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Senegalese Stoner Coffee Stories - SPECIAL RELEASE!
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Traveling the world, we’ve had some pretty great coffee. But the Senegalese spiced coffee we found tops the list.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">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.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">-----</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This is the actual episode we released to our patrons over the weekend. We're giving it to you, the listener of our "regular" show, so you know what sorts of things we get into on the Patreon-only show. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If you like where you hear, Sign up. And help it spread. Invite your friends to check out our Patreon page. Please?</span> <a href= "https://shevo.wtf/patreon"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">https://shevo.wtf/patreon</span></a></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">------------------</span></p>
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Grocery Shopping The Western Way [Season 5, Episode 5]
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">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.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">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 countries when we traveled,  and tried to live as “locally” as was possible. That means we shopped in lots of grocery stores, bodegas, fresh produce stands, and boutique markets in lots of different places. Which was, for the most part, a lot of fun.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Full episode details: https://theopportunistictravelers.com/blog/2018/9/11/grocery-shopping-the-western-way-season-5-episode-5</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Become a Patron and get early access plus bonus content: https://shevo.wtf/patreon</span></p>
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Is the Ethnic Food You Are Eating Really Authentic? [Season 5, Episode 4]
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">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.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">And that’s us in this overgrown cow-town we call Phoenix!</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">-----</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Key Links:</span></p> <ul> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><a href= "https://www.niccolohotels.com/hotels/china/chengdu/niccolo_chengdu/index.html"> <span style="font-weight: 400;">Niccolo Chengdu</span></a> <span style="font-weight: 400;">- Best hotel experience in China!</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><a href= "https://www.facebook.com/thipsamaipadthai/"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">Thipsamai</span></a> <span style= "font-weight: 400;">- Best Pad Thai in the world!</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><a href= "https://shevo.wtf/patreon"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Support us!</span></a> <span style="font-weight: 400;">- The best way to help the show</span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">-----</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">We’re not so bold as to assume our 3.5 years living abroad has made us qualified to talk about the state of cuisine around the world. But we can sure poke fun at our American obsession of seeking out “the most authentic ethnic food”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Spoiler: It’s dumb to think think there’s anything “authentic” about a single dish that’s supposed to represent the way that dish is prepared in a continent-sized country. We’ll give you some specific examples. You’ll agree with us at the end.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Full episode details: https://theopportunistictravelers.com/2018/9/4/is-the-ethnic-food-you-are-eating-really-authentic-season-5-episode-4</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Become a Patron and get early access plus bonus content: https://shevo.wtf/patreon</span></p>
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Make American Healthcare Great Again [Season 5, Episode 1]
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Key Links:</span></p> <ul> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><a href= "https://renuval.com/"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">renuval</span></a> <span style= "font-weight: 400;">- Medical tourism to Thailand</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><a href= "https://shevo.wtf/patreon"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Bonus content & early access</span></a></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">-----</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">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.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Turns out, we were suckered.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Our first-hand accounts of encounters with the medical system of countries like Denmark, England, Spain, and Thailand have give us a new perspective on what we used to accept.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If you’re one of those who’ve drank the “socialized medicine in other countries is a fiasco!” might want to listen to this. While anecdotes don’t add up to evidence, they can cause you to take a bit more of a skeptical look at what you think is true.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Full episode details: <a href= "https://theopportunistictravelers.com/blog/2018/8/28/make-american-healthcare-great-again-season-5-episode-3"> https://theopportunistictravelers.com/blog/2018/8/28/make-american-healthcare-great-again-season-5-episode-3</a></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Become a Patron and get early access plus bonus content: <a href= "https://shevo.wtf/patreon">https://shevo.wtf/patreon</a></span></p>
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Is Pot Culture Hurting Medical Marijuana [S5E2]
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">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.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">28 countries -- including the US and Canada -- have some form of medical cannabis law that ostensibly allows an authorized patient to spark up a spliff in the comfort of their own home. 12 of those are developing nations, spread around Central & South America, Eastern Europe, and even a couple of countries in Africa.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In America,  30 states (well, 29 plus the District of Columbia) have passed medical marijuana laws. Even Oklahoma, which surprised both of us.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Unless you’ve been ignoring any and all media, you have likely heard near-magical stories of cannabis as a medicine, curing just about every kind of disease and condition under the sun.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But these personal stories are simply anecdotes, and anecdotes don’t add up to evidence.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Worse, quality scientific studies on the medical effects of cannabis are few and far between. Largely, many claim, because of America’s federal ban on cannabis. That makes it extremely difficult -- bordering on impossible -- to find money to fund a large-scale study.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But there have been some studies. We know, for example, of very interesting compounds that come from cannabis:  two of them are THC and CBD. Generally speaking, THC is the psychoactive component -- that which gets you high. CBD, on the other hand, doesn’t.</span> <span style= "font-weight: 400;"><br /></span><span style= "font-weight: 400;"><br /></span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Go deeper than that, and things start to get messy. Many in the scientific and medical community ask a simple question: what’s the proper dosage of either of those two compounds -- either isolated or in combination -- that will provide the necessary medical effect on any given patient?</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">So why did we pick medical marijuana as our critique on first world culture? Because Evo thinks that the stoner culture might be “imperfect messengers” for the cause of medical marijuana. Though, as you’ll hear in this episode, his opinion is changing.</span></p>
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Is It Safe To Drink The Water In America? [S5E1]
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Key Links</span></p> <ul> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><a href= "http://www.yourdoctorsorders.com/"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">Smart medical advice</span></a> <span style= "font-weight: 400;">from</span> <a href= "http://terrysimpson.com/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Dr. Terry Simpson</span></a></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><a href= "http://shevo.wtf/patrons"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Support us on Patreon</span></a></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">----------</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">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.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Prepare to be terrified back to the tap… unless you’re traveling overseas.</span></p>
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Sak Yant Wai Kru 2018: Thailand [Ambient Audio #1]
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">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.</span><span style= "font-weight: 400;"><br /></span><span style= "font-weight: 400;"><br /></span><span style= "font-weight: 400;">Today, you’ll hear a long-form ambient audio recording of one of the most bizarre -- at least by western standards -- religious events in Thailand. It’s called the Sak Yant Wai Kru. It takes place every year at a temple called Wat Bang Pra, which is about 50 km NW of Thailand.</span> <span style= "font-weight: 400;"><br /></span><span style= "font-weight: 400;"><br /></span><span style= "font-weight: 400;">Each year in early March, more than 10,000 afficiantos of the sak yant tattoos gather at the temple and well… go a little crazy. The reason for the gathering is to get the tattoos recharged. In the strange amalgamation of religion and mysticism that is Thai Buddhism, sak yant tattoos imbue their owner with special protective powers. And just like it’s a good idea to reboot your computer or update the apps on your phone once and awhile, the tattos need a little recharging.</span><span style= "font-weight: 400;"><br /></span><span style= "font-weight: 400;"><br /></span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Or a lot, as you’ll hear.</span><span style= "font-weight: 400;"><br /></span><span style= "font-weight: 400;"><br /></span><span style= "font-weight: 400;">What follows is just over 2 and half hours of un-cut audio I recorded at the 2018 event, my third time attending. Sheila took a bunch of pictures and</span> <a href= "https://www.flickr.com/photos/sheila_dee/"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">has them on Flickr.</span></a> <span style= "font-weight: 400;">She also has a great</span> <a href= "https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3CWbjGWefE"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">video from the 2017 event on YouTube</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In the audio, you’ll heave me interacting with some of our favorite people that we’re going to miss a lot when we leave Thailand in just a few days. Ric, Jack, Karina, Ian… and a bunch more. You’ll also hear me clearing my throat a lot, as I was just getting over a cold. And from time to time, you’ll hear my reactions and Sheila’s reactions to the quite literal insanity of the event.</span><span style= "font-weight: 400;"><br /></span><span style= "font-weight: 400;"><br /></span><span style="font-weight: 400;">If you can’t make it through all 2 and a half hours, I understand. The first three minutes of the audioclip gives a fairly good representation of the rest of the audio. Of course you might be sucked in after that. IT happens.</span><span style= "font-weight: 400;"><br /></span><span style= "font-weight: 400;"><br /></span><span style="font-weight: 400;">So here we go. Thanks for listening. We’ll be back from time to time with more audio. And eventually, season five of our podcast will start up again. Whatever we decide to call it. Cheers!</span></p>
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20 Life-Lessons From 20 Different Countries [Season 4, Episode 30]
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">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.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">On this, the final episode of the 4th season of podcast, we’ll list the major life lessons each of us has learned from every single country we visited across three continents. Some might surprise you. Some might make you think. But all of it should make you laugh.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Season 4 may be ending, but it’s not too late to</span> <a href= "http://shevo.wtf/postcards"><span style="font-weight: 400;">get postcards from us</span></a> <span style="font-weight: 400;">as we hit a few more countries abroad. Not only will you get access to all of our bonus content, but you’ll also be among a group of people who’ll still get content from us on a regular basis before Season 5 begins.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Stay subscribed, enjoy this episode, and we’ll see you back in a few weeks from somewhere new!</span></p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">Insanely Inaccurate Machine Transcription</span></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Yeah, I don't think I'm getting tired of this any time soon. Descript is getting much better. But still, here's what it thinks we said.</span></p> <p class="p1"><em>Yeah, did you learn that you can take the boy out of America, but you can't take the Evo out of Evo. That's about it. Maybe Maria was.</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>Oh, oh one time so this one time one time this you know what this one time this one time. Oh my God this one-time. Good podcast. I also use coasters. Coasters that you stole it's all part of the experience of living abroad which is coming to an end if we don't have a question this week, but we have something even better right we should tell the people who we are that's a great idea honey.</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>I'm Sheila D. And I am Evo Tara. We are Shiva. You are listening to this one time the podcast the final episode of the season four. Of our crazy travel life is here. This is the 30th episode. Of season four we've been this four times there have been four other episode 30s, which three others all three other right math is hard.</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>There was there were three others that we had a final episode of actually one went to 33 really yeah, and then we did some mini bonus ones when get a whole bunch of many bonuses, so I think we have around 150 +. Wow episodes of the Shiva Studios on tour or whatever we were calling it.<span class= "Apple-converted-space"> </span> That encompassed our lives abroad and each season was very different each season was quite different every single episode of those seasons is available up on the website at Shiva WTF / podcast.</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>We are also not done season 5 will continue, but we have to first End season 4. That is true is where we are today my love, so we had the great idea actually we did not you have the amazing idea of as our recap. Yes to talk about not just where we were because listen you've heard us do that you've heard us tell you where we have been those of you.</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>Who've been listening since day one my camel coat along with us.<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span> Kelly all the others that have been out there, thank you guys very much for your listening. We're not going to force you to sit and listen to us rehash the same stories what we decided to do from Sheila's infinite wisdom is to talk about all of the.</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>Trees we have traveled to since this began and then share with you a lesson that each of us learned yes at that location or in that particular country that we will now carry with us back to America. Which will influence how season 5 is going to go so that's what you're in for today. It is the idea of advice and life lessons except.</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>We are the recipients of said lessons now life has given these things to us, and it's what we have learned we can be taught. Well, we'll find out that's what you guys are in for for this particular program. Thank you very much. Would you like to begin? My love sure well we started our adventure in France and what I found very quickly because we were in a small town of I don't know 800 people well population of 800 right.</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>With cattle I'm certainly we're not 800 people when we were in the skeletal bitty tiny town of l'aquila which is terrible French I understand in the middle of January in 2015. What did you learn? I learned that my high school French did not help me one little bit. Right did my high school for a chill.</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>You know your your high school French did nothing for me and Lucy LeBlanc my French Canadian friend her French Canadian French didn't help me at all. Let me tell you what I learned honey. What you I learned in that little town of France that no one cares. I mean it honestly, and it's not anything about France.</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>This is the fact that that thing which you want on your doing this crazy idea of selling everything that we own it going to travel the world and being Americans in this little tiny town that probably hasn't seen a lot of American Travelers. Just come through it. They don't care. No genuinely. Do not care.</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>What it is that we are doing everybody has their lives to live and they live them right. They are not all that interested in some random person happening to show up and will be here for the next three weeks genuinely not curious about the world is how most people go on life lessons from France.</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>Then we moved on to Denmark yes, and what I found there is that the people? Learn English from very young age, and they have absolutely no accent, so you can't tell somebody who's from Copenhagen from the United States, or well pretty much the United States because everywhere else kind of has an accent.</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>Well Canada doesn't really they just say ah logic what you go for a while so the lesson you learned was what again that that the folks in Denmark in Copenhagen, don't. They don't have an accent. Right I detected an accent, but I will go to the right. I think you're going with this was that the Danes learn English at an early age and their English is impeccable in fact way better than most Americans presents English correcting my own English as I was interacting with the day.</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>They were they were great. Yeah, they're TV their movies everything's in English so they're they're kind of it's forced upon them there. They definitely have their own language. Yes, Danish is there, but it's a population that by and large speaks safe a pretty good amount of ink I'd like not a pretty good an amazing amount of English is presented their so that was a nice welcome change.</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>Here's what I learned in Denmark, and it's that someone actually does care.<span class= "Apple-converted-space"> </span> Okay. And it wasn't anybody in Denmark that I'm talkin about okay, but during my publication of all the stuff that we did this podcast the Social Media stuff that says look at us look at us look at us there were people listening and caring that we didn't even know about because that was when seed are reached out to us and said I love your journey, and I want you comes to Stay With Me.</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>Oh, yeah, yeah other people during that time started reaching out and I recognized there are people that they just don't live in France.<span class= "Apple-converted-space"> </span> What's next? What's next was Sweden and we it's so interesting I found that Europe. Everything so close, and it's so easy right to get places true, so I don't know I think it's similar to like the east coast of of the US well.</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>What was how did you recognize that because of our trip to Sweden because we took a train less than. 30 minutes away right with Sweden right and so it was just a hop over and it was a lovely city we walked around and had a great day had an amazing lunch not where we had planned to go, and and I can't remember what we ate there, but it's something that we started making I didn't it was really good.</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>I just can't remember it because we haven't made it in forever because we have no other true. Okay that what is it? Uh it was the cabbage? That's it yes. Yes, we baked we make cabbage which which sounds like a very unappetizing thing but was actually quite amazing. We're looking forward to being able to bake so let me finish your Sweden thought the reason because I think you might have missed the main point I'm the reason that everything is so small Is Not only was it right there because that's a border right the other countries always just on the other side of the Border, but it was the fact that we went there, and we turned around and were back home in three hours that is true.</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>It was super quick trip to. Get from Copenhagen Denmark to Malmo Sweden we spent our three hours there and that we did quick and the easy trip, and you learned about the fact that my God baked cabbage can be good. I learned that the people of Sweden. Don't only eat meatballs.</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>I can see that I can see that so thanks weeds. That was my lesson right so we left all of that to Sweden that Denmark and France behind, and we were next stop was Germany. We were whisked away to Germany. Yes. We were what did you learn for our our brief amount of time we spent and we did an overnight in Germany?</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>Barely, we did like ours and we got a hotel in Germany and were out the next day, so we didn't get a chance to spend a huge amount of time in Journey, but in Germany, but what did you learn in Germany my I learned that Germany is pretty much a cash-based economy. No credit cards were taken even in the train stations, right.</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>So it made it really difficult, and we didn't eat right because we had no money right we didn't have any of their their their money have any Euros. Yeah, we had because in. In the Copenhagen they use Kroner right and so we had we probably had a handful of kronor left on us, but in in Copenhagen in Denmark and in Sweden everyone takes a credit card right, so we just assume that welcome to Europe.</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>We can use our credit card everywhere. We get to the train station in Germany. It's like me know so that night we had we'd been on the train sense midday. Yep. We had a lunch. Probably at 11 in the morning and then we didn't get into cologne until like one in the morning we were super late. No dinner and in our hotel.</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>We had a mini a mini bag of Gummy Gummy Bears right over this now. I think there were three in each of those and that is what we ate so the great German cuisine you happy yeah repair. Can be better sorry Baylor Bears? That's what we had their the thing I learned about our trip to Germany is that Germany is known for its Precision Engineering BMW vehicles are made their German engineering.</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>It's it's been their slogan for forever. That does not extend to the train lines so because why we were late. Yeah, was kinda weird when we got on the wrong train not actually it's the wrong way to say it our train caught on the wrong track right which is insane so we backed up. After being on the train for like what thirty minutes used we stopped and backed up.</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>Yes. It was crazy, so just good on your BMW for grabbing all of the Precision Engineers. I could you give some of them back to the train company. I think I think they could use them right after Germany. What did you learn in our next location? Well, that's where we met up with CTR. Where was our next location show Brussels Brussels yes and.</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>I tried it was this when you learned that Brussels is the name of the city and not a country because Belgium is the name of the country right? Yeah ok yes, yes, sorry. I don't make fun of me never honey now anyway. Please continue way. We met up with CDR and seat are introduced me to something horrible, okay?</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>Macaroons by the runes, I love them we tasted the things had you ever had them before no. I had neither. Why did you never had them before? I don't know. I know why they do not look appetizing. They look like little Plato miniature hamburgers, and I don't want a miniature hamburger. That's called a slider, but it's not the size of my thumb, and I certainly not one made out of Plato, which is what they look like so do they look appetizing.</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>No, but are they delicious. Oh, my I think when we go back home. I'm going to learn to make them you should do the here's what I learned in Belgium. Yeah. I am not invincible. Haha, because I was pretty much down with something terrible most of the time we were there that is true. I went out on my own a lot, and then I also learned that pommes frites are way better than french fries make some good pommes frites, Belgium, and then we moved on to England to the UK we weren't K.</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>And we took the train. The train underneath the water through the tunnel. Yep. I'm not didn't it didn't go through the water went under under the water. Yes. Sorry train through the water. That's her big splash all the way across the English Channel. We surfed our way on a train. We did that on my birthday come on stay on top UK train under into the London what I was found is that takeaway fish and chips are amazing.</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>Everything that you experience in England in the UK comes down to about fishing tips. Well that makes sense it is kind of the national. I actually love them. Yep. Yep take away the chipper is pretty good stuff. Here's what I learned while we were in the OK we spent six weeks in the UK we were in London.</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>We were in Sheffield. We were in a little town in the Cheshire area called Knutsford. I learned that I will never be a musician again. True that you will never be one at all. And the value of traveling with less stuff all the same lesson being learned because that's true that is where we both went OK.</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>We're done which we ditch the guitars that someone stupidly thought would be a great thing for us to carry with us on it's also where I downsize my. Suitcase less-is-more was learned not necessarily because of being in the UK, but because of being in the other places. That's where we learned that we don't need all this stuff.</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>We can get rid of it right so six weeks in the UK then we jump down to Spain for about six years. I learned two things about Paia. I learned that you can have too much. Oh yes, and I learned that squid eat Paia is the best it is really tasty. Yes, it has black, and it looks weird, but squid ink and Pia is pretend.</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>I will say I haven't had it since we left well because we had it for like six months straight at seems like for like yeah three days we were in tears to Libra. Oh it was so good, but too much now that similar trip is where I learned. An important lesson in that is a Alka-Seltzer is all aspirin and you almost died when you take Alka Seltzer.</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>Yeah, I can't do that. There's my takeaway from Spain think. I probably could have learned. I think you could have learned that anywhere. You know that like most lessons in life. You could learn them. It's where you choose them right after spending went to Italy yes, what you learn in Italy. I learned that even experienced Travelers can get on the wrong train.</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>What what I don't remember get oh, yes, I do.<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span> Yeah, trying to get up to the Damned World Expo thing right there. There are different train lines yeah, and so and they don't communicate or share any information this was our seventh country right one two three four five six seven eight country that we have been to in the EU taking trains on.</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>In almost all of them write all of those places we had been to with the exception not even Sweden train did we track Belgium train you can yes? We took a train everywhere, and we still couldn't figure it out. Yeah, and and I think we got frustrated with the little guy behind the counter, and he finally just gave us back our money.</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>Oh, yeah, we we played that that Angry American Cardwell. Here's what I learned in Italy. I learned that five months in the EU is plenty o but also not nearly enough time right. I've learned that five months of continual travels pawlenty. Yeah, but I definitely want to go back and experience more of it.</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>Yeah me not for five months at a time. Well, I think that's kind of a given at this point such right so after Italy we then that's what we got to Thailand, but we're going to wait on title right right because we spent the most time here, so we'll wrap the show with Thailand. Talk while our first time in Thailand.</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>We had to go to a border run and that got us over across the river. It was well as more than a river. It's a big river. OK. That's where the river comes down that separates the two countries across the river. It was okay was eight kilometers a big, baby. River and so that was Burma, and did you learn as really called Myanmar.</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>It is called me a martyr and but I learned that if you go to that little Border Town you have to have a Handler. Oh, right? Yeah, so we had this guy shuttling us around to various spots and made sure that we had lunch and that we were back for the the boat in time. I don't know why I don't know if we look Shifty, but there was another folks there had handlers to so obviously they were shifted to what I think what you learned out of all of that what you learned was that not every country is as opening foreign visitors as others and me and Mars One.</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>Very much, so there are very specific areas that you can and can't go to as as a foreigner so while we were in Myanmar. I learned why border towns are shit holes.<span class= "Apple-converted-space"> </span> but also. That the word shit. Hole is a relative term.<span class= "Apple-converted-space"> </span> Because border towns. I mean think about every Border Town you have been to where there is a difference between a fluency right there's an F.</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>Fluency. No effluent has shit that comes out back on that again difference between a fluency between one country in another the Border towns are always terrible if you're in America listening, and you've been to any Border Town with make all their terrible places the reason they're terrible places is that when you get across the border.</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>That which seemed so terrible before that you lived in is a lot nicer because the one across the border is also terrible but worse so terrible so before you judge a Border Town too. Harshly. Go across to the Lesser affluent country and look, and it'll suddenly look like a shining City of Gold yes.</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>And then we moved on to Hong Kong after several months of being here an extra point of call was Hong Kong. What did you learn the Hong Kong? My love? I learned that in the entire world.<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span> The best fish and chips ever are from a New Zealander. That's in Hong Kong hooked. Amazing I will absolutely amazing, and I'm thinking we need to hit going to Hong Kong before we go back home striking.</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>I need some grab some more fish and chips. I understand so you now have had to fish and chips based life lessons. I want you to understand that I might be a little obsessed yeah, I learned from Hong Kong that Hong Kong is not China right and it is certainly not. We'll talk about China a little bit later.</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>We talk about Hong Kong differently, but my lesson was what a truly Cosmopolitan and international City. Hong Kong is what it really means to be International City Hong Kong has its own identity. Yes. It's tied strongly with China, but when you get there you will understand. How it is its own thing and it is about as International as as you might imagine.</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>It possibly could be more so than you can imagine you just simply have to go because it's that it's that different. From Hong Kong our next location which went back to Taiwan for a bit, but forget the routes Vietnam was the another country that we experience for the first time ever which we both absolutely loved.</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>Yes, did what you learn? I learned that the people are super friendly link. I think you and I have you know memories of you know Vietnam War and not being in it, but only where there we were the generation of kids that came after the Vietnam and so during we had a certain idea. Are head and and I was just blown away with how beautiful and friendly the people are and my life lesson kind of dovetails along with that.</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>I realized that we have been sold a bill of goods on this whole communism thing at least we were sold a bill of goods when you and I were in school learning about the evils of Communism. Maybe they were true. I don't know but I can tell you going to Vietnam if that's communism. It looks a lot like capitalism right.</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>It's not it's nothing to do with what you think I don't know. What was supposed to happen with the communism, but they seemed to have turned it around in Vietnam. So Australia was our next spot. Yes. Goodbye southeast Asia, and we are off to Australia. What did you learn for the two months we spent in Ozzie?</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>I learned a couple things there. I it is absolutely beautiful very different depending on where you go in the in the different areas, but absolutely stunning. It's wildly expensive. Yes, and my biggest takeaway is that I'm not sure we speak the same language as the queen lenders. Yeah, Queensland has its own special weird Suburban again.</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>Yeah, that's a that's definitely a rough language. Here's what I learned. First world problems are not evenly distributed. No because the first world problem that we ran into in Australia that we were not prepared for was the lack of internet availability right and the the throttling of bandwidth Xperia slee what he people have an island.</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>Yes, especially they do and that's the whole problem so as great and wonderful as most aspects were it's not perfect. It is seriously hampered what we were doing it did trying to get things out. So next up will be Malaysia. I believe ya, so what Lumpur. Yes, we spent some time in KL. What did you learn while we were in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia?</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>I was super impressed. It's probably the one place that I was super. I wasn't I didn't know what to expect, but it's so clean and the one thing. I will avoid that airport at all costs. Yeah klia is arguably the worst airport. We I hate it and hate it not because it's run down not because it's terrible that you but because it it is the probably the worst functioning and guy is weird.</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>It you have to go through security multiple times even if you're just connecting in now um the lines at immigration to get in our horrible. Nope not even lines come on. I mean you're more like spaghetti noodles. That's the odd one because it's a thumbprint and like it should be super fast and easy and there's two separate terminals.</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>There's one. That's really super nice and clean, and then there's. An old one that I am pretty sure it's from the 1960s and the vendors down there. Hopefully you have funds to pay because they don't take money. Yeah, they Rincon bring it yet. They don't take credit cards there. It was just yeah weird spot for being such a big hot spot what I learned in Malaysia is how to catch Pokemon?</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>Is that was when I was temporarily a professional Pokemon trainer for one of our trips there was spent a lot of time catching Pokemon? When did it just come out right in the country and my goodness? Or they Pokemon Creo ya see people around there. I got some really cool ones there right so from Malaysia the next list of countries.</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>We've been to for our last year, so here. We had an opportunity to go to China proper, and yang do China. What did you learn my love in Chengdu China? I learned that it wasn't what I expected, and I expected more of that communism that rigid dictator type attitude there. And that's not what I got at all.</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>I got more of an Austin feel from you know, Austin, Texas. It's more quaint and quirky and just kind of a really cool. Spot like if I had to pick a spot to live in China. It would either be there or Hong Kong and Safari said Hong Kong. It's not China right we Chengdu of course you're basing on the one city you visited in kind of proper right sure, but it would be a nice enough place to actually don't change that I learned that.</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>That thing about communism, I mentioned with the Vietnamese. Yeah, well heaters the news. It's coming for you, and you might want to keep an eyeball out not. It's again. Not the Red Scare right you were sold into but it seems to be working pretty pretty well so pay attention. Okay, after that from trips.</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>We managed to go to the Philippines some good amount of time with the Philippine. Yeah, what three weeks. I think just like that spent time on the mainland where there's no Mainland Philippine as a series of islands, right we spend some time Manila. We spent some time in some other little island, so what did you learn in the Philippines?</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>I learned that there is actually somewhere were. With traffic problems, then Bangkok yes, he talkin about manila manila itself that said terrible City when it comes moving people around not good. I couldn't live there. I could live on the islands on the on the little Islands, but I couldn't live in Manila too much craziness.</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>I learned two things in the Philippines. Yes number one Spain ruins everything. Seriously name me once one more evidence of that former Spanish colony that is barely functioning today, but more important that though. Pollution Control really can work when we were on the island. I think it was was it Palawan was at the island where they have band-like littering his like the kind of offense to wear the first time its $100 find the second time.</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>It's like go to jail right. There's a almost a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to that that place is clean. There's not plastic bags. There's not trippin bloating. There's nothing on the side of the road pollution control works with just extremely aggressive measures and the president is not afraid to kill people probably has simple there is that?</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>Alright, so staying in Southeast Asia. Yes, Cambodia odia. I am this goes back to the people the people are resilient friendly kind. I am super impressed with them as a people. They're hard working and just amazing and I can't wait to go back next month. Here's what I learned for our time in in Cambodia.</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>I've been twice what we are third time week or so. And that is that in stark contrast to China which has figured things out over the last four to eight thousand years and continued to March forward with relatively straight line of where they're headed to yep. Cambodia's reminder that we have a very very short memory as a species.</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>Yeah, we do we really do we do some terrible things, and we don't even know exactly what we're doing sometimes and it takes a lot of time to recover so while we're there are some great things happening. There are some some ideas that will seem to be moving in moving Humanity in the right direction.</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>There are a lot of idiots and a lot of I don't want to call them evil because I don't think that's the case I think it's misguided and you get too caught up in your crap. And Cambodia is a Non-Stop reminder of that too. Definitely definitely, and then we went to Indonesia we have been to Indonesia and again we spent three weeks there.</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>Yeah, well again. They're sixteen Thousand Islands Innovation stupid like that rightly went to three right well. I guess for because of lombok. So I found it interesting the so many religions that are there that each island kinda identifies with one specific religion, but they are very tolerant of other religions.</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>We have almost the same lesson the way I would phrase that is that it, Indonesia has shown me that it is possible for multiple religions to not only coexist right, but also have one of those religions. Be in power right kind of like political parties you know for their I'm assuming there are parties, but to me.</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>I felt it was like a multi-party system where they get to take turns, and that's that's what's going to happen, but it seems to work. I don't think it seems to work, but at the same time. I think that we're doomed. I think that that that will not a can't continue. I it seems to work in Indonesia.</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>It's not problematic, but I think as a species especially just really just up continues. We're doomed, but I don't want to sit there and talk about Dartmouth Nautilus agrees with me. Just saying what I think about right so. Oh Estonia. Yeah, we should talk about Estonia when will come back to Thailand.</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>OK. What did you learn for our lovely trip to Estonia my life? I learned that there's so much history, but that they Embrace, but they also bring in new. Oh right sure I think I understand that right yeah, they understand their history, but they also recognize, it issues not going to get them where they need to go, so let's adopt the new and it's about as new of a places you're going to find yeah, and I love dystonia.</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>I love Talon as just gorgeous as did. I much like when I just told you Indonesia told me that we are doomed. Estonia says there's hope for us as a species after all definitely nice and Progressive way of looking at things now before we leave honey. I have one bonus country I can talk about Finland.</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>Oh yeah you do can't I can you were only in the airport in Finland, which doesn't count. We don't talk about Russia. We don't talk about Japan. We don't know about. The other places we've been in China, but I was in Finland and for my bonus episode here not episode for my bonus lesson before we get to talking about Thailand.</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>I learned that that's where the elders are of the L. The Elven are in Finland that hair though young blonde into blue. Did the perfect specimens of humanity male and females like that's it's so. Creepily perfect. It's a natural my God. It looks unnatural. I feel like the troll pretty much feel like control, and they're the elves Swagger right Thailand honey long episode guys, but this is our last bit.</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>We're going to talk about Thailand, and then tell you some other things at the end we have spent the longest time here. What single lesson. You can do multiple, but ideally what does the most important lesson you have learned from your time and Thailand. I have learned that they put sugar in everything and that you really don't need to certainly yes.</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>They do like put sugar in the food actually let me revise that right. They do put sugar in everything four main dishes. But not in desserts they put sugar in everything they don't need to and don't put enough sugar in the things that they do need yet, and on that if there's ever a shortened shortage of a sweetened condensed milk.</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>It's because of Thailand two-and-a-half years or so what she learned people that I'm sugar. Here's what I learned about OK. I have learned it didn't take me long to run this lesson, but I wanted every single day. That this is Thailand.<span class= "Apple-converted-space"> </span> And I cant fix Thailand, and I don't want to live in Thailand anymore.</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>Oh quick hence the good reason that we are leaving it seemed to work out pretty well as my tolerance. Level was approaching zero we had to opportunity to go to go back home and start our new lives as as Grandparents which we are about to do hence. Bringing the show to a close yes, so in all of our lessons I see a theme in mind.</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>Oh I see a team efficient chips a fiend.<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span> People and what did you see in mine? Um yours um? I'm cynical and me. Yeah, did you learn that you can take the boy out of America, but you can't take the Evo out of Evo. That's about it. Maybe my watch. Well there. 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Bizarre Foods From Around The World We Have Known [Season 4, Episode 29]
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">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.)</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">For Sheila, the answer was mashed potatoes covered in fish eggs she found -- and loved -- in Spain. Your challenge is to replicate the recipe the next time you sit down for a traditional ‘meat-and-potatoes’ dinner in the West.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Evo’s palate is a little more adventurous than most, so ‘eating bizarre’ is what he does. If you listen, you’ll hear a lot about eating some tasty grubs, whole frogs, live termites, crabs-in-the-shell, offal soup, grilled intestine, and more.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">What’s more interesting is how our concept of favorite foods have changed (or in one of our cases) not changed after three years exposure to new dishes and flavors. Take sushi and pizza, for example. One of them should never be eaten outside of America, and the other might kill you. And then there’s laab moo, a dish we probably won’t find at many Thai restaurants back in America.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">One thing is for sure: living abroad for three years has opened up Sheila to spicy food. And Evo has accepted that eating soup for breakfast is pho-king incredible.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Next week is the last episode of Season 4, but it’s not too late to</span> <a href= "http://shevo.wtf/postcards"><span style="font-weight: 400;">get postcards from us</span></a> <span style="font-weight: 400;">for a couple more months and to become our supporter for the soon-to-launch 5th season of our podcast. Do both on</span> <a href="http://shevo.wtf/patreon"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">Patreon</span></a><span style= "font-weight: 400;">, and you’ll be the first to know when the next season drops. Plus you’ll get access to all the previous bonus episodes we’ve published.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">See you next week for the final episode (before we start something new!)</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Insane Computerized Transcription Of This Episode</span></p> <p>We're using a new service this week to create this section. It's called Descript, and it's arguably better. It would also likely be a lot easier to massage this to a good transcript you actually want to read... but where's the fun in that? Also, no time stamps in this one. Not that they were all that helpful over the last 10 episodes, right?</p> <p>If the food itself is making a weird sound you might not want to eat it.</p> <p>Oh, oh, oh this one time so this one time one time this you know what this one time this one-time. Oh my God this one time good podcast another question this week, my love also not voicemail little bit. That's fine. I listen losing battles. I don't fight it any longer this one comes from Eric in Ireland, and he asks us quite.</p> <p>Simply. What's the most? Czar food, you've tried as you travel the world. That's a great question Eric. Thanks for asking. I'm Sheila D. And I am Evo Terra. We are Shiva. You are listening to this one time the podcast strange foods. Maybe I know this one you've got an answer wow great. I know I know, but I can't I don't remember what it's called.</p> <p>I just remember eating it and when I saw it I went. That looks disgusting and it's in a weird container, okay, and oh, but I'm going to try it anyway. Well. That's the idea that bizarre food should look weird sometimes smell weird, but definitely look weird occasionally sound weird. And by sound weird I mean the name sounds weird if the food itself is making a weird sound.</p> <p>You are great. You might not want to eat it now. Maybe if it's making a weird sound before it is actually slain. That's okay. We could talk about lobsters. Webster's ya as showing when they are in actually you know what lobsters really aren't screaming or even hissing don't that is sustained escaped exactly right breaking through the carapace.<br /> It's just it's just the noise of their insides boiling and then passing through their carapace make-up sound. Okay, we should get back to the question about this is my question Bizarre Foods ok so my bizarre food was when we were in Spain. Yes. We spent about three knows what at six weeks in Spain all over Spain from Galicia in the north to Costa Brava in the Western or Eastern side and then down in Majorca Island, which is only on Spain as much as it's between Spain and Africa in the middle of the med yes, Spain place for Wii.</p> <p>A bizarre specifically Costa Brava Costa Brava, and we were there with Tee Box our first two backs. Yep, and we were at the speakers dinner although neither one of us were speaking right that was the big fancy event above the town of Costa Brava that we were in what was the name of the town you remember no, I don't work all either, but regardless if the Costa Brava area beautiful grain man-boy just huge kitchens ECB like an a b or a.</p> <p>Some churchy type thing yeah, yeah, it was big more. Just they do lots of big church you type things in this bang. Yes. Thank you right way right back to the food right the food yeah, that was they invited all of the speakers out. It was a fully catered event every room had something different inside.</p> <p>Yes, College all different chefs had come up from various areas. I believe I think that's what happened wasn't just the chefs that were there locally then they bring others or my conflating stories more importantly does it matter no OK food was amazing right, but funky so in a small mason jar was.</p> <p>mashed potatoes. And some type of caviar's fish roe type thing that looked odd, but was amazing and my mouth good what it was called. It's called the Mason jar mashed potato fish roey thing. That's one way to call it it probably. I don't know what it was officially called, but if you just think about I recall that situation when when they had this thing, and it was it was weird right because you've got this mason jar, and she's saying mason jar listener understand.</p> <p>We're not talkin like a big mason jar that your redneck family drinks out of we're talkin about the small little mason jar. That is kind of the size of a think of like a Cosmetics container that you would have as far as the width around its. You know if you were to put your your hand into the shape of an oh, it's a little larger than it make your hand about the shape of a system, baby food container there you go.<br /> That's what you should have said it's baby food. I'm trying out getaway complicated. What said there's a certain number of cubic millimeters inside that Express the volume. As such now you're right. It's think baby food jar think baby food jar, but instead of a picture of baby on it there was no picture at all the clear glass jar didn't make baby food containers anymore because I know that they have them all in the squeeze tubes uh.</p> <p>I don't know the answer to that non-sequitur to find out whether I just got us off topic, but that rarely happens you did Back to the topic at hand right so think baby food container that when we looked at it. It was a clearly a double layer thing and I've seen desserts in the Villa be food containers right you'll have the chocolatey fudgy putting on the bottom, and then there's a layer of some sort of a a fruity.</p> <p>Type material, and then some some sprinkling nuts on top of that make a nice little later. You can see through, but this just two layers White. And kind of that chunky with things in it whites or not a perfectly clear white not perfectly smooth, white and then and that was probably oh, I don't know maybe two two fingers worth of that.<br /> Yes, and then a finger's width of what is very clearly fish eggs. This really good or tapioca that has gone bad. No, it was good, but it was fish eggs and even got a spoon and you dug in and you had some mashed potatoes with the gelatinous E. GUI fish eggs that were a part of it, and it was very amazing.</p> <p>I I'm pretty sure I had more than my share. It doesn't normally happen when we. We go out to things like that. Well. That's one of the benefits of going to a free event like this when they're serving them walking around like hors d'oeuvres. Yes, you could grab the 18 skewers of chicken teriyaki shove them in your face, and no one's going to say no they're going to say you shouldn't but they're not going to say no same deal here finish the jar saris Lee drop the jar the empty jar on another can another Trey going by and as the next four d'oeuvres a server walks by grab yourself another one and enjoy the salty goodness of mashed potatoes and fish eggs.</p> <p>Okay, now top that what's your Strange's that's pretty strange, and that's a that's I mean it's and and here's the thing about that. That's strange enough to maybe even bring back home because I'm telling you when you're having Thanksgiving meal when you're having Christmas meal, or if you're from a redneck family, and you're having your nightly potatoes think about putting a little bit of fish roe on their people.<br /> Doesn't have to be the fancy sturgeon cot caviar from the North Sea, but official. It's pretty simple you can go to Ikea and buy fish roe in a metallic tube and squeeze it on your mashed potatoes. Holy crap. I think we're going to do that for now. I knew Thanksgiving dinner side now see for me the questions a little more difficult Eric about the most bizarre food.</p> <p>I've eaten while I've been travel because I like. Bizarre foods that you do I like to try things that are weird, and I have had the attitude for some time now that if another culture can eat the food and typically do eat the food. It's really not weird. It's just unusual to me right, but it's not all that bizarre so.</p> <p>I don't know that I have an answer to be really honest. I can tell you this the bizarre things that I have eaten while I've been traveling abroad that I typically have not had very much of or don't have occasion to eat when I am and back home and the biggest one that comes to mind are the bugs.</p> <p>Okay, and specifically. I mean the grubs there. They sister is a species of Weevil here or some sort of a larval. Creature that is about the size of the tip of your pinky. It's soft. It looks like a grub. It looks like a worm. But you know smaller grub thing will be 10 feet looking around and these I think there would weevils.</p> <p>I'm not really sure exactly what the what the type of food. They are but these are very common all over Bangkok all over Thailand, and they're just fried and eaten are those one of the ones that come off the the little cart with the man that. Oh, yeah, comes down the street. Yeah. He's got the selling the whole weevils.</p> <p>He's got the whole frogs right you love those loved frogs and now if you're thinking I mean frog legs the Frog had legs it certainly did that all of it, but this was a whole frog like the whole frog laid out like he has was caught mid jump. They grabbed this frog. He's that linked him the frog dog probably from that the outstretched outer.</p> <p>Legs to the back stretch legs, maybe the width of the Palm from tip of the machine. It's smaller than my hands altogether, but that'll be the longest they are and you eat the whole thing. It's salty. It's been deep-fried. There's nothing on it other than Salt. OK, there's no breading. There's no other materials Insight you what there's there's materials inside.</p> <p>It's not like they have split the Frog open and cleaned it out you understand. You're eating all the Frog and what else is on that cockroaches are on that too. Oh, yeah, roaches and scorpions and all that yeah, okay, but that's not all that strange because. Insects were a part of the human diet for thousands of years before we became modern-day human, and it's still with the great proteins where it's just protein people not that harm you in NJ had picked up termites in Belize to live off the stump of the tree.</p> <p>That's right. I have eaten live terminates the other bizarre thing that I've had once before, but there's a much greater chance of getting them here. Are those little bitty flash fried crabs? Oh, yeah, yeah, and I think the thing that makes them, so strange is that? It's a whole crab, and it's not very big.</p> <p>It's the size of a silver dollar the size of this little crab and you eat the whole thing and it's not as soft shell crab it is a shelled. It is a crab with shell on and as a hard shell that you could Flac Flac black, but because it's so small. It's not very thick and you eat it, so it's like eating a potato chip.</p> <p>With a crab inside like a surprise. It's tasty okay. I love it so yeah for me. There's hasn't been all that much stuff that is bizarre. I've eaten a lot of awful while I've been here in Thailand. Which basically just means that innards okay, and so when you get your beef noodle soup on the street.</p> <p>You can get just the actual muscle tissue that has been raised or you can get it with. A variety of other ingredients and one of those ingredients is quite quite popular as liver, which I never was a big liver fan back in the back in this, but they typically will have pieces of liver floating in there as well as pieces of intestine and other bits you can actually get on the streets of Bangkok.</p> <p>Someone will be grilling. Spirally looking weird kind of gray brown thing was like a piece of yarn. That's kind of gone feral and picked up some sentences not really moving, but nonetheless of those big large thick tube thing that's intestine and here's the deal. It's really tasty. I'm going to stop you right now.</p> <p>Yeah as a vegetarian you are not. An advocate for eating me just so you know for us vegetarians everything you've just said turns me off take anything. I understand. Here's the good news. I don't care. Okay. What you eat how to be what you've done all I care what I eat is tasty. Good. Good food.</p> <p>Yeah, so I think I think that's really that the most bizarre thing is just a greater opportunity for me to enjoy the bizarre foods that I've always just kind of sampled pretty. Well. What was the Inn in Spain when we stopped into one of the bars. They always give you when you're ordering a beer for $1 they give you the.</p> <p>The I don't know what you call it Ministry the car, so I the hands over the minister. Yeah, what it what is that Technical, and had you have Trotters as what they call it so the pork feet have you had that before uh? No. I have not had pork feet before which is I mean they just literally take the foot of a of a pig it cut the Hoover off.</p> <p>We're not having the roof of the of the pickets off but the. The metatarsals if you will all of that meet tissue or all together in its stood, and it's putting a little crock and its oh my God, it's fantastic because you pay one Euro for a beer and you get to eat this for free. That's why the Spanish economy is whacked because at the Tapas based economy, and I just simply doesn't work.</p> <p>Those are the bizarre foods now. That brings me to interesting idea. Honey yes, but I thought we could expand upon this little bit and ask ourselves a couple of other questions that dovetail off of this. Okay, the first one being. What was your favorite food before we traveled my dear and after three years of living abroad has it changed.</p> <p>Do you still have that same favorite, or is there a new favorite in your life? So my favorite food before I had to two favorite foods before traveling OK the first one is Sushi anytime you offer me. Sushi. I'm going to eat it right second one is pizza. Yep. I assume that was going to be on the list and I don't eat as much Sushi here.</p> <p>Why don't you eat as much Sushi here in Bangkok tyranny as you did back in America. I not sure I trust the it's a trust the sanitation and different things like that. It's just not up to up to where I would like my fish to be different. I Rajesh different level of food handling requirements and safety here.</p> <p>We have eaten Sushi. Yes, we have not been sick from sushi. I'm just cautious about it. We've seen how lackadaisical. Yeah, they really can't be here, and yeah, so right have any losses you I agree. Okay, so pizza pizza's my downfall. I still it's my favorite. I really too much pizza. It do I did way too much pizza.</p> <p>I'm doing better since when we first got here because when we first got here. I was eating it quite a bit because I do love Gallery Pizza a lot most Pizza outside of America. Is a hell yeah, I'm not meaning just bad. I meaning flat-out terrible if you come to Bangkok you will find a Pizza Hut know a Domino's Pizza on every corner Domino's Pizza is all over the place or this one right there.</p> <p>It's not affect senator. They have to ya KFC. Oh, that's right. Yeah Pizza Hut Domino's if you order Pizza Hut pizza from Thailand or Dominos pizza from Thailand. It's called Pizza. It mostly looks like pizza, but it is not what you're expecting and and again your expectations are already terribly low because you ordered a Dominos or Pizza Hut pizza so much for those sponsorships, but here.</p> <p>It's really terrible. It's tough to get a decent Pizza in this town, but if you do find them they they do there are some places that make a very good pizza. Not a great pizza, but a very good pizza. And in the pizza desert that we live in it suddenly becomes very very good right what it is, and and the one we get right now is pretty inexpensive.<br /> Also speaking Yeah, and they deliver and so it's really nice to just go. I can't deal with today anymore. I just want pizza, and I like we can't make a pizza here because we have no oven in our wonderful condo, so that's all I Nelson oven so you are saying your paper foods are remain Sushi and pizza.</p> <p>Yeah, they do we did that hasn't changed for me. I don't know if I had a favorite food. You just like food. I like food. I maybe you a wide range either here, but I have as you as you listener have likely heard me talk about on the program. I love lab. Yes, and lamu Todd if I can find it range is deep-fried that is my all-time paper food in fact.<br /> I I've been to Jack's bar across the river several times recently because when new people come to town and say hey we want to meet you either for this show this one time or for the other show that I do the Bangkok podcast. I almost always take them to Jack's Bar and. The only thing I've had at Jack's bar for the last six times.<br /> I've been there has been lab and lab Mouton. That's it all. I've had and that won't happen again when I go back to the States obviously because that is very tied there are lots of Thai food places, but that's not always even on the menu that sometimes off menu bar we weigh much and off menu. Item because the spices are not all that Ready Common and also.</p> <p>I'm pretty sure a lot of awful, too. Okay, speaking of things that aren't awful. Yes that you want to say something. I was going to ask you a question. Oh you wanted to ask another question. Why not so because we've been gone for so long and we've been exposed to so many different flavors right how has this prolonged exposure changed what and how you're eating.</p> <p>I'm eating. Oh, yeah, that's true because the flavors are different its food Foods everywhere, but it's I'm like the fact that. Going out to breakfast in an in Thailand. Unless I specifically go to an English pub. There's no such thing as breakfast food great. It's just called food. Yeah in Thailand, and it's either something super sweet, or it's a plate of chicken and rice right pretty Chinglish rate for so yeah as well as we have been doing this the normal flavors.</p> <p>We would get that changed throughout the day because in America we have very distinct breakfast very distinct lunch foods and very distinct dinner foods, but. And the rest of the world or in many places and the rest of the world that's not always the case yes, so I wonder how it's actually changed my I think if anything it is made my already adventurous palate that much more adventurous.</p> <p>Like I love soup for breakfast now. OK soup for breakfast and a good, and I apologize to you my love and the other vegetarian listening to us right now meaty meaty soup super spicy for breakfast is fan tastic vote casting it is fantastic it in fucking incredible. That wasn't a cuss word that was fucking incredible because of fuck so yeah Vietnam is a big bang for that but also all of Southeast Asia, right Southeast Asians will eat soup.</p> <p>It doesn't matter. It will be 45 see outside. Which is a hundred almost 100 degrees not so 400 Degrees actually and the southeast Asians will eat soup. They don't care. It is soup. It is what's meant to be consumed all time so for me. It is probably breaking down the barriers of what? Is appropriate for breakfast versus lunch for this dinner?</p> <p>They are now Blended together, and not just in the American way of I have breakfast for dinner, and I'll be this weird you know having cereal at night thing that my any up that's not it is like I will be open now to any type of food anytime during the day. That's what's different for me you for me.</p> <p>It would be definitely the spices your spice tolerance level has increased significantly I blame that. On Chengdu because even before that we've been living here, and I I don't think I had embraced the the spice, but once we went to Chengdu China the Szechuan chilies. I love those I cannot get enough of those chilis that is probably one of the impetus because we went to Chengdu after what being here for six months.</p> <p>Yeah, well after six months living in Bangkok full time. We'd been in Thailand for three or more prior to that so you had almost a year of just dealing with the fact that Thai food tends to be high right even though your favorite. Thai food is Pat icon. Which is pad thai with shrimp in it and Pad, Thai is not a spicy dish.</p> <p>Typically not. I've had some blood typically is designed to be and that's when they came up with this national dish. It was designed to be not not just Bland but but as sweet and savory and sour ran new mommy flavor all together in a perfect balanced meal, and that's the only Thai food. You can find CNA, but most ties will now add additional any of those flavors, but a lot of the hot right and you've gone down that route.</p> <p>You've been putting more of the. PC stuff right or in fact I was out to lunch recently and I had something simple. I had a like crab fried rice and with the crab fried rice chips. I was a crab fried rice or Crap friend because in Bangkok it can be spelled either way. But that it comes with this little oil, or sauce that has red and green chilies in it and normally what the ties.</p> <p>Do is they scoop up a little bit, and then they spread it out. Not me. I take the entire container and just dump it all over and then mix all mine up into that take the American route of just add everything to the dish mixed together place my my companion at lunch big white eyes no. No, no you don't want to do that yes.</p> <p>Yes. Yes, I do. Yeah, your spice tolerance has gone up significantly and that's good news because when we go back to the state some of the places. I like to eat at ten to go on the. Hot or side of things and while we always have almost always have separate meals because you're a wedgie terrier, and I am not.</p> <p>Still there are like shared appetizers and things that we get together that you can't enjoy as much as I do because I would like to spice level, but but I still don't think that I care for the jalapeno peppers. Well. We're working on that next that's really where we're gonna go next get your that will be 2018 School.</p> <p>We're trying to do in 2018 that we properly answer Eric's questionnaire / Eric from Ireland the Irish people are weird. They have something called a crisp sandwich. Do you know this? Is it potato chips sandwiched between two pieces of bread? That's it? Yeah, okay, so basically everything is weird to Irishman.</p> <p>I guess I don't that we answered your questions way one more show kids one more show one more show of season four of this one time will be coming to you guys next week one more. Uno, mas and then season 4 comes to a close, but don't worry season 5 will be right on its heels. So we'll have more content coming out from you, but we got one more show coming up for next week.</p> <p>Are we changing the format for next year of course for next year for next season of course. We are probably change the name for next season, but don't sweat it. 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Becoming Gigi and คุณปู่ [Season 4, Episode 28]
