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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 b…

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 Win…

Adapting To Life In Germany German Culture

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.…

Adapting To Life In Germany

Unhappy in Germany (S from India)

Dec. 15, 2019

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 happens when the German dream becomes a nightmare? My guest this week (who ask…

Working In Germany

The German Freelance Visa (James from LiveWorkGermany.com)

Dec. 7, 2019

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 to provide freelance services in Germany, and you don't need an official j…

Adapting To Life In Germany German Culture

How Germany changed us (Jibran from Pakistan)

Dec. 2, 2019

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 expected about Pakistani culture. Find Jibran on Instagram and Facebook . Al…

Adapting To Life In Germany

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

Nov. 18, 2019

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 she compares Hamburg and Berlin with Naples. Subscribe to Liliana's YouTu…

Adapting To Life In Germany Making Friends In Germany

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 lea…

German Culture

Discussing German stereotypes with Nicole from The Expat Cast

Oct. 20, 2019

How true are German stereotypes? Nicole of the Expat Cast joins me on Expat Life Germany to dissect German culture and make sweeping generalizations.

Adapting To Life In Germany

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…

Adapting To Life In Germany

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 …

German Culture

Article 116 (Michael from USA)

Sept. 29, 2019

Michael Silberman lives in the USA, but Germany is certainly intertwined with his life over there. His parents left Nazi Germany (and were stripped of their German citizenship) to start a new life in the States, and this heritage led to a fascination with Germany. Michael spent some time in Murnau …

Adapting To Life In Germany

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 o…

German Culture

Defining "Expat"

Sept. 15, 2019

What exactly is an "expat"? Turns out this question is not as straight forward as Shaun used to think. He goes into some of the problems surrounding the terminology, and also defines his interpretation of it for the podcast. He also reads out Apple Podcast reviews for the show, talks about some blo…

BONUS: Social Media and Expats, Charity Work as an Expat, and Friends Moving On

Sept. 10, 2019

In the last episode , Anna Noakes Schulze dropped so many insights about expat life that I had to edit some of it out. Since it'd be a shame for it to go to waste, I decided to put it in a bonus episode. Here is more Anna, and we go into detail about social media, how to help others by first taking…

Adapting To Life In Germany Parenting In Germany

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…

Working In Germany

Finding and Getting a Job In Germany

Aug. 27, 2019

For all the links mentioned in the episode (there are a few!), go to the Finding and Getting a Job in Germany blog post . I go through some of the ins and outs of getting a job in Germany. To help me, I got Cheryl Howard of cherylhoward.com to discuss her experiences as a job seeker in Berlin (she'…