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2 Advent: #FEGEPADFO Update

2 Advent: #FEGEPADFO Update

December 8, 2019

FEGEPADFO. Is that another one of those famous, long, confusing German words?

Nein!

It's short for the First Ever Germany Expat Podcasters Advent Donation Face Off.

The Expat Cast is competing against Expat Life Germany to see who can get more donations to their charity of choice over this Advent season. You can participate by donating to either one of their charities - or both!

 

MORE INFORMATION

expatlifegermany.de/charity

The Expat Cast's charity of choice: Women's Worth Inc

Expat Life Germany's charity of Choice: Lebenshilfe

 

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Austria v. Germany with Stefanie

Austria v. Germany with Stefanie

December 5, 2019

Season 3, Episode 16. Austria and Germany have a sensitive relationship. Picture a sibling rivalry, but with countries and cultures that have coexisted in varying states of war and peace for centuries.

Today's guest, Stefanie, grew up in Austria and, against all odds and cultural norms, married a German. *pause for gasps* The two live in Stuttgart, Germany, where Stefanie is experiencing a strange expatriation process after living in the UK for 16 years. Her identity and personality are a mixture of Austrian and British and Irish influences, which leads her to sometimes feel more like an outsider in Germany than she did in the UK, despite the fact that in Germany, she can speak her mother-tongue and her home country is just across a border a couple of hours away.

Stefanie delights us with a chat that manages to be both laugh-out-loud hilarious and thought-provoking. Highlights include us bonding over our love for the World's Largest Pig Museum and the perspective Stefanie's family's history gives her as a tour guide at a World War II museum in Stuttgart.

 

FIND STEFANIE

Instagram @ruptureworkinprogress

 

FEGEPADFO.

It's short for the First Ever Germany Expat Podcasters Advent Donation Face Off.

More information: expatlifegermany.de/charity

The Expat Cast's charity of choice: Women's Worth Inc

Expat Life Germany's charity of Choice: Lebenshilfe

 

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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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1 Advent: Announcing FEGEPADFO

1 Advent: Announcing FEGEPADFO

December 1, 2019

FEGEPADFO. Is that another one of those famous, long, confusing German words?

Nein!

It's short for the First Ever Germany Expat Podcasters Advent Donation Face Off.

The Expat Cast is competing against Expat Life Germany to see who can get more donations to their charity of choice over this Advent season. You can participate by donating to either one of their charities - or both!

 

MORE INFORMATION

expatlifegermany.de/charity

The Expat Cast's charity of choice: Women's Worth Inc

Expat Life Germany's charity of Choice: Lebenshilfe

 

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Filing US Taxes as an American Expat with Nathalie from MyExpatTaxes

Filing US Taxes as an American Expat with Nathalie from MyExpatTaxes

November 28, 2019

Season 3, Episode 16. Happy Thanksgiving!

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 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

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Facebook @myexpattaxes

Twitter @myexpattaxes

 

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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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Expat Loneliness with Gabriela

Expat Loneliness with Gabriela

November 21, 2019

Season 3, Episode 15. The days are getting shorter, the weather is getting colder, and we're all getting lonelier.

The normal November blues are made that much more challenging when you're facing them in a foreign country. But fret not! You're not alone, even if you are lonely. Every expat has experienced a season of loneliness, and, dare I say, we'll all face them again at some point.

This week's guest is fellow expat and life coach Gabriela Encina, who brings us stories from her own life as well as the experiences of her clients. Gabriela talks us through some of the tips that have helped her and her clients as they navigate expat loneliness and strive to feel more connected in their new home country.

 

 

GABRIELA'S TIPS FOR EXPAT LONELINESS

  1. Find the things you love to do and do them. Then, you will meet people who like those things as well and you’ll have something in common to build a friendship off of.
  2. Present yourself the way you are and don’t try to be someone you’re not. The kind of people you want to be friends with will accept you as you are.
  3. If you make language-related mistakes when socializing in a foreign language, don't sweat it. The people who want to relate to you will find a way to understand you anyway.
  4. Be open. Just because you don’t click with someone immediately doesn’t mean you can’t develop something. Give people a second or even third chance to get to know them better.
  5. Remember: The low points don’t last forever! They end, and high points come.
  6. Share your feelings, whether that's in a journal, with your loved ones back home, or with friends or potential friends where you’re living now.
  7. Learn what you want and where your priorities are. Not everyone needs a bunch of friends to be happy. Maybe you are happier to be home with a book than you are juggling multiple friend groups.

 

FIND GABRIELA

Online at gabriela-encina.com

Instagram @gabriela.expat.coach

Facebook @psgabrielaencina

 

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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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Intercultural Relationships with Katie

Intercultural Relationships with Katie

November 14, 2019

Season 3, Episode 14. "You're always going to have one set of parents or family who is sad because they're missing their son or daughter."

Katie, an American, is married to an Austrian. Their relationship has been colored by what language they communicate in and where they live - in the US, in Austria, and now as digital nomads. Although sometimes it is as magical as taking twirling in the Austrian Alps, singing songs from The Sound of Music, there are numerous challenges that come up when you are in an intercultural relationship.

