Rick Steves Can Yodel

04/03/2014 02:45 pm ET Updated Jun 03, 2014

This year I capped our annual tour alumni reunion and guide summit by sharing my "Irreverent History of Europe Through the Back Door" talk. (Watch full lecture here.) While not designed for general consumption, our guides and those who enjoy our tours find this candid (and occasionally sordid) peek into the anals of Europe Through the Back Door history both fascinating and entertaining. The talk is a sweep through the story of our company--from my student vagabond days to the early mini-bus tour days and through the evolution that led us to where we are today. I was having so much fun sharing old stories from our "Europe Through the Gutter" days that the spirit moved me to do something I've never done in public: yodel.