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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 hosts the wonderful podcast The Expat Lady Experience, so naturally, she's joining us 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!

 

 

FIND MARI

Her podcast The Expat Lady Experience

On Instagram @TheExpatLadyExperience

 

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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.

 

FIND NATALIE

 

Getting Married in Germany, the episode of The Expat Cast where she was a guest

 

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Travel Germany: Stuttgart with Stefanie

Travel Germany: Stuttgart with Stefanie

July 16, 2020

Season 4, Episode 16. Stuttgart isn't exactly at the top of most people's Must Visit Cities in Europe. In fact, even many people who live in Germany only visit Stuttgart for work or to see family or friends.

But! Stuttgart actually has a plethora of great food, drink, and culture. Not only is it the capital of Baden-Württemberg; it also is the center of Schwabian culture, responsible for such beloved things like Käsespätzle and Maultaschen.

Stefanie, an Austrian expat living in Stuttgart, is here to share with us what has made her love this city. She's got great ideas of things to see, eat, and drink in town as well as a long list of festivals to visit throughout the year.

 

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE

The Shortest History of Germany by James Hawes

Food/coffee: Mein Essenziale, Herr Kaechele, Udo Snack on Calwerstr 23, Celebrebar

Ice Cream: Café Kaiserbau, Vanaeis

Bars: O’Reilly’s, Mon petit Café on Kueblergasse 3 in Bad Canstatt

Museums & Culture: Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, Staatsgalerie, Kuenstlerhaus, WKV-Stuttgart, Galerie-Kernweine, Weissenhofmuseum, Grabkapelle Rotenberg, World’s Largest Pig Museum, Stadtbibliothek Stuttgart, Buchladen Erlkoenig

 

FIND STEFANIE

Instagram @ruptureworkinprogress

Austria v. Germany, the episode of The Expat Cast where she was a guest

 

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Solo Female Travel with Zoe

Solo Female Travel with Zoe

July 9, 2020

Season 4, Episode 15. Now is not a time to be making big travel plans - not just because many countries are blocking tourism from other countries, but also because, even if it is technically allowed, it is incredibly risky to travel during a global pandemic. The Coronavirus was able to initially spread to so many countries so quickly due to wide-spread travel, so as we as a global society attempt to get control of the virus, excessive travel works against that goal.

So what's a travel lover to do?

Daydream! Get lost in memories of past travel experiences!

This episode is here to do just that. 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.

 

CARL SCHURZ HAUS

Check out the Carl-Schurz-Haus in Freiburg

The video version of the panel is available here

The director of the Carl-Schurz-Haus came on The Expat Cast back in 2018 to talk to us about German-American Cultural Centers in Germany. Listen to it here.

Reggie, one of the panelists, was also on The Expat Cast in 2018 for a two-part episode called "Napster Broke the Music Industry. Now What?". Part 1, Part 2

 

MENTIONED IN THE PANEL

 
Fresh Air interview with Eric Adams

This Nonviolence Stuff'll Get You Killed by Charles E Jr Cobb

Campaign Zero and their project 8 Can't Wait

The TV show Pose

 

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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. Many people move abroad either for love or with their spouse. What that unfortunately sometimes means, is that some expats end up having to go through a divorce in a foreign country. 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. The two additionally had children to consider. In addition to the emotional aspect of a relationship ending, Katia had to overcome a language barrier when going through the legal aspects of the divorce.

Today, she's on the other end of that complicated chapter of life. She's here to talk to us about how she made it through and what she learned along the way. Katia is now an author, a coach, and an overall badass.

 

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE

Families in Global Transition, or FIGT

International Family Law Group, or IFLG

 

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Visit her website, katiavlachos.com

Read her book, A Great Move

Check out her coaching services

On Facebook @KatiaVlachosCoach

On Twitter @vlachosk

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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. Summer is upon us, and the Coronavirus pandemic is making it harder than ever to plan much in the way of vacation. Although travel throughout most of Europe is allowed, it's not necessarily recommended, so if you're trying to stay within Germany, why not pop on over to the eastern most point in Deutschland?

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.

We learn all the best local tips for how to enjoy this special place in Germany from two expats whose love Görlitz is so apparent and infectious!