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">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.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">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</span> <a href= "https://www.grandparents.com/family-and-relationships/grandparent-names"> <span style="font-weight: 400;">lists of trendy names for grandparents</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, and a lot of them are just silly. Which we kinda like. Here are the ones what we’re considering, some more or less seriously than others:</span></p> <ul> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">Ace</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">Bama</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">Bebop</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">Bibi</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Big Daddy</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">Biggie D</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">Bobo</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">Dabado</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">Dally</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Faux Mau</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">G-Man</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">Gigi</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">Ginja</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">Gogo</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">Grandiose</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">Granette</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">Granite</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">Grammy</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Khun bpoo</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Khun yaa</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">Lala</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">M’dear</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">Mellowman</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">MoreDaddy</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">Nooni</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">NaNa</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">NotherMother</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">Panda</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">Pebbles</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">Rocky</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">Slick</span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But as we’ve no practical experience, we’re asking you, the listener, to chime in on our choices. Maybe you even have something in mind that keeps the special “ShEvo-ness” inside? Listen in and let us know in the comments.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">You can</span> <a href= "http://shevo.wtf/callus"><span style="font-weight: 400;">ask us a question for a future show</span></a><span style= "font-weight: 400;">, and you can</span> <a href= "http://shevo.wtf/patreon"><span style="font-weight: 400;">get on our fresh new Patreon page</span></a> <span style= "font-weight: 400;">to support us the rest of the season and the next!</span></p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ridiculous But Funny Computer-Automated Transcription Of This Audio</span></h2> <p>If computers struggle with English, they really have a tough time with Thai. Luckily we didn't use much in this episode, so we probably didn't burn out <a href= "http://podcasterpro.com">PodcasterPro</a>'s logic board. But as usual, the results are quite funny. Read on and see if any of this makes sense. (Spoiler: it won't.)</p> <p><strong><em>00:00:00</em></strong><br /> <em>Who trusts infants with any effect, let alone naming you that would will be called for the rest of your life. I don't think so. Oh, home one zero This one drawn us one this. No, this morning. This one siree. Oh my God. Just one time. The other question this week, my love, And this one comes from general by the name of net Banjul from Arizona. And he ask is very simple question. What's the one thing that might make us give up this life of living abroad and moved back to America? That's a great question. Nothing new thinks for asking, I'm She Ledee and I am Ibo Tara. We are Shiboh and you are listening to this one time, the podcast. If you haven't figured it out yet, people. And I don't know how you manage to do that, but I guess as possible, maybe you just consume this in podcast warm. I suppose that's pupils. No follow us. Not everybody Follows us. Nerve annual is Our son. He in you might have heard us referred to him has in Jhang. He is our kid and NJ didn't listen to a conversation I had with him some sixteen years ago. <laughter> I think he did because otherwise he It would this would have happened a long time ago. That is true. How do you want to just quickly answer the question? And then we could get onto the rest of the program. Sure. In July, You're going to be really, really old And that's not your birthday greenery really, really old because you're going to be a grandfather. And that is the answer to the question. The only thing which would make us give up this life of traveling abroad.</em></p> <p><strong><em>00:02:03</em></strong><br /> <em>Is have been grab marriage and I'm super excited. I'm getting super excited <laughter>. I am certain learn that, so Yeah. So here's here's the deal kids I we're gonna be grandparents. Uh, which means we're moving back to America. So yeah, we're doing that. But instead of us talking about as moved back to America, what I thought we would do on the program today, my love is come to an agreement on a very important topic. Net very important topic is, how do we wish to be referred to as an additional generation above parent grandparents? I'm sure yours is wet Mac Daddy or something like that. Well, I have been giving it some thoughts on warming up to the idea. My family has a lilies. In my generation, We had a relatively street bore word naming Convention for four grandparents. Okay? Because like like, almost everyone out there listening, although certainly not everyone, but the vast majority of people have two sets of grandparents be biologically speaking you. Every one has two sets of grandparents. You have your maternal grandmother and grandfather, and you have your paternal grandmother and Ron father. For me. Both of my grandmothers were grandma. Okay. And my grandfather's one, My my paternal grandfather was grandad. Okay, and My maternal grandfather was grandpa. Okay, So our And that was it. So pretty straightforward and simple. If you go back, I only had one great grandparent. Okay, That was around. And that was My maternal maternal.</em></p> <p><strong><em>00:03:44</em></strong><br /> <em>Grandfather So my my my maternal his father was still alive and he was poppa Charlie. Okay, But I don't think he was always pop. I think that came because pop Charlie had 9 kids. At a unlike the age of four and that they all bread like rabbits like right out of the womb. So they had to have some sort of a discerning factors of a couldn't do to be a simple Grandma and Grandpa. My grandparents were each had had Wall Yet. My my mom and my dad each have their own individual sibling. So I have one aunt, my mom's sister, and I have another aunt, my dad sister. So it gets a lot simpler when you have single digit children, as opposed to, you know, a gaggle hits. That's what mind recalled, what were you or what were the grandparents called and your family historically, my love so that they range arm. A lot of times just to one another, It's Graham grandma for me to one another two as I'm speaking to them Obote when you referred to them. Oh yeah, Just call them grandma gas-tank CIA. And so my I want your grandfather's. Well, that's eight gets kinda complicated because I don't have just. One set for each I have step an remarried, and I dunno my family gets a little crazy. So if I were wouldn't get crazy, They just get divorced easily. Do they do? Um, and so I've got I've got one that I called Graham pu.</em></p> <p><strong><em>00:05:17</em></strong><br /> <em>As it ran, who was a grand who grand pu grand, Which sounds like Grant pu because letters in the Latin after a terrible but that was last week's episode. Sorry. So, um, I also I call my Graham, my my dad's Mon, Graham, An and I also she had a couple of different names. Grandma Lois, grandma Jerry. Well, right. That's also age divorce quickly. And we changed the name a lot. I have no idea what happened that equations. Like, Please continue. Um, most of them though, were were named just with, you know, they're, they're grandma and their name. So like Burma Kathy. Okay. Um, but my debt, my mom's Dad was poppa and nuts that I was the first grandchild. So I, I think I'm the one that kinda gave that. And in his second wife was Granny. Okay. Um, but beyond that I think they were all just grandma icy on my dad's side. All my dad's second wife. Uh, that's that's a Granny situation, right? Her My, my stepmother, Linda, while she is grandma to our son rate, she is granny to my sisters children's yet, that because that's what runs in her family, We took my love of the approach with NJ to just use grandma or Grandpa and throw another name on the yet. And there were the last name. No, there's always the first thing. Yeah, I don't know. The new ones still. Does that? Yeah, I don't. I don't think so. And and I mean there was no double name so late. There weren't two hyphenated majori. No, I mean like two Kathy's are too low. I. Yes, yes. Yes, yes. It. The first name of each of his at grandparents was unique, at least in that sets array of just referred to them. Although he didn't referred to her as grandma Terry.</em></p> <p><strong><em>00:07:16</em></strong><br /> <em>No, he referred to her as grandma frog because our family as weird as she less edit, beginning his conversation, my mom likes frauds and clearly. Particular name interestingly enough, though. My sister on my mom's aside when she had kids, the first of her child came for a long time listeners of the show notice kid His name is Caesar twisty, mix Pennington <laughter>. Thank you, definitely. Doc for naming him properly out when winner wind twisty came out and started referring to his grandmother. It wasn't any of those. It was Granny was. It wasn't a grandma was an grams was none of that stuff. It was Markelle. I'm mock. I don't even know the the why? No, one knows why <laughter>. So what we are doing on this program here is we are heading this off at the pass nipping it in the bud, We are going to select a race. I'm going to select the appropriate moniker that I shall be name from, because who trusts infants with NFA let alone naming you. That would you will be called for the rest of your life. I don't think so. These kids have no experienced literally, no experience. They don't get to pick mining. Can I pick your new? No. 'cause I can had import. That's why we're to do on the program here I got. I think we should ask for listeners to call and not here, and we'll go through over there. This might be a washout window Oliver our favorites. Feel free to chime that what you think I wanna start with you First. My love because that are the best You are the first most important thing. You're always them the right Chandler people's ears. There's a reason for all these lenses.</em></p> <p><strong><em>00:09:01</em></strong><br /> <em>I want to start with you, So I found a website that shows not just you know, we had baby books twenty six years goes like a ruined us today, but now there are grandparent books, and there are sites Now that list not just traditional names, but also trendy names. I saw those. So that's what I went through. I don't know how we chat about a few of those. So so I have you ever use thrower there at relatively long list. So there are first off, If you if I am about to pick your name and skewer it, I'm going to apologize in advance, but it's one of those, sorry not sorry situation. This is what I'm trying to avoid. There is a reason why we typically talk about things before we go on this show and we didn't this. How about how about Obama for a grandmother name Bama? No buyers because I am not from Alabama. We would just call you roll. You can't have that. You can't be from a Middle America college football center of world, but our family is still in and use Bama. No, unless you happen to be from Alabama ice on Obama. No Bammer How 'bout Dally or doll Let's not Dolly's D A L L Y, which I can only assume is pronounced Dally. Now it's too close to its a shorten way of saying Dallas. So now bowel. Wasn't even thinking about that. Okay Dally dilly-dally whose when I understand what you Tehran mayor yachts be called Dally Dally wide Delhi. I don't understand why makes no sense whatsoever. Now, here's this. Why do like gin jet, G, N J A gin jet, which I assume this out brands ginjinha. I kinda like that when jet injure Ghenda. IT that I could begin jet. Yeah. And then when they could get all of gyping me, the gander.</em></p> <p><strong><em>00:10:56</em></strong><br /> <em>Had been situation boy bring McGinn SIA's rheumatism medicine. Waterbombing Ginza injure. How about Go go, go, go. I I don't hate it. It's not my favorite. We'll take that. Get the tide land. Show one Agung at all about go or her. What are what is going to be alright, vague. One of the courageous ones, I've seen it as looked in your eyes when you're saying over lentil layer of these are completely insane. Grandiose that I could do. Who wants to be Listen, I I had an ego, Do not be misunderstand the factor. I have an eagle. I do not expect a child. The call me grandiose and how are they pronouncing it? Because seriously, a two year old pronouncing grandiose. Well, they can they're all there are they control their tongue? You can't. But take a rather Tom liberal There are grandiose, so they can make all this out. And the OECD pre pig word I love it. It's pretty pick were lower level of. And then there's now this is also a possibility. It's kind of sound funny, but let it sink in for a minute. GrandMet or grand debt. So not a grandma, but like a grand little grand because you're a little. You're not big grand that. No ran debt. Granite, No. Grand mini. No. Okay. Grand net Noil move on. Okay. How about mid-year? Miss <laughter>. Dear him, a posture of the D E A R meant the you're okay At the guy like at four the grandchild to call me that you are meeting.</em></p> <p><strong><em>00:12:38</em></strong><br /> <em>ICI icy I say I have two others. I have three others, which I'm relatively certain on. You're not going to go for a one is a full ma. And it was spelled O f AU ex <laughter>? Hey, you folks fake mother? No. No, no, no, no, no. How 'bout mother, mother <laughter>. Your Chun's when to reappropriate three culture not happening there or finally pebbles, pebbles, pebbles, as in like, bam, bam. Bam. I guess where you have Bama and then pebbles, but pebbles is on the list as a grandmother name. Why did it slip in from a toddler name? I don't understand why don't you there. So no, you know, like any of us Now what? What? What do you like Then? So I have a list of a couple that are couldn't interesting. And La la, your mom mentioned La, La, La, La. She did mention that. I like that one. Nana. And I my not solely as though only owes right in town yet, China Chinatown Nana not soy Naina. Banco. And I don't mind Grammy Grammy Really. I don't mind Murray. Okay. Who I know that has users the Grammy. I think Debbie. Oh, that's writer is dead water. That's who is GAM. Yeah, yeah. Yeah. Moasher M G G, which is a Ukrainian Way of Saint grandma, unfamiliar with the GG So yes, I believe that Ueki George, Rob has talked about this before as GG or at least I know someone else of easily. The NSA is dissent. The Simpsons used CGI offer in less her moms name, Israeli duty.</em></p> <p><strong><em>00:14:18</em></strong><br /> <em>April. Yeah. Okay. Maybe so Atarot apes Douglas Dillon, new new Ni. I like that one because it's very similar to Neuner. You can have your new he had once I have my Neuner. Emily Lau maybe were gonna skip that one. And uh Bibi is Soir Healy Bibi is SWAT Healy. Bibi. Bibi. Bibi. Bibi Yeah. Yeah. Maybe. Maybe maybe yet it's easy to say. Yes, very simple, easy pushes. I also thought maybe we could look at like the Thai words. Oh yes. I actually have a couple of those, Linda. What did you come up with? I would. I would. I can't wait to hear your pronunciation of these tie words. I can't wait for you to make fundamental, make fun of you. I'm just wanna correct. You. Same thing for you anyway. So the maternal is ya. Y, yes, it at Yarra Yarra nets If wits maternal But paternal. So it would come from 'cause it'll be Yeah, I if it was the maternal maternal, Oh nearby Nicaragua. Ya wa is a right one accurate. Yeah. So then I didn't write down with the male. That grandfather, Why have that? Okay Woodward out online yet. We're on you right now we're talking about that's it. That's all I have for me. So he is anything stick out as what you should be. I liked GG Aliji. And I like Bibby Emery Lake. Lola best. Those are your choices listener. I'm gonna go through my listed a moment when world than we'd love to hear feedback from you. One which one of these names You think we should? I had two for you. Well, let's get to me. You wanna do you first unity me first who who is going to go through that list First, You only have to show your simpler. So let's a I think you should go through your first, so some of these are amazing light.</em></p> <p><strong><em>00:16:10</em></strong><br /> <em>Ace No delays. I I tried to change one aimed As when I was like seven. You Kelly. You're going to near fifty bigger the kiss army of that also wanted to be called eight days Call me ace. Not that go over that, not called ace. So. How 'bout big daddy. I like the concept, the big daddy when I first I want all. That's cool, big daddy, because it makes sense at one level up. I mean, it's not signed who terribly strange armies. These kids going to have a daddy, And I be one over one Lamenting a big daddy. But then I remember that I've watched Django one chained one or terminate on us. I rate and I don't want to be big that is getting away and be shot med wreck. We bed. So big, daddy is probably not out. There is also a similar one of the big ED. I don't think you're in the culture. Forget, I don't think I'm Street And after PERA or not, the beginning Look. How about Dabbagh do DAPA do as in the Yaba? You can be Jaba. Could be had added. Do. Of course, Jaba in Thailand has methamphetamines were published news that were to happen at a new Avenue that would limit to start calling need Abedee do. Now the obvious one was Ji-Man. But I was t- man, for a very long time, So Ji-Man man will be right there together that Melo man. Now that was like I'm selling the kid, We'd mind a grand apparent, And by the way, you are not Melo middleman, The Ghalmi man, yellow, That's right. You now move on more daddy.</em></p> <p><strong><em>00:17:53</em></strong><br /> <em>More daddy, his listed on the trendy list of grandfather names more daddy. That's ridiculous. I'm with you. How about Rocky <laughter>. Are you gonna fight or slick? Having a rock slid Aldo into one category when east Iraqi loose slick <laughter> These are all like, you know, seven hilas east side of Manhattan, name somebody wants to be Rights EMU At Ace, Rocky and slick some great cigarette. Sandra Now, a couple more. That are interesting and I I'm kind of onto a little bit a granite. No grand not not granite. That would be you, but I be so I think if I am granite as in stone and you are grand, That would be awesome. We're going to go see granite. Granite and granite. Granite and granite. I think that's great. There's some symmetry, their works. No one would have any idea what the kid was saying. It's great. No. How about Panda? I liked Panda. It starts of the PA and into the dog, and I think you know, you got some ones that we can mixes together, make Panda out of it, and then wrote pendants penned. Definitely an option to the moon started me though. Now, give me, give me your options. My I have two Okay. I have Bobo Bobo That clown or the push him When there. And my last royal G. Is bebop bebop twist at buffet for yank it or whatever that a close game was bebop. Peba. I I didn't really play that much bebop music back in the day. So I don't know that matter You are now bebop. Are going to get back the type things. So element here because we have spent a couple of years in Thailand as part of the who we actually get OBEs tattoo from Thailand at him. And also with my grandfather incorporated into said tattoo from Thailand So there's there's something here with that. So yes, you are correct. Yours is Ya. Ya Ya Scott camp to age and they're going to transport them. Yeah. And the version for a tunnel grandfather in Thailand is pool who pool almost like a P but only hit the P really Horn. But here's the cool thing. It's not I mean extra shortened version. But the more formal version, anything in Thailand as you put Kuhn in front of it, right. So I would be qu'une pool which almost Grandpa who who Mboup annual.</em></p> <p><strong><em>00:20:19</em></strong><br /> <em>Be KUNA Young Hwa at whole coin Yongam poll. Oh and updates the get to say a properly later I going to do. Whoo. Teach them the right way to say it will be an an an aim Here's a cool thing. We can teach them how to write it. I didn't hear it. I didn't hear it while I could. I could do it at. Yeah, I'm Mike in this idea. That's gonna be interesting, So that that is my first thought. But I might think my fault if I get to really make a choice You want to do in in in our kids because we have to deal with what, what our child, once he's gonna be the father of this thing to a certain degree, Quicken obviously. You know what form of words sub circular other goodness of Burt, but he on an adorns Milton rubbed with. But I think my default is going the other way I'm thinking of leaning heavily towards is just simply grandfather. Okay. No grandpa, no grand dad know Grant snow grandpappy. He's none of those things. But that's a very grandma bother. It's very formal entered, don't think you're in it has to be said with the gravitas like that every tire grandma father hold on. Hold on yet. I'm getting a message. You're foolish. That's what I'm thinking. We should stay where it's either ACL. Ooh, look when Ja grandfather and G G, you don't even say Your name right? Grand friend father, G G G, G, G, and when Paul.</em></p> <p><strong><em>00:21:56</em></strong><br /> <em>Yeah. Well, there you go Kids, we're going to be grandparents and in July, and we would like for you to help us figure out what did name we should be called is an don't mistake. What's happening here. We're going through all of these and we completely get that the child may not make this choice, and that's fine. We will force this choice armed Chad. I <laughter>. Because what other purpose do we serve other than forcing children to do what is right and good? Weird all the time crazy. Hey, if you have questions for us. Like Now what Ibo I'm assuming I'm going to get a lot of Well now what happens with the show evoke questions next week's Don't sweat. The show is continuing. We will continue to do podcasting even though yes, we are will eventually be leaving here. We are not leaving Thailand yet. We have weeks if not a couple of months that are still here. So we will continue to We will roll out the rest of this season. You those of you have been listening for a long time. 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How Americans View The World [Season 4, Episode 27]
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Listener Tiffany from Puerto Rico wants to know what we think about this</span> <a href= "https://atlasofprejudice.com/the-american-world-c74f1e82bdfd"><span style="font-weight: 400;"> racist, ignorant map that supposedly denotes how Americans really view the world</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. 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 plagues American… and probably every other nationality.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If you l</span><a href= "https://goo.gl/bCBxHn"><span style="font-weight: 400;">eave us a quick voicemail</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, we’ll play it -- with an actual answer -- on next week’s program. And if you want these episodes early and gain access to all of our bonus content,</span> <a href="https://goo.gl/zb4JGN"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">support us on Patreon</span></a><span style= "font-weight: 400;">. Or maybe</span> <a href= "http://shevo.wtf/postcards"><span style="font-weight: 400;">you want a postcard</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">? We have those, too.</span></p> <h2>Crazy Computer Transcription Of The Audio</h2> <p>We get a kick out of letting the <a href= "podcasterpro.com">PodcasterPro</a> computer brain try to interpret our words every week. No, this isn't how transcripts of podcasting should be done, but it's funny!</p> <p><strong><em>00:00:00</em></strong><br /> <em>We're he be get on a bus to do when they got up to go to Africa. What's wrong with you from rare year. You can take it. Oh, it's one tower. This one is one time. This is one on this one time. Oh my God, Just one time. You're going to be not question this week, my love from Tiffany, Paul, Reds, She writes, Hi, she though, And I'm not going to be Burrel. She says, Hi Shiboh. I recently saw a map on the Internet, which I have a close to this email message titled The world according to Americans. Since you are American world travelers, I would like to get your personal perspective of the map, especially These statements related to the countries you have already visited, looking forward to your response. Thank you very much. Tiffany Rama. Put the reco is where Tiffany is from now. Obviously, you can't see this map will put a link through the map in the show notes. So if you're listening, I'd just scroll down your lessening notes which should be in the app if not get a better podcast app and click on this map. That's a great question. Tiffany. Thanks for asking. I'm She lady And I am Ibo Tara. We are XIV. Oh, you are listening to this one time the podcast. Now this Map my love which the people listening right now should have pulled up on their phones. Yeah. Given his question was what about the commentary around the So I'll describe it because I know some of you were driving. Some of you are too lazy to follow instructions and click through do not offend our listeners. It's only the one person.</em></p> <p><strong><em>00:01:51</em></strong><br /> <em>You know who you <laughter>. So this is a map where Americans have like I guess it's two supposedly making fun of the fact that Americans don't know about things. So here's the one for Europe. For example, everything in the far eastern side of Europe and into Asia is called just Khamis. The area where Turkey is call Thanksgiving meal France's smelly people, England is just the word Mummy as a variety of things like that. If you go over to the Asian side of things that India is yoga, for example, You get the picture. You kinda get what this is all about the for some reason in South America, Brazil is listed as the Land of no pubis. I guess for a Brazilian waxes. The idea though, anyhow, This is the map in question my love and Tiffany would like to know how we feel about it in general. And also I think she's asking, Does do our experiences into some of these countries. We have been to match the expectation listed by the Americans. What do you think? Uh, I haven't checked South American. I've met several South Americans, K, but I have not check them. All right, I that's one half. Yes. So the spot would Thailand were Yes, Thailand. Thailand is here, and of course, Thailand is you're not not you shouldn't be teacher was raised on this map. It shows up as sex slaves, but it's not just Thailand. I mean it that they've got Thailand, They've got me in Maher And they've got Lau and Cambodia.</em></p> <p><strong><em>00:03:28</em></strong><br /> <em>Yeah, All of that is mixed together just as one bigger area says sex-slave right above that is the People's Republic of China town. So this is not a nice map. No, it's not a nice map. And and I think that there there's more to those areas Thailand included than the sex slaves. There's so much more thing. I mean, we'll yes. Are you going to me and asked on this show? We've continue. So I think it's a part of. And so you have the sex-pats and the new also have human trafficking red happens. And so it is a little bit a part of the culture, But it there's so much more. And the people that are in those countries are just amazing what like anything. I think this map has a bit of a grain of truth to it, but to me it's it speaks less about these locations like all of South-East, or at least allow Cambodia Myanmar and Thailand, all mixes. I think it speaks more to and a question is more about, So is this really the way Americans view the world? And how has that? How has our opinions as Americans changed as as we have traveled, the world was what is what she's looking for. Now, I have a theory on that. I have with theory that the Americans that look at this map have no idea whether what any of these countries. <laughter>, they've never been out of their, uh, armchair, I think if you ask most Americans that don't travel, which by the way is most Americans, They would have a tough time. Naming more van. I'm gonna go with five countries and have a Rob, really placing them on a map. They've got Canada, They can nail Canada every single time. They can nail Mexico every single time. Proximity after that it's questionable. I wouldn't bet you. They'd get Brazil. If you showed him a map without any names on it whatsoever, and just had the country lines drawn, They could probably point to Brazil, right? What they would not be able to do is have an approximation of where the actual boundaries of Brazil. Why No way you would be able to do that. And I think if you over to Europe, but actually Let's stick with in the North American and South American conned that that him a speedier, let half of the world.</em></p> <p><strong><em>00:05:48</em></strong><br /> <em>I think they probably get Cuba. Right. And I was thinking maybe Jamaica. Maybe men, Maybe the Bahamas. Yeah, big what we find, the Bahamas if they could find him on a dam at But initiatives, little small specs that that they could probably get rate. I think when it comes to Europe. Oh yeah, England and Iceland. Everything else is a question mark. Uh, maybe Ireland. Okay, sure. But I they would just roll that whole thing together. I as a There's no way they're going to get there is a ring is that the Ireland It's its own individual country were the Ireland That's part of England for some strange reason. I don't think anybody gets <laughter> But you know I'm a make another American's your I think I was that way. Yeah. Yeah, I think I mean, even today even have traveling through I can certainly pick out a lot more countries now, Right? But prior to this trip, I could have named England. I probably could've also put Spain Portugal and France Ray. I would not have been able to I know Norway, Finland and Sweden. I don't know which one goes on label where had actually goes, but I could name the three countries that are Norway, Finland and Sweden. Forget anything in the Middle East, Right? Sorry, Don't do it. Forget anything on the continent of Africa. Could name a single country probably still can't South Africa. Got it. <laughter>. You're good, I can do that one I can do. Yeah.</em></p> <p><strong><em>00:07:22</em></strong><br /> <em>India, Yes. Ryan, Yes, I could nail Russia, China. Yes, I could get China. I could probably even get Mongolia Japan. I can get easily your Japan. What about about Korea? I don't know if I could at night, I would have got Korea and and even properly north-and-south I would have properly labelled. So proud of you, I know. Yeah. No way I could have found Thailand or Burma Miramar, Nope. Lau Cambodia though. I probably would have gotten Vietnam, I don't know, armed without any other referencing points. I don't know. I'm not trying to win nine appropriate Philippines. Yes. Would have had our Australia No problem, Right? Papua New Guinea for some weird reason. I know, you know, I could I know the shape of Papua New Guinea and our wide weird Dan things that won't get out of my head. And Europe is they bundled together Like there's so many little spot right together, So that's really a tough, tough one. And I don't think Lake Africa, We don't really study it in school at all. And so Well we we've we as a culture talk about Africa as a continent. Think about African people. What can you imagine if North America? I mean we have it just to North America proper. You've got three really big countries, got Canadians and Americans. Great, great. We we look alike and we found the like us not they're not going to become mad when they get mixed in with us, right? But then you got Mexico. That's next inside of it. Now we're talking about pretty serious changes. Unrest people, South Africa, South America, half of the continent speaks Portuguese. Half of them speaks Spanish, quite different people that go around there, But you have it all of Africa. It's gigantic, right? I mean it's it's unions Gentry. It fits almost all of Asia, all of North and South America.</em></p> <p><strong><em>00:09:17</em></strong><br /> <em>Fits inside of Africa. Wrecked we still talk about as one big lump because were dumb. We just don't <laughter>. We just don't get it. We don't see those things a lot. So it to me, I think it that though at this map says about us is the it's it's probably pointing out some of the biggest bless about O Americans are bunch of racists and don't get anything that the all those things may be true. But I think if you ask the G average American to point out geography point out India on a map too many of them would have a tough time. A tough time doing it. And I wonder, Is that unique to us? And the answer that question is no, I know realize wanted to go on the street and interview a bunch of Thai people with a blank math and have them name as many countries as they can. And I bet The number is small. They would definitely get me in Mar, they would look at Cambodia that it when they get everything next door, they're really get everything that's adjacent to them. Just like we Americans can get Mexico in Canada every time Wang near one hundred percent accuracy. But I think after that, it would be just as non-existent for for many of them. Do you think that's the same for Europeans? That's the big question because I, I would say the answers Now. I think they're much more travel oriented. They know more about the areas They go to and things like that. I they travel more. I would. I would think the answered a question for the Continental European people who actually live on the actual continent themselves. My assumption is that they are going to be better at this game. Ban somebody like England roar example. But I think a lot of it has to do with as you mentioned, the relative travel news.</em></p> <p><strong><em>00:11:06</em></strong><br /> <em>This about that person. Yeah. Have they done it? And probably not. Now again, Europe is a little bit a little different because that's a lot of small areas close together. You might have nine different neighbors who knows what the what the border touching at. I think like Americans, We've got to as kids it, We have fifty states in capitalism, memorize. Every child must do this. We get think beyond the VAT where in Europe, Europe less in we even the countries that have individual states and likely a semi-autonomous areas of Spain rank. Yeah. Great. You learn knows, But you've got more room in your ahead for other things as well. So you might as well know little bit more about your area. I bet you if you ask the average Spaniard name and properly put on a map three countries in Africa, for example. Nope. Would not be able to Morongo. Got it. That's it. I I think you need to go on location in figure it out scope. Now the did on the bus and we will try to do that. We're he be get on a bus due to go to Africa, what's wrong with you? You can take up. Actually, you could do that because they are connected. They'll be a bus ride. Yeah, I'm not in Now. I don't think so. Thanks would also anymore to add. I think I'm good. Tiffany. Thank you very much for your question. I believe we properly answered your question. Well, I think we answered the question. I don't know if we properly answered it a properly inch to question, If you want to play along and I'll I'll put links to these maps that you found in the show notes are you can have that. And if you would like to ask questions of the two of us, much like Tiffany did, yes, you can send us an email as she has done or as I much prefer if you go to XIV O . WTF slash Call us, You can leave us a quick little voice mail You could do from your computer You could do from your phone. Just go to XIV O . W T F slash Call us and leave us a ninety second little question and we will get to it right away.</em></p> <p><strong><em>00:13:14</em></strong><br /> <em>Our show this one time would not be possible without support from people like you, if you think our show is worthy of your financial support pitcher on rigs. It's super easy Go to XIV O . WTF slash patriotic to get signed up. 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How Learning Thai Makes You Hate The English Alphabet [Season 4, Episode 26]
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">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.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">(Don’t worry about the incorrect number of Thai consonants and vowels Evo says on the show. Did we mention he’d been drinking?)</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Linguists probably won’t care much for this episode. But pragmatists, realists, and anyone who isn’t a native English speaker but has learned this goofy language will likely love it.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If you l</span><a href= "https://goo.gl/bCBxHn"><span style="font-weight: 400;">eave us a quick voicemail</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, Evo won’t have to make something up next week. And if you want these episodes early and gain access to all of our bonus content,</span> <a href="https://goo.gl/zb4JGN"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">support us on Patreon</span></a><span style= "font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <h2>And Now, An Unfortunately Literal Audio-to-Text Transcription</h2> <p>Once again and for your comedic enjoyment, we present to you a transcript of our audio by the big computer brain at PodcasterPro. No, it's not very good at interpreting our content. But it is funny!</p> <p><em><strong>00:00:00</strong></em><br /> <em>The trick is not putting it all the way in. When we make I am not, you're going to respond to that. Paying l o one one draw as one this. No. What this morning? This one time. Oh my God, Just one time. The girls. So no question this week. Love. No. What I thought this, we are rapidly approaching the end of the fourth season of the show. This is episode out four hundred twenty six Glad though the or the foil, the 26th episode of the fourth season of this one time. Um. Um, I thought we can talk about. My hatred of the American Alphabet <laughter>. And and when did you come to this realization? They hated the American Alphabet vis has come at the combination of living in Southeast Asia for two years and trying. With with poor results. To learn the Thai alphabet, which which makes a lot of sense. Okay, not so much on the American off that though. Before we jump into that, I should mention the fact we are sitting outside listener of the save our souls, our neighborhood craft beer place manned by the fantastic Q who just got married recently. Congratulations Q and we are recording here with only do the show live her. We can introduce ourselves get we probably should do that. I'm She lady And I am either terror. You are listening to this one time and we are Shiboh dammit. I did it backwards again. You know you've had a couple of beers now back to the original conversation. We were having My hatred of the American off that thanks in large part to my attempted study. Poor as it is of the Thai ask that you know the task but has like 74 characters in their teen vowels. And do you have the mall down pat 74.</em></p> <p><em><strong>00:02:08</strong></em><br /> <em>Consonance and thirteen vows note or have her half of them. I don't have of his Horter with him down. You do a really good job of speaking an and attempting to read like your. You've got the speaking done pretty well. You've got the sounds and things like that. And I know you, you work on trying to read as we go through and see things senior printed on signs and stuff like that. So I've been super impressed. I am. I know nothing fix Emilia across the street from us. There is a sign that says, uh, the name of our road. And the name of the road we live on is Sharon a home. Yes, which is in American that spelled chair Row One Nakhon C H A R O and a big space in a knock-on far guys shares of I. Nick next bought next, but all right Hamdan. Okay by 30 not alive. So General Nicholson is build C H A R O eat in space in A K H O N. So that is what? Set one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten eleven letters per se, Gerenek home. And my my mouth jumbles at every time I go to say it to a taxi driver, Right? Right. So our our twelve letters, What are the number is a spelled out a knock-on in Thai is spelt with one two, three, four, five, six, seven, half the number of letters required, but they have more letters than we do 74 consonance and thirteen valet. But I wanna talk about the Thai-language. Okay. I want to talk about how much I hate the American Alphabet. Okay, keep going. So now I should start by saying, I don't have any problem with vowels.</em></p> <p><em><strong>00:03:53</strong></em><br /> <em>The vowels make sense. A e- I o u, We need those and sometimes why don't forget that. We will get the winds will We'll get to the why? Because I want to go through all the letters. That's all I got a problem with a vowels vowels I okay with, but it's a continous that cut me problem. That's that's a problem because they had the vows can say they can be different sounds depending on what's before and after that part of the problem I have with this particular Alphabet, And those are out of English-language, but it's Guinness the specific as the continent's We just have too many of them. <laughter>. We don't have that many compared to the ties. We still have too many. Let's go through them, shall we worship will begin. You set the stage for the English teacher. So you tell me where we're beginning on his. Well, let's begin at be. We're going to go down alphabetically because if we start anywhere else, I'll forget midway through. So I have no problem with over a obviously starting with bright. Here's why I hate be. B and P R the exact same sound. Grabbed the FBI, grab, grab rabbit, grab, grab it, grab it. Your your mouth, makes the exact same motion to make up for he Sound or a B A sound. It's the same shape. Warne is forcing a little more air Alpin the other, but at me and a P is completely trends. Mango refined. What sort of looking for you could use either one you what you said, I had a problem with this until we came to Saudi Arabia's actor. I this is me learning and growing as we go down. I don't pray. So I'm okay with a fee. As long as you kill the P, You gotta pick one or of Alexei you've got a big why? It's the same thing. Doesn't really matter. So where I hate to be. Okay. Seeing see. Okay. So seized dumb for a lot of reason is an SLA or is it a KION it all Guess what we have asked as in case.</em></p> <p><em><strong>00:06:00</strong></em><br /> <em>We do not need a see, ignore less. I all than we might need a seat, or if it is immediately followed by an H so we can make the CIA Sound, put Wait. I'll get to that in a minute. That would be only possible reason rookie when the CIA, the sea around as he can make C in an age. Other than that, get rid of it. Do you hate the DEA's? Well, d or 10? We usually use AT T D, Same, Brigham sound. Make us make the FBI with your mouth in the Medea with your mouth t all the differences, you kind of release your tongue First, a new blow air across it. It's the same exact sound. The same exact mouthed admitted the and AT T your aspirated D to make a de It's dumb. Pick one. Any word with a d could be easily than of it. He as well. ADT. F. Yeah. 'cause we skipped E because I got a problem in the bowels, right? Thank you. I have to count all the rubber forever. This is why we're going down alphabetically camp. I don't have a problem with I like F F was the first letter in the American English, but as an PHR, the same. Well, combination problem is that the single ladder ordered to one which I already hate. Okay, Okay. As the first letter dental problem with I'm going to the app Now. We have one G O G, first off, it's a done name, but the name that the sounded G makes when it's making a hard sound, is a guy or is that a cup? It's the exact same shape again with your mouth. K N G makes the exact same sample Carrillo or guerrilla. You and I can hear that. Nobody else can hear that unless their native English speakers. G G and K are the same thing. Pick one. I don't care which it is. I mean, go British on you hate each C.</em></p> <p><em><strong>00:07:56</strong></em><br /> <em>H is another letter that I also hate because an H doesn't actually have a sound and nature's just simply acceleration of air from your lungs. And you're gonna go to British. Okay. Yeah. They call it a Heydrich but they don't pronounced the Goddamn. But they don't I love There was, Hey, accidental Brossa said, there's no The comes out of their mouth. You could get rid of the age completely and just use it. Any letter to letters? LBO. Appeals be more British if you use that. Yes. Hate H K, J, J. I like the J except Now give her that. See our about the C H, but because a C H, N a job and a CIA, There is no difference. It's the same sound were making who can understand this from the CIA in a Juicero it's such a slight difference. We don't need it. So I like the Jay. Let's keep that one, But it's lose the C H for now the is completely and totally got you've already said you hate the K or I hate the Jeep, pick one. I don't really care. You need that sound. You need the or the car. I don't care which waders to pick one l. L Underhill. All you need, You need to make a hole through. You've got to that. Your legs are part of the bill. An M. I kinda like the m as well. Uh, we've got three Renault Wow done. We're gonna be in our over demenour yet 'em. Good sound man like at noon like that too. But war I know I know we now have four sounds M's. L M M and obviously, Oh, because I rail rows in there. That's a nice run factor. I called that the royal flush of the alphabet.</em></p> <p><em><strong>00:09:45</strong></em><br /> <em>Okay, So we know you, Hey, P I either hate The Pierre hate the DEA, don't care. Which one would this be? Clear beast gives me, Yeah. And it was where thing where the P in the be in your mind drop, he. Got it, Laura, a lower case P drawer, and now draw lower case be poised on the exact same thing, but it is going up half, So I suggest we can find a two letters suggest. We combine those two letters to our line straight down and a bold in the middle after the right side, B, B, or repeat Same thing doesn't really matter. Oh, my. Q stupid rule letter, they You have to have with another letter. Yeah, Q by itself, Mexico sandwich irises. It was a post. She was stupid. Our. I like our. When leader own, We need ours sound and lots of weird Because in Southeast Asia oftentimes ours and the Elles R Us one another and together and they should not be because they're not the same. I'm okay with Els and ours. Ours are as good will keep the are s We'll get back to the same thing would have an s or A C, Right? So the season stupid probably like the S better. So yes. Will keep ESI t Wait, T R J D. T. Yes. Another detainee in a few things we can pick one of those V V stupid V an F same exact thing. Oh yeah, But you make Bank of America of Sound through the same thing. One is a little bit more on the lip in the other one dump lose the V W gotta have a w, But I will say, this is the dumbest made of a ladder. As I have no actual arriving.</em></p> <p><em><strong>00:11:26</strong></em><br /> <em>Double you a terrible, terrible, but we need the war Sound of what needs to be there. I don't know what you call it would you shouldn't called a double you just because they've of the the sound war is barely in there. Okay. X excellently stupid letter. Why we need an X? Naming anything that actually was an Exxon, like xylophone. Yeah. What are the exit sound like this Agassi? Yes. Yeah. The Nets dumb. We don't need the exa there. No catch a terrible. So why? Because you didn't count why in your letters earlier I like white except I probably don't like Why Because of the Gobble juice out on over. So how to account that? No doubt a six Right now. Get rid of it. Uruguay wise dump because y- y makes a one percent of that with the w should make Would you to call that letter the wuss? Zeev. Oh, I'm sorry, J, C, as you say, S C Little sick, got letters out of the entire American Alpha and the vowels. And then one and a lot of red ones actually have to win and a fight like d versus leaper to be put them in a cage in my and let them choose. Let the winner come out. How did they do? How do they do that? The stronger wine have no idea are no idea. I'm not I'm not a dogfighting or Todd writing. I need to draw this fight. You like we should. Someone should be out there and tell us the winner of this, but we could simplify English, which is eight jacked language trying to explain this stuff to some one is night marriage. We could simplify things by getting rid of these dumb letter view like eleven letters. I like eleven Let us plus the vows wrote that is where the ballots with him while you don't. Those are my first here letters those eleven And then I think there's like five other ones that I would add by as they went into a.</em></p> <p><em><strong>00:13:11</strong></em><br /> <em>Fight rank. You could simplify this whole frigate than their own SAARC This whole rigging thing. Same thing <laughter>. non-English speakers did not hear non American English-speakers did not hear a difference between frigate and brigand. Can I think we're done here? 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Why We Didn’t Get Rich As Travel Influencers [Season 4, Episode 25]
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Today’s show was inspired from Maria, who asked the following:</span> <em><span style= "font-weight: 400;">“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?”</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Without any personal experience with the travel program in question, we decided to reinterpret her question as:</span> <em><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Should I pay good money to take travel-writing specific online course that promises to make me a travel writer rich beyond my wildest dreams?”</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In a word: No.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In more than one word -- an entire podcast episode, in fact -- we’ll break down the cash-flow realities of being a for-profit travel writer/travel influencer. We’re sharing *all* the times we got paid to create travel content over the last three years, so you can decide if this is the life for you or not. (Granted, you’re only getting our perspective.)</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Here’s what we’re talking about:</span></p> <ul> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">How we established and how much we were paid during our more-than-a-year working relationship with</span> <a href= "https://www.theopportunistictravelers.com/blog/?tag=TravelSmith"><span style="font-weight: 400;"> TravelSmith</span></a> <span style="font-weight: 400;">that ended when the company sold</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">How much I was paid to write a nifty article for</span> <a href= "https://findery.com/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">a nifty travel app, Findery</span></a></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">A</span> <a href= "http://traffic.libsyn.com/shevostudiosontour/TOTPS3E30-Worst-Job-In-Bangkok.mp3"> <span style="font-weight: 400;">paid podcast episode for Ricola, Thailand</span></a></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">Evo’s</span> <a href= "https://www.theopportunistictravelers.com/blog/2016/10/29/evo-terra-selected-as-opening-keynote-at-nordic-bloggers-experience-2017?rq=nbe"> <span style="font-weight: 400;">paid gig as the keynote speaker at Nordic Bloggers Experience</span></a> <span style= "font-weight: 400;">in 2017.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">A week-long free and luxurious trip to Chengdu, China thanks to</span> <a href="https://www.withhusbandintow.com"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">our friends at With Husband In Tow</span></a> <span style="font-weight: 400;">and</span> <a href= "http://www.marcopolohotels.com/niccolo/hotels/china/chengdu/niccolo_chengdu/index.html"> <span style="font-weight: 400;">Nicolo Chengdu</span></a></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Three great days at the</span> <a href= "http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/hktkl-jw-marriott-khao-lak-resort-and-spa/"> <span style="font-weight: 400;">Khao Lak Marriott</span></a></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">All the great reasons to attend</span> <a href= "http://tbexcon.com/"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">TBEX</span></a><span style= "font-weight: 400;">, including lots of free trips and experiences thanks to the various tourism boards and vendors at the destination</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Free experiences in Bangkok from</span> <a href= "http://expique.com"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">Expique</span></a> <span style= "font-weight: 400;">and</span> <a href= "http://www.tasteofthailandfoodtours.org/"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">Taste of Thailand</span></a></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Free beer (because we’re clever) from</span> <a href= "https://www.bottlesofbeer.co/"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">Bottles of Beer</span></a> <span style= "font-weight: 400;">and</span> <a href= "https://www.facebook.com/sosbeerbkk/"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">Save Our Souls</span></a> <span style= "font-weight: 400;">in Bangkok, and Oskar from</span> <a href= "https://www.facebook.com/RestoranPegasus/"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">Pegasus</span></a> <span style= "font-weight: 400;">in Tallinn, Estonia.</span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Not that we have anything against being better writers, or paying money to hone your craft as a writer. But we’re skeptical of any  get-rich-quick schemes. But YMMV.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Got a question for us?</span> <a href="https://goo.gl/bCBxHn"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">Leave us a quick voicemail</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. And if you want these episodes early and gain access to all of our bonus content,</span> <a href="https://goo.gl/zb4JGN"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">support us on Patreon</span></a><span style= "font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">Silly Transcription Of The Audio For This Episode By A Computer</span></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Computers are getting much better at listening to human speech and turning it into scannable text. At least that's the theory. It's not working all the well for us. But we're still using P<a href= "http://podcasterpro.com">odcasterPro</a>'s free service if only for the comedy value.</span></p> <p><strong><em>00:00:00</em></strong><br /> <em>I assume they listen to the show what they should have known, the kind of content we produce, and the Czech cleared even been done done. It has good. Oh, that's one time. This one is spend one time this, No, what this morning? This one time. Oh my God, Just one time. Are you my loved had been email cooking? Shoot. He actually was a very long questions rather than the entire thing. I'm going to summarize it. This comes in from Maria, and she basically said in a lot of words, I want to be at travel writer. Should I pay good money to take this online course their promises to teach me to be a travel writer. Thank you. Bye Riga. You are great at summarizing. Thanks, maybe. Thanks for asking Maria. I'm Sheila D and I am Ibo Tara. You are listening to this one time. We are Chievo. I think I got that backwards, but nonetheless, the. Idea is out there. So let me Marie is question was two-fold. The biggest one was kitschy become a travel writer and be should she take this shouldn't sign up for this chorused a teacher had to be a travel writer. Can you answer the second part of that one First for me, honey? Should she sign up to take this course learn how to be a travel writer? I'd say now I say Hell no, rudder way. I I say just jump in If you're going to that, But I will get some some information about that.</em></p> <p><strong><em>00:01:42</em></strong><br /> <em>Regarding like funds and things like that, it's a it's a hard life as a travelled blogger. Yeah, aged Rich, a heart trouble. But before we go down that road back to the original question, would you suggest someone pay money to take a course to teach them how to be a travel writer? No, but I don't think it's a bad idea to take a writing course. Um, I think everybody can hung up on their they're writing skill Wells. Yes, But However, it makes sense to sign up to become It makes sense to become a better writer. And if you need to take a horse to become a better writer than take a course to become a better writer. But if you think that there is someone out there or if some agency has created a long form email, that makes it seem like All you have to do is take this course and travel magazines, travel, blogs and other travel publications are just waiting for you to send them information and then riches will flow from there yet. It's ruining is not not going to happen. So this. Oh no. Does does what it gets that company rich not exactly want. That's exactly what does that's designed to make them rich, not make you Rich, bring a travel writer. Now, back to question a getting rich being a travel writer. <laughter> you're that That's good for about. I don't know. Five people I can think of. Yeah, maybe fifty in total. I mean, it's like anything in live. It's the upper echelon. The top point one percentage who make all of the money. Can you make money being a travel writer and do people do it? Absolutely, absolutely happens. Is going to happen for you statistically speaking, No. But Downer. Well, rather than be down, or I thought what we should do, honey, for the rest of this program is tell laid out our people how it worked for me, how it worked for us. I was gonna say, Just you Well, how it worked for us in the life of being war for me being a travel writer. And for us being travel influencer because we have been paid. We have been paid. We have gotten free stuff. That is true. And we have gotten upgrades. That is true too. Now we shall go into the hard and fast reality. So if you wa.</em></p> <p><strong><em>00:04:09</em></strong><br /> <em>Break at your pencils and start keeping track of this and and accounting mode. We'll have fun. Mr I recommend you do that is going to be a depressing story Spoiler alert. So well run through it. Let's start with their biggest went. Uh, the first biggest when that we get paid for is working with travel Smith as writer. That's correct. Travel Smith is or I should say, was a large travel outfitting company. They sold clothing and bags and other accessories four the travel lifestyle. Anybody that was on your SNT Snapchat remembers the fashion show us fried Africa <laughter>. A fashion shows on Snapchat. Oh my God, I miss those days. Oh me too. Who is awesomeness? Salmon pants fashion show. So great. So great. You're exactly right. Answer praise. You don't bring this out just on Lake Saturday nights edge Saturday night. I have them about as an act Lot of gestured mightier points. Hold while I put on my salmon pants and Break out the right said Fred. I aim to sixty bore my salmon Pat back back back to what we're talking about, right? So travel Smith, We got very lucky. We met travel Smith. We met a guy named Matt, who at the time worked for travel Smith when we were addi conference, which will talk about carpenters a little bit met him not far into our realization that we're travel bloggers like within a month. Yeah, with realizing a asked, realize we were travel bloggers and got an opportunity to start writing in exchange for goods or Yeah, originally it was just in exchange for goods. Airwaves money. You write me.</em></p> <p><strong><em>00:05:50</em></strong><br /> <em>The a an article that we agree on a topic and I will send you I think he sent me is they send us five hundred dollars worth of product. Yes. And we get to choose the project, pick and choose the product could be anything that we wanted in the catalogue of travel Smith at the time, clothes, Bags, whatever didn't really matter. So we did that. I think I did that a couple of times more than a couple we lose three. Yeah. Maybe so to wear. And the great thing about working travel Smith as I was working with an amazing editor on the back in. This wasn't just I turn in an article and they publish it. This is I turn in an article and the woman who has been an editor for forty years would then go through and just crush my words to death, which is awesome. I actually loved that when I am work with the professional editor, she made my stuff so much better than it was she did. She did a great job antacid job. So after X number of times. Doing that, they liked it. We like the products, Matt said, Hey, let's let's formalized this a little bit more. Exactly. So the formalized the I'll just lay it on a table because I'm not under any strange India is that I created twice monthly content for them, right. And in exchange, I think we got paid a red notices for an entire year, and I believe the the the payment on each one of those was around two hundred fifty dollars per article who plus we received two hundred and fifty dollars. We're monopoly worth a product. Yes. So what does that Reagan as five hundred bucks a month plus two hundred and fifty dollars worth of products, and that relationship went on. They loved it. They loved with that stuff we were doing. We did some other stuff with. It has to like Sheila mentioned, the the Snapchat stories that I did because we also did some tweets and some blog post what we did our own internal blog post.</em></p> <p><strong><em>00:07:50</em></strong><br /> <em>Some social media Stephenson video wreck, and the time I got an Snapchat her was doing a lot of Snapchat he stuff. So part of the deal was instead of doing things on YouTube will create Snapchat. She social step forward of this when they come at. So that was a that was a lot of fund that was going really well. But only one thing stood in our way. Capitalism. The company sold to another company, And it sounded like it was going to be great because there's other company was an even bigger company who could do even more, and then what they did was close everything down. All of the articles that we wrote are down, but yet, but now it is strictly e-commerce all the time. Yes, no longer are they using blogs to drive traffic to website. So boo-hoo Matt, who was are the way we got in is gone fired most of the staff. All the editors are guy turned out bad. That was a fun thing. Lasted a little over a year of the paid relationship. Yeah, yeah. Yeah. Third Hungary signed it a couple of times. So Yeah, that was the big deal travel Smith. And There you go. Five hundred dollar 250 and article rain plus free stuff. It's hard to riven Piper entered a month. Yeah, But we also you also wrote for fine jewelry. So around the same time that I met, Matt from travel Smith, I met up with the people that run a company, an app called find arri and with fine jewelry. It was a it was a similar situation over there. It was, Hey, we need someone to write stuff for us. Would you be interested in doing so? And so they paid me and I don't think I got paid a whole lot. I think I got paid like maybe maybe this too. I make maybe two hundred what I think was I don't remember. I got to I got paid to Right now, get paid two hundred bucks to write an article four find Orie that wound up on Huffington Post. Yep. So where it was publish was HuffPost but it was written all about find arrear all four find Deary but penned by me. So totally a work for higher. I gotta byline on it, but everything really went back into into fighting for that. So that was a one-off deal one time Hagan your to Article. Yes I can. And that was it Because apps as it turns out also don't have a whole lot of money news must have.</em></p> <p><strong><em>00:10:07</em></strong><br /> <em>Windows apps don't charge anything to their users, Right? Uh, the free economy strikes again cited that. Yeah. And then we did the pre Golah event. All yes, Yes. So recall a Thailand reached out to me last year. This was partly because we were doing our podcast, but also because I was connected with the Bank, our podcast, right, The other show that Greg and I do. They reached out and said, Hey, we were talking to your partner, Greg host of the bank, our podcast and long-time Bangkok blogger. Yes, he's coming to our event. Would you like to come to our event? So I immediately conduct Greg, and I said, How much of their pain you gave me the number thereby means Why said wrote back to the recall people? I said, Yes, I will do it for the exact same animosity that you're paying rig, which was five thousand Thai baht. <laughter>. It's still not chump change. Northland Trump figured all five thousand Thai bahts about one hundred and fifty blocks. Yeah, About one hundred fifty US at the time. And for that, we had to go to the recall event, which was very difficult to do is at their rooftop bar in Bangkok, It was in a fully catered event with free boos and free food who Israel. Ezra So rough hanging out with the other influencers of Southeast Asia, and then we you and I did up a podcast about it. We did read Orange, We will link to in the show notes If you missed an actual, really didn't do much of a podcast about recall I which is what they wanted and much more of the podcast about what is shitty job. It would be to be the guy wearing the recall a box.</em></p> <p><strong><em>00:11:44</em></strong><br /> <em>Yes. I assume they listen to the shows are they knew they should have known the kind of content we produce and there And the Czech cleared even been done done. It is good. What else that I do an EU actually in this as you, you went to the NB? Yeah. Conference, Yes. Oh Nordic bloggers experience in B. E two thousand seventeen they needed a keynote speaker who could talk about with authority, the travel industry as a travel influencer, which I guess I am. I guess we are. And also someone who could speak well and I have done keynote speaking for a fair amount of time right now. So they flew me to Finland last year time listeners may remember and I Keno Did their conference And I was compensated or that they wrote me a check Plus took care of all of the expenses along the way. And I'll share exactly what I was with you. That was five hundred US dollars. And you were gone for like two or three weeks drawing. Drag free trip and five hundred bucks in pocket, which kind of why we went back to his Estonian executive. I had a great time there. So if you're keeping score at home, you know what the number is. I don't know what the number is. A whole lot of what else? Well, that's about it for paid gig. That was that. Was it for paid gigs or two and a half years. So now we're on two freebies things that we got for free Because here's the deal. It doesn't take a lot for a travel blogger or a travel influence her to get free things from companies wreck.</em></p> <p><strong><em>00:13:27</em></strong><br /> <em>It's hard to get paid. It is hard to get past, has any travel influence our will tell you, especially is just starting out the first two or three years. It's really, really, really hard to gets route. There are a lot of people in the travel influencers space And many of them only want free stuff. Yeah, they just went to endure in exchange, And we have been guilty of that as we're about to talk about right now. We have definitely done some free be tripped some good, some. Great. We're gonna just talk about the big when Lessard about the big ones. Okay. The biggest when we did was in China in Chengdu at with the Niccolo hotel system, It was a big deal. We got a full weeks trip to Changdu which is in this session one area. Yes, yes. Where such one chicken comes from none other chicken itself, but would assess One efforts cut for that first when your at home eating sexual. Chicken, You think that's more talking about It's really not, But him that Little Red peppers that are dry. Those red peppers are probably such one peppers. I love this. And those come from this area of such One China were there handpicked by Panda's if I understand it. Not. Any how we got to go. Uh, thank you very much to our friends. Eric, an amber who were much more serious about this travel blocking stuff of their brand is with husband in tow will link to that in our show noted, lessening notes, if your report check on your app.</em></p> <p><strong><em>00:14:55</em></strong><br /> <em>They needed some people to go with them, Entrepreneurs. Do we got picked specifically? They wanted photos. Yeah, That wasn't me bringing along. This is the Sheila party right here. Yep. Eric, an amber. Really good taking food photos yet. That's what they're known four but Changdu the Niccolo hotel Wanted pictures of the Changdu area to show people in the western world that there's more to travel in China than I think about yet, And they needed a photograph or long. So they brought their favor photograph her along Sheila. And I got the tag along with Aston yet, so they they Niccolo actually paid for the hotel. They paid for our flights, and they took care of several of our meals. Hear of the on the tour out to the Let's Sean area to see the giant Buddha. That's right. Yeah. They paid for our driver to go to the Panda Research sanctuary. And they just like they really took care of us. Philip and Jonathan were awesome. Mazey's drew related area. We have that was a it was a great time. So thanks for them sometimes freebies or out of the park rain. That was what if somebody says, Hey, can you come to China and your new travel blogging? You say yes? Do you remember when we came back, I think of us from the list churn. Uh, Buddha and our bathtub was overflowing with bubbles And a rose Puddles. Yes, You've been you made that sound like, Oh my God, My bathrooms overflowing. Then you could levels are the rose by us, which is why I do the travel writing photography. Yes. They had set a lovely romantic bath for us. That was all set up only got back on our hose. Beautiful, How awesome that if you're traveling to China and you're going to Changdu state the Nikola hotel, uh, not just because they said as a preferred, but because it was amazing, It was an incredibly showed us the right way to do things. So. So thanks to them an and then we.</em></p> <p><strong><em>00:16:53</em></strong><br /> <em>We stayed and Co lock at the Marriott Yaohua worked hard to get a trip to the Mary. I'd that almost got totally buggered because we were taking my mom there. It was actually part of a 'nother piece hours writing for travel Smith on multigenerational Travel International. That fell through because Mom got sick, Right and cut income. So instead of mom we hooked Now, we returned the favour we brought our friends, Eric, an amber with husband intoe. We brought them down with us and got several nights free accommodations and tours and packages from the lovely people at the Cadillac Marriott just north of Pook at which is a lovely place. Yes, lovely. They have the longest pool. Thailand, like three kilometers, long wise, all the way through the properties really It was cleared of Regita that on and then we go to conferences. Yeah, Yeah, we get a lot of our free stuff by attending conferences, Ray every talking about t- backs Brazilian Rai I am an we've been we started with them in Spain. We are here in Thailand with them. The Philippines am. We were in Alabama with them last year. Now the great thing when you are a travel blogger then goes to T backs just simply going to D-backs any travel water, go to T Becks you pays your money, you gets your ticket Now with us. We don't pays monies and we gets tickets, but that's that's because we're putting in some time. Yeah, we're we're both speaking, right. So if if you like, I know Maria understands this on the Convention same. If you say I will present rail, you get to attend for free. Well, t- backs you apply, And if you are chosen, then they will take care of your your editor, a combinations. And for us, they even fly us. They fly in wherever away. But then also wrapped around that. You have pre-t backs and post t- back.</em></p> <p><strong><em>00:18:47</em></strong><br /> <em>Events, which the tourism board and others in that space for that particular location will take care of trips and accommodation. So we've done lots with the just just a real good time. So that's a great time to mingle, meet more people, good industry contacts. You're not going to make any money there, but hopefully you meet people who can help you make money, which is where we met Matt from travel Smith and fine jewelry. So it's definitely a good thing to attend. It is. And we met some lovely people while being there. So just the friend benefit is also amazing. Next, We have tours that we've taken for free and Sylla taste of Thailand errand X peak. Yeah, Those are either to tour companies here in Bangkok that do took took tours and food to his around the city and there are expensive, But occasionally they're looking for travel blogger to help spread the word. And we have been fortunate enough to take a couple of trips with them. So so thanks to the people from taste of Thailand. And also from X peak for letting us letting us travel That's freebies. Okay. So our next one is about upgrades. Yes. Because Beyond getting paid and beyond getting things for free, there's kind of weird thing of the middle to where you can get upgrades as a travel border. Yes, we can't upwards of we have gotten. I could think of three that we had it in. This is going to sound really strange honey, but they also center around Bir I'm shark, This that these upgrades happened when we walk into a place, It doesn't take very long to where we're just were kinda like vegans and were kinda like fitters.</em></p> <p><strong><em>00:20:26</em></strong><br /> <em>The cabinet will who It takes three seconds before they actually mentioned the fact that there are a vegan recross Better yet same thing happens with travel. Bloggers Manet think we might get free stuff. So we went two bottles of beer, a brand new craft beer store that opened in Bangkok a couple of years ago. Looking around the place, Mitchell proprietors that way we happened to be crappier fans and were a travel. Bloggers may and they sent assault with free beer. Did I per God? And now we're friends with ruin. That's right, big brigade, fat Ram, and we've been to their new spot, the opening of the new spot, leading of free stuff that we got in that we got admitted at the end in just recently when we were in Estonia at Pegasus Yes, mention two lovely Oscar are our waiter there that we were crappier earners and travel bloggers. And I had been at his establishment a year ago, yes, with the tile in the tourism board, visit Estonia people. And we got free beer out of that as well. Yes, Yes. And then also more beer here on our side of the River in Bangkok, there's a little place called save our souls, tiny, very, very, very local Thai. But craft beer location met the proprietor, the first site where their Q casually drop being major beer nerds and major influential travel bloggers and queues break in Africa from the back. So I need been back. I hope Eric, when I turn.</em></p> <p><strong><em>00:21:57</em></strong><br /> <em>With you right many a time, I don't I don't think I've getting free stuff since then I need to work on the free is not always always get free or upgrades or pay, but sometimes you can. That is our experience as travel influencers making money. Did we attend any clashes for that? No, but I do have publication credits to my name, So I know how to write his true there. There is that we have worked for years to build up our own personal brands, which we have kind assorted tailored into the travel space. So we we are attractive to brands Ray who want to utilize us. Yeah, So here's my my thought on, but we're not we're not getting rich off of it. Odd. That is correct. You have a full-time job, it do the vast majority of full time travel. Bloggers that we know are either massively in debt, living a barely subsistence level life. Even though they are not portraying that in their photos or their blog post or have some other have had multiple sources of income. And that's the reality. Most travel people who rely on the travel space as independent people travel influence much as Call them have multiple streams. Well in It's also not always the pretty pretty pictures that you always see like it's it's a lotta word. He hits it sitting behind your computer and cursing because you can't get the the images, Right, or the words are coming or the Internet has crashed again, Yeah Ito or you can't get a response for somebody, You know, I it's all of that easy. No, this is not an easy life showed it. But as a thought.</em></p> <p><strong><em>00:23:45</em></strong><br /> <em>It is, but it is definitely find so Maria, Hopefully. I think we answered your question. 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Estonian Cheese and Beer, It’s Why We’re Here! [Season 4, Episode 24]
