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ShEvo vs. The First World | A Skeptical Look at Western Culture

151 EpisodesProduced by Sheila Dee & Evo Terra - Third World SurvivorsWebsite

A critical look at the first world, inspired by the reverse culture shock your hosts, Sheila Dee & Evo Terra, experience every day as American citizens returning to Western civilization after three and a half years living and working in developing nations. Expert guests from the fields of science, s… read more

151 Episodes | 2014 - 2019

WTF Were You Thinking with That Domain Name? [Season 1, Episode 1]

December 29th, 2014


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 …

We're Schengen Out! [Season 1, Episode 2]

January 8th, 2015

Full Show Script
  • [Speculating]

  • EVO: Did I mention we’re not quite the world travelers you might imagine us to be? Sure, we’ve done plenty …

Of Fast Trains and Poor Decisions [Season 1, Episode 3]

January 20th, 2015

Full Show Script
  • [.50 well spent]

  • EVO: As I write this episode of the ShEvo Studios On Tour podcast, I'm hurtling -- literally hurtling -- …

A Clean, Well-Moistened Place [Season 1, Episode 4]

January 26th, 2015

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Post, Picon, and Peugeots. And Peugeots. [Season 1, Episode 5]

February 1st, 2015

Full Show Script
  • [Public toilettes]

  • EVO: Our time in France is coming to an end. So far, neither of us want to kill the other, at least not …

A Kokkedal A Day Keeps The Doctor Away [Season 1, Episode 6]

February 8th, 2015

Full Show Script
  • [Step down places]

  • EVO: So… we made it to Denmark. Copenhagen, actually, and to be even more precise, a small, bedroom …

Beaches, Bikes and The Original Mr. Potato Head [Season 1, Episode 7]

February 15th, 2015

Full Show Script
  • [cough medicine]

  • EVO: Copenhagen, like many metropolitan cities, isn’t very car-friendly. The city grew organically, with …

Barrels, Beers, Buddies, and Burgers [Season 1, Episode 8]

February 21st, 2015


Full Show Script

  • [intern]
  • EVO: Fair warning: This episode will be all over the place. Our last week on our own in Denmark was... well, it's …

Hjörtur Smárason - Innovation Embassy [Season 1 Bonus Content]

February 22nd, 2015


Hjortur conducted a video interview with me, and I nabbed a little audio with him as well. The clip will do a much better job of explaining why, if …

The American Prince and Princess and The Peas [Season 1, Episode 10]

March 8th, 2015

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  • [confused]

  • EVO:  This week's show is going to be short and sweet. As much as I really wanted our 10th episode to be The …

Existential Crisis With A Side of Pie and Thai [Season 1, Episode 11]

March 15th, 2015


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  • [idiots]
  • EVO: We're still in Knutsford, a small town outside of Manchester. That strangely enough has a McLaren, Rolls-Royce, …

Last Night In Nutty Knutsford [Season 1, Episode 12]

March 22nd, 2015


Full Show Script

  • [permit only]
  • EVO: Today is  the final day of our stay in Knutsford. As you've heard and seen, we've made fast and hopefully …

Beyond Bad Food and Worse Weather [Season 1, Episode 13]

March 29th, 2015

Full Show Script
  • [fundamentally wrong]

  • EVO: If you had to pick a time to travel northern Europe, you probably wouldn't pick winter. But …

Sheffield May Not Be Warm, But The People Are Friendly [Season 1, Episode 14]

April 8th, 2015

Full Show Script
  • [CLIP: starvation]

  • EVO: There are lots of ways to travel. And I don't just mean by air, rail, or boat. I mean the intent …

The Attractions In And Of Sheffield, A Steel City [Season 1, Episode 15]

April 15th, 2015

Full Show Script
  • [pull my finger]

  • EVO: Our last show might have left you with the impression that there's nothing to do in Sheffield other …

Galicia Makes A Great First Impression [Season 1, Episode 16]

