Interview with Audrey and Dan of Uncornered Market (@umarket): Lucky 13 Questions 24

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Audrey and Dan are a couple of the stalwarts of the travel blogging community and two of my favorites. I started following them years ago (they have been on the road since the end of 2006) and particularly love and admire their photography.

They do these full 360 degree panorama shots. Seems cool.

We have been to many of the same countries and I have just missed them a number of times, most recently when they went through Jordan right before I did, but I can’t wait until the stars, bus schedules, and fate collide f and get us in the same location. I can’t wait to meet these travel superstars and really wonderful people.

So check out their website, Uncornered Market, and follow them on Twitter, and in the meantime, enjoy their answers to the Lucky 13:

1. Top spot in the world that you want to take photos at, that you haven’t been to yet?

Audrey: New Zealand.

Dan: Papua New Guinea.

2. How many languages can you order a beer in?

Fourteen. If you want to know languages: Czech, Estonian, Russian, Thai, Chinese, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Finnish, Vietnamese, Slovak, Polish. Oh, and English.

Scarlett Johansson Sexy runway long black dress

I endorse this crush

3. Who plays you and your husband in the movie about your life?

People say we look like: Renee Zellweger, Ben Affleck.

If we had our say, we’d go for Scarlet Johansson (Dan’s got a major crush on her) and Clive Owen (think Croupier).

Clive Owen in a suit

Clive looking smooth playing Dan

4. Give us some little piddling thing that bugs you about your spouse.

Dan about Audrey: Her insistence on the continued use of misplaced modifiers.

Audrey about Dan: His insistence of balling up kitchen towels so that they never dry.

5. The longest you were grounded (or most you were punished in some form) by your parents was when you did _________.

Audrey: Never really grounded, but I do remember suddenly getting a curfew when my mother didn’t like a particular boyfriend of mine.

Dan: I was the youngest of four. I probably could have burned the house to the ground without being grounded.


6. Worst award winning movie you’ve ever seen?


7. Charity that we should all be more informed about?

Big organization: Kiva. We’ve seen their work in the field with local microfinance partners in Guatemala, Nicaragua, Ecuador and Bolivia, as well as met the staff in San Francisco. They really screen their local partners to make sure they value both financial sustainability with a social responsibility.

Small organization: Queztal Trekkers (Guatemala and Nicaragua) – everyone working there is a volunteer with 100% of profits going to schools and dorms for street and disadvantaged kids.

8. Most overrated place you’ve been to on your travels?

Route 40, the southern Argentina segment through Patagonia. If you see a bird every six hours on a bus, it’s cause for excitement.

9. Who’s tweets make you smile the most when we see them in your feed?

Besides yours, you mean? @travelfish and his irreverence. @nerdseyevew and her rants.

10. Biggest photography mistake that you see most commonly.

Dan: Sharing 50 images of the same shot. Editing what you share is an underrated skill.

Audrey: White balance.

Shawshank Redemption movie poster

meet ya in Mexico

11. You favorite movie of all time.

Audrey: Sense and Sensibility. What can I say? I’m the daughter of a Jane Austen buff.

Dan: Shawshank Redemption.

12. Would you like to know the exact date of your death — why or why not?

Audrey: No. Would rather live without my end date always looming in the back of my head.

Dan: Nope. What fun would that be?

13. What question do you fear most from St. Peter as you petition for admittance at the Pearly Gates?

“How’d you get here??”

uncornered market in antarctica


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About Michael Hodson

Iā€™m an attorney that took off on my birthday in December of 2008 to circumnavigate the globe without ever getting on an airplane. After 16 months, 6 continents and 44 countries, I made it all the way back home. Right now, I am back on the road writing about it all.

24 thoughts on “Interview with Audrey and Dan of Uncornered Market (@umarket): Lucky 13 Questions

  • Debbie Beardsley

    I really enjoyed reading this interview. Maybe it was partly because of my reaction when I read Audrey’s response when asked what piddling thing her spouse did that bugged her. Balled up dish towels! OMG this is one of my piddling issues too šŸ™‚ Why can’t they just be hung up?

