The Expat Cast
Living Abroad in Your 20s with Olivia

Living Abroad in Your 20s with Olivia

October 10, 2019

Season 3, Episode 9. Moving abroad throws so many things into question - your sense of home, your relationships, your career, your comfort zone. In fact, all of these things are also typically thrown into question during another life period: your 20s.

Today's guest hosts a podcast called Quarter Life Living, where she addresses many of the decisions and evolutions we go through during our formative years as a 20-something. Olivia is 26, and she is half-Irish, half-Austrian and has lived in Australia and Sweden. Suffice it to say, she's had her fair share of opportunities to ask these tough questions! In our conversation, we discuss what it was like growing up split between two countries and cultures, family relations as an expat, and the push and pull between settling down and exploring.

 

FIND OLIVIA

On her podcast at Quarter Life Living

On Instagram @QuarterLifeLivingPodcast

Via her business, Say It Right

On LinkedIn @OliviaScheibelreiter

 

 FOLLOW THE EXPAT CAST

Instagram @theexpatcast 

Twitter @theexpatcast 

 

INTERESTED IN STARTING YOUR OWN PODCAST?

Host your podcast on PodBean. Go to podbean.com/expat to get your first month with PodBean for free.

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

 

SUBSCRIBE TO THE EXPAT CAST

Apple Podcasts

Spotify

Stitcher

Podbean

Podknife

 

COMMUNICATE

Got questions, comments, topic ideas, funny anecdotes? Email us at theexpatcast@gmail.com.

The Expat Cast Live at the Carl Schurz Haus with James

The Expat Cast Live at the Carl Schurz Haus with James

October 3, 2019

Season 3, Episode 8. Look out - a wild podcast has escaped the cage of the basement studio and emerged into the real world! The Expat Cast went LIVE!

In honor of International Podcast Day, we hosted an event at the Carl Schurz Haus, the German-American center in Freiburg. Following a quick crash course on podcasting, the audience enjoyed a panel discussion between The Expat Cast and local Freiburg podcast Jung & Freudlos about all things podcasting - how we make our shows, why we make the shows, for whom we make the shows, and who we are as hosts versus as normal people. Though that part wasn't recorded, take my word: it was a blast.

Following a quick popcorn break, the audience reassembled for a live recording of The Expat Cast! Pardon any crunchy, poppy background noises. ;) We chatted with James from the Freiburg craft beer company Braukollektiv about why and how his family of four moved to Freiburg, and what it's like starting a small business in Germany. That episode is presented to you this week exactly as it was recorded - no editing, no tweaking, just raw.

Hope you enjoy this glimpse into our podcasting process, and hope you all had a great International Podcast Day!

 

FIND JAMES' BEER

His craft beer company is called Braukollektiv

 
On Instagram @Braukollektiv
 
On Facebook @Braukollektiv
 
On Twitter @Braukollektiv

FIND JUNG & FREUDLOS

A team of German doctors and doctoral students take on mental health topics.

Listen online on their website

On Facebook @JungundFreudlos

On Twitter @JungundFreudlos

 

FIND THE CARL SCHURZ HAUS

This German-American Cultural Center is in the heart of Freiburg, and they were our wonderful hosts for the event.

Online on their website

On Facebook @CarlSchurzHaus

On Twitter @CarlSchurzHaus

On Instagram @CarlSchurzHaus

 

 FOLLOW THE EXPAT CAST

Instagram @theexpatcast 

Twitter @theexpatcast 

 

INTERESTED IN STARTING YOUR OWN PODCAST?

Host your podcast on PodBean. Go to podbean.com/expat to get your first month with PodBean for free.

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

 

SUBSCRIBE TO THE EXPAT CAST

Apple Podcasts

Spotify

Stitcher

Podbean

Podknife

 

COMMUNICATE

Got questions, comments, topic ideas, funny anecdotes? Email us at theexpatcast@gmail.com.

My Expat Story with Your Host, Nicole

My Expat Story with Your Host, Nicole

September 26, 2019

Season 3, Episode 7. It's time to get to know your host! This episode, there's no guest - just me, Nicole, the lady behind the podcast. I tell my expat story, from my first experience abroad to today. I discuss how I left my heart in Italy, my long-distance relationship, my career as a librarian, and how I made the move to Germany in terms of career, visa, and cultural adjustment.

Although my story comes out in bits and pieces through the interviews, this episode is a special opportunity to share my story from start to end, uninterrupted, unfiltered. I hope you enjoy getting to peek behind the mic.

