Walkthrough Episode 9: Walking eps 14 and 15 of The Walk

Sweet sucking peat bog, listeners, it’s episode 9! We meet an American! Emma has two love interests! Layla’s trust chart may be shifting!

Julia walked around the Mt. Holyoke campus, which was gorgeous, and which also contains one Lawrence House.

Amal walked around Winterlude in Ottawa, where there were SUPER IMPRESSIVE ice sculptures!

We talked about disaster tourism and volunteering. These are a few pictures of Julia’s volunteering in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina. The Red Cross vest and the major devastation flooded road are from September of 2005 just after the hurricane hit. The one building a porch is from July of 2007. Hurricane Katrina did a lot of damage that is still being fixed twelve years later.


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Walkthrough Episode 7S: Spoilercast for Eps 10 and 11

Amal and Julia discuss Layla’s reactions in a pretty quick spoilercast. Mostly we even stay on topic about The Walk! It’s like we’ve been secretly replaced with people who don’t ramble into tangenty paths at the drop of a hat!


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Walkthrough Episode 6: WTFthrough!

Hellooooooooo, listeners! WE ARE BACK! After a hiatus which included life changing and world changing events of the good and bad varieties, we RETURN. This was a hard episode for us. We tried it once and then had to scrap that and re-record. This episode is just to tell you about where we’ve been and what’s up (with, of course, a little discussion of exercise and Naomi Alderman/Six to Start games, because, hey, we’re us!), but NEXT TIME there will be more episodes of The Walk!

This is the painting Amal was mentioning in connection with Walter Benjamin and Rabih Alameddine. Also, Layla mistakenly called Juan Gabriel Vásquez by the wrong name, but this is who she saw reading!


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P.S. Here’s a link to the Unreliable Narrators Podcast episode that featured Naomi Alderman (and which Julia got to ask a couple of questions on).

Walkthrough Episode 5S: SPOILERCAST for eps 8 and 9 of The Walk

Amal and Julia dissect Layla’s reactions to the latest episodes of The Walk, then somehow they fall into a lengthy discussion of Pokemon Go!

That’s Pikachu!

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P.S. Listeners asked, and we listened! Feel free to discuss spoilers in the comments on this post!

Walkthrough Episode 5: Walking eps 8,9, and Challenge 3

Julia and Amal are in the same place! Julia gives Amal and Layla the gift of Curly Wurly! More trustworthy than the BBC? Amal says maybe! Discussion of wolves, willow bark tea, and of course more Emma! Plus, Layla is floored by a big reveal in the last bonus audio clip!

Amal says the Curly Wurly looks sinister, with two eyes glaring out at us. Luckily, she’s more than equal to the task of devouring it, thus obliterating the danger! Meanwhile Layla peers through hers sneakily.

Amal and Julia were at a writing retreat in a beautifully scenic area. Some of the other writers even joined in their walks!

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Layla has a pretty big reveal, and relates it back to her real life!

Julia did Episode 8 as a 5k Color Run in Cleveland, Ohio. She ran through downtown Cleveland and past the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but since it was 90 degrees and humid, she walked the last couple of kilometers. By the end she was covered in colored chalk and extremely ready for food, which, luckily, was exactly what she got when her 5k companions took her to the Inn of the Barristers, where there is a Bar of Justice.

Layla did some walking in New Orleans! Also eating, because walking works up an appetite and the food in New Orleans is delicious!

Amal walked on dark wooded trails where she found deer tracks, and was fortunately not attacked by bears!


Finally, this case study in personalities: Julia and Amal both ate Curly Wurly bars. Which wrapper goes with which walker?

Announcing Walkthrough!

Amal asked me if I might like to do a podcast about The Walk, the smartphone game that made us become international exercise partners. Really! We started playing and then we couldn’t stop texting each other and wanting to exercise together from afar. Obviously, I said yes to the podcast idea! I also dragged my awesome friend Layla into the mix. Layla’s never played the game before, so we’re going to have a lot of fun getting her first impressions as we play through.


The Walk by Six To Start & Naomi Alderman

In addition to the podcast, you can come back to this blog for general updates on exercise, or whatever we’re excited about at the moment. We may also be inviting guest posters to chime in from time to time. Basically, this blog and podcast are born of fun, a way to unwind and be less formal than we might be in our daily professional lives (and if you want to know more about those, check out our about page!).

At science fiction conventions, sometimes groups of people will get together to hit the hotel gym. Over weights, swimming, or other exercises, we’ll have fun and fascinating conversations about the things that have excited us and made us think. We jokingly call these sessions GymCon, and that’s what we want this blog to be: virtual GymCon for all our exercise and general geekery needs!

We’re ramping up slowly, so the podcast probably won’t start for a few more weeks, but we’ll be blogging before then, and you have plenty of time to download the app and play along with us if you’d like to. We’ll let you know as we get closer to our podcast launch and know more about our walking schedule!