Still Open #11

Always Open: Still Open #11

Join Barbara Dunkelman, Mariel Salcedo, Lindsay Jones, and Griffon Ramsey as they discuss being on their own away from home.

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  • tmkfnf FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 months ago

    outdoor school is the bomb! Is it only in Oregon?

  • mellimusic FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Caffeinated

    4 months ago

    My first time away from home without my family was when I was 15. I went to a national speech and debate competition in Nebraska with my team. The familiarity of still being in the states, especially heading from New York to a midwestern state, makes my first story really lame haha. I could never imagine going somewhere where I didn't know even a slightest bit of the language alone like Griffon did. That's ridiculously brave.

  • York995 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    5 months ago

    So I was an exchange student when I was 15, and I'm also pan. Griffon is my new spirit animal.

  • dylan_Adams FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    6 months ago

    I go to school in England and our school runs 2 week exchange programs from the age of 12 

  • Griffwah FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    6 months ago

    I havent been alone and away from home until the past weekend. I went down to Sydney to see Eric Andre - this is something I never do and I love in Queensland. Been out of home since I was 19 (25 now) and have always been living with roommate. People I've knwon from work or my girlfriend. It is eye opening to say the least

  • Decrozi FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Anime fan

    6 months ago

    My first away from home experience was college but mine seems to be different than most people. Myself and a classmate went to the same college. We heard about this thing called homesick. We were blown away by this concept. Both of us wanted to get away from our crowbegotten hometown. To this day I dislike having to go there.


    I do like this podcast because it's the most thought provoking one on a social level. If I can learn social things from them, it will only help in the long run.

  • garbud FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    6 months ago

    In my case the longest i have ever been away from home is half a year at collage my freshman year, I came home for winter break and started going to my local community college. I do look forward on hiking the AT in a year or two once I save up enough money.

  • GabeGarcia FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Slinky

    6 months ago

    My first time away from home by myself was RTX 2015. I took a train from Michigan to Austin and halfway through the night a freight train ahead of us derailed and caused a 6 hour delay, could have been worse right? Well.. a couple of hours after we crossed into Texas an announcement comes that there has been some sort of emergency (never found out what) at the next stop and that we're going to have to take a different route, which means another few hour delay. No big deal, I had already been on the train for over 24 hours what another two or three? Then the second part of the announcement drops. Apparently because we're so delayed some passengers were possible going to miss their connecting trains, so to avoid that, anybody who was going directly to Austin was told that we'd have to get off at the next stop and take a bus the rest of the way (another 6ish hours). Fun fact: I have horrible motion sickness especially in buses (reason I took a train). So four hours into the bus ride I'm feeling horrible. I'd been traveling for over a day at that point, I'm seconds away from throwing up and all I want is to get off the freaking bus. Well I got my wish. Because the bus broke down and we had to wait at a gas station/ barbecue place for 3 hours before another bus could come out and pick us up. Still the best barbecue I've ever had, though that may be because I was kind of going insane at that point. Anyway, new bus comes, finally got into Austin at around 4 in the morning, called the hostile I was supposed to be staying at and the guy said he wouldn't be able to check me in so late and that I'd have to wait until 9. Welp. So my first few hours in Austin were spent sleeping on a bench outside of the Amtrak station until the hostile was ready to check me in.


    Besides that, rest of the weekend was awesome! I absolutely loved RTX, so much so I went again this year and yes, for some reason still took the train, this time I had friends with me though so I at least had company when we were delayed for 3 hours because of cows on the tracks. Might consider flying in for RTX 2017. 

    • bigtipper FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      6 months ago

      you deserve your own RTAA for that story!

    • universe93 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold just killed a deer

      6 months ago

      oh man, sounds like my first experience away from home alone....i travelled from australia to ireland to do a summer study program for two weeks. i fly into london and get on a connecting flight to ireland. get off the plane at this little rural airport after 24 straight hours of flying, go to get my bag and....nothing. the bag had been left in london. first time traveling alone and i had nothing but the clothes on my back and my travel documents! i went to the dorms and woke up at like 5 the next morning and spent the morning ringing baggage desks at heathrow to find it! luckily a nice airport staff member tracked it down and put it on a plane for me and i had it by the afternoon. i'm amazed it didn't put me off travel forever LOL

  • Uousaou FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    6 months ago

    I didn't really have any away from home experience until I went to university and moved into the dorms. From there I studied abroad twice in Japan and once in England. My experiences traveling in Japan especially changed my life. A few years ago I came here for the first time, and now I've been living and working in a small town in Japan for about a year and a half now and planning on living here permanently. I don't know where I would be in life if I hadn't taken the first step and managed to convince my parents to let me study abroad in the first place. I hope I'll be able to make it around to some more countries in the near future as well.

    If it's your dream to go to Japan, I'd be happy to help be a guide or make suggestions.

  • Austriker FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Austriker

    6 months ago

    I always was really sheltered and quiet growing up. My biggest experience was this year -February i met an amazing man on the internet who happened to be in Denver, we did the whole long distance relationship thing till July until we had both saved some money and i made the trip from South Australia (with a ton of opposition and fighting with family up to that point) alone, never flown before, never been in an airport before, to Denver for a 3 month stay living with him, he ended up proposing and I'm currently saving again to go hopefully by next February again. Seriously though, travelling and doing what i did is by far the most incredible experience I've had thus far, i think travelling is something everyone should do, u learn so much and u get to broaden your own perspective of the world. If i had a lot of money i would definitely go all over the world -it is a huge character builder, I'm a completely different person now. 

