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BONUS - Poetry in Berlin, feminism, and diversity (Deenara from Russia)

April 13, 2020

Deenara from Russia appeared in episode 38, about mental health in Germany. However, her original interview with Berlin-based journalist Daria Sukharchuk also included her talking about her time in Germany. Here is the rest of that interview.Interview recorded and edited by Daria Sukharchuk. Deenar…

German Language

Some German idioms (Steph Fuccio from USA)

April 6, 2020

Steph Fuccio, host of the Geopats podcast, is new to Germany and to the German language. So as a new learner, I thought it would be fun to throw some German idioms at her and see if she could figure them out. If you're new to the German language (or even if you are not), it's fun to listen along an…

Adapting To Life In Germany

Dealing with depression in Germany (Deenara from Russia)

March 30, 2020

How do you recognize that you are depressed? How do you seek out therapy and other help for depression in Germany? And what if you are from a culture that has a stigma towards mental health issues and therapy? Deenara, who is from Republic of Tatarstan in Russia, is a tech professional and poet liv…

Adapting To Life In Germany

Being a TV anchor, online weirdos, and stereotypes about Russian women (Daria from Russia)

March 23, 2020

Daria, originally from Moscow, Russia, is working as a freelance journalist in Germany. She helped me put an upcoming episode about mental health together, and I wanted to introduce her first. We discuss her role as a TV anchor for OstWest TV, online critics, stalker problems, and  stereotypes some…

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

March 16, 2020

Since COVID-19 in Germany got "real" on Friday 13th March, I felt I had to discuss it. And who better than to discuss it with than two other podcasters: Nicole from The Expat Cast and Steph from Geopats.We cover our personal situations, fake news, coping with the heaviness of a pandemic, how people…

Adapting To Life In Germany Making Friends In Germany

Leaving Germany after a decade (Natalie from the UK)

March 9, 2020

What is it that makes someone who has lived in Germany for over a decade decide that it's time to go back "home"? Natalie is originally from the UK, and is now making the decision to leave Germany after 11 years. She explains how she got to this point.She also discusses the importance of using meet…

Adapting To Life In Germany German Language

Finding yourself in a second language: language and identity (Steph from Germany)

March 2, 2020

How being bilingual can influence your personality in different languages.

Adapting To Life In Germany

Moving after 40, sensationalist media, and loneliness in Germany (Klaus from Brazil)

Feb. 22, 2020

Klaus was born in Brazil before spending the first 12 years of his life in Germany. After returning to Brazil, he remained in touch with the German language and the culture. By the time he decided to move back to Germany in his early 40s, he was still fluent in German and understood what made the G…

A German experiences the Ausländerbehörde (Nina from Germany)

Feb. 20, 2020

While recording the episode about Carnival in Germany, Nina told a story about the time she had to deal with the same office that foreigners know all too well: the Auslanderbehörde Amt (foreigner's office). SUBSCRIBE TO THE PODCAST

German Culture

Carnival/Fasching in Germany: "pomp and splendor" (Nina from Germany)

Feb. 16, 2020

It's the middle of Carnival (also known as Fasching or Fastnacht, depending on where in Germany you are). I am not a big fan of it, and so I got a real live German who IS a fan of it to come on the show and explain to me why she loves it. We brush up on the origins of Carnival, we discuss some of t…

Adapting To Life In Germany

A serial expat in Germany (Amy from Canada)

Feb. 9, 2020

Amy is the host of The Expat Experience podcast. She has landed up in Germany after spending time in Vietnam and China, and in our interview she discusses how she's learning German, what it's like making German friends, and if she regards Germany as her final destination. The Elbphilharmonie buildi…

Adapting To Life In Germany Learning German

Motivated to adapt by painful social moments (Sindy from Hong Kong)

Feb. 2, 2020

(This is the podcast previously known as Expat Life Germany.In the first few years in Germany, things weren't always easy for Sindy from Hong Kong. As is the experience of many foreigners living abroad, she faced painful and difficult moments. And it was exactly these moments that drove her to not …

Announcement: Renaming the show to The Germany Experience from 1 February 2020

Jan. 27, 2020

The podcast will have a new name from 1 February 2020! Not much is going to change other than the name, so it'll still be the same show you subscribed to. Here's the announcement about why I'm renaming, and what the show will be focusing on in the future.

German Culture

Classic German movies: Loriot's Pappa Ante Portas

Jan. 20, 2020

You can learn a lot about a culture by watching its movies, which is why I've decided to start watching some classic German movies. I'll discuss why the movie I have chosen is important to German culture, whether it's a good movie for learning German from, and whether or not it's worth your time.Th…

Adapting To Life In Germany

SOFA status, growing a thicker skin, and tracking a stolen phone with the Polizei (Audrey & Zach from USA)

Jan. 12, 2020

Audrey and Zach met while in the USA. When Zach, a cartographer, moved to Germany on a SOFA status (Status of Forces Agreement), they first attempted a long-distance relationship before Audrey joined him later in Germany. Take a listen to their story, which involves cuckoo clocks, a ride in the bac…

Making German candy, learning German history, and growing up as a third culture kid in Bavaria (Travis J. Dow)

Jan. 4, 2020

Travis J. Dow is a host of the History of Germany podcast (and several other podcasts, too). Originally from Oregon, USA, he spent his formative years in Bavaria, Germany. Later he moved to Prague, Czech Republic for 10 years, before moving back to USA. He's a third culture kid, history nerd, and h…

FEGEPADFO Charity Challenge - Final Wrap-Up

Jan. 3, 2020

Nicole from The Expat Cast and I went head-to-head in December 2019 to see who could raise the most donations for our chosen charities. Together we raised 350 euros...140 euros went to Nicole's charity of choice, Women's Worth Inc., while 210 euros went to my chosen charity, Lebenshilfe in Bad Wind…

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Missing holiday traditions from home, making new traditions, and fireworks on New Year's Eve

Dec. 23, 2019

For foreigners living in Germany, the holidays are a time that we recreate traditions from our home countries, adopt German traditions, and start new ones. I take a look at how my Christmas experience in Germany has been, and compare it to my summer South African Christmases.Luminaria: https://en.w…