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Make Me (Techncially) German (But Also Kind Of Not) with Adam Fletcher

Make Me (Techncially) German (But Also Kind Of Not) with Adam Fletcher

January 21, 2021

Season 5, Episode 3. Ever since Nicole arrived in Germany, she kept seeing a book series with cool hipster graphics and titles like "How to Be German in 50 Easy Steps" everywhere in her expat life. They were funny observations about Germans from the views of a British immigrant. As if a cool cover and relatable content wasn't enough, the books were BILINGUAL! Meaning they were also good for practicing your German!

And now, the author himself is here to talk!

Adam Fletcher was bored in his UK hometown when a job opportunity popped up in Leipzig, Germany. He said, "Sure, why not?" When his blog article about Germans went viral. Publishers called him up, asking if he'd like to write a book. He said, "Sure, why not?" He got the chance to become a German citizen. He said, "Sure, why not?"

The King of Happy Happenstance is here to share his story of how he went from bored college graduate to bestselling author to certified German and Berliner, with plenty of detours along the way.

 

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Coping with Unrest Back Home with Tara

Coping with Unrest Back Home with Tara

January 14, 2021

Season 5, Episode 2. Since the start of 2020, the United States has provided a seemingly endless onslaught of scary and sad news that's continued and gotten even worse in 2021.

From Coronavirus killing hundreds of thousands, to Black Live Matters protests that were met by police violence, to the 2020 presidential election, and now a terrorist mob staging an insurrection in the capital, it has been a lot to cope with.

Nicole, an American in Germany struggling to process the news from afar, sits down with Tara, an Iranian in Germany who has had a couple years' head start on Nicole in terms of processing unrest back home from far away. Tara shares how her view on her home country has evolved over her years away and how she copes with moments of unrest.

 

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TikTok, Glühwein, & Finding Independence in Hamburg with Hannah Teslin

TikTok, Glühwein, & Finding Independence in Hamburg with Hannah Teslin

January 7, 2021

Season 5, Episode 1. It's the season 5 premier!

After a couple months off to recoup, The Expat Cast is back with a new website and a fantastic guest to kick things off: Hannah from Travels by Teslin. The two talked in mid-December 2020 while Hannah was quarantining in her home country of Canada.

Hannah has been living in Hamburg, Germany for 7 years now. Her move was inspired by love, but even when that relationship ended, she had plenty of reasons to stay. She has a thriving career, manages a ton of social meet-up groups, runs fantastic Instagram and TikTok accounts, and even went viral with her Glühwein map of Hamburg!

For more, head on over to the blog.

 

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SEGEPADFO Winner & Season 5 Announcement

SEGEPADFO Winner & Season 5 Announcement

December 28, 2020

SEGEPADFO. Happy Christmas! We're celebrating with the launch of SEGEPADFO: the Second Ever Germany Expat Podcasters Donation Face-Off.

This year, Shaun and I are fundraising for Über den Tellerrand. We are thrilled to say that we collectively raised 410€, which was enough to enable Über den Tellerrand to finance the build of their portable kitchen! Which podcast raised the most money? Who raised the least, and what consequences will they have to face? Listen to find out.

 

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Donate to the project here (Write in "The Expat Cast" in the "Dein öffentlicher Kommentar" field!)

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SEGEPADFO Update 4: A Participant’s Experience of Über den Tellerrand with Philippa

SEGEPADFO Update 4: A Participant’s Experience of Über den Tellerrand with Philippa

December 20, 2020

SEGEPADFO. Happy fourth Advent Sunday! We're celebrating with SEGEPADFO: the Second Ever Germany Expat Podcasters Donation Face-Off.

This year, Shaun and I are fundraising for Über den Tellerrand. In this episode, I give an update on who is in the lead and interview Philippa, a student in Freiburg who started joining the organization's events as a way to get to know new people in town.