April 22nd, 2015

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  •  [mi español es muy mal]

  • EVO: ¡Viva España! Of all the countries in the first leg of our world tour, this is the one I, …

Come For The Camino, Stay For The Cervexa [Season 1, Episode 17]

April 28th, 2015

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  • [not lost]

  • EVO: It's our second week in Santiago de Compostela, a medieval city in the northern part of Spain that …

Street Musicians from Europe [Season 1, Episode 18]

May 6th, 2015

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Salt Pirates & Ancient Olive Trees - Traveling The History Of Ancient Spain [Season 1, Episode 19]

May 18th, 2015

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  • [Die in the desert]

  • EVO: The Mediterranean sea is pretty salty, about 15% higher in salinity than the Atlantic. That's …

Castles, Castelleres, & Culinary Delights of Catalunya [Season 1, Episode 20]

May 22nd, 2015

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We're Fortunate to Travel ... Without The Fortune! [Season 1, Episode 21]

June 3rd, 2015

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  • [good stuff]

  • EVO: It's June. Holy crap. That's almost five months of traveling the world. Doing exactly what we want to …

Five Days To Fall In Love With Mallorca [Season 1, Episode 22]

June 10th, 2015

Full Show Script
  • [no speed limit]

  • Evo: When we left you last week, we were on the island of Mallorca, wrapping up our epic tour of Spain. 

How We Traveled Europe On The Cheap [Season 1, Episode 23]

June 17th, 2015

Full Show Script
  • [simple creature]

  • Evo: So... that was Europe. 7 countries visited in 129 days of travel. We could do the math to uncover …

These Are The Ways Thailand Has Tried To Kill Us [Season 1, Episode 25]

July 1st, 2015

Full Show Script
  • [move up side]

  • EVO: I'm just going to come out and say it: There are a myriad ways that Thailand has already tried to …

Thailand Makes You Wet! (And Why You'll Love Every Minute!) [Season 1, Episode 26]

July 8th, 2015

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  • [not helping]
  • EVO: If you missed our last couple shows, opportunity has brought us to Thailand, a country we didn't know …

What The Hell Do We Do Now? Finding Money On The Road. [Season 1, Episode 27]

July 15th, 2015

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  • [six month slump]
  • SHE: Hold on. Before we start the show: two things.

  • EVO: First, a HUGE thanks to Jessica, Rocco, JP, …

Things Get A Little Weird On The Ride To Phuket Town [Season 1, Episode 28]

July 22nd, 2015

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  • [witty things]
  • EVO: We were in a bit of a funk last week, as you likely noticed.

  • SHE: And the word "funk" is being …

How To Not Crush Your Soul On An Elephant [Season 1, Episode 29]

July 29th, 2015

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  • [Less of Me]

  • EVO: If Phuket has a ubiquitous tourist attraction, it's elephant trekking. Billboards, in-hotel pamphlets, …

A Special Week In Thailand: Massage, Tattoo & Dental Work [Season 1, Episode 30]

August 5th, 2015

Full Show Script
  • [Thai translated]

  • EVO: As you heard in the opening clip, I got a new tattoo about a month ago. I've been considering it since …

How To Keep Your Beer Ice Cold In Thailand [Season 1, Episode 31]

August 12th, 2015

Full Show Script
  • EVO: Our travel itinerary over the next few months is going to be a little on the crazy side, with a half dozen countries on …

Is The Beauty Of Thailand's Cities More Than Skin Deep? [Season 1, Episode 32]

August 19th, 2015

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  • 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 …

Our Scary Up-Close Encounter With A Cave Crammed Full Of Bats! [Season 1, Episode 33]

August 26th, 2015

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  • EVO: I'm going to apologize now. If you're squeamish about bats, this unreleased clip from our travels in Thailand is going …

How To Avoid A Beat Down At The Danish Bar Billiards Table [Season 1, Episode 34]

