Episodes

April 23, 2020

Homebrewing beer (Greg & Brigida)

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 deta...

April 21, 2020

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

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 th...

Adapting To Life In Germany

April 13, 2020

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

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 o...

April 06, 2020

Some German idioms (Steph Fuccio from USA)

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...

German Language

March 30, 2020

Dealing with depression in Germany (Deenara from Russia)

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...

Adapting To Life In Germany

March 23, 2020

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

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 anch...

Adapting To Life In Germany

March 16, 2020

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

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 persona...

March 09, 2020

Leaving Germany after a decade (Natalie from the UK)

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...

Adapting To Life In Germany Making Friends In Germany

March 02, 2020

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

Steph is from Bavaria, and moved to the UK when she was in her 20s before ending up in Austin, Texas. She learned to speak English at a native-speaker level, and found that it just suited her. Because she's got a fantastic co...

Adapting To Life In Germany German Language

February 23, 2020

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

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 h...

Adapting To Life In Germany

February 21, 2020

A German experiences the Ausländerbehörde (Nina from Germany)

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 P...

Featuring Nina

February 17, 2020

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

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 ...

German Culture Featuring Nina

February 09, 2020

A serial expat in Germany (Amy from Canada)

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 i...

Adapting To Life In Germany

February 02, 2020

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

(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...

Adapting To Life In Germany

January 27, 2020

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

January 20, 2020

Classic German movies: Loriot's Pappa Ante Portas

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 ...

German Culture

January 12, 2020

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

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. T...

Adapting To Life In Germany

January 04, 2020

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

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...

Adapting To Life In Germany

January 03, 2020

FEGEPADFO Charity Challenge - Final Wrap-Up

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 Wort...

December 23, 2019

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

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...

German Culture Adapting To Life In Germany

December 15, 2019

Unhappy in Germany (S from India)

Donate to my cause in the expat podcasters charity challenge (aka #FEGEPADFO): Donate to Lebenshilfe Bad Windsheim Germany offers a lot of opportunities, but it's also known as a difficult country to integrate into. What happ...

Adapting To Life In Germany

December 07, 2019

The German Freelance Visa (James from LiveWorkGermany.com)

Donate to my cause in the expat podcasters charity challenge (aka #FEGEPADFO): Donate to Lebenshilfe Bad Windsheim For many people who are planning to come to Germany, the Freelance Visa might be the way to go. It allows you ...

Finding A Job & Working In Germany

December 02, 2019

How Germany changed us (Jibran from Pakistan)

Jibran runs the Desi in Wonderland YouTube channel. He's originally from Pakistan and has been living in Germany for 5 years, so we decided to discuss how Germany has changed us. In the process, I learned a lot more than I ex...

Adapting To Life In Germany German Culture

November 19, 2019

A Berliner, a Hamburger, a Neapolitan, and a world citizen (Liliana from Italy)

Liliana is from Naples, Italy, and has lived in Germany for 7 years. She recently got her citizenship, and discusses how that happened. We also cover her reason for choosing Germany, why she'd struggle to return to Italy, and...

Adapting To Life In Germany