 

RESOURCES

Our season 2 episode, Long-Distance Relationships with Meg

Our season 2 episode, The First Few Months with Samar

Our season 1 episode, Prepping for a Job Hunt in Germany with Nicole

Information about the Bundesfreiwilligendienst

Adam Fletcher writes hilarious and helpful books about being a foreigner in Germany

 

COME SEE THE EXPAT CAST LIVE

We'll be doing a panel and live podcast at the Carl Schurz Haus in Freiburg, Germany on September 30 at 18.30. Check it out!

Find other International Podcast Day events near you.

 

FOLLOW THE EXPAT CAST

Instagram @theexpatcast 

Twitter @theexpatcast 

 

INTERESTED IN STARTING YOUR OWN PODCAST?

Host your podcast on PodBean. Go to podbean.com/expat to get your first month with PodBean for free.

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

 

SUBSCRIBE TO THE EXPAT CAST

Apple Podcasts

Spotify

Stitcher

Podbean

Podknife

 

COMMUNICATE

Got questions, comments, topic ideas, funny anecdotes? Email us at theexpatcast@gmail.com.

Raising a Son with Special Needs in Germany with Shaun of Expat Life Germany

Raising a Son with Special Needs in Germany with Shaun of Expat Life Germany

September 19, 2019

Season 3, Episode 6. Today, the expats in Germany podcast worlds collide - because Shaun from Expat Life Germany is a guest on The Expat Cast! If you're not already listening to his show, get ready to hit subscribe, because Shaun hosts a fantastic weekly podcast where he shares interviews, resources, and thoughts about living in Germany as a foreigner. If you like this show, you'll love his.

Now, the tables are turned, and we get to know more about Shaun as he steps into the role of guest, rather than host. Shaun moved to Germany from South Africa years ago with his wife, in search of adventure and new experiences. Little did they know they'd fall in love with Germany and end up staying there permanently. They now have German citizenship and are raising two - soon to be three! - kiddos in their rural German village.

Their oldest son has a special need called SYNGAP-1, and Shaun shares with us how they've navigated the situation as foreigners and second-language German speakers. From doctor's visits to learning what resources are out there for kids like their son, it's been a whirlwind that's left them more in love with life in Germany than ever.

 

COME SEE THE EXPAT CAST LIVE

We'll be doing a panel and live podcast at the Carl Schurz Haus in Freiburg, Germany on September 30 at 18.30. Check it out!

Find other International Podcast Day events near you.

 

FIND SHAUN

 
Listen to his podcast on Stitcher
 
On Instagram @expatlifegermany
 
On Twitter @ExpatLifeDE
 
More information on what his son has here

 

FOLLOW THE EXPAT CAST

Instagram @theexpatcast 

Twitter @theexpatcast 

 

INTERESTED IN STARTING YOUR OWN PODCAST?

Host your podcast on PodBean. Go to podbean.com/expat to get your first month with PodBean for free.

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

 

SUBSCRIBE TO THE EXPAT CAST

Apple Podcasts

Spotify

Stitcher

Podbean

Podknife

 

COMMUNICATE

Got questions, comments, topic ideas, funny anecdotes? Email us at theexpatcast@gmail.com.

Moving Abroad with Teenagers with Linda

Moving Abroad with Teenagers with Linda

September 12, 2019

Season 3, Episode 5. Linda Kerr grew up as a Third Culture Kid and is now a "trailing spouse" or expat partner. That means she's experienced living abroad during various stages of life - but now, she's doing something totally new. She is living abroad in Germany with her husband and their two teenagers.

In this episode, Linda explains how she's made moving to Europe work with a 14-year-old and a 15-year-old. As if raising teens in a foreign country wasn't enough of a challenge, Linda also moved abroad just as she started a new position in her job in marketing. We discuss what the challenges were with trying to pursue a high-level career and a rapidly evolving family life at the same time. Although it's not always easy, Linda's family has embraced their 3-year stay in Germany as a chance to make history come to life by visiting the cities that their kids are learning about in history class.

 

COME SEE THE EXPAT CAST LIVE

We'll be doing a panel and live podcast at the Carl Schurz Haus in Freiburg, Germany on September 30 at 18.30. Check it out!

Find other International Podcast Day events near you.

 

FIND LINDA

On her blog, Travel Teening
 
On Instagram @travelteening

  

FOLLOW THE EXPAT CAST

Instagram @theexpatcast 

Twitter @theexpatcast 

 

INTERESTED IN STARTING YOUR OWN PODCAST?

Host your podcast on PodBean. Go to podbean.com/expat to get your first month with PodBean for free.

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

 

SUBSCRIBE TO THE EXPAT CAST

Apple Podcasts

Spotify

Stitcher

Podbean

Podknife

 

COMMUNICATE

Got questions, comments, topic ideas, funny anecdotes? Email us at theexpatcast@gmail.com.

