Episodes

An update on my hospital visit, and audio logs from my hospital room

Aug. 12, 2020

I spent two nights in hospital recently, and during my stay, I recorded several audio logs about my experience. You can hear them in this bonus episode. Since I won't be able to edit the podcast while I recover, I will be putting out some 2019 episodes over the next few weeks. Thank you to everyone…

German Culture

German culture: The top 10 selling musical artists in Germany (Craig from Scotland)

Aug. 3, 2020

In order to better understand the music tastes of Germans, Craig from Scotland joins me to look at the top 10 selling musical artists in Germany. This includes German and international acts who have sold the most albums since the BVMI started certifying albums back in 1975. You can find the list on…

Adapting To Life In Germany Making Friends In Germany

African abroad (Tania from Kenya)

July 26, 2020

Tania was born in Kenya and has lived in five different African countries. After a short time in Thailand, she’s landed up in Germany, and she feels like this is somewhere she can stay for a longer time. Some of the reasons for this include feeling safer in Germany than in Kenya, and having the saf…

Making Friends In Germany Adapting To Life In Germany

Sandals and socks, making friends with Germans, and "selfishly" staying in Germany (Amy from the USA)

July 20, 2020

How difficult it is to make meaningful connections with Germans, and what it's like when you make a conscious decision to stay in Germany.

Working In Germany Adapting To Life In Germany

Just a diplomatic spouse (Alexandra from Romania)

July 13, 2020

Life as the spouse of a diplomat, the importance of groups for integration, and adapting to constant change.

German Culture Adapting To Life In Germany

Singing schlager music in Germany, and misogyny in the music industry (Sarah Jane Scott from the USA)

July 6, 2020

Sarah Jane Scott talks about her schlager success, what it’s like to be a schlager singer, and systemic misogyny and exploitation in the music industry.

Adapting To Life In Germany

A southern liberal in Germany, running a coffee shop, and casual German racism (Christy from the USA)

June 29, 2020

Running a coffee shop in Germany, why Germany isn’t the best for children with special needs, and casual racism in Germany.

German Language Learning German

Trilingualism, switching between languages, and Italian words adopted by German (Carmen from Italy)

June 21, 2020

Being trilingual, maintaining your native language abilities, and some words that German has adopted from Italian.

Adapting To Life In Germany

The 5 phases of culture shock (Beth from the USA)

June 15, 2020

Getting over culture shock, finding a fulfilling job in Germany, and dealing with finding a new identity when moving away from your old one.

German Culture

Broken systems, turning points, and racism in Germany (Jessica from Germany)

June 9, 2020

Jessica is a German African American who has lived in Germany since she was in kindergarten. She joins me for this episode to discuss the recent events that started with George Floyd, and the racism that she deals with on a regular basis here in Germany. Follow Jessica on Instagram . The Trevor Noa…

One year anniversary live stream - recorded 29th May 2020

May 30, 2020

Bonus episode - recorded from the Facebook live stream.

Learning German German Language

You go me on the cookie! (Dana Newman from Wanted Adventure)

May 24, 2020

Dana Newman of Wanted Adventure discusses learning German, how German is NOT orderly, her book “You go me on the cookie!”, and her YouTube channel.

Guest: Dana Newman
Adapting To Life In Germany Learning German

Seven months as an exchange student in Germany (Montana Showalter from the USA)

May 17, 2020

Montana Showalter’s YouTube success, her time in Germany, returning home due to the coronavirus crisis, and the ways that Germany changed her.

Learning German Adapting To Life In Germany

Learning German with apps, and working in the video games industry (Thomas from the UK)

May 10, 2020

Learning German through apps, working for a video games company, and getting angry letters from German neighbors.

Parenting In Germany Adapting To Life In Germany

Traveling with teenagers, and interrupted travel plans (Linda from the USA)

May 3, 2020

Travelteening is a blog that gives travel advice for traveling with teens. The blogger behind it, Linda from the USA, joins me to discuss the value her family sees in traveling, their three-year-plan to give their children the chance to experience travel in Europe, some insights into traveling with…

German Culture

German culture: The top 10 grossing German movies (Dominik from the Ach! podcast)

April 28, 2020

Soft porn, comedies, parodies, and Westerns…here are the movies that Germans love.

Homebrewing beer (Greg & Brigida)

April 23, 2020

The guest in the previous episode, Greg, is a homebrewing enthusiast, and he talks about his adventures and misadventures brewing beer. He also discusses his website, Brew Wizard , that helps you create recipes and gives detailed instructions on how to brew beer. https://www.brew-wizard.com/ Connec…

Adapting To Life In Germany

From USA to Germany, California style (Greg from USA and Brigida from Germany)

April 21, 2020

When Greg and Brigida decided to move from California to Germany, they did it with just a small amount of money and two dogs. And they were met with adversity from almost the moment they arrived. This is their story of how they made their time in Germany work. We also talk about life with small kid…