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">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.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">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 listening to us describe the fantastic beer, cheese, and bread we’ve had during our visit, don’t blame us. Instead, book a trip to Estonia! (No, they aren’t paying us to say that. We just really loved our time here.)</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">And because we really do love you, we’re giving you this before the new year. Aren’t we nice?</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Got a question for us?</span> <a href="https://goo.gl/bCBxHn"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">Leave us a quick voicemail</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. And if you want these episodes early and gain access to all of our bonus content,</span> <a href="https://goo.gl/zb4JGN"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">support us on Patreon</span></a><span style= "font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">Here's Why You Shouldn't Use Computer-Generated Transcripts</span></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sure, the technology has promise. But it's a long ways from perfect. Rather than work to make the output from <a href= "http://podcasterpro.com">PodcasterPro</a> perfect, we're just using this for the funny factor. Cheers!</span></p> <p><strong><em>00:00:00</em></strong><br /> <em>I do judge your choice in toilet paper. I'm pretty sure it's just Barak. I not even the interlining of I think if the outer lining of work is what they are giving for toilet paper. Oh one time. This one dollars one time this, No, what this morning? This one time. Oh my God, Just one time. Jio. Here's Chievo puts that noise. That's a great question. Sun her. Thanks for asking. I'm She lady And I am Ibo Tara. We are XIV. Oh, you are listening to this one time. The podcast in as Sowell Knack in Estonia. I may die. It's so hot in <laughter> It big auditors, the lira. Oh, it's beautiful though. We are in a private Souna in Estonia this place is big enough. It says for eight people I'm thinking 18. It is. It's huge circuit You could easily fit well if you fit eight in this sound wanna inside of the actual Eskan impact, it would be kind of packed ripe. There's a lovely hot tub. We'll be recording from in just a moment as well as a seating area. Yes. In the summer. Because that's how they do this sound at Ain here in Estonia honey. You don't just stay in the heated Cedar box for an hour. You'd I don't think you could stay in here for an hour. You stay until you can't handle any longer. And then you go outside and you call for a while and have a snack and have a drink and have a chat with your friends. And then you come back into the Souna and you once again add the Lola firm.</em></p> <p><strong><em>00:02:00</em></strong><br /> <em>I look at how they do it here there to goes low hit. It's one of the many things I like about Estonia. Unlike in it, Yeah. What are you like so far? This solemn now besides All right, So yeah. So I should say if we're talking about that real quick, Just objective everybody up who those of you who are new to our program. We are traveling to Estonia for the holidays. The holiday is over, but the 'nother holiday is coming up. Plus we collectively refer to this time of year as the holidays. Yes, But we will miss the hollered The next holiday day. You mean New Year's Day? New Year's Eve is what we will miss. That's true. We will experience the crossover between New Year's Day and New Year's Eve time somewhere in the air between talent Estonia where we are right now and Bangkok Thailand where we actually lift. I think I'll be in Russia. Some were over Russia, I think so Outer Mongolia. So I think we leave until late in the evening on one of the stands, perhaps. Maybe maybe never know. I guess all depends on what time it is, where we are as well as weaker. Yeah, Where does what is midnight happen? Anyhow? Uh, we have been here for the last week or so we'll have a few more days to enjoy. We thought we would get out of the heat of bank Arkhan enjoy cold weather because you've not seen snow in almost three years. I haven't met since Copenhagen. I don't think. But you saw some of the first day we were. And when landed we saw some in there in the Helsinki airport and also here in in Estonia there was some snow on the ground, and it's note and finally snowed on us on the 23rd Right now had a little bit of a snow.</em></p> <p><strong><em>00:03:49</em></strong><br /> <em>So yeah, so here we are and more. Mozilla. So since you're not going to answer that question, I will go ahead and low. Yes. I am loving the architecture haha. It is beautiful. What do you mean by the architecture? I'm the history of the architecture. There's like the stonework an some of its from what the 13th century. Just of there is a lot of history towns entire Old Town area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Yes, the whole stinking thing, and it's just gorgeous. So we have buildings from, as you said, twelve thirteen fourteen fifteen th centuries, allowing along those lines right next to sometimes a brand new building exactly which was put up because somebody bombed this place, either us or the Russians or the Nazis sin. And some of those buildings incorporate the two. They incorporate the old with a new structure. And that's that's really I like that. Yes, I do too. That's more my style of whom he has a fun place just to walk around. We had no agenda whatsoever. No, And we've just been wandering the city. So that has been a good time just to look around and say, Oh, look, this. This is all building. That's gotta. A R A hatchet on on the roof. The weather vein that belongs to the executioner eight other sorts of history. I'm not a big history buff. I mean, I I like history. I understand history four history sake say, but I'm not a big HIStory tour. Is PTSD per No? No, I would not say you are, but still It's been a good time. It's been very good. And the people are super nice. Yeah, I guess they've been super nice. I mean, ask, these are.</em></p> <p><strong><em>00:05:36</em></strong><br /> <em>Titus kind of reserve. Yeah, that's the right way to save you or what I'm looking for, their more a reserve person people, but all the ones we have spoken with have been nice now and I must everybody understands a basic level of English. We've heard rating Bush. Yeah, I will. Uh, the housekeeper is well Shearer and understand that they're probably imported them from Russia, I'm guessing. And the arts store the other day she didn't really, really No. I thought it was there was the girls selling us the sim card in the Sony in this out on a ladder and which is called Arkia ski here yet. No, only one girl spoke English and just like it is in Thailand. It was the young girl that work there that spoke The English and the two older at ladies who did not speak so well. Again, they're working at the Estonian equivalent to seven eleven So I get it. It's not like they had to pass an English proficiency exam. Do. He hand people over cartons of cigarettes. True. The other thing I'm loving is the cheap beer. The beer has been really, really in inexpensive here. Can we pick take a quick break on the cheap beer? Think as What a great segway, How 'bout we get out of this effort being hot, Rome, that al-Qaeda and go have a beer in the in the Jacuzzi's child guess let's first. <music>. Oh. Yeah, that's really hot. Uh, now in that Jackou rosy as how it's pronounced here.</em></p> <p><strong><em>00:07:18</em></strong><br /> <em>Some two zero s. Uh, okay, You said you wanna talk about the beers that we have had fantastic beer that we've been here and we smuggled beer in through the Jacuzzi. Yes, We did. What are you having my love? I have a Porter. It is a smooth like Silk Porcher and I can't say the name of that brewery. Waugh's day It's called packed P A T T is the name of the beer. Good. And are now I haven't had it yet. You had me talking. Should should drive the rear. Oh, that's a mazy Norway want a big heavy Porter when you're in a South and a Jacuzzi But hey, whatever you're you has, I always drink voters and Stoute's you do you baby. I'll do my Sure I am having trickle ridic <laughter>. Which I love it, It's a single hop, Triple IP A, which is weird because it's single hop and triple IPA. So this is hard. This is from Andersen's craft, which I think is Estonian how I dunno. Dad's pretty tasty. Yeah. Throwback to Rick and Melody trickle wreck. But it's thicken its heavy, and as I may him ten percent, We have to wear beards to drink too, So we'll be drunk before we leave this play and they're their cheap relatively chant of cheap. I think we're paying you know, three, four euros over these at a high in bottle shop, you know. But that's that's a lot less than what we would pay back in Thailand. That's that's nice. It's not a bad deal.</em></p> <p><strong><em>00:08:56</em></strong><br /> <em>Yeah. So the Beers have been have been quite good our first day here when we were hanging out with a our friend Oscar at Pegasus restaurant. Oscars caused problems. My freedom rip time in the Talon thus far is definitely going to be Oscar handing us so many great beer <laughter> Nevada's at least one beer maybe two and gave us a loaf of bread to go home. I God that red Gadgil graduates schedule US not so I've said it before and I'll say it again. People, If you are getting into craft beer or that you are into craft beer When you go to a restaurant, talk up the craft beer you are having with the people there. We did. So for Oscar who recognize, We know you're talking about Prey and and hooked us up on on free beer, which is always good free. Like a special limited release Right. That and brewery which was uh. We are la Yala. Like that's right. Did he say they bought them all? They bought 25 percent of their, Oh, okay. One quarter over there. Hey, identity this, this particular beer, which I don't recall the name of you can go look it up in my unadv. Profiles, We might linked to those their limited run and half of the beer. They're selling this year in the end, the other half in his cellar for ten years. And this It was a Scotch L wasn't it. I believe so, Yeah, which is a is a we have any No. I don't know. We drink a lot that day Now and it was it was a my block. Like I said, We've been talking a lot that day any out there, not typically what you would consider seller, but uh, but they're going to, you know, why? Because Estonia log whatever they want. Oscar also gave us recommendations on other bear buyers to go to and two of which we have already hit. And there's two more on the list We have time. We do have time to fight of her decide to leave this sound now. And the food here has been in Masing. Food is outstanding Estonians know how to cook food has serve it Well so that I eat. Well. We've been skipping meals though because we've been eating so well when we do Right Well, and part of the problem is the is the.</em></p> <p><strong><em>00:11:09</em></strong><br /> <em>Outside which we'll talk about that after we get out there that jack lunacy. Okay. Yeah. Speaking the food baby. As great as a food has been, We've had some amazing breakfast makes them dinners or will, I guess lunches, I think at dinner, Yep. But. Hans down thing I'm most excited about is this cheese? I know. I think that might be part of our problem way. We haven't been eating dinner because enjoy working. Working in on the cheese, There is a small cheese shop, just a few meters from our hotel, and we've been there twice buying dwell in the equivalent of Thai that we were to by this cheese in Thailand, and probably customer close to 100 Yazd overly easily between fifty nine hundred US dollars what this would atrocities, but that that's the quantity of cheese or by now before you freak out about that. But for those of you that are not Thailand, which is the vast majority of our audience, I think we've spent less than eighteen a little less than eighteen bucks on cheese here. And it's a lot of cheese that I mentioned. We're not eating dinner because we're eating cheese. We didn't need lunch today. So as read the cheese is I think, Honey, I've discovered a flaw in cheese. What is that? I think I know why cheese has its fans obviously berry, But the knowledge level of cheese isn't there with like. Wines and beers. Why? Because when you go to achieve shop, you take cheese with you.</em></p> <p><strong><em>00:12:47</em></strong><br /> <em>When you go to a wine shop you, you take a bottle of wine home. When you go to a beer, Iraq beer bother you take that bottle home. And when you drinking a bottle, I can look at this and I can talk about what, what makes this beer so great. These cheeses, We have a slice. They've wrap them up, Right? I forget what it is. Well, in at this tee-shot There's no label Lake. If we were to go to Whole Foods in Arizona or wherever there is a label that tells you what kind of cheese It is. I do. I think even that's enough. I think what she shop should do, Here's your met. My million idea, honey. Again, million-dollar idea even that I make an Israel million that I mentioned, the trouble IPM, millions idea, hand a million dollar secularize. They need to have a little cards that they give out that tells the flavor ProVia. Yeah, Just a little small on on the size of an address label print out what this is, what it's really good with, and just slap slapping in with the container so that you know what it is because even at Whole Foods, They put it on the rapper itself, right? And then you tear that plastic rapper off. But if you had a little insertive all Carrard That said You are eating well. This would actually one I bought was pre-packaged show. You are eating this bean stir and I'm assuming those whatever's written on the back, your tell him at the pool favorite profile. But it's an Estonian so I don't read that. And mine mine haven't had anything on them because I've had them slice it. Yeah, you're buying big old chunk cheese. So yeah.</em></p> <p><strong><em>00:14:15</em></strong><br /> <em>That's are missing. How do you like the that that right bread, that that big And it's really nice. You go, I love right. Any that. What it is? I think so. Ya. Dan, how ma'am. It's really good. It's really thick and heavy and goes nicely with my Porter hugely there. You should remain. Why would you want anything? But bread and cheese? So great. Fantastic. So what else do you like about Estonia beer, bread and cheese, besides those thing? What else? Is there a life. Well, the thing is because the sun only comes up at nine fifteen and I'm not kidding. Right. And because it sits sits that I mentioned triple IBA. It sets at a little after three. Right? We haven't been out late. No, we haven't been back in a room by like six, seven o'clock thinking about and sometimes sleeping. So. So it's interesting because I think this plays into us not eating dinner. So we have typically been eating breakfast around nine thirty is Sean Hannity ten o'clock. I'm like a kind of late, but and then we don't we eat lunch about two thirty or three and they're really big, heavy lunches. And we're usually drinking a beer with it. So then it's like, Oh yeah. And then now it's dark. That's little were to get used to. Yeah. But our pancakes man of his books on really good. I could finish mine, Mark God. Oh, and I've taken up uh, Irish coffees. Well, we've been here. Are you have wreck a lot of grabs? That's why we're not. Because you them, You've been working. We we are going out tonight for everything with walkup all.</em></p> <p><strong><em>00:16:05</em></strong><br /> <em>Here they let perpetration of we've not use yet. No, we took a Uber yesterday, but that was because we were going outside of the Navy tower. Yeah, which was meant I think it to be What do you think the TV tower? His Okay. Yeah, I was kind of okay. Big tall tower. Soviets Are you did like the museum we went to prior to that. What was a museum prior to that? Oh, that the the one or the Ozren yet? Yeah, The only broke into again. Actually, this time we didn't really break into it. It was the gates were opened. Yeah, There are others. There was a museum in the bottom right that that they'll Museum. We didn't go too. But we we did go see the Soviet graveyard and Soviet statue graveyard, which looks a lot different now than it did a year ago. I was here. Yeah, but it's still kinda cool to be hanging out with giant statues of you know, Joseph Daul The guy to go between three and sixty million people depending on who counting to didn't. They get a picture of you with three with really Lenin's four AuAnent for linens in one Yvo. Four learn Ibo you've got that picture flag go up. And but not that Museum is so hidden that our Uber driver, who was the Russian rate Igor Now perhaps eager Igor because I've seen young Frankenstein. Igor when he dropped is off put a single at all Stalin. <laughter>.</em></p> <p><strong><em>00:17:27</em></strong><br /> <em>No, no, no. He did his in Orlando and he didn't say Stalin That would be Rudy as he said, Oh, style. And so it was obviously something that he didn't even experience any drive's here And he dropped to soften the back because he would know where it was going right there. And this town is not big. Now I mentioned you can walk free where we have walked everywhere with the exception of going out to the DB tower, right? We could have easily walk to that Museum where the Soviet monuments were we just chose not to. Yeah. Did we did we work toward did we take an Uber to the seaplane? We'll would. She Bible walked backwards, EPO. Yeah, we did. Yeah, we did not. Sukahara tonic water then out guys. Listen Estonia's. Awesome. Don't don't. Don't I talk with your mouthful. That's disgusting. Nobody wants to hear that. Not at all. Then you got to keep the conversation data Air. You'll let them for the time I was on radio. Listen guys and gals. Estonia is awesome talent, wonderful city. I fell in love a year ago when I was here. I've been talking about it for a long time. Convince you to come, Are you happy with my decision to bring you to Estonia? Yes, by, Oh, there's a But in their. Yes, But I have a complaint. Oh yeah, We couldn't live here. We could not live here. We could not live here. Well, other than one reason I know that want to talk about yet. Why couldn't will live here? We couldn't live here because of toilet paper <laughter>.</em></p> <p><strong><em>00:18:56</em></strong><br /> <em>You know, I judge I don't judge people by what they look like. I don't judge people I-in two stone judge people. I do judge your choice in toilet paper. Yeah. Now again, The top We have experienced has been either at public restrooms or in the hotel. So we know that's not the finest quality out there, but I'm not sure it's just bark. Not even the interlining of our <laughter>. I think it's the outer lining of Barak is what they are giving for toilet paper. It's pretty route, and there is no bummed gun in this country. No, I miss the Bumgarner. And in a big way, but am beyond toilet paper and no Bumgarner. It's an awesome plays. It is even in the dead of winter. Yeah, It's not that bad like and you can get the wine. Nominee old mold lie odd laud. Yes, which was really good. I didn't expect to Lake it breaches, good, your. I'm loving it, man. This was a great place. I can't wait to come back an experienced summertime where it's always sunny when the sun never sets exactly right When exact opposite. But that's what we're going to do next. But this has been a great trip. I've enjoyed that. You've enjoyed it. I've injured it. We're going to market as a success in the marketplace. And listen. This is episode. They think twenty four hour of our fourth season of the show, so we still got about six more or so to go. If you have questions that you want to ask us, We'll be back in Thailand in a few days. If you've got questions that you want to ask us about, our lives lived abroad loving relationship because somehow I've stayed married to her for thirty years. I have no idea how sometimes whatever you want to say difficult, Whatever you I was thinking the reverse is true. Whatever you wish to ask us, please do. So as soon as a quick message that is easily done by will act that we've got hooked to our website. If you go to XIV O . WTF slash Call us, You can leave us any question that you want. And if it's really funny Of course it will be it'll be great ask a question will break we'll air your question and then we will answer that question and you can be the focus of one of our shows. XIV O . WTF slash Call us. Our show would not be possible without people support us on an ongoing basis.</em></p> <p><strong><em>00:21:21</em></strong><br /> <em>Patron makes it's super easy and we need it now because we spend a lot of money on Estonia crappier and cheese <laughter>. 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A Very Dive Bar Xmas in Estonia [Season 4, Episode 23]
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">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 stories? You’ve got one.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Prepare to be  entertained by a  typical Finnish meat-eating man who’s way of life is under threat. It’s getting so a man can’t even be a proper lumberjack, or something? He just wishes for a better time, when Jimmy Carter was still president, Lassie was on the TV, and everyone wanted a Scottsdale? He gets a little side tracked, but that’s nothing medical marijuana can’t cure, even though he hasn’t smoked it for 30 years. And no, none of that was supposed to make sense.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Got a question for us?</span> <a href="https://goo.gl/bCBxHn"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">Leave us a quick voicemail</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. And if you want these episodes early and gain access to all of our bonus content,</span> <a href="https://goo.gl/zb4JGN"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">support us on Patreon</span></a><span style= "font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">Completely Insane Computer Transcription Of This Episode</span></h2> <p>While we're not huge fans of transcriptions of podcast like ours, we like to follow the trend. Below is a computer-generated transcription of the audio of this episode. Smart podcaster use this output as a springboard to help them to provide a cleaned-up, human-readable transcription... but where's the fun in that. This is comedy gold. Thanks, <a href= "podcasterpro.com">PodcasterPro</a>!  </p> <p><em><strong>00:00:04</strong></em><br /> <em>Oh ones, although this one on one this No, this morning with one time. Oh my God, Just one with high gear. The most evil. I have question, What are you? Tell me what is like spending Christmas in Estonia. That's a great question around will scholar. Thanks for asking I'm She lady And I am Ibo Tara. We are XIV. Oh, you are listening to this one time the podcast. And yes, we are in Estonia. Yes. But instead of actually reporting an episode while we are in Estonia It's Christmas Day, and we thought What better things to do than to give you a real taste of what it's like to be in Estonia on Christmas Eve. The only way possible is to be at a dive bar with a drunken thin. Tell them, I guess all amount, the problems of the world. He is quite entertaining. Yes, he was. So without any further ado, here's Mieko Happy Christmas. I don't give a sheet about any. Early on it today. In this time, on the thing that I am interest on children, it added. I don't get anything. Live at the whole way by way of life Haas Jaso. Seeing the winning of the My life has changed so much during the last ten years. I don't even Is this the same. Yes. Oh yes. But. Things are quite different if you out to go La Vina. Green is meet. Man, Yeah. And what really happened to be live metro sexuals sh vessel than you are there. I I see as if Europe deeper golf team.</em></p> <p><em><strong>00:02:18</strong></em><br /> <em>You know, we've Russia. Don't lumberjack driving right. So have you changed? Have you become Metro sexual? No. I'm a man <laughter>. You are going to us. Power to the forest five best away and being on that. Uh, the atmosphere in sight We love. He's very, very much Udorn. No. Nobody knows now honored that is snow. Sure. 'cause you're there. But I I do have the same in US. Same kind of our spirit. Definitely adage, Y S. Yes, Yeah. Built the old ways. Have are definitely changing it. Yes. That's the problem. Today we have people who are responsible or the games day, make sure that they don't do it. Lackey has always done now. That's not option after doing some other way, right, new ways, yes. You'll Gant use that Gudo. No best option. Yes, That's the problem in the whole world. Change continues to happen. The old traditional ways are going by the way side. Yes. Set you up to them. Because there are certain things that just are like they are, But they add reindeer chains that Li lives change a desert Rob left in all over the world. Yes. As Brazilian their Wesson Congress. That's all not in India, growing nations spa in their own version, uh, US Western Europe. That's the problem. And if people are going to go crush ready. I don't know. I don't have anything against US. I remember before a run rate by the West, Jimmy Carter, whilst Yep resident, Democratic, residency, West. The US West You've written about when that Ray Get the power, everything changed change the Ecuador Russ good.</em></p> <p><strong><em>00:04:44</em></strong><br /> <em>The haul US Route really has been a bunk because we have raised with the Russians, Soviet Union task, bright The So the US was alive home as far. Shreif's Yes, absorbs rise of the everybody has a hold there. Yes, because there. Soviet Yulia Right? We lost. We have big as the border with Russia writes about two one thousand four hundred kilometres It's about five hundred seven hundred months. The four long border right there, Yeah. Yes. So. Time before Ron rag. Yes, US must different. Everybody here alive. It must Gudo last See time last year river the dog. Oh yes. At that time. This is nice. But then after Reagan, we took care of that Soviet Union. The Core. Douglas <laughter>. But it it chase after a Jimmy Carter derogate gets it. At the whole world. Before that, US less threatening, everybody wants to have a spots, a river, a house between the river, Mayo council. I have a small cannabis are worth thirty s. Not not for thirty years. Yes. Mary Jones director to drop its Madison's? Yeah. I. I have a outta odd Odd. Day holiday. A D H ADHD, HD, yes. Always count me all. Yeah, Makes you more. Yes, yes. Park A few months. Alcohol as clear. One. The. In the red Come on. You know what I I do know what you Michelle. Yeah. People say they want authentic travels, honey. There you go. That's it. You seems quite. He was very nice. Definitely wanted us to go to to Saint Petersburg big time out your your fortunate listener because I cut that forty eight minute rambling thing down to about five to make it a little more palatable for you, But Vigo was quite entertaining and more fun things coming for us year in in Estonia. Yes. Hey, if you do have questions for us, the season's not yet over. We'll be back in our home base in Thailand in just a week. So questions we would love to have a question So we can answer them right here on the program. Simply go to XIV O . two WTF slash Call us. I think that's raped shave. Oh, Thank you. She vote WTMJ slash Call us and leave us a question that can be about our travels. It can be about relationship advice. It can be about drunken exploits. We got involved with here in Estonia you pick the topic at Chievo.</em></p> <p><strong><em>00:08:06</em></strong><br /> <em>Dot WTF slash Call us. Our show is funded by patrons just like you, if you think Our show is worthy. These Give us a small financial deposit, not deposit <laughter>. This is what happens when something doesn't have the script with them. Cheetah's drivers aged like to show your support. You can support as on of patriotic Just go to patriotic dot com. Not over there. Go here. She vote WTMJ slash Patria on and lend us your support. Our music is by the lay of the land. Thanks for listening listener. I am Eawo Tara '09 Sheila deep for more fun and excite went from us wealth, just stay subscribed wherever you get your podcasts. We'll back to witness as soon as we get back to that. Lovely land of Thailand. First part of two thousand eighteen Happy New Year.</em></p> <p><em> </em></p>
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Evo’s Brush With Thailand Motorbike Crash Statistics [Season 4, Episode 22]
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">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.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Got a question for us?</span> <a href="https://goo.gl/bCBxHn"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">Leave us a quick voicemail</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. And if you want these episodes early and gain access to all of our bonus content,</span> <a href="https://goo.gl/zb4JGN"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">support us on Patreon</span></a><span style= "font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">Computer Transcription Gone Terribly Wrong</span></h2> <p>Making a transcription of a podcast episode is hard, unless you take the lazy route and have a computer do it. Which is what we did below, thanks to PodcasterPro. No, we're not using the tool the way they want us to, but the results -- for us -- are hi-larious. Let us know if you agree, and read this:</p> <p><strong><em>00:00:04</em></strong><br /> <em>Oh ones, although this one on one with no. This morning with one side. Oh my God. Just one is high gear. Jio. Who Chievo This is great from the bank or podcast. I think the question for you has either Have you ever been in a car accident in Thailand? Thanks. Ooh, that's a great question, Greg. Thanks for asking, I'm Sheila D and I am Yvo Tara u-unless. No, We are Shiboh. You are listening to this one time and no one likes a smart ask, Greg. Yes, we have been in an accident by we I don't mean shoe on I talking to you again, Greg. I mean, you and I this just happened to us. Oh, hi, honey. Hey, it's been an exciting morning. Yeah, yeah, where to begin, I'm glad I stayed home. Actually had you'd the the whole thing would have been different. Butterfly effect had gone with us. It wouldn't have actually happen. Oh no, You make me feel bad weather. It wasn't my intention. I apologize for that. Let me tell you, find listener what is going on. A little bit ago earlier today, my partner, Greg, on the Bangkok podcast, we're on our way to go get something special, four hour patrons. Those who have supported us for the last six months are getting something very special from us. And so we were going today to to place the order to to, to grab these things. No, I'm not telling you what they are, but they are awesome. If you are not a listener, the Bangkok podcast, You don't know anything about this, but you should go check it out. Regardless of at us. We're not here to Pimp the show. I'm here to talk about what I did honey.</em></p> <p><strong><em>00:01:51</em></strong><br /> <em>It's always you Michio hinterland no, it's usually me as we are telling the Uber driver that this is a good place to stop for us was a relatively not busy street here in Bangkok, the Uber driver polls over to the left because we drive on the left side of the road here. Not quite in a. Like a driveway area, but off to the side of the road to wear in here he hasn't. So he clearly we stopped and in is time for me to pop the door. So I can jump on the kerb. Well, I said it wasn't a busy street, but it was busy enough streak that I didn't notice the motorcycle. That was Uming along the left side abyss between us and the curb as motorcycles do as as I often. But do barracks. If somebody's dropping you off, they should be close enough to that. Curb that a motorcycle cake get through there. That is true. There were there were there really wasn't enough room for for a motorbike I I would assume not There were certainly no motorbike lane, which we sometimes do well, you're None of that was the case, and it was a curve. It was kind of a blind area. And again, the he had pulled over, so I assumed always go, Okay. I popped the door open and immediately here. Oh, a motorcycle taxi carrying two on helmeted ladies. Oh no clip that door As I popped it open. Now, It wasn't like a full on T-Bone assault. Not like the door was all the way open and then slammed into it because there's no damage to the Uber driver's car. I think I popped the door open and probably clipped One of either the driver or one of the passengers on the leg. It's very, very low. And that caused a motorbike to lean to the left even further an impact, the break. And so they were all three of them kinda piled up, especially when you have three people and are buying already. Overloaded wrote not wearing helmets.</em></p> <p><strong><em>00:03:54</em></strong><br /> <em>Many hit the her No one hit their head, but one of the girls her right. A hand and forearm looked a little unnatural. Oh, could have been a broken hand. Could have been a broken radius Palme. I think for the bones of the of the of the We're on there. So yeah, that have I immediately give we we get out of the car. What, what, what do we do ISO? I clearly I've been in Thailand too long as you know what I did immediately. Got me. Wall know before I called you, that that is that is. That was definitely on my list of things to do. But the first thing I did when I got out of the car while there are these two people Three people not ten feet in front of me sprawled on the ground looking like now that you have accident, which they did have an accident. I wide. First thing I did widening Cotto corrupt Kartal dropped. 'Cause I mean raise Louie. I am implicit in somehow Emre had I not done this. I would not have been there. Now we are. We are not in a tourist E area OCA Schnur not I we are we are in an artisan area of Thailand to wear. Not a lot of fell on hang in there. So. We don't know what to do, And he suddenly this not busy road within five seconds. There were like 19 motor taxes were and a motorcycle that had like cop lights on. It showed up. Thrilling likes of Renan. Teenager was driving. That was all about Greg, was confused with that one as well for everything was just utter chaos and we're just standing there. I I go look at the Cartasi where the damages and I can see this little tiny smudge Mark. If had Kleenex, I could have taken items will receive road damage to this guy's vehicle. So we wait, no one speaks in the English. Our over driver is not even talking to us about this were just standing there. Greg, in I two large white people surrounded by Thais who are all just looking at us. No one's yelling, No one me, We're just their thinking, Well, we don't know what's going to happen. I guess we're going to find out. Yes, yes, you what? What is going to happen? Maybe ten minutes later if that I dunno time Time doesn't really matter when raise.</em></p> <p><strong><em>00:06:03</em></strong><br /> <em>Relations, but an ambulance showed up. Okay. They they somehow at all they put the girl on a gurney, or they just lifted her absence. It was only her arm. There was damage. I think they just if memory serves and it was a little chaotic, I believe she just walk on her own power into the ambulance. Ludmila thin and then drove off in some Thai person came over with his fingers crossed. Like first, I thought it were trying to ward off vampires. Can I realize knows making across for the hospital signs, Okay, great. We're gonna have to go to the hospital and then figure out what happens as more people come around. The crazy chicken lady and crazy husband showed up, they will run street vendors. Ray Manning the chicken plays right next to us and were completely insane. I've no idea what they were saying here, but I'm going to play a little bit of that audio, so you can hear some of the insanity with with his Mrs dismisses and Mr El Poile Loko the crazy chicken. Get rid Iraq, recover. Rebel among my my wet For P Y. Huawei. And all the more. Gold even. Apple route. Without. I'm good. Nah, I have rock. Well. Who is going to blow that? Has never know what I realise. I realized I was in the middle of it. Yes. Oh, come over here, said Zuber driver. Hopeful of So we get no idea what that was. What was said. I think what was being said is crazy. Chicken guy, Mr ELP oil Loko was trying to say the Farrand's not at fault. He didn't do anything wrong. These idiots run a motorcycle without helmets. Zooming through in a gap, they shouldn't have been in anyhow And they got clipped.</em></p> <p><strong><em>00:08:15</em></strong><br /> <em>So Greg and I were are still pondering what's going to happen because we this The whole thing took not quite an hour. Okay. One hour of going off, moving different places standing, getting in with the Uber driver getting out with Uber driver standing around, wondering what's going to happen at two Community police officers, which I don't even know what that means. I think linings volunteers that have that. Okay came over. Never talked to us once. Really a police officer from the railway. 'cause we were near one of the rail links. He came over and started looking at the Uber, driver's car and license come to find out the Uber driver didn't have a license and he did, But he had received some sort of an infraction recently. And so he had his on a receipt saying, I got a ticket because that is what they do in Thailand, yellow, take your license to a central location, and once you pay the ticket than you get the actual license back. But the railway cot never talked to us. No. So the only person that ever talked to us was crazy, chicken lady, Mrs L Porter lotto, and the Uber driver. One guy did come up who I think at the end. When all the I think the moto-taxi guys called their leader because it's all talk taxi. Mafia in this country are one person is in charge of all. He came over, spoke a little bit of English. Where will you go into? Who was driving That sort of thing? And that's when the big argument jumped out when Mr crazy chicken tried to jump at, I guess to defend us. Although I didn't. We felt no threatened what never threatened that anything. But it's nice that a witness came out and said, Yeah, Well net, I assume That's what he said. I I don't know what he said. What what we ended up doing is the Uber driver. Got my phone number. Now I didn't book the Uber, Greg. Thanks to Uber. Okay. So that over driver has my phone number. No one wanted to see pictures of my passport and visa, which you.</em></p> <p><strong><em>00:10:14</em></strong><br /> <em>Ryan, I sent over to me because I figured I'm going to need this right to prove that I'm here. Um. Um, no one took statements. Everybody had their cameras out taking picture of the injured girl Oakland, never us. We never got our picture taken. I realize about ten minutes in, I probably should have taken some video of what what happened here in the event that I'm need to protect myself frankness. But yet nothing. And then eventually everyone just left ends with over driver says, Okay, You can go over driver gave us the authority to leave for by that time. Every one of of the accident had gone Not a single cell was except create Mr and Mrs Apoyo Loko who are stationary there and seemed like they were on our side slur. We asked and I honestly don't know what's going to happen, and you don't know what hospital She went to. We were near a hospital. Okay, Let me in this area has a hospital was on the Suming that's the one that they took her today. But. Yeah, I I just I just don't know. Well, I guess we shall wait and see. All I can do is just kinda hang out. Well, like I said, I it sounds like that we were driver didn't pull up to the curb enough. And the motorcycle taxi assumed that there was enough for him there And hair to people which is illegal with helmet am had no helmet's on them, which is also illegal ray. So I mean, there's a bunch of different things at play there. Yeah, which which law Trump's other laws, right? Because clearly several were broken, and I don't think if I did any. I guess Maybe they you Diallo negligence amine is negligence even all law in entirely. I don't. I don't know. We would. Oh, we're not. If you're gonna start on, I can't imagine. You know, maybe the did the driver was not supposed to stop there. I notice there was not a red and white little parking Blog. I wasn't that wasn't there. So I I don't know, real.</em></p> <p><strong><em>00:12:14</em></strong><br /> <em>We do not know what's going to happen. All I know is Uber driver has my phone number. Okay. Well, probably poor dregs. Uber rating just when the toilet. From zero stars for opening the door, right? His partner, opening the door, knock somebody off car will. Well, yeah, how many your day. I went laid by the pool. I learned some into sign. Oh, looks good. That's good. So in accordance as as exciting as yours, not nearly as exciting, mindless, not say. I know what, yeah. It was a day today. Yeah, I'd in in I'm I'm curious that I like I did a quick search online to see if I could find anything, but I can't read anything great taunt I rate. So I have no idea what I'm even looking for a We have no idea what's gonna happen. I guess we'll keep you posted listener on what Shula could be posted it. It's a chance I could we thrown in jail for ever his true. That's true. Couple of guys dropped trowel in what I room and get jailed for ten days. I don't know what happens to this Hampel that open their doors to get out of her newborn. I took a picture of Greg an eye looking very forlorn on the side of the road. Okay. I'm not posting it until I know what's happening. No, you should What's what's going to really happen? So enter this by the way, if you. You are a Thai official. This is not an admission of guilt.</em></p> <p><strong><em>00:13:39</em></strong><br /> <em>No, at all, gone on him guilty up. I can tell you this though. I'm going to be careful when I'm Read my motorbike on the left. Yeah, because they're maybe there's got to be lease one more dumb as out there like need is pops a door open like, don't do we do it all the time. Yeah. But again, I think it goes back to the Uber driver not getting close enough to the Kerr everyone was at fault, except for me. I do <laughter>. I did have the guilty. Well, I think we answered Greg's question. I think Greg knew the answer. The question of Ford Lincoln in you. If you have a question for us and you would like for us to answer it, My God, We still have several more episodes of this season does what we're doing. We're answering questions about our life abroad as answering questions People have about love relationship life. Whatever talked to us go to XIV O . WTF slash Call us XIV O . W T F slash call us and levers of always male with your smartphone. You can do it on your laptop computer. I don't know. You can with landline even have landlines anymore. Those exist. How would you dial and website address with landline nonsuited forget I said that she though that WTF slash Call us. Our shared this when Thai would not be possible without the support at people like you, if you think our show is worthy. Your financial support patron makes it very easy. This whole thing happened because we were trying to get a special gift for patrons of the Bangkok PodcastOne I might need a legal defense fund earning GoFundMe me or something. I've if you like to.</em></p> <p><strong><em>00:15:16</em></strong><br /> <em>Contribute to my defence, I would love it. Thank you. I need it. Plus you'll get early access to the show and some bonus content XIV O . WTMJ slash patriotic on, get signed up today. We should actually set up a bigger, a bigger contribution point and do something like Bangkok podcast. All Maybe we'll think about the good thing that you're giving is Brennan. Also have it on Tuesday. I can't wait to still. Can't wait to see. Our music is by the way of the way. Thanks for listening listener. I am Ibo Tara food. I'm went deep, assuming I'm not in jail. You'll have another show next week head of the gut health Arctic it stays subscribed. We'll find out for him to Thailand by.</em></p>
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WTF Were You Thinking with That Domain Name? [Season 1, Episode 1]
<p id="yui_3_17_2_1_1512713720426_730">By now you know -- or you should know -- that we’re leaving. Not just Arizona, where we’ve made our home for the last 18 years. But the entire country. For at least a year… or until we run out of money. Which is a distinct possibility, as we’re certainly not independently wealthy. But we are crafty. And we tend to land on our feet. So we’re good.</p> <p>It’s probably another safe bet that you know of our new website, ShEvo.wtf, where we’re documenting this grand experiment with blog posts, gear run-downs, checkins, photographs and podcast episodes, more or less like this one. OK, probably less. Because this one is just to give you a taste. Don’t get too caught up in the format, as that’s sure to change. We’ll figure it out as we go along.</p> <p>But I digress. This episode is all about one thing: how we decided on just the right domain name -- Shevo.wtf. WTF, indeed. Best of all, it’s not a re-creation. It’s the actual conversation between the two of us. Enjoy.</p> <p><em>(Oh, and that crazy noise you here underneath from time to time is a mix of airplanes flying overhead and cars driving outside. Our recording environment will change due to the nature of our travels, so have a heart.)</em></p>
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We're Schengen Out! [Season 1, Episode 2]
<div id="block-yui_3_17_2_10_1422783970418_17733" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div class="sqs-block-content"> <h2>Full Show Script</h2> </div> </div> <div id="block-18a8051a2bba28e65557" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div class="sqs-block-content"> <ul dir="ltr"> <li> <p><em>[Speculating]</em></p> </li> <li> <p>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 we don’t know. We need to educate ourselves. Which is leading us to some interesting learnings:</p> </li> <li> <p><em>[Discovery]</em></p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Italy, as it turns out, is part of the <a href= "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schengen_Area">Schengen area</a>. According to Wikipedia, The Shangin’ Area is comprised of 26 European countries that have abolished passport and any other type of border control at their common borders. It mostly functions as a single country for international travel purposes, with a common visa policy.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: That policy allows us, two US citizens, 90 days of travel in those countries within one hundred and eighty days. If that doesn’t immediately make sense to you, it didn’t to us either. In fact, there was more than a little disagreement between the two of us over that interpretation. As it turns out, it’s something best explained with an analogy. Consider, for a moment, an NBA game. (That’s pro-basketball in the US, for those unaware of that particular TLA. And no, neither of us are basketball fans.) In the 48 minutes of a pro basketball game (which sounds like an odd number, but I looked it up) a player can make no more than 6 fowls (which I thought was five. Did I mention we’re not basketball fans?) After that, they’re not allowed to return to that game.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: In our case, our clock starts as soon as we enter any country in the Shangen Area, and it keeps ticking for one hundred and eighty days. For us, it starts on January 17th, when we land in France. And it expires on August 16th. During that one hundred and eighty day period we’re allowed to accumulate up to 90 days in those countries. Consecutive, non-consecutive, all in one, or a couple in all of them… it doesn’t matter. What does matter is that if we go over 90 days, even by as little as a single day, we face fines of 1200 euros, deportation, or some other harsh penalty. Ouch.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Making it more complicated is the additional 90-day get-the-hell-out period that has to expire before we can again visit any of those countries. For us, if we managed to stay until August 16th without blowing our collected days, we’d have to wait until November 14th to return to most of Europe. How handy. But that’s something we’ll deal with after we get through our first leg of our tour, which actually starts with just trying to get out of this country. Here’s Sheila telling you -- and blaming me -- all about it:</p> </li> <li> <p><em>[Nightmare booking]</em></p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: I’m the “somebody” she was speaking of, in case you’re curious.</p> </li> <li> <p><em>[Nightmare booking, continued]</em></p> </li> <li> <p>Evo 5: And that sell off has largely happened. Which is good, as we depart on the 11th of January. You’ll hear from us -- and I mean that literally -- once we’re situated in the French countryside. Our plan, such that it is, is to produce a mostly-weekly audio podcast, of which you are listening to. I say “mostly”, because I’m the worlds laziest podcaster. For more regular updates, be sure to subscribe to our weekly newsletter. I’m also a lazy writer, but writing is much faster than producing a podcast. And if you want the full fire hose, check out our blog, where we’re trying to post daily. You can get to all of that -- and much more -- at ShEvo.wtf. I’m Evo Terra. <a href= "https://translate.google.com/#fr/en/%C3%A0%20la%20prochaine">À la prochaine</a>! (Gods, my French sucks.)</p> </li> </ul> </div> </div>
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Of Fast Trains and Poor Decisions [Season 1, Episode 3]
<div id="block-yui_3_17_2_1_1422783970418_82915" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div class="sqs-block-content"> <h2>Full Show Script</h2> </div> </div> <div id="block-8ae26ca4ccdd090795c6" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div class="sqs-block-content"> <ul> <li> <p><em>[.50 well spent]</em></p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: As I write this episode of the <a href= "http://shevo.wtf/">ShEvo Studios On Tour</a> 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 drives faster than trains. About every five minutes, another high speed train goes rocketing by mere inches -- OK, maybe mere feet -- in the opposite direction. When that happens, the sounds goes from idyllic -- like what you're listening to right now -- to this:</p> </li> <li> <p><em>[loud train]</em></p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Yeah, I never heard it. In the last two "biological" days, we'd been through four airports, three busses, and miles of hiking through some of the less desirable places State-side. When you add in drinking and dining with good friends during that time AND zero sleep, the comfy chairs of Eurorail had me out before we pulled out of the station.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: You totally missed out on some beautiful scenery while you were sleeping, baby! But I'm happy you were able to catch some much-needed shut eye. I'd have joined you, by my poor choices we're to compound on top one another. Too much coffee kept me up -- and gave you this new episode -- but it's the least stupid decision I've recently made. Unlike..</p> </li> <li> <p><em>[Train no lingo]</em></p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: But we'll manage. And I'll get some sleep. Perhaps tonight. And then it's a few blissful few weeks of rest and relaxation in the French countryside. Except for the three business meetings I scheduled for next week. Man, <a href= "https://translate.google.com/#fr/en/je%20suis%20un%20idiot">je suis un idiot</a> doesn't seem to quite do it justice.</p> </li> <li> <p><em>[HOU layover]</em></p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: But by next weekend, we should be on a routine. Of sorts. Which means you can probably expect another episode of the podcast. It might even be longer. In the mean time, be sure to sign up for our weekly newsletter and subscribe to the blog for daily updates Also, we'e both been posting lots of in-the-moment items on our various social properties. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram... whatever you're into All of that is on Shevo.wtf.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: WTF, indeed  Now, I need some sleep. Cheers!</p> </li> <li> <p><em>[outro]</em></p> </li> </ul> </div> </div>
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A Clean, Well-Moistened Place [Season 1, Episode 4]
<div id="block-1682528d0cc7fe388f93" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div class="sqs-block-content"> <h2>Full Show Script</h2> </div> </div> <div id="block-yui_3_17_2_1_1422783970418_52191" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div class="sqs-block-content"> <ul> <li> <p><em>[Jesus Christ, more farmland photos?]</em></p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: We’re officially one week into <a href= "https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zianFAAJbtAU.krIH1yEZv8pU">our grand tour of, well… the world</a>. 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, though this area does share some history with Britain. But you can look all that up on Wikipedia. You didn’t come to us for a history lesson. We’ve been referring to this as the French country side. Which is really just a fancy term for farmland. Really, really clean farm land.</p> </li> <li> <p><em>[Clean]</em></p> </li> <li> <p>SHE : And it’s not only clean, it’s moist. Like, really, really wet. We’ve had rain or drizzle at least half the days we’ve been here. The soil is soaked, and I’m not sure I packed the proper footwear for such a boggy place. My boots have seen better days. Water does more than stand and soak. It flows. At every turn, it seems there’s a brook, stream, or some other type of rushing water.</p> </li> <li> <p><em>[Water]</em></p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Here’s a tip: when recording sounds of water, make sure you’ve emptied your bladder. Because… wow.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: All that water is why it’s so green here, even in the dead of winter. And it’s also why my sinuses are vastly improved.</p> </li> <li> <p><em>[sinuses]</em></p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: On this oddly rain-free day, we decide to walk the road north. We’d been south -- that’s where the actual town of Corlay lies just a few blocks away -- but today we were exploring La Haut-Corlay, which isn’t much more than a handful of houses high on a hill. That’s what La Haut-Corlay means “the high” Corlay. Not quite the upper east side, but you get the picture. Anyhow, we had studied a few Google maps from the house where we had internet connection -- internet connectivity on mobile devices is spotty just past the outskirts of town -- and knew basically where we were going. All we had to do was head north and turn left on a road that I was pretty sure had the world “river” in it.</p> </li> <li> <p><em>[not lost]</em></p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Yes, street signs are helpful, but only if you know how to read them. <a href= "https://translate.google.com/#fr/en/mon%20Fran%C3%A7ais%20est%20pourri">Mon francais is pourri</a>, and it wasn’t long before self-doubt crept in.</p> </li> <li> <p><em>[Joan Rivers]</em></p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Evo is one of the more confident people I’ve known. But he’s not infallible, especially when it comes to reading signs in French. As it turns out, the road we thought we were on wasn’t actually a “road” at all...</p> </li> <li> <p><em>[not the same thing]</em></p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: But clearly we weren’t too lost, as we were able to make it back and record this podcast episode. But signs aren’t the only thing that’s tripped us up since we’ve been in France. Even simple things, like a trip to the grocery store, has it’s own little quirks we’ve had to discover in the moment. <a href= "https://www.magasins-u.com/accueil">The Super U</a> contained the same things we expected to see, except for one thing:</p> </li> <li> <p><em>[shopping cart trek]</em></p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: No, it wasn’t Screw With The Americans day. We thought the parking lot looked rather devoid of stray shopping carts. Upon further inspection, we found that everyone actually returns their carts to the parking lot corrals. Not because they’re courteous, but because they are incentivized to do so. To unlock a cart requires a one Euro coin. When placed in a small slot on the handle, the cart disconnects from the rest. But it’s not a vending machine. Your coin stays peeking at you the whole time you’re shopping. To get it back, you have to return the cart to the corral and re-chain it to the mass of carts. When you do -- and only if you do -- your coin pops out. Brilliant!</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: One last bit before we go: We were entertained by the ethnic food section of the French supermarket, which was probably more comical to us than it should have been.</p> </li> <li> <p><em>[Ethnic section]</em></p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: As it turns out, there was no American section. Which is probably for the best. But we have food for the remainder of our time here. We’ll have one more episode from France for you next week, then the following episode will be assembled in Denmark. You know, where speak even less of the local language. That’ll be our fifth episode, at which time we’ll probably ask you to tell a few dozen of your friends about our show. Five in the can, that’s the rule before promotion begins. At least that was the rule when I started podcasting 10 years ago. I suppose it would be OK if you told just one friend about us right now. Sure. That should be OK. <a href= "https://translate.google.com/#fr/en/Jusqu'%C3%A0%20la%20prochaine%20fois!">Jusqu'à la prochaine fois!</a> (That means until next time… I think...)</p> </li> <li> <p>[<em>outro]</em></p> </li> </ul> </div> </div>
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Post, Picon, and Peugeots. And Peugeots. [Season 1, Episode 5]
<div id="block-yui_3_17_2_5_1422782792640_45774" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div class="sqs-block-content"> <h2>Full Show Script</h2> </div> </div> <div id="block-d960c1fdc48377a89040" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div class="sqs-block-content"> <ul> <li> <p><em>[Public toilettes]</em></p> </li> <li> <p>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.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: But in all honesty, being stuck inside is starting to wear a little thin. Even though it’s been cold and rainy -- it sleeted for most of today -- we’ve braved the elements and ventured out on occasion. Our local pub/coffee shop is called Carpe Diem, and we’re starting to be recognized. Even if they don’t greet me with the double-cheek air-kissing that’s all the rage here.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: The beer selection, well… sucks. It’s Stella. That’s my only option. Or at least I thought it was, until three locals ordered some sort of beer cocktail. It started with a few ounces of some mysterious black liquid in the bottom of a beer glass, topped off with the fizzy yellow stuff from the tap. By their second round, I decided there was little chance of ruining a mass produced pilsner like Stella, and decided to try it. So I consulted Google Translate, ignored a few words I wasn’t comfortable trying to pronounce, and lay my best French on the landlord, while Sheila was occupied with a giant dog that freely roamed the pub. Gotta love France...</p> </li> <li> <p><em>[Orange beer]</em></p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: That mystery black liquid that i thought was an orange liquor is called <a href= "http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Picon">Picon biere</a>. And yes, you can check into it. (I’m referring to Untappd, where we both have accounts. It’s sort of like Foursquare for beer, and we use it to track each new, unique beer we drink. We’ll put links to our profiles - <a href= "https://untappd.com/user/evoterra">Evo’s</a> and <a href="https://untappd.com/user/sheila_dee">Sheila’s</a> - in the show notes.) Picon biere is an orange bitter developed in the 1800s with the express purpose of adding flavor -- good flavor -- to thin pilsners and wheat beers from this region. It also brings plenty of booze to the party, clocking in at 18% ABV. Sadly, you can’t find it in the States. Huh. Maybe I should start an illicit import/export business as a way to bring in money? Or not.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Yeah, let’s go with not. No international incidents, remember honey? Now that we were comfortable enough to order drinks from the bar, we thought we’d test our language skills further. Our twin niece and nephew asked us to send them postcards along the way, and I have a teacher friend in Turkey who’s class is collecting postcards from all over the world. So, with <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/sheila_dee/16231586637/">cards in hand</a>, we headed out to see if we could say “three stamps, please” without embarrassing ourselves. We were almost distracted by the food truck, but found the place eventually.</p> </li> <li> <p><em>[Post office]</em></p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: If we had to do it all over again, we’d definitely spend some time learning the language basics. Because right now, we <strong>really</strong> stand out, walking around speaking English and looking with interest at all things the locals take for granted.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: You do it too. People who live by the beach tend to not hear the surf. The mountains disappear for those living on the front range, and city dwellers often forget they walk by museums and amazing architecture every single day. For locals, the familiar fades into the background. When someone is noticed paying attention, they’re immediately recognized as “not local.” And when you’re looking through a camera lens most of the time, people start making <a href= "https://www.flickr.com/photos/sheila_dee/16404395382/in/photostream/">assumptions</a>.</p> </li> <li> <p><em>[YouTube photographer]</em></p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: It kind make you wonder if a bunch of youtube videographers swarm this place when it’s warmer? I mean, it’s pretty and all, but I’m not seeing it as a haven for vloggers of any sort. But who knows? Maybe we should give this podcast a rest and start with video. Nah. <a href= "http://www.shevo.wtf/blog/2015/1/25/podcast-a-clean-well-moistened-place">Editing audio takes enough time as it is</a>. Video adds a whole layer of complexity I’m not all that interested in dealing with. Plus, I rather like audio storytelling.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: And speaking of the things you notice when your not local, Evo made what he considers an interesting local observation.</p> </li> <li> <p><em>[Peugeots]</em></p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: I really shouldn’t give him a built-in laugh track. It only encourages him.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: I just love hearing you laugh, baby. We have one more clip to share with you, but before we do that, a little housekeeping. This is our fifth show, which means I can officially ask you to do two things: First, <a href= "https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/shevo-studios-on-tour-shevo./id954435168?mt=2">go rate the show on iTunes</a>. Pretty please. With sugar on top. There are a lot of <a href= "https://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewGenre?id=1320&mt=2">travel-related</a> couple casts out there. But I’m fairly certain few, if any, are producing this kind of show every week. We love that so many of our friends are listening, but we want even more people to discover our show, and a rating on iTunes helps that. Second, share this episode with a friend or family member, even if they’ve never heard of podcasting. Tell them it’s a radio show they can listen to online if you like. Just get them listening.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: OK, enough begging. Here’s the clip Evo was teasing. Sorry about the car noises. It seems we picked the wrong time to walk down the road. In the middle of the night. In a place with few street lamps.</p> </li> <li> <p><em>[Bon soir]</em></p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Man, <a href= "https://plus.google.com/u/0/+EvoTerra/posts/4MPsEiRMgPj">those Picon bieres really sneak up on you</a>. À bientôt!</p> </li> <li> <p><em>[outro]</em></p> </li> </ul> </div> </div>