Miscommunication and pop culture references that fall flat are daily struggles, and things get really serious when it comes to arranging where to celebrate holidays and how to build traditions that work for both of you. And that's without adding kids to the picture - but if that's a part of the plan, then how the heck do you negotiate a plan that works for you as well as your extended families?

Katie comes on the podcast to talk about all the messy challenges that are inevitable for relationships like hers. But it isn't all heavy! We also giggle about how wearing house shoes, as is common in Austria, really throws a wrench in your outfit choices, and Katie tells us the wild story of how her and her husband met, which is honestly the kind of story that makes me want to believe in fate.

 

MORE ON LOVE

Our Valentine's Day 2019 episode about Long-Distance Relationships

 

FIND KATIE

Online at aculturapiece.com

On Instagram @ACultureAPiece

On Facebook @ACultureAPiece

On Twitter @ACultureAPiece

 

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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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Imposter Syndrome as an Expat with Melissa

Imposter Syndrome as an Expat with Melissa

November 7, 2019

Season 3, Episode 13. You know it's going to be a good episode if it references Brene Brown AND Maya Angelou! This week, we're diving into the nitty gritty of imposter syndrome, or the deep feeling and/or fear of being a fraud. Maybe you've heard of it before, maybe you've admitted to feeling it before, but MAN does expat life intensify the experience of imposter syndrome!

Melissa, aka Intentional Expat, lived in Spain and the Netherlands for a decade before moving back to her home state, Washington in the US. Melissa has a PHD in Clinical and Health Psychology, which she uses in her work as an expat life coach - making her the perfect guest for this topic. Melissa shares with us the 5 types of imposter syndrome, how to identify it in your life, and what to do to succeed in your expat life despite feeling this way.

 

RESOURCES

Check out Brene Brown online, at her TED Talk, or at her Netflix special

Read The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer from the Imposter Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It by Valerie Young

Learn about the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion

 

FIND MELISSA

Online at intentionalexpat.com

On Instagram @IntentionalExpat

On the Expat Hour podcast

 

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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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My Favorite Freiburg Murder with Megan

My Favorite Freiburg Murder with Megan

October 31, 2019

Season 3, Episode 12. HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

What better way to celebrate Halloween abroad than by discussing true murder cases that happened in the town where you live? Inspired by the famous & well-loved true crime podcast, My Favorite Murder, your host Nicole and her guest Megan picked out two suspenseful cases that tie into their new home of Freiburg, Germany.

First up, Megan (who loves murder!) tells us the story of The Woman Without a Face, a serial killer and serial criminal who stumped the cops while she murdered and robbed her way through multiple European countries, always leaving DNA behind but never getting caught. Female serial killers are super rare, so this case was a real stand-out. And! It's got a crazy plot twist that you won't see coming.

Then, Nicole tells us the story of the Frauenmörder, aka the Woman Murderer, aka the Beast of the Black Forest. Born in, as Wikipedia puts it, Nazi Germany, a young man watched the movie The 10 Commandments and became convinced that women are the root cause of all problems & took it upon himself to punish them. Cue a horrendous string of violence over a period of months before this awful criminal was finally caught and put in prison. Good f'ing riddance.

 

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE MURDERS

 

The Woman Without a Face, aka the Phantom of Heilbronn

BBC's 2009 article about The Woman Without a Face

A BBC article about a recent, horrible murder case in Freiburg

The Beast of the Black Forest, aka the Frauenmörder

The SWR (nor ARD, oops!) documentary about the Frauenmörder

I'll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara (link to buy on Powells because screw Amazon)

 

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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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Taxes for Expats in Germany with Agnese from Wundertax

Taxes for Expats in Germany with Agnese from Wundertax

October 24, 2019

Season 3, Episode 11. 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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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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Snacks & Toilets with Trash Jenny

Snacks & Toilets with Trash Jenny

October 17, 2019

Season 3, Episode 10. It's the episode no one wanted, that no one needed - yet here it is! It's Snacks & Toilets!

In the first half of the episode, we discuss snacks. What German snacks have we fallen in love with? How did our snacking habits change after moving to Germany? And what the heck is up with Erdnuss Flips? We also dive into the snacks we miss the most from home, and reminisce about the days of eating entire family-sized bags of Cool Ranch Doritos.

Then comes part two: toilets. Have you encountered the elusive German toilet phenomenon, the poop shelf? We dish out the pros and cons of the strange design, then we give some well-deserved hate to our home country, USA, for having public bathroom doors that have cracks large enough to see people through. Yuck. We get into different flushing mechanisms, the variety of toilets around the globe, and our opinions on how toilets can best strike the balance between hygienic and environmental.

 

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NEED A CREDIT CARD?

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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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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

 

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NEED A CREDIT CARD?

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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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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

 

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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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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!

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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!

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FIND SHAUN

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

 

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NEED A CREDIT CARD?

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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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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!

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FIND LINDA

On her blog, Travel Teening
 
On Instagram @travelteening

  

FOLLOW THE EXPAT CAST

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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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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

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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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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

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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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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

  

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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

 

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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

 

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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

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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
  

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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

 

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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 

 

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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

 

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