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Travel Germany: Berlin, Friedenau & Karlshorst with Marguerite

Travel Germany: Berlin, Friedenau & Karlshorst with Marguerite

April 15, 2021

Season 5, Episode 15. In the Travel Germany series, different places across Germany are featured in interviews with expats who relocated there. 

Today, we learn about two Berlin neighborhoods: Friedenau and Karlshorst! Marguerite spent most of her life country hopping, but Berlin has captured her attention for 5 years and counting.In fact, it inspired her to start her blog, Berlin and Around, where she shares insider tips about Berlin.

She tells us why this metropolis is so unendingly interesting, and she specifically gets into details about two of the neighborhoods that she's called home.

To read all of her suggestions, visit the blog.

 

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Mental Health Support for Moms Abroad with Johanna from Afloat

Mental Health Support for Moms Abroad with Johanna from Afloat

April 8, 2021

Season 5, Episode 14. It's not easy being a mom. It's not easy living abroad. When you combine both things, things can get really, really tricky.

Johanna is a doula in Heidelberg, Germany. She's lived outside her home country of the US plenty, but moving abroad as a mom of two changed things for her. She shares her own expat story and explains the German social support systems, from pregnancy to entering school. Plus, she talks to us about Afloat, a non-profit she is the director of that helps provide mental health support for international moms.

 

Webinar with Meetra: April 15, 2021 at 14:00 CET

 

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Turning the Tables: The Germany Experience Takes Over

Turning the Tables: The Germany Experience Takes Over

April 1, 2021

Season 5, Episode 13. In December, The Expat Cast went head-to-head with rival podcast The Germany Experience to see who could raise more money for charity. As much as it pains to admit it, The Expat Cast lost. Today, The Germany Experience is here to claim their prize.

The Germany Experience is here to take over The Expat Cast for one episode. Shaun uses his prize to ask Nicole about how her experience as a podcast host has changed her, ahem, Germany experience, and he gets her to dish some ridiculous stories from her time as a Bufdi in the Bundesfreiwilligendienst.

To find out more about SEGEPADFO, head over here.

 

Webinar with Meetra: April 15, 2021 at 14:00 CET

 

This episode is sponsored by Lingoda. Read more about them on the blog or sign up for the sprint with the code EXPATCAST for 10€ off!

 

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The Germany Experience

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Travel Germany: Aachen with Lawin

Travel Germany: Aachen with Lawin

March 25, 2021

Season 5, Episode 12. In the Travel Germany series, different places across Germany are featured in interviews with expats who relocated there. 

Today, we learn about Aachen! Lawin is from the Philippines. He's a fellow expat in Germany and a fellow podcaster, and he's been living in Aachen for two years now. He tells us all about living in walking distance to the Netherlands and Belgium - spoiler: great access to lots of kinds of beer.

To read all of his suggestions and see some great pictures, visit the blog.

 

I was a guest on the podcast Transcontinental Overload.

 

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A German Expat in Germany with Martina

A German Expat in Germany with Martina

March 18, 2021

Season 5, Episode 11. Martina was born in the US to German parents who had most recently been living in Switzerland. When she was a baby, they moved back to Switzerland, then they relocated to the US for Martina's high school and college years.

Now, Martina's living in Frankfurt, Germany in her 20s. Even though she's German, this is the first time in her life she's lived in Germany. We discuss what it was like living in the US for such critical life moments and how she's enjoying connecting with her German side.

 

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Getting a German Driver’s License with Stacey

Getting a German Driver’s License with Stacey

March 11, 2021

Season 5, Episode 10. Stacey's had her California driver's license since she was a teenager, but it doesn't get her far in Germany. Once you move to Germany, you have 3 years to convert your license to a German license, or you have to start over from square one. 

For Nicole, from Pennsylvania, a state with license reciprocity with Germany, it was a one-time visit to city hall and a 35€ fee. For Stacey, from California, a state without reciprocity, it was months of studying, a first aid course, practical hours, and lots more money.

For more on this topic, head over to the blog.

 

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Embracing Expat Entrepreunership with Tania

Embracing Expat Entrepreunership with Tania

March 4, 2021

Season 5, Episode 9. She's lived in Kenya, Uganda, Botswana, the UK, South Africa, Thailand, Zanzibar, Austria, and now, Germany. Tania gets lost keeping track of everywhere she's lived! She craves stability, yet at the same time, she can't imagine not moving again soon.

