The Expat Cast
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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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, 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

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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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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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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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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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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. 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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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.

 

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On YouTube at AspenAbroad

On Instagram @Aspen.Abroad

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. Across Europe and North America, lock-downs to flatten the curve of the spread of Coronavirus/COVID-19 have led many people to declare it the perfect time to be an introvert. But is it? And what if you're an introvert who lives abroad?

We dive into the topic of introversion as an extrovert 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.

 

FIND AUSTYN

On her podcast @ExpatHour

On Instagram @expathour

 

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.

 

FOLLOW NICK

On his YouTube channel @NALF

On Instagram @nalfamale

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

 

THIS AMERICAN LIFE

Listen to their episode "The Show of Delights"

 

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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!

 

FIND THE GUESTS

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.

Zoe is one of Nicole's oldest and closest friends. They go back 20 years, and it was no surprise to Nicole when Zoe decided to move to France, because Zoe always was on her own unique path. However, it was a surprise when, after her second year in France, Zoe decided to move back to the US - not just temporarily, but permanently. Or, semi-permanently. Zoe has since spent 3 months in South America and 7 in Asia, but now, she goes abroad to travel. Her home is Philadelphia. 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. In fact, his shame is so deep that he learned accentless Dutch and fully integrated into Dutch life just to avoid being identified as American. 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. Another Christmas season in the books! But we’re not ready to stop celebrating yet, so let’s extend the joy and magic a little longer by comparing and contrasting Christmas traditions in the US and Germany.

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!

 

FIND CHRISTIN

On Instagram @thisgermanamericanlife

Her bread company's Instagram @littlebreadfactory

Her bread company's website littlebreadfactory.com

 
 

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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 of Season 2, Episode 8 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. Here’s how you can donate.

 

FIND BERLY & WOMEN'S WORTH, INC.

Women's Worth, Inc.'s website

Facebook @womensworthinc

Instagram @womensworthinc

YouTube @womensworthinc

Twitter @womensworthinc

 

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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. Her identity and personality are a mixture of Austrian and British and Irish influences, which leads her to sometimes feel more like an outsider in Germany than she did in the UK, despite the fact that in Germany, she can speak her mother-tongue and her home country is just across a border a couple of hours away.

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

 

FIND STEFANIE

Instagram @ruptureworkinprogress

 

FEGEPADFO.

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

More information: expatlifegermany.de/charity

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

Expat Life Germany's charity of Choice: Lebenshilfe

 

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Expat Loneliness with Gabriela

Expat Loneliness with Gabriela

November 21, 2019

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

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

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

 

 

GABRIELA'S TIPS FOR EXPAT LONELINESS

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

 

FIND GABRIELA

Online at gabriela-encina.com

Instagram @gabriela.expat.coach

Facebook @psgabrielaencina

 

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Intercultural Relationships with Katie

Intercultural Relationships with Katie

November 14, 2019

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

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

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

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

 

MORE ON LOVE

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

 

FIND KATIE

Online at aculturapiece.com

On Instagram @ACultureAPiece

On Facebook @ACultureAPiece

On Twitter @ACultureAPiece

 

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