own travel aspirations! and its great 🙂 You are very good at what you do!….Just watched your video…loved it. Those slippers look very ‘cool’…headed for winter here in OZ….a pair would be a ‘hit’ here Lol. Look forward to your next post/ video.

  10. Dave K

    I discovered the Wandering Earl blog a couple of weeks ago and I just got back from a week long road trip to Las Vegas with the wife and kids. It was fun, but I have to admit that sometimes I found myself wishing I were somewhere else. I thought of you in Kyrgyzstan more than once. At one of the casinos, a pretty girl tricked us into going to a 4 hour long presentation, where a smooth guy in a suit tried to convince us to buy a time-share. We got a free buffet lunch and some show tickets in exchange, but it wasn’t fun. During the presentation, I found myself having to defend my desire to travel through Eastern Europe on a budget rather than Madrid, Paris or Amsterdam in luxury. Just after we left, I realized that I should have asked him what he has a available in Kyrgyzstan. 🙂 I can just hear him, “Kyrgy-what?”

    I liked the video and thought it was funny. Just now, I showed it to my wife but she didn’t laugh. Earl, my feet hurt from so much walking and dragging kids around Las Vegas!

    1. Wandering Earl

      Hey Dave – Hopefully you managed to squeeze out a couple of minutes of enjoyment during your Vegas trip. Now rest those feet so that you’ll be okay when you decide to head off on a greater adventure!

  11. Alyson

    Don’t slip down the mountain Earl! Love the video series idea very much. Staying tuned for more. Hopefully your uploading will quicken. 🙂

  12. Ann

    Enjoying breakfast in sunny Queensland reading your blog and up popped the video still smiling, thanks for sharing.

  13. Emily

    Amazing – the Stans have been on my list for awhile. Looks gorgeous! And I’d love some slippers! You were able to hike in them for hours??

  14. Gideon Pete

    Earl! You have saved me and given me hope. I have wasted my life in the dream. Now I see the possible. found you by accident, my inspiration. Love the video.
    My goal? To catch you “on the road” someday soon. Someday – – – NOW!
    Oh yes, would love the slippers down here in the “ZONE.” (Arizona)

  15. Gustavo

    hahaha, nice vid, Kyrgyzstan seems amazing that view is just breath taking, all the way to Mexico for the shoes?? lol

    1. Wandering Earl

      Hey Gustavo – I’ll send the shoes anywhere…whoever wins, get the slippers, no matter where they live!

  16. Ian

    Earl, as travel videos go that was surreal – don’t even think about changing the format! And that was the biggest hip flask I’ve ever seen. Looking forward to episode 2…

    1. Wandering Earl

      Thanks Ian and yes, I should probably downsize that flask. Carrying that bottle through the mountains seemed a bit absurd.

  17. Leslie B.

    Looking forward to your next video! But I’ve got to say no video will beat the one where you are eating a Tostada.

    1. Wandering Earl

      Thanks Stephen! It was such a great day that I’m quite happy with my limited mountain experience here.

  18. Gilbert

    Great to hear your voice. Awesome scenery. Your description of Karakol Kyrgyzstan and its people has create a strong desire to be there one day, at least to add this country on my ”bucket list”. Keep it up Earl you’r doing great. Love the shoes. Enjoy life.

  19. Gordon Cox

    This is a great new dimension to your blog. I love the scenery and the shoes. I’ll have to get there some day.

  20. Tati

    Your voice is so manly! Hahahah just kidding!
    Were you drunk filming this? Lol just kidding again.
    Great video but If you need movie editing… :))

  21. Kendra W

    Keep up the vlog making! I’d like to see more from your perspective as you walk and go about your day. I would love a pair of traditional Kyrgyz slippers!

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