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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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This episode is sponsored by Comfort Eats. Read more about them on the blog.

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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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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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.

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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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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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.

Mari's family offers a slew of expat role models, which inspired the episode Expat Role Models.

 

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She recommends the musician/comedian Victor Borge

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

On YouTube @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 is here 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

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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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Solo Female Travel with Zoe

Solo Female Travel with Zoe

July 9, 2020

Season 4, Episode 15. 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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Divorce as an Expat Living Abroad with Katia

Divorce as an Expat Living Abroad with Katia

July 2, 2020

Season 4, Episode 14. 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. She shares what she learned through the challenging process.

For more about Katia's experience and the resources she mentioned, head over to the blog.

 

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Visit her website

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Check out her coaching services

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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.

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?

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

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.

Get a full list of our recommendations here.

 

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On YouTube @DesiInWonderland

 

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When Expat Life Doesn’t Work Out with Brandi

When Expat Life Doesn’t Work Out with Brandi

May 14, 2020

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

Nine months later, Brandi was back in the States. Life in Germany had become 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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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 episode "The Introverted Expat"

 

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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.

 

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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. 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.

Read the blog post to find out more here.

 

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On YouTube at AspenAbroad

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Our last episode together called Moving Abroad or Running Away?

 

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The Introverted Expat with Austyn from Expat Hour

The Introverted Expat with Austyn from Expat Hour

April 2, 2020

Season 4, Episode 2. We dive into the topic of introversion with fellow introvert, fellow American living in Europe, and fellow podcaster Austyn from Expat Hour.

Although Austyn and Nicole fall on different places on the extrovert/introvert spectrum, we share a love for nights in, the fulfillment of reading a book or watching TV alone, and the joy of missing out, aka JOMO, on social events. We reflect on whether these introverted qualities make expat life easier or harder.

 

REFERENCED THIS EPISODE

The book "Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking"

The Expat Cast episode, "Extroverted Entrepreneurial American Expat"

 

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American Football in Germany with Nick from NALF

American Football in Germany with Nick from NALF

March 26, 2020

Season 4, Episode 1. We're back with season 4! And we're kicking it off by diving into the delightful world of American football in Germany.

Did you know that American football is played in Germany?

I didn't, and neither did today's guest, Nick Alfieri, until he got recruited by the Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns. Yes, you read that right, they're called the Unicorns. Yes, it's impossible to say that without smiling.

Nick's from Oregon, and he jumped at the chance to continue his football career after his college football career ended. He brought his other passion with him: film-making. In addition to playing for the Unicorns, Nick documents his experiences on his YouTube channel, and he's even made a documentary about American football in Germany.

Now, he's on The Expat Cast to tell us all about his experience as a Unicorn abroad.

Listen to the This American Life episode "The Show of Delights"

Check out the blog post about this episode.

 

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On YouTube @NALF

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

 

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Whatcha Up To?

Whatcha Up To?

January 30, 2020

Season 3, Episode 25. It's the season 3 finale!!!

Thanks to everyone who has made this season of The Expat Cast a smashing success. To celebrate the season wrapping up, I've invited guests from the last 3 seasons to give us an update on where they are now, how things have changed since they last were on the podcast, and what decisions they've been making lately about their expat life.

We'll be back with season 4 at some point in the near(ish) future! Bis dann!

 

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1. James, from LiveWorkGermany, was on the episode "A Plethora of Resources for Living in Germany"

2. Sixtina, from Six Miles Away, was on the episode "From Pils to Pints to Passport Stamps"

3. Aurora was on the episode "Choosing to Move Back"

4. Riana, from Teaspoon of Adventure, was on the episode "Preparing to Move Abroad"

5. Meg was on the episode "Long-Distance Relationships"

6. Samar was on the episode "The First Few Months"

7. Gyo, from Gyo Monreal, was on the episode "Celebrate Every Little Win"

 

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American Pride with Zoe

American Pride with Zoe

January 9, 2020

Season 3, Episode 22. There are an estimated 9 million Americans living abroad. If you asked each one of them how they feel about being American, you'd probably get 9 million unique answers. While we can't ask every single person how they feel, we can - and have! - asked two, and this week, we talk to Zoe, a native Philadelphian who returned to the city after various experiences living and traveling abroad.

