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Season 4 Finale: Expat Role Models

Season 4 Finale: Expat Role Models

September 17, 2020

Season 4, Episode 25. It's episode 100! The end of season 4! So many reasons to celebrate!

To wrap up a season that ended up being released starting at the onset of a pandemic and seeing us all the way through to September, we hear from a variety of former guests, listeners, and expat friends from around Freiburg about who their expat/immigrant/nomad role model is.

Whether real people they know, characters or creators they've enjoyed, or even just the plurality of those who have made big international moves before us, the people and stories shared in this episode provide a plethora of expats, immigrants, nomads, and travelers for us all to look up to and turn to in times of trouble.

Although it can very often feel that way, you are not alone in your struggles during life abroad. Be it the people mentioned in this episode or the people who came on the show to mention them, there are examples you can aspire to - and who knows, maybe you're someone else's role model.

 

IN THIS EPISODE

Guests include Mari from Adventures of La Mari, Steph from Geopats, Gabriela from Gabriela Encina, Expat Coach, Casey from @CaseyfromCologne, and Linda from TravelTeening

Role Models include author Pico Iyer, YouTuber Sarah Nourse, writer Marjane Satrapi

 

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Dating as a Foreigner in Germany with Justin

Dating as a Foreigner in Germany with Justin

September 10, 2020

Season 4, Episode 24. Dating isn't ever easy, but dating as a foreigner brings its own special batch of challenges. Nicole and Justin are two single Americans who have both been in Germany for about three years, and they're here to exchange their stories and perspectives on dating.

Is it more effective to date in German or in English? Is it easier to date Germans or fellow internationals? What dating apps are common in Germany, and what is it like to use them? Are the gender roles different in Germany versus the US, and if so, how does that affect dating?

Plus, both share the story of their most embarrassing date.

 

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US Americans: How to Vote from Abroad with Candice from Democrats Abroad

US Americans: How to Vote from Abroad with Candice from Democrats Abroad

September 3, 2020

Season 4, Episode 23. If you are a US citizen, even if you live abroad, you ARE eligible to vote. And you SHOULD vote.

Historically, US Americans living abroad have horrible voter turn out: roughly 7%. US Americans living in Germany have a slightly better but still awful turn out of 17%. In just two months, there is a presidential election in the United States that will impact the history of not only America but the world. It is more important than ever that Americans living abroad participate in their civic duty and vote.

Candice works with Democrats Abroad Germany and Vote from Abroad. She's here to tell us how to vote from abroad, why to vote from abroad, and what deadlines to keep in mind. We also share some of our favorite news sources, to help other American expats stay informed with current events even from afar.

 

OUR FAVORITE NEWS SOURCES

Langsame gesprochene Nachrichten

 
 
 
 

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The Downside of a Nomadic Life with Mahdia

The Downside of a Nomadic Life with Mahdia

August 27, 2020

Season 4, Episode 22. Mahdia left her hometown of Dhaka, Bangladesh when she was 19. Within a year, she'd settled into adulthood and expat life simultaneously in her new home of Wollongong, Australia. She loved her life, her friends, and most importantly, the person she'd become.

When she moved back to Dhaka three years later, Mahdia quickly realized her new identity didn't quite fit in. As she'd wanted to get her master's degree in Germany, anyway, she sent off applications and within a year was back off to life as an expat. This time, she was living more of a nomadic existence. Her master's program took her to Germany, Argentina, and Thailand.

Now back in Berlin, Mahdia is exhausted from the nomadic life. She shares why she's decided to settle in to life in Berlin, what she's gained from all of her relocations, and what she's lost.

 

 

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My Coronavirus Test Experience (Minisode)

My Coronavirus Test Experience (Minisode)

August 24, 2020

Season 4, Minisode. My summer vacation ended up consisting of me visiting friends in Cologne, Berlin, and Amsterdam. Because I was outside of German borders, I qualified for a free Coronavirus test upon my return. I share what my experience was like.

Also, in preparation for the upcoming season finale, I have an ask for listeners!

 

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Travel Germany: Nuremberg with Shannon

Travel Germany: Nuremberg with Shannon

August 20, 2020

Season 4, Episode 21. It's another episode in the Travel Germany series! Let's learn about the hidden gem of Bavaria - Nuremberg!

