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Repatriating During a Pandemic with Kate

Repatriating During a Pandemic with Kate

February 18, 2021

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

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

 

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

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

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

January 28, 2021

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

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

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

 

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On Meet the Germans

Watch her videos

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Check out the video featuring the "Fish & Chips or Currywurst" rap

 

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Coping with Unrest Back Home with Tara

Coping with Unrest Back Home with Tara

January 14, 2021

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

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

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

 

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Dating as a Foreigner in Germany with Justin

Dating as a Foreigner in Germany with Justin

September 10, 2020

Season 4, Episode 24. 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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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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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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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.

For more about the event and to find the resources mentioned in the panel, click here.

 

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

In the wake of the murder of George Floyd, 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.

For a list of resources mentioned in this episode, head over here.

 

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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.

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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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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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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Coronavirus and COVID-19 in Germany (with Nicole from The Expat Cast and Steph from Geopats)

Coronavirus and COVID-19 in Germany (with Nicole from The Expat Cast and Steph from Geopats)

March 18, 2020

This is a rebroadcast of an episode of "The Germany Experience," hosted by Shaun near Nuremberg. I call in from Freiburg to chat with Shaun and Steph Fuccio in Berlin of Geopats about our experiences with the COVID-19 outbreak in Germany.

Find The Germany Experience here, and on Instagram and Twitter.

Discuss your opinions on this episode in the The Germany Experience Facebook group!

Find Steph here, on Instagram and on Twitter

 

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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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Getting Married in Germany with Natalie

Getting Married in Germany with Natalie

January 23, 2020

Season 3, Episode 24. Natalie left her home country of the UK and was backpacking in Australia when a handsome German man caught her eye in a hostel. Cue a whirlwind year of traveling together throughout Australia and Asia before moving together to Freiburg, Germany.

When the two got engaged, Natalie had plenty of big dreams for how she wanted her wedding. But quickly, it became apparent that putting on her dream English wedding in Germany wasn't going to so easy. On top of that, a surprise cancer diagnoses landed Natalie in chemo around the time of the wedding, leading to additional complications, both logistically and emotionally.

Natalie is a force of nature, though, and she didn't let any of this keep her from putting on a unique wedding that had her fingerprints all over it. We discuss how she settled on her wedding venue in the Black Forest, the challenge of finding a wedding videographer, and the different wedding formats offered in Germany.

 

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Translating German Genealogical Documents with Katie

Translating German Genealogical Documents with Katie

January 16, 2020

Season 3, Episode 23. After I had Katie on as a guest for the episode called Intercultural Relationships, I knew I had to have her on again to talk about her day job. Katie spends her days deciphering and translating old German handwriting from different genealogical documents. 

Individuals researching their German ancestry - or individuals who just stumble across their great-great-grandma's diary - come to Katie to bring these original documents back to life. With her fluency in German, her knowledge of old German terms, and her specialization in reading the old handwriting, Katie's job lets her dive into the colorful personal histories of people who lived years, decades, and even centuries ago.

In the episode, Katie and I geek out about two TV shows: Outlander (available on Netflix) and Finding Your Roots (from PBS).

 

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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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4. Advent: #FEGEPADFO Update

4. Advent: #FEGEPADFO Update

December 22, 2019

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

Nein!

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

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

 

MORE INFORMATION

thegermanyexperience.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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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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3 Advent: #FEGEPADFO Update

3 Advent: #FEGEPADFO Update

December 15, 2019

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

Nein!

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

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

 

MORE INFORMATION

thegermanyexperience.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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Apprenticeships in Germany with Shanon and Michael

Apprenticeships in Germany with Shanon and Michael

December 12, 2019

Season 3, Episode 18. Germany is famous around the globe for their apprenticeship program, or Ausbildung. Did you know that foreigners are also eligible to do an apprenticeship in Germany?

We talk to two Americans doing apprenticeships in Germany, one in beer brewing and the other in pottery. The best part? During the whole three-year program, they get a salary! It’s not much, but it’s livable!

They explain to us how they got their positions, what it’s like doing an apprenticeship as foreigners in their late 20s, and what opportunities will be available to them upon completing their programs.

 

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2 Advent: #FEGEPADFO Update

2 Advent: #FEGEPADFO Update

December 8, 2019

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

Nein!

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

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

 

MORE INFORMATION

thegermanyexperience.de/charity

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

Expat Life Germany's charity of Choice: Lebenshilfe

 

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Austria v. Germany with Stefanie

Austria v. Germany with Stefanie

December 5, 2019

Season 3, Episode 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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1 Advent: Announcing FEGEPADFO

1 Advent: Announcing FEGEPADFO

December 1, 2019

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

Nein!

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

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

 

MORE INFORMATION

thegermanyexperience.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.

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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Snacks & Toilets with Trash Jenny

Snacks & Toilets with Trash Jenny

October 17, 2019

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

In the first half of the episode, we discuss snacks - the snacks we love and hate in Germany, and the snacks we miss most from home.

Then comes part two: toilets. Have you encountered the elusive German toilet phenomenon, the poop shelf? We dish out the pros and cons of the strange design, then we give some well-deserved hate to our home country, USA, for having public bathroom doors that have cracks large enough to see people through.

 

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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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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!

 

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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  

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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.

 

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On YouTube AspenAbroad

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

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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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How to Show Up with Sundae

How to Show Up with Sundae

July 4, 2019

Season 2, Episode 24. For many, one of the toughest things about living abroad is being far away from friends and family. It can feel like you're missing out on all the important moments, big and small - and sometimes, that's true.

But sometimes, it's possible to move heaven and earth to be there, in person, for a big event. When that does happen, the moment becomes that much more important because of how far out of your way you went to be there. Showing up in those moments is, as Sundae explains in her podcast Expat Happy Hour, a grand gesture.

Check out the blog post about this episode.

 

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Her podcast, Expat Happy Hour especially the episodes Grand Gestures and Love Your Friends and Family While They're Alive

On her website

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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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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. 

 

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On her website

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Learn about her life coach services

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

 

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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.

 

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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

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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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Meet the Parents with Momsie & Popsicle

Meet the Parents with Momsie & Popsicle

May 9, 2019

Season 2, Episode 16. Guess who this week's guests are? My parents! I power my Brene Brown and get vulnerable by asking my parents how they feel about my choice to live abroad.

When my dad was a young adult and moved into an apartment 20 minutes from his childhood home, his mom was outraged he'd move so far away. My mom's extended family numbers around 40 people - of whom, only a handful live more than a 2 hour drive away. So what do they REALLY think about the fact that their daughter lives thousands of miles and several time zones away?

 

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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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