After her second year abroad in France, Zoe decided to move back to the US - not just temporarily, but permanently. She comes on the show to explain how confronting opinions about American culture around the globe made her more proud to be an American.

This is the second part in a two-part series about American expats reflecting on their American identity. Last week, we talked about American Shame with Gabe.

 

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American Shame with Gabe

American Shame with Gabe

January 2, 2020

Season 3, Episode 21. There are an estimated 9 million Americans living abroad. If you asked each one of them how they feel about being American, you'd probably get 9 million unique answers. While we can't ask every single person how they feel, we can - and have! - asked two, and this week, we talk to Gabe, a native South Carolinian living in Amsterdam.

Gabe feels a deep sense of shame about being an American. Since moving to Europe, he's become disillusioned about numerous aspects of American history, culture, and identity. Gabe shares with us what his journey of moving abroad was like, and how he got to this place of shame about his heritage.

Next week, we'll hear someone who feels the exact opposite in an episode called American Pride.

 

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Christmas in Germany v. Christmas in America with Christin

Christmas in Germany v. Christmas in America with Christin

December 26, 2019

Season 3, Episode 20. Nicole grew up in the US and moved to Germany in her mid-20s, and Christin grew up in Germany and moved to the US in her mid-20s. They both pull from their childhood as well as their years in their new home countries to swap stories about how the holidays are in both countries.

Do you know about the Christmas Pickle? Have you ever accidentally set an advent wreath on fire? When you think about a nice hot, alcoholic beverage, do you think about eggnog or about Gluehwein? We discuss and giggle about all this and more!

 

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On Instagram @thisgermanamericanlife

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The Beauty of Community with Berly - Rebroadcast

The Beauty of Community with Berly - Rebroadcast

December 19, 2019

Season 3, Episode 19. This is a rebroadcast from March 2019. It’s being re-released in honor of FEGEPADFO, or the First Ever Germany Expat Podcasters Advent Donation Face Off. The guest on the episode is Berly, one of the founders of Women’s Worth Inc., which is my charity of choice for FEGEPADFO.

Listen to hear how Berly’s came to the idea to found Women’s Worth, as well as stories of who the people are that this charity helps. I hope that after listening, you’ll be inspired to take a couple minutes to donate to Women’s Worth in celebration of FEGEPADFO. They are an incredible organization that give such vital help to local communities in Nicaragua.

Donations are accepted in US Dollars via Pay Pal, so it’s super easy to donate, no matter where you are in the world or what currency you use.

 

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Women's Worth, Inc.'s website

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Austria v. Germany with Stefanie

Austria v. Germany with Stefanie

December 5, 2019

Season 3, Episode 17. 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.

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.

 

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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.

Click here to read her tips.

 

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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.

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.

If you like this topic, check out our Valentine's Day 2019 episode about Long-Distance Relationships

You can hear more about Katie's job as a translator for German genealogical documents here.

 

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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.

For resources and more, check out the blog.

 

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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. Then Nicole tells us the story of the Frauenmörder, aka the Woman Murderer, aka the Beast of the Black Forest.

To learn more about both cases, check out the blog post.

 

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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.

 Olivia is 26. 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.

 

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On her podcast at Quarter Life Living

On Instagram @QuarterLifeLivingPodcast

Via her business, Say It Right

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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! 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!

 

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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.

 

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Long-Distance Relationships

The First Few Months

Prepping for a Job Hunt in Germany

Information about Bundesfreiwilligendienst

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

 

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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 The Germany Experience is a guest on The Expat Cast!

Shaun moved to Germany from South Africa years ago with his wife, in search of adventure and new experiences. 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.

 

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Online at thegermanyexperience.de

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More information on what his son has here  

 

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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.

