The Bittersweet Life

The Bittersweet Life

is creating a podcast for expats, repats, travelers, and dreamers

27

patrons

$253

per month
Hello current and future listeners of The Bittersweet Life

For five years (and counting), Katy Sewall and Tiffany Parks have been your friendly guides to Rome, Italy... and to a less ordinary life. Whether you're an expat, a future expat, a repat, an adventurer, or a casual traveler, we aim make you curious about—and more open to—where your life could go next. And we'd like to do that for years to come. 

Supporting the show is a major thank you—like throwing a coin into the accordion player's cup on the Ponte Sisto bridge. It not only keeps the music coming, it helps your hosts not starve in the process. 

Here's a little more about us.

Katy Sewall is a senior producer and host, mainly for Public Radio in the United States. Over the years, she has toured with A Prairie Home Companion and worked on Radiolab. In 2013, she quit her prestigious job (totally out of character) and moved to Rome. That's where this show begins. Since then, she's repatriated to the States, and moved to San Francisco where she lives the up-and-down life of exploring... uh, what next? 

Tiffany Parks is a writer and the author of Midnight in the Piazza, a mystery for young readers set in the Eternal City. She moved to Rome over a decade ago with no plan except to stay no matter what it took. And she did it! Since then, she's become fluent in Roman and art history (as well as the Italian language). Rome is her muse and an endless source of knowledge and inspiration which she readily shares with our listeners. 

Katy and Tiffany are childhood friends, which doesn't hurt when it comes to exploring issues of creativity, loneliness, belonging, grief, wonder, and risk. They met on the school bus in the sixth grade.

They also invite world-class writers and thinkers on the show regularly to share their ideas: New York Times best-selling authors, journalists, famous people—expect them all to to keep appearing (with your support, of course).

Thank you. We're glad you're sharing in our journey.

Tiers
Contributor to The Bittersweet Life
$5 or more per month

Do you enjoy The Bittersweet Life as much as a cup of coffee? Skip one beverage a month and say thank you to your friends Katy and Tiffany instead. Your support is vital to the continuation of the show. 


In return, you'll receive: 


* Exclusive access to the "Super Secret Truth or Dare" episode 

This is the episode our parents aren't allowed to hear! Listeners sent us out on dares we never dreamed of doing on tape, and we also truthfully answer their vile and personal questions! 

Extra bonus: You get to hear Tiffany sing opera! 

Don't miss this episode!  


* A Bittersweet Life sticker
Share your love for the show by sticking it on something! You'll get our Caravaggio-themed logo on a cool sticker you can put anywhere. 



Supporter of The Bittersweet Life
$10 or more per month

Do you savor The Bittersweet Life as much as gelato with a friend? Skip the ice cream and say thank you to your friends Katy and Tiffany instead. Your support is vital to the continuation of the show. 


You'll receive everything in Tier 1, plus... 


* A peek behind the curtain. 

The show sounds like Katy and Tiffany just turn on the mics and talk, but the making of an episode takes a lot more than that. See what it looks like when we record, or what an audio file looks like after Katy edits. Join this tier so you never miss the extra video and audio content we'll be releasing from time to time.  


* Your choice of ONE of these exclusive guides 

Designed and written by Tiffany. Pick which appeals most to you.

  • Seven Hidden Treasures in Rome Most Tourists Miss (and how to find them) 
  • The Vatican Treasure Hunt ~ Perfect for kids 
  • The Roman Urban Safari ~ Perfect for adults and kids 



Sponsor of The Bittersweet Life
$20 or more per month

Do you appreciate The Bittersweet Life as much as a taxi ride? Ride your bike instead and say thank you to your friends Katy and Tiffany for their hard work. Your support is vital to the continuation of the show. 


You'll receive everything in Tiers 1 & 2, plus... 


* All THREE exclusive guides, designed and written by Tiffany 


  • Seven Hidden Treasures in Rome Most Tourists Miss (and how to find them) 
  • The Vatican Treasure Hunt ~ Perfect for kids 
  • The Roman Urban Safari ~ Perfect for adults and kids 


* PLUS an extra-special guide only available to members of this tier and above. Also by Tiffany. 


