Episodes

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

May 4, 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 t…

German Culture

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

April 28, 2020

A good way to explore Germany's culture is through its movies. And what better way to do that than to look at the German movies that have had the most success in Germany? But you'll be surprised at the movies that the German…

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 det…

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 t…

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 …

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 t…

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 i…

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 anc…

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 person…

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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 explain…

Adapting To Life In Germany German Language

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

March 2, 2020

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 c…

Adapting To Life In Germany

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

Feb. 23, 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 …

Featuring Nina

A German experiences the Ausländerbehörde (Nina from Germany)

Feb. 21, 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 …

German Culture Featuring Nina

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

Feb. 17, 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…

Guest: Nina
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 …

Adapting To Life In Germany

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 an…

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 wil…

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…

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. …

Adapting To Life In Germany

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 year…

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 Wor…

German Culture Adapting To Life In Germany

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, an…

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 hap…

Finding A Job & 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…