 

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SEGEPADFO Update 3: A Jingle and Some Trash Talk

SEGEPADFO Update 3: A Jingle and Some Trash Talk

December 13, 2020

SEGEPADFO. Happy third Advent Sunday! We're celebrating with SEGEPADFO: the Second Ever Germany Expat Podcasters Donation Face-Off.

This year, Shaun and I are fundraising for Über den Tellerrand. In this episode, I give an update on who is in the lead, release the brand new SEGEPADFO jingle, written by Shaun and featuring backup vocals from yours truly, and attempt to trash talk using quotes from Conor McGregor.

 

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SEGEPADFO Update 2: with Tara from Über den Tellerrand

SEGEPADFO Update 2: with Tara from Über den Tellerrand

December 6, 2020

SEGEPADFO. Happy second Advent Sunday! We're celebrating with SEGEPADFO: the Second Ever Germany Expat Podcasters Donation Face-Off.

This year, Shaun and I are fundraising for Über den Tellerrand. In this episode, I interview the head of Über den Tellerrand Freiburg to learn more about the group.

 

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Announcing: SEGEPADFO with Shaun from The Germany Experience

Announcing: SEGEPADFO with Shaun from The Germany Experience

November 29, 2020

SEGEPADFO. Happy first Advent Sunday! We're celebrating with the launch of SEGEPADFO: the Second Ever Germany Expat Podcasters Donation Face-Off.

This year, Shaun and I are fundraising for Über den Tellerrand. In this announcement episode, we explain what the organization does, what project we're raising donations for, and how you can contribute to the cause.

 

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Season 4 Finale: Expat Role Models

Season 4 Finale: Expat Role Models

September 17, 2020

Season 4, Episode 25. It's episode 100! The end of season 4! So many reasons to celebrate!

To wrap up a season that ended up being released starting at the onset of a pandemic and seeing us all the way through to September, we hear from a variety of former guests, listeners, and expat friends from around Freiburg about who their expat/immigrant/nomad role model is.

Be it the people mentioned in this episode or the people who came on the show to mention them, there are examples you can aspire to - and who knows, maybe you're someone else's role model.

 

IN THIS EPISODE

Guests include Mari from Adventures of La Mari, Steph from Geopats, Gabriela from Gabriela Encina, Expat Coach, Casey from @CaseyfromCologne, and Linda from TravelTeening

Role Models include author Pico Iyer, YouTuber Sarah Nourse, writer Marjane Satrapi

 

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Dating as a Foreigner in Germany with Justin

Dating as a Foreigner in Germany with Justin

September 10, 2020

Season 4, Episode 24. Nicole and Justin are two single Americans who have both been in Germany for about three years, and they're here to exchange their stories and perspectives on dating.

Is it more effective to date in German or in English? Is it easier to date Germans or fellow internationals? What dating apps are common in Germany, and what is it like to use them? Are the gender roles different in Germany versus the US, and if so, how does that affect dating?

Plus, both share the story of their most embarrassing date.

 

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US Americans: How to Vote from Abroad with Candice from Democrats Abroad

US Americans: How to Vote from Abroad with Candice from Democrats Abroad

September 3, 2020

Season 4, Episode 23. If you are a US citizen, even if you live abroad, you ARE eligible to vote. And you SHOULD vote.

Candice works with Democrats Abroad Germany and Vote from Abroad. She's here to tell us how to vote from abroad, why to vote from abroad, and what deadlines to keep in mind.

The important information she shares in the episode can be found here.

 

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Facebook @DAGermany

On Email info-germany@democratsabroad.org

 

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The Downside of a Nomadic Life with Mahdia

The Downside of a Nomadic Life with Mahdia

August 27, 2020

Season 4, Episode 22. Mahdia left her hometown of Dhaka, Bangladesh when she was 19. Within a year, she'd settled into adulthood and expat life simultaneously in her new home of Wollongong, Australia. She loved her life, her friends, and most importantly, the person she'd become.

