The Nostalgic Vagabond

Join me, Allan Hill (the Nostalgic Vagabond) for weekly one-hour~ish travel talks with unique and interesting travellers / adventurers who Zoom-in from all around the world. In conversation, we share compelling personal stories of trial, triumph and sometimes tribulation from journeys, exploring this world and its cultures, languages and landscapes. None of us claim to be experts, we aren't necessarily pros, we are regular people like you. But we decided to say, “YES!” Decided to step outside our comfort zone and have a go at creating our own journey, going our own way. You also don't have to be an expert or professional, all you need is to say, “Yes!” Commit. And go on your own journey – your own way. You can be a traveller too! Hey - Maybe travel could help you discover, your best you. And you can also follow me, @thenostalgicv


episode 18: Crazy Canadians Part Two - Bike Hike for Charity

On this episode of 'the Nostalgic Vagabond' podcast, I talk with Matt Chalupnicek. 

Matt is another Canadian and fits my descriptor of being cool, charismatic but kinda crazy.  We worked together for a few months in Australia when he was travelling the world with Matt, another Matt whom I also worked with. It was a little confusing at times working with two Matts, both Canadian, both kind of crazy. 

Matt Sebastian was the other Matt in fact, the other Matt who was on the previous podcast episode with Shaun McCord. It was this Matt, Matt C, who was one of the other riders on that epic east to west bike hike across Canada. 

In conversation, we talk about an accident in Calgary that could have killed Matt (10:10) ironically on a bike. While he was in recovery, with a busted jaw, broken arm and a sore head he was invited on the journey. After some deliberation, he decided to join but make the trip his own at the same time (22:40). And why not try to raise money for charity too. So he did. 

Matt tells of some of the mishaps he endured (38:10) like when he got sick in Quebec, all alone and had to make a deadline while cycling, soaked in the rain and dog-tired. The things you do for others I suppose. 

Matt explains how this journey changed him (54:40) and some of the achievements he is proud of (55:10) too. 

I was curious to know Matt's favourite memory (60:10) of the trip and why he would recommend (1:07:00) these kinds of epic adventures...



It was great to have a chat with another old buddy after so many years. If there has been one benefit to this pandemic it has been the willingness of people to reconnect over Zoom. That's been pretty sweet...



A big thanks to Tom Forfar for creating the title tracks for the podcast series.

And, any comments or feedback feel free to email


 2021-05-06  1h10m