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Deciding to Have Kids or Not When Living Abroad

Deciding to Have Kids or Not When Living Abroad

March 24, 2022

Season 6, Episode 25. Do you want to have kids or not? How has your geography impacted this?

We asked these questions to the listener community, and fellow expats, immigrants, people living abroad shared their pros and cons, their talking points, their feelings, their beliefs, their dreams. Their answers range from YES to NO to MAYBE, and they're gathered here for you.

This marks the end of season six! What a gift it's been - 150 episodes and nearly 4 years of podcasting. Thank you to everyone who has formed the community of listeners, which creates a safe space for us to take on these difficult topics.

 

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RESOURCES

Cheryl Strayed's essay, The Ghost Ship that Didn't Carry Us

BeMyTravelMuse's video, How I Decided to Have Kids (Not an Easy Choice!)

Edna Bonhomme's essay, Infertility Stung Me: Black Motherhood and Me

SharetheLove Blog's post, Pregnancy Troubles as the Expat

WantedAdventures's video, STOP ASKING ME IF I'M HAVING KIDS

Balancing Stories episode, What if I Don't Want Kids?

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

 

GUESTS

Julian, former guest for Finding Therapy in Germany

Casey, former guest for Becoming Bilingual and Visiting Home

Shaun from The Germany Experience, former guest for Raising a Son with Special Needs in Germany

Ashley, former guest for Pregnancy in Germany and Expat Mama

Meghan from Balancing Stories, former guest for Expat Resilience

Stefanie, former guest for Austria v Germany and Travel Germany: Stuttgart

Jorge from The Canadian Wants to Know

Steffi

Keltie

Chase from About Abroad

 

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Ask the Expat with Idan from Unmatch Me Now

Ask the Expat with Idan from Unmatch Me Now

March 17, 2022

Season 6, Episode 24. What's it like dating a German? How do I make friends as an expat? Can I get a job in Germany without knowing German? Is the rental market reallllyyyy that bad?

Nicole is joined by Idan from Unmatch Me Now to get into all of these questions and more! From personal experiences and opinions to concrete resources about Kindergeld and donating blood, nothing is off the table.

Thanks to all the listeners who submitted questions for this episode.

 

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RESOURCES

The Expat Cast episodes: the initial Ask the Expat episode, the Travel Germany series, To Stay or To Go? with Katherine from Bad Days Abroad, Being Queer in Germany

Unmatch Me Now episodes about dating in the queer community: Bi-Sex and the City, Slide into My DMs Like a Sexy Snail, and Everyone Have Extra Large Dicks and Other Grinder Myths

Information about Kindergeld

Help for refugees from Ukraine

Abandoned Berlin

 

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Libraries & Librarians Abroad with Katherine

Libraries & Librarians Abroad with Katherine

March 10, 2022

Season 6, Episode 23. What's it like to be a foreigner working as a librarian in Germany? We've got two international librarians here to tell you!

Katherine and Nicole both fell in love with the career of librarianship before moving to Germany from Venezuela and USA, respectively. Now, they both live and work in German libraries, Katherine in a university library and Nicole in a public library. Both of them first worked at the libraries of cultural centers as a transition when making the move.

They explain how they got the paperwork in order so they could take their careers with them when they moved, what it's like working as a librarian in Germany, difference between libraries in different countries, and how to find an international library job.

 

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RESOURCES FOR INTERNATIONAL LIBRARIANS

INALJ

Open Biblio Jobs

Anabin, for librarians moving to Germany

The season one episode, "Prepping for a Job Hunt in Germany"

 

FIND KATHERINE

On Twitter @Kat_Lui

She recommends "Wir können mehr sein" by Aminata Touré

 

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Moving Abroad at Age 15 with Nyla

Moving Abroad at Age 15 with Nyla

March 3, 2022

Season 6, Episode 22. When she was 15, Nyla moved from the US to Germany. It was supposed to be just for one year.

Spoiler alert: it's been 6 years and counting!