 

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE

Festivals: Görlitz Christmas Market and Görlitz Altstadfest in the end of August

The Instagram account @AccidentallyWesAnderson and Görliwood

Food: mustard shop Senfladen, Landskron beer, Mohnstriezel poppy seed dumpling, Schlesisches Himmelreich or Silesian Heaven, Kochwerk vegan restaurant, summer market on Elisabethplatz

Museums & More: Upper Lusatian Library of Sciences, the Görlitzer Sammlungen Kaisertrutz

Visit: Oybin via Schmalspurbahn, Tippelmarkt Pottery Market

 

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Visit her webite, tessa-approves.com

 

FIND LAUREN

Check out her project, DiscoverGoerlitz.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. After George Floyd was murdered by the police in Minneapolis, Minnesota, a modern civil rights movement has emerged as Americans in all 50 states protested against systemic racism and police brutality. The movement has also taken root abroad, including in Germany.

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

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.

 

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE

The Germany Experience episode "Unhappy in Germany"

The documentary 13th, available on Netflix

Learning from the Germans by Susan Neiman

Ein Neger darf nicht neben mir sitzen by David Mayonga

Trevor Noah's video "George Floyd and the Dominos of Racial Injustice"

The Armchair Expert episode "Heather McGhee"

 

FIND SHAUN

Online at TheGermanyExperience.de

On Instagram @the.germany.experience

Listen to his podcast, The Germany Experience

 

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The Relocation Industry with Sheanne

The Relocation Industry with Sheanne

June 11, 2020

Season 4, Episode 11. Are you an American abroad? Are you an expat who has nothing to do with America? What do you want out of The Expat Cast during the George Floyd protests in America? Do you have something to contribute to the wider conversation about race or about American expats' role during this moment? Reach out to The Expat Cast on social media or email to share your thoughts.

In the mean time, this episode is here to offer you an escape into another world - specifically, the world of the relocation industry. For DIY expats like your host, Nicole, this is a magical world where lots of challenging things are taken care of for you. For expats who move for jobs, this topic might be more familiar, in which case, tune in for tips from someone who works in the industry on how to maximize your relocation package.

 

FIND SHEANNE

Online at MigrantMamainAustralia.com

On Instagram @MigrantMamaAU

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.

Many expats make international family relationships work by visiting their family as much as possible and/or hosting family in their country. This was somewhat doable when flights are extremely cheap, like they were the last few years. Now, global travel is all but stopped, and it's unclear when it will be possible to fly internationally again - and when it is, how expensive will tickets be?

Complications like these drastically impact what it means to be an expat. 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?

 

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On Instagram @Wenzel.Haus

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. With summer approaching amidst a global pandemic, it's unclear if travel will be allowed - and if so, within what limitations. It very well could be that travel is allowed only within your country or region. But that's no reason to be sad. Germany is packed with charming, awe-inspiring locations!

In this new Travel Germany series, we'll be featuring different locations across Germany and interviewing expats who live there about what they love about where they live. With their insider tips and suggestions, you'll have plenty of ideas for when you visit Germany.

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.

 

FREIBURG TIPS

Food and Drink: check out the daily farmer's market, the Münstermarkt and eat a Lange Rote, the classic Freiburg sausage; Kastanien Biergarten; Feierling Biergarten & Restaurant; Sichelschmiede Restaurant; Fili Cafe; Cafe Schmidt or Mohrentopf for Black Forest Cake and other sweets; Jesuitenschloss for wine with a view.

Museums and Sites: hike to Schlossbergturm or take the Schlossbergbahn part of the way up; the church in the center of Freiburg is the Münster; visit the Uniseum, Augustiner Museum, Archaeological Museum, and Mundenhof Zoo; hang out at Kanonenplatz and Augustinerplatz

Nature: hike around Schauinsland after taking the gondola up; hike to Saint Valentines for brunch

Day trips: Staufen for vineyards and castle ruins, or Schluchsee or Titisee for a lakeside stroll in the Black Forest; hop over to the Alsace in France to see Colmar, Strasbourg, or Eguisheim, or wander the Wine Route or visit the castle Haut Koenigsbourg

Thermal Baths/Spas: Keidelbad, Titisee, Bad Krozingen, or anywhere in the town Baden-Baden

Festivals: Zelt Musik Festival; Freiburg Christmas Market or Ravennaschlucht Christmas Market; Fasnet/Fastnacht/Karnival in Freiburg or in Elzach

Bookish Things: the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg University Library has unique architecture; shop for books at Rombach or Jos Fritz

 

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On YouTube @DesiInWonderland

 

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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. Her move started out magically, exactly as she'd imagined it - biking to language course, learning German alongside classmates from around the world, finding her way quickly into a warm community. But somewhere along the way, life in Germany became 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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On Instagram @girlgoesnomadic

 

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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 season 4 episode "The Introverted Expat"

 

FIND ARIANE

On her website, DerArianeFaden

On Instagram @der_ariane_faden

On LinkedIn under Ariane A. A. Schuessler

 

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Becoming Bilingual with Casey

Becoming Bilingual with Casey

April 30, 2020

Season 4, Episode 6. Learning a new language as an adult is a big challenge, especially compared to learning a new language as a child - but when adults learn a second language, they get to truly experience the process of becoming bilingual.

