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March, 2017

Episode 007: Moscow with Thomas Callahan

This week we catch up with American expat Thomas Callahan–a human rights worker turned corporate law attorney who’s been living in Moscow for the last seven years. He provides an enormous amount of insight into what Russians think about Americans, their overall toward the Clintons, vodka, and life under surveillance and an authoritarian regime.

Thomas Callahan practices corporate law in Moscow. He was a funded international justice scholar at Fordham Law in New York and has worked on numerous human rights projects in Moscow as well as in Thailand and Burma.

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SHOW NOTES

00:28 http://expatsandwich.com/top-20-dating-sites-in-australia/ of FBI investigation of Trump administration and campaign.
01:51 other methods of carbon dating describing the American electoral process in Russian
[02:01] Tom discusses Russia’s framing of Trump narrative and the portrayal to its citizens.
[02:54] Recap of transition from Gorbachev to Yeltsin
[04:52] Cynicism towards elections
[05:39] NATO bombing of Yugoslavia
[06:10] Reasons why Clinton is not held in high regard by Russians
06:29 Yeltsin re-election efforts with American spin gurus. radiocarbon dating is accurate for dates ranging, model dating[06:25] “The Bill and Boris Show” common reference to Clinton & Yeltsin’s friendship
07:46 free online dating amsterdam– a 2003 movie based on a true story
[08:15] Russian/US meddling in elections, surprise of Clinton loss
[09:45] Kitchen table politics, restrictions on expression and protests
[10:45] Government surveillance
[12:01] Dictatorship or Authoritarian?
[13:18] Putin’s increasing restrictions on freedom, Tom as human rights worker keeping an eye on neo-nazis and other hate groups
[14:45] Ban on homosexual propaganda and Russian liability at international human rights tribunals.
[15:32] Human rights worker to corporate lawyer
15:50 Boris Nemtsov asassination
[18:00] Tom discusses reasons for transitioning into corporate law
[19:20] Being a journalist in Moscow
[20:10] Journalist Julia Ioffe @juliaioffe
[20:50] Russian misconceptions of Americans
[21:40] Culture of corruption
[20:10] American misconceptions of Russians
[23:46] The individual vs the group
[25:00] Average pay of worker in Moscow
[25:50] Are Russians cold? Is it harder to make friends?
[27:00] Income inequality
[28:00] Health care, finding a doctor, bribery
[29:21] Finding a place to live and the benefits of speaking Russian
[30:15] Learning Russian
[31:56] What do people do for fun in Moscow?
[33:14] Russian weather
34:00 Vodka
34:48 High level of vodka consumption Euromonitor
[35:19] Regulation of food, quality of food
35:48 Consumption of dill
35:56 Facebook group Dillwatch
[36:09] Russian cuisine, restaurant scene
[37:10] Tom discusses how the move has changed him

NOTE: This episode features the story of one individual’s experience. Experiences of a country and its culture will obviously vary from person to person and it is important to do your own research from a multitude of sources. In addition, immigration rules and regulations are subject to change at a moment’s notice–always check with a country’s official embassy for the latest updates.

Additional links

Russian Consulates in US
Cost of living in Moscow
Russian Language

Follow Tom on Instagram @roving_tc

Tom’s recommendations on Russian electronic music:
Pompeya
On-the-Go
Tesla Boy
Simple Symmetry

A Man Too Free Documentary on Boris Nemtsov.(Just released 2017)
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Episode 006: Cape Town with Brandy Taylor


Considering travel to Africa comprises less than 1% of all international travel by Americans annually, it’s no wonder most of our preconceptions are shaped by TV shows and the media. Brandy Taylor moved to Cape Town last year with her husband Will and their young son. Together they run Khashana Travel, a bespoke safari company. She describes what it’s like for an American to live in the rainbow nation of post-apartheid South Africa and helps dispel some of the myths surrounding what she now calls home. LENGTH: 31 min