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A Kokkedal A Day Keeps The Doctor Away [Season 1, Episode 6]
<div id="block-yui_3_17_2_1_1423349326670_94345" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div class="sqs-block-content"> <h2 id="yui_3_17_2_1_1423349326670_94328">Full Show Script</h2> </div> </div> <div id="block-yui_3_17_2_1_1423349326670_71411" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div class="sqs-block-content"> <ul id="yui_3_17_2_1_1423349326670_71394"> <li> <p><em>[Step down places]</em></p> </li> <li> <p>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?</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Not quite. It’s not all that surprising that Evo’s first conversation with a local -- nearly everyone here speaks excellent English -- was about beer, specifically about the apparent lack of quality of craft beer in Denmark. I say “apparent” because Susanne Willie --</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: It’s pronounced Soo-sana-ah VEE-lay..</p> </li> <li> <p><em>[Susanna Willie]</em></p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Hey, she said it could be pronounced differently in English. Don’t get smart. Anynow, here’s how Susanne said the name of the town is really pronounced.</p> </li> <li> <p><em>[Kokkedal]</em></p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: And now you know why I had little choice but to pick this show title.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: What are you, eight?</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Childish humor is still humor, Love. What’s not so fun, however, is this nagging, recurring back issue of mine.</p> </li> <li> <p><em>[Being upright]</em></p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: A day of walking around Copenhagen after the 4 hour walking tour of Paris had Evo stopping and stretching every 10 minutes, and taking every opportunity to sit, while I was snapping pictures. He was pretty uncomfortable, but kept soldiering on. You know, like an idiot. A proud idiot, but an idiot all the same.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO More like forced march.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: So I asked a local buddy of mine -- Hey, <a href= "http://virtualwayfarer.com/" data-cke-saved-href= "http://virtualwayfarer.com">Alex</a> -- for the name of his doctor. My problem back -- really the muscles around and under my right scapula -- wasn’t going to get better without some anti-inflammatories like Aleve. Guess what you can’t buy over the counter in Denmark or France? You guessed it.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Amazingly enough, Alex’s doctor agreed to see Evo almost immediately. So we bundled back up, took the train back to Nørreport (I’m probably not pronouncing that right. How do you pronounce an “oh” with a slash through it, and why is it different than a regular “oh”?) … and walked the six easy blocks to get to the doctor’s office, taking in some sights along the way.</p> </li> <li> <p><em>[Walking not lost] </em></p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: You can probably see where this is going. Yep. I’m the classic guy won’t won’t stop and ask for directions. Stereotypes are funny because they’re often true. So I’m a little stubborn. But tenacity pays off. Oh, and recall when Sheila called me an idiot? Yeah</p> </li> <li> <p><em>[Wrong way]</em></p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: As you heard, and as improbable as it seemed, we found it, found our way in, and found Doctor Neilson to be every bit as helpful as Alex had indicated. I’ll spare you the audio of the examination part of the visit (do they have HIPPA in Demark?)  and skip right to the question we were both sweating -- payment</p> </li> <li> <p><em>[Payment]</em></p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Yes, you heard that correctly. The cost of a same day - no wait, almost same-hour -- doctors visit in Denmark was zero dollars. Er, zero Krone. To say we were a little stunned is an understatement.</p> </li> <li> <p><em>[Great experience or greatest experience?]</em></p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: The next test would be the pharmacy, a different affair in Europe than in the States. We’d already visited one in France. That’s where we discovered OTC drugs are few and far between. And the ones that are available are displayed and sold like things you’d find at a boutique shop. Very different than the self-select, grab-the-brand-you recognize model we’re used to. Still, I had high expectations.</p> </li> <li> <p><em>[High expectations]</em></p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Ok, maybe it wasn’t that great. But it was pretty great.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: You know how drug stores in the states have all sorts of other things you can browse while you wait for your prescription to be filled? Not so much here. The reason why is simple. You aren’t in there long enough to shop, as we soon learned in the local apothecary.</p> </li> <li> <p><em>[Pharmacy hello]</em></p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: I'm at the counter. Three minutes and 27 seconds later. Of course, I’ve only just handed the Pharmacist my Rx. He still has to fill it. That’ll take some time, right?</p> </li> <li> <p><em>[Here’s your number]</em></p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Ah, new patient stuff. At any moment, either he or his computer is going to realize I'm not a Denmarkian citizen, and the jig is up. Or so I thought?</p> </li> <li> <p><em>[Consult]</em></p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: With 237 Krone down, in seven minutes and fifty-two seconds from when I walked in, we were walking out of the door of the pharmacy, drugs in hand. Simply amazing. Oh, and 237 Krone is roughly $36. I was overjoyed. And feeling a little less than charitable about the health care system I’d grown up with.</p> </li> <li> <p><em>[Socialized medicine bag]</em></p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: That was pretty fantastic. And now, I’m a lot less concerned about finding quality health care as we travel. Yes, this may have been a fluke. With luck, we won’t have to find out anytime soon. But if we do, we’ve a little more confidence that things will work out alright in the end. That’s the hope anyhow. For being in country not quite two whole days, we’re already falling in love. Now only if it was a little warmer…</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: One more thing before we go: Thanks mostly to the cajoling some of you have provided, <a href= "http://patreon.com/evoterra" data-cke-saved-href= "http://patreon.com/evoterra">we’ve set up a Patreon page</a>. Patreon is sort of like Kickstarter, but for something that’s already happening. It’s a dead simple way for you to help keep the ShEvo train rolling for months -- maybe years -- to come. Even tiny contributions of a buck or two can make a difference, if enough people pledge their support on Patreon. No, I’m not begging. Just letting you know it exists. You can find the Patreon link on our website, or just click on Supporters in the navigation menu. Thanks again for listening. We’ll be back next week with more Denmarkian things.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: I don’t think that’s what citizens of Denmark are called.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Whatever. Denmarkian is fun to say.</p> </li> <li> <p>[Outro]</p> </li> </ul> </div> </div>
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Beaches, Bikes and The Original Mr. Potato Head [Season 1, Episode 7]
<div id="block-yui_3_17_2_1_1423943601881_57111" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div class="sqs-block-content"> <h2>Full Show Script</h2> </div> </div> <div id="block-yui_3_17_2_1_1423943601881_70785" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div class="sqs-block-content"> <ul> <li> <p><em>[cough medicine]</em></p> </li> <li> <p>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 tax -- keeps car ownership at pretty low levels.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Instead, the preferred mode of transportation in Copenhagen is the <a href= "https://www.flickr.com/photos/sheila_dee/15843349864/">bicycle</a>. Every day, tens of thousands of people use their bikes to commute to work, take the kids to school, shop for groceries, or go out on the town. Even when it’s cold (which is now). Even when it’s wet (which is always). And even when it’s windy. (Which is…)</p> </li> <li> <p><em>[Uphill]</em></p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: That’s our buddy Alex Berger from Phoenix. He came over here about 3.5 years ago to get his Master’s degree -- and never left. He likes it that much! (He's got a<a href= "http://virtualwayfarer.com/"> great travel blog</a>, too!)</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Before we left on this grand adventure, <a href= "https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2714/5719370639_68846f3f2c.jpg">I too was a bike commuter</a>, though the toughest weather condition I had to deal with was heat. To test my abilities on the other end of the thermometer, we borrowed the bikes from the couple we’re house sitting for and took a trip to the <a href= "https://www.flickr.com/photos/sheila_dee/16510047761/in/set-72157650669739391">beach</a>. It was just a couple of kilometers away from the house, and it would give Tego, their dog, a chance to do more than just walk. Getting ready to leave was -- and is -- a challenge in and of itself when you’re this close to the Arctic circle.</p> </li> <li> <p><em>[getting ready]</em></p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Evo edited that audio down significantly. In real time, it took us 13 minutes to put on the necessary clothes just to leave the house. Living in the desert-southwest for 20 years has left us ill-prepared for life in the high latitudes.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: But once we and the dog were ready, it was a relative uneventful -- that means it makes for boring audio -- bike ride to the beach. Except for the little incident with the cat.</p> </li> <li> <p><em>[Tego finds a cat]</em></p> </li> <li> <p>SHE Wow. that sounded awful. But he wasn’t hurt, choking or anything like that. He was just really, REALLY excited about the prospect of tangling with that cat. The leash is attached to a full-body harness, not the collar around his neck, so he was perfectly safe. Evo, on the other hand, nearly took a header over the handlebars. But both boys made it, and we continued on our journey.</p> </li> <li> <p><em>[to the beach]</em></p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: That was heavily edited, because as pretty as it was, it made for crappy audio. <a href= "http://youtu.be/Fu53z-rQmZE">We did record a video</a>, however, if you’d like to see the beach. It’s a little stark, but something that anyone, even me, can appreciate.</p> </li> <li> <p>[beauty in all things]</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Yeah, it would have been nice if you’d adopted that attitude at the <a href= "https://www.flickr.com/photos/sheila_dee/15839035313/in/set-72157650669739391">museum</a> earlier in the week. I know I certainly would have had a more enjoyable time.</p> </li> <li> <p><em>[museum]</em></p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: I’m tempted to make an “in my defense” argument, but that audio’s pretty damning, and I’m the one that edited it.</p> </li> <li> <p><em>[I don’t get art]</em></p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Clearly.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO. But hey, I made it up to you in the end.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: How?</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Chocolate, remember?</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Oh. Ha! And such <a href= "https://www.flickr.com/photos/sheila_dee/15839024763/in/set-72157650669739391">fancy chocolate</a> at that.</p> </li> <li> <p><em>[chocolate]</em></p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: And I think I need a little more, because it’s been a rough week, and it ended pretty terribly.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO:True enough, Lover. So I’ll take it from here. You can read Sheila’s posts from this week if you want the details on her medical issues and the passing of her grandfather. One last thing: I need your help <a href= "http://patreon.com/evoterra">solving a mystery on our Patreon page</a>. Common sense and empirical evidence from other Patreon creators says that the cheapest pledge level -- $1 -- should have the highest number of supporters. But our distribution graph looks way WAY different. Maybe it’s because it’s only been up little more than a week. Or maybe our fans can’t be pinned in by standard deviation models. If so, that’s pretty cool, actually. Put that in your pipe and smoke it, Statisticians! Anyhow… you can find links to our Patreon page all over our site. Seriously. Go look. You can’t miss it. We’ve another few days in Copenhagen, then a mini-vacation in Brussels. Surely we’ll find some good stuff for a show in that time. Cheers from Denmark.</p> </li> <li> <p><em>[outro]</em></p> </li> </ul> </div> </div>
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Barrels, Beers, Buddies, and Burgers [Season 1, Episode 8]
<div id="block-yui_3_17_2_5_1424536394196_7662" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div class="sqs-block-content"> <h2 id="yui_3_17_2_5_1424536394196_5816">Full Show Script</h2> </div> </div> <div id="block-yui_3_17_2_1_1424536394196_28277" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div class="sqs-block-content"> <ul> <li><em>[intern]</em></li> <li>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?</li> <li>SHE: What about you, dude.</li> <li>EVO: Even the cat and barrel thing?</li> <li>SHE: OK, that is a little random, even for you. And it's as good a place as any to start this episode. Denmark celebrates the most awesome holiday you've never heard of. It's called <a href= "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fastelavn">Fastelavn</a>, and it's a little like Halloween mixed with Christmas mixed with a Mexican birthday party. Seriously. The kids dress up in costumes (Halloween), go door to door singing songs (Christmas) and get candy for their efforts (Halloween again). And it ends, rumor has it, when someone beats on a wooden barrel until a cat jumps out. </li> <li>EVO: We don't have first-hand knowledge of that last part. But we did witness an awards ceremony-slash-celebration of sorts, for the person who, allegedly, did the best barrel beating. That's what you're hearing under this track. A horse-drawn brass band and<a href= "https://www.flickr.com/photos/sheila_dee/16342631230/"> a few dozen girls also on horses</a>, parading around and celebrating the achievement. Here's our buddy <a href= "http://virtualwayfarer.com/">Alex Berger</a> again, laying down some local knowledge on the holiday.</li> <li><em>[</em><em>Fastelavn</em><em>]</em></li> <li>SHE: Danes, man. Danes. As crazy as their traditions are, they make a mighty fine beer. No, I don't mean Carlsburg. And I mean more than just Mikkeller and To Øl. Hidden away, on a street with at least seven syllables, we stumbled upon this little gem.</li> <li><em>[best craft beer bar in Denmark]</em></li> <li>EVO: The name I couldn't remember was <a href= "http://olsnedkeren.dk/">Ølsnedkaren</a>. Which I'm probably not pronouncing right, but that goes well with my horrid attempt at deducing the meaning of the word.</li> <li><em>[beers with Karen]</em></li> <li>SHE: No, it doesn't. It means "beer carpenter", but that's a literal translation. It more like "beer crafter". And they know their craft quite well. They are also quite helpful dealing with idiot Americans who can't count change. No, not Evo this time.</li> <li><em>[coins]</em></li> <li>EVO: But in your defense, Lover, coins are a pain in the ass. The paper money is easy, with the denomination clearly marked, and the bills getting bigger as the face value gets bigger. But coins? Coins suck everywhere. Rumor has it there's a pattern to the coins in Denmark, but we couldn't figure it out in the 2 weeks we were there. It's easier to hold it all in your hand and let the cashier just take what they need. </li> <li>SHE: Copenhagen was also where Evo's business brain kickstarted once again. We had a great time hanging out with Zenia, Helena, Stephen, Yesper, and the rest of the crew at <a href= "http://www.foundershouse.dk/">Founders House</a>, a great coworking space for tech startups. They invited us to attend HackBeat one night, where we saw some really cool demos that blended music and technology. And they fed us, too! We're looking forward to going back.</li> <li>EVO: And it's almost assured that we are going back, as I think I'm going to get involved with the <a href= "http://innovationembassy.com/">Innovation Embassy</a>, headquartered in Copenhagen with offices in <a href= "http://www.soho.dk/noho">Noho</a>, another coworking space. We spent a couple of days with Erik and Hjörtur, and it was pretty obvious to the three of us that we needed to find a way to work together on a few projects. Erik has a background in astrophysics, and Hjörtur is, well... I'll let him tell you</li> <li><em>[Hjörtur]</em></li> <li>EVO: And he's not kidding about that. Chances are, you've probably heard about the McDonalds hamburger -- Iceland's last ever -- and its <a href= "http://bushostelreykjavik.com/last-mcdonalds-in-iceland">hugely popular streaming webcam</a>. It's a crazy story that went international, and it was Hjörtur's burger! Hjörtur has dozens of stories like that. <a href= "http://media.podiobooks.com/shevostudiosontour/SSOTSS001-Hjrtur-Smrason.mp3">I recorded about 10 minutes of audio with him that I'll link to on the website. Yes, you'll have to go to the website to get it.</a> There's too much good stuff and I don't want to edit it down to fit within this format. And you really want to hear about naked paleontology, getting beaten in a Russian sauna, and the craziest marathon success story you've ever heard. Seriously. 10 minutes you'll want to experience.</li> <li>SHE: Finally, there was one other equally random and awesome thing that happened to us. Evo met <a href= "https://www.facebook.com/sidarok">someone on Facebook</a> -- for the very first time -- and the very next day, as we're sightseeing, he offers to let us stay with him -- for free -- in Brussels. How does this happen?</li> <li>EVO: Hey, I'm a nice guy. And we're nice people!</li> <li><em>[free room]</em></li> <li>EVO: And that's where we're at right now, Brussels Belgium. Thanks to <a href= "https://www.facebook.com/sidarok">Sidar</a>, our funds have been stretched even further, as that was four hotel days we didn't have to pay for. So thanks, Sidar. And yes, to those listening, we'll take any and all offers for places to stay for free. Thanks in advance to Matthew, Gillian, and John. More on them in coming shows. For this one, all the love goes to Sidar. A person I'd met one online one day before. How cool is that?</li> <li>SHE: Coupled with our housesitting assignments, we're set for lodging until the end of May. After that... we'll see. I've put our names in for lots of places -- Mexico, Thailand, Australia... It's a big world out there, and we'll probably go if they'll let us in. So let us know if you can help. Oh, and one last thing: We realized our Patreon pledge levels were kinda stupid. I mean, they were awesome and all, but the pricing was way out of line for the value received. We just tweaked them, and now anyone pledging more than five dollar gets a postcard from us every month. And for the dozen or so people who've pledged more than that already, we built in awesome new rewards for you. We think you'll like it. <a href= "http://patreon.com/evoterra">Patreon.com/evoterra</a>. Or just look for the links all over Shevo.wtf.</li> <li>EVO: We'll be back next week with tales of what we've been up to in Brussels and what we'll recently have discovered in northern England. Cheers from Belgium!</li> </ul> </div> </div>
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Hjörtur Smárason - Innovation Embassy [Season 1 Bonus Content]
<p>Hjortur conducted a video interview with me, and I nabbed <a href= "http://media.podiobooks.com/shevostudiosontour/SSOTSS001-Hjrtur-Smrason.mp3" data-cke-saved-href= "http://media.podiobooks.com/shevostudiosontour/SSOTSS001-Hjrtur-Smrason.mp3"> a little audio with him as well</a>. 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.</p>
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Big Atoms, Tasty Waffles, and Staying to the Left [Season 1, Episode 8]

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The American Prince and Princess and The Peas [Season 1, Episode 10]
<div id="block-yui_3_17_2_1_1425747835534_50953" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div id="yui_3_17_2_3_1512720050653_985" class="sqs-block-content"> <h2 id="yui_3_17_2_3_1512720050653_984">Full Show Script</h2> </div> </div> <div id="block-yui_3_17_2_4_1425747835534_8392" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div class="sqs-block-content"> <ul> <li> <p><em>[confused]</em></p> </li> <li> <p>EVO:  This week's show is going to be short and sweet. As much as I really wanted our 10th episode to be The Perfect Show, it's just not going to happen this week.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: It's not that great things didn't happen to us this week. It just that, well... we kinda forgot to record them.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: We, apparently, are poor audio journalists. Did we record either of the two extremely painful "sports massage" sessions I had with <a href= "http://www.eliteh.co.uk/about-us/the-team/rowan/">Rowan at Elite Health</a>? No. We did not. </p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Did we record us as we experience the incredibly flavorful beer and surprisingly good food we found at <a href= "https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMANy50tZFM&list=PLIiiiguUmMmBDWbuBnAJpPfkbN8IBglLu">Brew Dog in Manchester</a>? No. We did not.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Instead, we have hours of pub background noises punctuated with my incessant coughing, forty-five minutes of wind blustering across our microphones, and several sessions of us calling the dogs back from various perceived dangers.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: (Please note that <a href= "https://www.flickr.com/photos/sheila_dee/16478929789/">the</a> <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/sheila_dee/16042763074/">dogs</a> weren't really in any danger. We're good pet and house sitters, we promise!)</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: The one day - ONE DAY - we did get good audio from this week, was in the Bull's Balls. Er.. Head. Yeah. Bulls' Head. Sorry.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Still not funny... <a href= "https://www.flickr.com/photos/sheila_dee/16706261135/">The Bull's Head is a lovely pub in Mobberly, England</a> about five miles away. While we were waiting for our food, the conversation drifted, as it often does, to Evo waxing poetically about some random thought his brain wouldn't let go of. This time, the topic was ancestry.</p> </li> <li> <p><em>[ancestors]</em></p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: We made the short drive to The Bull's Head for two reasons: Good food, and good beer. Well... good beer by English standards. But to our palates...</p> </li> <li> <p><em>[fear]</em></p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Apparently, there's a difference between Real Ale and craft beer. We're fans of the latter, but after a couple weeks, we've yet to acquire an appreciation for the former. So while the beer didn't set our tastebuds on fire, the food at the Bull's Head lived up to every expectation. Evo raved about the bangers and mash, and I loved every bit of my fish and chips. And then... something strange happened that we're still coming to terms with.</p> </li> <li> <p><em>[peas] </em></p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: So... yeah. Peas. See? You're changing our tastebuds already, England </p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Two things before we go: We're busy filling out postcards for everyone who signed up in February. Going forward, that's our plan: to get all of the postcards sent out by the first weekend on the next month. So if you've been waiting, they're on the way! If you signed up in March, your postcard will be in the batch we send out the first week of April. Thanks for your patience as we figure all this out. And if you haven't yet signed up, go to <a href= "http://shevo.wtf/postcards">ShEvo.wtf/postcards</a>. Do it this month so we can include a card to you in our early April send.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Lastly, we're thrilled you're keeping up with us, hearing our voices, seeing the pictures, and all that. But... the door should swing both ways. With the exception of a handful of family or business connections, we really haven't had a two-way dialog with our friends since we left. I won't go so far as to say we're homesick, but it would be nice to hear a few familiar voices now and again. So if you're up for Skype, Hangout, or some other magical telephonic way we can get a little face time together, hit us up. Because we miss you. Cheers from Knutsford!</p> </li> </ul> </div> </div>
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Existential Crisis With A Side of Pie and Thai [Season 1, Episode 11]
<div id="block-yui_3_17_2_1_1426353894185_32814" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div id="yui_3_17_2_7_1512720050653_998" class="sqs-block-content"> <h2 id="yui_3_17_2_1_1426353894185_30998">Full Show Script</h2> </div> </div> <div id="block-yui_3_17_2_1_1426353894185_27938" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div class="sqs-block-content"> <ul> <li><em>[idiots]</em></li> <li>EVO: We're still in Knutsford, a small town outside of Manchester. That strangely enough has a McLaren, Rolls-Royce, Bentley, and Land Rover dealership. Crazy! </li> <li>SHE: This last week took us to several different cities in north western England. In Chester, we drank and ate at <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/sheila_dee/16147043674/">The Brewery Tap</a>. They have a decent beer selection. Perhaps one day we'll develop a better appreciation for this "Real Ale" stuff.</li> <li>EVO: But like all pubs in England, they also have Sheila's favorite -- fish and chips -- and a few oddities on the menu that looked interesting to me. They don't look that great to Sheila, which probably threw her off when I suggested she place our order:</li> <li><em>[paying attention]</em></li> <li>EVO: So now, who's not paying attention.</li> <li>SHE: Uh huh. This probably isn't a battle you want to have, Mr. Forgetful.</li> <li>EVO: Probably not. But the black putting was as delicious as it was beautiful. <a href= "https://instagram.com/p/0AlJCbK7bD/?taken-by=evoterra">I posted a photo on Instagram</a>. Yes, I'm that tourist. And the fish and chips were great, if not monstrous in size. They grow their haddock pretty big over here. </li> <li>SHE: Evo's into strange food. Being a vegetarian, my choices are limited. Nothing that flies or walks on the land. So when he suggested we go to a place that sells meat pies, I was dubious. Even the vegetarian options didn't sound all that great. Pie, is pie. As in cherry. And chocolate. And now, as it turns out, mushrooms and asparagus? Oh, and then mash and peas came up, too.</li> <li><em>[mash and peas]</em></li> <li>EVO: The establishment we visited was called <a href= "https://www.flickr.com/photos/sheila_dee/16756530605/">Pi</a>. That's P.I. not P.I.E. I was a little disappointed that they didn't have geometry references in the building, but such is life. What they did have, was an excellent beer selection, fantastic pies, and lovely vegetarian gravy, that Sheila totally missed out on.</li> <li><em>[gravy]</em></li> <li>SHE: You can keep the gravy, as I know I'm not a fan. What I am a fan of, however, is Thai food. And since <a href= "http://www.shevo.wtf/blog/2015/3/11/the-shevo-experience-heads-to-thailand">we're going to be spending three months in Thailand</a> not long from now, we needed to visit the consulate to sort our our Visas.</li> <li>EVO: Not being super experienced in dealing with consulates -- as in we've never visited one -- we weren't sure what to expect. Would we have to convince the Thai ambassador we were worthy of staying in their country that long? Well.., no we wouldn't. The process was quite easy, thanks to the extremely helpful visa officer David Hughes from the Royal Thai Consulate. And if that doesn't sound like a Thai name to you...</li> <li><em>[double entry]</em></li> <li>SHE: With David's help, we walked out with our Thai visas, set up to stay all the way through the end of September if we so choose. Nothing like a visit to southeast Asia in the middle of the rainy season! Still, it'll be warm. And we're ready for that!</li> <li>EVO: Monday, the 16th of March, marks the three month anniversary of the ShEvo Studios World Tour. Six countries visited. Over 10,000 kilometers traveled. Two hours and 15 minutes of produced audio for you to enjoy. And some 40 hours of raw audio slogged through to find those two hours of content. </li> <li>SHE: The good news is that we've also experienced over 90 brand new beers since we've been out of the country. We've dined at over 50 pubs and restaurants, and met countless new friends. Evo and I are loving this adventure, and we're thrilled you've decided to tag along. </li> <li>EVO: But there's a little uncertainty about the scale and relevance of this project. I'll explain in the next clip but it's a little noisy. But this is really important to us, so we hope you'll struggle through the muddy audio. </li> <li><em>[existential crisis] </em></li> <li>SHE: So that there's no confusion: we're not stopping. Nor are we changing the format anytime soon. But we do think about what we're doing and how it fits in with the larger ecosystem of content. This show, and even our website, doesn't quite fit the mold. No problem for either of us, as we like being different. But it does make it difficult to answer the question of "so what do you do?" that continues to come up. Calling ourselves "travel bloggers" sure doesn't seem to fit. And "house sitters" is an immediate conversation killer. So what are we?</li> <li>EVO: That's a question I've struggled with for... ever. I'm growing attached to the term Opportunistic Travelers. That sounds like a conversation starter. </li> <li>SHE: And this doesn't sound like a happy note to end the show on. So we'll play you a little bit of Adam Armstrong's music. He's a local musician we met on Thursday night in the middle of our kidnapping. As in <a href= "http://www.shevo.wtf/blog/2015/3/13/of-finding-good-friends-and-making-poor-choices">we were kidnapped by the locals, and forced to drink a lot of beer</a>. Friday was rough. But thanks for a great time to both Matthews, Nikki, & Sally for dragging us along, and to the musicians David, Chris, Joe and the others for the solid entertainment. Especially to Joe for buying Evo's guitar. And no, I'm not selling mine. </li> <li>EVO: We'll let Adam finish out the show, so I need to do "the business real quick: Bed music is by On the Ground by <a href= "http://incompetech.com/">Kevin McCloud</a>. The music you're about to hear was written and preformed by Adam Armstrong. <a href= "https://www.facebook.com/AdamArmstrongMusic">Find him on Facebook at AdamArmstrongMusic</a>. Everything else is owned by us and is made available as a creative commons attribution, non commercial no derivative license. Shevo.wtf for more details. I'll shut up now and let Adam roll us out with Do What It Takes, live from Lord Eldon. Cheers from Knutsford!</li> </ul> </div> </div> <div id="block-yui_3_17_2_1_1426353894185_26771" class= "sqs-block horizontalrule-block sqs-block-horizontalrule" data-block-type="47"> </div>
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Last Night In Nutty Knutsford [Season 1, Episode 12]
<div id="block-yui_3_17_2_1_1426971998993_49333" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div id="yui_3_17_2_9_1512720050653_1008" class= "sqs-block-content"> <h2 id="yui_3_17_2_9_1512720050653_1007">Full Show Script</h2> </div> </div> <div id="block-yui_3_17_2_1_1426971998993_58583" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div class="sqs-block-content"> <ul> <li><em>[permit only]</em></li> <li>EVO: Today is  the final day of our stay in Knutsford. As you've heard and seen, we've made fast and hopefully long lasting friends with of many of the locals. </li> <li>SHE: According to those friends, we've achieved minor celebrity status. More than once this week, we were approached by locals stating "Oh, <em>you're</em> the American's everyone is talking about." Except they said it in an authentic English accent. Not my poor facsimile. Last night at open mic night, as song after song was dedicated to us, the performers we'd met were telling the audience to follow our blog and listen to this podcast. Crazy!</li> <li>EVO: Hey, if we have to get new listeners and readers one small English town at a time, I'll take it. We didn't know what to make of Knutsford when we first arrived, with it's odd mix of old money, nuevo riche, farmers, and regular blokes. But it's turned out to be an amazing experience, and one we'll likely come back for. Because they like us. They really like us! If you visit Knutsford, mention you're a friend of ShEvo. They'll likely show you a great time, too.</li> <li>SHE: Speaking of Friends of Shevo, we finally got the <a href= "http://shevo.wtf/postcards">postcards</a> sent out. Yes, I know you're sick to death hearing  us talk about those damned post cards. But they really were instrumental to our minor celebrity status, as Evo recounted as we were walking out of the grocery store-cum-post office after licking 32 stamps.</li> <li><em>[post post cards]</em></li> <li>EVO: All debauchery aside, we are ostensibly a travel podcast. A strange one, to be sure, but we do get out to see the sights and attractions near by, and like to share them with you. Sometimes we have some really odd experiences to share, like the <a href= "https://www.flickr.com/photos/sheila_dee/16225092264/">White Nancy</a>. It'a a monument, of sorts, that's at the top of a very tall hill in Macclesfield, about 30 minutes east of Knutsford. And you know what very tall hills mean. More heavy breathing.</li> <li>[<em>white nancy]</em></li> <li>SHE: The poem Evo didn't recognize was the <em>Ode To Remembrance</em>, written in 1914  to commemorate the fallen British soldiers from World War 1. The original White Nancy structure built almost a century before, to commemorate the winning of the battle of Waterloo. Why lyrics from an Oasis song are stenciled on the other side is anyone's guess.</li> <li>EVO: We have one last clip to play, but I need to do two things very quickly. First, a huge thanks to Paul Fischer for telling us how bassey our bed music was while listening in his car. That should be fixed, Paul. If any of you hear anything that's odd or you just don't like, please tell us. We're only 12 episodes in and don't have the benefit of the full studio with us. Please, let us know what's not working or what we can improve upon.<br /> <br /> Lastly, before I let Sheila intro our final clip, it seems our adoption of the moniker The Opportunistic Travelers was spot on. We'll have more details for you next week, but if any of you are going to <a href="http://tbexcon.com/">TBEX in Costa Brava in May</a>... save us a spot at the bar. Because you'll probably see us there!</li> <li>SHE: Now, we're just going to make you hungry. Everyone we've met raves about Seven Sisters Ice Creamery. It's just about a mile out of town, and quite popular. Families love it, because they let the kids pet the actual dairy cows the produce the milk. We skipped the cow petting and got straight to the ice-cream selection. Again, sorry for the salivation you're about to experience.</li> <li><em>[seven sisters]</em></li> <li>EVO: And if that doesn't make you jealous -- because lets face it, good ice cream isn't all that hard to find -- <a href= "https://plus.google.com/+EvoTerra/posts/UD49uKdg4EM">we got to see the solar eclipse</a> this morning. The clouds broke just long enough for us to see the maximum coverage, and it was, at it always is, an amazing sight. There are <a href= "https://instagram.com/p/0ccO8Oq7dk/?taken-by=evoterra">pictures up on my Instagram feed</a>, and <a href= "https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVPC2B11H7w&feature=youtu.be">Sheila has a One Minute Memory on her YouTube Page that captured the light.</a> So if you missed it, you can live that through us, too. Cheers from Knutsford!</li> </ul> </div> </div> <div id="block-yui_3_17_2_1_1426971998993_55225" class= "sqs-block horizontalrule-block sqs-block-horizontalrule" data-block-type="47"> </div>
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Beyond Bad Food and Worse Weather [Season 1, Episode 13]
<div id="block-yui_3_17_2_1_1427561872427_36054" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div id="yui_3_17_2_11_1512720050653_988" class= "sqs-block-content"> <h2 id="yui_3_17_2_11_1512720050653_987">Full Show Script</h2> </div> </div> <div id="block-yui_3_17_2_1_1427561872427_46302" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div class="sqs-block-content"> <ul id="yui_3_17_2_1_1427561872427_37130" dir="ltr"> <li> <p><em>[fundamentally wrong]</em></p> </li> <li id="yui_3_17_2_1_1427561872427_37164"> <p id="yui_3_17_2_1_1427561872427_37328">EVO: If you had to pick a time to travel northern Europe, you probably wouldn't pick winter. But we're owning the name The Opportunistic Travelers, and this is where the opportunity took us.</p> </li> <li id="yui_3_17_2_1_1427561872427_37412"> <p id="yui_3_17_2_1_1427561872427_37411">SHE: And it's not like we were at the North Pole or anything. Compared to The northeastern part of The States, it's not that bad here in Europe. It's been manageable. The calendar tells me it's spring now, but I'm not sure I believe it, based on what I'm feeling when I'm outside. However, the buds on the trees tell me that spring is just around the corner.</p> </li> <li id="yui_3_17_2_1_1427561872427_37660"> <p id="yui_3_17_2_1_1427561872427_37659">EVO: We've been in England for over a month now. So we can say with at least some authority that England's bad rap for its food and its weather is mostly deserved. Or as Cousin Avi said it:</p> </li> <li> <p><em>[england]</em></p> </li> <li id="yui_3_17_2_1_1427561872427_37834"> <p id="yui_3_17_2_1_1427561872427_37833">EVO: Well, not just London. North West England and Yorkshire too. </p> </li> <li id="yui_3_17_2_1_1427561872427_37884"> <p id="yui_3_17_2_1_1427561872427_37883">SHE: We've had mixed results with the food in England. Some of it has been amazing. And some of it not so much. One of my favorite foods of all time is fish & chips ... and even those have been on the great side and some on the not so much side. E's experience has been roughly the same. </p> </li> <li id="yui_3_17_2_1_1427561872427_37937"> <p id="yui_3_17_2_1_1427561872427_37936">EVO: But there's one food they get right every time. Cheese. Here's just one of our experiences with glorious, glorious cheese, this time enjoyed with the marvelous beers from <a href= "http://www.marblebeers.com/57thomas-street/" data-cke-saved-href= "http://www.marblebeers.com/57thomas-street/">Marble Brewing in Manchester</a>.</p> </li> <li> <p><em>[cheese]</em></p> </li> <li id="yui_3_17_2_1_1427561872427_38679"> <p id="yui_3_17_2_1_1427561872427_38678">SHE: Yep, I'll take some more cheese, please! And like cousin Avi referenced,  it rains a lot in England. Like, <strong>a lot</strong>. The English typically carry an umbrella with them at all times ... ''cuz you never know. Me? I <em>never</em> have an umbrella. As a photographer, the rain can seriously hurt my camera gear, Lucky for me, Evo was Johnny on the spot with an umbrella... and extras.</p> </li> <li> <p><em>[poop bag]</em></p> </li> <li id="yui_3_17_2_1_1427561872427_39463"> <p id="yui_3_17_2_1_1427561872427_39462">SHE: The authentic English voice you heard was <a href="http://turndog.co/" data-cke-saved-href="http://turndog.co/">Matthew Turner</a>, another person Evo met online. He not only offered us a bed for a few nights, he also acted as tour guide for our trip to York. Sorta. I'm not judging, because I don't know everything about history of my home town, Moore Oklahoma.<strong> But </strong>... we also don't have an ancient castle in Moore. </p> </li> <li> <p><em>[castle]</em></p> </li> <li id="yui_3_17_2_1_1427561872427_40497"> <p id="yui_3_17_2_1_1427561872427_40496">EVO: It rained on us off and on while we were in York. All that rain, at least along the River Ouse (and yes, it's pronounced "ooze"), leads to a lot of flooding. A lot as in frequency -- the river floods every couple of years. And a lot as in volume --  flood waters of 20 feet or more aren't uncommon. Geography and hydrology make it difficult to control the flooding, and business haven't -- or won't -- move back from river front. So those business flood. A lot. </p> </li> <li id="yui_3_17_2_1_1427561872427_40606"> <p id="yui_3_17_2_1_1427561872427_40605">SHE: Just like eager moms and dads marking their child's growth inside door frames or on various cute yardsticks hung on the wall, a bar called <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-KE0OaJ2Ao" data-cke-saved-href= "https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-KE0OaJ2Ao">The Kings Arms marks the high water marks from floods in a similar fashion</a>. These markings on their walls are featured and displayed like a badge of honor, saying "You can't stop be beer, Mother Nature. You can only delay it a little while."</p> </li> <li> <p><em>[flood Levels]</em></p> </li> <li id="yui_3_17_2_1_1427561872427_41558"> <p id="yui_3_17_2_1_1427561872427_41557">SHE: We're not staying along the River Ouse, so we're likely safe from the floods. </p> </li> <li> <p>Maybe. If it ever stops raining. </p> </li> <li id="yui_3_17_2_1_1427561872427_41620"> <p id="yui_3_17_2_1_1427561872427_41619">EVO: Cheers from Yorkshire!</p> </li> <li id="yui_3_17_2_1_1427561872427_41740"> <p>SHE: We travel the world as The Opportunistic Travelers largely because of our generous listeners.</p> </li> <li id="yui_3_17_2_1_1427561872427_41789"> <p id="yui_3_17_2_1_1427561872427_41840">EVO: People all over the world pledge as little as five bucks a month, and in return, they get a hand-written postcard from us sent from wherever opportunity has taken us, every single month. Sign up today at <a href= "http://theopportunistictravelers.com/postcards" data-cke-saved-href= "http://TheOpportunisticTravelers.com/postcards">TheOpportunisticTravelers.com/postcards</a>.</p> </li> <li id="yui_3_17_2_1_1427561872427_42637"> <p id="yui_3_17_2_1_1427561872427_42636">SHE: We also stay for free most of our journey. No, we’re not super-stars or anything. We eliminate hotel costs and stay in some great cities by housesitting all over the world. Get our complete list of the actual housesitting sites we use every day at <a href= "http://theopportunistictravelers.com/stayforfree" data-cke-saved-href= "http://TheOpportunisticTravelers.com/stayforfree">TheOpportunisticTravelers.com/stayforfree</a>, and stop spending money on hotels when you travel, too. Thanks for listening to this episode. I’m Sheila Dee.</p> </li> <li id="yui_3_17_2_1_1427561872427_43699"> <p id="yui_3_17_2_1_1427561872427_43698">EVO: And I am Evo Terra. Our theme music is <a href= "http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1400030" data-cke-saved-href= "http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1400030">"On the Ground" by Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com</a>. All other sounds, voices, and odd bits you hear were created by us. And this podcast is just the start of the audio, video, images, and written content we’re producing as we travel the world. Got an idea on how we could work together or a place you like for us to visit? Visit TheOpportunisticTravelers.com to get in touch. Now would be good.</p> </li> </ul> </div> </div>
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Sheffield May Not Be Warm, But The People Are Friendly [Season 1, Episode 14]
<div id="block-yui_3_17_2_1_1428402161451_33507" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div id="yui_3_17_2_13_1512720050653_995" class= "sqs-block-content"> <h2 id="yui_3_17_2_1_1428402161451_23525">Full Show Script</h2> </div> </div> <div id="block-yui_3_17_2_1_1428402161451_25413" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div class="sqs-block-content"> <ul dir="ltr"> <li> <p><em>[CLIP: starvation]</em></p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: There are lots of ways to travel. And I don't just mean by air, rail, or boat. I mean the intent of the travel. Ours is based on opportunity. Which means we go where the opportunity takes us. </p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Currently, we're housesitting. Typically, this isn't what most of you think of when you think of travel. We go where the <a href= "http://www.theopportunistictravelers.com/how-to-get-house-sitting-assignments/">housesitting assignments</a> are. This can be limiting as wintering in Jamaica isn't always -- and certainly wasn't -- an option.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: But housesitting almost eliminates the <em>"I-don't-know-where-do-you-want-to-go?" </em>discussions that make vacation planning a pain. For us, it's lead to some amazing opportunities. But it's still weird, so we find ourselves explaining how it lets us travel around the world. Here's a quick conversation we had over lunch with <a href= "https://www.facebook.com/katherine.inskip.1">Katherine Inskip</a>, an astrophysicist we met from the University of Sheffield. And thanks for lunch, Kath!</p> </li> <li> <p><em>[</em><em>CLIP: wharncliffe side]</em></p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Which brings us, a travel blogger and a travel photographer, to Warncliffe Side, a suburb -- ish -- of Sheffield, up in Yorkshire England. There's a very good reason you won't find this area on TripAdvisors Top 10 Places to Visit in Early Spring: </p> </li> <li> <p><em>[</em><em>CLIP: climbing]</em></p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Sheffield's claim to fame is <a href= "https://www.flickr.com/photos/sheila_dee/16845239069/">stainless steel, invented here in 1912</a>. But the world knows Sheffield not only from industry, but from infamy.</p> </li> <li> <p><em>[</em><em>CLIP: hillsborough incident]</em></p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: History aside, opportunity keeps intersecting us with current events. We were in Paris just after the Charlie Hebdo attack. <a href= "http://www.theopportunistictravelers.com/blog/2015/2/15/traveling-in-an-unsafe-world">We were literally blocks away from the synagog shooting as it happened in Copenhagen</a>. And most recently, opportunity placed us in Sheffield the same time <a href= "http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-32152147">the Queen was in town</a>. I know it's just confirmation bias, but it's damned odd. </p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: But what's not odd is our ability to meet locals and make new friends along the way. Most often, this is done over a beer... or two. </p> </li> <li> <p><em>[CLIP: hakespeare]</em></p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Don't let the quiet audio fool you. <a href= "https://www.flickr.com/photos/sheila_dee/16408868764/">Shakespeare started out as a quiet pub,</a> because it was mid afternoon when we got there. It didn't take long for the crowd to show up as the day progressed. </p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: We were getting hungry by then. We'd been drinking with these two college students, and they offered to take us across to town to get some food... and some more beer. Rutland Arms, here we come!</p> </li> <li> <p><em>[CLIP: students]</em></p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: <a href= "https://www.facebook.com/connor.d.shepherd">Conner</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100007170315113">Kit</a> turned out to be excellent guides. We had a great time with them. Actually,  everyone we've met in Sheffield has been warm and friendly. Not so much the weather, but it Is spring in England.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Cheers from Sheffield!</p> </li> </ul> </div> </div>
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The Attractions In And Of Sheffield, A Steel City [Season 1, Episode 15]
<div id="block-yui_3_17_2_1_1429041429589_53776" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div id="yui_3_17_2_15_1512720050653_1016" class= "sqs-block-content"> <h2 id="yui_3_17_2_15_1512720050653_1015">Full Show Script</h2> </div> </div> <div id="block-yui_3_17_2_1_1429041429589_70555" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div class="sqs-block-content"> <ul> <li> <p><em>[pull my finger]</em></p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: <a href= "http://www.theopportunistictravelers.com/blog/2015/4/7/sheffield-may-not-be-warm-but-the-people-are-friendly">Our last show might</a> have left you with the impression that there's nothing to do in Sheffield other than drink beer. True, <a href= "http://www.theopportunistictravelers.com/blog/2015/4/5/sheffield-tap-pub">they do have a brewery inside their train station</a>. And it's also true that we sought shelter from the elements in more than one pub. But the weather got better, and we were able to leave the relative safety of the pubs to see more of the city.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Sheffield isn't exactly a hotbed of tourist activities, but it's not without its own attractions.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: We took our new friend Kath -- she's the astrophysicist who bought us lunch last week -- and her husband Jeremy up on their offer to for an evening out. The destination was <a href= "https://www.flickr.com/photos/sheila_dee/17089094875/">Owlerton Stadium, the local dog racing track</a>. Sheila's recently departed grandmother was a huge fan of watching the greyhounds run, so our visit with Kath and Jeremy felt a little like we were paying our respects to her at the same time. This one's for you, Jeri.  </p> </li> <li> <p><em>[Race]</em> </p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: By our voices, you might think we had lots of money riding on the race. You would be wrong. We only bet once, £2 on a 75:1 longshot. And that dog didn't win, in case you were curious. But we still had a great time, and are now even more confident in our decision to not become professional gamblers. I guess we'll have to find another way to fund our traveling lifestyle.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Sheffield is known as a steel town. But even before the industrial revolution, Sheffield had a history of metalworking.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Cutlery, to be exact. Situated just a few miles from the city center is <a href= "http://www.theopportunistictravelers.com/blog/2015/4/5/shepherd-wheel-workshop-historical-site">The Shepherd Wheel, a free museum</a>. I know, I know... I'm not all that great with museums. But you won't find paintings hanging on the wall here. Instead, you find a nearly fully-functional water-powered industrial complex, where the power from the turning water wheel is converted to energy for a myriad of belts and pulleys. You're hearing them under this right now. For over 500 years, these belts and pulleys turned dozens of polishing and grinding stones for craftsmen with a singular purpose: Sharpening and polishing blades. </p> </li> <li> <p><em>[Wheel]</em></p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Sheila posted one of her <a href= "http://www.theopportunistictravelers.com/blog/2015/4/14/grinding-away">One Minute Memories so you can see the belts and pulley system.</a> Volunteers keep it running almost exactly as it operated hundreds of years ago. I know it's a little crazy for me to keep blathering on about something you can do with a gadget in your kitchen drawer, but it's really, really cool. Check it out if you get to Sheffield.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: It can get a bit dreary in England, where the trees are without leaves for half the year. </p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: And that brings us to our final Sheffield "attraction", of sorts, the <a href= "http://www.theopportunistictravelers.com/blog/2015/4/5/the-winter-garden">Winter Garden</a>. As you'll hear <a href= "http://www.brucefpressphotography.com/">our friend Bruce</a> tell you in the next clip, it's smack-dab in the middle of the city center, and isn't a bad way to spend a few hours to get out of the rain, sleet, snow, gale-force winds or whatever form of weather England throws your way.</p> </li> <li> <p><em>[Winter gardens]</em></p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Chances are, Sheffield's not on your list of vacation spots. </p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: But if you do find yourself in town, either for work or just passing through, we urge you to look beyond the gritty exterior. Yes, if Pittsburgh and Detroit had a baby, it would look a lot like Sheffield. But it's accent would be a lot cooler.  Cheers from Sheffield! </p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: We travel the world as The Opportunistic Travelers largely because of our generous listeners.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: People all over the world pledge as little as five bucks a month, and in return, they get a hand-written postcard from us sent from wherever opportunity has taken us, every single month. Sign up today at <a href= "http://theopportunistictravelers.com/postcards">TheOpportunisticTravelers.com/postcards</a>.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: We also stay for free most of our journey. No, we’re not super-stars or anything. We eliminate hotel costs and stay in some great cities by housesitting all over the world. Get our complete list of the actual housesitting sites we use every day at <a href= "http://theopportunistictravelers.com/stayforfree">TheOpportunisticTravelers.com/stayforfree</a>, and stop spending money on hotels when you travel, too. Thanks for listening to this episode. I’m Sheila Dee.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: And I am Evo Terra. Our theme music is <a href= "http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1400030">"On the Ground" by Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com</a>. All other sounds, voices, and odd bits you hear were created by us. And this podcast is just the start of the audio, video, images, and written content we’re producing as we travel the world. Got an idea on how we could work together or a place you like for us to visit? Visit TheOpportunisticTravelers.com to get in touch. Now would be good.</p> </li> </ul> </div> </div>
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Galicia Makes A Great First Impression [Season 1, Episode 16]
<div id="block-yui_3_17_2_1_1429608549798_95642" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div id="yui_3_17_2_17_1512720050653_985" class= "sqs-block-content"> <h2 id="yui_3_17_2_1_1429608549798_95625">Full Show Script</h2> </div> </div> <div id="block-yui_3_17_2_1_1429608549798_62605" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div class="sqs-block-content"> <ul> <li> <p> <em>[mi español es muy mal]</em></p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: <em>¡Viva España!</em> Of all the countries in the first leg of our world tour, this is the one I, personally, was most excited about. The food, the culture...</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: ... the warm weather...</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Right, that helps, too. And it doesn't hurt that I speak a little Spanish.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Oh, whatever! I've seen you consult Google Translate like every time you've tried to talk with someone that doesn't speak english. Spending 20 minutes a day on <a href= "https://www.duolingo.com/">Duolingo</a> a few times a week does not a fluent Spanish speaker make.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Hey, don't spoil the illusion. These people look up to me!</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Whatever. But speaking of giving good advice, this trip does let us test out some of our earlier assumptions. We're hopping back into the Schengen area. You'll recall <a href= "http://theopportunistictravelers.com/blog/2015/1/7/were-schengen-out">from an earlier show</a> that here's a limited amount of time we're allowed to stay in this area of Europe. We should be nowhere near the limit on our number of days, but there's also a very good chance we've misinterpreted the rules.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: The danger was that a border agent might interpret those rules differently. Turns out, we had little to worry about on this, our third border crossing.</p> </li> <li> <p><em>[border]</em></p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Getting to Madrid was one thing. Getting to Galicia, one more plane hop away, was another matter. Because after getting through the easy border crossing, we realized we had forgotten something rather important.</p> </li> <li> <p><em>[no tickets]</em></p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: <a href= "https://www.flickr.com/photos/sheila_dee/17168988325/in/set-72157649675613703">Spain</a>, so far, is everything we wanted it to be. And that mostly means <a href= "https://www.flickr.com/photos/sheila_dee/17178536541/in/set-72157649675613703">warm and dry</a>. We made some friends as soon as the taxi dropped us off at our flat. Somehow we got invited to a <a href= "https://www.flickr.com/photos/sheila_dee/17169035585/in/set-72157649675613703">birthday party </a><a href= "https://www.flickr.com/photos/sheila_dee/17169035585/in/set-72157649675613703">by</a><a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/sheila_dee/17169035585/in/set-72157649675613703"> a bunch of locals</a> that night. We have about two hours of audio that some of you would love to hear, but we're not releasing. After six weeks of low alcohol British beer, those <a href= "https://www.flickr.com/photos/sheila_dee/16546644414/in/set-72157649675613703">Spanish spirits hit us really hard</a>.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Yeah, us and everyone else at the party. Then again, if we get enough <a href="http://patreon.com/evoterra">support at Patreon, </a>that's just the kind of stuff that we'll have to use in our blooper reels. And let me tell you, it's one giant blooper. Did I really sing along to a Spice Girls song? Oy...</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: After our time frolicking with the locals, we made our way to <a href= "https://www.flickr.com/photos/sheila_dee/16961610027/in/set-72157649675613703">Santiago de Compostela</a>. It's claim to fame is the Camino, a pilgrimage of hundreds of miles from dozens of points across Europe that all end up here. We're not religious, so I'm not going to try and explain it. That's what Wikipedia is for.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: To continue our confirmation bias from last episode, we once again found ourselves in the middle of controversy. Right after we got off the bus, I mean literally our first turn to the right -- we found ourselves walking <a href= "https://www.flickr.com/photos/sheila_dee/17143058296/in/album-72157649675613703/">down a street with armed cops on one side, and </a><a href= "https://www.flickr.com/photos/sheila_dee/17143058296/in/album-72157649675613703/">bunch</a><a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/sheila_dee/17143058296/in/album-72157649675613703/"> of angry people on the other.</a></p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: What's that? Turn around, you say? Ha. Have you met us?</p> </li> <li> <p><em>[protest]</em></p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: From what we can make out, the group was -- and still is -- protesting taxation on pensioners who've worked abroad and have returned to Spain, and are now facing double-taxation. Surprise! Tax laws are messy everywhere, not just in America. And getting a few dozen sovereign nations to play nice under the EU banner can't be easy.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: And as a couple starting to think about retirement (OK, early retirement) abroad, we sympathize with their cause.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: So, it if the protesters and government could get it it all figured out before we're ready to retire? Yeah, That'd be great...</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: One thing that is getting figured out everywhere is the spread of craft beer. Evo's on record of saying "we're not going to find good craft beer in" wherever we happened to be. And now, he's on record of being wrong one more time.</p> </li> <li> <p><em>[fillos de malte]</em></p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: And it's damned good craft beer we're finding in Galica. We're here for another week or so, and Jesus from <a href= "http://fillosdamalte.eu/">Fillos de Malte</a> (he is who you just heard) has given us plenty of great places to check out. You know, once we' run through all of his inventory. When you get to Santiago, make sure to <a href= "https://www.flickr.com/photos/sheila_dee/17214057982/in/set-72157649675613703">go to his shop</a>, and his restaurant, Beer Lab. We're headed there right after this podcast goes live. Because before long, we'll be in Thailand, and there's no good craft beer there.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Dude! There you go again!</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Sorry. Cheers -- or should I say <em>adues</em> from Galicia! (Not to be confused with <em>aidios</em>, which is Spanish. See? My language skills are increasing<strong> big time</strong>!) </p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: We travel the world as The Opportunistic Travelers largely because of our generous listeners.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: People all over the world pledge as little as five bucks a month, and in return, they get a hand-written postcard from us sent from wherever opportunity has taken us, every single month. Sign up today at <a href= "https://shevo-wtf.squarespace.com/supporters">TheOpportunisticTravelers.com/postcards</a>.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: We also stay for free most of our journey. No, we’re not super-stars or anything. We eliminate hotel costs and stay in some great cities by housesitting all over the world. Get our complete list of the actual housesitting sites we use every day at <a href= "https://shevo-wtf.squarespace.com/how-to-get-house-sitting-assignments">TheOpportunisticTravelers.com/stayforfree,</a> and stop spending money on hotels when you travel, too. Thanks for listening to this episode. I’m Sheila Dee.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: And I am Evo Terra. Our theme music is<a href= "http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1400030"> "On the Ground" by Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com</a>. All other sounds, voices, and odd bits you hear were created by us. And this podcast is just the start of the audio, video, images, and written content we’re producing as we travel the world. Got an idea on how we could work together or a place you like for us to visit? Visit <a href= "https://shevo-wtf.squarespace.com/contact-us">TheOpportunisticTravelers.com to get in touch</a>. Now would be good.</p> </li> </ul> </div> </div>
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Come For The Camino, Stay For The Cervexa [Season 1, Episode 17]
<div id="yui_3_17_2_19_1512720050653_325" class= "body entry-content"> <div id="item-553e730ee4b0affa60825fb4" class= "sqs-layout sqs-grid-12 columns-12" data-layout-label="Post Body" data-type="item" data-updated-on="1430157317954"> <div id="yui_3_17_2_19_1512720050653_324" class="row sqs-row"> <div id="yui_3_17_2_19_1512720050653_323" class= "col sqs-col-12 span-12"> <div id="block-yui_3_17_2_1_1430156026646_34860" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div class="sqs-block-content"> <h2 id="yui_3_17_2_1_1430156026646_24331">Full Show Script</h2> </div> </div> <div id="block-yui_3_17_2_1_1430156026646_20831" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div class="sqs-block-content"> <ul> <li> <p><em>[not lost]</em></p> </li> <li> <p>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.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: If, by tourism, you mean the Camino. Santiago is a cool city with lots of nooks and crannies to explore... but almost every activity here centers around and caters to the Camino. You're either here for that, or you're likely not choosing Santiago as your destination.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: But here we are, and taking a religious pilgrimage doesn't sound like a good time. Or practical, since this is the end of The Way. So instead, we indulged in one of our favorite types of tourism -- beer tourism. Yes, it's a thing. No, it's not quite a thing in Galicia just yet. But it will be. There are already some 20 small craft breweries cranking out cervexa artesan, and several bars and bottle shops have popped up that cater to the crowd. It's not a question of if beer tourism shows up here, it's a matter of when.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: One thing that could help would be a good walking map of where to find and drink craft beer in Santiago. If we’d had one it might have taken us less time to find the bottle shop we were looking for.</p> </li> <li> <p><em>[getting to OB]</em></p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: <a href= "https://www.facebook.com/obandullo.dolambon?fref=ts">O Bandullo do Lambón</a> wasn't where we wanted to go, but it's where we needed to go. Moments after walking in from out of the rain, this happened</p> </li> <li> <p><em>[Noé]</em></p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: That's <a href= "https://www.facebook.com/noe.hernandez">Noé Hernández</a>, an L.A. native on his second year as an English teacher in Santiago. His recognition of us probably speaks less to our international fame and more to just how closely connected the nascent craft beer scene really is in Galicia. And places like OB are natural gathering points for craft beer aficionados. So it' really not all that surprising we met him here.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Héctor runs OB. Or just always works the bar, we're not quite sure which is the case. But he's got a great craft beer selection, and like every place we've been, the tapas just keep coming.</p> </li> <li> <p><em>[héctor pours + tapas]</em></p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Olives, chorizo, mariscos... fantastic tapas. But we're getting ahead of ourselves. A few days before, we visited <a href= "https://www.facebook.com/BeerLabCerveceria">BeerLab</a> on the recommendation from Jesus from <a href= "https://www.facebook.com/fillos.da.malte">Fillos de Malte</a> -- he was on <a href= "http://www.theopportunistictravelers.com/blog/2015/4/21/galicia-makes-a-great-first-impression">the show last week</a>. BeerLab is where<a href= "https://www.facebook.com/BeerLabCerveceria/photos/a.1595283944026023.1073741828.1595279914026426/1665734923647591/?type=1"> the blog post Noé found</a> came from, and our visit there started off like this:</p> </li> <li> <p><em>[beerlab]</em></p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Manu and Jose couldn't be nicer guys. And they run an amazing craft beer bar. And it's backed up by Santi, the cook, who does things with chorizo, honey, and whiskey that should probably be illegal. If you're hungry for great food and thirsty for great beer, it's worth the trek to BeerLab in the southern part of Santiago. You won't be disappointed.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Our beer tour of Santiago wrapped up -- at least for now -- with a tasting event at <a href= "https://www.facebook.com/LaAtlantica">La Atlántica</a>, the bottle shop Evo was trying to find when we stumbled into OB. It was a much smaller and more intimate event than we're used to, thanks to the newness of the craft beer culture. It really felt like we were gathered around the table with a few friends who happen to enjoy good beer. We're just happy they let us join in on the fun.</p> </li> <li> <p><em>[la atlantica]</em></p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: The Spanish speaker you hear is Carlos. He owns La Atlántica, and he's describing the beers we were trying -- all sours -- at the tasting. If you listen close, you'll also hear an English speaker. that's Noé again, the English teacher from LA, translating for us.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: One of the beers we tried was an "experimental" beer of sorts. It's a Gose, a rather salty style of beer. Where the salt came from was a bit of a surprise to us</p> </li> <li> <p><em>[sea water]</em></p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: So there you have it, perhaps the first beer tour of Santiago. Well... at least the first one documented in audio form. Now, we really need to get on creating that map.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: ¡Adeus from Galicia!</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: We travel the world as The Opportunistic Travelers largely because of our generous listeners.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: People all over the world pledge as little as five bucks a month, and in return, they get a hand-written postcard from us sent from wherever opportunity has taken us, every single month. Sign up today at <a href= "http://theopportunistictravelers.com/postcards">TheOpportunisticTravelers.com/postcards</a>.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: We also stay for free most of our journey. No, we’re not super-stars or anything. We eliminate hotel costs and stay in some great cities by housesitting all over the world. Get our complete list of the actual housesitting sites we use every day at <a href= "http://theopportunistictravelers.com/stayforfree">TheOpportunisticTravelers.com/stayforfree</a>, and stop spending money on hotels when you travel, too. Thanks for listening to this episode. I’m Sheila Dee.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: And I am Evo Terra. Our theme music is <a href= "http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1400030">"On the Ground" by Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com</a>. All other sounds, voices, and odd bits you hear were created by us. And this podcast is just the start of the audio, video, images, and written content we’re producing as we travel the world. Got an idea on how we could work together or a place you like for us to visit? Visit <a href= "http://theopportunistictravelers.com/">TheOpportunisticTravelers.com</a> to get in touch. Now would be good.</p> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div>