First thing to know: people in Nuremberg identify as Franconian first and foremost, although the city is technically in Bavaria. Franconia is a region in northern Bavaria and is home to many charming places, including Nuremberg.

Today's guest, Shannon, has lived with her family for several years. They actually lived in Nuremberg years ago, moved back to the States, and missed Nuremberg too much, so they moved back. Through the years and various adventures with her husband and kids, Shannon has great ideas for how to stroll through the city, where to stop for the famous Nuremberg sausages, and which of the many festivals in the area to visit.

 

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On Instagram @ChurchbellsandBicycles

 

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE

Stroll Nuremberg: start at Handwerkshof near Koenigtor, then walk to Lorenzkirche, to Hauptmarkt and Frauenkirche, up to the Imperial Castle, over to Albrect Duerer Platz, then down to Maxbrucke, The Executioner’s Bridge, and the Trodelmarkt. 

 

Things To Visit: Medieval Dungeons Museum, The Imperial Castle, The Nazi Party Rally GroundsDocumentation Center, The Palace of Justice, Kettensteg Bridge

 

Festivals: Christkindlesmarkt Christmas Market, complete with roasted nuts, Glühwein, sausage, die größte Feuerzangenbowle der Welt (the world’s biggest Feuerzange) and Feuerzangenbowle mit Schuss (an extra shot of rum) on top; Altstadtfest, Medieval Castle Moat Fest, Erlanger Bergkirchweih

 

Biergartens: Marientor Biergarten, Tucherhof, Barfuesser Beer Hall

 

Eat/Drink: The Wanderer (open from March 1 until the end of December), Di Simo’s, Brezenkolb for pretzels, stop for Nürnberger Würstchen (“Drei im Weckla”), Lebkuchen (gingerbread)

 

Day Trips: der Frankische Schweiz or the Franconia Switzerland, Fuenf-Seidla-Steig, visit Bamberg, Rothenburg ob der Tauber or Munich

 

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Started from the Bottom with Mari

Started from the Bottom with Mari

August 13, 2020

Season 4, Episode 20. Moving abroad means starting completely over from scratch. Career, friendships, belongings, culture, language - all of these things are gone or nearly gone when you move abroad. Yet somehow, at some point, expats/immigrants climb their way to the top and establish a life for themselves in all of these sectors.

 

Mari is from Indiana, USA and moved to Germany. Not only does she have her own story of how she started from the bottom; she also shares the story of her mother, who moved from Peru to the USA, leaving behind a great job for a life in a country where she couldn't speak the language; and she shares the story of her uncle, who was an engineer who moved to the USA to find job opportunities, and ended up working in McDonald's, where he walked to work while saving up for a car.

 

Mari's family offers a slew of expat role models, and hearing their stories helps remind all of us that we can make this life work if we just persist.

 

FIND MARI

She recommends the musician/comedian Victor Borge

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

Watch her YouTube channel Adventures of la Mari, @MLTishner

On Instagram @MLTishner

 

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All the Expat Ladies with Mari from The Expat Lady Experience

All the Expat Ladies with Mari from The Expat Lady Experience

August 6, 2020

Season 4, Episode 19. Mari hosts the wonderful podcast The Expat Lady Experience, so naturally, she's joining us to talk all things related to the foreign female experience in Germany. Originally from Estonia, Mari has lived in three European countries. Along with Nicole's American perspective, the two discuss their experience of being a woman in Germany from an outsider's point of view.

 

Can a woman feel safe to walk home alone at night? Is there a form of sisterhood among German women? How do expat friend groups manage group dynamics when cultural differences make conflict even worse? And, the ultimate question, can men and women be friends?

 

So! Many! Questions! To! Discuss!

 

 

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Her podcast The Expat Lady Experience

On Instagram @TheExpatLadyExperience

 

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Being Queer in Germany with Meg

Being Queer in Germany with Meg

July 30, 2020

Season 4, Episode 18. Meg is a love expat - she moved to Freiburg, Germany from South Carolina, USA to be with her German then-girlfriend, now-wife. From the southern US to southern Germany, she shares what it's been like for her being queer. 

 

What kinds of encounters has she had because of her queer identity? Can she and wife hold hands and kiss in public? What is the queer community like in Germany in comparison to the US? What's the deal with Christopher Street Day?

 

We get into all that, plus queer history, minority solidarity, and media portrayals of LGBTQ+ people.