Nyla comes on the show to discuss how the temporary moved turned permanent, and what it was like moving abroad as a teenager. She had to learn the language from scratch and adjust to a new culture, all while those delightful teenage hormones are there messing with your emotions.

From dating to drinking to getting your first job and finding your career, there have been many challenges and big life moments in Nyla's expat life, which may be just beginning.

 

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Life as a Single Mom in Germany with Tanya

Life as a Single Mom in Germany with Tanya

February 24, 2022

Season 6, Episode 21. Being a single mom ain't easy. Being an expat ain't easy. Being a single mom AND an expat? Yeah, it REALLY ain't easy.

But it is possible. Tanya is here to tell us how.

Tanya moved from California to Germany when her son was 2. She had been single parenting until that point, and initially when she moved abroad, her then-husband was able to provide support while Tanya adjusted to life in Germany. After she and he divorced, Tanya found herself facing single parenthood again, this time in a country that wasn't her own.

She lays out the pros and cons of relying on Germany's robust social system for help with her kid. Plus, Tanya recently decided to do a test move back to the US, and she shares how being a single mom has played into that decision.

 

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Our previous episode together, "Weltschmerz and Culture Shock"

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Breadwinning Female Expats: A Study with Kate

Breadwinning Female Expats: A Study with Kate

February 17, 2022

Season 6, Episode 20. Did you know that 80% of expats who moved abroad for work are male? Often, men get relocated for their work and their wives or partners to come with.

Kate has been working with and studying expat partners, or trailing spouses, who tend to be women, for years. Lately, she got curious about that other 20% - the women who moved abroad for their jobs, sometimes with their husbands or partners as the trailing spouse.

Thus launched a research project about the breadwinning female expats. After lots of research, interviews, and analysis, the study results are here! Kate shares with us all about her research method and the conclusions she's found about who these women are, what their motivations are, how they incorporated family planning into things, and why there aren't more breadwinning female expats.

 

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FIND KATE

Our previous episodes together, "Expat Partners" and "Repatriating During a Pandemic"

Her website, SharetheLove.blog

Download the study, The Thriving Female Expat

Instagram @SharetheLove.Blog

 

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The Tale of Two (Surpringly Tall) Zacks with Zacks in the City

The Tale of Two (Surpringly Tall) Zacks with Zacks in the City

February 10, 2022

Season 6, Episode 19. It's a Buy One Get One deal: Nicole interviews not one, but TWO Zacks from Michigan who live in Stuttgart, Germany!

Zac XVIII and Zack Bachelor are two guys in their 20s who met on a basketball court in Stuttgart. They're from the same home state, have the same first name, and now are famous around expat social media for their hilarious skits about living as a US American in Germany. From TikTok to Instagram to podcasting and YouTube, the Zac/ks do it all.

Many shocking truths are revealed in this interview, such as the surprisingly serious industries the Zac/ks work in and the truly stunning fact of just how tall the Zac/ks are!

 

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Podcast "Zacks in the City"

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FIND ZACK BACHELOR

Podcast "Zacks in the City"

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Cruising into Your Dream Life Abroad with Emily (EmilyinHamburg)

Cruising into Your Dream Life Abroad with Emily (EmilyinHamburg)

February 3, 2022

Season 6, Episode 18. Emily is known online as Emily in Hamburg, but once upon a time, Emily was in New York, in Portugal, and even on a cruise ship! 

After a performance career in New York City, Emily took a chance and signed a contract to perform on a cruise ship sailing around Scandinavia. Her training for the ship caused her path to cross with the big love of her life: Hamburg.

Emily loved Hamburg from the start, but life took her elsewhere. She had a stint living on the coast of Portugal, and while it was inspiring and beautiful, she was still yearning for Hamburg. So she made it happen, all on her own, landing a job that she loves, a flat she can call her own, and even a new love.

