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The ExpatCast is the podcast where expats share stories about fitting in, standing out, and every mishap on their journey to feeling at home abroad.

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Tereré Talks: Part 4. Zoe and Nicole discuss the oddities of getting around in Paraguay. You can walk - but not on the sidewalks. You can drive - but you can't turn left. You can bike - but watch out for the sinkholes disguised as puddles. You can take a bus - but you have to book it in person. You can fly - but the airport shops aren't reliably open. Next Thursday: food! Read more about tereré here. REVIEW On Apple Podcasts On Podchaser CONNECT Email theexpatcast@gmail.com Instagram @theexpatcast 
Tereré Talks: Part 3. White chunky tile flooring, a special pavilion for the barbecue, and an old dude with a gun napping at the end of the street. Welcome to a Paraguayan home! In Paraguay, there are a lot of quirky things about a house, from the confusing but cool electrical outlets to dogs that are kind of pets, kind of security. Nicole and Zoe explain what a Paraguayan home looks like, plus a cost breakdown to compare rent and utilities costs among Paraguay, Germany, and the USA. Listen until the end for the wild tale of how far German government agencies will go to track you down! Next Thursday: transit in Paraguay. Read more about tereré here. REVIEW On Apple Podcasts On Podchaser CONNECT Email theexpatcast@gmail.com Instagram @theexpatcast 
Tereré Talks: Part 2. Things Nicole read about Paraguay before moving here: it's the only landlocked South American, and it has an impressive mail system. Both "facts" proved to be untrue. So Nicole and Zoe are here to correct them! After going over basic geographical information, Nicole and Zoe share a short history of Paraguay, some fast facts about the population and places of interest, and a bit about safety in Paraguay. Plus, they discuss their first impressions upon arriving in Asuncion - including the unusual city structure! Next Thursday: we dive into the numbers for all things housing in Paraguay. Read more about tereré here. If you're visiting Asuncion, check out a free walking tour: here or here. REVIEW On Apple Podcasts On Podchaser   CONNECT Email theexpatcast@gmail.com Instagram @theexpatcast 
Tereré Talks: Part 1. Exactly a year ago, Nicole packed up her bags and moved from Germany to Paraguay. She didn't know what to expect, because the Internet knows everything, except, apparently, things about Paraguay. After a year in Paraguay, Nicole has lots of love for this special place, and she's here to share about it in the Tereré Talks. Nicole's friend Zoe joins her as a co-host, and they start off by catching up on the last year. What did Nicole get up to? What did she find to do for work? Where has she traveled to in South America? Why hasn't this podcast come out for months?? And most importantly, what's the update on The Expat Cats!? Next Thursday: a crash course on basic information about Paraguay. Read more about tereré here.   REVIEW On Apple Podcasts On Podchaser   CONNECT Email theexpatcast@gmail.com Instagram @theexpatcast 
Season 8, Episode 0. A new season + a new format! In this intro to the new season, Nicole shares what she's got planned for season 8. Plus, she walks you through what tereré, the drink that's inspired the name of the season, is and how you drink it (at least as far as she's learned so far!). Read more about tereré here.   REVIEW On Apple Podcasts On Podchaser On the website   CONNECT theexpatcast.com Instagram @theexpatcast 
Season 7, Episode 25. This week's guest is your host, Nicole! Nicole is from the US and lived in Germany for five and a half years. Just a couple weeks ago, she moved from Germany to Paraguay for a temporary stay. Over the course of seven months, Nicole recorded audio diaries about the move. The voice notes chronicle multiple moves, vehicle sales, paperwork stress,  figuring out how to quit a job in Germany, the oddness that is packing items to ship across an ocean, and sadness because of how a big move like this one impacts friendships. There's laughter, there's tears, there's an emptied bottle of tequila! Listen to the episode where Nicole announces her move here.   REVIEW On Apple Podcasts On Podchaser On my website   CONNECT theexpatcast.com Instagram @theexpatcast  Twitter @theexpatcast 
Season 7, Episode 24. "Last year, the world changed, and the awareness of the situation is there now. It wasn't there 10 years ago." Kateryna grew up in Kiev, Ukraine and moved to the Netherlands a decade ago to study. Before she could reflect on if she'd like to stay there longer after her degree, war broke out in her home country. But, weirdly, not many people around her knew about it or discussed it. Fast forward to 2022. By then, Kateryna had spent most of her 20s in the Netherlands and built a life for herself there. Suddenly, the war escalated, and thousands of fellow Ukranians were seeking safety abroad due to the war, including in the Netherlands. Kateryna discusses how experiencing her 20s abroad affected her, plus what it's like to be abroad as an expat versus to be abroad while feeling war.   REVIEW On Apple Podcasts On Podchaser On my website   CONNECT theexpatcast.com Instagram @theexpatcast  Twitter @theexpatcast 
