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Bourdain is back

It probably won’t come as a surprise that I enjoy traveling, and one of the best ways to get inspiration for upcoming journeys is to watch entertaining hosts embark on their adventures. Let’s forget about the overly staged amateur ones such as Matt Harding this time and focus on the professionals.

  • Megan McCormick and Ian Wright are my favorite presenters at Globe Trekker, a show I discovered while being ill in an Australian hotel room. Ian is sometimes a bit loud and obtrusive, but still very entertaining. And Megan is Megan.
  • The ex-python Michael Palin may be a bit corny at times, but his curiousity and enthusiasm often gives his shows a bit of charm. There are several series available and Sahara is my favorite, but New Europe and Full Circle are also worthy of a view.
  • I mentioned An idiot abroad about a year ago.

But even though they are charismatic and entertaining, I find none of them as entertaining as Anthony Bourdain. He’s a former chef and author of several books such as the very entertaining Kitchen Confidential and Nasty Bits, but probably best known from the series No Reservations. For seven seasons he’s been traveling all over the globe while trying out strange food. One of my favorite episodes is when he goes to Rome. He’s even more drunk then usual and the entire episode is all shot in black and white Fellini style.

And he’s got attitude. Just watch his take on Gordon Ramsey, burning tons of cocaine and when he meets Bill Murray (who talks about his police trouble in Sweden).

On November 21 Anthony Bourdain returns with a new series called Layover. Stay tuned.

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