 

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Online at loololo.com

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”I’m Old but I’m Cool”: Living Abroad in Your 60s with Melanie

”I’m Old but I’m Cool”: Living Abroad in Your 60s with Melanie

January 27, 2022

Season 6, Episode 17. Melanie moved to Switzerland when she was 29 and in love with a Swiss man. That relationship didn't last as she'd hoped, but Melanie stayed in Switzerland anyway.

Now, Melanie is 61, and she's living in southern Germany after many years in Cologne and several moves back to her home country of the US, then back to Germany. She shares the ins and outs of all these moves, including some seriously good love stories.

Plus, Melanie shares how the questions she's been asking herself since that initial move abroad still plague her now - to stay or to go? where is home? - but with a different set of priorities as she looks towards retirement and getting old.

 

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THE DATING ABROADCAST

With Aspen and Nicole

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Travel Germany: Karlsruhe with Santhiya

Travel Germany: Karlsruhe with Santhiya

January 20, 2022

Season 6, Episode 16.  In the Travel Germany series, different places across Germany are featured in interviews with expats who relocated there. Today, we learn about Karlsruhe! 

Santhiya moved with her husband and their kids to Karlsruhe, Germany in June 2021. Though they haven't been there long, their family has made the most of their time and explored Karlsruhe and the area.

Karlsruhe is rich in day-trip opportunities, from a 3-hour train ride to Paris to a quick trip across a river to one of Germany's best wine regions. Plus, there are various museums, castles, and viewpoints in Karlsruhe itself.

To listen to all the episodes in the Travel Germany series, click here.

 

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All Thinking Is Comparison with Samar

All Thinking Is Comparison with Samar

January 13, 2022

Season 6, Episode 15. Once upon a time, two friends on a train trip to Nuremberg passed a bit of graffiti that would haunt then for years to come. Nicole & Samar have been quoting that graffiti since 2020, and now they're here to share all their thoughts about it with you.

"All thinking is comparison."

The phrase has come to be a moniker for discussing geographical backgrounds, diversity, and privilege. For people living abroad, the phrase gets at the new awarenesses that come with removing yourself from the water you've been swimming in and learning to function in somewhere completely new.

Listen to the other episode with Samar, "The First Few Months"

 

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Floods & Vegan Cheese with Sara

Floods & Vegan Cheese with Sara

January 6, 2022

Season 6, Episode 14. Moving abroad ain't easy. Now imagine moving to Germany having never been in Europe before. Speaking no word of German. With four kids. In the middle of a pandemic. And the house you move into gets flooded in a catastrophic regional weather disaster.

That's what happened to Sara. She and her husband and their four young kids moved to Rheinbach for her husband's job, developing vegan cheese. They envisioned it as an exciting adventure and a great opportunity for everyone - and while it has been all the things they dreamed of, nothing has quite happened as they planned, as their new home is smack dab in the region that got horribly flooded in summer 2021.

 

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Cheesy Christmas Movies, German Style with Aspen

Cheesy Christmas Movies, German Style with Aspen

December 23, 2021

Season 6, Episode 13. The best thing about Christmas in the US is the cheesy Christmas movies on Lifetime, Hallmark, and now even Netflix. Aspen & Nicole are two Americans in Germany who love trash movies, so we asked ourselves, do these wonderful-terrible movies exist in Germany?

To find out, we watched Über Weihnachten and This Is Love. Both are German productions released on Netflix that try to itch that same scratch - or dare I say jingle those bells. How do these two movies stand up to the test? Are they good-bad, or just bad-bad?

Merry Christmas & guten Rutsch / good slide into the New Year! The Expat Cast will be back January 6, 2022.

 

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Our previous episode together, "Moving Abroad or Running Away?"

 

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Expat Grief with Katie

Expat Grief with Katie

December 16, 2021

Season 6, Episode 12. Grief isn't something reserved for tragedy and death. Grief has a much wider spectrum, and people living abroad have some unique challenges with some of its forms.

Returning guest Katie, a US American living in Munich, Germany, has had her own (un)fair share of grief. As a licensed counselor, she's put her experience and professional knowledge to pen and paper with her new book, The New Face of Grief.