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Street Musicians from Europe [Season 1, Episode 18]
<div id="yui_3_17_2_21_1512720050653_325" class= "body entry-content"> <div id="item-55487170e4b0dd31dec9ea6f" class= "sqs-layout sqs-grid-12 columns-12" data-layout-label="Post Body" data-type="item" data-updated-on="1430812080504"> <div id="yui_3_17_2_21_1512720050653_324" class="row sqs-row"> <div id="yui_3_17_2_21_1512720050653_323" class= "col sqs-col-12 span-12"> <div id="block-yui_3_17_2_1_1430810870203_24976" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div id="yui_3_17_2_21_1512720050653_1013" class= "sqs-block-content"> <h2 id="yui_3_17_2_21_1512720050653_1012">Full Show Script</h2> </div> </div> <div id="block-yui_3_17_2_1_1430810870203_25448" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div class="sqs-block-content"> <ul> <li> <p>EVO: We're in Costa Brava, <a href= "https://www.flickr.com/photos/sheila_dee/17128740867/">a beautiful beachside area</a> just outside of Barcelona, Spain. We've been attending the <a href= "http://tbexcon.com/">TBEX</a> 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. </p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: This week, we bring you a special musical edition, featuring a range of street musicians we've recorded during our travels. These are the actual recordings of the musicians on the street, not ripped from their CDs. </p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: The idea first came to me in <a href= "http://www.theopportunistictravelers.com/brussels-belgium-city-guide/">Brussels</a>, where I recorded <a href= "https://www.flickr.com/photos/sheila_dee/16626242911/in/set-72157650955325405">this sax player on the street</a> as Sheila was popping in and out of stores. Yes, he knew we were recording. And I tipped him, too. In fact, we make sure to tip all the performers, and make sure they know that we're recording. No international incidents, especially over copyright. </p> </li> <li> <p><em>[Brussels sax]</em></p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: We found this accordion player outside the <a href= "http://www.theopportunistictravelers.com/sheffield-england-city-guide/">Sheffield, England</a> train station. <a href= "https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fP9hAjFkJ8&list=PLISPqJnh0X8hdXTCKoht61nfVhK6Gc8-k&index=29">He's featured in one of </a><a href= "https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fP9hAjFkJ8&list=PLISPqJnh0X8hdXTCKoht61nfVhK6Gc8-k&index=29">Sheila's One Minute Memories videos</a>, but the audio quality is a little better here. I'm pretty sure he's singing in Italian, but I assure you... we were in England when I recorded him.</p> </li> <li> <p><em>[Sheffield accordion]</em></p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Santiago de Compostela in Spain is the hotspot for street musicians. There's a large university here, and it gets plenty of foot traffic from tourists thanks to the locals. So while <a href= "https://www.flickr.com/photos/sheila_dee/16593301634/in/set-72157649675613703">a harp and upright bass</a> probably aren't all that typical in your town, they're not all that out of place here. </p> </li> <li> <p><em>[Santiago harp & bass]</em></p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: And where there are students, there's always someone trying out something new. Like the hand drum that looks like a ufo. Hang, HAPI, hand pan... it goes by many different names. I like the sound, but I'm afraid that it will all to quickly become as overdone Peruvian pan flutes. Anyhow <a href= "https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CKcRvq_iiw&list=PLISPqJnh0X8hdXTCKoht61nfVhK6Gc8-k&index=11">this kid drew a pretty big crowd </a>as his flitted across the surface of his drum.</p> </li> <li> <p><em>[Santiago hang]</em></p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: And if that wasn't hippy enough for you, how about a Lute?<a href= "https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2bitqmc2hs&list=PLISPqJnh0X8hdXTCKoht61nfVhK6Gc8-k&index=7"> At least we think it was a lute</a>. Could have been a Mandolin. If your recognize and know the name of the instrument, let us know. Whatever it's called, it makes a lovely and quite worldly sound.</p> </li> <li> <p><em>[Lute] </em></p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: You may be wondering why we haven't included any Spanish music. Well... we're in Galicia. Yes, it's part of Spain, but it was a Celtic "nation" long before that. Broaden your musical horizons, my friends. And don't call what you're about to hear bagpipes. </p> </li> <li> <p><em>[Galician gaita]</em></p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: <a href= "https://www.flickr.com/photos/sheila_dee/17029626439/in/set-72157649675613703">That's a galician gaita</a>, which I'm probably not pronouncing correctly. It's a very traditional instrument, and you can hear the sound drifting in and out of the streets and passage ways all day in Santiago. </p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: So far, that's the extent of the instrumental music we've collected. We've got a fair amount of singer/songwriters stuff from the various pubs we find ourselves in. If you liked this musical interlude, let me know. And if you want any parts of it, let me know. I've already sent one off to<a href= "http://celticmusicpodcast.com/2015/206-galicia/"> Marc from the Irish and Celtic Music Podcast</a>, just because he asked nicely. Cheers from Costa Brava!</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: We travel the world as The Opportunistic Travelers largely because of our generous listeners.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: People all over the world pledge as little as five bucks a month, and in return, they get a hand-written postcard from us sent from wherever opportunity has taken us, every single month. Sign up today at <a href= "http://theopportunistictravelers.com/postcards">TheOpportunisticTravelers.com/postcards</a>.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: We also stay for free most of our journey. No, we’re not super-stars or anything. We eliminate hotel costs and stay in some great cities by housesitting all over the world. Get our complete list of the actual housesitting sites we use every day at <a href= "http://theopportunistictravelers.com/stayforfree">TheOpportunisticTravelers.com/stayforfree</a>, and stop spending money on hotels when you travel, too. Thanks for listening to this episode. I’m Sheila Dee.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: And I am Evo Terra. Our theme music is <a href= "http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1400030">"On the Ground" by Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com</a>. All other sounds, voices, and odd bits you hear were created by us. And this podcast is just the start of the audio, video, images, and written content we’re producing as we travel the world. Got an idea on how we could work together or a place you like for us to visit? Visit <a href= "http://theopportunistictravelers.com/">TheOpportunisticTravelers.com</a> to get in touch. Now would be good.</p> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div>
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Salt Pirates & Ancient Olive Trees - Traveling The History Of Ancient Spain [Season 1, Episode 19]
<div id="block-yui_3_17_2_1_1431875654049_27449" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div class="sqs-block-content"> <h2>Full Show Script</h2> </div> </div> <div id="block-yui_3_17_2_1_1431875654049_30950" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div class="sqs-block-content"> <ul> <li> <p><a href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/snippet-die-in-the-desert"> [Die in the desert]</a></p> </li> <li> <p>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.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: On the Spanish coast midway between Barcelona and Valencia, the Ebro river has been depositing silt and sand for countless years, creating a huge delta jutting out into the Mediterranean. Not unlike the Mississippi delta in Louisiana.</p> </li> <li> <p>3 EVO: This area is called Terres de l'Ebre, literally the land created by the Rio Ebro. On the coast, it's mostly a collection of farms all dedicated to rice production, consisting of 35 square kilometers of perfectly flat -- and kinda boring -- rice patties. But centuries before, the big cash crop was salt.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Tucked between rice fields with little in the way of signage is the <a href= "http://www.monnaturadelta.com/en/content/saltworks">old Tancada saltworks.</a> An interpretive center was built to preserve and educate visitors about the history of the site. Here's our guide explaining what we're seeing and how these salt pans were used in the middle ages:</p> </li> <li> <p><a href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/snippet-salt-pans"> [Salt pans]</a></p> </li> <li> <p> EVO: But the coolest part of the story isn't about historic salt cultivation. It's about historic salt protection.</p> </li> <li> <p><a href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/snippet-pirates">[Pirates]</a></p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Did you hear that? Pirates! But not just any pirates. Salt stealing pirates! Salt stealing pirates from Africa! Oh, I'm totally binge-watching that series as soon as the first season drops on Netflix.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Just a few kilometers upstream, the rice fields give way to rows and rows of olive trees, an icon of Mediterranean commerce and culture. In Arión, one particular stand of trees -- called a finca -- has been tended to for a very long time.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: This particular finca is setup as a sort of natural museum and also isn't terribly easy to find. Our Spanish-speaking guide -- he was a huge fan of my Forbidden Planet t-shirt -- walked us through the <a href= "http://www.turismeulldecona.com/museu-natural-oliveres-mil%C2%B7lenaries-de-larion/?lang=en">Millennial olive grove</a>. Or was that millennium? </p> </li> <li> <p><a href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/snippet-millennial-vs"> [Millennial millennium]</a></p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: You say tomato, I say tomato.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: The male voice you heard translating was David from the <a href="http://www.terresdelebre.travel/">Terres de l'Ebre tourism board</a>. He had the un-enviable job of wrangling a dozen info-hungry travel bloggers, but he did an admirable job.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Let's not bury the lede here. Millennial, or millennium, whichever... It means a thousand. As in, years. In this next clip, <a href="http://greenglobaltravel.com/">Bret Love from Green Global Travel</a> expressed the shock of realization I'm sure most of us felt.</p> </li> <li> <p><a href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/snippet-how-old-is-old"> [How old is old?]</a></p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Since you probably don't carry a three point five meter tape in your backpack, you can perform this simple test. Stand up and try to wrap your arms around an olive tree. If you can't, and need at least two other average sized friends to complete the chain AND all of your chests touching the trunk, you're probably holding hands around a Millennial olive tree. Or a Millennium olive tree. Whatever. It's still a living thing over one thousand years old. Wow.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: It's important to know the age of the tree for reasons other than wining a trivia competition in a bar. The older the tree, the more valuable its oil. Our guide explains the challenges of identifying and certifying this fact, with <a href= "http://gabilogan.com/">travel writer Gabi Logan</a> jumping in to translate: </p> </li> <li> <p><a href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/snippet-self-certified"> [Self certified]</a></p> </li> <li> <p> EVO: Yeah, because that's not the fox guarding the hen house.</p> </li> <li> <p>15 SHE: Now hold on a minute, Mr. Cynic. There are plenty of organizations that self-regulate themselves that you get behind. The Cicerone program for beer experts? Podcasting?</p> </li> <li> <p>6 EVO: Alright, alright... Sheesh. Trying to bring a little levity to this serious show. Get my head bit off.</p> </li> <li> <p>17 SHE: Whatever.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Déu y hasa luego from Terres de l'Ebre!</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: We travel the world as The Opportunistic Travelers largely because of our generous listeners.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: People all over the world pledge as little as five bucks a month, and in return, they get a hand-written postcard from us sent from wherever opportunity has taken us, every single month. Sign up today at T<a href= "http://theopportunistictravelers.com/postcards">heOpportunisticTravelers.com/postcards</a>.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: We also stay for free most of our journey. No, we’re not super-stars or anything. We eliminate hotel costs and stay in some great cities by housesitting all over the world. Get our complete list of the actual housesitting sites we use every day at <a href= "http://theopportunistictravelers.com/stayforfree">TheOpportunisticTravelers.com/stayforfree</a>, and stop spending money on hotels when you travel, too. Thanks for listening to this episode. I’m Sheila Dee.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: And I am Evo Terra. Our theme music is <a href= "http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1400030">"On the Ground" by Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com</a>. All other sounds, voices, and odd bits you hear were created by us. And this podcast is just the start of the audio, video, images, and written content we’re producing as we travel the world. Got an idea on how we could work together or a place you like for us to visit? Visit <a href= "http://theopportunistictravelers.com/">TheOpportunisticTravelers.com</a> to get in touch. Now would be good</p> </li> </ul> </div> </div> <div id="block-yui_3_17_2_1_1431875654049_28349" class= "sqs-block horizontalrule-block sqs-block-horizontalrule" data-block-type="47"> </div>
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Castles, Castelleres, & Culinary Delights of Catalunya [Season 1, Episode 20]
<div id="block-yui_3_17_2_1_1432244322503_59056" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div id="yui_3_17_2_25_1512720050653_1005" class= "sqs-block-content"> <h2 id="yui_3_17_2_1_1432244322503_59039">Full Show Script</h2> </div> </div> <div id="block-yui_3_17_2_1_1432244322503_54537" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div class="sqs-block-content"> <ul> <li> <p>[<a href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/snippet-friendly?in=theopportunistictravelers/sets/castles-castelleres-culinary-delights-of-catalunyan">Friendly</a>]</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO The <a href="http://en.costabrava.org/">coastline of Costa Brava</a> --- all of coast of the Mediterranean, in fact -- is lousy with castles. Piracy was a big deal (like the <a href= "http://www.theopportunistictravelers.com/blog/2015/5/17/salt-pirates-ancient-olive-trees-traveling-the-history-of-ancient-spain">Salt Stealing Pirates from Africa we mentioned on last week's show</a>) just a few centuries ago. Fortifications to defend against attacks were built along almost literally every turn of the coastline. Amazingly, many are still visible today, in various states of ruin.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: A few weeks ago, we took a <a href= "http://www.charterlloret.com/">half-day boat tour out of Blanes, Spain</a> with a company called Charter Lloret. It was just us and six other <a href= "http://tbexcon.com/">TBEX</a> attendees, as well as the captain and his assistant, on a leisurely boat tour up the Costa Brava shoreline. As we boated along the beach of LLoret de Mar, Evo asked about the story behind the <a href= "https://www.flickr.com/photos/sheila_dee/17299884006/">oddly well maintained, almost brand new looking castle right on the edge of a cliff.</a></p> </li> <li> <p><a href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/snippet-pre-made?in=theopportunistictravelers/sets/castles-castelleres-culinary-delights-of-catalunyan"> [pre made]</a></p> </li> <li> <p>SHE How disappointing. A "fake" castle, decades, not centuries old, built just to give tourists something to take photos of.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: But the other guests on the boat hadn't even noticed the fake castle, let alone Marcos' explanation. My turn...</p> </li> <li> <p><a href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/snippet-castle-story?in=theopportunistictravelers/sets/castles-castelleres-culinary-delights-of-catalunyan"> [castle story]</a></p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Taking a boat tour of the coastline was a great way to see more of Costa Brava. Great views, a great guide, and great folks to chat with, and this surprise: </p> </li> <li> <p><a href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/snippet-20-minutes?in=theopportunistictravelers/sets/castles-castelleres-culinary-delights-of-catalunyan"> [20 minutes on a boat]</a></p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Drinks? Snacks? This was shaping up to be a most excellent cruse. </p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Unlike the poor souls we saw on that other tour boat. Clearly, they didn't have Captain Marcos at the helm, or even seem to like the people they were traveling with, as <a href= "http://www.winterwonderlust.com/">Nate from Winter Wonderlust </a>pointed out.</p> </li> <li> <p><a href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/not-as-much-fun?in=theopportunistictravelers/sets/castles-castelleres-culinary-delights-of-catalunyan"> [not as much fun on a boat] </a></p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: 20 minutes is apparently a relative term in the Mediterranean. And I thought that was just an English thing.</p> </li> <li> <p><a href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/snippet-two-minutes-ago?in=theopportunistictravelers/sets/castles-castelleres-culinary-delights-of-catalunyan"> [two minutes five minutes ago]</a></p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Attending TBEX gave us lots of exposure to Catalonian, or Catalunyan, culture. During the awesome opening event on the grounds of the Hotel Santa Marta just to the west of Lloret de Mar, a troupe showed up to create human towers. </p> </li> <li> <p><a href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/snippet-castellers?in=theopportunistictravelers/sets/castles-castelleres-culinary-delights-of-catalunyan"> [castelles]</a></p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: They were part of a colles castellere, and building these human pyramids is, well... what they do. With the sounds of the Toc de Castells urging them on, the dozens of stocky men (usually) grasp arms shoulder to shoulder, and a slightly smaller number of slightly less-stocky men and women climb on top of them, also grasping arms at shoulder height. And then another layer is added. And then another. Until, at some point, a pre-teen wearing a safety helmet -- the only member of the troop to sport one, scampers up this living ladder until she reaches the top, just as the band reaches their crescendo.</p> </li> <li> <p> SHE: It's an impressive sight, with lots of appreciative oohs and ahhs from the crowd. And it's a lot safer than the running of the bulls, for both the tower builders themselves and spectators alike.</p> </li> <li> <p> EVO: The food in southern Spain is outstanding, but the seafood really can't be beat. If muscles and oysters are your thing, it's worth the train ride down to San Carlos de la Rápita. From there, you'll take a water taxi or charter a boat out to The Musclarium, an amazing restaurant sitting on top of the mussel beds.</p> </li> <li> <p> SHE: Apparently, the combination of warm water and nutrients from the river make the most amazing combination for these filter-feeding tasty critters.</p> </li> <li> <p><a href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/snippet-mussels-oysters?in=theopportunistictravelers/sets/castles-castelleres-culinary-delights-of-catalunyan">  [mussels and oysters]</a></p> </li> <li> <p> SHE: I'm not so sure I've ever seen a ""beautiful"" oyster, but he had us intrigued with the claim of the<a href= "https://plus.google.com/+EvoTerra/posts/3i6NWAcbRFx"> best tasting in the whole world</a>.</p> </li> <li> <p> EVO: <a href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/snippet-castellers?in=theopportunistictravelers/sets/castles-castelleres-culinary-delights-of-catalunyan">These oysters are rumored to fetch between $5 and $10 each</a> -- per oyster -- so it's not surprising they're all over them in Paris. </p> </li> <li> <p><a href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/snippet-eat-them?in=theopportunistictravelers/sets/castles-castelleres-culinary-delights-of-catalunyan"> [eat them]</a></p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Ha! I knew I'd find a way to work a ""that's what he said"" line in the show. Except I though it would be that's what she said, and I thought i'd be the one to say it. Thanks for staling my thunder, Gabi!</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: You're such a child. Coming up next, scenes from next week's show. But first...</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: This is out 20th show. I know. 20 shows. That's kind of a big deal. As you've heard, if you've been listening since the beginning, we've changed things up a bit, but hopefully are staying true to our mission of bringing you good audio story telling. We may not have the staff of Gimlet Media or Radiotopia, but we like to think we're producing shows that at least come close to the bar they've set. If you like what we're doing let us know. Like, right now. Pull out your phone and send us a tweet at <a href= "http://twitter.com/opptravelers">@OppTravelers</a>. Better yet, send a tweet telling your friends to check out our show. If you're on Facebook, <a href= "http://facebook.com/theopportunistictravelers">tag us in a post</a>. That works, too. And if you're on <a href= "http://google.com/+ShEvoWTFIndeed">Google+, Plus mention us</a>. Tell us what you think. We love hearing from our listeners.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Here's what we're working on for our next show:</p> </li> <li> <p><a href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/snippet-next-week?in=theopportunistictravelers/sets/castles-castelleres-culinary-delights-of-catalunyan"> [next week]</a></p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: More beer. Go figure. Cheers from Costa Brava!</p> </li> <li> <p>We travel the world as The Opportunistic Travelers largely because of our generous listeners.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: People all over the world pledge as little as five bucks a month, and in return, they get a hand-written postcard from us sent from wherever opportunity has taken us, every single month. Sign up today at <a href= "http://theopportunistictravelers.com/postcards">TheOpportunisticTravelers.com/postcards</a>.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: We also stay for free most of our journey. No, we’re not super-stars or anything. We eliminate hotel costs and stay in some great cities by housesitting all over the world. Get our complete list of the actual housesitting sites we use every day at <a href= "http://theopportunistictravelers.com/stayforfree">TheOpportunisticTravelers.com/stayforfree</a>, and stop spending money on hotels when you travel, too. Thanks for listening to this episode. I’m Sheila Dee.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: And I am Evo Terra. <a href= "http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1400030">Our theme music is "On the Ground" by Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com</a>. All other sounds, voices, and odd bits you hear were created by us. And this podcast is just the start of the audio, video, images, and written content we’re producing as we travel the world. Got an idea on how we could work together or a place you like for us to visit? Visit <a href= "http://theopportunistictravelers.com/">TheOpportunisticTravelers.com</a> to get in touch. Now would be good.</p> </li> </ul> </div> </div>
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We're Fortunate to Travel ... Without The Fortune! [Season 1, Episode 21]
<div id="block-yui_3_17_2_3_1433258607494_7824" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div id="yui_3_17_2_27_1512720050653_1006" class= "sqs-block-content"> <h2 id="yui_3_17_2_27_1512720050653_1005">Full Show Script</h2> </div> </div> <div id="block-yui_3_17_2_1_1433256277188_23143" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div class="sqs-block-content"> <ul> <li> <p><a href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/snippet-from-show-21-good-stu"> <em>[good stuff]</em></a></p> </li> <li> <p>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.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Every moment? What about the "moments" spent at doctor visits? Or the "moments" we spent camped out in the bathroom waiting for, uh, <em>tummy issues</em> to take their course?</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Well obviously not those parts.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: And what about the days you spent whining non-stop about travel coordination, delayed flights, or sitting on an airplane for 9 hours straight?</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: OK, OK... I'm embellishing a bit. Still, you gotta admit, with those few exceptions, we're living a very fortunate life.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: And that's the story we want to highlight on this show. Fortune and fortunate don't always go hand in hand, but sometimes they do, as we discovered at the <a href= "http://www.marimurtra.cat/">Marimurtra Botanical Gardens in Blanes, Catalunya</a>.</p> </li> <li> <p><a href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/snippet-from-show-21-fortune"> <em>[fortune vs fortunate]</em></a></p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: The garden itself is as stunning as it is expansive. But its beauty shines even brighter when you learn the story of how it came to be. In 1924, at the precocious age of 50 years young, German-born <a href= "http://metode.cat/en/Issues/Article/El-llegat-de-Carl-Faust">Carl Faust</a>opted to turn his sea-side private garden into a legacy for the entire world. Using his own personal fortune to buy up the hillsides surrounding his estate in Blanes -- the place he'd made his home and wealth over the last 27 years -- he set out to do something audacious: To create, in his own words "an Epicurean republic of biologists where scholars and wise people —away from the noises of the big city and everyday life, in the middle of an interesting garden, with an ideal climate and a Hellenic landscape— can be devoted to the creation of ideal values and the search for an absolute truth".</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: That's a rather lofty goal for a garden. But once you see Marimurtra gardens, you'll know he achieved it.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: And it wasn't just money that made it happen. After 12 years of land acquisition and near constant construction on the garden, the violent Spanish Civil war started. Unfortunately for Carl, he was visiting Germany at the time. For three years he found himself exiled from his home and his life's work. When he was finally able to return, he found the country struggling under a harsh dictatorship, with many of his friends, advisors and fellow botanists still in exile, imprisoned, or dead. But rather than give up on his dream of building an international foundation and legacy, he persevered, working with, around, and under adversity for another 13 years. He passed away at age 77, and in 1952 was able to transfer ownership of his expansive gardens to the town of Blanes so that all lovers of science could enjoy his creation for generations to come.. Carl Foust: A fortunate man who used his fortune to build a fortunate life. And my newest personal hero.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Of course, not all of us are fortunate enough to have the fortune necessary to leave that type of legacy behind.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: You mean people like us? Amassing a fortune has never been high on our To Do list. But we we are pretty fortunate. I call this "increasing our luck surface area" and it consists of...</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Hold on, hold on... you're getting philosophical enough with this show. No one wants you rambling on about your success mantras for another 15 minutes!</p> </li> <li> <p><a href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/snippet-from-show-21-hear-a-l"> <em>[hear a little more]</em></a></p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Shut it, Jayne.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Harsh critic. Anyhow... we recognize that it's our good fortune to be able to live this lifestyle we've chosen. Sure, we've made some sacrifices. But meeting others leading a similar lifestyle makes it all worthwhile. And if you're fortunate enough to blend your job in with your chosen lifestyle, things get pretty close to perfect. I'll let <a href= "http://www.simplyhops.com/">John Willetts from Simply Hops</a>explain his "Top Gear" job concept.</p> </li> <li> <p><a href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/snippet-from-show-21-top-gear"> <em>[top gear job]</em></a></p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Sorry for the punk rock soundtrack. That last clip was recorded at <a href="https://youtu.be/OO1Gp7Z3r1o">Birrasana, a craft beer festival we stumbled into -- and out of</a> -- in Blanes after we left the botanical gardens.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: And that's another crazy example of our fortune -- the good kind, not the money kind -- that keeps happening to us on this tour. We had no idea there was a beer festival in Blanes when we were there. But we took full advantage, as you could probably tell from that last clip.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: After that, we flew down to the island of Mallorca to spend a few days relaxing with our friend <a href= "http://www.gillianandrews.com/">Gillian Andrews</a>. She'd graciously given us her flat in Santiago de Compostela as our home base in Spain these last several weeks We were keen to meet her in person and thank her for her hospitality.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Gillian and her daughter Lizzy met us at the Palma airport around noon. Before they took us to their house in Sant Elm, they thought we might want to make a quick stop at? You guessed it. <a href="http://www.beerpalma.com/">The Palma Beer Festival</a>.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Gillian and Lizzy knew we were craft beer fans. I mean, who doesn't? But what they didn't know is our secret super power of getting to know important people in the local beer scene really, really quickly.</p> </li> <li> <p><a href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/snippet-from-show-21-sven"> <em>[Sven]</em></a></p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Of course, walking around with a microphone in your hand as you order a beer is a bit of a conversation starter. I should do that more often.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Coming up, a clip from next week's show. But first:</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Like many content creators, we use crowdfunding as our primary funding source. But unlike most crowdfunding campaigns, we're giving baking rewards at almost every level. $5 a month gets you a postcard. Over 10 bucks, and we personalize the postcard, just for you. And for $25 or more, you'll get what we call our "personalized plus" postcard, that includes a little something special from where we happen to be. So far we've done beer, chocolate, wine... who knows what's next now that we're in Thailand! If you're new to the show or just have held off on signing up to get your postcard each month today, sign up today at <a href= "http://theopportunistictravelers.com/postcards">TheOpportunisticTravelers.com/postcards</a>. Thanks to all those who've already supported us, as it really helps us keep the show going.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Here's a little taste of next week's show:</p> </li> <li> <p><a href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/snippet-from-show-21-speed-li"> <em>[speed limit]</em></a></p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Cheers from Mallorca! (Wait, we're in Thailand now... shouldn't I say Chohn gàaeo?</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE (from the background): Stop over thinking it!</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: We travel the world as The Opportunistic Travelers largely because of our generous listeners.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: People all over the world pledge as little as five bucks a month, and in return, they get a hand-written postcard from us sent from wherever opportunity has taken us, every single month. Sign up today at <a href= "http://theopportunistictravelers.com/postcards">TheOpportunisticTravelers.com/postcards</a>.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: We also stay for free most of our journey. No, we’re not super-stars or anything. We eliminate hotel costs and stay in some great cities by housesitting all over the world. Get our complete list of the actual housesitting sites we use every day at <a href= "http://theopportunistictravelers.com/stayforfree">TheOpportunisticTravelers.com/stayforfree</a>, and stop spending money on hotels when you travel, too. Thanks for listening to this episode. I’m Sheila Dee.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: And I am Evo Terra. Our theme music is <a href= "http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1400030">"On the Ground" by Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com</a>. All other sounds, voices, and odd bits you hear were created by us. And this podcast is just the start of the audio, video, images, and written content we’re producing as we travel the world. Got an idea on how we could work together or a place you like for us to visit? Visit <a href= "http://theopportunistictravelers.com/">TheOpportunisticTravelers.com</a> to get in touch. Now would be good.</p> </li> </ul> </div> </div>
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Five Days To Fall In Love With Mallorca [Season 1, Episode 22]
<div id="block-yui_3_17_2_1_1433846635852_25849" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div id="yui_3_17_2_29_1512720050653_1007" class= "sqs-block-content"> <h2 id="yui_3_17_2_29_1512720050653_1006">Full Show Script</h2> </div> </div> <div id="block-yui_3_17_2_1_1433846635852_26349" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div class="sqs-block-content"> <ul> <li> <p><a href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/snippet-from-show-21-speed-li"> <em>[no speed limit]</em></a></p> </li> <li> <p>Evo: When we left you last week, we were on the island of Mallorca, wrapping up our epic tour of Spain. </p> </li> <li> <p>She: For the geographically challenged, Mallorca lies almost directly south of Barcelona, roughly halfway between Europe and Africa.</p> </li> <li> <p>Evo: Beware of salt-stealing pirates from Africa!</p> </li> <li> <p>She: Yes, everyone remembers <a href= "http://www.theopportunistictravelers.com/blog/2015/5/17/salt-pirates-ancient-olive-trees-traveling-the-history-of-ancient-spain">your fascination with pirates from a few shows back</a>. Can you get on with your commentary on Mallorca?</p> </li> <li> <p>Evo: Right, Mallorca. At twice the size of Oahu (that's where Honolulu is) it's the largest of the Balearic Islands and a hot-spot for international tourism. <a href= "https://www.flickr.com/photos/sheila_dee/sets/72157650296877004">Once you get a look at the emerald colored seas and stunning limestone cliffs, you'll know why</a>. If you're picturing a perfect Mediterranean paradise, it'll look a lot like Mallorca.</p> </li> <li> <p>She: It's also just the right spot to open up a craft beer brewery. At least that's what Sven did when he opened up <a href="http://www.forastera.es/">Forastera</a>. You remember Sven from last week's show:</p> </li> <li> <p><a href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/show-22-snippet-sven-again"> <em>[Sven again]</em></a></p> </li> <li> <p>Evo: That Sven. As you might have noticed, Sven's not a native of Mallorca. Just another loud, boisterous German making his home in this Mediterranean paradise. No, wait. I can't back that up. I mean, there may be more loud, boisterous Germans living in Mallorca, but I didn't see any. Just Sven. He's loud and boisterous enough to make it sound like there are many, many more living in the city.</p> </li> <li> <p>She: I was sick the day you took him up on his offer to visit his brewery and try the IPA. So... how was it?</p> </li> <li> <p>Evo: Yeah, about that. I drove over to Forastera with Gillian's daughter, Lizzie and her boyfriend, Miguel. Sven was there. But the fabled IPA he wanted me to try...? </p> </li> <li> <p><a href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/show-22-snippet-svens-out"> <em>[Sven's out]</em></a></p> </li> <li> <p>She: Wait. He was out of the beer he invited you to the brewery to try? You're joking.</p> </li> <li> <p>Evo: I don't joke about missing out on craft beer, lady. [sigh]</p> </li> <li> <p>Evo: That should have been my clue that the gods were conspiring against us during our final days in Spain. Because just as Sheila started recovering, I went down for the count. HARD. And didn't emerge from the room for two days.</p> </li> <li> <p><em>[waves]</em></p> </li> <li> <p>She: And that left me plenty of opportunity to explore Sant Elm, the tiny town on the far edge of Mallorca where we made our home for about five days. It's a beautiful island, and I can't wait to get back to take in more of the surf and sun.</p> </li> <li> <p>Evo: Just off the western tip of Mallorca is another smaller island called <a href= "https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ni0E6vaD23U">Dragonera Island</a>. It's mostly undeveloped, and the <a href= "https://plus.google.com/+EvoTerra/posts/ZDusHaZcXPS?pid=6148276424520911890&oid=109993735355691141353&authkey=CPW8rrORvuv9iAE">only access is a boat taxi </a>that conveniently left right from Gillian's restaurant,<a href= "https://plus.google.com/+EvoTerra/posts/ZDusHaZcXPS?pid=6148274580863467378&oid=109993735355691141353&authkey=CPW8rrORvuv9iAE"> El Pescadora</a>. And often, it was piloted by her husband, Damian or her son, Johnny. A visit to Dragonara should definitely be on your list when you put Mallorca on your vacation schedule. </p> </li> <li> <p>She: There's so much more to Mallorca than we can do justice on just a single episode. But, since we were sick much of the time, we didn't get many opportunities to record. </p> </li> <li> <p>Evo: But take it from us, the island is wonderful. A true jewel in the Mediterranean sea. </p> </li> <li> <p>She: Before we left Spain completely, we had a quick return trip to Santiago. We met another English teacher there, this time Amanda from Florida.</p> </li> <li> <p>Evo: She's been living abroad for a couple years now, though her parents haven't quite come to terms with it just yet.</p> </li> <li> <p><a href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/show-22-snippet-amanda"> <em>[Amanda]</em></a></p> </li> <li> <p>She: And we're only five months in, so I'm sure our family is having an equally difficult time coming to terms with our chosen lifestyle too. But to their credit, they've all been really, really supportive while we've been away. Thanks, family!</p> </li> <li> <p>Evo: Before we wrap things up... we're often asked about our favorite destination so far -- it's Spain, by the way -- or where we're looking forward to visit most of all. And actually, I'm going to turn that around on you this week. Right now, whatever it is you're doing, tell us where you'd travel if you had the opportunity. Use our #ShEvo hashtag -- that's hashtag #ShEvo -- and tell us (and the world) where you'd visit -- anywhere in the world -- if you had the opportunity. You can tweet it, send a pic Instagram, put it on Facebook... whatever. Just use the hashtag ShEvo so we'll see it and can join in on the conversation. Hashtag #ShEvo, and tell us where in the world you'd travel if you had the opportunity.</p> </li> <li> <p>She: Next week, we leave Spain and spend our last few days in Europe. Here's a taste.</p> </li> <li> <p><a href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/show-22-snippet-streets-look"> <em>[streets look alike]</em></a></p> </li> <li> <p>Evo: And after that... Thailand. Which is where we are now, and why I'm saying  Chohn gàaeo, and not cheers, from Thailand. Thought this show was about Spain, or mores specifically the autonomous regions of Catalunya or the Balearic, so I really should have said...</p> </li> <li> <p>She: Dude!</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: We travel the world as The Opportunistic Travelers largely because of our generous listeners.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: People all over the world pledge as little as five bucks a month, and in return, they get a hand-written postcard from us sent from wherever opportunity has taken us, every single month. Sign up today at <a href= "http://theopportunistictravelers.com/postcards">TheOpportunisticTravelers.com/postcards</a>.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: We also stay for free most of our journey. No, we’re not super-stars or anything. We eliminate hotel costs and stay in some great cities by housesitting all over the world. Get our complete list of the actual housesitting sites we use every day at <a href= "http://theopportunistictravelers.com/stayforfree">TheOpportunisticTravelers.com/stayforfree</a>, and stop spending money on hotels when you travel, too. Thanks for listening to this episode. I’m Sheila Dee.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: And I am Evo Terra. Our <a href= "http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1400030">theme music is "On the Ground" by Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com</a>. All other sounds, voices, and odd bits you hear were created by us. And this podcast is just the start of the audio, video, images, and written content we’re producing as we travel the world. Got an idea on how we could work together or a place you like for us to visit? Visit <a href= "http://theopportunistictravelers.com/">TheOpportunisticTravelers.com</a> to get in touch. Now would be good.</p> </li> </ul> </div> </div>
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How We Traveled Europe On The Cheap [Season 1, Episode 23]
<div id="block-yui_3_17_2_1_1434449848906_23646" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div id="yui_3_17_2_31_1512720050653_1000" class= "sqs-block-content"> <h2 id="yui_3_17_2_31_1512720050653_999">Full Show Script</h2> </div> </div> <div id="block-yui_3_17_2_1_1434449848906_30115" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div class="sqs-block-content"> <ul> <li> <p><a href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/show-23-snippet-simple-creatu?in=theopportunistictravelers/sets/how-we-traveled-europe-on-the-cheap"> <em>[simple creature]</em></a></p> </li> <li> <p>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.</p> </li> <li> <p>She: First, the cost of travel. Getting to and traipsing about Europe has to be expensive, right?</p> </li> <li> <p>Evo: Not really. When we added up the numbers, our big travel costs -- five separate trips by plane, and another five unrelated trips by train to different destinations -- the total came to $3600. Yes, for both of us. And yes, that included getting to Europe from America. No, we didn't cash in frequent flier miles or fly on a friends-and-family ticket. Sheila's just really good when it comes to travel planning.</p> </li> <li> <p>She: And then there's the cost of lodging. 129 nights on vacation should add up quickly, right?</p> </li> <li> <p>Evo: Again, not really. Not when you get rooms the way we do. Unlike train and air tickets, we get a lot of free lodging. 13 of our nights were completely comped, thanks to the conferences that booked us. 32 more nights were free, thanks friends old and new that let us couch surf with them, a night or two here and there, but sometimes weeks at a time. Thanks again, Gillian! But the bulk of our time -- 74 days -- was spent <a href= "https://shevo-wtf.squarespace.com/how-to-get-house-sitting-assignments">house sitting</a>. Free lodging in exchange for watering the plants and feeding <a href= "https://www.flickr.com/photos/sheila_dee/16170200417/in/album-72157650364327509/">a few animals</a>. Easy.  </p> </li> <li> <p>She: That left ten days -- only ten days across four months  -- where we had to <a href= "https://www.flickr.com/photos/sheila_dee/16371281130/in/album-72157650364327509/">pay for a hotel</a> or Airbnb with our own funds. Total cost: just over $700.</p> </li> <li> <p>Evo: That's $70 a night for those 10 days, which isn't a bad price. But if you divide it across the entire 129, it's only five and a half bucks each day. That's a smoking deal, and I think we deserve a beer for our efforts.</p> </li> <li> <p>She: We took a break from the <a href= "http://ungagged.com/">Ungagged conference in London </a>to walk the Beer Head Mile, just south of London Bridge. It was only a little after 10 in the morning, and we both still had to function at the conference, so we only hit two breweries: <a href= "https://www.flickr.com/photos/sheila_dee/17908171519/in/album-72157653431228432/">The Kernel</a>, which we knew and love, and then <a href= "https://www.flickr.com/photos/sheila_dee/18090982952/in/album-72157653431228432/">Brew By Numbers</a>, new to us, but one we quickly grew to love.</p> </li> <li> <p><a href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/show-23-snippet-bbn?in=theopportunistictravelers/sets/how-we-traveled-europe-on-the-cheap"> <em>[BBN]</em></a></p> </li> <li> <p>She: Don't worry. I'm not going to let Evo make yet another craft beer nerd show. Instead, I want to draw your attention to the accent of Paul, the Brew By Numbers guy Evo's chatting with. He didn't sound like a typical Londoner to me, so I asked the obvious question:</p> </li> <li> <p>Evo: The question Paul gets a lot -- where are<em> you</em> from -- is becoming harder and harder to answer for a lot of people. Us, for example. We haven't had the right accent -- or simply didn't speak the correct language -- for the last five months. It's pretty clear we're not from <em>here</em> -- wherever here has been -- so we get asked the "where are you from" question a lot.</p> </li> <li> <p>She: It's a hard question for us to answer. Unlike a lot of long-term travelers, we literally have no home to return to. Do we say "Arizona", where we lived for the last 18 years? Do we say "Oklahoma", where we both grew up? Neither answer seems right, because neither of us really think we're "from" any one place.</p> </li> <li> <p>Evo: Which brings up one interesting thing we've noticed during this European leg of our global adventure: It really struck me in Milan, Italy. </p> </li> <li> <p><a href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/show-23-snippet-cities-look-a?in=theopportunistictravelers/sets/how-we-traveled-europe-on-the-cheap"> <em>[cities look alike]</em></a></p> </li> <li> <p>Evo: Sheila's mis-remembering of how expensive beer was in Copenhagen aside, cities in Europe all kinda look alike. And small towns... tend to look a lot like other small towns from other European countries. Sure, there are iconic monuments and features -- the Eiffel Tower Paris or the Pyramids of Egypt -- but once you get past the big "attraction" or some unique geography, you'd be hard pressed to figure out what city -- or even country -- you were in by examining the local mundane architecture.</p> </li> <li> <p>She: Looking back at all that's happened over the last five months -- unexpected doctor visits, kidnapping, <a href= "https://www.flickr.com/photos/sheila_dee/16558764235/in/album-72157650364327509/">close encounters with acts of terror</a> -- we really have had a great time touring Europe. </p> </li> <li> <p>Evo: Hindsight gives great perspective. And <a href= "https://www.flickr.com/photos/sheila_dee/15830757413/in/album-72157650364327509/">being a couple</a> for close to 30 years helps us as well, as our friend Amanda, an English teacher living in Santiago de Compostela, related in the 30 minutes she was in our lives.</p> </li> <li> <p><a href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/show-23-snippet-28-years?in=theopportunistictravelers/sets/how-we-traveled-europe-on-the-cheap"> <em>[28 years]</em></a></p> </li> <li> <p>She: And I haven't killed him yet. Coming up, a clip from next week's show. And yes, it'll be about Thailand! But first...</p> </li> <li> <p>Evo: As we talked about earlier, we struggle with the "where are you from" question. Chances are, some of you fine listeners do too. So... tell us how you'd answer the question. And because you'll probably forget to tell us later, tell us right now. Whatever you're listening to this show on -- assuming it's a connected device -- fire up your favorite social media tool and tell us -- and the world -- where you're *from*. Maybe that's where you live. Maybe that's where you grew up. Or maybe it's something else. We're really curious what you have to say. Just make your post, tweet, status update, picture or video public and use the hashtag ShEvo -- that's the pound sign, followed by S-h-E-v-o. We'll see it and can join in on the conversation. #ShEvo, and tell us where are you from. Do it now. </p> </li> <li> <p>She: Here's what's on deck for next week.</p> </li> <li> <p><a href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/show-23-snippet-scooter?in=theopportunistictravelers/sets/how-we-traveled-europe-on-the-cheap"> <em>[scooter étiquette]</em></a></p> </li> <li> <p>Evo: And we'll probably talk a little about riding in the back of the Thai cop truck, or the jungle trail that tried it's best to kill us. Chohn gáaeo from Thailand!</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: We travel the world as The Opportunistic Travelers largely because of our generous listeners.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: People all over the world pledge as little as five bucks a month, and in return, they get a hand-written postcard from us sent from wherever opportunity has taken us, every single month. Sign up today at <a href= "http://theopportunistictravelers.com/postcards">TheOpportunisticTravelers.com/postcards</a>.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: We also stay for free most of our journey. No, we’re not super-stars or anything. We eliminate hotel costs and stay in some great cities by housesitting all over the world. Get our complete list of the actual housesitting sites we use every day at <a href= "https://shevo-wtf.squarespace.com/how-to-get-house-sitting-assignments">TheOpportunisticTravelers.com/stayforfree</a>, and stop spending money on hotels when you travel, too. Thanks for listening to this episode. I’m Sheila Dee.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: And I am Evo Terra. Our theme music is "On the Ground" by Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com. All other sounds, voices, and odd bits you hear were created by us. And this podcast is just the start of the audio, video, images, and written content we’re producing as we travel the world. Got an idea on how we could work together or a place you like for us to visit? Visit <a href= "http://theopportunistictravelers.com/">TheOpportunisticTravelers.com</a> to get in touch. Now would be good.</p> </li> </ul> </div> </div>
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Best Taxi in Thailand: A Police Truck! [Season 1, Episode 24]
<div id="block-yui_3_17_2_1_1435056570897_27959" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div id="yui_3_17_2_33_1512720050653_999" class= "sqs-block-content"> <h2 id="yui_3_17_2_33_1512720050653_998">Full Show Script</h2> </div> </div> <div id="block-yui_3_17_2_1_1435056570897_43222" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div class="sqs-block-content"> <ul id="yui_3_17_2_1_1435056570897_42898"> <li> <p><a href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/show-24-snippet-top-secret" data-cke-saved-href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/show-24-snippet-top-secret"> <em>[top secret]</em></a></p> </li> <li> <p>Evo: If you're following our blog, you've probably read <a href= "http://www.theopportunistictravelers.com/blog/2015/6/12/the-birthday-i-spent-in-the-back-of-a-police-truck-in-thailand" data-cke-saved-href= "http://www.theopportunistictravelers.com/blog/2015/6/12/the-birthday-i-spent-in-the-back-of-a-police-truck-in-thailand">the account of our ride in the back of a cop truck on my birthday</a>. Never a dull moment with us, right?</p> </li> <li> <p>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 thing.</p> </li> <li> <p>Evo: And we're sharing that recording with you today. No, this isn't us just narrating the blog post. This is the live event as it unfolded, annotated for clarity. This should kick the whole "living vicariously through us" experience up a notch.</p> </li> <li> <p>She: Let me set the stage: We'd been in Thailand for about a week or so and on a whim decided to take a two-day trip to a little island off the coast before the rainy season truly kicked in. Somehow, after missing our ferry ride, we wound up in the back of a police truck. Confused? So were we...</p> </li> <li> <p><a href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/show-24-snippet-act1" data-cke-saved-href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/show-24-snippet-act1"> <em>[Act 1]</em></a></p> </li> <li> <p>She: She's not a cop. But it does seem like she has a way to get us to the island.</p> </li> <li> <p>Evo: So now I've just handed over 500 baht and am waiting for change. 400 baht is about $13 bucks U.S.. In theory, I'm going to get 100 baht in change and two tickets to a ferry. A ferry that, we were told just 15 minutes ago, had already departed. And now, we're told it won't leave for another 15 minutes.</p> </li> <li> <p>She: To top it off, we weren't sure what shape the transport to the dock would take. Water taxi? Bus wagon? A deathwish ride on a motor scooter? None of the above, as it turns out. Here's what happened after we got our tickets:</p> </li> <li> <p>She: Yep, back in the back of the same police truck. There must not be a lot of crime in Ranong, if the cops are busy acting as free shuttles to wandering foreigners on their way to Koh Phayam.</p> </li> <li> <p><a href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/show-24-snippet-act-2" data-cke-saved-href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/show-24-snippet-act-2"> <em>[Act 2]</em></a></p> </li> <li> <p>Evo: By now, things were getting a little surreal. Not only for us, but for the people of Ranong. Ranong, Thailand doesn't see all that many tourists outside of the occasional glimpse of those here for live-aboard dive tours. And all of them have been gone since April.</p> </li> <li> <p>She: With the exception of a handful of people here teaching English, there aren't many expats calling Ranong home especially during the rainy season. So this reaction wasn't really a surprise.</p> </li> <li> <p><a href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/show-24-snippet-act-3" data-cke-saved-href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/show-24-snippet-act-3"> <em>[Act 3]</em></a></p> </li> <li> <p>Evo: And as you can hear... we made it. But before we got on the ferry, we needed to thank our official escorts.</p> </li> <li> <p>Evo: Kop khan, if you haven't figured it out, means "Thank you". Being male, I add "kep" to the end of my sentences. Sheila adds -- or should be adding -- the word "kaa" to hers. In Thai, words don't have gender, you do, and you temper your sentences with one of those two modifiers. We're not perfect at it, but we're getting better.</p> </li> <li> <p>She: We're getting better, <em>kep</em>. </p> </li> <li> <p>Evo: Don't start</p> </li> <li> <p>She: Meanwhile, back on the ferry, something struck us as... odd.</p> </li> <li> <p><a href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/show-24-snippet-life-vest" data-cke-saved-href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/show-24-snippet-life-vest"> <em>[life vests]</em></a></p> </li> <li> <p>Evo: Those very helpful cops -- Royal Thai Police, as it turns out -- the ones that had just given us a ride in the back of their truck, were quite safety-minded. They handed out life jackets to everyone on the ferry. And this isn't some little boat. There were probably 30 people on this double-decker ship, and they made sure each of us took a vest, and strapped it on. Safety first, I guess?</p> </li> <li> <p><a href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/show-24-snippet-recovery" data-cke-saved-href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/show-24-snippet-recovery"> <em>[recovery]</em></a></p> </li> <li> <p>She: Luckily, we didn't get a chance to test Evo's theory. We made it to the island just fine, without having to use our safety device.</p> </li> <li> <p>Evo: And more importantly, we had a great early Thailand adventure story to tell. We're here for three more months, so we should be able to gather many many more. If we're not thrown in jail. Or die.</p> </li> <li> <p>She: Coming up, scenes of flirting with death from next week's show, but first...</p> </li> <li> <p>Evo: Thanks to everyone who's been playing along with our #ShEvo games. We're not producing the type of podcast that gets heavy interaction from our listeners, so we appreciate those who made the effort. This week, we're mixing it up a bit, though if you want to keep Tweeting or Instagramming with the #ShEvo hashtag, I won't stop you. But this week, what we'd really like is for you to send this episode to one person (at least one) in your life who'd appreciate it. Maybe you did some stupid delinquent stuff together as kids and had your own cop scare. Or maybe you know a cop who'd think it was funny. Maybe you did some time together and promised each another that no matter what you had to do, you'd...</p> </li> <li> <p>She: A-HEM!</p> </li> <li> <p>Evo: Sorry. Anyhow, share this episode. We've made it super easy. <a href="http://shevo.wtf/cops" data-cke-saved-href= "http://Shevo.wtf/cops">Shevo.wtf/cops</a>.  Simple. Tweet it, email it... steal our cover art and Instagram it or repin it from Pinterest. Whatever. Just send the URL <a href= "http://shevo.wtf/cops" data-cke-saved-href= "http://Shevo.wtf/cops">Shevo.wtf/cops</a> and it'll link directly to this show. Hopefully they think it's funny. Hopefully YOU think it's funny. Dammit. There I go second guessing myself again...</p> </li> <li> <p>She: Here's a taste of our death-flirting that you'll hear on next week's show:</p> </li> <li> <p><a href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/show-24-snippet-creture" data-cke-saved-href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/show-24-snippet-creture"> <em>[Creature]</em></a></p> </li> <li> <p>Evo: Yeah, because we're on a jungle trail tracking down an unknown creature that displays aggression when it hears sound of our jalopy of a scooter. What's the worst that could happen? Laaeo phohp gan mai, from Thailand!</p> </li> <li> <p>She: We travel the world as The Opportunistic Travelers largely because of our generous listeners.</p> </li> <li> <p>Evo: People all over the world pledge as little as five bucks a month, and in return, they get a hand-written postcard from us sent from wherever opportunity has taken us, every single month. Sign up today at <a href= "https://shevo-wtf.squarespace.com/supporters" data-cke-saved-href= "/supporters">TheOpportunisticTravelers.com/postcards</a>.</p> </li> <li> <p>She: We also stay for free most of our journey. No, we’re not super-stars or anything. We eliminate hotel costs and stay in some great cities by housesitting all over the world. Get our complete list of the actual housesitting sites we use every day at <a href= "https://shevo-wtf.squarespace.com/how-to-get-house-sitting-assignments" data-cke-saved-href= "/how-to-get-house-sitting-assignments">TheOpportunisticTravelers.com/stayforfree</a>, and stop spending money on hotels when you travel, too. Thanks for listening to this episode. I’m Sheila Dee.</p> </li> <li id="yui_3_17_2_1_1435056570897_42897"> <p id="yui_3_17_2_1_1435056570897_42896">Evo: And I am Evo Terra. Our theme music is <a href= "http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1400030" data-cke-saved-href= "http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1400030">"On the Ground" by Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com</a>. All other sounds, voices, and odd bits you hear were created by us. And this podcast is just the start of the audio, video, images, and written content we’re producing as we travel the world. Got an idea on how we could work together or a place you like for us to visit? Visit <a href="https://shevo-wtf.squarespace.com/contact-us" data-cke-saved-href= "/contact-us">TheOpportunisticTravelers.com</a> to get in touch. Now would be good.</p> </li> </ul> </div> </div>
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These Are The Ways Thailand Has Tried To Kill Us [Season 1, Episode 25]
<div id="block-yui_3_17_2_1_1435656620848_27012" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div id="yui_3_17_2_35_1512720050653_1001" class= "sqs-block-content"> <h2 id="yui_3_17_2_35_1512720050653_1000">Full Show Script</h2> </div> </div> <div id="block-yui_3_17_2_1_1435658202739_18192" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div class="sqs-block-content"> <ul> <li> <p><strong><a href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/show-25-snippet-move-up-side"> <em>[move up side]</em></a></strong></p> </li> <li> <p>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. </p> </li> <li> <p>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 four years they've lived here, so Evo might be exaggerating the death-risk just a tad.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: <a href= "https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuEXRBuE27Q">Every time we go out on their scooter, we're flirting with death</a>. Traffic lanes are mere suggestions, one-way streets become two-way at certain parts of the day. <strong>And</strong> they drive on the "other" side of the road in Thailand. Notice how I've learned not to call it the "wrong" side. You're welcome, England!</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: OK, the scooter is a little nerve wracking, I'll give you that. There seems to be special rules for scooter drivers, like driving against the flow of traffic, turning out of any lane they damn well please, and flowing around stopped cars to bunch up at the crosswalk on red lights.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: We needed to understand the scooter etiquette, mostly so we don't look like idiots. And so we don't get thrown in jail. Or become stains on the asphalt. Franck and Camille probably had the answers.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong><a href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/sets/these-are-the-ways-thailand-has-tried-to-kill-us"> <em>[scooter etiquette]</em></a></strong></p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: As we thought might be the case, the rules weren't all that hard or fast. "Do what's most efficient without getting ran over" seems to be the only scooter etiquette in play.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: They also have a truck, which also almost killed us. You've probably <a href= "http://www.theopportunistictravelers.com/blog/2015/6/14/not-all-thai-highways-are-made-of-dirt-and-crushed-dreams">read the post</a> and <a href= "https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcBWNDH9b74">seen the video</a>. That's a lot more entertaining than listening to audio of us bouncing round in a truck on a jungle trail, so go watch the video and read the story to learn more.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: But that adventure did give us the idea of starting up our own Jeep tour company based out of Thailand. Here's us discussing the idea over beers with Camille just after we made it safely back to civilization. </p> </li> <li> <p><a href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/?in=theopportunistictravelers/sets/these-are-the-ways-thailand-has-tried-to-kill-us"> <em><strong>[jungle tour]</strong></em></a></p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: And what a fortuitous conversation. Almost prescient. Because both of those creatures -- monkeys and cobras -- tried to kills us last week.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: I think you're embellishing again.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Quiet, woman! Let me tell the damned story! First, murderous monkeys. Or at least microphone stealing monkeys. It started out innocently enough, with a trip to the <a href= "https://plus.google.com/photos/+EvoTerra/albums/6164658708951050289/6164659119317817794?authkey=CPSy2I2j4IqJXw&pid=6164659119317817794&oid=109993735355691141353">Ngao Mangrove Research Center</a>. </p> </li> <li> <p><a href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/show-25-snippet-playing-cards?in=theopportunistictravelers/sets/these-are-the-ways-thailand-has-tried-to-kill-us"> <em><strong>[playing cards]</strong></em></a></p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Ignoring Evo's fascination with altering the lyrics of 80s classics, the little red underbite dog did lead us to monkeys. And bait was used to get one monkey to pose for the camera, though probably not the kind of bait Evo wanted. While I was taking One Minute Memories <a href= "https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-dcx2qEKng">videos of the monkeys</a> (<a href= "https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0eYUmCsBKU4">mangrove macaques</a>), Evo was capturing the sounds of the mangrove forest and stupidly walked away from his audio recorder. <a href= "http://www.theopportunistictravelers.com/blog/2015/6/26/monkey-murder-is-bad-right">And a monkey took it.</a> Not very far,but it made for an interesting, adrenaline-fueled conversation afterwards.</p> </li> <li> <p><a href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/?in=theopportunistictravelers/sets/these-are-the-ways-thailand-has-tried-to-kill-us"> <em><strong>[monkey spit]</strong></em></a></p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: And if it's not death by scooter accident or deadly monkey attack, it's cobras. They're all around us. Always.</p> </li> <li> <p><a href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/show-25-snippet-everythings-a?in=theopportunistictravelers/sets/these-are-the-ways-thailand-has-tried-to-kill-us"> <strong><em>[everythings a snake]</em></strong></a></p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Is this your idea of a segue to the snake we found in the kitchen the other day?</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: You mean the cobra attack from the other day?</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: What? First of all, that audio clip wasn't even related to the snake in the kitchen. Second of all, it wasn't a cobra, <a href= "https://www.facebook.com/SheilaUnwin/posts/1000050749956">it was a radiated rat snake</a>.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: It was still deadly.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: It's not even venomous! </p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: There are over 200 species of snakes in Thailand. At least 60 are venomous. And I didn't hear you suggesting I break out the field guide to identify it.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: All I know is that I hope for both our sakes that The Aquabats don't sue us for using their song <em>Attacked by Snakes</em> from their 1997 album <a href= "http://amzn.to/1LzrGE8"><em><strong>The Fury of the Aquabats!</strong></em></a> We love the bats!</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: And speaking of things that are trying to kill us in Thailand, we never did figure out what this was from a few shows ago:</p> </li> <li> <p>[mystery creature]</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: We may not know what creature was making that noise, but I do know one thing that is trying to kill us.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: What's that?</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: You. What were you thinking driving into the jungle on little more than a yak trail searching out some mystery creature that was enraged by the sound of our motor scooter.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: I don't think they have yaks in Thailand</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Whatever. Just do the ask so we can get to the clip of a future show...</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: July will bring us halfway through our year-long world tour experience. It's be a great ride, and we're looking forward to the next six months. And beyond, if we can swing it. Along the way, we've collected a lot of stories, some of which have made it in this show. And we've learned a crazy amount... and most of that hasn't made it on the show, or on our blog, or in our newsletter. It's all great stuff, but the deep-knowledge and insight gained doesn't fit the storytelling format of our site. So... were spreading it around. In the next few weeks, we'll share the details on some articles we're publishing on other sites. But there's so much more we could share. We just need places to share it. So if you think a guest blog post from us would work on your site, let us know. If you want to interview us for your show, website, or media outlet, we'd love to do it. We've got plenty of time, so just get in touch. We'll move our schedule around for you.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Here's what we're working on for a future show:</p> </li> <li> <p><a href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/show-25-snippet-spicy?in=theopportunistictravelers/sets/these-are-the-ways-thailand-has-tried-to-kill-us"> <em><strong>[spicy]</strong></em></a></p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Hot food aside, here's to hoping Thailand doesn't kill us before said future show. Cheers from Ranong!</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: We travel the world as The Opportunistic Travelers largely because of our generous listeners.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: People all over the world pledge as little as five bucks a month, and in return, they get a hand-written postcard from us sent from wherever opportunity has taken us, every single month. Sign up today at <a href= "http://shevo.wtf/postcards">TheOpportunisticTravelers.com/postcards</a>.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: We also stay for free most of our journey. No, we’re not super-stars or anything. We eliminate hotel costs and stay in some great cities by housesitting all over the world. Get our complete list of the actual housesitting sites we use every day at <a href= "https://shevo-wtf.squarespace.com/how-to-get-house-sitting-assignments">TheOpportunisticTravelers.com/stayforfree</a>, and stop spending money on hotels when you travel, too. Thanks for listening to this episode. I’m Sheila Dee.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: And I am Evo Terra. Our theme music is <a href= "http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1400030">"On the Ground" by Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com</a>. All other sounds, voices, and odd bits you hear were created by us. And this podcast is just the start of the audio, video, images, and written content we’re producing as we travel the world. Got an idea on how we could work together or a place you like for us to visit? Visit TheOpportunisticTravelers.com to get in touch. Now would be good.</p> </li> </ul> </div> </div>