  • How to Move to Italy Without Losing Your Mind ~ A practical list of tips for anyone dreaming or scheming to move to Italy


* An on-air thank you! 

We can't continue this journey without you and we want everyone to know! We'll thank you by name in the show credits once a. month.




Benefactor of The Bittersweet Life
$50 or more per month

Do you value The Bittersweet Life as much as do your own creative ventures? Support this show, and let Katy and Tiffany fuel your creative spirit in return. 


You'll receive everything in prior tiers, plus... CHOOSE ONE


* Advertise your project on The Bittersweet Life

Are you looking for ways to advertise? Earn a monthly on-air mention of your company, travel site, blog, etc. and reach travelers all over the world!  Support the show and support yourself! 


OR 


* A signed hard-back copy of Midnight in the Piazza 

Tiffany's book is a delight for all the kids or adults in your life. Take an adventure into the art of Rome, and have it personally signed and shipped to wherever in the world you are! 



Guardian of The Bittersweet Life
$100 or more per month

Do you love The Bittersweet Life as much as a pair of theater tickets? Support independent art by showing your friends Katy and Tiffany how much their work means to you. 


You'll receive everything in the above tiers, including your choice of a book or monthly advertising, plus... CHOOSE ONE: 


* A 3-day custom Rome itinerary including restaurant reservations

Let Tiffany custom create your ideal Roman adventure, based on your personal preferences and interests. It'll take all the guess work out of planning your perfect Roman holiday.


OR 


* Podcast consulting 

Katy has nearly 20 years of broadcast experience and gets paid by big companies to help with their podcasts. This is your chance to get her one-on-one guidance. Equipment questions can be googled, but insight into how to make your podcast idea unique and sustainable is invaluable. Phone or online conversation. Up to 45 minutes of time. 



** ADDED BONUS  FOR OUR LONG-TERM PATRONS **


* In-person tour of Rome

If you stay committed to us at this level for a year (or more), Tiffany Parks will personally take you and your family on a tour of Rome.  Her deep knowledge of Roman history, art, and architecture will ensure you never see the Eternal City the same way again. 






Hello current and future listeners of The Bittersweet Life

For five years (and counting), Katy Sewall and Tiffany Parks have been your friendly guides to Rome, Italy... and to a less ordinary life. Whether you're an expat, a future expat, a repat, an adventurer, or a casual traveler, we aim make you curious about—and more open to—where your life could go next. And we'd like to do that for years to come. 

Supporting the show is a major thank you—like throwing a coin into the accordion player's cup on the Ponte Sisto bridge. It not only keeps the music coming, it helps your hosts not starve in the process. 

Here's a little more about us.

Katy Sewall is a senior producer and host, mainly for Public Radio in the United States. Over the years, she has toured with A Prairie Home Companion and worked on Radiolab. In 2013, she quit her prestigious job (totally out of character) and moved to Rome. That's where this show begins. Since then, she's repatriated to the States, and moved to San Francisco where she lives the up-and-down life of exploring... uh, what next? 

Tiffany Parks is a writer and the author of Midnight in the Piazza, a mystery for young readers set in the Eternal City. She moved to Rome over a decade ago with no plan except to stay no matter what it took. And she did it! Since then, she's become fluent in Roman and art history (as well as the Italian language). Rome is her muse and an endless source of knowledge and inspiration which she readily shares with our listeners. 

Katy and Tiffany are childhood friends, which doesn't hurt when it comes to exploring issues of creativity, loneliness, belonging, grief, wonder, and risk. They met on the school bus in the sixth grade.

They also invite world-class writers and thinkers on the show regularly to share their ideas: New York Times best-selling authors, journalists, famous people—expect them all to to keep appearing (with your support, of course).

Thank you. We're glad you're sharing in our journey.

Recent posts by The Bittersweet Life

Tiers
Contributor to The Bittersweet Life
$5 or more per month

Do you enjoy The Bittersweet Life as much as a cup of coffee? Skip one beverage a month and say thank you to your friends Katy and Tiffany instead. Your support is vital to the continuation of the show. 


