Episode #13: A Spark in Our Lives: Author of “Traveling the World with Hemingway” Curt DeBerg

Traveling the World with Hemingway Curt DeBurg

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Today’s episode is another “Spark in our lives” guest episode where we interview someone who is a spark in our lives. This guest is a true adventurer, and lights a spark in the sense that he has a wanderlust for travel, in the footsteps of Ernest Hemingway that is, and he went for it. Our guest this week is Curt DeBerg.

It is difficult to talk about Ernest Hemingway without mentioning his mental illness and the subject matter in this podcast conversation regarding his mental illness can be triggering to some. We highly recommend that if you have the thoughts of harming yourself, that you call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or you can visit suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ We take the topic of mental health seriously. Please reach out for help if you feel that you are having your own mental health issues or questions at all. 

Let us tell you about Curt DeBerg:

Curt DeBerg, a retired accounting professor from California State University, has spent the past few years traveling the world in the footsteps of Ernest Hemingway, which if you know us, you know is near and dear to our hearts. Curt has meticulously documented his journey along the way, not only documented, but literally stayed in the places where Hemingway stayed, lived, spent time, and you can see and read about his experiences in the beautiful coffee table-sized book “Traveling the World with Hemingway.” It incorporates new and historical photos, as well as narrative and 240 full-color pages. We met Curt in Key West last year during the annual Hemingway Days, and are honored to have him join us on the show today. 

In this episode we chat about:

  • How a trip to the Florida Keys to visit a cousin turned into a desire to travel the world in Hemingway’s footsteps.
  • Being a kindred spirit with Hemingway- having also survived a plane crash, living with mental health issues, healing along the way.
  • Interesting nuggets of information he has found about Hemingway along his journeys.
  • Thoughts from Hemingway’s family members about what he is doing, and some of the things he uncovers about Hemingway.
  • Hemingway’s struggles with mental illness, discussion about his suicidal ideation.
  • Personal experiences in places that Hemingway lived and stayed.
  • His next book about Hemingway, some upcoming travels he continues to have plan in the footsteps of Ernest, and his podcast about Hemingway.
  • Curt answers our 10 rapid fire questions, and the most important question, “What does a life well lived mean to you?”

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