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A critical look at the first world, inspired by the reverse culture shock your hosts, Sheila Dee & Evo Terra, experience every day as American citizens returning to Western civilization after three and a half years living and working in developing nations. Expert guests from the fields of science, skepticism, and critical though are frequent guests.
 
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Back in 2015, Evo spent several hours in a tattoo chair in Thailand. Just a few weeks ago, Sheila got a new tattoo in America. The differences were vast. Join us as we talk about the finer details, including Time investment Overall skill of the artists Sanitation and sterilization … and more! We’ll leave the decision to permanently remember you ...…
 
Recorded during a road-trip to San Diego, we were inspired to compare our current situation to where we just were for the better part of three years, traipsing all around a developing nation wherever the road would take us. Also, this episode is very late. We’re sorry about that. And the audio is rough, but that makes it more “authentic”, right ...…
 
Today, we are going to talk about travel. Yes, we’ve talked about travel for the better part of 4 years. But this time, we’re taking a broader look at how air travel works in places like Southeast Asia. Because unless you’ve experienced it first hand, you likely have some misconceptions about air travel in developing nations. Topics covered inc ...…
 
Let’s talk about your place of residence. Specifically if you’re renting the place in which you live. And even more specifically, the horrible “switching costs” associated with moving from one address to another. Moving. It sucks. Which is probably why, statistically speaking, you’ve probably lived in the same place for a very long time. Moving ...…
 
It’s hard to believe we’ve been making this podcast for four years, across five different seasons. And in that time, we’ve never really talked about religion. Well… that’s changing.Based on our time abroad in some 20-ish countries in 3.5 years, we’re qualified enough to discuss the “optics” of religion in societies around the world. This isn’t ...…
 
As you might imagine, there are lots of little things that we notice that bug us. Things you probably ignore. Things that we ignored the first four decades of our lives. Some of those are so baked into the very fabric of our lives, they disappear into the background. So much so, that you don’t think about them. Until you’re out of clean underwe ...…
 
Traveling the world, we’ve had some pretty great coffee. But the Senegalese spiced coffee we found tops the list. Listen in to learn more and to discover that, if you play your cards right, we just might send you some as a token of our appreciation, Patron. ----- This is the actual episode we released to our patrons over the weekend. We're givi ...…
 
We’re taking a look inside your refrigerator. Not that we care what kind of food you eat. You do you. No, what we want talk about is how the items in your fridge or your pantry got there. We’re claiming expert knowledge of shopping around the world. Where many travelers stick to dining out when they visit a new country, we LIVED in most of the ...…
 
Living in Phoenix Arizona, it really seems like there is a new ethnic restaurant popping up on every corner. Ethiopian food. Peruvian food. Dominican Republic food… You could probably eat the cuisine of a different culture at least once a week (maybe even twice a week) for an entire year and still not have covered all of our ethnic food choices ...…
 
Key Links: renuval - Medical tourism to Thailand Bonus content & early access ----- One of our biggest concerns was what to do about healthcare as we traveled the world. As good Americans, we bought into the story of incredible the healthcare in America is compared to anywhere else in the world. Turns out, we were suckered. Our first-hand accou ...…
 
Before we go too far down highway 420, we need to stress that the two strongly support a comprehensive repeal of America’s stupid federal ban on cannabis. We’re also keenly interested in the good studies on the medical uses cannabis -- either the whole flower or isolated compounds -- might have on public health. 28 countries -- including the US ...…
 
Key Links Smart medical advice from Dr. Terry Simpson Support us on Patreon ---------- There's a common stanza for Americans who travel abroad: DON'T DRINK THE WATER. To find out why -- or even if -- that's a problem, we enlisted the help of one of our good friends, Dr. Terry Simpson. Prepare to be terrified back to the tap… unless you’re trave ...…
 