We talk about scheduling a time to grieve, forcing ourselves to tell friends and family back home about our grief experiences, and avoiding avoidance while living internationally.

 

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Katie's Instagram @katie.rossler

Katie' book, The New Face of Grief

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Travel Germany: Wiesbaden with Christie from A Sausage Has Two

Travel Germany: Wiesbaden with Christie from A Sausage Has Two

December 9, 2021

Season 6, Episode 11.  In the Travel Germany series, different places across Germany are featured in interviews with expats who relocated there. Today, we learn about Wiesbaden! 

Christie moved from her home of London to her husband's home of Germany and quickly fell in love with the city of Wiesbaden. Located among German wine country and in the most forested state of the country, Wiesbaden's natural charm is made even more impressive by its historic old town.

Now a food and travel writer, Christie's got the best tips on where to go, what to drink, and what to eat in and around Wiesbaden!

To listen to all the episodes in the Travel Germany series, click here.

 

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Comedy in Germany - Does It Exist?? with Chelsea from SoundingLustig

Comedy in Germany - Does It Exist?? with Chelsea from SoundingLustig

December 2, 2021

Season 6, Episode 10. Hey so uhhh... Are German people funny?

We tackle the age-old question with Chelsea, a US American in Hamburg and a fellow lover of comedy. First, we share our favorite and least favorite German language movies and TV shows in the category "comedy." Then, we explore the stand-up scene in Germany, both via online specials and in-person shows.

Finally, we turn the examination inwards as we ask, do German people find us funny?

 

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OUR RECOMMENDATIONS

Movies & TV Shows:  Fack ju Göhte, Stromberg, Tatortreiniger, Good Bye, Lenin!, Türkisch für Anfänger

Comedians: Hazel Brugger,  Alicja Heldt, fellow expat Mari in Cologne

TikTok accounts: Dominic, Felix, Felix's other account, Nic

 

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Chelseas's blog SoundingLustig

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The German Media Landscape with Nic and Simon

The German Media Landscape with Nic and Simon

November 25, 2021

Season 6, Episode 9. Nic and Simon from the podcast "Decades from Home" come by to talk about the media landscape in Germany.

Nic and Simon both moved from the UK to Germany, where they've now been living for (you guessed it) decades. They share how they find their news in Germany, compare German political reporting to it in the UK, and even get into why US news is covered with such dramatic flair in German publications.

And, yeah, we mention the news story about the reappearing penis sculpture. Read more about it here.

 

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Their podcast "Decades from Home"

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Nic's blog 40 Percent German

Nic's Twitter @40PercentGerman

Nic's Instagram @40PercentGerman

His first appearance on The Expat Cast in 2019, "Here & There, Then & Now"

 

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Finding Therapy in Germany with Julian

Finding Therapy in Germany with Julian

November 18, 2021

Season 6, Episode 8. Let's talk about how to get mental health support when living abroad.

One great thing about living in Germany is the health care - for many reasons, but notably, most public health insurances cover mental health therapy. It's a wonderful thing, but like all things in Germany, there is a lot of paperwork and bureaucracy required to find a therapist, get the therapy approved, and start the actual process.

Today's guest, Julian, is from Venezuela and has been living in Germany for 5 years. In 2020, he hit a point where he needed help. He began his journey to find a therapist in his current home, Berlin. He shares why he decided to seek therapy and why it has been so valuable, over a year later. Most importantly, we get into HOW to seek therapy, from where to research doctors to who needs to sign off on the treatment and more.

This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. If your insurance doesn't cover therapy or you'd prefer to have more options when choosing your therapist, BetterHelp is a fantastic alternative to going through the German healthcare system. Save 10% on your first month of professional therapy at BetterHelp.com/ExpatCast.