When she moved back to Dhaka three years later, Mahdia quickly realized her new identity didn't quite fit in. As she'd wanted to get her master's degree in Germany, anyway, she sent off applications and within a year was back off to life as an expat. This time, she was living more of a nomadic existence. Her master's program took her to Germany, Argentina, and Thailand.

Now back in Berlin, Mahdia is exhausted from the nomadic life. She shares why she's decided to settle in to life in Berlin, what she's gained from all of her relocations, and what she's lost.

 

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My Coronavirus Test Experience (Minisode)

My Coronavirus Test Experience (Minisode)

August 24, 2020

Minisode. My summer vacation ended up consisting of me visiting friends in Cologne, Berlin, and Amsterdam. Because I was outside of German borders, I qualified for a free Coronavirus test upon my return. I share what my experience was like.

 

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Travel Germany: Nuremberg with Shannon

Travel Germany: Nuremberg with Shannon

August 20, 2020

Season 4, Episode 21. In the Travel Germany series, different places across Germany are featured in interviews with expats who relocated there. 

Today, we learn about Nuremberg! Shannon and her family have lived in Nuremberg twice now, and they have fallen in love with the city's charm. Through the years, she's gathered a slew of great travel tips, which you can find here.

 

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Started from the Bottom with Mari

Started from the Bottom with Mari

August 13, 2020

Season 4, Episode 20. Moving abroad means starting completely over from scratch. Career, friendships, belongings, culture, language - all of these things are gone or nearly gone when you move abroad. Yet somehow, at some point, expats/immigrants climb their way to the top and establish a life for themselves in all of these sectors.

Mari is from Indiana, USA and moved to Germany. Not only does she have her own story of how she started from the bottom; she also shares the story of her mother, who moved from Peru to the USA.

Mari's family offers a slew of expat role models, which inspired the episode Expat Role Models.

 

FIND MARI

She recommends the musician/comedian Victor Borge

Visit her website for information about her book, "The God Queen"

On YouTube @MLTishner

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All the Expat Ladies with Mari from The Expat Lady Experience

All the Expat Ladies with Mari from The Expat Lady Experience

August 6, 2020

Season 4, Episode 19. Mari is here to talk all things related to the foreign female experience in Germany. Originally from Estonia, Mari has lived in three European countries. Along with Nicole's American perspective, the two discuss their experience of being a woman in Germany from an outsider's point of view.

Can a woman feel safe to walk home alone at night? Is there a form of sisterhood among German women? How do expat friend groups manage group dynamics when cultural differences make conflict even worse? And, the ultimate question, can men and women be friends?

So! Many! Questions! To! Discuss!

 

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Her podcast The Expat Lady Experience

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Being Queer in Germany with Meg

Being Queer in Germany with Meg

July 30, 2020

Season 4, Episode 18. Meg is a love expat - she moved to Freiburg, Germany from South Carolina, USA to be with her German then-girlfriend, now-wife. From the southern US to southern Germany, she shares what it's been like for her being queer. 

What kinds of encounters has she had because of her queer identity? Can she and wife hold hands and kiss in public? What is the queer community like in Germany in comparison to the US? What's the deal with Christopher Street Day?

We get into all that, plus queer history, minority solidarity, and media portrayals of LGBTQ+ people.

 

MENTIONED IN THE EPISODE

City Starlings' list of "10 podcasts you should be listening to if you are an expat in Germany"

Leslie Jordan on Instagram @thelesliejordan

The documentary Disclosure

 

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Getting Cancer in Germany with Natalie

Getting Cancer in Germany with Natalie

July 23, 2020

Season 4, Episode 17. Germany was supposed to be a temporary stop on a longer journey of living abroad for Natalie, from the UK, and her husband Conrad, from Germany. Then, months before their wedding, weeks before her birthday, and days before Christmas, Natalie got diagnosed with cancer.

The cancer diagnosis changed her life dramatically, immediately, and, in some ways, permanently. Natalie went through various operations, treatments, and therapies - and she did it all in German, a language she was still in the process of learning.

