In which your host explores what is commonly referred to as “reverse culture shock,” and bursts all sorts of bubbles with regard to the myth of the Return of the Prodigal Son. He also offers a pair of cautionary notes to prospective travelers, Peace Corps volunteers, and TEFL instructors while attempting to wrap his mind around the relativistic time distortion that occurs when one leaves the country for an extended period of time and everyone else remains in the State of Nebraska.
In which your host and his impeccably charming Bhutanese guest ruminate on climate change, Real Actual Human Al Gore, phallic graffiti, Buddhism, the dubious promise of democracy, the prospect of an enlightened monarchy, philosophy of sport, and binge-feeding ruminants (but not chickens) mass quantities of weed.
Intro Music: New Frontier - Donald Fagen
Entrance Music: Traditional Bhutanese Music with No Title Whatsoever
Outro Music: Wot’s… Uh The Deal - Pink Floyd
Charitable Recommendation #1: Renew Bhutan
Charitable Recommendation #2: Sugarfree Books
Charitable Recommendation #3: Bhutan Canada Foundation
Book Recommendation: The Three-Body Problem by Liu Ciuxin
Music Recommendation: Obscured by Clouds - Pink Floyd
In which your host relates the troubled history of a twenty-year literary and linguistic bromance that vanished one day, resurfaced after twelve years, only to evaporate three days later owing to Thai visa issues.
In which your host engages in his first-ever three-way and enjoys a completely fascinating conversation about the Navajo Nation. A bonus anecdote re: The Great Flood of Dazhou is included at the very end.
In which your host and The Welshman discuss teaching abroad (albeit very briefly) and then launch into other subjects having nothing at all to do with TEFL.
In which your host and his Welsh guest fly wildly off topic, leaving TEFL and teaching abroad far behind so as to add yet more kindling to their already flaming bromance.
In which your host and Halumiko Ghvinoshvili — an old war buddy from Georgia: The Country — discuss the delirium that sets in after prolonged exposure to life in a Caucasian village, questionable tattoos acquired in distant lands, the perils of hitchhiking across the State of Nebraska, and Halumiko's oddly heartwarming encounter with la familia Petit.
In which your host and his guest discuss the fragile majesty that is Madagascar. Anecdotes include a Speed-esque flaming bus scenario, a George Costanza moment, a traditional circumcision festival, and a rare example of endocannabalistic foreskin consumption.
In which your host shares his darkest moment abroad.
In which your host and his long-time droog reflect on snow, Georgia: The Country, the state of modern Indonesia, and the bureaucratic perils involved with attempting to "make it" in Germany as a non-Germanic buffoon (feat. Pitbull).
The Official Expatriate Act Call-In Show only happens once every 2.5 years. Ask any question you’d like and your beleaguered host will do his damndest to answer it. All questions will (initially) be ignored by your beleagured host, and will instead be transcribed by some super creepy Google software. You will, at no point, have to talk to an actual human being. But these questions will nevertheless be answered, in due time, by your beleaguered host.
Further beleaguere your already beleaguered host at the following toll-free number: (402)-979-6685.
Fellow podcaster, fellow wanderer, fellow writer, and all-around good fellow J. Russell Mikkelsen (a/k/a "Jo") sits down with your host to talk about the collision between the wandering Western idiot, the Big Wide World, and the stories that come out of such collisions.
Give his podcast a gander at www.yeahletsgothere.com, and be on the lookout for I'm Not There Yet, his forthcoming travel memoir (though neither of us, to be clear, enjoy the words “travel memoir,” especially when used in tandem).