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Thailand Makes You Wet! (And Why You'll Love Every Minute!) [Season 1, Episode 26]
<div id="block-yui_3_17_2_1_1436262364154_26903" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div id="yui_3_17_2_37_1512720050653_985" class= "sqs-block-content"> <h2 id="yui_3_17_2_37_1512720050653_984">Full Show Script</h2> </div> </div> <div id="block-yui_3_17_2_1_1436262364154_27357" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div class="sqs-block-content"> <ul dir="ltr"> <li><a href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/show-26-snippet-not-helping?in=theopportunistictravelers/sets/thailand-makes-you-wet-and-why-youll-love-every-minute"> <em><strong>[not helping]</strong></em></a></li> <li> <p>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 correcting it. </p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: We had a lot of misconceptions about Thailand. Some of those misconceptions were rectified the moment we looked it up on a map. Like the size of the country, for instance. If you're thinking Thailand is a small country, you're wrong: </p> </li> <li> <p><a href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/show-26-snippet-nevada-sized?in=theopportunistictravelers/sets/thailand-makes-you-wet-and-why-youll-love-every-minute"> <em><strong>[nevada-sized lamb chop]        </strong></em></a></p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: We never did write the blog post, but we did the research. </p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: And it's a good thing I didn't bet myself, because "that big lamb chop looking weird thing" that makes up the bulk of Thailand's area *is* Nevada sized... and then some. <a href= "http://www.travelersdigest.com/6652-how-big-is-thailand-in-comparison-to-the-united-states-germany-japan-and-uk/">Overlaid on a map</a>, it pretty much covers Nevada, bulges into Utah, and gets into California and Arizona. And that's not even counting the long, thin strip of land where we're staying. Thailand is BIG. </p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: And it's beautiful. It's greenery on scale we've never experienced.  Clouds, mountains, islands, seas... At the risk of quoting Sting lyrics, every step we take leads to more stunning vistas.</p> </li> <li> <p><a href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/show-26-snippet-pretty-epic?in=theopportunistictravelers/sets/thailand-makes-you-wet-and-why-youll-love-every-minute"> <em><strong>[pretty epic]</strong></em></a></p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Now listen: it's hard to convey the beauty of this place in audio form. We're surrounded by it the moment we leave town. It's more than a little overwhelming and hard to describe with words. </p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: <a href= "https://www.flickr.com/photos/sheila_dee/sets/72157654567342475">I'm taking tons of photos</a>, but like the Grand Canyon, photos of the beautiful rainforest just don't to it justice. </p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: But there's one ubiquitous geological feature that does photograph well. And they're more common than monkeys in Thailand. </p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Waterfalls. </p> </li> <li> <p><a href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/show-26-snippet-punyaban?in=theopportunistictravelers/sets/thailand-makes-you-wet-and-why-youll-love-every-minute"> <em><strong>[punyaban]</strong></em></a></p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Where we're from, waterfalls aren't all that common. To see one of any appreciable size, you need to drive a few hours. And when you get there, you're at THE waterfall, likely the only one around for hundreds of miles.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Here, you'll find a waterfall about every 10-15 kilometers. Not kidding. Some, like Punyaban and Ngao, are visible from the main highway, easily accessible to locals and tourists alike. </p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Some are less accessible, only visible by an occasional glimpse on rough jungle trails. And some waterfalls appear only when it rains.</p> </li> <li> <p><a href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/show-26-snippet-waterfall-and?in=theopportunistictravelers/sets/thailand-makes-you-wet-and-why-youll-love-every-minute"> <em><strong>[waterfall and falling water]</strong></em></a></p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: And rain it does. A lot. If you listen close, you've probably heard it under some of our narration segments recorded in Thailand. Lots of rain here. Insulation to baffle sound? Not so much. This is the rainy season of Thailand, and Ranong is the province with the most rain in the entire country. A double whammy for us. And quite different from what a good portion of our audience is experiencing. </p> </li> <li> <p><a href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/show-26-snippet-no-drought?in=theopportunistictravelers/sets/thailand-makes-you-wet-and-why-youll-love-every-minute"> <em><strong>[no drought]</strong></em></a></p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: And yes I know I said hydrological instead of hydrologic. Sorry. I was a little shocked by the sheer volume of rain that happens here, so forgive my meteoricological slip. </p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: I'm not so sure that's not the right word, either. Coming up, a sneak peek from a future show. But first... </p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Last week I told you that we really didn't have an outlet for all the travel hacks we're learning along the way, and that I was offering them up as content for other web properties. The overwhelming response from listeners was "we want those travel hacks, dammit!" so I'm obliging. We're revamping our email newsletter -- which had largely languished the last few months -- as that outlet. Each week, we'll email you one of our travel hacks. No, not one we've culled from some other website. These are the hacks we've learned during our travels and we're sharing them exclusively through our weekly newsletter. If you're not signed up already (and I know most of you aren't, so... seriously)<a href= "https://shevo-wtf.squarespace.com/newsletter-archive"> do it today</a>. And if our domain is too long to spell, just use Shevo.wtf. That'll always work. </p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Here's what we've got cooking for a future show.</p> </li> <li> <p><a href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/show-26-snippet-main-course?in=theopportunistictravelers/sets/thailand-makes-you-wet-and-why-youll-love-every-minute"> <em><strong>[main course]</strong></em></a></p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Get it? Cooking? Oh, I slay me.  Oh, and we've revamped our outro to make it a heck of a lot shorter. Sorry about the prior rambling. Cheers from Thailand!</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Funding for our endless world tour is provided, oddly enough, by postcards.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Give us five bucks, and we'll send you a hand-written postcard from our travels abroad every single month. Get on the list at <a href= "https://shevo-wtf.squarespace.com/supporters">ShEvo.wtf/postcards</a>.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: And we save a ton of money by housesitting. It's freeand beats living in hotels. Want super cool people like us looking after your pets and property while you're traveling? Visit <a href= "https://shevo-wtf.squarespace.com/how-to-get-house-sitting-assignments">ShEvo.wtf/stayforfree</a> to register,either as a housesitter or a home owner. We do it, and we love it! Thanks for listening to this episode. I’m Sheila Dee.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: And I am Evo Terra. Our theme music is<a href= "http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1400030"> "On the Ground" by Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com</a>. All other sounds, voices, and odd bits you hear were most likely created or captured by us. Visit <a href= "https://shevo-wtf.squarespace.com/contact-us">ShEvo.wtf</a> to get more goodness from us and to see where opportunity will take us next. Thanks for again for listening and tell a friend about us. Now would be good.</p> </li> </ul> </div> </div>
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What The Hell Do We Do Now? Finding Money On The Road. [Season 1, Episode 27]
<div id="block-yui_3_17_2_1_1436859035305_27526" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div id="yui_3_17_2_39_1512720050653_987" class= "sqs-block-content"> <h2 id="yui_3_17_2_39_1512720050653_986">Full Show Script</h2> </div> </div> <div id="block-yui_3_17_2_1_1436859035305_27978" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div class="sqs-block-content"> <ul dir="ltr"> <li><a href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/show-27-snippet-six-month-slu?in=theopportunistictravelers/sets/what-the-hell-do-we-do-now-finding-money-on-the-road"> <em><strong>[six month slump]</strong></em></a></li> <li> <p>SHE: Hold on. Before we start the show: two things.</p> </li> <li>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 pledges. For the rest of you lot now feeling guilty, <a href= "http://shevo.wtf/postcards">ShEvo.wtf/postcards</a> is where you can sign up. Ya cheap bastards.</li> <li> <p>SHE: Second, this episode is going to be a little... weird. It's probably not the best experience for first time listeners. Maybe try the one with us riding in the back of the police truck in Thailand, or our beer walking tour in Spain. Once you know the kind of show we produce, come back and listen to this episode. It'll make more sense. </p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Can we let <a href= "http://patrickemclean.com/">Patrick</a> do his thing now?</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: By all means.</p> </li> <li> <p><em>[intro]</em></p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: So yeah. Weird. As you heard, it's been six months, almost to the day, since we took off and left damn near everything -- and everyone -- behind for what we hoped to be the start of a lifetime of travel. But a lifetime is a mighty long time. Is it working?</p> </li> <li> <p><a href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/show-27-snippet-what-does-suc?in=theopportunistictravelers/sets/what-the-hell-do-we-do-now-finding-money-on-the-road"> <em><strong>[what does success look like]</strong></em></a></p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Told you it would be a weird show. But Evo's right. Our numbers are flat on... just about everything. Maybe it's the summer. Maybe it's that our content is vastly different than what people expect. Maybe we just need to wait a little longer for our stuff to reach more of the right people.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: But that doesn't mean we're not enjoying the living abroad lifestyle.</p> </li> <li> <p><a href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/show-27-snippet-enjoying-thin?in=theopportunistictravelers/sets/what-the-hell-do-we-do-now-finding-money-on-the-road"> <em><strong>[enjoying things]</strong></em></a></p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Sadly, we still don't live in a post-scarcity world and everyone -- even us -- has to worry about money. More so us, because we've ignored it for the better part of six months. </p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: The trick, and our newfound area of concentration, will be figuring out how to make money and keep doing the things -- and producing the content -- that keeps our primary audience happy.</p> </li> <li> <p><a href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/show-27-snippet-litmus-test?in=theopportunistictravelers/sets/what-the-hell-do-we-do-now-finding-money-on-the-road"> <em><strong>[litmus test]</strong></em></a></p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Spend time doing the things we want to be doing. Ok, so that's not really much of a revelation. But it was good for us to say it out loud and to each other. I'll spare you the hour-plus audio debate of what we do and do not like producing and just leave you with this: Expect some changes.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Changes to our content. Changes in our focus. And of course, changes of our scenery.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: What won't change is our commitment to each other and our commitment to complete the year abroad we'd planned. </p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Planned. That's a nice word. Maybe, we should have done that around this time last year?</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Yeah... maybe. Hey, here's an idea. Let's get the hell out of here for a few days.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: OK. I hear Phuket's nice this time of year.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Nowhere in southern Thailand is nice this time of year, but I appreciate you trying to make me feel better.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Anything for you, baby.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: We'll be back next week. Probably. And we'll probably feel better. Probably. Normally I'd say "cheers" here. Still not feeling very cheers-y. So... yeah.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Funding for our endless world tour is provided, oddly enough, by postcards.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Give us five bucks, and we'll send you a hand-written postcard from our travels abroad every single month. Get on the list at <a href= "http://shevo.wtf/postcards">ShEvo.wtf/postcards</a>. </p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: And we save a ton of money by housesitting. It's freeand beats living in hotels. Want super cool people like us looking after your pets and property while you're traveling? Visit <a href= "https://shevo-wtf.squarespace.com/how-to-get-house-sitting-assignments">ShEvo.wtf/stayforfree</a> to register, either as a housesitter or a home owner. We do it, and we love it! Thanks for listening to this episode. I’m Sheila Dee. </p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: And I am Evo Terra. Our theme music is <a href= "http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1400030">"On the Ground" by Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com</a>. All other sounds, voices, and odd bits you hear were most likely created or captured by us. Visit <a href= "http://shevo.wtf/">ShEvo.wtf</a> to get more goodness from us and to see where opportunity will take us next. Thanks for again for listening and tell a friend about us. Now would be good. </p> </li> </ul> </div> </div>
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Things Get A Little Weird On The Ride To Phuket Town [Season 1, Episode 28]
<div id="block-yui_3_17_2_1_1437450185669_29892" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div id="yui_3_17_2_41_1512720050653_994" class= "sqs-block-content"> <h2 id="yui_3_17_2_41_1512720050653_993">Full Show Script</h2> </div> </div> <div id="block-yui_3_17_2_1_1437450185669_37179" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div class="sqs-block-content"> <ul> <li><strong><em><a href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/show-28-snippet-witty-things?in=theopportunistictravelers/sets/things-get-a-little-weird-on-the-ride-to-phuket-town"> [witty things]</a></em></strong></li> <li> <p>EVO: We were in a bit of a funk last week, as you likely noticed.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: And the word "funk" is being generous. We were getting downright depressed.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: So to get out of the funk, and to keep our promise of new scenery, <a href= "https://instagram.com/p/5Q-My6q7ZG/?taken-by=evoterra">we hopped on a bus</a> for a five-ish hour ride down to Phuket.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong><em><a href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/show-28-snippet-welcome-to-ph?in=theopportunistictravelers/sets/things-get-a-little-weird-on-the-ride-to-phuket-town"> [welcome to Phuket]</a></em></strong></p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: See? We're in a better mood already. </p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Gill and Yince, the names we mentioned in that last clip, are two of the dozen or so expats we've met over the last 2 months we've spent in Ranong, Thailand. They meet as a big group every week -- twice a week, actually -- for beer, food, and conversation. OK, mostly beer. And food. The conversation is interesting, as they're all speaking English with a host of different accents. Currently, we're the only American accents in the bunch.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Our original intention was to bring you some of the interviews with those guys -- the Ranong Throng as Evo calls them. But we're pretty sure at least some of them are on the lam. No international incidents, remember? </p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: But getting back to our five-ish hour bus ride to Phuket: As the bus made its way through the northern part of the island -- Phuket is both a town and an island -- Sheila had this observation:</p> </li> <li> <p><a href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/show-28-snippet-not-greyhound?in=theopportunistictravelers/sets/things-get-a-little-weird-on-the-ride-to-phuket-town"> <em><strong>[not greyhound]</strong></em></a></p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Hey, you can't say you were not entertained. And not only by what was inside the bus, but what you saw outside.</p> </li> <li> <p><a href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/show-28-snippet-billboards?in=theopportunistictravelers/sets/things-get-a-little-weird-on-the-ride-to-phuket-town"> <em><strong>[billboards]</strong></em></a></p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Bizarre advertising aside, Phuket was really, really great. Three days of <a href= "https://instagram.com/p/5Qn4Ulq7UM/?taken-by=evoterra">glorious sunshine, fantastic beaches</a> of both the crowded and hidden variety. And no rain.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Normally, I'd chastise you for being redundant by saying sunshine and no rain, but I'm letting it slide. Because we had three glorious days of sunshine and no rain! It's a good thing we didn't move to Portland. Like I told you.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: But there's one more thing we saw as we drove through Phuket that we need to talk about.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: It'll be the last clip of this shortened show. Shorter shows are much, much easier on Evo, which helps his mood. Which, clearly, helps mine.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Our mood was also helped by a couple of outside factors: I had two  articles published, one on <a href= "http://www.travelsmith.com/travelcenter/late-to-the-travel-party-but-making-up-for-lost-time/">TravelSmith's blog (disclosure: they are a sponsor of ours)</a> and one on T<a href= "http://www.huffingtonpost.com/findery/craft-beer-is-blossoming_b_7813134.html">he Huffington Post</a>. If you've not read them or commented on them, please do. Our ability to drive traffic to the things we write on 3rd party sites keeps them happy with us. Which helps our mood big time.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Also, we had several more friends sign up to get a post card from us. Mindi, Charlie, Lisa, Chad, and Marc... thank you so much for helping keep us afloat. It makes a huge difference! We can't wait to send your post cards next month, probably from Burma!</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: But back to the last bus-based experience in Phuket:</p> </li> <li> <p><a href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/show-28-snippet-elephants?in=theopportunistictravelers/sets/things-get-a-little-weird-on-the-ride-to-phuket-town"> <em><strong>[elephants]</strong></em></a></p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: No, this episode is way too goofy to deal with the elephant issue. </p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: True. There's nothing funny about the plight of the elephants in Thailand. If we're going to cover the problem -- a problem quite frankly that most people don't know about and inadvertently contribute to -- we need to do it right. That'll be next week's show.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: That's a good plan.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: You know, it's too bad we didn't get any audio of almost getting squashed by the semi truck in Phuket. I'll write a blog post about it tomorrow. I know we keep saying Thailand is trying to kill us. But... yeah. Cheers from Thailand!</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Funding for our endless world tour is provided, oddly enough, by postcards.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Give us five bucks, and we'll send you a hand-written postcard from our travels abroad every single month. Get on the list at <a href= "http://shevo.wtf/postcards">ShEvo.wtf/postcards.</a> </p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: And we save a ton of money by housesitting. It's free and beats living in hotels. Want super cool people like us looking after your pets and property while you're traveling? Visit <a href= "https://shevo-wtf.squarespace.com/how-to-get-house-sitting-assignments">ShEvo.wtf/stayforfree</a> to register, either as a housesitter or a home owner. We do it, and we love it! Thanks for listening to this episode. I’m Sheila Dee. </p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: And I am Evo Terra. Our theme music is <a href= "http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1400030">"On the Ground" by Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com.</a> All other sounds, voices, and odd bits you hear were most likely created or captured by us. Visit <a href= "http://shevo.wtf/">ShEvo.wtf</a> to get more goodness from us and to see where opportunity will take us next. Thanks for again for listening and tell a friend about us. Now would be good.</p> </li> </ul> </div> </div> <div id="block-yui_3_17_2_1_1437450185669_36123" class= "sqs-block horizontalrule-block sqs-block-horizontalrule" data-block-type="47"> </div>
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How To Not Crush Your Soul On An Elephant [Season 1, Episode 29]
<div id="block-yui_3_17_2_1_1438063315154_18566" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div id="yui_3_17_2_43_1512720050653_982" class= "sqs-block-content"> <h2 id="yui_3_17_2_1_1438063315154_18549">Full Show Script</h2> </div> </div> <div id="block-yui_3_17_2_5_1438057695019_6256" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div class="sqs-block-content"> <ul> <li> <p><a href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/show-29-snippet-less-of-me?in=theopportunistictravelers/sets/how-to-not-crush-your-soul-on-an-elephant"> <em><strong>[Less of Me]</strong></em></a></p> </li> <li> <p>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.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Rides on the backs of these majestic giants are offered by tour operators large and small, typically with elephants on display right next to the road. And typically with several tour vans offloading eager participants, ready for a slow, plodding journey up the side of hill under elephant-power.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: That's exactly what we found as we were scootering our way up to The Big Buddha statue (and yes, it's exactly what it sounds like). We <a href= "https://www.flickr.com/photos/sheila_dee/20081370581/in/dateposted/">stopped</a>, <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/sheila_dee/19887879320/in/dateposted/">took</a> <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/sheila_dee/19454913733/in/photostream/">some</a> <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/sheila_dee/19887884900/in/photostream/">pictures</a>, even shot a <a href="http://youtu.be/1hBKltYDqj8">video with the elephants</a> ... and then felt kinda bad about it. We, unlike most people, are aware of the controversy surrounding elephant tourism.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: But LIKE most people, we didn't know all that much about the problem. However, this was an opportunity for us to dig a little by asking questions. It seems the responsible thing to do, right?</p> </li> <li> <p><a href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/show-29-snippet-sheila-has-qu?in=theopportunistictravelers/sets/how-to-not-crush-your-soul-on-an-elephant"> <em><strong>[Sheila has questions]</strong></em></a></p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: ... And then she walked off to get yet another person. But I get it. I don't speak any Thai beyond "hello" and "thank you", so I was happy to wait patiently.</p> </li> <li> <p><a href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/show-29-snippet-sheila-has-mo?in=theopportunistictravelers/sets/how-to-not-crush-your-soul-on-an-elephant"> <em><strong>[Sheila has more questions.]</strong></em></a></p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: So... that wasn't a very big area. But it's on the side of the big hill, so maybe it was bigger than it looked. No one was offering me a chance to examine the enclosure (and seriously, I don't know what I should be looking for), so I decided to change questions.</p> </li> <li> <p><a href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/show-29-snippet-working-hours?in=theopportunistictravelers/sets/how-to-not-crush-your-soul-on-an-elephant"> <em><strong>[Working hours]</strong></em></a></p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Wow. Eight hours? That seems like a lot. At another elephant trekking place down the road (like we said, there are lots of them in Phuket), I got some clarification on that:</p> </li> <li> <p><a href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/show-29-snippet-hours-and-tre?in=theopportunistictravelers/sets/how-to-not-crush-your-soul-on-an-elephant"> <em><strong>[Hours and treks]</strong></em></a></p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Let me do the math on that for you. Each trek up and down the hillside takes about an hour, including prep and slow transit time. That's 3-4 hours -- up to 10 hours -- the elephant is working. That doesn't sound too bad... except for two things. First, when the heavy humans in the uncomfortable chair are removed from the elephant's back, the animal is immediately chained to a tree, with less than a meter of space to roam. Second, elephants don't eat three meals a day, like those bipeds sitting in the heavy chairs. Elephants need to eat all the time, and they aren't allowed to stop and munch along the trek.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: A full grown elephant needs to eat a more than 200 kilograms (almost 450 pounds) of food every day. That's more than 10 times what a cow eats. And when's the last time you saw a cow NOT eating?</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: It's not just a lack of food, long working hours, and tiny living conditions. Every single part of elephant trekking is abhorrent. So I'll make this plain and simple: there is no such thing as ethical elephant trekking. None.</p> </li> <li> <p><a href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/show-29-snippet-bret-1?in=theopportunistictravelers/sets/how-to-not-crush-your-soul-on-an-elephant"> <em><strong>[Bret disagrees]</strong></em></a></p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: That's Bret Love, co-founder of <a href= "http://greentravelmedia.com/">Green Travel Media</a>. Bret's a much respected and often sought-out expert in responsible tourism practices.</p> </li> <li> <p><a href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/show-29-snippet-bret-2?in=theopportunistictravelers/sets/how-to-not-crush-your-soul-on-an-elephant"> <em><strong>[Bret brings the painful reality home]</strong></em></a></p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Let that sink in for a moment. Anything where elephants "perform for" humans, wherever your find it (I'm looking at you circuses and fairs) is to be avoided.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: But we're not leaving you on that downer of a note, because not all elephant experiences for travelers are bad. Here's Bret again:</p> </li> <li> <p><em><strong><a href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/show-29-snippet-bret-3?in=theopportunistictravelers/sets/how-to-not-crush-your-soul-on-an-elephant"> [Bret suggests</a> <a href= "http://www.elephantnaturepark.org/">Elephant Nature Park</a>]</strong></em></p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Some elephant sanctuaries are working on the sticky problem of the estimated 3,000 "working" elephants currently in Thailand. Theses organization (like the <a href= "http://www.surinproject.org/home.html">Surin Project</a>) teach mahouts -- owners of the elephants -- how to offer tourists new and valuable experiences to meet changing consumer behavior without causing additional and ongoing harm to their animals.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: And seriously, wouldn't you rather help bathe an elephant in a rice paddy than watch one sadly splash around in a tiny plastic tub? Take elephant riding off of your bucket list. And check out the links to some of the Thailand elephant sanctuaries we've put in the show notes. (<a href= "http://www.earsasia.org/">Elephant Asia Rescue and Survival foundation</a>) There are only about 30,000 Asian elephants remaining in the world, so those in captivity represent a sizable fraction of the remaining genetic material if the species is to ever recover.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Thanks for indulging us in yet another serious show. I'm sure I'll do something really stupid next week so that Sheila can make fun of me. Cheers from Thailand!</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Funding for our endless world tour is provided, oddly enough, by postcards.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Give us five bucks, and we'll send you a hand-written postcard from our travels abroad every single month. Get on the list at <a href= "http://shevo.wtf/postcards">ShEvo.wtf/postcards</a>.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: And we save a ton of money by housesitting. It's free and beats living in hotels. Want super cool people like us looking after your pets and property while you're traveling? Visit <a href= "http://shevo.wtf/stayforfree">ShEvo.wtf/stayforfree</a> to register, either as a housesitter or a home owner. We do it, and we love it! Thanks for listening to this episode. I’m Sheila Dee.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: And I am Evo Terra. Our theme music is "<a href= "http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1400030">On the Ground" by Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com</a>. All other sounds, voices, and odd bits you hear were most likely created or captured by us. Visit <a href= "http://shevo.wtf/">ShEvo.wtf</a> to get more goodness from us and to see where opportunity will take us next. Thanks for again for listening and tell a friend about us. Now would be good.</p> </li> </ul> </div> </div>
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A Special Week In Thailand: Massage, Tattoo & Dental Work [Season 1, Episode 30]
<h2 id="yui_3_17_2_45_1512720050653_1016">Full Show Script</h2> <ul> <li> <p><a href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/show-30-snippet-thai-translat"> [Thai translated]</a></p> </li> <li>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.</li> <li> <p>SHE: Seriously, that's a pretty weak pun, dude. </p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Noted. </p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Woodee from <a href= "https://www.facebook.com/84TattooAndamanInk">84 Tattoo Andaman Ink</a> -- that probably rolls off the tongue better in Thai -- did the work, which took about three hours. The first time.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: She said "first time" because when I went to get a little touchup on some lines and color... well. You'll hear.</p> </li> <li> <p><a href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/show-30-snippet-tattoo-redo"> [Tattoo redo]</a></p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Pretty sure that's Thai for "stupid Americans". We'll cover the dentist a little later.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Woodee is a bit of a perfectionist and insisted on redoing ALL of the outline. All of it. AND the vast majority of the color work. It now looks even better, though I'm not sure Evo would have went back had he known he'd be back in the chair for another 2 hours, going over the same not-quite-healed body art.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: You know... Back in the day, I'd have have released all 2 hours of tattoo audio and called it a show. I'm amazed at how much I've grown as a storyteller.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: And as you heard in that clip, we also went to the dentist or dental hygienist recently. That was... interesting. Super cheap, like $30 each, but interesting. </p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Here's the process, in a nutshell: You sit in the normal dental chair, which is immediately and rather quickly placed in the prone position. You're handed a small plastic mirror so you can watch the procedure (as if). The dentist/dental hygienist hooks the spit-sucking tool on the of your mouth, she goes to work with the water pick and scaler. 15 minutes later, you're done. And a little dazed.</p> </li> <li> <p><a href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/show-30-snippet-clean-dentist"> [Clean dentist]</a></p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: We recorded audio of the entire experience. But I'm a nice person who thinks the tattoo gun noise was enough torture for one show. </p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Don't think that all our experiences have been painful. We've been taking full advantage of thai massage shops since we've been in country. We were told by <a href= "https://sites.google.com/site/johnalenahan/johnlenahan">Mr. John Lenahan, professional traveling magician and fantastic author</a>, that you could tell the legit places from the skeezy places pretty easily.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: If the girls are wearing hot pants, it's definitely one of those establishments, so you'll want to bring some extra cash. (Wait... bring extra cash? Shouldn't we advice simply "Don't go in"?)</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: (Hey, I'm trying to serve all possible audiences, Honey. Just stick to the script.)</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: We'll talk about this later. </p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Uh... Ok. Anyhow, while Sheila was finishing up her massage from our standard, non-hot-pants-wearing establishment, the owner of the shop took advantage of my free time to practice her English. And to cast a little doubt on John's advice. It seems some girls in the legit establishments like to do a little... freelancing.</p> </li> <li> <p><a href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/show-30-snippet-extra-massage"> [Extra massage]</a></p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: She's gesturing to the young woman who just finished massaging Sheila.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Good news for her: We're poor, too. We wont be spending money for anything "extra" at the massage studio. Right, honey?</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Right honey. and as you've seen from our various social status updates this week... we took some <a href= "https://www.facebook.com/arunee.nooprasang">private thai food cooking lessons</a>.</p> </li> <li> <p><a href= "https://soundcloud.com/theopportunistictravelers/show-30-snippet-cooking-schoo"> [Cooking school]</a></p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: For about $20 total, we learned how to shop and prepare three tasty thai dishes. There's <a href= "https://youtu.be/mAy4uWqTtlI">a video montage on Evo's YouTube page</a>, <a href= "https://www.facebook.com/TheOpportunisticTravelers">our Facebook page</a>, and now in these show notes.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: And now, Sheila has seven things she can cook! </p> </li> <li> <p>SHE:You're already in enough trouble over this show. Don't push it. For the rest of you, we're considering doing a question and answer show next week. So if you have questions, send them to us however you like. </p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Bonus points if you record yourself asking them.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: But that's not necessary. Just ask us anything you like about traveling, housesitting, how I keep from killing him... If we get enough, it might make for a fun show. And you'll get more of our live, back-and-forth banter you like so much.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: And try not to ask questions that will get me killed, OK? Cheers from Thailand!</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Funding for our endless world tour is provided, oddly enough, by postcards.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Give us five bucks, and we'll send you a hand-written postcard from our travels abroad every single month. Get on the list at <a href= "http://shevo.wtf/postcards">ShEvo.wtf/postcards</a>. </p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: And we save a ton of money by housesitting. It's free and beats living in hotels. Want super cool people like us looking after your pets and property while you're traveling? Visit <a href= "http://shevo.wtf/stayforfree">ShEvo.wtf/stayforfree</a> to register, either as a housesitter or a home owner. We do it, and we love it! Thanks for listening to this episode. I’m Sheila Dee. </p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: And I am Evo Terra. Our theme music is by <a href= "http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1400030">Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com</a>. All other sounds, voices, and odd bits you hear were most likely created or captured by us. Visit <a href="http://shevo.wtf/">ShEvo.wtf</a> to get more goodness from us and to see where opportunity will take us next. Thanks for again for listening and tell a friend about us. Now would be good.</p> </li> </ul>
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How To Keep Your Beer Ice Cold In Thailand [Season 1, Episode 31]
<div id="block-yui_3_17_2_5_1439273853021_14362" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div id="yui_3_17_2_47_1512720050653_1008" class= "sqs-block-content"> <h2 id="yui_3_17_2_5_1439273853021_14147">Full Show Script</h2> </div> </div> <div id="block-yui_3_17_2_5_1439273853021_6442" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div class="sqs-block-content"> <ul> <li> <p>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 part of the second season of The Opportunistic Travelers Podcast this fall.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: But don't worry: We're not leaving you without weekly content. And we're not re-running old episodes. We've collected lots of audio over the last seven months (holy shit, seven months) that hasn't made it on our weekly show, simply due to our self-imposted time limit.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Starting in about 30 seconds, you'll get one previously unreleased clip from our past experiences, and then we'll end the episode. And that will continue every week until we come back with full episodes in the fall.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Like this one, that showcases how Thai people keep their beer from going hot. Trigger warning, craft beer nerds: This one will hurt your soul a little.</p> </li> <li> <p><a href= "http://media.podiobooks.com/shevostudiosontour/Literally20ice20cold20beer.mp3"> [Literally ice cold beer]</a></p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: But of course we couldn't leave Thailand without trying it the way they drink it. Yep. Watered down beer. Well, even more so than Singah normally resembles watered down beer. Ice just makes it colder and wetter, which is strange to say but kinda works. Cheers from Thailand!</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Funding for our endless world tour is provided, oddly enough, by postcards.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Give us five bucks, and we'll send you a hand-written postcard from our travels abroad every single month. Get on the list at <a href= "http://shevo.wtf/postcards">ShEvo.wtf/postcards</a>. </p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: And we save a ton of money by housesitting. It's free and beats living in hotels. Want super cool people like us looking after your pets and property while you're traveling? Visit <a href= "http://shevo.wtf/stayforfree">ShEvo.wtf/stayforfree</a> to register, either as a housesitter or a home owner. We do it, and we love it! Thanks for listening to this episode. I’m Sheila Dee. </p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: And I am Evo Terra. Our theme music is by<a href= "http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1400030"> Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com</a>. All other sounds, voices, and odd bits you hear were most likely created or captured by us. Visit <a href="http://shevo.wtf/">ShEvo.wtf</a> to get more goodness from us and to see where opportunity will take us next. Thanks for again for listening and tell a friend about us. Now would be good.</p> </li> </ul> </div> </div>
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Is The Beauty Of Thailand's Cities More Than Skin Deep? [Season 1, Episode 32]
<div id="block-yui_3_17_2_7_1439273853021_15847" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div id="yui_3_17_2_49_1512720050653_995" class= "sqs-block-content"> <h2 id="yui_3_17_2_7_1439273853021_13562">Full Show Script</h2> </div> </div> <div id="block-yui_3_17_2_1_1439273853021_95805" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div class="sqs-block-content"> <ul> <li> <p>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. </p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: We half expected our quick trip to Phuket in July to be not all that much different than the time we'd spent in Ranong. We were pretty wrong about that, as you'll hear in this conversation we recorded in a bar near Karon Beach:</p> </li> <li> <p><a href= "http://media.podiobooks.com/shevostudiosontour/Phuket20caucazoids.mp3"> [Phuket caucazoids]</a></p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Just calling it like I see it, baby. And those Russians were really white! Cheers from Thailand!</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Funding for our endless world tour is provided, oddly enough, by postcards.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Give us five bucks, and we'll send you a postcard from our travels abroad every single month. Get on the list at <a href= "http://shevo.wtf/postcards">ShEvo.wtf/postcards</a>. </p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: And we save a ton of money by housesitting. It's free and beats living in hotels. Want super cool people like us looking after your pets and property while you're traveling? Visit <a href= "http://shevo.wtf/stayforfree">ShEvo.wtf/stayforfree</a> to register, either as a housesitter or a home owner. We do it, and we love it! Thanks for listening to this episode. I’m Sheila Dee. </p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: And I am Evo Terra. Our theme music is by <a href= "http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1400030">Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com</a>. All other sounds, voices, and odd bits you hear were most likely created or captured by us. Visit ShEvo.wtf to get more goodness from us and to see where opportunity will take us next. Thanks for again for listening and tell a friend about us. Now would be good.</p> </li> </ul> </div> </div>
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Our Scary Up-Close Encounter With A Cave Crammed Full Of Bats! [Season 1, Episode 33]
<div id="block-yui_3_17_2_1_1440474206672_32032" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div id="yui_3_17_2_51_1512720050653_1030" class= "sqs-block-content"> <h2 id="yui_3_17_2_1_1440474206672_25809">Full Show Script</h2> </div> </div> <div id="block-yui_3_17_2_1_1440474206672_22970" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div class="sqs-block-content"> <ul> <li> <p>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. </p> </li> <li> <p>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 you walk through unsupervised -- lets you get up close and personal with the flying mammals. You were warned.</p> </li> <li> <p><a href= "http://media.podiobooks.com/shevostudiosontour/Bats.mp3">[Bat cave]</a></p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Now assuming that didn't cost us all of our listeners, thanks again for sticking with us while we're on season break. We'll be back next week with another mini-episode. And our regular episodes will resume in the fall. Cheers from... wherever we are. Which is probably Hong Kong, by now.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Funding for our endless world tour is provided, oddly enough, by postcards.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Give us five bucks, and we'll send you a postcard from our travels abroad every single month. Get on the list at <a href= "http://shevo.wtf/postcards">ShEvo.wtf/postcards</a>. </p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: And we save a ton of money by housesitting. It's free and beats living in hotels. Want super cool people like us looking after your pets and property while you're traveling? Visit <a href= "https://shevo-wtf.squarespace.com/how-to-get-house-sitting-assignments">ShEvo.wtf/stayforfree</a> to register, either as a housesitter or a home owner. We do it, and we love it! Thanks for listening to this episode. I’m Sheila Dee. </p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: And I am Evo Terra. Our <a href= "http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1400030">theme music is by Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com</a>. All other sounds, voices, and odd bits you hear were most likely created or captured by us. Visit ShEvo.wtf to get more goodness from us and to see where opportunity will take us next. Thanks for again for listening and tell a friend about us. Now would be good.</p> </li> </ul> </div> </div>
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How To Avoid A Beat Down At The Danish Bar Billiards Table [Season 1, Episode 34]
<div id="block-yui_3_17_2_1_1441007882753_29197" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div id="yui_3_17_2_53_1512720050653_1005" class= "sqs-block-content"> <h2 id="yui_3_17_2_1_1441007882753_26648">Full Show Script</h2> </div> </div> <div id="block-yui_3_17_2_1_1441007882753_23151" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div class="sqs-block-content"> <ul dir="ltr"> <li> <p>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.</p> </li> <li> <p>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 Danish national who's lived in Thailand the last few decades, explaining how it's played.</p> </li> <li> <p>[bar billiards explained]</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: You also heard Steve, the Australian, and Neil, the Englishman. (At least I think thats' who they were. I can't hear, as you've heard.)They're all long-term expats who made our time in Thailand special. Thanks fellas. And thanks to you, our listeners. We'll be back next week. Cheers from... China? Yeah, probably still China.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Funding for our endless world tour is provided, oddly enough, by postcards.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Give us five bucks, and we'll send you a postcard from our travels abroad every single month. Get on the list at <a href= "http://shevo.wtf/postcards">ShEvo.wtf/postcards</a>. </p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: And we save a ton of money by housesitting. It's free and beats living in hotels. Want super cool people like us looking after your pets and property while you're traveling? Visit <a href= "http://shevo.wtf/stayforfree">ShEvo.wtf/stayforfree</a> to register, either as a housesitter or a home owner. We do it, and we love it! Thanks for listening to this episode. I’m Sheila Dee. </p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: And I am Evo Terra. <a href= "http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1400030.">Our theme music is by Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com</a> All other sounds, voices, and odd bits you hear were most likely created or captured by us. Visit ShEvo.wtf to get more goodness from us and to see where opportunity will take us next. Thanks for again for listening and tell a friend about us. Now would be good.</p> </li> </ul> </div> </div>
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Delightful & Mouth-Watering Food Found On The Side Of The Road [Season 1, Episode 35]
<div id="block-yui_3_17_2_1_1441678475115_54780" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div id="yui_3_17_2_55_1512720050653_1001" class= "sqs-block-content"> <h2 id="yui_3_17_2_1_1441678475115_54763">Full Show Script</h2> </div> </div> <div id="block-yui_3_17_2_1_1441678475115_46441" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div class="sqs-block-content"> <ul> <li> <p>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.</p> </li> <li> <p>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 unmarked kitchen. Which isn't all that unusual in Thailand. Fair warning, you might want to eat before listening further.</p> </li> <li> <p><a href= "http://media.podiobooks.com/shevostudiosontour/A20little20chilli20goes20a20long20way.mp3"> [a little chili goes a long way]</a></p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Full episodes will start up again in the fall. Our mailing list is the best way to keep up with our current experiences while we're on break. You can sign up at <a href= "http://shevo.wtf/">Shevo.wtf</a>. Cheers from... gods, I have no idea where are now. Seriously. Get on the mailing list.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Funding for our endless world tour is provided, oddly enough, by postcards.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Give us five bucks, and we'll send you a postcard from our travels abroad every single month. Get on the list at <a href= "http://shevo.wtf/postcards">ShEvo.wtf/postcards</a>.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: And we save a ton of money by housesitting. It's free and beats living in hotels. Want super cool people like us looking after your pets and property while you're traveling? Visit <a href= "http://shevo.wtf/stayforfree">ShEvo.wtf/stayforfree</a> to register, either as a housesitter or a home owner. We do it, and we love it! Thanks for listening to this episode. I’m Sheila Dee.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: And I am Evo Terra. <a href= "http://incompetech.com/">Our theme music is by Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com</a>. All other sounds, voices, and odd bits you hear were most likely created or captured by us. Visit <a href="http://shevo.wtf/">ShEvo.wtf</a> to get more goodness from us and to see where opportunity will take us next. Thanks for again for listening and tell a friend about us. Now would be good.</p> </li> </ul> </div> </div>
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This Stinks! Mysterious Rolling Rubber Found In Thailand [Season 1, Episode 36]
<div id="block-yui_3_17_2_1_1442288543399_51089" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div id="yui_3_17_2_57_1512720050653_990" class= "sqs-block-content"> <h2 id="yui_3_17_2_57_1512720050653_989">Full Show Script</h2> </div> </div> <div id="block-yui_3_17_2_1_1442288543399_71449" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div class="sqs-block-content"> <ul id="yui_3_17_2_1_1442288543399_71314"> <li> <p>EVO: Greetings from the past! While we're busy collecting content for the second season of The Opportunistic Traveler's podcast, we're releasing some previously un-aired clips as to not leave you hanging.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Like this one. Rubber trees are a big crop in Thailand. In this clip, we stop at one roadside rubber tree grove and inspect the raw product. The third voice you'll hear is Camille, our host for the three months we spent in Thailand.</p> </li> <li> <p><a href= "http://media.podiobooks.com/shevostudiosontour/Rubber20tree.mp3" data-cke-saved-href= "http://media.podiobooks.com/shevostudiosontour/Rubber20tree.mp3">[rubber trees]</a></p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Every time we drive by a grove, which is any time we leave town, I can't help but sing "Everyone knows an ant can't move a rubber tree plant". Thanks for that 40+ year old ear bug, Mom. Cheers from... oh, let's just go with southeast Asia. That's probably accurate.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Funding for our endless world tour is provided, oddly enough, by postcards.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Give us five bucks, and we'll send you a postcard from our travels abroad every single month. Get on the list at <a href= "http://shevo.wtf/postcards" data-cke-saved-href= "http://ShEvo.wtf/postcards">ShEvo.wtf/postcards</a>.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: And we save a ton of money by housesitting. It's free and beats living in hotels. Want super cool people like us looking after your pets and property while you're traveling? Visit <a href="http://shevo.wtf/stayforfree" data-cke-saved-href= "http://ShEvo.wtf/stayforfree">ShEvo.wtf/stayforfree</a> to register, either as a housesitter or a home owner. We do it, and we love it! Thanks for listening to this episode. I’m Sheila Dee.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: And I am Evo Terra. Our <a href= "http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1400030" data-cke-saved-href= "http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1400030">theme music is by Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com</a>. All other sounds, voices, and odd bits you hear were most likely created or captured by us. Visit <a href="http://shevo.wtf/" data-cke-saved-href= "http://ShEvo.wtf">ShEvo.wtf </a>to get more goodness from us and to see where opportunity will take us next. Thanks for again for listening and tell a friend about us. Now would be good.</p> </li> </ul> </div> </div>
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The ONLY Two Things You Need To Travel The World [Season 1, Episode 37]
<div id="block-yui_3_17_2_1_1442895489189_22879" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div id="yui_3_17_2_59_1512720050653_995" class= "sqs-block-content"> <h2 id="yui_3_17_2_59_1512720050653_994">Full Show Script</h2> </div> </div> <div id="block-yui_3_17_2_1_1442895489189_47431" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div class="sqs-block-content"> <ul id="yui_3_17_2_1_1442895489189_47414"> <li> <p>EVO: For seven weeks now, we've been releasing previously unreleased field clips as mini-episodes, keeping you fed with at least some content while we work on our second season. This week, is no exception.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: But we will get a little philosophical with you. As we were leaving Spain -- literally on the bus to the airport --  we struck up a conversation with Amanda, a fellow traveler. She had questions, and left us with some sage advice</p> </li> <li> <p><a href= "http://media.podiobooks.com/shevostudiosontour/Stuff.mp3" data-cke-saved-href= "http://media.podiobooks.com/shevostudiosontour/Stuff.mp3">[stuff]</a></p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: And that's really all that's needed for a life of travel. Assuming there's nothing preventing you from leaving, obviously. But... yeah. Money & a passport. Go. Cheers from SE Asia!</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Funding for our endless world tour is provided, oddly enough, by postcards.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Give us five bucks, and we'll send you a postcard from our travels abroad every single month. Get on the list at <a href= "http://shevo.wtf/postcards" data-cke-saved-href= "http://ShEvo.wtf/postcards">ShEvo.wtf/postcards</a>. </p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: And we save a ton of money by housesitting. It's free and beats living in hotels. Want super cool people like us looking after your pets and property while you're traveling? Visit <a href="http://shevo.wtf/stayforfree" data-cke-saved-href= "http://ShEvo.wtf/stayforfree">ShEvo.wtf/stayforfree</a> to register, either as a housesitter or a home owner. We do it, and we love it! Thanks for listening to this episode. I’m Sheila Dee. </p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: And I am Evo Terra. Our <a href= "http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1400030" data-cke-saved-href= "http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1400030">theme music is by Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com</a>. All other sounds, voices, and odd bits you hear were most likely created or captured by us. Visit <a href="http://shevo.wtf/" data-cke-saved-href= "http://ShEvo.wtf">ShEvo.wtf </a>to get more goodness from us and to see where opportunity will take us next. Thanks for again for listening and tell a friend about us. Now would be good.</p> </li> </ul> </div> </div>
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Thailand's Deadly Roads: Why You Can't Fail To Pass [Season 1, Episode 38]
<div id="block-yui_3_17_2_1_1443497498286_68353" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div id="yui_3_17_2_61_1512720050653_993" class= "sqs-block-content"> <h2 id="yui_3_17_2_1_1443497498286_68336">Full Show Script</h2> </div> </div> <div id="block-yui_3_17_2_1_1443497498286_45193" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div class="sqs-block-content"> <ul dir="ltr"> <li> <p>EVO: Another week, and another mini, interstitial episode from us, just to whet your appetite until season two starts, which will be quite soon. I promise! Stay subscribed to the feed. You'll love it.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Right now, we've got an international drivers license. But at some point, should we decide to settle down in one area and really live the expat lifestyle, we'll have to get a local driver's license. Here's Franck & Camille, our Thailand hosts, explaining how that works in Thailand.</p> </li> <li> <p><a href= "http://media.podiobooks.com/shevostudiosontour/The20code.mp3">[The code]</a></p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: And that explains why Thailand ranks 3rd in the world of most traffic fatalities per capita. I wonder if they call the policy "No Driver Left Behind"? Cheers from the road!</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Funding for our endless world tour is provided, oddly enough, by postcards.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Give us five bucks, and we'll send you a postcard from our travels abroad every single month. Get on the list at <a href= "http://shevo.wtf/postcards">ShEvo.wtf/postcards</a>. </p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: And we save a ton of money by housesitting. It's free and beats living in hotels. Want super cool people like us looking after your pets and property while you're traveling? Visit <a href= "http://shevo.wtf/stayforfree">ShEvo.wtf/stayforfree</a> to register, either as a housesitter or a home owner. We do it, and we love it! Thanks for listening to this episode. I’m Sheila Dee. </p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: And I am Evo Terra. Our <a href= "http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1400030">theme music is by Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com</a>. All other sounds, voices, and odd bits you hear were most likely created or captured by us. Visit <a href="http://shevo.wtf/">ShEvo.wtf</a> to get more goodness from us and to see where opportunity will take us next. Thanks for again for listening and tell a friend about us. Now would be good.</p> </li> </ul> </div> </div>
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Can Beer Boost Your Language Skills? [Season 1, Episode 39]
<div id="block-yui_3_17_2_1_1444104597516_30037" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div id="yui_3_17_2_63_1512720050653_1009" class= "sqs-block-content"> <h2 id="yui_3_17_2_63_1512720050653_1008">Full Show Script</h2> </div> </div> <div id="block-yui_3_17_2_1_1444104597516_35047" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div class="sqs-block-content"> <ul> <li> <p>EVO: Gotta say, going through all this old, unreleased audio has been a lot of fun. I get a chance to relive some fun memories and pick out the choice bits for you. I hope you're enjoying it. Thanks for giving us a chance to spend our time collecting audio for our second season.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: When we were in Galcia, we spent some quality time with Jose and Manu, the two guys who run Beer Lab in Santiago de Compostela. We've featured audio of them before, but this never-aired clip is about regional languages, not beer. Though we might have all had a few pints at this point in the evening. We pick up the conversation where Jose was talking about how much longer the US has been a part of the craft beer scene than Galicia...</p> </li> <li> <p><a href= "http://media.podiobooks.com/shevostudiosontour/Language_barrier.mp3"> [Language barrier]</a></p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: I've no idea what Manu was talking about towards the end. <em>¿</em><em>Habla español?</em>, I got. The rest? No idea. But we share the language of good craft beer. Cheers from the road!</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Funding for our endless world tour is provided, oddly enough, by postcards.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Give us five bucks, and we'll send you a postcard from our travels abroad every single month. Get on the list at <a href= "http://shevo.wtf/postcards">ShEvo.wtf/postcards</a>. </p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: And we save a ton of money by housesitting. It's free and beats living in hotels. Want super cool people like us looking after your pets and property while you're traveling? Visit <a href= "http://shevo.wtf/stayforfree">ShEvo.wtf/stayforfree</a> to register, either as a housesitter or a home owner. We do it, and we love it! Thanks for listening to this episode. I’m Sheila Dee. </p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: And I am Evo Terra. Our <a href= "http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1400030">theme music is by Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com</a>. All other sounds, voices, and odd bits you hear were most likely created or captured by us. Visit <a href="http://shevo.wtf/">ShEvo.wtf</a> to get more goodness from us and to see where opportunity will take us next. Thanks for again for listening and tell a friend about us. Now would be good.</p> </li> </ul> </div> </div>
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Inside Secrets Of A Storytelling Travel Podcast [Season 1, Episode 40]
<div id="block-yui_3_17_2_4_1444701393257_7405" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div id="yui_3_17_2_65_1512720050653_1006" class= "sqs-block-content"> <h2 id="yui_3_17_2_4_1444701393257_5105">Full Show Script</h2> </div> </div> <div id="block-yui_3_17_2_1_1444701393257_30541" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div class="sqs-block-content"> <ul id="yui_3_17_2_1_1444701393257_25801" dir="ltr"> <li> <p>EVO: In case I haven't said it loud enough, putting together episodes in our format takes a lot of time. We're now 10 weeks into our between-seasons break, and I'm racking up multiple hours of audio to log. Oy. Who thought this was a good idea?</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: As much as Evo bitches about it, he really does enjoy going through all the audio we record, looking for choice bits to share with you. What drives him mad is when we've just had an amazing experience... and the microphones weren't running. To help with that, he's come up with a Rule:</p> </li> <li id="yui_3_17_2_1_1444701393257_29087"> <p id="yui_3_17_2_1_1444701393257_29086"><a href= "http://media.podiobooks.com/shevostudiosontour/ARE.mp3" data-cke-saved-href= "http://media.podiobooks.com/shevostudiosontour/ARE.mp3">[ARE]</a></p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: So that I'm holding myself accountable, I made that statement back in April. We're getting better, but there's still plenty that goes unrecorded. Which sucks for you. Maybe you should just come travel with us. Yes, that's an option. Cheers from the road!</p> </li> <li id="yui_3_17_2_1_1444701393257_25800"> <p id="yui_3_17_2_1_1444701393257_25799">SHE: Funding for our endless world tour is provided, oddly enough, by postcards.</p> </li> <li id="yui_3_17_2_1_1444701393257_27850"> <p id="yui_3_17_2_1_1444701393257_27849">EVO: Give us five bucks, and we'll send you a postcard from our travels abroad every single month. Get on the list at <a href="http://shevo.wtf/postcards" data-cke-saved-href= "http://ShEvo.wtf/postcards">ShEvo.wtf/postcards</a>. </p> </li> <li id="yui_3_17_2_1_1444701393257_27192"> <p id="yui_3_17_2_1_1444701393257_27191">SHE: And we save a ton of money by housesitting. It's free and beats living in hotels. Want super cool people like us looking after your pets and property while you're traveling? Visit <a href= "http://shevo.wtf/stayforfree" data-cke-saved-href= "http://ShEvo.wtf/stayforfree">ShEvo.wtf/stayforfree</a> to register, either as a housesitter or a home owner. We do it, and we love it! Thanks for listening to this episode. I’m Sheila Dee. </p> </li> <li id="yui_3_17_2_1_1444701393257_25836"> <p id="yui_3_17_2_1_1444701393257_25835">EVO: And I am Evo Terra. Our <a href= "http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1400030" data-cke-saved-href= "http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1400030">theme music is by Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com</a>. All other sounds, voices, and odd bits you hear were most likely created or captured by us. Visit <a href="http://shevo.wtf/" data-cke-saved-href= "http://ShEvo.wtf">ShEvo.wtf </a>to get more goodness from us and to see where opportunity will take us next. Thanks for again for listening and tell a friend about us. Now would be good.</p> </li> </ul> </div> </div>
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How They Cocked Up The Name Of This English Pub [Season 1, Episode 41]
<div id="block-yui_3_17_2_1_1445269697299_16944" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div id="yui_3_17_2_67_1512720050653_995" class= "sqs-block-content"> <h2 id="yui_3_17_2_67_1512720050653_994">Full Show Script</h2> </div> </div> <div id="block-yui_3_17_2_1_1445269697299_25491" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div class="sqs-block-content"> <ul> <li> <p>EVO: Due to our own self-imposed time constraints, I'm not always able to put in all the choice bits we record as we travel. This series of mini, interstitial shows has helped with that, and this week's show is no exception. Beer factors heavily into our travels, which often causes us to seek out iconic watering holes. The search for these hidden gems...</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Just stop. [sigh] We were looking for an inn called... The Cock. [sigh] And now, I'll let Evo embrace his inner 12-year-old. Sorry in advance, ladies. Or anyone who's come to expect quality discourse from this show.</p> </li> <li> <p><a href= "http://media.podiobooks.com/shevostudiosontour/The20cock.mp3">[the cock]</a></p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Astute listeners will notice part of that last bit was used as the intro to our April 15th episode. Now, you have it in context. Cheers from the road!</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Funding for our endless world tour is provided, oddly enough, by postcards.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Give us five bucks, and we'll send you a postcard from our travels abroad every single month. Get on the list at <a href= "http://shevo.wtf/postcards">ShEvo.wtf/postcards</a>. </p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: And we save a ton of money by housesitting. It's free and beats living in hotels. Want super cool people like us looking after your pets and property while you're traveling? Visit <a href= "https://shevo-wtf.squarespace.com/how-to-get-house-sitting-assignments">ShEvo.wtf/stayforfree</a> to register, either as a housesitter or a home owner. We do it, and we love it! Thanks for listening to this episode. I’m Sheila Dee. </p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: And I am Evo Terra. <a href= "http://incompetech.com/">Our theme music is by Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com</a>. All other sounds, voices, and odd bits you hear were most likely created or captured by us. Visit ShEvo.wtf to get more goodness from us and to see where opportunity will take us next. Thanks for again for listening and tell a friend about us. Now would be good.</p> </li> </ul> </div> </div>
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Unjustified Fears That Nearly Stopped Us From Traveling [Season 1, Episode 42]