International Schools with Lauren

International Schools with Lauren

September 5, 2019

Season 3, Episode 4. "For us, the number 1 priority was that they would thrive academically, that they would thrive socially, and that this experience would build them up, not suppress them and make them feel like introverts just because they're outsiders."

When Lauren moved from the Jersey Shore in New Jersey, USA to Barcelona, Spain with her husband and three small children, she did her research and decided that international school was the right choice for her kids' schooling. She explains to me what that means, what varieties there are within international schools, and what it's like to be a part of one. We also bicker about American football team allegiances and pigs in a blanket.

 

COME SEE THE EXPAT CAST LIVE

We'll be doing a panel and live podcast at the Carl Schurz Haus in Freiburg, Germany on September 30 at 18.30. Check it out!

Find other International Podcast Day events near you.

 

FACEBOOK GROUPS FOR EXPATS IN BARCELONA

 
 
 
 

 

FIND LAUREN

On her blog, The Expat Chronicle
 
On Instagram @theexpatchronicle

  

FOLLOW THE EXPAT CAST

Instagram @theexpatcast 

Twitter @theexpatcast 

 

INTERESTED IN STARTING YOUR OWN PODCAST?

Host your podcast on PodBean. Go to podbean.com/expat to get your first month with PodBean for free.

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

 

SUBSCRIBE TO THE EXPAT CAST

Apple Podcasts

Spotify

Stitcher

Podbean

Podknife

 

COMMUNICATE

Got questions, comments, topic ideas, funny anecdotes? Email us at theexpatcast@gmail.com.

People with a Backround of Migration with Fraser

People with a Backround of Migration with Fraser

August 29, 2019

Season 3, Episode 3. Folks, we've got our first New Zealand expat in Germany on the show!

After growing up in super, suuuuper rural New Zealand, Fraser was eager to explore the world. And he did it - first in the United States, then in the United Kingdom, and finally, Germany. While  on holiday in Bali, Fraser met his now-husband, who is German, they moved to London together before moving to Frankfurt a year ago. Fraser moved to Frankfurt a year ago and shares with us his experiences learning the language, finding friends, and building a life.

Having lived in England during the Brexit vote, Fraser became keenly aware of how some foreigners are referred to as expats while others are immigrants. Expats are often seen in a positive light whereas immigrants are too often seen negatively. Not so coincidentally, "immigrants" are often people of color.

We dig into this topic, including considering the German phrase "Menschen mit Migrationshintergrund," or "people with a background of migration." While more politically correct, the phrase is bulky and challenging for German learners. Is this a pattern in German integration practices: well intentioned, technically good, but still clunky and not user friendly? We discuss!

 

RESOURCES

The GrünGürtel in Frankfurt

LGBT sports club in Frankfurt: FVV

LGBT Meetup in Frankfurt via Meetup.com

 

FIND FRASER

On Instagram @fraseralfred
 
On Twitter @fraseralfred

  

FOLLOW THE EXPAT CAST

Instagram @theexpatcast 

Twitter @theexpatcast 

 

INTERESTED IN STARTING YOUR OWN PODCAST?

Host your podcast on PodBean. Go to podbean.com/expat to get your first month with PodBean for free.

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

 

SUBSCRIBE TO THE EXPAT CAST

Apple Podcasts

Spotify

Stitcher

Podbean

Podknife

 

COMMUNICATE

Got questions, comments, topic ideas, funny anecdotes? Email us at theexpatcast@gmail.com.

Moving Back “Home” with Lindsey from The ExpatRepat Podcast

Moving Back “Home” with Lindsey from The ExpatRepat Podcast

August 22, 2019

Season 3, Episode 2. "Expat" is short for expatriation, or living in a country other than one's native country, and "repat" is short for repatriation, or living back in one's native country after living abroad. Put them together, and you get Expat Repat, the name of Lindsey McLean's podcast.

Lindsey herself is a repat, living back in the USA after years of life abroad in Switzerland. In the years since she's moved back, she's struggled but succeeded at building a life that she's happy with. But it wasn't easy, and that was surprising to Lindsey, who grew up as a Third Culture Kid, meaning she also lived abroad as a child. She's channeled her complicated feelings about life as a repat in Washington State into her podcast, where she interviews other former expats about their lives back in their home country.

In this episode of The Expat Cast, we dive deeper into Lindsey's story - how she moved abroad, why she loved the life she built in Zurich, Switzerland, and what made her decide to move back to the US and leave her fairy tale Swiss live behind. Lindsey really lets us in to the thought processes she had back then, the perspective she's gained since then, and the delicate balance of having regrets yet finding peace with her choices. 