The good news: she recovered from the first round of cancer, even despite a month-long detour in quarantine where she almost died. The bad news: the cancer came back, just months later.

Natalie shares with us what it was like to go through intense and intensely traumatic medical experiences as a foreigner in Germany, and why it lead to her embrace a long-term future in Germany.

 

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Travel Germany: Stuttgart with Stefanie

Travel Germany: Stuttgart with Stefanie

July 16, 2020

Season 4, Episode 16. In the Travel Germany series, different places across Germany are featured in interviews with expats who relocated there. 

In this episode, Stefanie from the episode Austria v Germany is back to tell us all about her new home city.

Not only is Stuttgart the capital of Baden-Württemberg; it also is the center of Schwabian culture, responsible for such beloved things like Käsespätzle and Maultaschen.

For all of her great travel ideas, read on here.

 

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Solo Female Travel with Zoe

Solo Female Travel with Zoe

July 9, 2020

Season 4, Episode 15. Nicole recently discovered solo travel, and she chats about it with Zoe, a seasoned solo traveler who has done longer trips across Europe, South America, and southeast Asia all by herself. They discuss the benefits of traveling alone, but they also acknowledge the challenges, and they share their tips for things like loneliness and safety, especially as young female travelers.

 

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America On Fire

America On Fire

July 4, 2020

BONUS CONTENT. After the George Floyd protests, the Carl Schurz Haus in Freiburg hosted an online panel discussion with five Americans living in Germany about the state of America and their experiences with racism. It was moderated by Nicole, the host of The Expat Cast.

The audio version of the panel is being re-broadcast here on The Expat Cast on the 4th of July intentionally. As panelist Jorrell put it, "This stuff happened. And it's okay - you can still think America is great now, but you have to come to terms with the fact that these horrible things happened." So let's acknowledge them.

For more about the event and to find the resources mentioned in the panel, click here.

 

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Divorce as an Expat Living Abroad with Katia

Divorce as an Expat Living Abroad with Katia

July 2, 2020

Season 4, Episode 14. Getting divorced abroad is complicated and challenging in just about every imaginable way, and Katia Vlachos is here to talk to us about it all.

Katia, a longtime expat, got divorced from her Austrian husband in Switzerland. She shares what she learned through the challenging process.

For more about Katia's experience and the resources she mentioned, head over to the blog.

 

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Visit her website

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Check out her coaching services

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Travel Germany: Görlitz with Tessa and Lauren

Travel Germany: Görlitz with Tessa and Lauren

June 25, 2020

Season 4, Episode 13. In the Travel Germany series, different places across Germany are featured in interviews with expats who relocated there. 

Tessa and Lauren are two Americans who both moved to Görlitz, a small city where you can stroll on over a bridge and find yourself in Poland. Görlitz is small but mighty, because it's actually the largest city in Germany to not be bombed in World War 2. It's full of charm, history, architecture, and local culture, and it's captured the hearts of many a Hollywood director - so many movies have been filmed in Görlitz, it's gotten the nickname Görliwood.

For all the amazing ideas shared in this episode, click here.

 

FIND TESSA

Visit her webite, tessa-approves.com

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Talking about Racism with White Expat Podcasters in Germany with Shaun

Talking about Racism with White Expat Podcasters in Germany with Shaun

June 18, 2020

Season 4, Episode 12. Nicole and Shaun are two white expat podcasters who live in Germany. Nicole is from the US, and Shaun is from South Africa.

In the wake of the murder of George Floyd, the two come together to share their reactions and actions about racism, as white people, as podcasters, as expats in Germany, and as people from countries with significant racially unjust histories.

For a list of resources mentioned in this episode, head over here.

 

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The Relocation Industry with Sheanne

The Relocation Industry with Sheanne

June 11, 2020

Season 4, Episode 11. For DIY expats like your host, Nicole, the world of the relocatoin industry is truly magical. For expats who move for jobs, this topic might be more familiar.

Sheanne works in the relocation industry, and she gives insider information on how to maximize your relocation package.

 

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