    • 117forEagle FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      6 months ago

      I met a girl in Australia when I visited Melbourne last year, we've been trying to make it work abd your story gives me a big boost that we'll figure it out. Good for you, and congratulations!! PS I was born in Denver hahaha! It's a great place 

  • themaniacfangirl

    6 months ago

    I remember going to a week long camp when I was very young. I can't remember which grade I was in... My gut is telling me the sixth grade? But I feel like I must've been much younger than that. In any case, I went to camp, was by myself, and at the end, I felt like crying. Not because I missed my parents, but because I never wanted to go home. The thought of being home just sounded terrible and I never wanted to go back. And now I'm in Hong Kong, the furthest from home I've ever been.

  • srvvlhm FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold David Kane

    6 months ago

    Lindsay is glowing radiantly. 

  • Jazzstinson FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    6 months ago

    Geoff married a woman that should be considered a national treasure.

  • zombies3210 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold The Zombie Lord

    6 months ago

    Lindsey Santa is not real! NOOOOOOO HOW COULD YOU DO THIS TO ME WHAT ABOUT MY EXTRA GIFTS!

  • Jgilet13

    6 months ago

    I really enjoy every RT thing that Griffon is in. I adore how amazing she is. :)

  • joules FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    6 months ago

    My brother is a very big homebody, he went to university an hour away from home where most of our high school goes, came home quite often, and now lives half an hour from our hometown.  I thought this seemed very closed off to the world, but didn't want to travel too far, I am 3 hours away and so glad i went to this school because I meet so many people from across the country.  I am the only one from my hometown here and it forced me to break open my shell and meet so many new people with unique experiences.  My roommates are from Hawaii and Pennsylvania and my best friend is from California and we all have just lived vastly different lives while being from the same country.  I cannot wait to travel more.  I've only ever been to Toronto Canada a few times with family.

  • NancyLombardi FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    6 months ago

    Been meaning to make this comment for a while so shout out to the Ontario license plate in the background

  • RashAsher

    6 months ago

    If you visit Thailand, don't bother with Phuket. It's a tourist trap. Go north to Chiang Rai or south to Nakhon Si Thamarat instead. Bangkok is good too. Just avoid Phuket, cause all it is about there is money!

  • TFolls FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    6 months ago

    goddamnit BARB quit with the Puns! LMAO

  • 4563

    6 months ago

    Griffon's story reminded me that outdoor school in 6th grade was also the first time I was away from my parents. Oregon is fun.

    • tahupierce FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      6 months ago

      Not right now it isn't,  with the 1/2 inch snowpocalypse. They even cancelled Colin Meloy!

    • zombies3210 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold The Zombie Lord

      6 months ago

      I had the option of doing outdoor school but then my parents realized how bad of an idea that would be for me.

  • Valkyrie42 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    6 months ago

    Similar to Mariel, I went to university in a large city, far away from the small country town I grew up in and while I love the freedom to be myself, wow I miss seeing the stars 


    (Not the first time I was alone without my family though, I don't remember when that was)

  • timestruck

    6 months ago

    I went to Australia for university when I was 18 and I had my father with me for a month to do the finance stuff and make sure I am safe and help show me around at a new country. Then I was alone for almost a year before I get to go back home. Which was all the way in the Middle East!!

  • StephanieSaavedra FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    6 months ago

    "I could be a gay butterfly" was also me going to college so same, Mariel, same 

  • Bea92 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    6 months ago

    See I was shipped off to summer camp for a week since I was six years old. Then when I was about 10 I stayed for two weeks to eight weeks. when I was a camp counselor. I think I only got homesick like once during my 13 years of camping. I only cried when I had to go home haha I didn't want to leave.But because of my experience as a child I now have no problem with homesickness. It's a good experience for children to be able to handle being away from their families. It helps develop independence and leadership skills. and like Griffon said, being able to be a kid and just explore and play in the woods. Its Camp Camp :) 

  • TristanLoupe FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold A Large Circle

    6 months ago

    When you live in Oregon, and went to the same camp as Griffon #t-rex

  • Ninjaminions7 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    6 months ago

    Makes me wanna go travel... I haven't traveled at all and now I'm already planning a trip to Europe to visit an old friend and then I want to travel to Texas for RTX. So excited for the year to come. :)

  • aubreysux FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold The Void

    6 months ago

    Funny enough, my bisexual friend went on exchange in Thailand - guess it's just a gay thing (which means I gotta go there now too...) 

  • MrZaxy FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    6 months ago

    Seriously addicted to Always Open!

  • Adainchan FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    6 months ago

    I had a similar experience to when I went to Austria in college. I'd never been outside the country and had only lived in two states at that point and it was amazing to see how different things could be. Learning how to get around and by myself and learning to communicate with people who don't even speak the same language is an empowering experience. I would love to go back there some day when I have the money.

  • SHDOofaRooster FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RT's Biggest Fan

    6 months ago

    I've been big into traveling most of my life, including four trips to Europe (five come this Christmas), two trips to Honduras, one Caribbean cruise and a lot of road trips and camps. Next year I'm even going on my university's Asian Studies program to Japan and China. I guess I'm just lucky to have a family who loves traveling as much as I do. 

  • Budliezer FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    6 months ago

    S'uuh, duu?