 

FIND LINDSEY

Subscribe to her podcast, The Expat Repat Podcast
 
Visit her blog, Swiss Lark
 
Follow her on Instagram @SwissLark

  

FOLLOW THE EXPAT CAST

Instagram @theexpatcast 

Twitter @theexpatcast 

 

SUBSCRIBE TO THE EXPAT CAST

Apple Podcasts

Spotify

Stitcher

Podbean

Podknife

 

COMMUNICATE

Got questions, comments, topic ideas, funny anecdotes? Email us at theexpatcast@gmail.com.

Moving Abroad or Running Away? with Aspen from AspenAbroad

Moving Abroad or Running Away? with Aspen from AspenAbroad

August 15, 2019

Season 3, Episode 1. "Started from the bottom, now we German."

We kick off season 3 with an interview with expat YouTuber Aspen, from Aspen Abroad, in which we get a little deeper into Aspen's decision to move to Europe after growing up in Hawaii - and how she settled on Munich, Germany, as her new home. Released just in time to celebrate Aspen's 5th Gedeutschtag (Alles gute, Aspen!), we take a stroll down memory lane to look at the traumas and challenges that inspired Aspen to leave the US, followed by a discussion of how she's feeling now.

Moving to a new country also means leaving another country behind. What if the situation you're leaving behind is messy, full of problems and stress? Is your choice to move abroad a healthy way to improve your surroundings for a better future, or is it in some way a very elaborate method of running away from your problems? And what happens when certain problems sneak back up on you, because the baggage comes with you, even if you thought you left it behind?

 

FIND ASPEN

Watch her video about our weekend in Freiburg, I did a Expat podcast Germany!

Check out her YouTube channel, AspenAbroad

Follow her on Instagram, @Aspen.Abroad

 

RESOURCES

Hidden Brain episode about the psychological effects of scarcity, You 2.0: Tunnel Vision

 

FOLLOW

Instagram @theexpatcast 

Twitter @theexpatcast 

 

SUBSCRIBE

Apple Podcasts

Spotify

Stitcher

Podbean

Podknife

 

COMMUNICATE

Got questions, comments, topic ideas, funny anecdotes? Email us at theexpatcast@gmail.com.

Ask the Expat with Stacey

Ask the Expat with Stacey

July 11, 2019

Season 2, Episode 25. Welcome to the Season 2 finale episode! To celebrate 50 episodes, 10,000 downloads, and 1 year of podcasting, we've called up a good friend to answer listener questions and quandaries in a brand new format called Ask the Expat. Host Nicole and guest Stacey answer the following questions with a mixture of personal anecdotes and librarian-approved resources.

  1. How do I make friends in Germany?
  2. What are the visa options in Germany?
  3. How does public transit work in Germany?
  4. What are some tips for getting a job in Germany?
  5. What have you guys brought with you to Germany that you can’t get here, and how do you approach that?
  6. How do I manage my move to Germany with money and language constraints?

Note that none of the things we say are professional advice! The advice and resources are intended to help point in the right direction, but any decisions should be made based on more solid research than we provide.

THANK YOU to everyone who has tuned in, recommended the show to a friend, left a rating/review, and participated in this show in any way, be it via a social media comment, an email, or as a guest. It's been a year full of hard work, and it's taught us a lot about podcasting and about life in general. We'll be back with season 3 soon. Keep your eyes on social media and stay subscribed to get updated about when the next season will hit your feeds.

 

RESOURCES

 

Find Facebook groups like New in Freiburg or Freiburg English Club

Check out Visa Guide's list of visas in Germany

Revisit our episode Prepping for a Job Hunt in Germany

Revisit our episode Learning German

 

FOLLOW

Instagram @theexpatcast 

Twitter @theexpatcast 

 

SUBSCRIBE

Apple Podcasts

Spotify

Stitcher

Podbean

Podknife

 

COMMUNICATE

Got questions, comments, topic ideas, funny anecdotes? Email us at theexpatcast@gmail.com.

How to Show Up with Sundae

How to Show Up with Sundae

July 4, 2019

Season 2, Episode 24. For many, one of the toughest things about living abroad is being far away from friends and family. It can feel like you're missing out on all the important moments, big and small - and sometimes, that's true.

But sometimes, it's possible to move heaven and earth to be there, in person, for a big event. When that does happen, the moment becomes that much more important because of how far out of your way you went to be there. Showing up in those moments is, as Sundae explains in her podcast Expat Happy Hour, a grand gesture.

Taking inspiration from Sundae's podcast episode Grand Gestures, Nicole and Sundae discuss what a grand gesture is and how to decide if you should make one, by sharing examples in their own lives of grand gestures done by or for them. Also, what if you really can't be there in person? What if that's totally off the table, but you still want to be there for your friends and family? With a little creativity and a lot of love, there are endless possibilities of how you can show up for your people, physically and otherwise, regardless of how many kilometers are between you.