Nicole and Casey are here to 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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CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES

Check out Afloat Heidelberg online or on Instagram to join virtual support groups for moms.

If you need help translating Coronavirus related local news stories from German - or if you can offer to help translate news stories from German - click here.

See if you can help create face shields and other in-demand items through a local branch of MakersvsVirus or via Prusa.

Learn about the US Stimulus package for Americans living abroad here, via MyExpatTaxes.

 

FIND CASEY

On Instagram @CaseyfromCologne

 

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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. We cover creating friendships, building routines, and even decorating your own apartment or house to make it feel more like your own.

One thing we forgot to mention: pets! Especially as we're all spending more time in our own four walls amidst a global pandemic, having a pet to keep you company can make a huge difference. It's no wonder so many expats bring their pets with them when moving abroad!

 

CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES

Check out Afloat Heidelberg online or on Instagram to join virtual support groups for moms.

If you need help translating Coronavirus related local news stories from German - or if you can offer to help translate news stories from German - click here.

See if you can help create face shields and other in-demand items through a local branch of MakersvsVirus or via Prusa.

Learn about the US Stimulus package for Americans living abroad here, via MyExpatTaxes.

 

FIND JULIA

On her website Yellow Wood Coaching

On LinkedIn @JuliaGutgsell

Read her blog post mentioned in the episode, "How to feel at home while you're abroad"

 

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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. It's tough. Also, it's an absolute blessing.

Not only does being trapped at home likely mean that you're staying healthy and you're helping save other people's lives by not spreading the virus - it also means you have a new opportunity to reconnect with yourself, your friends and family, and your interests.

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.

 

CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES

Check out Afloat Heidelberg online or on Instagram to join virtual support groups for moms.

If you need help translating Coronavirus related local news stories from German - or if you can offer to help translate news stories from German - click here.

See if you can help create face shields and other in-demand items through a local branch of MakersvsVirus or via Prusa.

Learn about the US Stimulus package for Americans living abroad here, via MyExpatTaxes.

 

FIND ASPEN

On YouTube at AspenAbroad

On Instagram @Aspen.Abroad

Our last episode together called Moving Abroad or Running Away?

 

FOLLOW THE EXPAT CAST

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Twitter @theexpatcast 

 

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NEED A CREDIT CARD?

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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 moved from America to Germany with her husband, and they've now got two small daughters in Munich. Katie experienced plenty of challenges herself, and she brings that first-hand experience into her work as 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.

In the tail end of the episode, we discuss how couples and families can use the lock-down during Coronavirus to their advantage. There are so many memes about how Coronavirus will lead to many babies - and many divorces. But why do we have to go into this thinking of it so negatively? 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.

 

CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES

If you need help translating Coronavirus related local news stories from German - or if you can offer to help translate news stories from German - click here.

See if you can help create face shields and other in-demand items through a local branch of MakersvsVirus or via Prusa.

Learn about the US Stimulus package for Americans living abroad here, via MyExpatTaxes.

 

FIND KATIE

On her website positive-connections.com

Check out her Courses and Guides including a Family Meeting Guide

 

FOLLOW THE EXPAT CAST

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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. Across Europe and North America, lock-downs to flatten the curve of the spread of Coronavirus/COVID-19 have led many people to declare it the perfect time to be an introvert. But is it? And what if you're an introvert who lives abroad?

We dive into the topic of introversion as an extrovert 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.

 

FIND AUSTYN

On her podcast @ExpatHour

On Instagram @expathour

 

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"

 

FOLLOW THE EXPAT CAST

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Twitter @theexpatcast 

 

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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.

 

FOLLOW NICK

On his YouTube channel @NALF

On Instagram @nalfamale

Watch his video "Is it better to be in Germany or the USA right now?"

 

THIS AMERICAN LIFE

Listen to their episode "The Show of Delights"

 

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Taxes for Expats in Germany with Agnese from Wundertax (Rebroadcast)

Taxes for Expats in Germany with Agnese from Wundertax (Rebroadcast)

March 19, 2020

REBROADCAST (Oct 2019). It's hard enough to be a responsible adult in your home country. When you move abroad, the weight of common adult tasks like filing taxes is compounded. Your oh-so-responsible host, Nicole, has lived in Germany for over 2 years and thusfar had done the oh-so-responsible thing and fully ignored her taxes.