<div id="block-yui_3_17_2_1_1445912779695_36519" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div id="yui_3_17_2_69_1512720050653_998" class= "sqs-block-content"> <h2 id="yui_3_17_2_1_1445912779695_36502">Full Show Script</h2> </div> </div> <div id="block-yui_3_17_2_1_1445911896079_51633" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div class="sqs-block-content"> <ul> <li> <p>EVO: This is it. This is the final mini, interstitial show. Next week, I am stoked to announce, will be the first episode of season two of The Opportunistic Travelers Podcast.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Thank you so much for staying subscribed to the show during our break. We really enjoyed producing these mini episodes, but we're really looking forward to sharing with you the outstanding content we've been collecting the last few months.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: November 3rd -- hey, that's my mom's birthday. Happy birthday, Mom! -- is when Season Two starts, and the show goes back to the way it was. Sort of. We're making some changes that hopefully, you won't notice, all designed to make the show that much more enjoyable every week.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: On this episode, we're going back to the beginning. Before that, actually, back in November, when we'd made the decision to leave but really had no idea where we were going. We talked about our fears during a road trip to San Diego.</p> </li> <li> <p><a href= "http://media.podiobooks.com/shevostudiosontour/Fears.mp3">[fears]</a></p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Getting sick? Check. Four doctor visits. Lost grandparents? Check. </p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Making money on the road? Semi-check. Still working on that, and we're still looking for Chapter Next, which hopefully extends our travels.</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Again, thanks for sticking with us. Tell all your friends to subscribe and get ready as we launch Season Two of The Opportunistic Travelers. The first episode drops next week, and it's going to be awesome!</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Cheers from... the world!</p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: Funding for our endless world tour is provided, oddly enough, by postcards.</p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: Give us five bucks, and we'll send you a postcard from our travels abroad every single month. Get on the list at <a href= "http://shevo.wtf/postcards">ShEvo.wtf/postcards</a>. </p> </li> <li> <p>SHE: And we save a ton of money by housesitting. It's free and beats living in hotels. Want super cool people like us looking after your pets and property while you're traveling? Visit <a href= "http://shevo.wtf/stayforfree">ShEvo.wtf/stayforfree </a>to register, either as a housesitter or a home owner. We do it, and we love it! Thanks for listening to this episode. I’m Sheila Dee. </p> </li> <li> <p>EVO: And I am Evo Terra. Our <a href= "http://incompetech.com/">theme music is by Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com</a>. All other sounds, voices, and odd bits you hear were most likely created or captured by us. Visit ShEvo.wtf to get more goodness from us and to see where opportunity will take us next. Thanks for again for listening and tell a friend about us. Now would be good.</p> </li> </ul> </div> </div>
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Quarter Life Crisis & The BB Clee [Season 2, Episode 1]
<div id="block-yui_3_17_2_1_1446127554680_66426" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div id="yui_3_17_2_71_1512720050653_984" class= "sqs-block-content"> <p id="yui_3_17_2_71_1512720050653_983"><em><strong>This episode mixes beer and finance in one unexpected little package, with stories told in Hue, Vietnam and in Hong Kong. It’s just over 14 minutes long, so listen and enjoy!</strong></em></p> <p><em>(Side note: We <a href= "https://ktch.tv/3tw2">Periscoped the recording of the first part of the show</a>, and we might do that every week! So <a href= "http://periscope.tv/opptravelers">give us a follow and you can watch live</a>!)</em></p> <p>If you were a fans of the 30 episodes (or 42, if you count the minis) that made up our first season; don’t worry. Our commitment to a tightly produced travel podcast where we tell the stories from our everyday experiences of our travels around the world remains. We’re just getting a little help from the friends we meet along the way!</p> <p>Long-time listeners of ours (we’ve been at this podcasting thing for over a decade now!) will be thrilled by the new format. We’re injecting more of what you love -- the energy and fun that develops when we banter back and forth. Naturally and unscripted!</p> <p>And if you’re brand new to our program: welcome! Thank you for subscribing to the show. We’ll do our very best to produce a weekly travel-focused podcast unlike anything you’ve heard before. Hopefully, we’ll inspire other travel podcasters to share their stories in a similar way, too!</p> <p><strong>We share two travel stories on today’s program, one from Vietnam and one from Hong Kong:</strong></p> <h3>1. The BB Clee (Hue, Vietnam)</h3> <p><em>Music: <a href= "http://incompetech.com/wordpress/2015/10/the-show-must-be-go/">The Show Must Be Go! by Kevin MacLeod</a></em></p> <p>Over a can of mass produced Vietnamese beer called Huda, Evo tries to convince Sheila of his latest epiphany: The Beer Based Cost Of Living Index.</p> <p>In theory (and we’re stretching the definition), you can determine the entire cost of living of a country based solely on the price of an average beer at an average bar. No, it doesn’t work for craft beer and it doesn’t work in The States or other places where bars hike up the price of a beer hundreds of percentage points over their cost. But as you’ll hear Evo explain, it does seem to hold true across parts of Vietnam, where the price of beer ranges from <a href= "https://goo.gl/kTB27z">15,000</a> - <a href= "https://goo.gl/XkiCBs">25,000</a> Dong (totally not making that up) and in Thailand, where a bottle will run you between <a href= "https://www.google.co.th/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#safe=off&q=50+baht+to+usd">50</a> - <a href="https://www.google.co.th/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#safe=off&q=80+baht+to+usd">80</a> Baht.</p> <p>Now if we can only get <a href= "http://www.npr.org/sections/money/">Planet Money</a> to do a follow up piece with us.</p> <h3>2. Quarter Life Crisis (Hong Kong)</h3> <p><em>(Music - <a href= "https://soundcloud.com/kevin-9-1/name-the-piece-08">Name the Piece 08 - Crystal Bungalow by Kevin MacLeod</a>)</em></p> <p>After the better part of a year living as full time travelers, we've covered the gamut of accommodations. Five star resorts, cheap hostels, private bedrooms. And then we went to Hong Kong.</p> <p>Grant was our boat mate for a few days while we were in Hong Kong. And by "boat mate", I mean we shared a boat in Aberdeen Harbor. A very nice boat, but still a boat. That was interesting. Luckily, so was Grant.</p> </div> </div> <div id="block-yui_3_17_2_1_1446127554680_33956" class= "sqs-block quote-block sqs-block-quote" data-block-type="31"> <div class="sqs-block-content"> <blockquote>“Most people who come [to Hong Kong] from abroad come here because they like being abroad.”</blockquote> — Grant Yang, 20-something finance wiz</div> </div> <div id="block-yui_3_17_2_1_1446127554680_52227" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div class="sqs-block-content"> <p>Originally born in China, Grant returned (well, to Hong Kong) after graduating college to pursue a career in Finance. We get a little history lesson about moving capitals, why Hong Kong is a great jumping off point for world explorers, and some oddities you’ll need to be prepared for when you visit Hong Kong. Like having to ask and pay for napkins at restaurants!</p> <p>Oh, and about that quarter life crisis? Apparently, traveling is the new form of narcissism. Don’t tell us that, Grant!</p> <h2>And that’s the show!</h2> <p>What do you think the new format of the new season? Let us know by emailing, Tweeting, Facebooking, or just plain commenting on the blog.  We would love to hear from you!</p> <p>Special thanks to Kevin MacLeod of Incompetech.com for our <a href= "http://incompetech.com/wordpress/2015/09/upbeat-forever/">theme music Upbeat Forever</a> and all of the music used in this episode. See you next week from Sydney, Australia!</p> <p>Funding for this podcast and all the great content we produce is made possible by listeners just like you. Visit <a href= "http://shevo.wtf/postcards">ShEvo.wtf/postcards</a> to pledge your support, and get a hand written postcard each month as we travel abroad.</p> <p>Additional funding provided by <a href= "http://travelsmith.com/">TravelSmith</a>. Inspiring people to go places they've never been, and keeping us looking smart and well-outfitted on our journey.</p> <p>And if you want to travel the world… it’s cheaper than you think! Visit <a href="http://shevo.wtf/">ShEvo.wtf</a>for more details, and click on the <a href= "http://www.theopportunistictravelers.com/how-to-get-house-sitting-assignments/">Housesitting link</a> to find out exactly how we afford to travel the world in style.</p> </div> </div> <div id="block-yui_3_17_2_1_1446127554680_19689" class= "sqs-block horizontalrule-block sqs-block-horizontalrule" data-block-type="47"> </div>
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Death By Motorscooter & All Who Are Hyphenated Are Not Married [Season 2, Episode 2]
<p id="yui_3_17_2_73_1512720050653_982">Opportunity has brought us to Sydney, Australia, where we’re busy soaking up the sights in between freak rainstorms down under! Special thanks to our gracious hosts Kevin and Imp for giving us a cheap (read: FREE!) place to stay in one of the world’s most expensive cities. Kevin’s a body painter, and you can check out his work (which often features Imp and do I really need to put in the NSFW label?) over at <a href="http://thepaintedbody.com/">The Painted Body</a>.</p> <p><strong>We share two travel stories on today’s program, one from Hanoi, Vietnam and one from Bangkok, Thailand:</strong></p> <h3>1. Death By Motorscooter</h3> <p><em>Music: <a href= "http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1500066">The Lift by Kevin MacLeod</a></em></p> <p>On our first night in Hanoi, we took a walk around the city. And were almost immediately killed by traffic. Of all the countries we’ve visited in southeast Asia, Vietnam has the worst traffic. And that’s oddly quaint.</p> <p>The preferred method of transportation? Motorscooters. They outnumber cars hundreds to one. They seem to have their own set of traffic rules that are completely unrelated to other vehicles or pedestrians. The right of way? Clearly it goes to the scooter traffic. Respect this, or you’ll be crushed.</p> <p>(Well, not crushed. Or even ran into. Which is a strange for what looks like utter chaos. But it kinda works!)</p> <h3>2. All Who Are Hyphenated Are Not Married</h3> <p><em>Music: <a href= "http://incompetech.com/wordpress/2015/07/quirky-dog/">Quirky Dog by Kevin MacLeod</a></em></p> <p>Cassie Fox-Percival -- we housesat for her in Bangkok while she was in Tokyo -- relates a story of a taxi ride when she was in India. But first, Evo made the mistake of asking about her hyphenated last name. After a few bottles of wine.</p> <p>Apparently, taxi drivers in India are under the impression that Westerners don’t get married. Which isn’t accurate, but we certainly do have a different view of marriage from a cultural level. There, marriage isn’t an option. According to him, it happens. And oddly enough, proximity isn’t a prerequisite for wedlock.</p> <p>Cassie has a lot of stories to share, so we’re cutting this one short. But she’ll be back from time to time, as she’s funny!</p> <h2>And that’s the show!</h2> <p>Huge thanks to our good friends and dynamic author duo <a href="http://pjballantine.com/">Philippa Ballantine</a>and <a href="http://teemorris.com/">Tee Morris</a>. They lent their voices for the intro and outro of this season. And they happen to be talented writers, as well. If you’re into steampunk, check out their websites for links to their work. Tee and Pip, thanks for making our show sound awesome every week.</p> <p>Special thanks to <a href="http://incompetech.com/">Kevin MacLeod of Incompetech.com</a> for our theme music Upbeat Forever and all of the music used in this episode.</p> <p>Funding for this podcast and all the great content we produce is made possible by listeners just like you. <a href= "http://patreon.com/opptravelers">Visit ShEvo.wtf/postcards</a> to pledge your support, and get a hand written postcard each month as we travel abroad.</p> <p>Additional funding provided by <a href= "http://travelsmith.com/">TravelSmith</a>. Inspiring people to go places they've never been, and keeping us looking smart and well-outfitted on our journey.</p> <p>And if you want to travel the world… it’s cheaper than you think! Visit <a href="http://shevo.wtf/">ShEvo.wtf</a>for more details, and click on the <a href= "http://shevo.wtf/stayforfree">Housesitting</a> link to find out exactly how we afford to travel the world in style.</p>
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We Put The Beer In 4DX & Photographing Mrs. Not-Huh [Season 2, Episode 3]
<p id="yui_3_17_2_75_1512720050653_1007">Hello vicarious travelers and welcome to <a href= "http://www.theopportunistictravelers.com/blog/2015/11/9/airlie-beach-australia">Airlie Beach, Australia</a>! We haven’t actually seen all that much, as we’ve been playing catchup from the prior six weeks of nearly non-stop travel. Welcome to the realities of a life living abroad: sometimes, you have to work. Even in paradise.</p> <p>There are actually two ways to get the show early: If you want to see the magic behind the curtain, <a href= "https://www.periscope.tv/OppTravelers">follow our Periscope account</a>. We broadcast the live recording of the intro each week. And more importantly, our<a href= "http://patreon.com/opptravelers"> Patreon supporters</a>get the show a full 24-hours before it gets released on the site, <a href= "https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/shevo-studios-on-tour-shevo./id954435168?mt=2&ls=1">in iTunes</a>, or anywhere else. It’s the least we can do for the people who help financially support us each month -- even for as little as a buck!</p> <p><strong>We share two travel stories on today’s program, one from Hong Kong and one from Hanoi, Vietnam</strong>:</p> <h3>1. We Put The Beer In 4DX</h3> <p><em>Music: <a href= "http://incompetech.com/wordpress/2015/10/danger-storm/">Danger Storm by Kevin MacLeod</a></em></p> <p>Remember when you were 16 and you snuck beer into the theater? We did that too, but we had a lot more fun sneaking a couple of craft beers into the advanced screening of The Martian when we were in Hong Kong. No, we didn’t get arrested, but we almost got lost on the huge escalators. Even before we’d been drinking!</p> <h3>2. Photographing Mrs. Not-Huh</h3> <p>Music: <a href= "http://incompetech.com/wordpress/2015/10/bit-quest/">Bit Quest by Kevin MacLeod</a></p> <p>We caught up with our friends <a href= "http://www.withhusbandintow.com/">Amber and Eric of With Husband In Tow</a> at the TBEX conference in Bangkok. They’ve recently moved to Bangkok full-time. For now. They put down pretty shallow roots as they get itchy feet easily. Sorta like us!</p> <p>As a fellow photographer, the story of the photograph of Mrs Not-Huh really spoke to Sheila. That, and we’re genuinely in love with VIetnam. <a href= "http://www.withhusbandintow.com/the-hospitality-and-reputation-of-vietnam/">Experiences like the ones they've had in Vietnam</a> illustrate the many reasons why.</p> <h2>And that’s the show!</h2> <p>We’ve changed our <a href= "http://eepurl.com/-DB55">newsletter</a> yet again... but we think for the better. We’re now using the newsletter to let you know where we’re headed next. Like, literally where we’re en route to as we’re making the move! This way we give you valuable information without inundating your inbox.</p> <p>Thanks to our good friends Steve and Emily for letting us stay in their amazing vacation home in the Whitsundays area of Queensland. The water is the most amazing color of turquoise! Too bad we have to share it with so many jellyfish. (Boo.)</p> <p>Special thanks to <a href="http://incompetech.com/">Kevin MacLeod of Incompetech.com</a> for our theme music Upbeat Forever and all of the music used in this episode.</p> <p>Funding for this podcast and all the great content we produce is made possible by listeners just like you. <a href= "http://patreon.com/opptravelers">Visit ShEvo.wtf/postcards</a> to pledge your support, and get a hand written postcard each month as we travel abroad.</p> <p>Additional funding provided by <a href= "http://travelsmith.com/">TravelSmith</a>. Inspiring people to go places they've never been, and keeping us looking smart and well-outfitted on our journey.</p> <p>And if you want to travel the world… it’s cheaper than you think! Visit <a href="http://shevo.wtf/">ShEvo.wtf</a>for more details, and click on the <a href= "http://shevo.wtf/stayforfree">Housesitting</a> link to find out exactly how we afford to travel the world in style.</p> <p>See you next week from Airlie Beach once again!</p>
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Best Fish and Chips In The World & Any Train's The Right Train, Right? [Season 2, Episode 4]
<p id="yui_3_17_2_77_1512720050653_1006">Hello vicarious travelers and welcome once again to Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia! For our American listeners: Happy Thanksgiving next week! Oddly enough, it’s not celebrated in Australia. The just call it Thursday. We did, however, see a turkey. No kidding. We stalked an <a href= "http://lmgtfy.com/?q=australian+brush+turkey">Australian brushturkey</a> through the rainforest -- only to discover that they’re actually quite common. So less stalking and more… following.</p> <p>As lovely as Australia is, it’s damned expensive. At $2.75 AUD for a postage stamp, our <a href= "http://patreon.com/opptravelers">fundraising via postcards from abroad </a>is taking quite a hit this month. Coupled with the insanely pricey beer ($50 AUD for a case of crappy beer?), we’re blowing through our funds at an astronomical rate. We’d call the pricing criminal, but that would just be playing to a stereotype. And we’d not get on with the show. Which we should.</p> <p>We share two travel stories on today’s program, one from Hong Kong and one from Germany:</p> <h3>1. Best Fish & Chips In The World</h3> <p><em>Music credit: <a href= "https://soundcloud.com/kevin-9-1/hep-cats-full-mix">Hep Cats by Kevin MacLeod</a></em></p> <p>While we were in Hong Kong, we met up with <a href= "https://www.periscope.tv/jonathanjk">Periscope legend Jonathan JK</a>. If you’re not following him; you should be. He’s a prodigious live broadcaster, letting you live like an expat in Hong Kong vicarious through his scopes.</p> <p>The intent of our meeting was so that he could interview us live on Periscope. That happened, but you’ll be happy to learn that we captured the audio, and can therefore bring you the choice bit where we talked about the yummy, yummy food of Hong Kong. That story included <a href="http://www.hooked.hk/">the best fish & chips in the whole wide world -- Hooked</a>. And we’re totally not kidding about that.</p> <h3>2. Any Train's The Right Train, Right?</h3> <p>Music credit: <a href= "https://soundcloud.com/kevin-9-1/carnivale-intrigue">Carnivale Intrigue by Kevin MacLeod</a></p> <p>Train travel is a great way to get around Europe. But it really helps to get on the right train, which starts by putting in the right destination.</p> <p>When we were in Bangkok, we caught up with fellow traveler <a href= "http://www.eatsleepbreathetravel.com/">Hannah Logan from Eat Sleep Breathe Travel</a>. She’s mostly known for her misadventures, and it’ll all make sense when you hear the story she’s about to tell.</p> <h2>And that’s the show!</h2> <p>As you’ve heard, we’ve completely reworked the second season of our podcast. You’re getting more stories from us. You’re hearing great tales from other travelers. And we’re using some fun and quirky music that fits our personalities much better. In the coming weeks, you may hear from a few people you already know, too!</p> <p>You know what would really help us? Spreading the word. We’ve heard from a few of our friends who say “oh, I didn’t know you’ve changed the format!” You can help us with that. Take to Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, whatever you’re into, and tell your friends to check us out!</p> <p>Special thanks to <a href="http://incompetech.com/">Kevin MacLeod of Incompetech.com</a> for our theme music Upbeat Forever and all of the music used in this episode.</p> <p>Funding for this podcast and all the great content we produce is made possible by listeners just like you. <a href= "http://patreon.com/opptravelers">Visit ShEvo.wtf/postcards</a> to pledge your support, and get a hand written postcard each month as we travel abroad.</p> <p>Additional funding provided by <a href= "http://travelsmith.com/">TravelSmith</a>. Inspiring people to go places they've never been, and keeping us looking smart and well-outfitted on our journey.</p> <p>And if you want to travel the world… it’s cheaper than you think! Visit <a href="http://shevo.wtf/">ShEvo.wtf</a>for more details, and click on the <a href= "http://shevo.wtf/stayforfree">Housesitting</a> link to find out exactly how we afford to travel the world in style.</p>
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Aussie Animals That Haven’t Tried To Kill Us & Breaking Out Of A Finnish Prison [Season 2, Episode 5]
<p id="yui_3_17_2_79_1512720050653_1010">Hello vicarious travelers and welcome once again to Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia! We have made friends here both in the wildlife and human life.</p> <p>Evo needs to start the show with a huge mea culpa to <a href="http://periscope.tv/OppTravelers">all our Periscope followers</a>. He’d promised you a scope of the flight over the Great Barrier Reef. And scope he did… but from the wrong account. Oops. You’ll have to live with the images and blog post. For now. Sorry.</p> <p>We share two travel stories on today’s program, one from Australia and one from Finland:</p> <h3>1. Aussie Animals That Haven’t Tried To Kill Us</h3> <p><em>Music credit: <a href= "https://soundcloud.com/kevin-9-1/the-lift">The Lift by Kevin MacLeod</a></em></p> <p>We’ve been in Australia for almost a month now and have seen a wide variety of wildlife. And like anyone not born here, we’ve been told all our lives that every creature in Australia is deadly. So cautious though we’ve been, we’re a little disappointed that nothing has even tried to kill us. Maybe that’s because we’re not trying to lick them.</p> <h3>2. Breaking Out Of A Finnish Prison</h3> <p><em>Music credit: <a href= "https://soundcloud.com/kevin-9-1/name-the-piece-06?in=kevin-9-1/sets/name-the-piece-round-2">Sticks and Ticks by Kevin MacLeod</a></em></p> <p>While at TBEX in Bangkok we chatted with Skye from <a href= "http://skyetravels.com/">Skye Travels</a>. Skye is a solo traveler who seeks adventure and is on a quest to get to every country. He tells a great story about an original sea fortress in <a href= "http://www.suomenlinna.fi/en/">Suomenlinna</a> that’s <a href="http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/583">a Unesco World Heritage Site</a> -- and also a now prison. Somehow, he managed to break his way into a prison. That’s a first.</p> <h2>And that’s the show!</h2> <p>We’re wrapping up our final week in Airlie Beach and really would like to thank our friends Steve and Emily for the use of their beautiful vacation home in the Whitsundays.</p> <p>Next week Cassie and Evo discuss one of the best inventions ever for digital nomads, Skype. And we’ll do our best to recant the tale of flying over the Great Barrier Reef.</p> <p>Special thanks to <a href="http://incompetech.com/">Kevin MacLeod of Incompetech.com</a> for our theme music Upbeat Forever and all of the music used in this episode.</p> <p>Funding for this podcast and all the great content we produce is made possible by listeners just like you. <a href= "http://patreon.com/opptravelers">Visit ShEvo.wtf/postcards</a> to pledge your support, and get a hand written postcard each month as we travel abroad.</p> <p>Additional funding provided by <a href= "http://travelsmith.com/">TravelSmith</a>. Inspiring people to go places they've never been, and keeping us looking smart and well-outfitted on our journey.</p> <p>And if you want to travel the world… it’s cheaper than you think! Visit <a href="http://shevo.wtf/">ShEvo.wtf</a>for more details, and click on the <a href= "http://shevo.wtf/stayforfree">Housesitting</a> link to find out exactly how we afford to travel the world in style.</p>
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Flying the Awesome Barrier Reef & Skype Through The Ages [Season 2, Episode 6]
<div id="block-yui_3_17_2_1_1449473808207_53326" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div id="yui_3_17_2_81_1512720050653_982" class= "sqs-block-content"> <p id="yui_3_17_2_81_1512720050653_1004">Hello vicarious travelers and welcome to Brisbane, Australia! We’ve been in Australia for just over a month and, as some of you have noticed, have been awfully quiet on Periscope. Where we were doing five or six scopes a day in Thailand, it’s down to two to three times a week. Yikes!</p> <p>It seems that connectivity is to blame. In Airlie Beach, the cell signal isn’t the highest quality. And to top it off, the cheap smartphone Evo bought to replace his iPhone (the worst phone for any long-term international traveler) is just that: cheap. It may have a quad core processor, but it doesn’t play well with the <a href= "http://periscope.tv/opptravelers">Periscope</a> app. And that kinda sucks.</p> <p>But we think we have a workaround, and we’ll start implementation of that right away. Because we’re jonesing to do more live video for you from our travels around the world!</p> <p>We share two travel stories on today’s program, one from Australia and one from Thailand:</p> <h3>1. Flying the Awesome Barrier Reef</h3> <p>Music credit: <a href= "http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1200041.">RetroFuture by Kevin MacLeod</a></p> <p>It’s called the Great Barrier Reef for a reason. We debated boating to the reef, but decided to fly instead. As you’ll hear and perhaps see, that was the right decision. Because it’s big. Really, really big! Since Evo screwed up the Periscope (which, in hindsight, probably wouldn’t have worked all that well), we sat down and shared our thoughts after we got back on terra firma.</p> <h3>2. Skype Through The Ages</h3> <p>Music credit: <a href= "http://incompetech.com/wordpress/2015/07/quirky-dog/">Quirky Dog by Kevin MacLeod</a></p> <p><a href= "https://www.youtube.com/user/Californiaduckie/feed">Cassie</a>, a music professor from California now based in Bangkok, and Evo are a bad combination. Throw in a gallon or two of wine and stick microphones in their faces, and interesting things will develop. This time, the topic of keeping up with friends and family when you’re living abroad came up. All praise the magic of Skype! And let’s work on the camera positioning, generation before us! (It makes you wonder what technological marvel we’ll screw up in a few years time, huh?)</p> <h2>And that’s the show!</h2> <p>This week we’re hanging out with our friends, <a href= "http://www.stevebaxter.com.au/">Steve</a> and Emily, in Brisbane before we start our house sit assignment. We’re having such a great time in Australia and look forward to sightseeing in the Brisbane area!</p> <p>Special thanks to <a href="http://incompetech.com/">Kevin MacLeod of Incompetech.com</a> for our theme music Upbeat Forever and all of the music used in this episode.</p> <p>Funding for this podcast and all the great content we produce is made possible by listeners just like you. <a href= "http://patreon.com/opptravelers">Visit ShEvo.wtf/postcards</a> to pledge your support, and get a hand written postcard each month as we travel abroad.</p> <p>Additional funding provided by <a href= "http://travelsmith.com/">TravelSmith</a>. Inspiring people to go places they've never been, and keeping us looking smart and well-outfitted on our journey.</p> <p>And if you want to travel the world… it’s cheaper than you think! Visit <a href="http://shevo.wtf/">ShEvo.wtf</a>for more details, and click on the <a href= "http://shevo.wtf/stayforfree">Housesitting</a> link to find out exactly how we afford to travel the world in style</p> </div> </div> <div id="block-yui_3_17_2_1_1449473808207_34588" class= "sqs-block horizontalrule-block sqs-block-horizontalrule" data-block-type="47"> </div>
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Hobos From Hanoi & Bali Biking Boo Boos [Season 2, Episode 7]
<div id="block-yui_3_17_2_1_1450080593349_67129" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div id="yui_3_17_2_83_1512720050653_987" class= "sqs-block-content"> <p id="yui_3_17_2_83_1512720050653_1013">Greetings once again from Brisbane, Australia! After five weeks “down under”, we’ve noticed an interesting fashion trend. Maybe it’s the warm climate. Maybe it’s the carefree nature of Australians. Or maybe they just like tops a size or two too big, because there’s a lot of sideboob going on down here.</p> <p><strong>We share two travel stories on today’s program, one from Vietnam and one from Bali:</strong></p> <h3>1. Hobos from Hanoi</h3> <p><em>Music credit: <a href= "http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1500039">Pyro Flow by Kevin MacLeod</a></em></p> <p>In all seriousness, taking the <a href= "http://www.vietnamonline.com/transport/north-south-express-train.html">North-South Reunification Line</a> for a slow, scenic way down Vietnam is a great idea. Overnight trains are much more comfortable than overnight flights, so if you’re not in a hurry and want to spend a couple days in Hue, Da Nang, and Nha Trang along the way, it’s a great way to get from Hanoi down to Ho Chi Minh City.</p> <p>However, under no circumstances should you elect to take the straight-shot back from Ho Chi Minh City back to Hanoi. Because that way lies 33 hours of madness.</p> <h3>2. Bali Biking Boo Boos</h3> <p><em>Music credit: <a href= "http://incompetech.com/wordpress/2015/11/fretless/">Fretless by Kevin MacLeod</a></em></p> <p>Seasoned travelers like <a href= "http://dailytravelpodcast.com/">Nathaniel Boyle from The Daily Travel Podcast </a>know several “tricks” to ingratiating oneself with the locals. For Nathaniel, carrying a guitar is a sure way to make friends with other local musicians. Another tick he’s learned: Getting emergency medical services from the crowd after crashing a motorcycle into a brick wall.</p> <p>Great ideas, Nathaniel. We’ll stick with the guitar. Oh, and best of luck on the launch of <a href= "http://holocene.io/">Holocene</a>! Break a leg! (Not that we want you to crash into a wall again, but you get the idea.</p> <h2>And that’s the show!</h2> <p>With the holidays just around the corner, we know you’re struggling for that perfect gift. Might we suggest <a href= "http://shevo.wtf/postcards">postcards from abroad</a>? At under $10 a month, they make a perfect stocking stuffer!</p> <p>Special thanks to <a href="http://incompetech.com/">Kevin MacLeod of Incompetech.com</a> for our theme music Upbeat Forever and all of the music used in this episode.</p> <p>Funding for this podcast and all the great content we produce is made possible by listeners just like you. <a href= "http://patreon.com/opptravelers">Visit ShEvo.wtf/postcards</a> to pledge your support, and get a hand written postcard each month as we travel abroad.</p> <p>Additional funding provided by <a href= "http://travelsmith.com/">TravelSmith</a>. Inspiring people to go places they've never been, and keeping us looking smart and well-outfitted on our journey.</p> <p>And if you want to travel the world… it’s cheaper than you think! Visit <a href="http://shevo.wtf/">ShEvo.wtf</a>for more details, and click on the <a href= "http://shevo.wtf/stayforfree">Housesitting</a> link to find out exactly how we afford to travel the world in style.</p> </div> </div>
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Favorite Continental Things & German Train Christmas Nightmare [Season 2, Episode 8]
<p id="yui_3_17_2_85_1512720050653_1022">This week’s show comes to you from again and for the last time Brisbane, Australia. We’ve been here for two months and need to be moving on. Where? Well, that’s an interesting story.</p> <p>After living the life of full-time travelers for nearly a full year, we’ve decided to explore life from the perspective of expats living full time in… Southeast Asia. Specifically, we’re moving to Bangkok at the end of the year. Our focus will shift a bit, as we haven’t had a home base in quite a while.</p> <p>Still, the adventures will continue, as we keep living life abroad.</p> <p>We share two travel stories on today’s program, one recorded in Thailand (but is actually about Germany) and one from our deck here in Brisbane:</p> <h3>1. German Train Christmas Nightmare</h3> <p><em>Music credit: <a href= "http://incompetech.com/wordpress/2015/10/kings-of-tara/">Kings of Tara by Kevin MacLeod</a></em></p> <p>We’ve been fans of and friends with <a href= "http://www.travelingjackie.com/">Traveling Jackie</a> since <a href= "https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bmt-041-how-two-40-somethings/id847606288?i=343265921&mt=2">we were on her podcast</a> earlier this year. She comes by that name honestly, making our 14 countries in a year seem like child’s play.</p> <p>We sat down with her in Thailand and found out why she collects languages like other people collect shoes: you never know when you’re going to wind up on the wrong train, at the wrong station, at the wrong time in Germany. Here’s to the winter holidays when you don’t freeze to death from exposure!</p> <h3>2. Our Favorite Continental Things</h3> <p><em>Music credit: <a href= "http://incompetech.com/wordpress/2015/11/pixelland/">Pixelland by Kevin MacLeod</a></em></p> <p>Wow. Three continents in a year. We know that’s not breaking any records, but since we’d been stuck on one for almost a century between us, we feel it’s been quite an accomplishment. To celebrate and recollect, we sat down (after a few beers) and shared our favorite things from each continent. Not surprisingly, Sheila went for the cute and cuddly. So did Evo. Sort of.</p> <h2>And that’s the show!</h2> <p>We have some exciting news. I’ve been selected as one of twelve finalists for The Art of Building photography competition. The judges received thousands of photos and paired it down to a mere twelve. A photo I took in Copenhagen is one of those finalists! Now, it’s a popularity contest and I need your vote. If I win I get €3000.00 which equates to a little more than $4000.00 USD. Please take a  moment (it really does only take a moment) and vote. Go to <a href="http://shevo.wtf/vote">shevo.wtf/vote</a>. Thanks in advance!  </p> <p>Because it’s the holidays and because we’re moving to Bangkok next week, this is the last show of 2015. We’ll be back the first week of January. Maybe with a few surprises for you.</p> <p>Special thanks to <a href="http://incompetech.com/">Kevin MacLeod of Incompetech.com</a> for our theme music Upbeat Forever and all of the music used in this episode.</p> <p>Funding for this podcast and all the great content we produce is made possible by listeners just like you. <a href= "http://patreon.com/opptravelers">Visit ShEvo.wtf/postcards</a> to pledge your support, and get a hand written postcard each month as we travel abroad.</p> <p>Additional funding provided by <a href= "http://travelsmith.com/">TravelSmith</a>. Inspiring people to go places they've never been, and keeping us looking smart and well-outfitted on our journey.</p> <p>And if you want to travel the world… it’s cheaper than you think! Visit <a href="http://shevo.wtf/">ShEvo.wtf</a>for more details, and click on the <a href= "http://shevo.wtf/stayforfree">Housesitting</a> link to find out exactly how we afford to travel the world in style.</p>
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Sheila vs. The World & Free Food In Fiji [Season 2, Episode 9]
<p id="yui_3_17_2_87_1512720050653_996">Let’s get the big news out of the way right away: We’ve moved to Bangkok! We hit 13 countries in 2015, spanning three continents. We’re not slowing down the travels in 2016, but we will be a little more concentrated on Southeast Asia and the areas near by. Best of all, we get to make the sprawling metropolis of Bangkok our home, living like true expats for at least a year! But enough about that.</p> <p><strong>We share two travel stories on today’s program, one from every single country we’ve visited and one about Fiji:</strong></p> <h3>Sheila v. The World</h3> <p><em>Music credit: <a href= "https://soundcloud.com/kevin-9-1/la-souris">La Souris by Kevin MacLeod</a></em></p> <p>Look, it’s not even a fair fight. The World is huge, and clearly has it out for Sheila. If it’s not life-threatening ducks, it’s gravity trying to do her in. <a href= "http://www.theopportunistictravelers.com/blog/2015/7/22/that-time-we-almost-got-squashed-by-a-semi-in-phuket">Or large, high-speed trucks</a>. Sometimes small, low-speed motorscooters. Reflecting on her history, it’s amazing she ever made it this far.</p> <h3>Free Food In Fiji</h3> <p><em>Music credit: <a href= "http://incompetech.com/wordpress/2015/06/unwritten-return/">Unwritten Return by Kevin MacLeod</a></em></p> <p><a href="http://pinktangent.com/">Nikki from Pink Tangent</a> loves to travel. In this segment, she relates a tasty story of a trip to Fiji, where she was treated (and fed) like royalty. No, she didn’t win a contest. She didn’t book a five-star hotel. And even though she’s a traveling digital marketer, she wasn’t staying at the expense of some fancy resort either. Is this a great couchsurfing story, or the greatest couchsurfing story?</p> <h2>And that's the show!</h2> <p>Sheila still needs your help to be named Photographer of the Year. €3,000 is on the line, which we could really, really use for 2016. Please, if you haven’t already, take 3 seconds and go to <a href="http://shevo.wtf/vote">shevo.wtf/vote</a> to help her out. You’ll be her favorite!</p> <p>Special thanks to <a href="http://incompetech.com/">Kevin MacLeod of Incompetech.com</a> for our theme music Upbeat Forever and all of the music used in this episode.</p> <p>Funding for this podcast and all the great content we produce is made possible by listeners just like you. <a href= "http://patreon.com/opptravelers">Visit ShEvo.wtf/postcards</a> to pledge your support, and get a hand written postcard each month as we travel abroad.</p> <p>Additional funding provided by <a href= "http://travelsmith.com/">TravelSmith</a>. Inspiring people to go places they've never been, and keeping us looking smart and well-outfitted on our journey.</p> <p>And if you want to travel the world… it’s cheaper than you think! Visit <a href="http://shevo.wtf/">ShEvo.wtf</a>for more details, and click on the <a href= "http://shevo.wtf/stayforfree">Housesitting</a> link to find out exactly how we afford to travel the world in style.</p>
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Buying Drugs In Thailand & Travel Like A Rockstar [Season 2, Episode 10]
<p id="yui_3_17_2_89_1512720050653_1001">Yes, we’re changing up the format once again. Now that we’re using Thailand as a home base, the nature of our stories is changing, and that necessitates a change to the format. The goal here was to get you the content you want -- us chatting about our new life using Thailand as our travel base -- much quicker. How’d we do?</p> <p><strong>We share two stories on today’s program, one from Thailand and one from Japan:</strong></p> <h3>1. Buying Drugs In Thailand</h3> <p><em>Music credit: <a href= "http://incompetech.com/wordpress/2015/09/upbeat-forever/">Upbeat Forever by Kevin MacLeod</a></em></p> <p>Buying drugs in Thailand is easy. None of those pesky laws to get in your way. Of course we’re talking about pharmaceuticals you buy in a drug store, and “pesky laws” means just about anything is available as an over-the-counter drug, no prescriptions required.</p> <p>But are there limits? What about heroin? Chemo drugs? How about blood pressure medicine for your face? (And yes, that’s a thing.)</p> <h3>2. Travel Like A Rockstar</h3> <p><strong>Music credit: <a href= "http://incompetech.com/wordpress/2016/01/voice-over-under/">Voice Over Under by Kevin MacLeod</a></strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.sarahmclellan.com/">Sarah McLellen’s travel story</a> is a little different from the ones we’ve aired on this show so far. As it turns out, she’s a literal rock star. Not kidding! And while many have stories of travel to Japan, few include a record company CEO in a karaoke bar. Or maybe that’s what always happens, and is why we should go!</p> <h2>And that's the show!</h2> <p>Don't forget to <a href="http://shevo.wtf/vote">vote for Sheila's photo</a> so she can win Photographer of The Year (and we can win almost $5,000!)</p> <p>Special thanks to <a href="http://incompetech.com/">Kevin MacLeod of Incompetech.com</a> for our theme music Upbeat Forever and all of the music used in this episode.</p> <p>Funding for this podcast and all the great content we produce is made possible by listeners just like you. <a href= "http://patreon.com/opptravelers">Visit ShEvo.wtf/postcards</a> to pledge your support, and get a hand written postcard each month as we travel abroad.</p> <p>Additional funding provided by <a href= "http://travelsmith.com/">TravelSmith</a>. Inspiring people to go places they've never been, and keeping us looking smart and well-outfitted on our journey.</p> <p>And if you want to travel the world… it’s cheaper than you think! Visit <a href="http://shevo.wtf/">ShEvo.wtf</a>for more details, and click on the <a href= "http://shevo.wtf/stayforfree">Housesitting</a> link to find out exactly how we afford to travel the world in style.</p>
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Ladyboy Level Up & Rickshaw Ride [Season 2, Episode 11]
<p id="yui_3_17_2_91_1512720050653_1010">Remember that new format we announced last week? Well… we’re breaking it this week. Sorry, but Sheila was a little under the weather, and we’d been sitting on this conversation we recorded a few months back. So you’re getting it, warts and all. But don’t worry. It’s still the two of us chatting in an unscripted and uncensored fashion.</p> <p><em><strong>We share two stories on today’s program, one from Thailand and one from India:</strong></em></p> <h3>1. Ladyboys In Thailand</h3> <p><em>Music credit: <a href= "http://incompetech.com/wordpress/2015/09/upbeat-forever/">Upbeat Forever by Kevin MacLeod</a></em></p> <p>Let’s just get this out of the way: there are a lot of ladyboys in Thailand. After two weeks living full-time in Thailand plus the four months we spent in-country last year, it’s a cultural phenomenon that seems rather well accepted to us. And we’re quite cool with that. But still, it’s hard for us to break the 40+ years of conditioning we’ve been subject to.</p> <p>We’ve been sitting on this conversation we recorded a few months ago where we have a frank and honest discussion about the topic. Not whether it’s right or wrong (because that’s a stupid question that doesn’t even deserve a response), but why we (and we’re speaking on behalf of all cisgendered Westerners) still react the way we do.    </p> <h3>2. Rickshaw Run</h3> <p><em>Music credit: T<a href= "https://soundcloud.com/kevin-9-1/name-the-piece-11">he Modal Drummer by Kevin MacLeod</a></em></p> <p><a href="http://www.photokatha.in/">Travel aficionado Rutavi Mehta</a> shares her favorite travel story from her home country of India. After listening, you’ll know why she’s known as one of the most (if not the most) adventurous travel bloggers in India. Because driving 3,500 km across India for two weeks in a “rickshaw” seems like insanity to us. (Though not so secretly, Sheila now wants to do the race!)</p> <h2>And that’s the show!</h2> <p>This is the last week to vote for Sheila’s photo. Head over to <a href="http://shevo.wtf/vote">shevo.wtf/vote</a>. It will only take a second! She could use the vote!</p> <p>Special thanks to <a href="http://incompetech.com/">Kevin MacLeod of Incompetech.com</a> for our theme music Upbeat Forever and all of the music used in this episode.</p> <p>Funding for this podcast and all the great content we produce is made possible by listeners just like you. <a href= "http://patreon.com/opptravelers">Visit ShEvo.wtf/postcards</a> to pledge your support, and get a hand written postcard each month as we travel abroad.</p> <p>Additional funding provided by <a href= "http://travelsmith.com/">TravelSmith</a>. Inspiring people to go places they've never been, and keeping us looking smart and well-outfitted on our journey.</p> <p>And if you want to travel the world… it’s cheaper than you think! Visit <a href="http://shevo.wtf/">ShEvo.wtf</a>f or more details, and click on the <a href= "http://shevo.wtf/stayforfree">Housesitting</a> link to find out exactly how we afford to travel the world in style.</p>
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Shoeless In Siam & Scratching The Travel Itch [Season 2, Episode 12]
<p id="yui_3_17_2_93_1512720050653_999">An unseasonable cool front nailed China just as that nasty snowstorm hit the eastern seaboard of the US of A. We got awesome, sub-70s weather in Bangkok, which was a welcome change. And no, we don’t spend the whole show talking about the weather. Because boring.</p> <p><strong>We share two stories on today’s program, one from Bangkok, Thailand and one from Puducherry, India:</strong></p> <h3>1. Shoeless In Siam</h3> <p><em>Music credit: <a href= "http://incompetech.com/wordpress/2015/09/upbeat-forever/">Upbeat Forever by Kevin MacLeod</a></em></p> <p>Bangkok is a shoe-obsessed city. People spend thousands of baht (do the conversion yourself) on shoes of all shapes and sizes. Which is weird for Evo, as <a href= "http://amzn.to/1S7Ud8E">he’s happy wearing his Chacos everywhere</a>. And which is weird for Sheila, because wearing shoes inside is a no-no. Even in a job interview, as she soon found out.</p> <h3>2. Scratching The Travel Itch </h3> <p><em>Music credit: <a href= "https://incompetech.com/wordpress/2015/11/leopard-print-elevator/">Leopard Print Elevator by Kevin MacLeod</a></em></p> <p>We hadn’t considered the effect of peer pressure on helping people to travel, but Smriti Modi is counting on it. That’s the gist behind her <a href="http://www.theitchlist.com/">travel startup, The Itch List</a>. As she says, it’s sort of like a bucket list, but filled with things you’ll actually do. She also shares one of her favorite places to travel in her own home country.</p> <p>We’re off to Kuala Lampur in a few days, so we’re sure to have stories to tell you next week of that adventure. But we’re also going back to Pattaya Beach with some friends who have a drinking problem (we may be that drinking problem) so there’s a chance we’ll forget. Or have something even more interesting to related. Such is our new life!</p> <h2>And That's The Show!</h2> <p>Special thanks to <a href="http://incompetech.com/">Kevin MacLeod of Incompetech.com</a> for our theme music Upbeat Forever and all of the music used in this episode.</p> <p>Funding for this podcast and all the great content we produce is made possible by listeners just like you. <a href= "http://patreon.com/opptravelers">Visit ShEvo.wtf/postcards</a> to pledge your support, and get a hand written postcard each month as we travel abroad.</p> <p>Additional funding provided by <a href= "http://travelsmith.com/">TravelSmith</a>. Inspiring people to go places they've never been, and keeping us looking smart and well-outfitted on our journey.</p> <p>And if you want to travel the world… it’s cheaper than you think! Visit <a href="http://shevo.wtf/">ShEvo.wtf</a>for more details, and click on the <a href= "http://shevo.wtf/stayforfree">Housesitting</a> link to find out exactly how we afford to travel the world in style.</p>
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Malaysian Visa Malaise & Chillin’ in Chile [Season 2, Episode 13]
<p id="yui_3_17_2_3_1512732434667_1006">Though we’re officially Bangkokians, our status with Thai Immigration is still one of “tourist”, which means we have to exit the country every 30 days. Or rather, our status was tentative. We just firmed that up, though it took a little Frogger-playing to make it happen.</p> <p><strong>We share two stories on today’s program, one about our trip to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and one about trekking Chile:</strong></p> <h3>1. Malaysian Visa Malaise</h3> <p><em>Music credit: <a href= "http://incompetech.com/wordpress/2015/09/upbeat-forever/">Upbeat Forever by Kevin MacLeod</a></em></p> <p>We get a fair number of questions about our visa status as we travel. And while we’re certainly not experts, we’re getting pretty good at navigating foreign consulates and embassies. You’d think that a single country’s consulate would work the same all over the world, right? You’d be wrong.</p> <p>Our first visit to the Thai Embassy was in Birmingham in the UK, and it was a model of efficiency. Our recent visit to the Thai Embassy in Kuala Lumpur was more like a trip to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). If you can’t find your red tape, this office probably requisitioned it.</p> <h3>Chillin’ in Chile</h3> <p><em>Music credit: <a href= "https://incompetech.com/wordpress/2015/10/kings-of-tara/">Kings of Tara by Kevin MacLeod</a></em></p> <p>There’s no one right way to travel the world. And in the six months since we met <a href= "http://www.travelingjackie.com/">Traveling Jackie</a>, she tried just about all of them. She’s still on the road, but we caught up with her to recently to get the skinny on her envy-creating experiences in Chile last year. (Oh, and she’s a <a href= "https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/budget-minded-traveler-travel/id847606288?mt=2">travel podcaster</a>, too!)</p> <h2>And That's The Show!</h2> <p>We’re headed for some much-needed beach time next week, along with our fellow traveler bloggers and <a href= "https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/husband-in-tow-podcast-adventures/id1071889826?mt=2">new travel podcasters</a>, Amber & Eric from <a href= "http://www.withhusbandintow.com/">With Husband in Tow</a>. Those two have a drinking problem. And I think we’re that drinking problem. Oh well, we should at least generate some good stories.</p> <p>Special thanks to <a href="http://incompetech.com/">Kevin MacLeod of Incompetech.com</a> for our theme music Upbeat Forever and all of the music used in this episode.</p> <p>Funding for this podcast and all the great content we produce is made possible by listeners just like you. <a href= "http://patreon.com/opptravelers">Visit ShEvo.wtf/postcards</a> to pledge your support, and get a hand written postcard each month as we travel abroad.</p> <p>Additional funding provided by <a href= "http://travelsmith.com/">TravelSmith</a>. Inspiring people to go places they've never been, and keeping us looking smart and well-outfitted on our journey.</p> <p>And if you want to travel the world… it’s cheaper than you think! Visit <a href="http://shevo.wtf/">ShEvo.wtf</a> for more details, and click on the <a href= "http://shevo.wtf/stayforfree">Housesitting</a> link to find out exactly how we afford to travel the world in style.</p>
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Beating The Bangkok Blues & Lions Made Me Travel [Season 2, Episode 14]
<div id="block-yui_3_17_2_1_1455024290980_20299" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div id="yui_3_17_2_5_1512732434667_985" class="sqs-block-content"> <p id="yui_3_17_2_5_1512732434667_998">Well… we made it more than a month in Bangkok! Only… forever to go! Happy Chinese New Year to you, and happy impending Valentine’s Day. But enough chit chat. Let’s get started.</p> <p><strong>We share two stories on today’s program, one about favorite vacation spots in Thailand, and one about Phuket (which is on the list):</strong></p> <h3>Beating The Bangkok Blues</h3> <p><em>Music credit: <a href= "http://incompetech.com/wordpress/2015/09/upbeat-forever/">Upbeat Forever by Kevin MacLeod</a></em></p> <p>I know what you’re thinking: Living in a paradise such as Bangkok is one giant vacation. You’d be wrong. Because while we do live in the topics, we live in a giant city in the tropics. Sometimes, we need to get away from it all. And that’s one of the perks to living in Bangkok. Better versions of paradise are just a short hop away.</p> <h3>Lions Made Me Travel</h3> <p><em>Music credit: <a href= "https://incompetech.com/wordpress/2015/09/spellbound/">Spellbound  by Kevin MacLeod</a></em></p> <p>Looking for fun and adventure when you travel? <a href= "http://thetinytaster.com/">Roxanne -- aka The Tiny Taster</a> -- will give you second thoughts about that. And try and convince you that sometimes a more relaxed and centered approach will help you keep your head when things get bad. And your lunch.</p> <p>We had a fabulous time hanging out in Na Jomtien and look forward to popping back down again and again.</p> <p>Have you been watching our live videos from Bangkok and beyond? We’re trying to put out new ones every morning and night, so there’s always something fresh on <a href= "http://periscope.tv/OppTravelers">our Periscope.tv page.</a> Check it out!</p> <p>Special thanks to <a href="http://incompetech.com/">Kevin MacLeod of Incompetech.com</a> for our theme music Upbeat Forever and all of the music used in this episode.</p> <p>Funding for this podcast and all the great content we produce is made possible by listeners just like you. <a href= "http://patreon.com/opptravelers">Visit ShEvo.wtf/postcards</a> to pledge your support, and get a hand written postcard each month as we travel abroad.</p> <p>Additional funding provided by <a href= "http://travelsmith.com/">TravelSmith</a>. Inspiring people to go places they've never been, and keeping us looking smart and well-outfitted on our journey.</p> <p>And if you want to travel the world… it’s cheaper than you think! Visit <a href="http://shevo.wtf/">ShEvo.wtf</a>for more details, and click on the <a href= "http://shevo.wtf/stayforfree">Housesitting</a> link to find out exactly how we afford to travel the world in style.</p> </div> </div> <div id="block-yui_3_17_2_1_1455024290980_29631" class= "sqs-block horizontalrule-block sqs-block-horizontalrule" data-block-type="47"> </div>
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Over Makha Bucha? & The Worst Couchsurfing Ever [Season 2, Episode 15]
<p id="yui_3_17_2_7_1512732434667_1000">Happy Valentine’s Day from Thailand! Yes, they celebrate the holiday here. Sheila’s getting into the groove of her new job, but isn’t quite ready to start sharing stories of the workplace just yet. It’s a pretty tech-advanced school, just in case they’re listening...</p> <p><strong>In lieu of that, we share two other stories on today’s program, both about Thailand:</strong></p> <h3>1. Over Makha Bucha?</h3> <p><em>Music credit: <a href= "http://incompetech.com/wordpress/2015/09/upbeat-forever/">Upbeat Forever by Kevin MacLeod</a></em></p> <p>Now that we’re full-time Bangkok residents, we need to stop being surprised by public holidays. Not just those specific to Thailand with odd names we’ve little hope of pronouncing correctly the first time, but of their adoption of “our” holidays as well.</p> <h3>2. Worst Couchsurfing Ever</h3> <p><em>Music credit: <a href= "https://incompetech.com/wordpress/2015/08/funky-chunk/">Funky Chunk by Kevin MacLeod</a></em></p> <p><a href="http://wisdomtrails.com/">April & Karina are the dynamic duo behind Wisdom Trails</a>. We sat down with April last October and got a few stories out of her. They’re big on the Couchsufing circuit, which has led them to some interesting adventures. When you hear her say “sharing a bed with a strange man”, your thoughts will probably go a little on the blue side. What really happened is less sexy but a whole lot funnier. Funnier to hear about, at least.</p> <h2>And That's The Show!</h2> <p>We’re coming up on the end of our pre-recorded traveler’s stories, with only four or five left. So here’s the question: Should we record more?<br /> <br /> Obviously, we’re connected to lots of other travelers with great stories to tell. Our question: Do you want to hear them on our show? Or do you just want the two of us sharing our story each week? If you’ve an opinion one way or another… let us know with a comment, a tweet, or something else. You know where to find us.</p> <p>Special thanks to <a href="http://incompetech.com/">Kevin MacLeod of Incompetech.com</a> for our theme music Upbeat Forever and all of the music used in this episode.</p> <p>Funding for this podcast and all the great content we produce is made possible by listeners just like you. <a href= "http://patreon.com/opptravelers">Visit ShEvo.wtf/postcards</a> to pledge your support, and get a hand written postcard each month as we travel abroad.</p> <p>Additional funding provided by <a href= "http://travelsmith.com/">TravelSmith</a>. Inspiring people to go places they've never been, and keeping us looking smart and well-outfitted on our journey.</p> <p>And if you want to travel the world… it’s cheaper than you think! Visit <a href="http://shevo.wtf/">ShEvo.wtf</a>for more details, and click on the <a href= "http://shevo.wtf/stayforfree">Housesitting</a> link to find out exactly how we afford to travel the world in style.</p>
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No More Bad Beer & Shirt Swapping Mexicans [Season 2, Episode 16]
<h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">Season 2 - Episode 16</span></h2> <p><strong><em>Somehow we managed to again put together a show where beer -- too much of it -- take center stage. Try not to lose your shirt from the surprise and shock you’re now experiencing.</em></strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Happy Sheila’s Birthday from Thailand! Coupled with the big Makha Bucha celebration (actually a fairly large Buddhist holiday, it’s a banner week for us. But enough idle chit chat. You want to know what’s in this week’s podcast episode, don’t you?</span></p> <p><strong>We share two other stories on today’s program, one from Thailand and another from Mexico:</strong></p> <p><strong>No More Bad Beer</strong></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Music credit:</span></em> <a href= "http://incompetech.com/wordpress/2015/09/upbeat-forever/"><em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> Upbeat Forever by Kevin MacLeod</span></em></a></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The beer flows freely in Thailand. Just so long as you don’t try and buy it from 2:00 - 5:00 in the afternoon. Or expect it to have a pleasant flavor. Or not give you a massive hangover when you drink a liter or three. Don’t get us wrong, good beer does exist in this country. You just have to find it. And then cough up a little extortion money. Oh, did I say extortion? I meant a 400% import duty.</span></p> <p><strong>Shirt Swapping Mexicans</strong></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Music credit:</span></em> <a href= "https://incompetech.com/wordpress/2016/01/cuban-sandwich/"><em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> Cuban Sandwich by Kevin MacLeod</span></em></a></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Stop me if you’ve heard this one: “Hey, wanna go to a bar? Just follow me away from the tourist area, down a dark alley, and into this garage so I can literally steal your shirt off your back!” Apparently neither Sarah from</span> <a href= "http://www.livedreamdiscover.com/"><span style="font-weight: 400;"> Live Dream Discover</span></a> <span style="font-weight: 400;">or Nathan from</span> <a href= "http://www.fitlivinglifestyle.com/"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">Fit Living Lifestyle</span></a> <span style= "font-weight: 400;">had, because that’s exactly what happened to them.</span></p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">And that’s the show!</span></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Our kid is coming out next weekend, so there’s a greater than zero chance next week’s show will be delayed. Or we might get him on with us. Either way, we’ll probably have some great stories from our week stay in Koh Samui when we return.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Special thanks to</span> <a href="http://incompetech.com"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">Kevin MacLeod of Incompetech.com</span></a> <span style="font-weight: 400;">for our theme music Upbeat Forever and all of the music used in this episode.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Funding for this podcast and all the great content we produce is made possible by listeners just like you.</span> <a href= "http://patreon.com/opptravelers"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">Visit ShEvo.wtf/postcards</span></a> <span style="font-weight: 400;">to pledge your support, and get a hand written postcard each month as we travel abroad.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Additional funding provided by</span> <a href="http://travelsmith.com"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">TravelSmith</span></a><span style= "font-weight: 400;">. Inspiring people to go places they've never been, and keeping us looking smart and well-outfitted on our journey.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">And if you want to travel the world… it’s cheaper than you think! Visit</span> <a href= "http://shevo.wtf"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">ShEvo.wtf</span></a> <span style= "font-weight: 400;">for more details, and click on the</span> <a href="http://shevo.wtf/stayforfree"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">Housesitting</span></a> <span style= "font-weight: 400;">link to find out exactly how we afford to travel the world in style.</span></p> <p><em><strong>New episodes of the The Opportunistic Travelers Podcast are available every Tuesday. Of course, Tuesday can be a very different thing depending on where we are in the world. Cheers!</strong></em></p>
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Thai Motorbike Madness & Friendly Fishing Family [Season 2, Episode 17]
<div id="block-yui_3_17_2_1_1457420863388_20618" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div id="yui_3_17_2_11_1512732434667_1013" class= "sqs-block-content"> <p id="yui_3_17_2_11_1512732434667_1012">As you noticed, we skipped a show last week, opting to spend as much of our time as possible with our son while he visited us here in Bangkok! We took him to the island of Koh Samui in the southern part of the Gulf of Thailand and had a glorious time, as you’ll hear</p> <p><strong>We share two other stories on today’s program, one from Thailand and another from Nicaragua:</strong></p> <h3>1. Thai Motorbike Madness</h3> <p><em>Music credit: <a href= "http://incompetech.com/wordpress/2015/09/upbeat-forever/">Upbeat Forever by Kevin MacLeod</a></em></p> <p>The primary means of transport for us on Koh Samui was motorbike. Well, more motorscooter. But whatev’s. It was NJ’s first time ever in Thailand and riding a motorbike of any kind, and we’re happy to report he survived the experience. He’s also come away with a new appreciation for things road markings and maintenance.</p> <h3>2. Friendly Fishing Family</h3> <p><em>Music credit: <a href= "https://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1500012">Odyssey by Kevin MacLeod</a></em></p> <p>When Alyssa and Landon aren’t hanging out with super cool people like us halfway around the world, they spend a lot of time in Central America. That’s a prime destination for “Adventure Travel”. But when you travel the “<a href= "http://unevensidewalks.com/">Uneven Sidewalks</a>” way, you get great experiences like this one.</p> <h2>And that’s the show!</h2> <p>Sorry we skipped a show last week. But it had been a year since I’d seen my son, and I think you’ll agree that maximizing our time with him was worth it!<br /> <br /> Also, if you’re like to be on the show as one of our guests, <a href="mailto:evo@shevo.wtf">drop us a line</a>! Apparently you like having our interesting tales of life in Thailand intermixed with fun travel stories from others, so let’s keep it going!</p> <p>Special thanks to <a href="http://incompetech.com/">Kevin MacLeod of Incompetech.com</a> for our theme music Upbeat Forever and all of the music used in this episode.</p> <p>Funding for this podcast and all the great content we produce is made possible by listeners just like you. <a href= "http://patreon.com/opptravelers">Visit ShEvo.wtf/postcards</a> to pledge your support, and get a hand written postcard each month as we travel abroad.</p> <p>Additional funding provided by <a href= "http://travelsmith.com/">TravelSmith</a>. Inspiring people to go places they've never been, and keeping us looking smart and well-outfitted on our journey.</p> <p>And if you want to travel the world… it’s cheaper than you think! Visit <a href="http://shevo.wtf/">ShEvo.wtf</a>for more details, and click on the <a href= "http://shevo.wtf/stayforfree">Housesitting</a> link to find out exactly how we afford to travel the world in style.</p> </div> </div> <div id="block-yui_3_17_2_1_1457420863388_35767" class= "sqs-block horizontalrule-block sqs-block-horizontalrule" data-block-type="47"> </div>
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Dirty Thai Massage Secrets & Taiwan Two-Wheel Terror [Season 2, Episode 18]
<div id="block-yui_3_17_2_2_1458022090498_11986" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div id="yui_3_17_2_3_1512733320774_1013" class= "sqs-block-content"> <p id="yui_3_17_2_3_1512733320774_1012">Greetings one and all to another show from Bangkok, Thailand. We’re now in our third month living as expats and couldn’t be happier. Well, I mean… We probably could be if more people <a href= "http://shevo.wtf/postcards">signed up to get a postcard</a> from us each month, but we’re pretty happy.</p> <p><strong>We share two other stories on today’s program, one from Thailand and another from Taiwan:</strong></p> <h3>1. Dirty Thai Massage Secrets</h3> <p><em>Music credit: <a href= "http://incompetech.com/wordpress/2015/09/upbeat-forever/">Upbeat Forever by Kevin MacLeod</a></em></p> <p>Spoiler alert: While it is possible to have one of those massages in Thailand -- you know, just like it’s possible everywhere -- we’ve not had the opportunity. And we’ve had a lot of massages. So before you assume that the Asian massage place on the corner is just a front for a prostitution ring, you might want to hear what we have to say.</p> <h3>2. Taiwan Two-Wheel Terror</h3> <p><em>Music credit: <a href= "https://soundcloud.com/kevin-9-1/tutorial-0">Tutorial 0 by Kevin MacLeod</a></em></p> <p>What’s with the clickbait titles today, Evo? Sheesh. It’s not like the story April from <a href= "http://wisdomtrails.com/">Wisdom Trails</a> tells about her experience on a motorbike in Taiwan is that much different from any other Asian motorbike experience. Because let’s face it: these people are trying to kill us all. By motorbike!</p> <h2>And that’s the show!</h2> <p>In case you didn’t get the hint: we really want your travel story. So please, <a href="http://shevo.wtf/contact-us">get in touch</a>. We’d love to have you on the show.<br /> <br /> Also, if you’re like to be on the show as one of our guests, <a href="mailto:evo@shevo.wtf">drop us a line</a>! Apparently you like having our interesting tales of life in Thailand intermixed with fun travel stories from others, so let’s keep it going!</p> <p>Special thanks to <a href="http://incompetech.com/">Kevin MacLeod of Incompetech.com</a> for our theme music Upbeat Forever and all of the music used in this episode.</p> <p>Funding for this podcast and all the great content we produce is made possible by listeners just like you. <a href= "http://patreon.com/opptravelers">Visit ShEvo.wtf/postcards</a> to pledge your support, and get a hand written postcard each month as we travel abroad.</p> <p>Additional funding provided by <a href= "http://travelsmith.com/">TravelSmith</a>. Inspiring people to go places they've never been, and keeping us looking smart and well-outfitted on our journey.</p> <p>And if you want to travel the world… it’s cheaper than you think! Visit <a href="http://shevo.wtf/">ShEvo.wtf</a>for more details, and click on the <a href= "http://shevo.wtf/stayforfree">Housesitting</a> link to find out exactly how we afford to travel the world in style.</p> </div> </div> <div id="block-yui_3_17_2_1_1458522281449_19932" class= "sqs-block audio-block sqs-block-audio" data-block-type="41"> <div id="yui_3_17_2_3_1512733320774_628" class="sqs-block-content"> <div id="yui_3_17_2_3_1512733320774_551" class="sqs-audio-embed" data-url= "http://media.podiobooks.com/shevostudiosontour/TOTPSE2EP18-Dirty-Thai-Massage-Secrets-Taiwan-Two-Wheel-Terror.mp3" data-mime-type="audio/mpeg" data-title= "Dirty Thai Massage Secrets & Taiwan Two-Wheel Terror" data-author="Evo Terra & Sheila Dee" data-show-download="true" data-design-style="minimal" data-duration-in-ms="" data-color-theme="dark"> <div id="yui_3_17_2_3_1512733320774_555" class= "yui3-widget sqs-widget sqs-widgets-audio-player dark first-play"> <div id="yui_3_17_2_3_1512733320774_557" class= "sqs-widgets-audio-player-content"> <div id="yui_3_17_2_3_1512733320774_592" class="player download"> <div class="action"> </div> <div class="labels"> <div class="title-wrapper"> <div class="title" title= "Dirty Thai Massage Secrets & Taiwan Two-Wheel Terror" data-title= "Dirty Thai Massage Secrets & Taiwan Two-Wheel Terror">Dirty Thai Massage Secrets & Taiwan Two-Wheel Terror</div> </div> <div class="artistName" title="Evo Terra & Sheila Dee">Evo Terra & Sheila Dee</div> </div> <div class="secondary-controls"> <div class="time"> </div> <div class="download"><a href= "http://media.podiobooks.com/shevostudiosontour/TOTPSE2EP18-Dirty-Thai-Massage-Secrets-Taiwan-Two-Wheel-Terror.mp3?download=true" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Download</a></div> </div> <div class="track"> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div id="block-yui_3_17_2_1_1458016377362_67710" class= "sqs-block horizontalrule-block sqs-block-horizontalrule" data-block-type="47"> </div>
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Sheila Masters Muay Thai & Astrologers Picked My Wife [Season 2, Episode 19]
<p id="yui_3_17_2_5_1512733320774_989">Hello and welcome again to our life here in Bangkok, Thailand! We know that getting us in your ears every week satisfies your curiosity to a certain level, but sometimes pictures work really, really well. <a href= "https://www.flickr.com/sheila_dee/">Sheila’s added some 2,000 photos to Flickr </a>since our travels began, and has hundreds available from our life here in Bangkok. Really, you should see them.</p> <p>As for the podcast… <strong>We share two other stories on today’s program, one from Thailand and another from, or at least about, India:</strong></p> <h3>1. Sheila Masters Muay Thai</h3> <p><em>Music credit: <a href= "http://incompetech.com/wordpress/2015/09/upbeat-forever/">Upbeat Forever by Kevin MacLeod</a></em></p> <p>Sheila’s been getting into Muay Thai fighting over the last few weeks. And while she’s not quite ready to protect The Kingdom from hordes of invaders, it may keep a drunken expat or two at bay. Especially if they don’t want their eardrums ruptured.</p> <h3>2. Astrologers Picked My Wife</h3> <p>Music credit: <a href= "https://soundcloud.com/kevin-9-1/name-the-piece-18">Temple Ruins by Kevin MacLeod</a></p> <p>We’ll be the first to admit that we don’t get the whole concept of arranged marriages. But we’ve been around the block enough to know not to judge other cultures by our own standards. Still, it’s damned weird to let an astrologer anywhere in your life, let alone having an influential voice on who you should marry. As our friend and fellow Bankokian Cassie tells Evo, it’s still the way things are done in India. Be advised that Evo’s language gets a little more raw than normal as he waxes philosophically on human nature during the discussion Blame the wine they both had too much of if you like.</p> <h2>And that’s the show!</h2> <p>We’re now scheduling interviews with friends and fans so we can feature their travel stories on our show. If you haven’t yet heard from us, that’s probably an oversight on our part, so get in touch. We’d love to have you on the show.</p> <p>Special thanks to <a href="http://incompetech.com/">Kevin MacLeod of Incompetech.com</a> for our theme music Upbeat Forever and all of the music used in this episode.</p> <p>Funding for this podcast and all the great content we produce is made possible by listeners just like you. <a href= "http://patreon.com/opptravelers">Visit ShEvo.wtf/postcards</a> to pledge your support, and get a hand written postcard each month as we travel abroad.</p> <p>Additional funding provided by <a href= "http://travelsmith.com/">TravelSmith</a>. Inspiring people to go places they've never been, and keeping us looking smart and well-outfitted on our journey.</p> <p>And if you want to travel the world… it’s cheaper than you think! Visit <a href= "http://shevo.wtf/">ShEvo.wtf </a>for more details, and click on the <a href= "http://shevo.wtf/stayforfree">Housesitting</a> link to find out exactly how we afford to travel the world in style.</p>