As a special treat to those of you who stay subscribe to our podcast, we’ll be releasing some special, long form audio over the coming weeks as we travel to Cambodia, China, Japan, and Korea before landing back in America.Today, you’ll hear a long-form ambient audio recording of one of the most bizarre -- at least by western standards -- religi ...…
 
It’s almost impossible not to learn things as you travel. After traveling to 20 different countries as we’ve lived as expats for over 3 years, we’ve racked up quite a few memories and life-lessons we’ll take back with us to America. On this, the final episode of the 4th season of podcast, we’ll list the major life lessons each of us has learned ...…
 
In the three years we’ve been traveling the world, we’ve eaten some weird food. But what’s the most bizarre food we’ve encountered. That’s the question we’re answering on this, the penultimate episode of Season 4 of our comedy/travel/advice podcast. (Don’t worry: Season 5 is right around the corner.) For Sheila, the answer was mashed potatoes c ...…
 
If you haven't heard the news, we’re going to be grandparents in the next few months. So of course, the most important thing we have to decide is the names we want this new kid to call us. Today on the program we’ll detail all the names we’ve considered, settling on a few we’d be happy with. We found a few lists of trendy names for grandparents ...…
 
Listener Tiffany from Puerto Rico wants to know what we think about this racist, ignorant map that supposedly denotes how Americans really view the world. Now obviously, we don’t like it, and Tiffany wasn’t looking for us to confirm its accuracy. So we take it as a springboard to talk about the realities of terrible geographic knowledge that pl ...…
 
Recorded live on location at Save Our Souls after probably too many beers, Evo goes on a tear about the English alphabet. What predicated this outrage/outburst? Learning the Thai alphabet, obviously. (Don’t worry about the incorrect number of Thai consonants and vowels Evo says on the show. Did we mention he’d been drinking?) Linguists probably ...…
 
Today’s show was inspired from Maria, who asked the following: “I wanted to ask your opinion on [NAME REDACTED] travel writer's program. As a travel writer, do you think this program is a good investment?” Without any personal experience with the travel program in question, we decided to reinterpret her question as: “Should I pay good money to ...…
 
When we booked a private Estonian sauna for a couple of hours in Estonia, we knew it was a perfect time to reflect on the best parts of our trip to Tallinn thus far. Even though there was beer involved (are you surprised?) we managed not to ruin our equipment as we recorded in the super-hot sauna or bubbling jacuzzi. But if you get hungry liste ...…
 
We’re in Estonia traveling and really hadn’t intended to put out a show from the road. But on Christmas Eve, we were entertained by a drunken Finn named Miiko at one of Tallinn’s most notorious dive bar, Valli Baar. As our xmas present to you, we chopped the 48 minute rambling down to 5 of the better minutes. You wanted authentica travel storie ...…
 
A not very funny thing happened on the way to pick up gifts for our supporters: Evo got into a motorcycle accident. As a passenger in an Uber in a very Thai neighborhood of Bangkok. How does a passenger in the back of a car find himself a player in a motorbike crash? Like we said, it’s not a funny story. Hopefully it has a happy ending. Got a q ...…
 
Full Show Script [move up side] EVO: I'm just going to come out and say it: There are a myriad ways that Thailand has already tried to kill us. And we've only been here for a month. SHE: We're here on an extended house-sit for an ex-pat French couple, Camille and Franck, while they're away on holiday. They've somehow managed NOT to die in the f ...…
 
Full Show Script [top secret] Evo: If you're following our blog, you've probably read the account of our ride in the back of a cop truck on my birthday. Never a dull moment with us, right? She: And chances are, you thought Evo was adding a few embellishments to the tale. Well... not this time. He really couldn't, because we recorded the whole t ...…
 
Full Show Script [simple creature] Evo: So... that was Europe. 7 countries visited in 129 days of travel. We could do the math to uncover how many miles we traveled, but there are some other figures we think you'll find more interesting. Ones that have to do with money, not distance. She: First, the cost of travel. Getting to and traipsing abou ...…
 
