Adapting to life in Germany Episodes

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Being far from family when losing someone, making friends through team sports, and security in Germany (Rafael from Brazil)

Nov. 3, 2019

One of my best friends in Germany, Rafael from Brazil, experienced loss when his father passed away, and talks about how he coped dealing with that being far from his family. He's also a handball player, and he had the chance to make German friends through his love of the sport.We also discuss lear…

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Being an English-Speaking Writer in Germany, Bringing a Pet to Germany, and "The God Queen" (Mari from USA)

Oct. 12, 2019

Mari is a US expat living in Germany. She's also a writer and an avid pug fan. She discusses what it's like being an English-speaking writer in Germany, her book "The God Queen", and how to bring a dog from USA into Germany. To win a signed copy of "The God Queen", find the episode post on one of t…

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The "Why" Has to be Right (Vlad from Romania)

Oct. 6, 2019

Discuss this episode in the Expat Life Germany Facebook group! Vlad from Romania was tired of the political situation in Romania, and made the choice to move to Germany. But, unlike many Romanians who emigrate to western Europe, integration is easier for him since he's highly educated and already k…

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parkrun Germany

Sept. 22, 2019

The parkrun concept is simple: you turn up on a Saturday morning and you walk, jog, or run 5km. The best thing? It's free. Since it started in 2004, it has become a global phenomenon. And it's a great thing for expats, too: get out and exercise, and meet new people!In this episode, I talk to the or…

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Living Abroad Teaches Us the Power of Connections (Anna from Canada)

Sept. 4, 2019

Anna Noakes Schulze from Canada presented a TEDx talk called “Living Abroad Teaches Us the Power of Connections”, and in it she tells her own expat story to demonstrate how those that we make connections with shape our lives and who we are, even if we don't live near them. This will resonate with m…

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Through the Eyes of a Newly-Arrived Expat (Sarah From Syria, Canada, et al)

Aug. 12, 2019

I first interviewed Sarah back in July for a bonus episode, because she'd almost been caught by a scam. We had such a great discussion that I wanted to have her back on the show, and here she is. Although Sarah is new in Berlin, she is by no means new to the expat way of life: she has lived in Syri…

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Tim From France - Not So Far From Home

Aug. 6, 2019

Tim Bourguignon is a French citizen who moved to Germany to be with his wife. He describes himself as coming in four flavors: Agile Coach, Chief Learning Officer, Mentoring Advocate, and Public Speaker. He also hosts a podcast called Software Developer’s Journey. 

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The E-Scooterpocalypse & Feeling Dumb in Germany

July 29, 2019

There are a lot of people—expats and Germans alike—who are not pleased about the e-scooter situation in big cities since it became legal for them to share bicycle paths and roads. E-scooter riders are apparently fast, reckless, and they just leave them parked anywhere and everywhere. But surely it …

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Natalie from Australia - From the Outback to Europe

July 24, 2019

When learning a new language, it takes a long time before you're able to express yourself and articulate your thoughts, and so it's easy to feel like you're coming across as dumb. This is just one of the topics that Natalie, a stay-at-home mum from Australia, discusses about her time in Germany.She…

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Shannon from USA - Church Bells and Bicycles

July 16, 2019

Meet Shannon from the USA, whose family were expats in Germany from 2009 until 2013. When they returned to the States, they realized their hearts were still in Germany, and so they immediately started making plans to go back. Shannon talks about falling in love with the German way of life, making c…

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Arvi From India - Founding a Startup in Germany

July 9, 2019

Arvi is from India and moved to Germany 5 years ago to complete his studies as an engineer. He did this, but instead of returning home, he moved to Berlin and founded a startup with two other entrepreneurs. His company, MyHelpBuddy, puts expats who need a service or who have a problem in contact wi…

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Lori From USA - Teaching English, Learning Languages, and Raising Bilingual Children in Germany

July 1, 2019

Lori from USA has been teaching English in Germany for almost 40 years, so it’s not surprising that she has a thing or two to say about learning new languages. In fact, her language pedigree goes back to even before she moved to Germany, when she was a German high school teacher in the States. 

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Don't Get Scammed + IamExpat.de Round-Up With Abi

June 25, 2019

Every month end, I'll take a look at some of the most interesting topics of the previous month. This time, Abi from IamExpat.de joins me with her pick of stories from June 2019. Also, Shaun runs through the top scams that expats need to be weary of, namely apartment scams, job scams, and financial …

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The Essential Book for New Expats in Germany

June 18, 2019

Click here for the full show notesBuy the book on Amazon: From the Bürgeramt to the BedroomFrom the Bürgeramt to the Bedroom is a book aimed at new expats in Germany. It provides advice for common situations that expats will find themselves in, like going to the Bürgeramt, finding an apartment, or …

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Noor From Pakistan - Don't Forget Your 'Gungs

June 11, 2019

Get the show notes on Expat Life Germany: Episode 3 Show NotesNoor has been in Germany on a student visa for around two and a half years. In this episode, he discusses his difficulties converting to a Blue Card, how it’s easier to make friends with younger Germans, experiencing snow for the first t…