    • Audrey | Uncornered Market

      Ha! Glad to hear I’m not the only one that finds the balled up towel annoying! Most of the time, we’re in hotels and this isn’t an issue as we don’t have a kitchen. But, for the last weeks we’ve been in a flat so this habit has come to light again šŸ™‚

  • Nora

    Awesome interview! Audrey & Dan are two of my fav fellow travellers. And I like the Titanic-in-5-seconds video – funny! That Pearly Gates question is a real stumper, huh? šŸ˜‰

    • Audrey | Uncornered Market

      I take that as a big complement if we’re two of your favorite fellow travelers. Yeah, Pearly Gates question was a stumper. Got to the end and were thinking, huh?

  • Christine

    Totally agree with their point on editing what you share–I saw a quote once that said a good photographer just doesn’t show anyone their bad photos! Great interview.

    • Audrey | Uncornered Market

      And it definitely makes you look like a much better photographer when you show only 10 of your best photos rather than 100 photos that include those 10 best photos. Glad you enjoyed the interview!

  • Erik

    Their blog is one of the best I’ve read. Their Central Asia posts are so unique, they’ve taught other people how to pull off that difficult trip.

    • Audrey | Uncornered Market

      Thanks so much for your kind words about our blog. Our posts on Central Asia hold a special importance to us because we so much want to dispel some of the bad stereotypes and fear of this region. The local people here really are some of the friendliest in the world. And, some of the landscapes there are just stunning. Hope we can encourage more people to see it for themselves.

  • Martine Destination Terre

    Love the interview! First time here, never saw the 13 questions interviews before and I really, really enjoy it! Guess i’m gonna have to read them all!
    I would have probably answered the same thing about the worst movie i’ve seen that received an oscar…
    By the way, sorry for the mistakes if any, i’m french… not that it’s a crime but…;)

    • Audrey | Uncornered Market

      Merci! Se je responde en francais, tu peux se sentir mieux de ton anglais šŸ™‚ Tout le monde est accueilli ici!

  • Audrey | Uncornered Market

    It helps that some of the languages are rather similar to each other so it’s not such a big stretch to learn another šŸ™‚ Dan’s always tries to 1 to 10 in almost every country we visit, so he probably could recite his numbers in 20 languages by now.

  • Doru Oprisan

    So, they can’t order beer in Romanian šŸ™‚
    Love these guys and their ability to make a living out of this. I’m still trying to figure it out.

    • Audrey | Uncornered Market

      Our last visit to Romania was in 2000, so our Romanian is bit rusty now. Give us a day and we’ll figure it out…although it does make it easier that Romanian is a romance language. Trying to travel and work at the same time may sound glamorous, but it’s still a lot of hard work and frustration (try getting a good internet connection in Bolivia). But, it’s all worth it for the experiences.

      • Doru Oprisan

        If it were easy I would have figured it out by now:) I’m trying to discipline myself to work more and spend less time on facebook šŸ™‚
        If you ever need any help Romania-related, give me a shout.
        Wish you all the best!

  • Erin

    I am also waiting for our paths to cross with Audrey and Dan – they have one of the best travel blogs out there and I would love to meet them. Great interview!

    • Audrey | Uncornered Market

      Thanks so much for your kind words about our blog! We really appreciate it. Yes, it seems like we just missed you again in Europe – you guys were in the UK while we are in Berlin. Not sure if we’re headed to Asia anytime soon, but one never knows…

  • Megan

    Great interview with my two favourite bloggers. Theirs is my go-to when I am about to hit a new destination because, more often than not, they’ve already been there and bought the t-shirt. And from those answers to the question about where you want to photograph that you’ve not been to yet, sounds like a trip to the South Pacific is in order! Come to Australia! šŸ™‚

    • Audrey | Uncornered Market

      Aw, thank you! A trip to the South Pacific is definitely in order!! I’ve never been to Australia…and that would make my 7th continent šŸ™‚

  • Jodi

    Great interview with two of my favourite travel people out there! Loved these additional details I never knew about prior. I think a group trip to NZ is in order!

    • Audrey | Uncornered Market

      A NZ trip (followed by Papua New Guinea) is definitely in order. How fun would that be?! But hopefully our paths will cross again a little sooner and closer!

  • Jenna

    Great interview with great people. I love their photography and writing, and they go to so many places I already love or would love to go. I have many students from Central Asia, so I have always enjoyed their writing and photos of that part of the world.

    • Audrey | Uncornered Market

      I didn’t realize you had many students from Central Asia. How interesting! Glad that your writing and photos from that part of the world filled a purpose. Now you just need to visit yourself!

  • Christy Prince

    Great interview with my two favourite bloggers. A NZ trip (followed by Papua New Guinea) is definitely in order.

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