 

LINKS

Therapist search function on therapie.de

Look up the Kassenärztliche Vereinigung in your state, like Berlin or Baden-Württemberg, and use the doctor search function there

 

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Visiting Home After Years Away with Casey

Visiting Home After Years Away with Casey

November 11, 2021

Season 6, Episode 7.  Casey and Nicole compare stories and experiences from their first trips back to the US since the arrival of the pandemic.

Casey moved from the US to Germany 3 years ago. In March 2020, she had her bags packed and ready to go on her first trip back home since moving abroad... when lockdown was announced and international travel was halted due to Covid.

In August 2021, she finally got to go home. This was her first time visiting since moving abroad, her first time seeing family after the pandemic hitting, and to top it all of, she was six months pregnant!

 

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Living Right on Time with Julie

Living Right on Time with Julie

November 4, 2021

Season 6, Episode 6.  To some, Julie's life might seem like she's hitting certain milestones too late. But for Julie, life is playing out right on time.

She left her good, satisfying life in Scotland in her early 40s, because she was ready for a change. Love took her to Munich, Germany, where she moved in with her partner, started her own business, and had a child - all at the same time. Although it was a lot of life changes all at once, Julie embraced this opportunity to create the life she wanted.

Many of her approaches were backed up by science and research - which she shares about in her work as a life coach and in various groups she started in Munich, including her Happiness Club.

 

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Expat Resilience & a Munich Love Story with Meghan from Balancing Cultures

Expat Resilience & a Munich Love Story with Meghan from Balancing Cultures

October 28, 2021

Season 6, Episode 5.  On a solo backpacking trip in her early 20s, Meghan visited Munich. She wasn't expecting to fall in love, but she did - with the city itself. She moved there as soon as she could, at least temporarily. But she extended her temporary stay by another couple months, then another, then another...

Now, she and Munich are celebrating 14 delightful years together. Along the way, Meghan has repeatedly chosen to stay in Munich, through career changes and challenges, breakups, and more. Today, she's a wife, a mom, a teacher, and a fellow expat podcaster! She tells us all about the resilience it's taken to stick it out with her one true love, Munich.

Check out the report from Expats and Spouses Monitor research project on expat partners.

 

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Travel Germany: Kiel with Jordan

Travel Germany: Kiel with Jordan

October 21, 2021

Season 6, Episode 4.  In the Travel Germany series, different places across Germany are featured in interviews with expats who relocated there. Today, we learn about Kiel! 

Jordan Wagner takes us all the way up north near the Danish border to the city of Kiel, a harbor city that is a paradise for boat lovers. Jordan used to think she could never love anywhere like she loves southern Germany, but Kiel converted her to love the north even more. She let's us in on the things that made her fall in love with it.

Not only are there great beaches and events to explore in Kiel itself - it's also a great jumping off point for so many day trips, like to Hamburg, Sylt, or even Denmark!

For links to the places and restaurants mentioned, head on over to the blog.

To listen to all the episodes in the Travel Germany series, click here.

 

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Her blog about northern Germany Hamburg and Beyond

 

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A South African, a Filipino,& an American Walk into a Bakery… with Shaun & Lawin

A South African, a Filipino,& an American Walk into a Bakery… with Shaun & Lawin

October 14, 2021

Season 6, Episode 3. Stop me if you've heard this one - a South African, a Filipino, & an American walk into a bakery...

Shaun from South Africa moved to Germany 14 years ago and now runs The Germany Experience podcast. Lawin from the Philippines moved to Germany 2 years ago and now runs the Pop Your Cultural Cherry podcast. And your host Nicole moved to Germany 4 years ago and hosts, well, this podcast.

The three come together to share their personal preconceived notions about Germany and the things they wish more people knew about it. Plus, they share what Germans know about their countries and the things they wish more Germans knew about their home.

 

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FIND SHAUN

Online at thegermanyexperience.de

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His podcast Pop Your Cultural Cherry

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Cultivating Independence Abroad with Hannah from Travels with Teslin

Cultivating Independence Abroad with Hannah from Travels with Teslin

October 7, 2021

Season 6, Episode 2. You know her from her TikToks about being a Canadian in Germany, but how did Hannah Teslin become this confident expat?