 

FACEBOOK GROUPS FOR EXPATS IN BARCELONA

Barcelona Babies & Kids  

American Expats in Spain   

Barcelona Kids Play   

Barcelona Expat Families   

Barcelona Expats - International BCN 

  

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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!

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

 

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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. 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.

 

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Her podcast The Expat Repat Podcast  

Her blog Swiss Lark  

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. We kick off season 3 with expat YouTuber Aspen, from AspenAbroad, 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 zum Gedeutschtag, 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.

Check out the blog about this episode.

 

FIND ASPEN

On YouTube AspenAbroad

On Instagram @Aspen.Abroad

Her video about our weekend in Freiburg,American girls podcast in Germany

On her blog

 

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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. We give our best go at answering questions sent to us from expats all over.

For a full list of questions and resources mentioned in the episode, click here.

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.

 

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Celebrate Every Little Win with Gyo

Celebrate Every Little Win with Gyo

June 27, 2019

Season 2, Episode 23. Gyo moved from southern California to Nuremberg, Germany 9 months ago to close the distance on her relationship. 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. 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.

 

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On her website

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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? Germany wasn't anywhere on Jessica's radar when she started dating her German girlfriend. But eventually, she moved to her girlfriend's hometown of Erfurt, Germany.

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. 

 

FIND JESSICA

On her website

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

Learn about her life coach services

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

 

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Stereotypes and Misconceptions with Tatjana

Stereotypes and Misconceptions with Tatjana

June 13, 2019

Season 2, Episode 21. Tatjana is a Berliner who 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.

 

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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, and now, he's an accomplished travel writer. Mark's got years of hard-earned wisdom, and I'm glad he's shared them with us. Read them here.

 

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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Macaroon Moments with Ara

Macaroon Moments with Ara

May 23, 2019

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

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

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

 

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From Pils to Pints to Passport Stamps with Sixtina

From Pils to Pints to Passport Stamps with Sixtina

May 16, 2019

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

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

 

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Expat Focus's guide to taxes in Ireland

Volunteer while you travel at Workaway.com

 

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On her website

On Instagram, @sixmilesaway

 

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Expat Mama with Ashley

Expat Mama with Ashley

May 2, 2019

Season 2, Episode 15. You last heard from friend of the show, Ashley, when she was pregnant with her son, and now she's back to share what it's like with her young son.

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

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

The Shit No One Tells You: A Guide to Surviving Your Baby's First Year by Don Dais

 

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The First Few Months with Samar

The First Few Months with Samar

April 25, 2019

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

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

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

 

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Choosing to Move Back with Aurora

Choosing to Move Back with Aurora

April 18, 2019

Season 2, Episode 13. Expats don't always stay expats forever. We sit down with Aurora, a Mexican-American living in Germany, to hear what made her decide to move back to the States.

Aurora will move back to the US this summer, but where exactly will she move? Cue: A Very Well Built Excel Spreadsheet! 

 

DUNCAN & AURORA'S DECISION MAKING SPREADSHEET

Aurora and Duncan's formula as a Google Spreadsheet is here

Listen to Duncan talk about voting rights

 

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Here & There, Then & Now with Nic

Here & There, Then & Now with Nic

April 11, 2019

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

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

 

FIND NIC

Twitter @40PercentGerman

Blog 40% German

 

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Clinging to Your Culture with Jenny

Clinging to Your Culture with Jenny

March 28, 2019

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

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

 

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Being Bi-Cultural with Gordon

Being Bi-Cultural with Gordon

March 21, 2019

Season 2, Episode 9. Gordon is half-German, half-American and grew up moving back and forth between both countries. He never stayed anywhere longer than 2 years since he was a little kid. Now, as an adult who is putting down roots of his own, Gordon shares with us how his bi-cultural identity as well has his frequent moving shaped him as a person.

He tells us the good, the bad, and the ugly about being that weird German kid whenever he was in America and being that weird American kid whenever he was in Germany.

Note: In the introduction, Nicole mentions "the concept of the third-world kid." She meant to say "third culture kid." More information about what third culture kid means can be found on Wikipedia.

 

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