In return, you'll receive: 


* Exclusive access to the "Super Secret Truth or Dare" episode 

This is the episode our parents aren't allowed to hear! Listeners sent us out on dares we never dreamed of doing on tape, and we also truthfully answer their vile and personal questions! 

Extra bonus: You get to hear Tiffany sing opera! 

Don't miss this episode!  


* A Bittersweet Life sticker
Share your love for the show by sticking it on something! You'll get our Caravaggio-themed logo on a cool sticker you can put anywhere. 



Supporter of The Bittersweet Life
$10 or more per month

Do you savor The Bittersweet Life as much as gelato with a friend? Skip the ice cream and say thank you to your friends Katy and Tiffany instead. Your support is vital to the continuation of the show. 


You'll receive everything in Tier 1, plus... 


* A peek behind the curtain. 

The show sounds like Katy and Tiffany just turn on the mics and talk, but the making of an episode takes a lot more than that. See what it looks like when we record, or what an audio file looks like after Katy edits. Join this tier so you never miss the extra video and audio content we'll be releasing from time to time.  


* Your choice of ONE of these exclusive guides 

Designed and written by Tiffany. Pick which appeals most to you.

  • Seven Hidden Treasures in Rome Most Tourists Miss (and how to find them) 
  • The Vatican Treasure Hunt ~ Perfect for kids 
  • The Roman Urban Safari ~ Perfect for adults and kids 



Sponsor of The Bittersweet Life
$20 or more per month

Do you appreciate The Bittersweet Life as much as a taxi ride? Ride your bike instead and say thank you to your friends Katy and Tiffany for their hard work. Your support is vital to the continuation of the show. 


You'll receive everything in Tiers 1 & 2, plus... 


* All THREE exclusive guides, designed and written by Tiffany 


  • Seven Hidden Treasures in Rome Most Tourists Miss (and how to find them) 
  • The Vatican Treasure Hunt ~ Perfect for kids 
  • The Roman Urban Safari ~ Perfect for adults and kids 


* PLUS an extra-special guide only available to members of this tier and above. Also by Tiffany. 


  • How to Move to Italy Without Losing Your Mind ~ A practical list of tips for anyone dreaming or scheming to move to Italy


* An on-air thank you! 

We can't continue this journey without you and we want everyone to know! We'll thank you by name in the show credits once a. month.




Benefactor of The Bittersweet Life
$50 or more per month

Do you value The Bittersweet Life as much as do your own creative ventures? Support this show, and let Katy and Tiffany fuel your creative spirit in return. 


You'll receive everything in prior tiers, plus... CHOOSE ONE


* Advertise your project on The Bittersweet Life

Are you looking for ways to advertise? Earn a monthly on-air mention of your company, travel site, blog, etc. and reach travelers all over the world!  Support the show and support yourself! 


OR 


* A signed hard-back copy of Midnight in the Piazza 

Tiffany's book is a delight for all the kids or adults in your life. Take an adventure into the art of Rome, and have it personally signed and shipped to wherever in the world you are! 



Guardian of The Bittersweet Life
$100 or more per month

Do you love The Bittersweet Life as much as a pair of theater tickets? Support independent art by showing your friends Katy and Tiffany how much their work means to you. 


You'll receive everything in the above tiers, including your choice of a book or monthly advertising, plus... CHOOSE ONE: 


* A 3-day custom Rome itinerary including restaurant reservations

Let Tiffany custom create your ideal Roman adventure, based on your personal preferences and interests. It'll take all the guess work out of planning your perfect Roman holiday.


OR 


* Podcast consulting 

Katy has nearly 20 years of broadcast experience and gets paid by big companies to help with their podcasts. This is your chance to get her one-on-one guidance. Equipment questions can be googled, but insight into how to make your podcast idea unique and sustainable is invaluable. Phone or online conversation. Up to 45 minutes of time. 



** ADDED BONUS  FOR OUR LONG-TERM PATRONS **


* In-person tour of Rome

If you stay committed to us at this level for a year (or more), Tiffany Parks will personally take you and your family on a tour of Rome.  Her deep knowledge of Roman history, art, and architecture will ensure you never see the Eternal City the same way again.