September 2nd, 2015

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  • EVO: We're still between seasons, here at The Opportunistic Traveler's podcast, but still have plenty of unreleased audio to …

Delightful & Mouth-Watering Food Found On The Side Of The Road [Season 1, Episode 35]

September 9th, 2015

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  • EVO: Yep, we're still betwixt seasons, and you're still getting an un-aired clip from our recent travels around the world, …

This Stinks! Mysterious Rolling Rubber Found In Thailand [Season 1, Episode 36]

September 16th, 2015

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  • EVO: Greetings from the past! While we're busy collecting content for the second season of The Opportunistic Traveler's …

The ONLY Two Things You Need To Travel The World [Season 1, Episode 37]

September 23rd, 2015

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  • EVO: For seven weeks now, we've been releasing previously unreleased field clips as mini-episodes, keeping you fed with at …

Thailand's Deadly Roads: Why You Can't Fail To Pass [Season 1, Episode 38]

September 30th, 2015

Full Show Script
  • EVO: Another week, and another mini, interstitial episode from us, just to whet your appetite until season two starts, which …

Can Beer Boost Your Language Skills? [Season 1, Episode 39]

October 7th, 2015

Full Show Script
  • EVO: Gotta say, going through all this old, unreleased audio has been a lot of fun. I get a chance to relive some fun …

Inside Secrets Of A Storytelling Travel Podcast [Season 1, Episode 40]

October 14th, 2015

Full Show Script
  • 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 …

How They Cocked Up The Name Of This English Pub [Season 1, Episode 41]

October 21st, 2015

Full Show Script
  • 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. …

Unjustified Fears That Nearly Stopped Us From Traveling [Season 1, Episode 42]

October 28th, 2015

Full Show Script
  • EVO: This is it. This is the final mini, interstitial show. Next week, I am stoked to announce, will be the first episode of …

Quarter Life Crisis & The BB Clee [Season 2, Episode 1]

October 30th, 2015


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 …

Death By Motorscooter & All Who Are Hyphenated Are Not Married [Season 2, Episode 2]

November 11th, 2015


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!) …

We Put The Beer In 4DX & Photographing Mrs. Not-Huh [Season 2, Episode 3]

November 18th, 2015


Hello vicarious travelers and welcome to Airlie Beach, Australia! 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 …

Best Fish and Chips In The World & Any Train's The Right Train, Right? [Season 2, Episode 4]

November 25th, 2015


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 …

Aussie Animals That Haven’t Tried To Kill Us & Breaking Out Of A Finnish Prison [Season 2, Episode 5]

December 2nd, 2015


Hello vicarious travelers and welcome once again to Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia! We have made friends here both in the wildlife and human …

Flying the Awesome Barrier Reef & Skype Through The Ages [Season 2, Episode 6]

December 9th, 2015


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 …

Hobos From Hanoi & Bali Biking Boo Boos [Season 2, Episode 7]

December 16th, 2015


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 …

Favorite Continental Things & German Train Christmas Nightmare [Season 2, Episode 8]

December 23rd, 2015


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? …

Sheila vs. The World & Free Food In Fiji [Season 2, Episode 9]

January 6th, 2016


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 …

Buying Drugs In Thailand & Travel Like A Rockstar [Season 2, Episode 10]

January 13th, 2016


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 …

Ladyboy Level Up & Rickshaw Ride [Season 2, Episode 11]

January 20th, 2016


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 …

Shoeless In Siam & Scratching The Travel Itch [Season 2, Episode 12]

January 27th, 2016


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 …

Malaysian Visa Malaise & Chillin’ in Chile [Season 2, Episode 13]

February 3rd, 2016


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 …

Beating The Bangkok Blues & Lions Made Me Travel [Season 2, Episode 14]

February 10th, 2016


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.

We share two stories on today’s program, …

Over Makha Bucha? & The Worst Couchsurfing Ever [Season 2, Episode 15]

February 17th, 2016


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 …

No More Bad Beer & Shirt Swapping Mexicans [Season 2, Episode 16]

February 24th, 2016

Season 2 - Episode 16

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.