 

FIND SUNDAE

Listen to her podcast, Expat Happy Hour

-the episode inspired this episode, called Grand Gestures

-the episode Love Your Friends and Family While They're Alive

Check out her website

Join her Facebook group, Expats on Purpose

 

FOLLOW

Instagram @theexpatcast 

Twitter @theexpatcast 

 

SUBSCRIBE

Apple Podcasts

Spotify

Stitcher

Podbean

Podknife

 

COMMUNICATE

Got questions, comments, topic ideas, funny anecdotes? Email us at theexpatcast@gmail.com.

Celebrate Every Little Win with Gyo

Celebrate Every Little Win with Gyo

June 27, 2019

Season 2, Episode 23. Moving abroad is anxiety-inducing for anyone, but especially for people with anxiety and depression. Gyo moved from southern California to Nuremberg, Germany about 9 months ago to close the distance on her relationship with a German man from Hanover. Although she's always struggled with anxiety, Gyo has found ways to continue challenging herself as she adjusts to the new culture.

Gyo and Nicole chat about the stresses of language learning, friend making, wellness and nutrition, and home building in Germany. Life in Germany as a foreigner can make you feel like an idiot every day, but it also forces you to stop being such a perfectionist and start accepting failure. Above all, the two share the belief that it is vital to celebrate your little wins along the way, like a trip to a grocery store or going to the gym on a cold winter evening.

 

FIND GYO

Visit her website, gyomonreal.com

On Instagram @gyomonreal
 
On YouTube @GyovannaMonreal
  

FOLLOW US

Instagram @theexpatcast 

Twitter @theexpatcast 

 

SUBSCRIBE

Apple Podcasts

Spotify

Stitcher

Podbean

Podknife

 

COMMUNICATE

Got questions, comments, topic ideas, funny anecdotes? Email us at theexpatcast@gmail.com.

Putting the Ex in Expat: Break-Ups Abroad with Jessica

Putting the Ex in Expat: Break-Ups Abroad with Jessica

June 20, 2019

Season 2, Episode 22. Many people move abroad for love, but what happens when that relationship doesn't work out? Jessica had studied Spanish and moved to Guatemala, so Germany wasn't anywhere on her radar when she started dating her German girlfriend. But eventually, she moved to her girlfriend's hometown of Erfurt, Germany. Erfurt had been a part of the DDR, so Russian was more common as a second language than English.

Jessica immersed herself in the German language and culture. Two years into life in Erfurt, the relationship ended, but Jessica stayed. Even when she later moved away to England, her heart stayed in Germany. 

In today's episode, we discuss at what point living abroad, learning a new language and a new culture, stops being something you're doing for someone else and starts being something you're doing for yourself. For Jessica, although the relationship that brought her to Germany ended, her love affair with Germany continues to this day.

 

Jessica's German podcast recommendation: Ostwärts - Eine Ode an den Osten

Have any German podcast recommendations for us? Please share via email or social media!

 

FIND JESSICA

Visit her website, JessicaDrucker.com

Check out her book, How To Move Abroad (And Why It’s the Best Thing You’ll Do)

Learn about her life coach services

 

FOLLOW

Instagram @theexpatcast 

Twitter @theexpatcast 

 

SUBSCRIBE

Apple Podcasts

Spotify

Stitcher

Podbean

Podknife

 

COMMUNICATE

Got questions, comments, topic ideas, funny anecdotes? Email us at theexpatcast@gmail.com.

Stereotypes & Misconceptions with Tatjana

Stereotypes & Misconceptions with Tatjana

June 13, 2019

Season 2, Episode 21. WANTED: your expat problems! The season 2 finale of The Expat Cast is nearing, and we're planning a fun episode to celebrate: host Nicole will team up with a cohost to give advice to anyone moving abroad, wanting to move abroad, or living abroad. Send your questions, problems, and quandaries about life abroad to the show via email or DM on social media by TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2019 to be included! Submissions can be answered anonymously upon request.

This week's episode features Tatjana, a Berliner who grew up craving expat life so badly, she made it her Instagram handle. Tatjana chose a profession in tourism in order to enable her to live all over the world - which she has, with stints in The Netherlands, England, The United Arab Emirates, and India.

Tatjana discusses what stereotypes and misconceptions she has encountered in her various experiences as an expat, including both ones that have been directed towards her as an expat and ones that have been directed toward the country she calls home. She also shares how she's incorporated her German culture into her life in India with her Chinese-Indian husband and their young daughter.

