Pam Mandel and Seattle’s secret piles of pot

Veteran blogger and outspoken travel advocate Pam Mandel (@NerdsEyeView) chats about people-watching in Waikiki, why road trips are the best travel (hint: stopping for pie), telling truth to tourism outlets, and lusting after Cambodian monks. (Episode contains adult language and content.)

Guest bio: Pam Mandel started her NerdsEyeView blog in 1997 when blogging was still the Wild West, and she describes herself as a “freelance writer, C-list rock star, uke player, cake eater.” Her travel stories have won awards and have been published in major media outlets, as well as in a number of travel anthologies. She’s interviewed Canadian astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield, and two astronauts have responded to her on Twitter — from space. She is driven by “the educational, diplomatic, political, and historical nature of traveling.” She most recently co-founded The Statesider, a site that focuses on U.S. travel. Follow her on: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and at Follow her dog Harley at @pupseyeview on Instagram.

Host: Spud Hilton (@spudhilton)

Episode co-host: Ann Head Hilton

Location: Spud’s room, the Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Seattle.

Theme music: “Camelboots,” by 84 Rooms (1982)