Happy Sheila’s …

Thai Motorbike Madness & Friendly Fishing Family [Season 2, Episode 17]

March 9th, 2016


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 …

Dirty Thai Massage Secrets & Taiwan Two-Wheel Terror [Season 2, Episode 18]

March 16th, 2016


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… …

Sheila Masters Muay Thai & Astrologers Picked My Wife [Season 2, Episode 19]

March 23rd, 2016


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. Sheila’s added …

Quest For Queso & Hidden Elves of Iceland [Season 2, Episode 20]

March 30th, 2016


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 Evo’s Snapchat account! Though we’ve both had accounts there for a while, it took some time before …

Phone Booth Infestation & Space Cake Smuggler [Season 2, Episode 21]

April 6th, 2016


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 …

Clean BTS, Bathrooms, and Butts & Austrian Sauna Confessional [Season 2, Episode 22]

April 13th, 2016


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 …

Holiday For Dicks & Ill-Timed Sneeze [Season 2, Episode 23]

April 20th, 2016


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 …

Bangkok Movie Madness & Kicked Out Of Kiribati [Season 2, Episode 24]

April 27th, 2016


Just a quick follow up to the blighted phone booth cleanup show from a few weeks back: That crazy Bangkok notion looks like it’s going into action! …

Hapless In Hanoi & Crashing A Polish Wedding [Season 2, Episode 25]

May 4th, 2016


Bangkok’s much lauded Dinosaur Planet theme park caught on fire today. And if that’s not strange enough, it was the ferris wheel that burst into flames. That’s right. Ferris, as in iron. Iron burns in this country. What …

No International Incidents & Rocking Mt. Rushmore [Season 2, Episode 26]

May 11th, 2016


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 …

Thailand Takes On SpaceX & Don't Hug The Elk [Season 2, Episode 27]

May 18th, 2016


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 …

Mooless Island Life & Bridging the Gap [Season 2, Episode 28]

May 25th, 2016


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 …

Shopping For Support & Mexico By Motorhome [Season 2, Episode 29]

June 1st, 2016


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 …

Unpopular With The Thais & Tattooing The Pickle [Season 2, Episode 30]

June 8th, 2016


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 …

George Hrab’s Most Embarrassing Moment [Season 3, Episode 1]

June 14th, 2016


George Hrab is the perfect combination of smart, talented, and funny. Sort of like a Nest thermostat crossed with Spotify that created incredibly ironic playlists and called out hypocrisy with abandon. Oh, and was a …

Traveling Magic with John Lenahan [Season 3, Episode 2]

June 21st, 2016


John Lenahan is a man of many talents. His primary gig is dazzling passengers on cruise ships with his magic shows. Yes, that’s his real job. As such, he’s traveling much of the time. In between, he’s a published author …

Skin To Win With Jeff Moriarty [Season 3, Episode 3]

June 28th, 2016


When Jeff Moriarty isn’t busy dragging traditional media into the present, he’s doing silly things -- very silly things -- in Phoenix, Arizona. Through Jeff’s tenaciousness, a team of willing “agents” routinely subject …

Sunny Thaper Beats Off A Monkey [Season 3, Episode 4]

July 5th, 2016


When it comes to adventure travel, India is an oft-mentioned destination. Even though the sub-continent is home to more than a billion people, there are still plenty of remote beaches, mountains, and jungles you can …

Eating Pie Through The Tears With Hal Lublin [Season 3, Episode 5]

July 12th, 2016


Before we get started, a moment to rave about the best little piece of technology we’ve discovered since traveling. It’s a VPN, which we didn’t …

Busting Out Of The Bus with Grant Baciocco [Season 3, Episode 6]

July 19th, 2016


Life on the road is filled with perils. For full time travelers like us, some of those perils are due to Mongolian death worms taking up residence …