 

FIND TATJANA

On Instagram @craving_expat_life

Her new podcast, Bookish Expats, with Steph Fuccio from S2E3, Book Worms International 

 

FOLLOW

Instagram @theexpatcast 

Twitter @theexpatcast 

 

SUBSCRIBE

Apple Podcasts

Spotify

Stitcher

Podbean

Podknife

 

COMMUNICATE

Got questions, comments, topic ideas, funny anecdotes? Email us at theexpatcast@gmail.com.

You Are Where You Live with Mark

You Are Where You Live with Mark

June 6, 2019

Season 2, Episode 20. Today's guest is celebrating three decades of life abroad! Born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio, Mark Baker's studies in journalism and Eastern European international relations took him to Vienna, Austria in the late 1980s. Little did he know that the Iron Curtain would fall just as he was settling in, changing his life - and the world - forever.

Mark's writing career took him to Prague, Czech Republic, but after a few years, he tried to move back to the US. Despite landing a great job in New York City, something wasn't right. His time in Europe had made him more European than he'd realized, and now he felt homesick for Prague.

He moved back to Prague, and now, he's an accomplished travel writer, with travel guides on central and eastern Europe published by renowned companies, like Lonely Planet. Most recently, Lonely Planet hired him to write a guide book in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Mark shares what it was like to spend weeks in those states, which are so familiar to him as an Ohioan, yet as a long-term expat, still somehow new.

Mark's got years of hard-earned wisdom, and I'm glad he's shared the following nuggets with us.

Mark's Rules of Expat Life:

  1. It’s always a temporary move, or so you think.
  2. You never decide to stay. It’s always just one more year, one more year.
  3. You develop an unacknowledged expectation that the United States will never change.
  4. Your environment changes you.
  5. You are where you live.

 

FIND MARK

On his website, Mark Baker Prague

Check out his article about Youngstown that caught Lonely Planet's eye

Check out his 3-part article about the early days in Vienna

On Twitter @MarkBakerPrague

 

FOLLOW

Instagram @theexpatcast 

Twitter @theexpatcast 

 

SUBSCRIBE

Apple Podcasts

Spotify

Stitcher

Podbean

Podknife

 

COMMUNICATE

Got questions, comments, topic ideas, funny anecdotes? Email us at theexpatcast@gmail.com.

 
Preparing to Move Abroad with Riana

Preparing to Move Abroad with Riana

May 30, 2019

Season 2, Episode 19. Once you've moved abroad, it's a whirlwind of paperwork, cultural adjustments, adventure, new experiences -- but what about before you move? 

This week's guest, Riana, spoke to us when she had one month left in Canada before she, her partner, and their dog moved to Prague. As a Canadian under the age of 30, Riana was able to take advantage of the Youth Mobility Visa, which allows Canadians to life and work in 35 countries for one year. She talks us through how she decided that life abroad in Prague was the right choice for her.

Once the decision was made, there was still plenty to do and to feel. Riana shares what kind of preparation she's been able to do pre-move abroad, as well as what it's been like emotionally preparing for her year in Europe.

 

FIND RIANA

On her blog, Teaspoon of Adventures

Read her resource-rich blog post about the Czech Youth Mobility Visa

 

FOLLOW

Instagram @theexpatcast 

Twitter @theexpatcast 

 

SUBSCRIBE

Apple Podcasts

Spotify

Stitcher

Podbean

Podknife

 

COMMUNICATE

Got questions, comments, topic ideas, funny anecdotes? Email us at theexpatcast@gmail.com.

Macaroon Moments with Ara

Macaroon Moments with Ara

May 23, 2019

Season 2, Episode 18. Have you ever had a macaroon moment?

As a kid, Ara dreamed of eating a macaroon in Paris while gazing out on the Eifel Tower. But growing up in her hometown in Mexico, any kind of experience abroad seemed like an impossibly far away notion. Then: life and love happened, and before she knew it, there she was - eating a macaroon in Paris while gazing out on the Eifel Tower.

For Ara, that's what life abroad is all about. Although her weekdays are filled with working from home in her small town in Bavaria, her weekends are filled with travel, adventure, and macaroon moments.

We talk about what the expat dream means to her, how she made the most of working from home as an extrovert, and why she views leaving as a process, not a moment.

 

FIND ARA

On Instagram, @ara_cherie

 

FOLLOW

Instagram @theexpatcast 

Facebook @theexpatcast 

Twitter @theexpatcast 

Pinterest @theexpatcast 

 

SUBSCRIBE

Apple Podcasts

Spotify

Stitcher

Podbean

Podknife

 

COMMUNICATE

Got questions, comments, topic ideas, funny anecdotes? Email us at theexpatcast@gmail.com.

 
 
From Pils to Pints to Passport Stamps with Sixtina

From Pils to Pints to Passport Stamps with Sixtina

May 16, 2019

Season 2, Episode 17. Four years is Sixtina's magical number. After growing up in Germany, she moved to the Netherlands for 4 years, followed by Ireland for 4 years. She's also lived in the United States, Mexico, and Spain.