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Quest For Queso & Hidden Elves of Iceland [Season 2, Episode 20]
<p id="yui_3_17_2_6_1512733320774_1021">We know you love keeping up with us on the podcast, but you can get an almost-live look at our lives here in Bangkok on <a href= "https://www.snapchat.com/add/evoterra">Evo’s Snapchat account</a>! Though we’ve both had accounts there for a while, it took some time before we figured out how great the platform actually is at sharing our lives here in Bangkok. So while yes, it’s just one more place to keep up with us, it’s probably your best place for discrete voyeuristic action. But sorry; no pervy stuff. Just what we’re seeing and experiencing as we live as expats here and other places abroad!</p> <p><strong>And speaking of travel stories, we’ve two to share on today’s program, one from Thailand and another from Iceland:</strong></p> <h3>Quest For Queso</h3> <p><em>Music credit: <a href= "http://incompetech.com/wordpress/2015/09/upbeat-forever/">Upbeat Forever by Kevin MacLeod</a></em></p> <p>Finding cheese -- good cheese -- in Thailand takes a bit of effort. And if you’re wondering why anyone would care about the quality of cheese in their lives… we’re wondering what the hell is wrong with you, because once you’ve discovered the magic of quality cheese, you’ll never go back to processed cheese food again. Unless you move to Bangkok. But even then, you’ll be on the hunt as as we are.</p> <h3>Hidden Elves of Iceland</h3> <p><em>Music credit:<a href= "https://incompetech.com/wordpress/2016/02/casa-bossa-nova/"> Casa Bossa Nova by Kevin MacLeod</a></em></p> <p>Like a true world traveler, our friend <a href= "http://traveldave.co.uk/">Dave Brett has been all over, </a>collecting and sharing travel stories as he travels the globe. He’s currently cooling off somewhere near the North Pole, but we found a few moments to catch up with him. We knew he had a story to tell. That it would be <a href= "http://www.visithafnarfjordur.is/activities-and-leisures/elves-and-vikings">about Icelandic elves</a> was a complete surprise. As was the fact that all Icelandic females apparently have an Irish accent.</p> <h2>And that’s the show!</h2> <p>We’re now 20 episodes into the 2nd season of our show. New format, fun guests, hopefully funny shows… So, would you mind sharing with your friends again? We think we’ve hit on the right mix this time. If you agree find someone to share the show with today. Just send them to Shevo.wtf. Or refuse to let them out of the car until this episode has played. That should do the trick.</p> <p>Special thanks to <a href="http://incompetech.com/">Kevin MacLeod of Incompetech.com</a> for our theme music Upbeat Forever and all of the music used in this episode.</p> <p>Funding for this podcast and all the great content we produce is made possible by listeners just like you. <a href= "http://patreon.com/opptravelers">Visit ShEvo.wtf/postcards</a> to pledge your support, and get a hand written postcard each month as we travel abroad.</p> <p>Additional funding provided by <a href= "http://travelsmith.com/">TravelSmith</a>. Inspiring people to go places they've never been, and keeping us looking smart and well-outfitted on our journey.</p> <p>And if you want to travel the world… it’s cheaper than you think! Visit <a href="http://shevo.wtf/">ShEvo.wtf</a>for more details, and click on the <a href= "http://shevo.wtf/stayforfree">Housesitting</a> link to find out exactly how we afford to travel the world in style.</p>
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Phone Booth Infestation & Space Cake Smuggler [Season 2, Episode 21]
<div id="block-yui_3_17_2_1_1459730853252_23343" class= "sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div id="yui_3_17_2_8_1512733320774_1008" class= "sqs-block-content"> <p id="yui_3_17_2_8_1512733320774_1007">It’s hot in Bangkok. Like… always hot. Which is why so many tourists and expats walk around in shorts and tank-tops all the time. But now that we have an actual closet, it’s rather nice to wear clothes that we actually care about. That, and we don’t want to get mistaken for backpackers or sexpats.</p> <p>Still, it’s a little strange for Evo to declare his <a href="http://www.travelsmith.com/men-27s-flyaway-5-pocket-pants/826193">undying love for a pair of pants</a>. (Thanks, TravelSmith!) But he does seem to genuinely love wearing them, which makes Bangkok that much more beautiful by not having his chicken legs strutting around in public.</p> <p>And speaking of beautiful things, <strong>we’ve two to stories on today’s program, one from Thailand and another from The Netherlands:</strong></p> <h3>1. Phone Booth Infestation</h3> <p><em>Music credit: <a href= "http://incompetech.com/wordpress/2015/09/upbeat-forever/">Upbeat Forever by Kevin MacLeod</a></em></p> <p>As much as we’re enjoying living in Bangkok… it’s not the cleanest city on the planet. Sure, it has it’s moments, and we’re by no means living in squalor. But like any big city, blight is an issue. Recently, the Thai government launched an initiative to get rid of the single biggest eyesore in the city. Uh… <a href= "http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/880844/phone-booth-removal-next-step-in-clean-up-campaign">phone booths</a>? Huh. OK.</p> <h3>2. Space Cake Smuggler</h3> <p><em>Music credit: <a href= "https://incompetech.com/wordpress/2015/09/1492/">Spy Glass by Kevin MacLeod</a></em></p> <p>Love it or not, societal norms and legality issues over marijuana are changing. If you still live in a repressed area of the world, you may wonder about the appropriateness of this story. But for the rest of you, don’t make the mistake Gabor from <a href="https://tapewrite.com/">TapeWrite</a> made when leaving Amsterdam. Remember, consume before you get to the airport. They sort of frown on smuggling dope into the Vatican, even for personal consumption.</p> <h2>And that’s the show!</h2> <p>Next week, Sheila’s on a much-needed vacation, so we will not release a show. It’s Songkran, or Thai New Year. Yes, we celebrated Chinese new year a little over a month ago. And there was the whole “real” calendar-flipping a few weeks before that. Hey, we have lots of calendars in Thailand. It’s work.</p> <p>Special thanks to <a href="http://incompetech.com/">Kevin MacLeod of Incompetech.com</a> for our theme music Upbeat Forever and all of the music used in this episode.</p> <p>Funding for this podcast and all the great content we produce is made possible by listeners just like you. <a href= "http://patreon.com/opptravelers">Visit ShEvo.wtf/postcards</a> to pledge your support, and get a hand written postcard each month as we travel abroad.</p> <p>Additional funding provided by <a href= "http://travelsmith.com/">TravelSmith</a>. Inspiring people to go places they've never been, and keeping us looking smart and well-outfitted on our journey.</p> <p>And if you want to travel the world… it’s cheaper than you think! Visit <a href="http://shevo.wtf/">ShEvo.wtf</a>for more details, and click on the <a href= "http://shevo.wtf/stayforfree">Housesitting</a> link to find out exactly how we afford to travel the world in style.</p> </div> </div>
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Clean BTS, Bathrooms, and Butts & Austrian Sauna Confessional [Season 2, Episode 22]
<p id="yui_3_17_2_10_1512733320774_982">This week we’re thrilled to report that our constant quest for quality beer has been fulfilled! Though we still have to pay the annoying 400% import tax, we’ve started getting beer deliveries from <a href= "https://www.wishbeer.com/en/">Wishbeer</a>. A few clicks on our phone and a motorscooter shows up an hour later with a dozen quality craft beers for us, chilled and ready to drink! And we also found a brand new place called <a href= "https://www.facebook.com/thebeerbob">Bottles of Beer</a> just a few stops up the SkyTrain from us. We’re sure it’ll be packed before long, but for now it’s our hidden watering hole!</p> <p>But we’re not just about the beer. <strong>We’ve two travel stories to share on today’s program, one about our ongoing life in Thailand and another from Austria:</strong></p> <h3>1. Clean BTS, Bathrooms, and Butts</h3> <p><em>Music credit: <a href= "http://incompetech.com/wordpress/2015/09/upbeat-forever/">Upbeat Forever by Kevin MacLeod</a></em></p> <p>Last week’s show might have left you with the impression that Bangkok is a dirty city. Worse, that Bangkokians or Thais in general are dirty people. That is categorically not true, and we owe it to set the record straight. The truth is that “cleanliness” is a big part of “Thainess”, and the evidence of that comes in odd ways.</p> <h3>2. Austrian Sauna Confessionals</h3> <p><em>Music credit: <a href= "http://soundslikeanearful.com/earful/rpm-day-18-everything-hurts-wanna-dance/">Everything Hurts, I Wanna Dance</a> by Sounds Like An Earful</em></p> <p>We’re not known for having prudish friends, and Alex is no exception. However, cultural norms around nudity are just that: cultural. People who travel frequently -- especially<a href= "http://virtualwayfarer.com/"> travel writers like Alex Berger</a> -- find themselves in uncharted territory a lot when it comes to acting like a local. And when the clothes come off, it becomes even more awkward. Even when you’re deep in a culture that’s very OK with nudity, the exact question of when you disrobe remains. It’s not like this is the stuff they put in guidebooks, right?</p> <h2>And that’s the show!</h2> <p>As promised, it’s vacation week (Happy <a href= "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Songkran_(Thailand)">Songkran</a>!)  for us and we’re heading to the mountains of northern Thailand for a much-needed getaway.</p> <p>But it looks like a bunch of new people have discovered our show. Or perhaps old listeners have re-discovered now that we’ve settled on a format they like. Whatever the case, welcome to all the new people (and thanks for sticking around to all the legacy listeners!) We didn’t want to skip a week, so call this one a bonus!</p> <p>If you’re new to the show -- or maybe you’ve come back after a hiatus -- let us know. You can drop us a comment on the show notes on our <a href="http://shevo.wtf/facebook">Facebook page</a> or on <a href="http://shevo.wtf/">our website</a>. And as always, we’d love to have you come on the show and tell your funny story just like Alex did today. <a href= "http://www.theopportunistictravelers.com/contact-us/">Just get in touch!</a></p> <p>Special thanks to <a href="http://incompetech.com/">Kevin MacLeod of Incompetech.com</a> and to <a href= "http://soundslikeanearful.com/earful/rpm-day-18-everything-hurts-wanna-dance/">Chris from Sounds Like An Earful </a>for the songs used in this episode.</p> <p>Funding for this podcast and all the great content we produce is made possible by listeners just like you. <a href= "http://patreon.com/opptravelers">Visit ShEvo.wtf/postcards</a> to pledge your support, and get a hand written postcard each month as we travel abroad.</p> <p>Additional funding provided by <a href= "http://travelsmith.com/">TravelSmith</a>. Inspiring people to go places they've never been, and keeping us looking smart and well-outfitted on our journey.</p> <p>And if you want to travel the world… it’s cheaper than you think! Visit <a href="http://shevo.wtf/">ShEvo.wtf</a>for more details, and click on the <a href= "http://shevo.wtf/stayforfree">Housesitting</a> link to find out exactly how we afford to travel the world in style.</p>
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Holiday For Dicks & Ill-Timed Sneeze [Season 2, Episode 23]
<p id="yui_3_17_2_12_1512733320774_994">Things are getting busy here at ShEvo Studios, as Evo’s picking up a few podcasting clients. Hooray for additional income! And hooray for the new podcasts he’s helping to launch. We’ll talk more about them in the coming weeks, obviously.</p> <p><strong>We have two travel stories to share on today’s program, one about recent trip to Chiang Rai and one from England:</strong></p> <h3>1. A Holiday For Dicks</h3> <p><em>Music credit: <a href= "http://incompetech.com/wordpress/2015/09/upbeat-forever/">Upbeat Forever by Kevin MacLeod</a></em></p> <p>Last week was Songkran and we made our way to Chiang Rai in northern Thailand to take in the festivities. And by “festivities”, we mean a three-day state-sanctioned country-wide water fight. Smart people leave the country. But no one ever said we were smart. And we took in two of the strangest attractions in all of Thailand. What a weird country we live in.</p> <h3>2. Ill-Timed Sneeze</h3> <p><em>Music credit: <a href= "https://soundcloud.com/kevin-9-1/name-the-piece-24">Squinch Machine by Kevin MacLeod</a></em></p> <p>Tony C Smith is starting a new podcast -- <a href= "http://yourremarkableadventure.com/">Your Remarkable Adventure</a>. To get himself ready for adventure, he’s getting fit, working out, and eating way WAY too many dried apricots. One ill-timed sneeze, and he has quite a story to tell.</p> <h2>And that’s the show!</h2> <p>You like us! You really like us! Over 1,000 downloads last week has us jumping up and down for joy. Yay!</p> <p>So for all the new people who are sure to fall in love with the show, head over to <a href= "https://www.patreon.com/opptravelers">our Patreon Page for ways you can support the show and get some cool stuff in return</a>. Some people, namely Tony, Dave, Julie, Justin, Claire, Kelly, Paul, A, Peter, Kyle, Scott, Mike, Krys, Keith, Sharon, Dan, Mike, and Rowan, have been supporting us for over a year. Thanks, people!</p> <p>Special thanks to <a href="http://incompetech.com/">Kevin MacLeod of Incompetech.com</a> for the songs used in this episode.</p> <p>Funding for this podcast and all the great content we produce is made possible by listeners just like you. <a href= "http://patreon.com/opptravelers">Visit ShEvo.wtf/postcards</a> to pledge your support, and get a hand written postcard each month as we travel abroad.</p> <p>Additional funding provided by <a href= "http://travelsmith.com/">TravelSmith</a>. Inspiring people to go places they've never been, and keeping us looking smart and well-outfitted on our journey.</p> <p>And if you want to travel the world… it’s cheaper than you think! Visit <a href="http://shevo.wtf/">ShEvo.wtf</a>for more details, and click on the <a href= "http://shevo.wtf/stayforfree">Housesitting</a> link to find out exactly how we afford to travel the world in style.</p>
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Bangkok Movie Madness & Kicked Out Of Kiribati [Season 2, Episode 24]
<p id="yui_3_17_2_14_1512733320774_991">Just a quick follow up to the<a href= "http://www.theopportunistictravelers.com/blog/2016/4/4/phone-booth-infestation-space-cake-smuggler"> blighted phone booth cleanup show</a> from a few weeks back: That crazy Bangkok notion looks like it’s going into action! But that’s not what we wanted to talk about with you on today’s program.</p> <p>Instead, we have two travel stories to share, one from Bangkok and one from Kiribati:</p> <h3>1. Bangkok Movie Madness</h3> <p><em>Music credit: <a href= "http://incompetech.com/wordpress/2015/09/upbeat-forever/">Upbeat Forever by Kevin MacLeod</a></em></p> <p>Bangkok maybe of the more diverse places to watch first-run movies. Sure, you can have your run-of-the-mill theater experience much like you would in any Western city. Or you can opt to live like a fat cat, soaking up (and paying for) the personal privilege of a VIP movie experience. But our favorite? The gritty throwback theaters of <a href= "http://www.apexsiam-square.com/home.asp">Lido and Scala</a>. They’ve the best popcorn in town!</p> <h3>2. Kicked Out Of Kiribati</h3> <p><em>Music credit: <a href= "https://soundcloud.com/kevin-9-1/thief-in-the-night">Thief In The Night by Kevin MacLeod</a></em></p> <p><a href="http://everything-everywhere.com/">Gary Arndt’s made a career out of travel</a>. But it almost ended just a few months after he got started, thanks to an overzealous immigration agent in Kiribati. Then again, having a challenging experience early might have made him the cool cucumber of a traveler he is today. And you can all thank him for single-handedly (my words, not his) getting a stupid law changed.</p> <h2>And that’s the show!</h2> <p>Our travel calendar is starting to fill up again. Next week, Evo’s taking a solo trip to Vietnam. After that, we’re headed to a rocket festival in northern Thailand, a beach getaway after that, and then he’s off to Sri Lanka. So much for settling down.<br /> <br /> Remember, you can follow along with those events as they happen. <a href="http://shevo.wtf/facebook">Facebook Live</a>, <a href= "http://periscope.tv/opptravelers">Periscope</a>, <a href= "http://snapchat.com/add/evoterra">Snapchat</a>, <a href= "http://instagram.com/opptravelers">Instagram…</a> there are all sort of ways we document travels as they happen, rather than waiting for a once a week show to come out.</p> <p>Special thanks to <a href="http://incompetech.com/">Kevin MacLeod of Incompetech.com</a> for the songs used in this episode.</p> <p>Funding for this podcast and all the great content we produce is made possible by listeners just like you. <a href= "http://patreon.com/opptravelers">Visit ShEvo.wtf/postcards</a> to pledge your support, and get a hand written postcard each month as we travel abroad.</p> <p>Additional funding provided by <a href= "http://travelsmith.com/">TravelSmith</a>. Inspiring people to go places they've never been, and keeping us looking smart and well-outfitted on our journey.</p> <p>And if you want to travel the world… it’s cheaper than you think! Visit <a href="http://shevo.wtf/">ShEvo.wtf</a>for more details, and click on the <a href= "http://shevo.wtf/stayforfree">Housesitting</a> link to find out exactly how we afford to travel the world in style.</p>
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Hapless In Hanoi & Crashing A Polish Wedding [Season 2, Episode 25]
<p id="yui_3_17_2_16_1512733320774_990">Bangkok’s much lauded <a href="http://www.dinosaurplanet.net/en/">Dinosaur Planet theme park</a> caught on fire today. And if that’s not strange enough, it was the <a href= "http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/954273/ferris-wheel-catches-fire">ferris wheel that burst into flames</a>. That’s right. Ferris, as in iron. Iron burns in this country. What the hell are we doing here?</p> <p><strong>On today’s show, we have two travel stories to share, one from Vietnam and one from Poland:</strong></p> <h3>1. Hapless In Hanoi</h3> <p><em>Music credit: <a href= "http://incompetech.com/wordpress/2015/09/upbeat-forever/">Upbeat Forever by Kevin MacLeod</a></em></p> <p>Look, no one ever said Evo was a genius. Brilliant, sure. But genius? That’s stretching things. Especially since he can’t even manage to leave the country for a quick border hop without leaving almost everything he needed behind. Luckily he had his passport and credit card. The rest? Not so much.</p> <h3>2. Crashing A Polish Wedding</h3> <p><em>Music credit: <a href= "https://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1500078">Suave Standpipe by Kevin MacLeod</a></em></p> <p>Getting into a serious car accident on the way to a wedding is everyone’s nightmare. Having it happen in a foreign country where you don’t speak the language is a special nightmare for world travelers. Somehow winding up back in time to pre-Solidarity Poland is a special hell only Gabor from <a href= "https://tapewrite.com/">Tapewrite</a> has had to endure.</p> <h2>And that’s the show!</h2> <p>Special thanks to <a href="http://incompetech.com/">Kevin MacLeod of Incompetech.com</a> for the songs used in this episode.</p> <p>Funding for this podcast and all the great content we produce is made possible by listeners just like you. <a href= "http://patreon.com/opptravelers">Visit ShEvo.wtf/postcards</a> to pledge your support, and get a hand written postcard each month as we travel abroad.</p> <p>Additional funding provided by <a href= "http://travelsmith.com/">TravelSmith</a>. Inspiring people to go places they've never been, and keeping us looking smart and well-outfitted on our journey.</p> <p>And if you want to travel the world… it’s cheaper than you think! Visit <a href="http://shevo.wtf/">ShEvo.wtf</a>for more details, and click on the <a href= "http://shevo.wtf/stayforfree">Housesitting</a> link to find out exactly how we afford to travel the world in style.</p>
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No International Incidents & Rocking Mt. Rushmore [Season 2, Episode 26]
<p id="yui_3_17_2_18_1512733320774_979">Plenty of things are cheaper in Thailand than they are back home. Fresh produce is one those, so we probably shouldn’t have been surprised at the low cost of wholesale marijuana. No, we didn’t buy any. But these two taxi drivers decided to get in the business. Bad move, fellas.</p> <p>Instead of going on and on about something we don’t know about, <strong>we bring you two stories on today’s show, one from Thailand and one from the good ol’ US of A:</strong></p> <h3>1. No International Incidents</h3> <p><em>Music credit: <a href= "http://incompetech.com/wordpress/2015/09/upbeat-forever/">Upbeat Forever by Kevin MacLeod</a></em></p> <p>We try hard not to get arrested while we’re abroad. Or rather, that’s Evo’s stance. Sheila, on the other hand, seems to actively work against that goal. Which you’ll find surprising, but then you’ll hear that an old abandoned trainyard in Bangkok was involved, and you’ll think “Oh… yeah. I can see that.”</p> <h3>2. Rocking Mt. Rushmore</h3> <p><em>Music credit: Carpe Diem by Kevin MacLeod</em></p> <p>Taking two school aged daughters and an infant son on an open-ended cross-country road trip isn’t everyone’s idea of a much needed vacation. But it was for <a href= "http://krysvs.com/">Krys</a> and his wife Melissa, who found their family of six tragically cut down to five after losing their not-even-two-years-old son <a href= "https://www.crowdrise.com/teamatticus">Atticus</a> to cancer just a few months before. Maybe a family road trip was just what they needed. With, that is, the right soundtrack. I’ll let Krys take it from here.</p> <h2>And that’s the show!</h2> <p>Next week is the <a href= "http://www.tourismthailand.org/Events-and-Festivals/Yasothon-Bun-Bangfai-Festival--6767">Bun Bang Fai rocket festival</a>! Which I have mixed feelings about. On one hand: home made rockets with a high-chance of explosion. But the forecast calls for temperatures over 40 Celsius -- that’s 104 Fahrenheit -- with blisteringly sunny skies. Can we have some of that dry heat back, Phoenix?</p> <p>Special thanks to <a href="http://incompetech.com/">Kevin MacLeod of Incompetech.com</a> for the songs used in this episode.</p> <p>Funding for this podcast and all the great content we produce is made possible by listeners just like you. <a href= "http://patreon.com/opptravelers">Visit ShEvo.wtf/postcards</a> to pledge your support, and get a hand written postcard each month as we travel abroad.</p> <p>Additional funding provided by <a href= "http://travelsmith.com/">TravelSmith</a>. Inspiring people to go places they've never been, and keeping us looking smart and well-outfitted on our journey.</p> <p>And if you want to travel the world… it’s cheaper than you think! Visit <a href="http://shevo.wtf/">ShEvo.wtf</a>for more details, and click on the <a href= "http://shevo.wtf/stayforfree">Housesitting</a> link to find out exactly how we afford to travel the world in style.</p>
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Thailand Takes On SpaceX & Don't Hug The Elk [Season 2, Episode 27]
<p id="yui_3_17_2_20_1512733320774_980">Things are heating up here in Thailand, but hopefully a break in the weather is in sight. And sorry for the less-than-perfect audio for the first half of this week’s show. We didn’t take our good equipment with us to the festival (more on that in a moment), so we did it the old way with our headsets and phones. Still, it was a story that needed to be told. Perhaps by less exhausted people, but we work with what we have.</p> <p><strong>Two more stories on today’s show, one from Thailand and one from Canada that is uniquely Canadian:</strong></p> <h3>1. Thailand Takes On SpaceX</h3> <p><em>Music credit: <a href= "http://incompetech.com/wordpress/2015/09/upbeat-forever/">Upbeat Forever by Kevin MacLeod</a></em></p> <p>It’s called the <a href= "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rocket_Festival">Bun Bang Fai Festival</a>, and it happens every year in northeastern Thailand. We flew up to see what this rarely-seen strange festival was all about. And boy how, did we. <a href= "http://shevo.wtf/rockets2016">Bamboo “rockets”</a> (sans fins) are jam-packed with 265 pounds of hand-mixed gunpowder, and then strapped to wooden scaffolding some 40 feet in the air by drunken villagers. And then lit on fire. Yeah. That happened.</p> <h3>2. Don’t Hug The Elk</h3> <p><em>Music credit: <a href= "https://incompetech.com/wordpress/2016/04/inspired/">Inspired by Kevin MacLeod</a></em></p> <p><a href="https://twitter.com/radiomylar">Filmmaker Jesse Harley</a> learned his lesson about interacting with wildlife the hard way. Because even when you’re trying to do the right thing for a grieving friend, nature doesn’t give two shits.  Every Canadian knows not to feed the bears. Apparently, that common knowledge doesn’t extend to elk hugging. Which is a thing?</p> <h2>And that’s the show!</h2> <p>Next week, we’re going to take a nice and cool trip down to an island called Koh Yao Noi, where Evo will be be taking over the <a href="http://snapchat.com/add/tripitcom">Tripit snapchat account </a>on Saturday. No heat stroke. No rockets. Just a cool time on the beach. And just in time for the rainy season. Nice planning.</p> <p>Special thanks to <a href="http://incompetech.com/">Kevin MacLeod of Incompetech.com</a> for the songs used in this episode.</p> <p>Funding for this podcast and all the great content we produce is made possible by listeners just like you. <a href= "http://patreon.com/opptravelers">Visit ShEvo.wtf/postcards</a> to pledge your support, and get a hand written postcard each month as we travel abroad.</p> <p>Additional funding provided by <a href= "http://travelsmith.com/">TravelSmith</a>. Inspiring people to go places they've never been, and keeping us looking smart and well-outfitted on our journey.</p> <p>And if you want to travel the world… it’s cheaper than you think! Visit <a href="http://shevo.wtf/">ShEvo.wtf</a>for more details, and click on the <a href= "http://shevo.wtf/stayforfree">Housesitting</a> link to find out exactly how we afford to travel the world in style.</p>
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Mooless Island Life & Bridging the Gap [Season 2, Episode 28]
<p id="yui_3_17_2_22_1512733320774_977">Holy cow how did we make 28 episodes of our second season? Clearly we did, and you must like it, so I guess we’ll keep going. So without any further ado...</p> <p><strong>We have two more stories on today’s show, one from Thailand and one from America:</strong></p> <h3>1. Mooless Island Life</h3> <p><em>Music credit: <a href= "http://incompetech.com/wordpress/2015/09/upbeat-forever/">Upbeat Forever by Kevin MacLeod</a></em></p> <p>We’re stoked that Thailand’s rainy season has brought cooler temperatures to Bangkok. But they also bring… well, rain. And that’s not what you want when you visit an island for a three day weekend. Nor do you want to have to deal with allergens in your pillows. All you really want is pork, which is a stupid thing to want when you’re surrounded by Muslims. Someone will never learn.</p> <h3>2. Bridging the Gap</h3> <p><em>Music credit: <a href= "https://incompetech.com/wordpress/2016/05/lewis-and-dekalb/">Lewis & Dekalb by Kevin MacLeod</a></em></p> <p>Our friend <a href="https://www.facebook.com/bpatch63">Ben Patch</a> spent his formative years traveling The States doing children’s theater. Yes, it’s a lot of work, but it also leaves one with plenty of time to get out and explore their new surroundings. For a budding photography, it’s a great chance to see the world. But just because one has an eye for photography, doesn’t mean he can judge distance very well. Don’t jump, man.</p> <h2>And that’s the show!</h2> <p>We need to apologize to our Patrons -- those who support us financially with a buck or two each month at <a href= "http://patreon.com/opptravelers">Patreon.com/opptravelers</a>. Our tight travel schedule hasn’t let us get caught up enough to send you the link to our episode a day early. Sorry about that. But we should be caught up, so your next shows will come early, just like we promised.</p> <p>Special thanks to <a href="http://incompetech.com/">Kevin MacLeod of Incompetech.com</a> for the songs used in this episode.</p> <p>Funding for this podcast and all the great content we produce is made possible by listeners just like you. <a href= "http://patreon.com/opptravelers">Visit ShEvo.wtf/postcards</a> to pledge your support, and get a hand written postcard each month as we travel abroad.</p> <p>Additional funding provided by <a href= "http://travelsmith.com/">TravelSmith</a>. Inspiring people to go places they've never been, and keeping us looking smart and well-outfitted on our journey.</p> <p>And if you want to travel the world… it’s cheaper than you think! Visit <a href="http://shevo.wtf/">ShEvo.wtf</a>for more details, and click on the <a href= "http://shevo.wtf/stayforfree">Housesitting</a> link to find out exactly how we afford to travel the world in style.</p>
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Shopping For Support & Mexico By Motorhome [Season 2, Episode 29]
<p id="yui_3_17_2_24_1512733320774_977">We just celebrated our 27th year anniversary, which apparently is a big thing. And even bigger considering we’ve spent the last 18 months hopping the globe together. And they said it wouldn’t last. But that’s not what we want to talk about.</p> <p><strong>We have two more stories on today’s show, one from Thailand and one from Mexico:</strong></p> <h3>1. Shopping For Support</h3> <p><em>Music credit: <a href= "http://incompetech.com/wordpress/2015/09/upbeat-forever/">Upbeat Forever by Kevin MacLeod</a></em></p> <p>Bangkok is a hotspot for shoppers. Yes, people take vacations to Bangkok just to go shopping. Which is nuts, but happens. For us, it means we’ve a wide range of options to choose from, though Evo’s stereotypical disdain of shopping keeps him out of most stores. He’s found one he likes, however. But that’s probably because he doesn’t need a sports bra. Yet.</p> <h3>2. Mexico By Motorhome</h3> <p><em>Music credit: <a href= "https://soundcloud.com/kevin-9-1/name-the-piece-20">Party Complex by Kevin MacLeod</a></em></p> <p>Talk about your epic family road trip. Paul Kortman’s family of six -- plus dogs! -- lives the location independence lifestyle via a motorhome. When he’s not <a href= "http://nomadtogether.com/">helping others lead a similar life</a>, he’s battling his nemesis on the gritty streets of Mexico: Google Maps!</p> <h2>And that’s the show!</h2> <p>If you’ve followed <a href= "http://theopportunistictravelers.com/">the blog</a> or <a href= "https://www.facebook.com/TheOpportunisticTravelers/">our Facebook page</a>, you’ve probably noticed some <a href= "http://www.theopportunistictravelers.com/blog/?category=OMM">new One Minute Memories videos posted</a>. We sort of got out of the habit of that, but they’re coming back. So if you need a break in your hectic day, watch one of Sheila’s short little videos. And if you like them, <a href="mailto:sheila@shevo.wtf">she’d love some feedback</a>.</p> <p>Special thanks to <a href="http://incompetech.com/">Kevin MacLeod of Incompetech.com</a> for the songs used in this episode.</p> <p>Funding for this podcast and all the great content we produce is made possible by listeners just like you. <a href= "http://patreon.com/opptravelers">Visit ShEvo.wtf/postcards</a> to pledge your support, and get a hand written postcard each month as we travel abroad.</p> <p>Additional funding provided by <a href= "http://travelsmith.com/">TravelSmith</a>. Inspiring people to go places they've never been, and keeping us looking smart and well-outfitted on our journey.</p> <p>And if you want to travel the world… it’s cheaper than you think! Visit <a href="http://shevo.wtf/">ShEvo.wtf</a>for more details, and click on the <a href= "http://shevo.wtf/stayforfree">Housesitting</a> link to find out exactly how we afford to travel the world in style.</p>
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Unpopular With The Thais & Tattooing The Pickle [Season 2, Episode 30]
<p id="yui_3_17_2_26_1512733320774_976">Welcome to episode 30! Astute listeners will be aware of the historic relevance of that number for us. The rest of you will just want us to get on with it and tell you what’s happening on this week’s show. Speaking of that:</p> <p><strong>We have two more stories on today’s show, one from Thailand and one from Korea:</strong></p> <h3>1. Unpopular With The Thais</h3> <p><em>Music credit: <a href= "http://incompetech.com/wordpress/2015/09/upbeat-forever/">Upbeat Forever by Kevin MacLeod</a></em></p> <p>Something happened last Sunday. We’re not exactly sure what. Time rift? Demonic possession? Whatever it was, it caused the Thai people who live around us react to Evo as if he was a three-headed monster. Or someone to be dealt with very, very carefull. If not outright avoided.</p> <h3>2. Tattooing The Pickle</h3> <p><em>Music credit: <a href= "http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100708">Finding The Balance by Kevin MacLeod</a></em></p> <p>Lots of travelers like to collect ink as a memento of their travels. Tattoos are no longer considered marks of gangsters, drug dealers, or ex cons. They are often true works of art, worn proudly and paid handsomely for. Contrary to what Evo’s grandmother thinks, they’re perfectly acceptable. But that’s not how it happens in Korea. But if Yopickles has anything to say about it, that’ll change soon. She’s a <a href="http://yopickles.com/">hard core live streamer</a> that Evo follows on Snapchat. As you might imagine, she’s gathered a few odd stories along the way.</p> <h2>And that’s the show!</h2> <p>So yeah… show 30. It’s sort of like when The Doctor gets injured. Next week should be interesting.</p> <p>Special thanks to <a href="http://incompetech.com/">Kevin MacLeod of Incompetech.com</a> for the songs used in this episode.</p> <p>Funding for this podcast and all the great content we produce is made possible by listeners just like you. <a href= "http://patreon.com/opptravelers">Visit ShEvo.wtf/postcards</a> to pledge your support, and get a hand written postcard each month as we travel abroad.</p> <p>Additional funding provided by <a href= "http://travelsmith.com/">TravelSmith</a>. Inspiring people to go places they've never been, and keeping us looking smart and well-outfitted on our journey.</p> <p>And if you want to travel the world… it’s cheaper than you think! Visit <a href="http://shevo.wtf/">ShEvo.wtf</a>for more details, and click on the <a href= "http://shevo.wtf/stayforfree">Housesitting</a> link to find out exactly how we afford to travel the world in style.</p>
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Getting Submarined By An Elephant [Season 4, Episode 21]
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After three years, we finally made it to Chiang Mai, the hot destination for digital nomads and freelance barbers, apparently. But that’s not why we visited.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">We here to walk with Elephants on the</span> <a href= "https://www.elephantnaturepark.org/enp/visit-volunteer/projects/elephant-twilight-half-day-68/view"> <span style="font-weight: 400;">Twilight Tour from the Elephant Nature Park.</span></a> <span style="font-weight: 400;">We spend the last part of the day with a small herd elephants --  three adults and a couple of juveniles. Rambunctious ones, at that! This was a no-hook, no-ride experience, which was all about our small group feeding, tossing water on, walking with, getting ran over by (true story), and then feeding again these elephants. Very, very cool. Thanks to</span> <a href= "https://greenglobaltravel.com/"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">Bret Love from Green Global Travel</span></a> <span style="font-weight: 400;">for making the recommendation of a great way to spend the day with elephants in Thailand that won’t</span> <a href= "https://www.theopportunistictravelers.com/blog/2015/7/28/how-to-not-crush-your-soul-on-an-elephant"> <span style="font-weight: 400;">crush your soul</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Got a question for us?</span> <a href="https://goo.gl/bCBxHn"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">Leave us a quick voicemail</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. And if you want these episodes early and gain access to all of our bonus content,</span> <a href="https://goo.gl/zb4JGN"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">support us on Patreon</span></a><span style= "font-weight: 400;">.</span></p>
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What It’s Like Teaching In Thailand [Season 4, Episode 20]
<p>This week’s question is oddly prescient:</p> <p><em>“Hi, ShEvo. Since you both have experience teaching in Thailand, could you give us American teachers some advice on  what to expect and how to to approach the mentality of Thai students, parents, and teachers? If you could give examples from specific situations and how you both dealt with them, that would be great!”</em></p> <p>Evo teaches digital marketing at a Bangkok learning center that specializes in relevant web skills. Before that, he taught a marketing class at a university. Sheila is the assistant principal at a private Thai school where she also teaches computer classes. That makes us more than qualified to answer the question from our anonymous caller. Here’s what we’ll get into:</p> <ul> <li>Thai students -- kids or adults -- have much more respect for teachers, and that’s built into the culture. But that works against teachers trying to get students to think independently.</li> <li>Parents of Thai students are interesting, because they coordinate as a collective and want their kids to succeed as a part of the collective, often at the detriment to the individual needs of their own child. That takes some getting used to.</li> <li>Our fellow teachers are great! Both of us are working with people at the top of their field, all with expanded worldviews, and all enjoying the benefits of teaching abroad in a culture that gives teachers plenty of room to succeed.</li> </ul> <p>Got a question for us? <a href="https://goo.gl/bCBxHn">Leave us a quick voicemail</a>. And if you want these episodes early and gain access to all of our bonus content, <a href= "https://goo.gl/zb4JGN">support us on Patreon</a>.</p>
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Traveling The World Like An Art Student [Season 4, Episode 19]
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sheila is the artist in the family, and likes to explore creative endeavors. Oddly enough, Bangkok is a great place for people to explore their more creative side, with plenty of classes, seminars, and workshops available at cheap prices.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But what’s it like taking creative classes in a country where you don’t speak the language? Listen in to talk about tentacle porn, painting with beer, drawing naked people, and making spaghetti faces in Bangkok. (Evo wrote the show notes, so he might have some of the details wrong.)</span></p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ask Us Your Question!</span></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In case you hadn’t noticed, season Four of This One Time is driven by listeners like you.</span> <a href="http://shevo.wtf/callus"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">You ask us a question</span></a> <span style= "font-weight: 400;">and we’ll give you the answer in the form of a humorous (?) anecdote from our travels around the world. It’s sorta like Dear Abby meets Anthony Bourdain, only with less amazing food. Or swear words.</span></p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">Show Your Support For The Show</span></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">We simply couldn’t produce This One Time without support -- financial support -- from our fans.</span> <a href="http://shevo.wtf/patreon"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">Patreon makes it easy to support us for just $1 a month</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. While the advice we share may be questionable, perhaps you’ll feel the stories we share are worth that. Or a little more. Every little bit helps, so thanks in advance for your support. And to sweeten the pot, patrons get early access to the show and bonus content. You reward us; we reward you.</span></p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">Postcards From Abroad</span></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Yes, we still send several hand-written dozen postcards to select people each and every month from various places we travel to all around the world. Yes,</span> <a href="http://shevo.wtf/postcards"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">we’d love to send you a postcard</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, too!</span></p> <p> </p>
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Six Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Travel With Electronics [Season 4, Episode 18]
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">You know you’re a real world traveler when you have funny looking letters or an odd layout on your keyboard. Sheila’s laptop is setup for Italians, which means she has to hunt for the ‘@’ all the time. Evo’s features the Thai alphabet, though for some reason there isn’t ฿ symbol, which makes it hard to type amounts in the national currency.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">And that’s just the start. We’ve had to replace six different terribly expensive electronic devices during our world tour. Such is life. Luckily for us, we have some awesome supporters who help keep us semi-solvent around the world. That, and a mix of insurance and warranties.</span></p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">Funny Things You’ll Hear:</span></h2> <ul> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">Dropping a hard drive from six feet over your open laptop</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Why the bottom of an Italian canal is not a good place for laptop storage</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Why an open drybag isn’t a great place to keep your iPhone dry</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">What happens to a different iPhone after three days of Vietnam rainstorms</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">How your expensive DSLR camera can be destroyed at Thailand’s Songkran celebration</span></li> </ul> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ask Us Your Questions</span></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In case you hadn’t noticed, season Four of This One Time is driven by listeners like you.</span> <a href="http://shevo.wtf/callus"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">You ask us a question</span></a> <span style= "font-weight: 400;">and we’ll give you the answer in the form of a humorous (?) anecdote from our travels around the world. It’s sorta like Dear Abby meets Anthony Bourdain, only with less amazing food. Or swear words.</span></p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">Show Your Support For The Show</span></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">We simply couldn’t produce This One Time without support -- financial support -- from our fans.</span> <a href="http://shevo.wtf/patreon"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">Patreon makes it easy to support us for just $1 a month</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. While the advice we share may be questionable, perhaps you’ll feel the stories we share are worth that. Or a little more. Every little bit helps, so thanks in advance for your support. And to sweeten the pot, patrons get early access to the show and bonus content. You reward us; we reward you.</span></p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">Postcards From Abroad</span></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Yes, we still send several hand-written dozen postcards to select people each and every month from various places we travel to all around the world. Yes,</span> <a href="http://shevo.wtf/postcards"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">we’d love to send you a postcard</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, too!</span></p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">Become A Regular Listener</span></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Listening to us every week couldn’t be easier. If you carry a smartphone, we’ll deliver new episodes of This One Time to you every week -- automatically. On iOS,</span> <a href= "https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/shevo-studios-on-tour-shevo./id954435168?mt=2&ls=1"> <span style="font-weight: 400;">one click adds our show to the Apple Podcasts app</span></a> <span style= "font-weight: 400;">that’s already on your device. We’ve even made it</span> <a href= "http://subscribeonandroid.com/shevostudiosontour.podiobooks.libsynpro.com/rss"> <span style="font-weight: 400;">easy to get the show on your Android device</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. And if you’ve already chosen a favorite podcast listening device, just search for “This One Time” or</span> <a href= "http://shevostudiosontour.podiobooks.libsynpro.com/rss"><span style="font-weight: 400;"> add our RSS feed</span></a> <span style= "font-weight: 400;">manually. Seriously. It’s 2017. Listening to a podcast like ours has never been easier!</span></p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">About This One Time</span></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This One Time is a comedy travel podcast hosted by OG podcasters and world travelers</span> <a href= "http://evoterra.com/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Evo Terra</span></a> <span style="font-weight: 400;">and</span> <a href="http://www.sheiladee.com/"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">Sheila Dee</span></a><span style= "font-weight: 400;">. This is the fourth iteration (season, if you will) of their podcast which always features stories of their travels and life abroad.</span> <a href= "http://shevo.wtf/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Visit ShEvo.wtf</span></a> <span style="font-weight: 400;">for more information about this dynamic duo. And stay subscribed for the next episode!</span></p>
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You Can’t Opt Out Of Religion In SE Asia [Season 4, Episode 17]
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Fair warning: While Evo doesn’t take aim at any one religion or make disparaging remarks against people who are religious, there is a great chance that devout listeners will take offence. That isn’t the intention of this episode, and there are some rather humorous moments throughout. But you have been warned.</span></p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ask Us Your Question!</span></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In case you hadn’t noticed, season Four of This One Time is driven by listeners like you.</span> <a href="http://shevo.wtf/callus"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">You ask us a question</span></a> <span style= "font-weight: 400;">and we’ll give you the answer in the form of a humorous (?) anecdote from our travels around the world. It’s sorta like Dear Abby meets Anthony Bourdain, only with less amazing food. Or swear words.</span></p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">Show Your Support For The Show</span></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">We simply couldn’t produce This One Time without support -- financial support -- from our fans.</span> <a href="http://shevo.wtf/patreon"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">Patreon makes it easy to support us for just $1 a month</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. While the advice we share may be questionable, perhaps you’ll feel the stories we share are worth that. Or a little more. Every little bit helps, so thanks in advance for your support. And to sweeten the pot, patrons get early access to the show and bonus content. You reward us; we reward you.</span></p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">Postcards From Abroad</span></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Yes, we still send several hand-written dozen postcards to select people each and every month from various places we travel to all around the world. Yes,</span> <a href="http://shevo.wtf/postcards"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">we’d love to send you a postcard</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, too!</span></p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">Become A Regular Listener</span></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Listening to us every week couldn’t be easier. If you carry a smartphone, we’ll deliver new episodes of This One Time to you every week -- automatically. On iOS,</span> <a href= "https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/shevo-studios-on-tour-shevo./id954435168?mt=2&ls=1"> <span style="font-weight: 400;">one click adds our show to the Apple Podcasts app</span></a> <span style= "font-weight: 400;">that’s already on your device. We’ve even made it</span> <a href= "http://subscribeonandroid.com/shevostudiosontour.podiobooks.libsynpro.com/rss"> <span style="font-weight: 400;">easy to get the show on your Android device</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. And if you’ve already chosen a favorite podcast listening device, just search for “This One Time” or</span> <a href= "http://shevostudiosontour.podiobooks.libsynpro.com/rss"><span style="font-weight: 400;"> add our RSS feed</span></a> <span style= "font-weight: 400;">manually. Seriously. It’s 2017. Listening to a podcast like ours has never been easier!</span></p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">About This One Time</span></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This One Time is a comedy travel podcast hosted by OG podcasters and world travelers</span> <a href= "http://evoterra.com/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Evo Terra</span></a> <span style="font-weight: 400;">and</span> <a href="http://www.sheiladee.com/"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">Sheila Dee</span></a><span style= "font-weight: 400;">. This is the fourth iteration (season, if you will) of their podcast which always features stories of their travels and life abroad.</span> <a href= "http://shevo.wtf/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Visit ShEvo.wtf</span></a> <span style="font-weight: 400;">for more information about this dynamic duo. And stay subscribed for the next episode!</span></p>
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The Very Bad Day In Bali [Season 4, Episode 16]
<h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">Funny things you’ll hear in this episode of our comedy-travel-relationship advice podcast:</span></h2> <ul> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Why Bali is the very best place to have a motorbike accident</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><a href= "https://www.google.co.th/search?tbm=isch&q=canggu+shortcut"><span style="font-weight: 400;"> The worst road in Bali</span></a> <span style= "font-weight: 400;">and the difference between a pothole and a</span> <a href= "https://photos.app.goo.gl/gwO3iRJtwZBm5yxr2"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">bodyhole</span></a></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">How Bali bases an entire economy on barbers, tattoo shops, and dicks</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">What happens when two atheists get their sins bathed away at a Hindu temple where dead bodies are washed</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Tips to make Balinese vendors less annoying</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Why boobs and dicks are also common in the sacred monkey forest</span></li> </ul> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ask Us Your Question!</span></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In case you hadn’t noticed, season Four of This One Time is driven by listeners like you.</span> <a href="http://shevo.wtf/callus"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">You ask us a question</span></a> <span style= "font-weight: 400;">and we’ll give you the answer in the form of a humorous (?) anecdote from our travels around the world. It’s sorta like Dear Abby meets Anthony Bourdain, only with less amazing food. Or swear words.</span></p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">Show Your Support For The Show</span></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">We simply couldn’t produce This One Time without support -- financial support -- from our fans.</span> <a href="http://shevo.wtf/patreon"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">Patreon makes it easy to support us for just $1 a month</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. While the advice we share may be questionable, perhaps you’ll feel the stories we share are worth that. Or a little more. Every little bit helps, so thanks in advance for your support. And to sweeten the pot, patrons get early access to the show and bonus content. You reward us; we reward you.</span></p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">Postcards From Abroad</span></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Yes, we still send several hand-written dozen postcards to select people each and every month from various places we travel to all around the world. Yes,</span> <a href="http://shevo.wtf/postcards"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">we’d love to send you a postcard</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, too!</span></p> <p> </p>
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Traveling Like A Sharecropper’s Son [Season 4, Episode 15]
<p><strong>Funny things you’ll hear in this episode of our comedy-travel-relationship advice podcast:</strong></p> <ul> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Which of us is much more into “doing nice things”, and which is much more practical</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">What sorts of good and charitable work we have done during our travels around the world</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">Second-hand information we’ve gleaned about the topic from some of our globe-hopping friends</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">How voluntourism might turn you into an international criminal</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">Suggestions on</span> <a href= "http://shevo.wtf/stayforfree"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">traveling the world without paying for lodging</span></a> <span style="font-weight: 400;">without all that much manual labor involved</span></li> </ul> <p><strong>Ask Us Your Question!</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In case you hadn’t noticed, season Four of This One Time is driven by listeners like you.</span> <a href="http://shevo.wtf/callus"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">You ask us a question</span></a> <span style= "font-weight: 400;">and we’ll give you the answer in the form of a humorous (?) anecdote from our travels around the world. It’s sorta like Dear Abby meets Anthony Bourdain, only with less amazing food. Or swear words.</span></p> <p><strong>Show Your Support For The Show</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">We simply couldn’t produce This One Time without support -- financial support -- from our fans.</span> <a href="http://shevo.wtf/patreon"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">Patreon makes it easy to support us for just $1 a month</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. While the advice we share may be questionable, perhaps you’ll feel the stories we share are worth that. Or a little more. Every little bit helps, so thanks in advance for your support. And to sweeten the pot, patrons get early access to the show and bonus content. You reward us; we reward you.</span></p> <p><strong>Postcards From Abroad</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Yes, we still send several hand-written dozen postcards to select people each and every month from various places we travel to all around the world. Yes,</span> <a href="http://shevo.wtf/postcards"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">we’d love to send you a postcard</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, too!</span></p> <p> </p>
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How Not To Lose Your Sh** When You Travel [Season 4, Episode 14]
<p><strong>Funny things you’ll hear in this episode of our comedy-travel-relationship advice podcast:</strong></p> <ul> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Which doohickies are most often lost (or just left) by travelers</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">How one of us managed to leave a pair of Chacos in a hotel while traveling around the world</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">The best tip to stop losing things that’s deceptively simple -- if you have the stomach for it</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Why it’s a bad idea to drink (heavily) with the Irish before packing for an early morning flight</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">Exactly how many USB power adaptors and tiny thumb drives you need when traveling</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Why a luchador mask will never be accidentally left behind</span></li> </ul> <p><strong>Ask Us Your Question!</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In case you hadn’t noticed, season Four of This One Time is driven by listeners like you.</span> <a href="http://shevo.wtf/callus"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">You ask us a question</span></a> <span style= "font-weight: 400;">and we’ll give you the answer in the form of a humorous (?) anecdote from our travels around the world. It’s sorta like Dear Abby meets Anthony Bourdain, only with less amazing food. Or swear words.</span></p> <p><strong>Show Your Support For The Show</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">We simply couldn’t produce This One Time without support -- financial support -- from our fans.</span> <a href="http://shevo.wtf/patreon"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">Patreon makes it easy to support us for just $1 a month</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. While the advice we share may be questionable, perhaps you’ll feel the stories we share are worth that. Or a little more. Every little bit helps, so thanks in advance for your support. And to sweeten the pot, patrons get early access to the show and bonus content. You reward us; we reward you.</span></p> <p><strong>Postcards From Abroad</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Yes, we still send several hand-written dozen postcards to select people each and every month from various places we travel to all around the world. Yes,</span> <a href="http://shevo.wtf/postcards"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">we’d love to send you a postcard</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, too!</span></p> <p> </p>
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What Kind Of Sick Person Lives Abroad? [Season 4, Episode 13]
<p><strong>Funny things you’ll hear in this episode of our comedy-travel-relationship advice podcast:</strong></p> <ul> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Which of us has personally experienced healthcare in almost every country in the entire world</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Why such world-wide experience makes us feel pretty good about healthcare options around the world</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">What countries might not have the greatest healthcare services in the world, and why that never stops us from traveling</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Why bad healthcare is all the Commies’ fault</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Which country has the highest concentration of doctors and shape-changing aliens</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Two practical ways to keep your travel healthcare costs to a minimum</span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Also, we’re announcing a second podcast from the two us us! Listen in to get the details.</span></p> <p><strong>Ask Us Your Question!</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In case you hadn’t noticed, season Four of This One Time is driven by listeners like you.</span> <a href="http://shevo.wtf/callus"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">You ask us a question</span></a> <span style= "font-weight: 400;">and we’ll give you the answer in the form of a humorous (?) anecdote from our travels around the world. It’s sorta like Dear Abby meets Anthony Bourdain, only with less amazing food. Or swear words.</span></p> <p><strong>Show Your Support For The Show</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">We simply couldn’t produce This One Time without support -- financial support -- from our fans.</span> <a href="http://shevo.wtf/patreon"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">Patreon makes it easy to support us for just $1 a month</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. While the advice we share may be questionable, perhaps you’ll feel the stories we share are worth that. Or a little more. Every little bit helps, so thanks in advance for your support. And to sweeten the pot, patrons get early access to the show and bonus content. You reward us; we reward you. We’ve released bonus content the last two weeks!</span></p> <p><strong>Become A Regular Listener</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Listening to us every week couldn’t be easier. If you carry a smartphone, we’ll deliver new episodes of This One Time to you every week -- automatically. On iOS,</span> <a href= "https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/shevo-studios-on-tour-shevo./id954435168?mt=2&ls=1"> <span style="font-weight: 400;">one click adds our show to the Apple Podcasts app</span></a> <span style= "font-weight: 400;">that’s already on your device. We’ve even made it</span> <a href= "http://subscribeonandroid.com/shevostudiosontour.podiobooks.libsynpro.com/rss"> <span style="font-weight: 400;">easy to get the show on your Android device</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. And if you’ve already chosen a favorite podcast listening device, just search for “This One Time” or</span> <a href= "http://shevostudiosontour.podiobooks.libsynpro.com/rss"><span style="font-weight: 400;"> add our RSS feed</span></a> <span style= "font-weight: 400;">manually. Seriously. It’s 2017. Listening to a podcast like ours has never been easier!</span></p> <p><strong>About This One Time</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This One Time is a comedy travel podcast hosted by OG podcasters and world travelers</span> <a href= "http://evoterra.com"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Evo Terra</span></a> <span style="font-weight: 400;">and</span> <a href="http://www.sheiladee.com/"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">Sheila Dee</span></a><span style= "font-weight: 400;">. This is the fourth iteration (season, if you will) of their podcast which always features stories of their travels and life abroad.</span> <a href= "http://shevo.wtf"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Visit ShEvo.wtf</span></a> <span style="font-weight: 400;">for more information about this dynamic duo. And stay subscribed for the next episode!</span></p>
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International Hassles of Renting a Motorcycle [Season 4, Episode 12]
<p><strong>Funny things you’ll hear in this episode of our comedy-travel-relationship advice podcast:</strong></p> <ul> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">The relative safety is riding a motorbike in SE Asia when it’s been 30+ years since the last time you were on a bike</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Which SE Asia nation is the absolute worst place to ride a motorcycle</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Why Thailand ranks #2 for road fatalities, only behind Libya</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">Negotiating tactics for the police for when you get pulled over without a local license</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">The complete insanity of getting an International Drivers Permit in America. Because… really?</span></li> </ul> <p><strong>Ask Us Your Question!</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In case you hadn’t noticed, season Four of This One Time is driven by listeners like you.</span> <a href="http://shevo.wtf/callus"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">You ask us a question</span></a> <span style= "font-weight: 400;">and we’ll give you the answer in the form of a humorous (?) anecdote from our travels around the world. It’s sorta like Dear Abby meets Anthony Bourdain, only with less amazing food. Or swear words.</span></p> <p><strong>Show Your Support For The Show</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">We simply couldn’t produce This One Time without support -- financial support -- from our fans.</span> <a href="http://shevo.wtf/patreon"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">Patreon makes it easy to support us for just $1 a month</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. While the advice we share may be questionable, perhaps you’ll feel the stories we share are worth that. Or a little more. Every little bit helps, so thanks in advance for your support. And to sweeten the pot, patrons get early access to the show and bonus content. You reward us; we reward you. We’ve released bonus content the last two weeks!</span></p> <p><strong>Become A Regular Listener</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Listening to us every week couldn’t be easier. If you carry a smartphone, we’ll deliver new episodes of This One Time to you every week -- automatically. On iOS,</span> <a href= "https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/shevo-studios-on-tour-shevo./id954435168?mt=2&ls=1"> <span style="font-weight: 400;">one click adds our show to the Apple Podcasts app</span></a> <span style= "font-weight: 400;">that’s already on your device. We’ve even made it</span> <a href= "http://subscribeonandroid.com/shevostudiosontour.podiobooks.libsynpro.com/rss"> <span style="font-weight: 400;">easy to get the show on your Android device</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. And if you’ve already chosen a favorite podcast listening device, just search for “This One Time” or</span> <a href= "http://shevostudiosontour.podiobooks.libsynpro.com/rss"><span style="font-weight: 400;"> add our RSS feed</span></a> <span style= "font-weight: 400;">manually. Seriously. It’s 2017. Listening to a podcast like ours has never been easier!</span></p> <p><strong>About This One Time</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This One Time is a comedy travel podcast hosted by OG podcasters and world travelers</span> <a href= "http://evoterra.com"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Evo Terra</span></a> <span style="font-weight: 400;">and</span> <a href="http://www.sheiladee.com/"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">Sheila Dee</span></a><span style= "font-weight: 400;">. This is the fourth iteration (season, if you will) of their podcast which always features stories of their travels and life abroad.</span> <a href= "http://shevo.wtf"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Visit ShEvo.wtf</span></a> <span style="font-weight: 400;">for more information about this dynamic duo. And stay subscribed for the next episode!</span></p>
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This Episode Is Money [Season 4, Episode 11]
<p><strong>Funny things you’ll hear in this episode of our comedy-travel-relationship advice podcast:</strong></p> <ul> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">How we live in the lap of luxury traveling the world (not really)</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Why all of our money problems can safely be blamed on our family tree</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">How you too can sell off everything you own and live like bums traveling the world</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Which one of us is soon to be a huge TV star rolling in rupees</span></li> </ul> <p><strong>Ask Us Your Question!</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In case you hadn’t noticed, season Four of This One Time is driven by listeners like you.</span> <a href="http://shevo.wtf/callus"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">You ask us a question</span></a> <span style= "font-weight: 400;">and we’ll give you the answer in the form of a humorous (?) anecdote from our travels around the world. It’s sorta like Dear Abby meets Anthony Bourdain, only with less amazing food. Or swear words.</span></p> <p><strong>Show Your Support For The Show</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">We simply couldn’t produce This One Time without support -- financial support -- from our fans.</span> <a href="http://shevo.wtf/patreon"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">Patreon makes it easy to support us for just $1 a month</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. While the advice we share may be questionable, perhaps you’ll feel the stories we share are worth that. Or a little more. Every little bit helps, so thanks in advance for your support. And to sweeten the pot, patrons get early access to the show and bonus content. You reward us; we reward you. We’ve released bonus content the last two weeks!</span></p> <p> </p>
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