Loren Murphy Shorts The Korean Mafia [Season 3, Episode 7]

July 26th, 2016


When you travel the world, it’s not a question of if but when you’ll eat too much of something that doesn’t sit quite right with you. For Snapchat …

The Panda Plague That Wasn’t [Season 3, Episode 8]

August 19th, 2016


Our stay at the Niccolo Chengdu could not have been better. As far as we’re concerned, they set the bar so high for any other five-star experience. …

Waterfall, Falling Water, Or Just Wet? [Season 3, Episode 9]

August 25th, 2016


In case you missed the news, I’m going to be the opening keynote keynote speaker for TBEX Asia 2016! The conference takes place on October 15th and …

All Your Translations Are Belong To Us [Season 3, Episode 10]

August 28th, 2016


It’s not a matter of if but when you get in trouble for bending rules and exploiting loopholes. And that finally happened to me in Thailand. No, I …

S. Bedford Tattoos The Other Cheek [Season 3, Episode 11]

August 30th, 2016


Before we get started, I need to tell you about It’s not just some new podcasting service. It’s my new podcasting service. After a …

Why Is Nick Robertson’s Face Dripping? [Season 3, Episode 12]

September 13th, 2016


Before we start: Have you heard about Snapappen? It’s a kick-ass event that recognizes and features the best snapchatters, and it’s happening in just a few days in London. Even if you can’t go (we can’t), you’ll want to …

Forging Ahead or Forgery Ahead? [Season 3, Episode 13]

September 27th, 2016


Why can’t Evo leave things alone? Call his inability to not poke the bear a character flaw if you want, but know that if he were more of a rule …

Unmasking The Hi-So Farang Bandit [Season 3, Episode 14]

October 4th, 2016


Living in the tropics, you’d think sunglasses would be a way of life for the citizens of Bangkok. You’d be wrong. Yes, the sun is rather intense all …

Catching A Bad Break In The Dominican Republic [Season 3, Episode 15]

October 11th, 2016


In celebration of what will soon be our 20th country visited, we’re taking a break from Thailand-based stories this week and going with a tale before we were seasoned travel veterans. For our 25th wedding anniversary …

King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand - 1927-2016 [Season 3, Episode 16]

October 18th, 2016


We dedicate this show to the passing of His Royal Highness King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand.

Just a few days after arriving in Manila from …

Experiencing The Mania of Manila [Season 3, Episode 17]

October 25th, 2016


Out of all the natural disasters we’ve survived (fire, flood, earthquake, tornado…) coming through unscathed through a typhoon in The Philippines was of the more mild. Though it did lead us to some really stupid …

Four Wives Hangover Tour Of Palawan, Philippines [Season 3, Episode 18]

November 1st, 2016


My drunken exploits from last week are the main cause of the title of this episode. I finished TBEX off in my classic style, which means the FAM trip to Palawan started on a low note. But a typical one, unfortunately. …

Terrible Table Cervix in Thailand [Season 3, Episode 19]

November 8th, 2016


We’re sick, as a punishment from the gods. Though it will likely knock us out of favor with the greater travel blogging community, there’s no delicate way to say this: we went to a ping pong show in Bangkok. There. We …

Tall Tales Made The Man [Season 3, Episode 20]

November 15th, 2016


If you think Evo's good at telling a funny story, you should have met his grandfather, Vic Rodkey. In his 88 years of life, he collected some of the …

Hiding the Prostitutes in Copenhagen [Season 3, Episode 21]

November 29th, 2016


As Evo was selecting the the best photos from our Copenhagen trip for re-sharing on Instagram, he was struck by something missing. Specifically, no …

Bangkok To Ayutthaya By Motorbike [Season 3, Episode 22]

December 13th, 2016


Just a scootch north of Bangkok is Ayutthaya, one of the capitals of Siam prior to Bangkok’s founding. The short history is that this UNESCO World Heritage site was sacked by the Burmese in the 18th century, and it’s on …

Sak Yant Tattoo Will Swallow Your Soul [Season 3, Episode 23]

December 20th, 2016


When the topic of Magic, Mysticism, and Mana: Superstition in Thailand came up on Evo’s other podcast, he’d planned on linking to the episode of …

The Puck Stops Here [Season 3, Episode 24]

January 10th, 2017


Of NHL scouts and ancient mapping systems from when the internet was young. Somehow, we pull a funny travel story out of that.  