Throughout all these temporary homes, her dream was always to go traveling - the kind of travel where you see the whole world over a longer period of time. Instead, Sixtina took the career path. A whole series of opportunities she just couldn't say no to kept postponing her dream of travel. Until now!

Mere days before she left Ireland to embark on her dream-turned-reality world trip, Sixtina took time out to talk to The Expat Cast about what it's been like working for a big international company, learning just how German she is, and - of course! - that good ol' Irish pub culture.

 

RESOURCES

Expat Focus's guide to taxes in Ireland

Volunteer while you travel at Workaway.com

 

FIND SIXTINA

On her website, sixmilesaway.com

On Instagram, @sixmilesaway

 

FOLLOW

Instagram @theexpatcast 

Facebook @theexpatcast 

Twitter @theexpatcast 

Pinterest @theexpatcast 

 

SUBSCRIBE

Apple Podcasts

Spotify

Stitcher

Podbean

Podknife

 

COMMUNICATE

Got questions, comments, topic ideas, funny anecdotes? Email us at theexpatcast@gmail.com.

Meet the Parents with Momsie & Popsicle

Meet the Parents with Momsie & Popsicle

May 9, 2019

Season 2, Episode 16. Guess who this week's guests are? My parents! I power my Brene Brown and get vulnerable by asking my parents how they feel about my choice to live abroad.

When my dad was a young adult and moved into an apartment 20 minutes from his childhood home, his mom was outraged he'd move so far away. My mom's extended family numbers around 40 people - of whom, only a handful live more than a 2 hour drive away. So what do they REALLY think about the fact that their daughter lives thousands of miles and several time zones away?

We take an evening out of a whirlwind tour of Europe to get into the beautiful, complicated mess that is expat family relationships.

 

FOLLOW

Instagram @theexpatcast 

Facebook @theexpatcast 

Twitter @theexpatcast 

Pinterest @theexpatcast 

 

SUBSCRIBE

Apple Podcasts

Spotify

Stitcher

Podbean

Podknife

 

COMMUNICATE

Got questions, comments, topic ideas, funny anecdotes? Email us at theexpatcast@gmail.com.

Expat Mama with Ashley

Expat Mama with Ashley

May 2, 2019

Season 2, Episode 15. You last heard from friend of the show, Ashley, when she was pregnant with her son, who we lovingly referred to as Appleseed, back in Season 1 ("Pregnancy in Germany"), but now she's back, with another fun nickname for her kiddo -- WAM.

Ashley is now 7 months into motherhood, and she shares with us what it's been like adjusting to her new role. What was it like for her to give birth in Germany? How has she handled being an ocean apart from her family in the US? And how is she planning on keeping her American identity alive with her son?

Ashley's go-to book recommendation for new parents-to-be is:

The Shit No One Tells You: A Guide to Surviving Your Baby's First Year by Don Dais, which Ashley mentions in the episode as the one pregnancy book she did read. This link is to the entire Shit No One Tells You series. https://www.dawndais.com/sht

For more expat pregnancy resources, check out Season 1, Episode 10, Pregnancy in Germany with Ashley and Appleseed.

 

FOLLOW

Instagram @theexpatcast 

Facebook @theexpatcast 

Twitter @theexpatcast 

Pinterest @theexpatcast 

 

SUBSCRIBE

Apple Podcasts

Spotify

Stitcher

Podbean

Podknife

 

COMMUNICATE

Got questions, comments, topic ideas, funny anecdotes? Email us at theexpatcast@gmail.com.

The First Few Months with Samar

The First Few Months with Samar

April 25, 2019

Season 2, Episode 14. Initially, moving abroad is insanely exciting. New scenery! New people! New language! New groceries! New new new! Wow wow wow!

And thennnnn reality comes crashing down, in the form of paperwork, financial pressure, a language barrier, or social isolation. While some part of you might still be excited about the newness, another part of you starts to wonder how the heck this will all work out. Was this whole move the right choice?

In this phase of expat life, it is easy to despair and lose hope. In fact, it might seem like despair and hopelessness are logical reactions to the situation.

This week's guest is fresh out of that challenging phase, and she sits down with your host to chat about what it felt like, what pressures got to her, and what helped her keep going.

 

FOLLOW

Instagram @theexpatcast 

Facebook @theexpatcast 

Twitter @theexpatcast 

Pinterest @theexpatcast 

 

SUBSCRIBE

Apple Podcasts

Spotify

Stitcher

Podbean

Podknife

 

COMMUNICATE

Got questions, comments, topic ideas, funny anecdotes? Email us at theexpatcast@gmail.com.

