Robbie Goullée is a South African, currently living In Bangkok. He’s been all over the world and lived in Taiwan and the UK. I’m honoured to call him my good friend and now, a Travel Bubble guest.
Our conversation spans the globe, covering backpacking budget street food to ten-course fine-dining tasting menus. Buildings that sweat history to haggling for a jade pendant. I laughed out load recording this podcast and laughed even more editing it. We talk donkey pancakes, duck skin on Pringles and a world-famous, finger-licking Colonel pops up too.
Robbie is a natural raconteur with a beautiful turn of phrase, so I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I did recording it.
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Spoilers for Robbie's choices, links to things mentioned in the show and film recommendations are below.
Fat Wang’s Donkey Burgers
‘In heaven there is dragon meat, on earth we have donkey meat’ A paraphrase of an old Chinese proverb, but Robbie was adamant that I was inventing donkey pancakes. Maybe I miss remembered due to the shape and the texture of the buns, but they aren’t pancakes, they are actually donkey burgers. The above is an in-depth article from CNN about the delicacy and in particular, Fat Wang’s the chain that I got mine from in Beijing.
Leshan Giant Buddha
A 71-meter-tall, stone Buddha statue built 1,500 years ago that Robbie visited whilst in China. On the other hand, the placed filled with ancient buddhas and statues, is actually a ;theme park’, Oriental Buddha Park, filled with replicas. Robbie said he was devastated about this, but at least he enjoyed it at the time and it does actually look pretty impressive.
Tubing in Vang Vieng
We touched on tubing in Vang Vieng, Laos. If you were longing to see what it was like in the glory days, this video will be probably put you off.
Robbie’s Wild Card was Micronesia, not just for the beaches, but also for the ancient city of Nan Madol. The above National Geographic video will certainly give you a glimpse into that world and probably will put Micronesia on your bucket list if it isn’t already.
This week’s film recommendations
La Grande Bouffe, France (1973)
Les Heros ne Meurent Jamais, France (2019)
The Angels’ Share, UK (2012)
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