Tania's expat history has made her very resourceful, creative, and flexible - all traits that make her a great entrepreneur. She consults on travel to Kenya, sews and sells African fabrics, has a blog, and more. Yet still, she struggles to confidently identify as an entrepreneur. We explore why that is, how her expat life has helped and hurt her business life, and whether Germany is a good place to start a company.

 

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Italy Everywhere with Claudio

Italy Everywhere with Claudio

February 25, 2021

Season 5, Episode 8. Whether he's living in Belgium, the Netherlands, China, or Germany, Claudio manages to find Italy everywhere he goes. He's from a tiny village in northern Italy that's got more sheep and cows than people, and although he hasn't lived there in decades, it is his heritage. It is his home.

Claudio shares why and how he honors his Italian heritage, be it through food or people or something else entirely. Now based in Nuremberg, Germany for two years, it's important to him to bring his culture to his community there as well as learn about and experience the cultures of his friends.

 

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This episode is sponsored by Comfort Eats. Read more about them on the blog.

Repatriating During a Pandemic with Kate

Repatriating During a Pandemic with Kate

February 18, 2021

Season 5, Episode 7. Kate is from southwestern Germany and moved to Chicago, around the same time that Nicole moved from Chicago to southwestern Germany. The two connect on Instagram years back, and Kate was one of Nicole's first guests back in season one.

Now, Kate's back to share how her career, life, and family has grown since then. Kate's now a mom, and she and her husband ended up moving back to Germany with their baby in March of 2020, on one of the last flights from the USA to Germany before travel shut down due to Coronavirus. We hear what it was like saying goodbye to Chicago in this crazy moment, and how it's been readjusting to their home country of Germany under these limited circumstances.

 

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This episode is sponsored by EUHabitat. Read more about them on the blog.

First Female in the Family to Move Abroad with Reina

First Female in the Family to Move Abroad with Reina

February 11, 2021

Season 5, Episode 6. So many of us move abroad without knowing anyone else who's done a big move like that. We struggle to find expat role models at the beginning, and usually end up with authors, characters, or friends as role models.

Reina was the first female in her tight-knit family to move abroad. It was hard to break the news to her family, and when she was adjusting to life in her new home in New Zealand, she faced serious withdrawal, going from constant family time to being a 26-hour flight away.

But in moving abroad to pursue her dream job in motion pictures, Reina became the role model she didn't have. She inspired others in her family to dream big, just like she had.

 

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Travel Germany: Dessau with Inna

Travel Germany: Dessau with Inna

February 4, 2021

Season 5, Episode 5. In the Travel Germany series, different places across Germany are featured in interviews with expats who relocated there. 

Today, we learn about Dessau! Inna Koblents is from the Ukraine and lived in Italy before relocating to Dessau on a special visa for Jewish immigrants from former Soviet countries. She'd never heard of Dessau before the opportunity came up, but in her two years there, she's found herself feeling quite at home in this former East Germany town.

She's put together a great list of things to do and day trips to or from Dessau, which you can find here.

 

Read the New Yorker article that had me giggling all week here.

 

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Am I Integrating or Am I Aging? with Rachel from Meet the Germans

Am I Integrating or Am I Aging? with Rachel from Meet the Germans

January 28, 2021

Season 5, Episode 4. Rachel hosts the Meet the Germans series with Deutsche Welle, where she shares videos about current events and German culture in English through her perspective as a foreigner in Germany. 

Rachel moved from the UK to Germany in her 20s, and now that she's in her early 30s, she's in a much different place in life than she was back when she moved. The German culture encourages things like organization, punctuality, board game nights in with small groups of friends, time in nature, and casual clothing.

So did Rachel start to like these things because she's maturing into them, or is it because she's getting more German?

 

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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.

Read the blog post about this episode here.

 

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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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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.

 

MORE INFORMATION

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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.

 

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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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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.

 

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She recommends the musician/comedian Victor Borge

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

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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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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.

 

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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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Listen to her podcast, Migrant Mama in Australia

 

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Podcast Blackout

Podcast Blackout

June 4, 2020

There is no new episode of The Expat Cast this week. As an American living abroad, I cannot stand beside my fellow Americans in protest of police violence and racism in the United States. But that's no excuse to do nothing.

I'm donating my Coronavirus stimulus money to various organizations that work to end racial discrimination and support black communities.

I'm committing time to continuing to educate myself on racism and to listen to people of color.

I'm engaging in conversations about white privilege and unconscious bias and systemic racism and more.

I'm asking you to take the time you would have used to listen to The Expat Cast and instead do something proactive against racism. Here's a nice round-up of resources for you to start or continue your own anti-racist work.