Choosing to Move Back with Aurora

Choosing to Move Back with Aurora

April 18, 2019

Season 2, Episode 13. Expats don't always stay expats forever. But what goes into the choice to leave international life behind and return to one's home country? We sit down with Aurora, a Mexican-American living in Germany, to hear what made her decide to move back to the States.

Aurora will move back to the US this summer, but where exactly will she move? Cue: A Very Well Built Excel Spreadsheet! Aurora and her husband, Duncan (our guest in Season 1 for Voting Rights Abroad) systematically identified places they'd liked to live and their top criteria for what matters to them most about a location. Then, they individually ranked their choices, pulled in some publicly available data, and got a data-driven indicator of what city or cities work best for them.

Plus, we chat about why weird subway encounters & Game of Thrones are worth uprooting your life and relocating.

 

DUNCAN & AURORA'S DECISION MAKING SPREADSHEET

You can view the spreadsheet Aurora mentions in the episode here, as a view-only Google Spreadsheet. Feel free to copy/paste the spreadsheet into your own document to put in your own potential locations and criteria!

 

FOLLOW

Instagram @theexpatcast 

Facebook @theexpatcast 

Twitter @theexpatcast 

Pinterest @theexpatcast 

 

SUBSCRIBE

Apple Podcasts

Spotify

Stitcher

Podbean

Podknife

 

COMMUNICATE

Got questions, comments, topic ideas, funny anecdotes? Email us at theexpatcast@gmail.com.

Here & There, Then & Now with Nic

Here & There, Then & Now with Nic

April 11, 2019

Season 2, Episode 12. When Nic moved to Germany from England to be with his girlfriend, he committed himself mentally to the move. It would have taken something really huge and dramatic to make him consider moving back. But how does he manage keeping in touch with family, especially negotiating visits? And how does he still show up for his partner's family?

We use the topic of family as a launching point for a fun conversation about British Christmas, cultural judgement, and way more.

 

FIND NIC

Twitter @40PercentGerman

Blog 40% German

 

FIND VIRTUAL EXPATS

Check out The Virtual Expats, a great podcast run by Steph Fuccio, a fellow American podcasting expat, wherever you get your podcasts.

 

FOLLOW

Instagram @theexpatcast 

Facebook @theexpatcast 

Twitter @theexpatcast 

Pinterest @theexpatcast 

 

SUBSCRIBE

Apple Podcasts

Spotify

Stitcher

Podbean

Podknife

 

COMMUNICATE

Got questions, comments, topic ideas, funny anecdotes? Email us at theexpatcast@gmail.com.

Unemployed in Germany with Jeremy

Unemployed in Germany with Jeremy

April 4, 2019

Season 2, Episode 11. We're swapping stories about unemployment, everyone's favorite topic to discuss openly and honestly! Just kidding; of course, being unemployed is uncomfortable, stressful, and disorienting, no matter when or where it happens. However, even if it's not always the easiest thing to talk about, it's important to discuss.

In this episode, we learn what it's been like for our guest, Jeremy, to be unemployed in Germany. Jeremy moved here for a two- to three-year work contract that recently ended. He tells us how he's been navigating the immigration and unemployment offices, plus, we discuss how the social support he's been given in Germany has altered his approach to the job hunt in general.

 

FOLLOW

Instagram @theexpatcast 

Facebook @theexpatcast 

Twitter @theexpatcast 

Pinterest @theexpatcast 

 

SUBSCRIBE

Apple Podcasts

Spotify

Stitcher

Podbean

Podknife

 

COMMUNICATE

Got questions, comments, topic ideas, funny anecdotes? Email us at theexpatcast@gmail.com.

Clinging to Your Culture with Jenny

Clinging to Your Culture with Jenny

March 28, 2019

Season 2, Episode 10. When you moved abroad, did you find yourself suddenly caring an awful lot about dumb things from your home culture you never bothered with before? Likkkeeeee, I don't know, say, ABC's The Bachelor? 

In fact, getting way too into the latest season of The Bachelor is what inspired this week's episode. It got us thinking about all the weird things we find ourselves interested in, especially those things we previously wanted nothing to do with, like football, touristy clothing, and chain restaurants. 

For the full list of the culture we're clinging on to as well as our armchair psychologist ideas on why we feel this way, dive on into this week's episode.

 

FOLLOW

Instagram @theexpatcast 

Facebook @theexpatcast 

Twitter @theexpatcast 

Pinterest @theexpatcast 

 

SUBSCRIBE

Apple Podcasts

Spotify

Stitcher

Podbean

Podknife

 

COMMUNICATE

Got questions, comments, topic ideas, funny anecdotes? Email us at theexpatcast@gmail.com.