When Hannah moved abroad in college, it was to study abroad in Cologne - but really, she was studying there to be near a guy she'd met while traveling who lived in Hamburg. It was all too easy to slip into his world, his friendships, his activities, to depend on him to organize the logistics of their life together. Somehow, she became less of herself.

Now, years later, the relationship is over, but Hannah is absolutely thriving. She shares the story of how she rediscovered not only Hamburg and Germany but herself, becoming the happy, independent lady she is today.

 

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Wandering but Not Lost: Financial Freedom as an Expat & Traveler with Vanessa from Wander Onwards

Wandering but Not Lost: Financial Freedom as an Expat & Traveler with Vanessa from Wander Onwards

September 30, 2021

Season 6, Episode 1. Welcome back for Season 6! We're kicking it off with a deeper look into how Vanessa of Wander Onwards got to become the financial guru, world traveler, and awesome expat she is.

From a brief stint as an undocumented person in China to meeting her husband at a beer pong tournament, Vanessa's got some crazy stories to share. She also explains how and why she got serious about paying off her over $100,000 in debt - including personal finance tips you can implement right away - while still living abroad and traveling the globe.

 

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Your Stories: Times German Authority Figures Made Us Cry

Your Stories: Times German Authority Figures Made Us Cry

June 24, 2021

Season 5, Episode 25. Cheers to 3 years of The Expat Cast, 125 episodes, 5 seasons!

This season finale, we're marking the occasion by diving into a touchy topic: I collected your stories of times German people of authority have made you cry.

It happened at the foreigner's office, in banks, in doctor's offices, at the customs office, on the train. It happened, surprisingly, far more in bigger cities and towns than smaller towns and villages. It happened even to people who speak fluent German.

We hear your stories, try to identify some patterns, and above all, provide tips and coping mechanisms. This episode is a conversation starter, a window into our experience, and a set of ideas and tools for fellow foreigners preparing to experience upsetting moments like this themselves.

This episode is a continuation of the theme presented in the earlier episode Times German Authority Figures Have Made Us Cry.

 

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Patrick of Learnezee

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The Grass Is Greenest Where You Water It with Steph

The Grass Is Greenest Where You Water It with Steph

June 17, 2021

Season 5, Episode 24. Steph is a fellow expat podcaster, host of the great show Transcontinental Overload. She was born and raised in Germany, but her love for and comfort with the English language made her certain she'd one day move to London.

She did, and the classic thing happened: one year abroad turned into a lifetime. After years in England, Steph moved to Silicon Valley in California, USA. She was ready to return to her heart's home of England, but life had other plans, and it was off to Austin, Texas. Steph struggled to accept that move, and after a couple years of trying, she relocated her family to England - only to discover that it wasn't the place she'd left, and she wasn't the person she was when she last lived there.

So it was back to Austin, for now. As she looks forward to the empty nest stage of life, Steph finds herself at peace with it all - with her multinational family, with her multicultural self-identity, with the uncertainty of where she'll end up next. Because one thing she learned from a cheesy embroidered pillow has proven to be true. The grass is greenest where you water it.

 

Submit your stories of times German authority figures have made you cry by this Saturday, June 19! Send a voice note via theexpatcast.com including your name, location, your story, and any tips or coping strategies you have for moments like this. You'll be included in next week's season finale.

 

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Life in a Small Bavarian Town with Steffi

Life in a Small Bavarian Town with Steffi

June 10, 2021

Season 5, Episode 23. Steffi actually went by Stephanie until she moved from the UK to a small town in Bavarian almost two years ago. Her name isn't the only thing that has changed - Germany has made her ditch her high heels, embrace jeans for every occasion, and improve her ability to stay on top of paperwork.

Steffi is a hilarious breath of fresh air, who some might know from her blog Adventures of Steffi. We talk about why she loves her small town in Bavaria so much, despite career challenges, homesickness, and of course the Corona pandemic getting in the way of spending her well-earned Euros!