In case you missed …

An American Ice Hole In Finland [Season 3, Episode 26]

February 7th, 2017


Long time listeners will recall we’re in the middle of recanting stories Evo collected while he was in Finland and Estonia, thanks to the fine people …

How Finland Plays Russian Hockey [Season 3, Episode 27]

February 14th, 2017


Kanchanaburi is where the bridge on the River Kwai is. And while it's a lovely part of Thailand to visit on a motorbike, it's not even a little funny. So we're skipping that as our topic for the show and continuing on …

Why Estonia Is The World’s Dumping Ground [Season 3, Episode 28]

February 21st, 2017


For those following along, this is the last of four funny stories told while Evo was traveling near the top of the world in the winter. Previously, …

Sister’s Swinging Jamaica Destination Wedding [Season 3, Episode 29]

February 28th, 2017


Evo still sick. But finally went to the doctor. Now on lots of drugs. Yay, modern medicine and a qualified pro to guide you! Yes, even in Thailand. Sheila’s tired and hungover because her birthday was Friday and …

The Worst Job In Bangkok [Season 3, Episode 30]

March 7th, 2017


Last week, we were invited to a big, fancy party at the top of the Muse Hotel in Bangkok to celebrate the new packaging of Ricola. Yes, the Swiss …

Separating Bullsh** from Beauty in Siem Reap [Season 3, Episode 31]

April 6th, 2017


Season 4 is still in development (which means we don’t know what the hell we’re doing), but we still have stories to tell. So until we figure out what Season 4 will actually be, we’ll keep putting out great stories as …

Good Cambodian Weed Makes Stevo Joslin Suffer [Season 3, Episode 32]

April 22nd, 2017

Funny things you’ll hear in this episode of our comedy travel podcast:
  • Just why the hell we are in Huntsville, Alabama
  • Teasers for Season Four of …

Visiting Copenhagen’s Marriage-Ending Museum [Season 4, Episode 1]

May 30th, 2017


Funny things you’ll hear in this episode of our comedy travel podcast:

  • How one museum in Copenhagen almost ended our marriage.
  • Why marauding Burmese …

No Cuddling On The Train In Vietnam [Season 4, Episode 2]

June 6th, 2017


Funny things you’ll hear in this episode of our comedy-travel-advice podcast:

  • Why sleeper cars are for sleeping, not sleeping with someone
  • Why it’s …

How Technology Can Save A Long Distance Love Affair [Season 4, Episode 3]

June 20th, 2017


Funny things you’ll hear in this episode of our comedy-travel-relationship advice podcast:

  • How we started in a long-distance relationship ...and …

The Kind of Love in an RV Your Kids Shouldn’t See [Season 4, Episode 4]

June 27th, 2017


Funny things you’ll hear in this episode of our comedy-travel-relationship advice podcast:

  • Impractical tips on getting your kids out of the camper …

We Get The Craziest Relationship Advice Questions [Season 4 Bonus]

July 4th, 2017


In case you missed the memo, we're building this season of This One Time around your questions for us. You (as in you) visit and ask us anything you like. Relationship advice? We've been together for 30 …

One Gift For Sexy Time, Religion, & Dead Babies [Season 4, Episode 5]

July 11th, 2017


Funny things you’ll hear in this episode of our comedy-travel-relationship advice podcast:

  • The secret reason that special backpacker scent
  • Why …

Bangkok Rites of Passage We Have Known [Season 4, Episode 6]