Full Show Script [no speed limit] Evo: When we left you last week, we were on the island of Mallorca, wrapping up our epic tour of Spain. She: For the geographically challenged, Mallorca lies almost directly south of Barcelona, roughly halfway between Europe and Africa. Evo: Beware of salt-stealing pirates from Africa! She: Yes, everyone rememb ...…
 
Full Show Script [good stuff] EVO: It's June. Holy crap. That's almost five months of traveling the world. Doing exactly what we want to do every moment of every day, as we fully embrace our Opportunistic Travelers lifestyle. SHE: Every moment? What about the "moments" spent at doctor visits? Or the "moments" we spent camped out in the bathroom ...…
 
Full Show Script [Friendly] EVO The coastline of Costa Brava --- all of coast of the Mediterranean, in fact -- is lousy with castles. Piracy was a big deal (like the Salt Stealing Pirates from Africa we mentioned on last week's show) just a few centuries ago. Fortifications to defend against attacks were built along almost literally every turn ...…
 
Full Show Script [Die in the desert] EVO: The Mediterranean sea is pretty salty, about 15% higher in salinity than the Atlantic. That's mostly due to evaporation -- the Mediterranean is very shallow and is connected to the Atlantic by only a tiny, 13 km wide channel between Spain and Africa. SHE: On the Spanish coast midway between Barcelona an ...…
 
Full Show Script [not helping] EVO: If you missed our last couple shows, opportunity has brought us to Thailand, a country we didn't know all that much about. Hard pressed to identify it on a map, we'd have found the general area, but probably confused it with Myanmar or Cambodia. That's not a fact that makes us proud, and we're working on corr ...…
 
Full Show Script [six month slump] SHE: Hold on. Before we start the show: two things. EVO: First, a HUGE thanks to Jessica, Rocco, JP, Jeff, Don, & Mica for recently signing up to get a post card from us each month. It's really the only way this show brings in income (and we're going to talk about income today), so we greatly appreciate your p ...…
 
Full Show Script [witty things] EVO: We were in a bit of a funk last week, as you likely noticed. SHE: And the word "funk" is being generous. We were getting downright depressed. EVO: So to get out of the funk, and to keep our promise of new scenery, we hopped on a bus for a five-ish hour ride down to Phuket. [welcome to Phuket] SHE: See? We're ...…
 
Full Show Script [Less of Me] EVO: If Phuket has a ubiquitous tourist attraction, it's elephant trekking. Billboards, in-hotel pamphlets, official-looking street signs... the message is clear. No trip to Phuket is complete without an elephant encounter. SHE: Rides on the backs of these majestic giants are offered by tour operators large and sma ...…
 
Full Show Script [Thai translated] EVO: As you heard in the opening clip, I got a new tattoo about a month ago. I've been considering it since before we left The States, and decided to pull the trigger here in Thailand. SHE: Seriously, that's a pretty weak pun, dude. EVO: Noted. SHE: Woodee from 84 Tattoo Andaman Ink -- that probably rolls off ...…
 
Full Show Script EVO: Our travel itinerary over the next few months is going to be a little on the crazy side, with a half dozen countries on our agenda. That doesn't leave us a lot of time to be stationary and produce a new quality episode for you each week. Instead, we're going to focus on capturing content. Content we'll share with you as pa ...…
 
Full Show Script EVO: Hey, thanks for hanging in there with us as we're in between seasons. This week, we're taking you back about a month with an another un-aired clip from our adventures in Thailand, where we've been the last 3 months. SHE: We half expected our quick trip to Phuket in July to be not all that much different than the time we'd ...…
 
Full Show Script EVO: I'm going to apologize now. If you're squeamish about bats, this unreleased clip from our travels in Thailand is going to freak you all the way out. SHE: He's not joking. About 50 kilometers north of Ranong is Phra Khayang, or just the Bat Cave. I know what you're thinking: All caves have bats. True. But this cave -- which ...…
 