But fear not - Wundertax is here to save her! Nicole gave their German taxes tool a go. It's specifically built for expats in Germany, with a streamlined tool available in a range of languages. She was blown away by the company and their tool, so she teamed up with them to bring this helpful information straight to your ears.

Fellow expat in Germany, Agnese, actually works for Wundertax and comes onto the show to tell us everything we need to know to file our taxes on time, accurately, and painlessly. Agnese busts some tax rumors and shares a slew of tips for what expats specifically should keep an eye out when filing taxes. Like, did you know that your moving expenses might be tax exempt? Or that you actually have years to file your taxes retroactively without being penalized? Also, that rumor that you can declare your language courses? Yeah, that's a total myth!

 

FIND WUNDERTAX

Visit their website, wundertax.de

Check out their expat-specific page, germantaxes.de
On Facebook @GermanTaxes
On Instagram @GermanTaxes.de
On YouTube @Wundertax
On LinkedIn @wundertax-gmbh
On Xing @WunderTax

 Find out who is obligated to file taxes in Germany

 

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PodBean allows you to manage your episodes, check out statistics, and design a podcast website - AND they have some of the best customer service. If you're new to podcasting like I was, PodBean makes the whole process so much easier, and their live chat feature puts you in quick contact with helpful, patient customer service staff who don't judge you when you ask beginner's questions. ;)

 

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I just did a bunch of research to choose my first-ever German credit card, and I ended up choosing N26. I set up my account entirely online in minutes, received my card earlier than anticipated, & now I can manage my credit card in a super sleek, English language app. It was incredibly easy & now I have something to use on my various travels!

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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 at https://www.stephfuccio.com/, on Instagram and on Twitter

Filing US Taxes as an American Expat with Nathalie from MyExpatTaxes (Rebroadcast)

Filing US Taxes as an American Expat with Nathalie from MyExpatTaxes (Rebroadcast)

March 12, 2020

REBROADCAST (Nov 2019). Here at The Expat Cast, we're thankful for taxes. Or at least the services & programs that taxes provide. And we're thankful for people like Nathalie Goldstein, who founded MyExpatTaxes, a company whose software makes filing your US expat taxes fun and cute.

"Fun" and "cute" and "taxes" all in one sentence? Hold your gasps! With the MyExpatTaxes software, it's actually totally true.

Nathalie tells us her story about how her frustrating experience filing taxes as an American after she moved from Silicon Valley to Vienna, Austria inspired her to found the company, and she shares all the tips, tricks, and nuances she's learned about filing US taxes as an American living abroad. This episode is jam-packed with information that can help you avoid common tax filing mistakes among expats - and it includes helpful insights that can help you learn what to expect when filing your taxes after you move abroad.

 

FIND MYEXPATTAXES

Use the promo code EXPATCAST at check out to save 10% on your filing!

Online at myexpattaxes.com

Instagram @myexpattaxes

Facebook @myexpattaxes

Twitter @myexpattaxes

 

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PodBean allows you to manage your episodes, check out statistics, and design a podcast website - AND they have some of the best customer service. If you're new to podcasting like I was, PodBean makes the whole process so much easier, and their live chat feature puts you in quick contact with helpful, patient customer service staff who don't judge you when you ask beginner's questions. ;)

 

NEED A CREDIT CARD?

Try N26. They're an online-only bank with free payments in any currency, free ATM withdrawals in Euros, and support staff in English, French, German, Spanish, and Italian.

I just did a bunch of research to choose my first-ever German credit card, and I ended up choosing N26. I set up my account entirely online in minutes, received my card earlier than anticipated, & now I can manage my credit card in a super sleek, English language app. It was incredibly easy & now I have something to use on my various travels!

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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!

 

FIND THE GUESTS

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"

 

FOLLOW THE EXPAT CAST

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PodBean allows you to manage your episodes, check out statistics, and design a podcast website - AND they have some of the best customer service. If you're new to podcasting like I was, PodBean makes the whole process so much easier, and their live chat feature puts you in quick contact with helpful, patient customer service staff who don't judge you when you ask beginner's questions. ;)

 

NEED A CREDIT CARD?

Try N26. They're an online-only bank with free payments in any currency, free ATM withdrawals in Euros, and support staff in English, French, German, Spanish, and Italian.

I just did a bunch of research to choose my first-ever German credit card, and I ended up choosing N26. I set up my account entirely online in minutes, received my card earlier than anticipated, & now I can manage my credit card in a super sleek, English language app. It was incredibly easy & now I have something to use on my various travels!

Referral code: nicolep9184

 

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