July 18th, 2017


Funny things you’ll hear in this episode of our comedy-travel-relationship advice podcast:

  • Tittering over Porn (capitalized on purpose)
  • When putting …

Following Your Bliss Leads To Penguins Over Terrorists [Season 4, Episode 7]

July 25th, 2017


Funny things you’ll hear in this episode of our comedy-travel-relationship advice podcast:

  • Choosing between living in Antarctica or Libya

Travel Tips You Really Shouldn't Follow [Season 4, Episode 8]

August 1st, 2017


Funny things you’ll hear in this episode of our comedy-travel-relationship advice podcast:

  • What illicit substances you shouldn’t include in your …

Irresponsible Travel Tips For First Time Travelers [Season 4, Episode 9]

August 8th, 2017


Funny things you’ll hear in this episode of our comedy-travel-relationship advice podcast:

  • Easy tips for getting rid of responsibilities so you can …

How To Kill A Relationship In One Overseas Vacation [Season 4, Episode 10]

August 15th, 2017


This week’s caller is about to get a hard lesson in high-stakes dating that will either make or break his relationship.

Funny things you’ll hear in …

This Episode Is Money [Season 4, Episode 11]

August 29th, 2017


Funny things you’ll hear in this episode of our comedy-travel-relationship advice podcast:

  • How we live in the lap of luxury traveling the world (not …

International Hassles of Renting a Motorcycle [Season 4, Episode 12]

September 5th, 2017


Funny things you’ll hear in this episode of our comedy-travel-relationship advice podcast:

  • The relative safety is riding a motorbike in SE Asia when …

What Kind Of Sick Person Lives Abroad? [Season 4, Episode 13]

September 13th, 2017


Funny things you’ll hear in this episode of our comedy-travel-relationship advice podcast:

  • Which of us has personally experienced healthcare in …

How Not To Lose Your Sh** When You Travel [Season 4, Episode 14]

September 19th, 2017


Funny things you’ll hear in this episode of our comedy-travel-relationship advice podcast:

  • Which doohickies are most often lost (or just left) by …

Traveling Like A Sharecropper’s Son [Season 4, Episode 15]

September 26th, 2017


Funny things you’ll hear in this episode of our comedy-travel-relationship advice podcast:

  • Which of us is much more into “doing nice things”, and …

The Very Bad Day In Bali [Season 4, Episode 16]

November 4th, 2017

Funny things you’ll hear in this episode of our comedy-travel-relationship advice podcast:
  • Why Bali is the very best place to have a motorbike …

You Can’t Opt Out Of Religion In SE Asia [Season 4, Episode 17]

November 9th, 2017


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 …

Six Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Travel With Electronics [Season 4, Episode 18]

November 15th, 2017


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 …

Traveling The World Like An Art Student [Season 4, Episode 19]

November 21st, 2017


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 …

What It’s Like Teaching In Thailand [Season 4, Episode 20]

November 28th, 2017


This week’s question is oddly prescient:

“Hi, ShEvo. Since you both have experience teaching in Thailand, could you give us American teachers some …

Getting Submarined By An Elephant [Season 4, Episode 21]

December 7th, 2017


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 …

Evo’s Brush With Thailand Motorbike Crash Statistics [Season 4, Episode 22]

December 12th, 2017


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 …

A Very Dive Bar Xmas in Estonia [Season 4, Episode 23]

December 25th, 2017


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 …

Estonian Cheese and Beer, It’s Why We’re Here! [Season 4, Episode 24]

December 30th, 2017


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 …

Why We Didn’t Get Rich As Travel Influencers [Season 4, Episode 25]

January 9th, 2018


Today’s show was inspired from Maria, who asked the following: “I wanted to ask your opinion on [NAME REDACTED] travel writer's program. As a travel …

How Learning Thai Makes You Hate The English Alphabet [Season 4, Episode 26]

January 16th, 2018


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 …

How Americans View The World [Season 4, Episode 27]

January 23rd, 2018


Listener Tiffany from Puerto Rico wants to know what we think about this racist, ignorant map that supposedly denotes how Americans really view the world. Now obviously, we don’t like it, and Tiffany wasn’t looking for …

Becoming Gigi and คุณปู่ [Season 4, Episode 28]

January 30th, 2018


If you haven't heard the news, we’re going to be grandparents in the next few months. So of course, the most important thing we have to decide is the names we want this new kid to call us.

