Do I Speak Italian?

[ 2 ] October 5, 2010 |

I received the funniest email this morning from my late boyfriends mom. She said she and her husband were just in Italy for 3 weeks and while there, they watched me spout out Italian every afternoon on television. I thought, whaaaaat? I don’t know Italian. Apparently my Treasure Hunter: Kirsten Gum show which airs here in the US on Travel Channel… now is being shown in Italian but with some other girl dubbing over my voice. How crazy is that! I mean for a number of reasons, it just tickled me.

For one, I have not shot a new episode of Treasure Hunter in a year and a half. That’s not my doing as I loved traveling the world searching for unique gemstones and artifacts. The VP of Production had decided he didn’t think Treasure Hunting was hip, nor had he ever gotten dirty in his life (he had come over from Style), so he didn’t see the sheer joy of being on a scavenger hunt as an adult. Not ripping, just saying. He had other ideas of how to spend his weekends. What he didn’t realize is that most people who watch Travel Channel aren’t like him, they are more like me.. ready to go and get down and dirty.. or at least they like watching me do it.. which I’m 100% ok with. I’ll share my experiences with anyone who will listen or watch. See, I see it as a grand opportunity to get knowledge out.. maybe even open viewers eyes where they once held them tightly shut. Anyhow, even though the ratings were good and much better than most shows on the network, he decided he wanted to bring a little show called “Bridgette’s Sexiest Beaches” to light instead, spending millions on the marketing of one of Hugh Heffner’s little girls next door.  It failed MISERABLY.. which gave me some sweet satisfaction. After a few in-house b.s. things that he pulled, this VP tried to bring another one of his amazing ideas to air “America’s Worst Driver’s”. He though it was going to be a huge hit.. and again it easily was one of the weirdest shows to air on Travel Channel and it was horrible. It just didn’t fit what people turn to TC to watch. They want exploration, they want to see places outside of their comfort zone – even if they’ll never trek there themselves, it is still cool to watch. That VP is no longer there, thank goodness. I haven’t approached them to see if they want to re-up the show.. but I will once the new leaders have some time to get situated. I’ve got proposals for shows brewing in my mind constantly… but the right one has not fully formed…. yet.. it will within the next 6 months, I will be back on tv doing a show I believe in, that will help educate and entertain and will help viewers move in the right direction to save this planet, to relish in its beauty and to live compassionate and kind lives.

So… back to Italy. it amazes me that the show is running in different countries, let alone still running here in the US. I know they pulled my page off their website some time ago, and I figured that meant the show would stop airing. What are those pesky people doing over there in programming I wonder? I’m glad it is still running and I’m glad that Italians can follow along as I dig, dive and drudge my way to hopefully a lucrative end each and every show. That’s one thing I can say for myself, I found something every show… some definitely were more exciting than others… but there was always something to show for my efforts. Wow, talking about the show makes me miss my crew so badly. We had so much fun together, talk about one big happy family!! I still keep in touch with many of them, no not daily or weekly.. but you see that’s the kind of great friends they are…  we can pick up where we left off no matter what!

Ah Italy, it’s been almost 7 years since I rode my bike around Tuscany and gulped good red wine. It was a wonderful trip. Little did I know that it would ignite a massive amount of European trips. You see it was my first bike trip and it finished 10 days before I was hired by OLN to go cover the Tour de France.. the real thing :) It sometimes feels like so many chapters ago.. really it hasn’t been.. and as I’m finding out these days, on a daily basis… it all comes back around if you set your intention.

I was just contacted by a friend from my NASCAR days in Charlotte, NC. That was almost 9 years ago and really waay at the beginning of the book I’ll someday write. It feels good though, to reconnect and do it with no regrets. This life is starting to make sense to me. Why I had certain jobs in my life, why I lived certain places, who I’ve dated, all of it has led me to who I am right now, all the pieces are making sense… oh what a fun journey this is.. and I can’t wait for the next twist!

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  1. twoeightnine says:

    Italianized tv shows are the best. When I was living in Florence I was lucky enough to catch two awesome translations. Killer Klowns From Outer Space which was my first ever horror movie and the Simpsons episode where Bart goes to France. So it was dubbed into Italian but also featured French parts that were captioned with English and Italian.

  2. Francesco says:

    Hello Kirsten.All is translated in Italy,even the movies,something
    unique in the world I think.The translation is good,but in some Tv show,like yours,we can switch to the original language.

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