Thank you to the podcast Cult 45 for starting Podcast Blackout.

To Move or Not To Move: The Expat During a Pandemic Question with Emily

To Move or Not To Move: The Expat During a Pandemic Question with Emily

May 28, 2020

Season 4, Episode 10. When your extended family is split between two countries on two different continents, deciding where to root your own family is not easy. Throw in the complications brought to us by the Covid-19/Coronavirus pandemic, and the decision becomes nearly impossible to make.

Our guest today, Emily, has a family split between the US and Germany. Emily, her husband, their young daughter, and their pets are based in the States now, but have considered a move to Germany several times. How has the pandemic impacted their ideas, plans, and dreams? How does Emily prioritize choosing a location based on family proximity, on cultural connections, or on socioeconomic situations?

Referenced in this episode: Second Cheapest Wine skit from College Humor

 

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Travel Germany: Freiburg with Jibran

Travel Germany: Freiburg with Jibran

May 21, 2020

Season 4, Episode 9. In the Travel Germany series, different places across Germany are featured in interviews with expats who relocated there. 

To kick it off, we're featuring the home of The Expat Cast: Freiburg. Located in southwest Germany on the edge of the Black Forest, 30 minutes from the Alsace in France and from Switzerland, this corner of the world is full of culture, food, wine, and seemingly endless nature to enjoy.

Get a full list of our recommendations here.

 

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When Expat Life Doesn’t Work Out with Brandi

When Expat Life Doesn’t Work Out with Brandi

May 14, 2020

Season 4, Episode 8. Brandi decided to move on from her life in California. She sold most of her things, packed up her cat, and moved to Germany in the heat of summer. It was a one-way-ticket kind of move, an open-ended relocation. She'd start with German courses and go from there.

Nine months later, Brandi was back in the States. Life in Germany had become a struggle beyond what was acceptable.

Brandi is here to share with us how she came to recognize that her expat journey wasn't the story she was hoping for. Her experience was one of too many apartments, of suitcases scattered across a country, of half-job offers and no moment where everything fell into place. Things weren't working out, and her location became more and more vital as a global pandemic began to spread. As life took her in a direction that put expat life on hold, Brandi shares how she made peace with the events via recasting the story of her life in a new lens.

 

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Cross-Cultural Creative Clarity with Ariane

Cross-Cultural Creative Clarity with Ariane

May 7, 2020

Season 4, Episode 7. Ariane left Munich, Germany for Canada when she was a teenager, not realizing it would be a 30-year stay that would change her forever. Now back in Germany with her Canadian-German family, Ariane is a life coach specializing in cross-cultural creative clarity.

Creativity doesn't just have to reference pursuit of an artistic project. Creativity can also be found in how we live our lives - and expats know that well. Because the experience of living in a new country is so far outside the norm, expats have to use their creativity to forge a life that works for them. Ariane discusses how we can locate and own that creativity to live courageously.

 

REFERENCED IN THIS EPISODE

The Germany Experience episode "The top 10 grossing German movies"

The Expat Cast episode "The Introverted Expat"

 

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Becoming Bilingual with Casey

Becoming Bilingual with Casey

April 30, 2020

Season 4, Episode 6. Nicole and Casey share their highs and lows of language learning. Both gals are Americans who grew up monolingual and scoffed at their attempts to learn a language in high school or college, but moving abroad gave them the motivation to learn German, for real this time. They share their frustrations, freak-outs, failures, and even the occasional success.

Highlights include Nicole inquiring how much it would cost to get her apartment petted, Casey exclaiming her excitement to go to the park to see the - er, male genitalia - and both of them delighting in the German language's descriptive naming tendencies (we're looking at you, River Horse).

If you're interested in tips for learning German, listen to the episode Learning German with Jenny.

 

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Creating Home with Julia

Creating Home with Julia

April 23, 2020

Season 4, Episode 5. Expat & life coach Julia inspired me with her blog post, "How to feel at home while you're abroad." Although "home" can seem like it's something that just exists, separate from us, home is actually a feeling created actively by an individual.

But how?

Julia and I map out various strategies that have worked for us to make us feel at home, no matter where we are in the world.

 

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Community from a Distance with Aspen from AspenAbroad

Community from a Distance with Aspen from AspenAbroad

April 16, 2020

Season 4, Episode 4. Coronavirus is a global pandemic that's got many of us trapped at home. Aspen and I team up to bring you a podcast/YouTube cross-over to help you find the good in this bad situation. Our status as expats in Germany has given us plenty of practice at maintaining relationships and creating a sense of community from afar, and we share our favorite tricks to feeling connected despite the distance.

