The Rise in Nostalgic Travel ft. Explorer Tété-Michel Kpomassie

Listen in as Tété-Michel Kpomassie, author of Penguin Modern Classic Michel the Giant: An African in Greenland, recounts the gripping true story of his ten-year expedition from a village in West Africa to the Arctic Circle. Plus, The Upgrade co-hosts Fleur Rollet-Manus and Amira Hashish delve into their travel memories for a nostalgic ride.

In this moving episode, Penguin Modern Classic author Tété-Michel Kpomassie lifts the lid on his rare gem of travel writing and the startling journey that took him from Africa to Greenland.

Part memoir, part anthropological observation, Michel the Giant is a storytelling feat. Kpomassie digs deep into the astonishing experience that changed the course of his life and led to his much-acclaimed book.

Plus, The Upgrade hosts Fleur and Amira compare notes on the travel destinations that make them nostalgic. They explore places that have a pull because of their impactful memories and discuss why this kind of travel experience is seeing a rise.

This episode was recorded at Soho Works, the members-only co-working space from Soho House with locations in Los Angeles, London and New York. Visit

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