 

MENTIONED IN THE EPISODE

City Starlings' list of "10 podcasts you should be listening to if you are an expat in Germany"

Leslie Jordan on Instagram @thelesliejordan

The documentary Disclosure

 

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Getting Cancer in Germany with Natalie

Getting Cancer in Germany with Natalie

July 23, 2020

Season 4, Episode 17. Germany was supposed to be a temporary stop on a longer journey of living abroad for Natalie, from the UK, and her husband Conrad, from Germany. Then, months before their wedding, weeks before her birthday, and days before Christmas, Natalie got diagnosed with cancer.

 

The cancer diagnosis changed her life dramatically, immediately, and, in some ways, permanently. Natalie went through various operations, treatments, and therapies - and she did it all in German, a language she was still in the process of learning.

 

The good news: she recovered from the first round of cancer, even despite a month-long detour in quarantine where she almost died. The bad news: the cancer came back, just months later.

 

Natalie shares with us what it was like to go through intense and intensely traumatic medical experiences as a foreigner in Germany, and why it lead to her embrace a long-term future in Germany.

 

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

 

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Travel Germany: Stuttgart with Stefanie

Travel Germany: Stuttgart with Stefanie

July 16, 2020

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

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

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

 

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE

The Shortest History of Germany by James Hawes

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

Ice Cream: Café Kaiserbau, Vanaeis

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

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

 

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

 

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Solo Female Travel with Zoe

Solo Female Travel with Zoe

July 9, 2020

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

So what's a travel lover to do?

Daydream! Get lost in memories of past travel experiences!

This episode is here to do just that. Nicole recently discovered solo travel, and she chats about it with Zoe, a seasoned solo traveler who has done longer trips across Europe, South America, and southeast Asia all by herself. They discuss the benefits of traveling alone, but they also acknowledge the challenges, and they share their tips for things like loneliness and safety, especially as young female travelers.

 

 

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America On Fire

America On Fire

July 4, 2020

BONUS CONTENT. After the George Floyd protests, the Carl Schurz Haus in Freiburg hosted an online panel discussion with five Americans living in Germany about the state of America and their experiences with racism. It was moderated by Nicole, the host of The Expat Cast.

The audio version of the panel is being re-broadcast here on The Expat Cast on the 4th of July intentionally. As panelist Jorrell put it, "This stuff happened. And it's okay - you can still think America is great now, but you have to come to terms with the fact that these horrible things happened." So let's acknowledge them.

 

CARL SCHURZ HAUS

Check out the Carl-Schurz-Haus in Freiburg

The video version of the panel is available here

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

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

 

MENTIONED IN THE PANEL

 
Fresh Air interview with Eric Adams

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

Campaign Zero and their project 8 Can't Wait

The TV show Pose

 

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Divorce as an Expat Living Abroad with Katia

Divorce as an Expat Living Abroad with Katia

July 2, 2020

Season 4, Episode 14. Many people move abroad either for love or with their spouse. What that unfortunately sometimes means, is that some expats end up having to go through a divorce in a foreign country. Getting divorced abroad is complicated and challenging in just about every imaginable way, and Katia Vlachos is here to talk to us about it all.

Katia, a longtime expat, got divorced from her Austrian husband in Switzerland. The two additionally had children to consider. In addition to the emotional aspect of a relationship ending, Katia had to overcome a language barrier when going through the legal aspects of the divorce.

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

 

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE

Families in Global Transition, or FIGT

International Family Law Group, or IFLG

 

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Visit her website, katiavlachos.com

Read her book, A Great Move

Check out her coaching services

On Facebook @KatiaVlachosCoach

On Twitter @vlachosk

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Travel Germany: Görlitz with Tessa and Lauren

Travel Germany: Görlitz with Tessa and Lauren

June 25, 2020

Season 4, Episode 13. Summer is upon us, and the Coronavirus pandemic is making it harder than ever to plan much in the way of vacation. Although travel throughout most of Europe is allowed, it's not necessarily recommended, so if you're trying to stay within Germany, why not pop on over to the eastern most point in Deutschland?

Tessa and Lauren are two Americans who both moved to Görlitz, a small city where you can stroll on over a bridge and find yourself in Poland. Görlitz is small but mighty, because it's actually the largest city in Germany to not be bombed in World War 2. It's full of charm, history, architecture, and local culture, and it's captured the hearts of many a Hollywood director - so many movies have been filmed in Görlitz, it's gotten the nickname Görliwood.