 

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Covid Fatigue, Toxic Positivity, & Reentry for Expats with Gabriela

Covid Fatigue, Toxic Positivity, & Reentry for Expats with Gabriela

June 3, 2021

Season 5, Episode 22. Psychologist Gabriela Encina is here to talk to us about the unique effects life in Coronavirus Pandemic era has had on expats all over the world. We've all experienced Covid fatigue, languishing, and zoom burnout. Expats have also faced family separation, social isolation, and a harsh interruption to their integration process.

Now, as numbers start to go down and many countries start to open up, it may feel like it's all sparkles and rainbows from here - and maybe it will be full of joy, but this next phase will also be hard, as we reenter society, reunite with family, and discover who our post-lockdown selves are. Gabriela walks us through all of it from a counselor's perspective, plus she gives tips on how to cope.

Read "There’s a Name for the Blah You’re Feeling: It’s Called Languishing"

 

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Times German Authority Figures Have Made Us Cry with Martina

Times German Authority Figures Have Made Us Cry with Martina

May 27, 2021

Season 5, Episode 21. Just about every expat in Germany can tell you a story of a time an interaction with a person of authority made them cry.

While many if not most interactions go good or even well, there are unfortunately times when relating across cultures and languages goes awry and leaves you feeling disempowered, helpless, and demeaned. At worst, this might mean you don't get the medical help or the visa you need. At best, it's a negative experience that leaves you afraid of future interactions.

Martina, an expat in Munich from Uruguay, has her own experiences with this, which actually inspired her to relocate her power in the situation and change her career path to make a better future for other expats. We talk about these moments that we've experienced, and we give ideas and tips on how to make situations like that go better.

 

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Travel Germany: Bamberg with Ana

Travel Germany: Bamberg with Ana

May 20, 2021

Season 5, Episode 20. In the Travel Germany series, different places across Germany are featured in interviews with expats who relocated there. 

Today, we learn about Bamberg, a small city in upper Franconia in Bavaria. Within 2-3 hours from Munich, Berlin, and Prague, Bamberg is an ideal stop along the way. It's a UNESCO World Heritage Site full of beautiful buildings, charming riverside nooks, and the famous smoke beer.

Ana's love of beer brought her to Germany, and she tells us why Bamberg is such a hidden gem for German beers. Between that and the scenic walks, Bamberg is a must-see small German town.

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

To listen to all the episodes in the Travel Germany series, click here.

 

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Resumes, Interviews, & Contract Negotiations in Germany with Jana from Hallo Germany

Resumes, Interviews, & Contract Negotiations in Germany with Jana from Hallo Germany

May 13, 2021

Season 5, Episode 19. Applying for jobs in a new country is difficult, not just because it follows completely different processes than your home country but also because of all the ways the job-hunt process is ripe with opportunity for cultural clashes.

Jana is here to talk us through some of the most culture-clashy aspects of it: resume writing, interviewing, and contract negotiations. She gives concrete tips on how to navigate the process and how to prepare for unexpectedly challenging moments.

For more information about the relocation process, listen to the episode The Relocation Industry.

 

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A Mother-Daughter Reverse Expat Journey with Gabi & Elana

A Mother-Daughter Reverse Expat Journey with Gabi & Elana

May 6, 2021

Season 5, Episode 18. When she was in her early 20s, Gabi, from Hannover, Germany answered a newspaper ad to become an au pair in Georgia, USA. There, she met and married and had three kids. She made a conscious choice to raise her kids as American children. While they kept up some German traditions, the language and culture were always secondary to English and American culture.

Her daughter, Elana, always had a curiosity about her German roots. When she was in her 20s, she moved to Germany to study, get fluent in German, and really get to know this part of her.

In honor of Mother's Day, the mother-daughter duo is here to share how their reverse expat experiences have bonded them, and what intergenerational immigration means for their family.

