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What does it mean to hit rock bottom? If you are down and out how low does one have to go before there is nowhere else to go, but up?

For our guest, Manny Fernandez, his life on the mean streets of the East Bay in-between trips to California's Juvenile Detention Centers led to existing one day to the next without much hope for the future or value for life.

After a violent fight over a girl and getting kicked out of his mom's house for the last time, Manny lands back with his drug dealing step-dad, Mike until one afternoon when the Sheriff's Department busts down the door and hauls Mike away to jail. At just 17 years old, Manny finds himself left to squat alone and living in fear that a rival gang would hunt him down and take his life and that of his family. The life of violence, drugs and crime finally catch up with him after a decade of dysfunction and desperation.

Until one night when Manny takes a walk around the block that changes his life forever. Listen to Part 2 to hear how he turns his life around and puts him on the path to redemption.

Manny's compelling personal narrative touches everyone who hears it and part 2 provides an inconceivable yet inspiring message of hope and perseverance that may lead you to reevaluate your trials, tribulations and triumphs along the path of life.

Thanks for Listening and please Like and Share Manny's remarkable story.

 
 
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The podcast continues to take on a life of its own with wonderful guests sharing their amazing travel-related stories and adventures. The biggest thrill for me is that each show holds the potential to not only entertain, but provide amazing personal narratives from the incredible lives of our guests.

My guest for episode 4 blew me away with his historical knowledge of San Francisco. Even better, he also shared his personal story of living in San Francisco for the past three decades and opens up about his love affair with the city and his Telegraph Hill /North Beach neighborhood.  Please give it a listen and feel free to leave a comment.    Cheers! - Keith B.


Episode 4 takes us on a virtual tour of San Francisco as seen through the eyes of a longtime resident and current "Bus Monkey" tour guide.

Nick Messinger has called San Francisco home for the past 30 years, and he had a successful career as a TV News Producer. After taking an early retirement from his job and then while facing critical life questions, Nick had an epiphany to become a tour guide on a double-decker tour bus. Little did he know how much his new career would impact his outlook on life.

Host Keith Breitbach gets the inside scoop on what compels someone out of retirement to become a tour guide with an insatiable appetite for San Francisco history and trivia. Messinger takes us from the 1848 Gold Rush to a discussion about current politics, the arrival of Tech workers and skyrocketing real estate prices.

Over the past 30 years, Nick Messinger's personal journey wound its way across the country to the Mission District then to The Haight and North Beach neighborhoods. His history is woven with that of the city, and in this podcast, Nick shares his passion and love for San Francisco.  It's a compelling and insightful adventure providing a fun perspective of the city and the people who call it home.


Read more at http://passportpodcast.libsyn.com/#PzwtaY8VDE9uVKBX.99

 
 
I'm pleased to announce that the website is now open for business. I'll be making regular updates to the blog and episodes will be posted here as well, so be sure to check back often.

Thank you again for listing to the Passport Podcast and for supporting the show.

Cheers!

- Keith
 
 
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Episode 2 features a conversation with Bradmundo Breitbach. This show recalls the time host Keith Breitbach and his brother Bradmundo set out on an epic road trip adventure in a car they purchased for $100. The 1993 journey covered more than 6,500 miles of visiting national parks in the U.S. and Canada.

Bradmundo also shares how that trip inspired the next adventure of living, working and traveling throughout the United Kingdom including London and Scottland.

Bradmundo discusses the highs and lows of the journey from landing at Heathrow and managing to find his way in a strange land as a young and inexperienced traveler venturing abroad for the very first time. From riding public transit, staying at youth hostels, pouring pints in pubs to trying his hand at international banking and living the London "rave" scene lifestyle is a whirlwind tour that provides an informative and entertaining travel story.

 
 
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Host Keith Breitbach meets 19-year-olds Sam and Emma at a drum circle on Maui's Little Beach, and they join him for the inaugural podcast to share their adventures of dropping out of college to work at an organic farm while living the Hawaiian island hippie lifestyle.

But there's always more to the story, and the conversation develops into a far-ranging conversation covering everything from nude beaches, breaching whales, winning the battle over depression through yoga, train hopping, flow art and finding your way in this crazy world.