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

 

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE

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

The Instagram account @AccidentallyWesAnderson and Görliwood

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

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

Visit: Oybin via Schmalspurbahn, Tippelmarkt Pottery Market

 

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Visit her webite, tessa-approves.com

 

FIND LAUREN

Check out her project, DiscoverGoerlitz.com

 

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Talking about Racism with White Expat Podcasters in Germany with Shaun

Talking about Racism with White Expat Podcasters in Germany with Shaun

June 18, 2020

Season 4, Episode 12. After George Floyd was murdered by the police in Minneapolis, Minnesota, a modern civil rights movement has emerged as Americans in all 50 states protested against systemic racism and police brutality. The movement has also taken root abroad, including in Germany.

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

The two come together to share their reactions and actions about racism, as white people, as podcasters, as expats in Germany, and as people from countries with significant racially unjust histories.

 

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE

The Germany Experience episode "Unhappy in Germany"

The documentary 13th, available on Netflix

Learning from the Germans by Susan Neiman

Ein Neger darf nicht neben mir sitzen by David Mayonga

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

The Armchair Expert episode "Heather McGhee"

 

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Online at TheGermanyExperience.de

On Instagram @the.germany.experience

Listen to his podcast, The Germany Experience

 

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The Relocation Industry with Sheanne

The Relocation Industry with Sheanne

June 11, 2020

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

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

 

FIND SHEANNE

Online at MigrantMamainAustralia.com

On Instagram @MigrantMamaAU

Listen to her podcast, Migrant Mama in Australia

 

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Podcast Blackout

Podcast Blackout

June 4, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 28, 2020

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

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

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

 

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On Instagram @Wenzel.Haus

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

 

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Travel Germany: Freiburg with Jibran

Travel Germany: Freiburg with Jibran

May 21, 2020

Season 4, Episode 9. With summer approaching amidst a global pandemic, it's unclear if travel will be allowed - and if so, within what limitations. It very well could be that travel is allowed only within your country or region. But that's no reason to be sad. Germany is packed with charming, awe-inspiring locations!

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

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

 

FREIBURG TIPS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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When Expat Life Doesn’t Work Out with Brandi

When Expat Life Doesn’t Work Out with Brandi

May 14, 2020

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

Nine months later, Brandi was back in the States. Her move started out magically, exactly as she'd imagined it - biking to language course, learning German alongside classmates from around the world, finding her way quickly into a warm community. But somewhere along the way, life in Germany became a struggle beyond what was acceptable.

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

 

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On Instagram @girlgoesnomadic

 

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Cross-Cultural Creative Clarity with Ariane

Cross-Cultural Creative Clarity with Ariane

May 7, 2020

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

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

 

REFERENCED IN THIS EPISODE

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

The Expat Cast season 4 episode "The Introverted Expat"

 

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On her website, DerArianeFaden

On Instagram @der_ariane_faden

On LinkedIn under Ariane A. A. Schuessler

 

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Becoming Bilingual with Casey

Becoming Bilingual with Casey

April 30, 2020

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

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

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

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

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CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES

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

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

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

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

 

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On Instagram @CaseyfromCologne

 

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Creating Home with Julia

Creating Home with Julia

April 23, 2020

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

But how?

Julia and I map out various strategies that have worked for us to make us feel at home, no matter where we are in the world. We cover creating friendships, building routines, and even decorating your own apartment or house to make it feel more like your own.

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

 

CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES

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

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

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

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

 

FIND JULIA

On her website Yellow Wood Coaching

On LinkedIn @JuliaGutgsell

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

 

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Community from a Distance with Aspen from AspenAbroad

Community from a Distance with Aspen from AspenAbroad

April 16, 2020

Season 4, Episode 4. Coronavirus is a global pandemic that's got many of us trapped at home. It's tough. Also, it's an absolute blessing.

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

Aspen and I team up to bring you a podcast/YouTube cross-over to help you find the good in this bad situation. Our status as expats in Germany has given us plenty of practice at maintaining relationships and creating a sense of community from afar, and we share our favorite tricks to feeling connected despite the distance.

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

 

CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES

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

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

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

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

 

FIND ASPEN

On YouTube at AspenAbroad

On Instagram @Aspen.Abroad

Our last episode together called Moving Abroad or Running Away?

 

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