 

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TCKs, CCKs,and Preparing to Move Abroad as a Family with Anna

TCKs, CCKs,and Preparing to Move Abroad as a Family with Anna

April 29, 2021

Season 5, Episode 17. If you're in the expat community, you've probably seen the initials TCK pop up in Facebook groups, on Instagram, and more. It stands for Third Culture Kid, and Anna, today's guest, is one of them. 

She's married to a CCK, a Cross-Culture Kid, and their kids, who've lived in many countries before settling into their passport country, are TCKs.

Anna works as an expat coach specializing in TCKs and CCKs. She gives us a crash course on what they are, followed by a deep discussion of how to best prepare for a move abroad as a family, including how to support your kids through the changes, what families can proactively do pre- and post-move to help out the whole team, and why self-care is so important for expat partners.

Read up on philosopher Barbara Knuckles' theory on identity formation.

For more on expat partners or trailing spouses, listen to Expat Partners with Katharina.

 

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Bad Days Abroad and the Big Question: To Stay or To Go?

Bad Days Abroad and the Big Question: To Stay or To Go?

April 22, 2021

Season 5, Episode 16. The wonderful parts of life abroad are easy to share: photos from a great vacation, an Instagram post of your latest delicious meal. What's harder to talk about is the bad days abroad.

But fear not - there's a blog for that! Katherine started this blog while living in Denmark for 10 years. She grew up in Estonia and Switzerland, and after stints in Australia and New Zealand, Denmark was close to home geographically, but something wasn't right for her.

Last year, Katherine found herself questioning whether she should stay in Denmark longer or move away, and if so, where. She listened to her inner voice, and it led her back to her passport country of Estonia. Nicole had a similar moment, but her inner voice told her to stay abroad in Germany. The two get into how they made these differing decisions and what made it clear to them that it was the right call.

 

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Travel Germany: Berlin, Friedenau & Karlshorst with Marguerite

Travel Germany: Berlin, Friedenau & Karlshorst with Marguerite

April 15, 2021

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

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

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

To read all of her suggestions, visit the blog.

 

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Mental Health Support for Moms Abroad with Johanna from Afloat

Mental Health Support for Moms Abroad with Johanna from Afloat

April 8, 2021

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

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

 

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

 

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Turning the Tables: The Germany Experience Takes Over

Turning the Tables: The Germany Experience Takes Over

April 1, 2021

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

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

To find out more about SEGEPADFO, head over here.

 

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

 

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Travel Germany: Aachen with Lawin

Travel Germany: Aachen with Lawin

March 25, 2021

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

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

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

 

I was a guest on the podcast Transcontinental Overload.

 

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A German Expat in Germany with Martina

A German Expat in Germany with Martina

March 18, 2021

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

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

 

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Getting a German Driver’s License with Stacey

Getting a German Driver’s License with Stacey

March 11, 2021

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

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

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

 

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Embracing Expat Entrepreunership with Tania

Embracing Expat Entrepreunership with Tania

March 4, 2021

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

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

 

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swahilisecrets.com

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Italy Everywhere with Claudio

Italy Everywhere with Claudio

February 25, 2021

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

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

 

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Repatriating During a Pandemic with Kate

Repatriating During a Pandemic with Kate

February 18, 2021

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

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

 

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First Female in the Family to Move Abroad with Reina

First Female in the Family to Move Abroad with Reina

February 11, 2021

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

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

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

 

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Travel Germany: Dessau with Inna

Travel Germany: Dessau with Inna

February 4, 2021

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

January 28, 2021

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

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

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

 

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

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

January 21, 2021

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

And now, the author himself is here to talk!

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

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

Read the blog post about this episode here.

 

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Coping with Unrest Back Home with Tara

Coping with Unrest Back Home with Tara

January 14, 2021

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

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

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

 

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

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

January 7, 2021

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

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

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

For more, head on over to the blog.

 

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On her website

On Instagram @hannahteslin

Her TikTok about Culture Shocks

 

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