 Check out the video of this collaboration on Aspen's YouTube channel here.

Read the blog post to find out more here.

 

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On YouTube at AspenAbroad

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Our last episode together called Moving Abroad or Running Away?

 

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Counseling for Cross-Cultural Relationships with Katie

Counseling for Cross-Cultural Relationships with Katie

April 9, 2020

Season 4, Episode 3. Being in a cross-cultural relationship comes with many strengths and many challenges, especially if one partner moved to a new country and learned a new language to make the relationship work. This week's guest has lots of experience with that, both personally and professionally.

Katie Rössler is an expat couple's counselor. Working with couples in person and online, through sessions as well as online courses and guides, Katie helps her clients navigate the tricky waters of miscommunications, conflicting expectations, and more.

We discuss common isuses in relationships involving two or more cultures, and we also get into how couples and families can use the lock-down during Coronavirus to their advantage. Katie helps us reframe the situation as an opportunity and offers concrete ideas on how to succeed during quarantine.

This episode is a nice complement to the episode Intercultural Relationships.

For more resources, check out this blog post.

 

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The Introverted Expat with Austyn from Expat Hour

The Introverted Expat with Austyn from Expat Hour

April 2, 2020

Season 4, Episode 2. We dive into the topic of introversion with fellow introvert, fellow American living in Europe, and fellow podcaster Austyn from Expat Hour.

Although Austyn and Nicole fall on different places on the extrovert/introvert spectrum, we share a love for nights in, the fulfillment of reading a book or watching TV alone, and the joy of missing out, aka JOMO, on social events. We reflect on whether these introverted qualities make expat life easier or harder.

 

REFERENCED THIS EPISODE

The book "Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking"

The Expat Cast episode, "Extroverted Entrepreneurial American Expat"

 

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American Football in Germany with Nick from NALF

American Football in Germany with Nick from NALF

March 26, 2020

Season 4, Episode 1. We're back with season 4! And we're kicking it off by diving into the delightful world of American football in Germany.

Did you know that American football is played in Germany?

I didn't, and neither did today's guest, Nick Alfieri, until he got recruited by the Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns. Yes, you read that right, they're called the Unicorns. Yes, it's impossible to say that without smiling.

Nick's from Oregon, and he jumped at the chance to continue his football career after his college football career ended. He brought his other passion with him: film-making. In addition to playing for the Unicorns, Nick documents his experiences on his YouTube channel, and he's even made a documentary about American football in Germany.

Now, he's on The Expat Cast to tell us all about his experience as a Unicorn abroad.

Listen to the This American Life episode "The Show of Delights"

Check out the blog post about this episode.

 

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Coronavirus and COVID-19 in Germany (with Nicole from The Expat Cast and Steph from Geopats)

Coronavirus and COVID-19 in Germany (with Nicole from The Expat Cast and Steph from Geopats)

March 18, 2020

This is a rebroadcast of an episode of "The Germany Experience," hosted by Shaun near Nuremberg. I call in from Freiburg to chat with Shaun and Steph Fuccio in Berlin of Geopats about our experiences with the COVID-19 outbreak in Germany.

Find The Germany Experience here, and on Instagram and Twitter.

Discuss your opinions on this episode in the The Germany Experience Facebook group!

Find Steph here, on Instagram and on Twitter

 

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Whatcha Up To?

Whatcha Up To?

January 30, 2020

Season 3, Episode 25. It's the season 3 finale!!!

Thanks to everyone who has made this season of The Expat Cast a smashing success. To celebrate the season wrapping up, I've invited guests from the last 3 seasons to give us an update on where they are now, how things have changed since they last were on the podcast, and what decisions they've been making lately about their expat life.

We'll be back with season 4 at some point in the near(ish) future! Bis dann!

 

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1. James, from LiveWorkGermany, was on the episode "A Plethora of Resources for Living in Germany"

2. Sixtina, from Six Miles Away, was on the episode "From Pils to Pints to Passport Stamps"

3. Aurora was on the episode "Choosing to Move Back"

4. Riana, from Teaspoon of Adventure, was on the episode "Preparing to Move Abroad"

5. Meg was on the episode "Long-Distance Relationships"

6. Samar was on the episode "The First Few Months"

7. Gyo, from Gyo Monreal, was on the episode "Celebrate Every Little Win"

 

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