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SHOW NOTES

[00:03] Common misperceptions of Africa
00:14 excerpt: Sally Struthers Christian Children’s Fund Commercial (1987)
[00:39] Influence of television and media
01:06 excerpt: Daktari theme song
01:10 excerpt: Clarence the Cross-eyed Lion movie promo
01:32 excerpt: Born Free theme song:  music by John Barry, and lyrics by Don Black   1966. Sung by Matt Monro.
02:02 NTTO US Citizen Traffic to Overseas Regions, Canada, and Mexico 2016
02:21 Africa facts
02:53 Implementation of apartheid by British rule. Wikipedia
04:04 Nelson Mandela speech after release from prison in Cape Town square 1991.
04:22 The “Born Frees”
[04:46] Cape Town named the best place in the world to visit by both
New York Times[10] and the British Daily Telegraph in 2014
05:05 Brandy meets Will, owner of Khashana Travel
06:50 Work visas and BEE (Black Economic Empowerment)
[08:55] Living in a planned community as a means for social activity
[11:20] A day in the life
12:25 About Khashana Travel
[13:44] Enter baboon
[14:53] Political climate and harmonious spirit of community
15:23 Rainbow nation coined by Desmond Tutu. Wikipedia
[15:39] The main races and languages of South Africa
[17:05] Cape Town’s diverse food and restaurant scene
[18:28] Health care
[20:10] Oddities of daily life
[21:38] Car parks
[22:17] Crimes of opportunity
[23:30] Attitude and engagement towards children
[25:48] Misperceptions of ebola and its affect on tourism
26:01 The true size of Africa
[27:20] Things missed about the US

Learn more about Khashana Travel.

When in Cape Town:
A few of Brandy’s restaurant recommendations

La Colombe
Test Kitchen
The Pot Luck Club
Yeh Dosti Durban Curry

NOTE: This episode features the story of one individual’s experience. Experiences of a country and its culture will obviously vary from person to person and it is important to do your own research from a multitude of sources. In addition, immigration rules and regulations are subject to change at a moment’s notice–always check with a country’s official embassy for the latest updates.

Additional links:

Move to South Africa
South Africa Consulate offices in US
FAQs on US-South Africa dual citizenship
Cost of living in Cape Town

Episode 005: New Zealand with Mickey Smith

Mickey Smith is an American artist that has been living in New Zealand since 2011. Being an artist in Kiwi country is a 180 turn from New York City. Mickey describes the ups and downs of living in an idyllic country so far away from the US. Learn more about Mickey Smith’s artwork at www.mickeysmith.com

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SHOW NOTES

01:18 The New Yorker Doomsday Prep for the Super Rich
01:18 Financial Times Self-sufficient boltholes tempt global super-rich
to New Zealand
[04:22] Idealization of NZ
[05:13] Trial run in NZ
[06:00] Citizenship issues/Dual citizenship
[08:00] Permission to have a one-way airline ticket
09:07 International residential movers and container moving
[11:02] Making friends
[11:54] Adjusting to a slower pace
[12:35] Free healthcare for accident victims
[13:00] Public versus private healthcare
[15:50] A day in the life
[17:15] Growing items that you can’t get in NZ
[18:05] Leaving NY at top of career as an artist
19:17 Settlement Index
[20:39] Figuring out how to plug in to the New Zealand art scene
[21:35] Continuing to show in the US
[21:50] Things that make you feel isolated
[22:21] Airfare is expensive, especially for a family
[22:43] Christmas in New Zealand
[23:38] Time off
[24:10] Violence in America vs. New Zealand
[25:05] The British Shop
[25:22] The American Shop
[26:25] The one item from the US she can’t live without
[27:53] Final music courtesy Aaron Pollock (Mickey’s husband) whose
New Zealand band is QuarterAcreLifestyle. The name of the track
is Inflight from their album Artifacts. Find them here.

NOTE: This episode features the story of one individual’s experience. Experiences of a country and its culture will obviously vary from person to person and it is important to do your own research from a multitude of sources. In addition, immigration rules and regulations are subject to change at a moment’s notice–always check with a country’s official embassy for the latest updates.

Additional links:

Move to New Zealand (Official Gov website)
New Zealand Consulate offices in US
How to get US-New Zealand dual citizenship
Cost of living in Auckland