Today on the program we’ll …

Bizarre Foods From Around The World We Have Known [Season 4, Episode 29]

February 6th, 2018


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 …

20 Life-Lessons From 20 Different Countries [Season 4, Episode 30]

February 13th, 2018


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 …

Sak Yant Wai Kru 2018: Thailand [Ambient Audio #1]

March 9th, 2018


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 …

Is It Safe To Drink The Water In America? [S5E1]

July 3rd, 2018


Key Links


There's a common stanza for Americans who travel abroad: …

Is Pot Culture Hurting Medical Marijuana [S5E2]

July 24th, 2018


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 …

Make American Healthcare Great Again [S5E3]

August 28th, 2018


Key Links:


One of our biggest concerns was what to do about healthcare …

Is the Ethnic Food You Are Eating Really Authentic? [S5E4]

September 4th, 2018


Living in Phoenix Arizona, it really seems like there is a new ethnic restaurant popping up on every corner. Ethiopian food. Peruvian food. Dominican …

Grocery Shopping The Western Way [S5E5]

September 11th, 2018


We’re taking a look inside your refrigerator.  Not that we care what kind of food you eat. You do you. No, what we want talk about is how the items in your fridge or your pantry got there.

We’re claiming expert …

Senegalese Stoner Coffee Stories - SPECIAL RELEASE!

September 13th, 2018


Traveling the world, we’ve had some pretty great coffee. But the Senegalese spiced coffee we found tops the list.

Listen in to learn more and to discover that, if you play your cards right, we just might send you some …

Dirty Underwear Abroad [S5E6]

September 19th, 2018


As you might imagine, there are lots of little things that we notice that bug us. Things you probably ignore.  Things that we ignored the first four decades of our lives. Some of those are so baked into the very fabric …

Proselytizing From West To East [S5E7]

September 26th, 2018


It’s hard to believe we’ve been making this podcast for four years, across five different seasons. And in that time, we’ve never really talked about religion. Well… that’s changing.

Based on our time abroad in some …

It’s Too Painful To Move [S5E8]

October 3rd, 2018


Let’s talk about your place of residence. Specifically if you’re renting the place in which you live. And even more specifically, the horrible “switching costs” associated with moving from one address to another.

Airing Out The Stereotypes Of Third World Air Travel [S5E9]

October 31st, 2018


Today, we are going to talk about travel. Yes, we’ve talked about travel for the better part of 4 years. But this time, we’re taking a broader look at how air travel works in places like Southeast Asia. Because unless …

Tripping Out On Road Trips Abroad [S5E10]

December 5th, 2018


Recorded during a road-trip to San Diego, we were inspired to compare our current situation to where we just were for the better part of three years, …

Tattoos Over Here Vs Tattoos Over There [S5E11]

December 24th, 2018


Back in 2015, Evo spent several hours in a tattoo chair in Thailand. Just a few weeks ago, Sheila got a new tattoo in America.

The differences were …

American Air Travel Is Awful [S5E12]

April 4th, 2019


We’re back after a long absence -- an absence explained in detail to our supporters -- to talk about air travel in America. Recent cross-country trips for both of us are causing us to pine for the ease, reliability, and …

Why Is Foreign Language Education A Foreign Idea In America? [S5E13]

November 8th, 2019


Did you miss us? We missed you. And we wish we could say that to you in a foreign language. But since we’re proud Americans the grew up in the ‘80s, …

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