Full Show Script EVO: We're still between seasons, here at The Opportunistic Traveler's podcast, but still have plenty of unreleased audio to share with you while we work on Season Two content. SHE: When we were in Denmark, we noticed two things: Beer is expensive, and their version of pool is really, really strange. Here's our friend Jens, a D ...…
 
Full Show Script EVO: Yep, we're still betwixt seasons, and you're still getting an un-aired clip from our recent travels around the world, this time from the party-party island of Koh Phayam, just a short ferry ride from Ranong. SHE: Well, if 2 hours is short. In this clip, Evo and I returned a motor bike and had lunch across the street at an ...…
 
Full Show Script EVO: We're in Costa Brava, a beautiful beachside area just outside of Barcelona, Spain. We've been attending the TBEX Europe conference all week, and have been recording lots of audio to bring to you on future shows. Seriously. We've got some great stuff here. SHE: This week, we bring you a special musical edition, featuring a ...…
 
Full Show Script [not lost] EVO: It's our second week in Santiago de Compostela, a medieval city in the northern part of Spain that also serves as the capital of the autonomous region known as Galicia. This a hilly and heavily wooded area of the country, and it’s set up quite nicely for tourism. SHE: If, by tourism, you mean the Camino. Santiag ...…
 
Full Show Script [Speculating] EVO: Did I mention we’re not quite the world travelers you might imagine us to be? Sure, we’ve done plenty of travel to other countries in this half of this hemisphere. But never for anything more than a handful of weeks, and never one with multiple country stops. So as you might imagine, there are a lot of things ...…
 
Full Show Script [.50 well spent] EVO: As I write this episode of the ShEvo Studios On Tour podcast, I'm hurtling -- literally hurtling -- through the French countryside on a super comfy train. Waze tells me we're clocking in at over 230 KPH, which is -- and I just checked this -- pretty damned fast, especially for an American who typically dri ...…
 
Full Show Script [Jesus Christ, more farmland photos?] EVO: We’re officially one week into our grand tour of, well… the world. If you’re just joining us, we’re currently in France. Specifically, we’re about as far northwest as you can get, in the middle of a small peninsula of land known as Brittany, or Bretagne. Yes I mean France, not the UK, ...…
 
Full Show Script [Public toilettes] EVO: Our time in France is coming to an end. So far, neither of us want to kill the other, at least not that we’re willing to admit out loud. Spending 24/7 as a couple has, thus far, been relatively easy. Of course, we’ve built up more than a little tolerance over the last 27 years. SHE: But in all honesty, b ...…
 
Full Show Script [Step down places] EVO: So… we made it to Denmark. Copenhagen, actually, and to be even more precise, a small, bedroom community 30 minutes by train to the north that I’ve been calling Kokkedal. I mean, it’s spelled like Kokkedal - K o k k e d a l -- Kokkedal, right? SHE: Not quite. It’s not all that surprising that Evo’s first ...…
 
Full Show Script [cough medicine] EVO: Copenhagen, like many metropolitan cities, isn’t very car-friendly. The city grew organically, with lots of tiny streets, wide-gapped cobblestones, and an extreme aversion to anything resembling a grid pattern. And with a car registration of tax of up to 180% -- yes, that’s 1.8x the value of the car as a t ...…
 
Full Show Script [intern] EVO: Fair warning: This episode will be all over the place. Our last week on our own in Denmark was... well, it's hard to label. I mean, how many people get to experience craft beer, innovation, random kindness of strangers, and beating a cat out of a barrel as they travel the world? SHE: What about you, dude. EVO: Eve ...…
 
Hjortur conducted a video interview with me, and I nabbed a little audio with him as well. The clip will do a much better job of explaining why, if you go to Copenhagen, you probably should get to NOHO and grab a coffee with Hjörtur and see what amazing things he's up to.
 
Four days in Brussels with Evo fighting a cold isn't the best time ever. Still, we got out, did some things, and made it to England. Along the way, we managed to get some recording done, too!
 
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