Season 7, Episode 23. You might recognize her name and her voice from NPR, or National Public Radio, broadcasts across the US. Soraya grew up in the US, Iran, and Germany as the child of German and Iranian immigrants. She built an impressive career as a foreign correspondent, despite significant barriers keeping women from doing such work at the time. She persisted, and she succeeded. Soraya's career had her living for years in Afghanistan, opening up a Kabul bureau, before moving to Egypt, just months before the Arabic Spring broke out. After years of covering intense conflict and war, Soraya was eager to take a job in Berlin - but months after settling, the Russia-Ukraine war broke out for the first time. Now, she's been in Berlin for over 10 years, and she's the host of her own podcast, Common Ground Berlin. She joins us to talk about her extremely exciting life in such a wide range of fascinating places.   LINKS Common Ground Berlin   REVIEW On Apple Podcasts On Podchaser On my website   CONNECT theexpatcast.com Instagram @theexpatcast  Twitter @theexpatcast 
Season 7, Episode 22. Lindsay was living in Michigan and nearing the end of high school, so she started to look at colleges in the US. And then she had a better idea. Rather than go to a US college and study abroad for a semester or a year, why not just go to university abroad? Now, she's halfway through her degree in Utrecht in the Netherlands. Lindsay tells us all about how she got the idea in her mind to get her Bachelor's degree abroad, what it's been like in comparison to a US college, and how she's navigated relationships with family and friends back home - all while learning to be an independent adult in a country she is brand new to!   REVIEW On Apple Podcasts On Podchaser On my website   CONNECT theexpatcast.com Instagram @theexpatcast  Twitter @theexpatcast 
Season 7, Episode 21. Is there joy in life in Germany? Today's guest Priya grew up in India, lived for several years in Uganda, and now lives in Stuttgart, Germany. Priya and her German husband are raising their two small children in Germany, and focusing on family life has changed the considerations of what "joy" even means. We discuss where there was and wasn't joy in the various places she's lived. Priya shares a beautiful metaphor for how think about priorities when seeking joy. Hint: it involves one of the most popular brunch meals!   LINKS Priya's Instagram Wax & Wake BK on Instagram   REVIEW On Apple Podcasts On Podchaser On my website   CONNECT theexpatcast.com Instagram @theexpatcast  Twitter @theexpatcast 
Season 7, Episode 20. If you think of a financial planner, you might not immediately think of the resume of today's guest. Born in the USA. A stint in Moldova. A few years in France. Then Rome. Then Copenhagen. Then back to the US, to Boston and then to Denver. And now, Toulouse, France.  Kieran spent most of her 20s living in various parts of Europe, learning what she likes and doesn't like in life, in a place, in a career, and in herself. A crucial piece of advice she got over a coffee date with her boss/mentor led her to relocate to the US, where she switched career tracks to become a financial planner. Now, after establishing her career and listening to her intuition, Kieran relocated to Toulouse, France, this time in a more permanent manner. After all her moves and career shifts and opportunities, she now views future life plans or ideas in the framework of, "I wouldn't be surprised if..."   REVIEW On Apple Podcasts On Podchaser On my website   CONNECT theexpatcast.com Instagram @theexpatcast  Twitter @theexpatcast 
Season 7, Episode 19. Oscar grew up in Ecuador and moved to the USA in his early adulthood. Now, he's preparing to move to Germany with his German partner - who, funnily enough, is from Hamburg, exactly where Oscar's great-grandfather was from! Oscar fills us in on what these three countries have in common, including a surprising opinion about which countries have the least in common. Plus, there is an enthusiastic nerding out over bridges in this episode! And an exciting Q&A about life in Paraguay, where Oscar's partner once lived!   REVIEW On Apple Podcasts On Podchaser On my website   CONNECT theexpatcast.com Instagram @theexpatcast  Twitter @theexpatcast 
Season 7, Episode 18. Eleanor is a late bloomer. She moved abroad on more or less a whim in the late 1990s, when she was in her late 20s.  Eleanor was working in tech at the time, and although her initial move abroad was rather disorganized, with many misfires and much flying by the seat of her pants, by the time the tech bubble burst in the early 2000s, she was in a good position. She was living in Munich, Germany, working a steady job in web design, so she decided to stay. To bloom. When she hit her mid-30s, she changed her career and met her husband. They had their kid when she was in her early 40s. And now, Eleanor is approaching her inflection point, or the year when she'll have lived longer in Germany than in her home country (USA). And now, she's here to share the wild story with us and reflect on what it all means.   FIND ELEANOR Her Website Her blog post, "How I Became a Lifetime Expat in Germany" On Instagram @eleanormayrhofer On LinkedIn   REVIEW On Apple Podcasts On Podchaser On my website   CONNECT theexpatcast.com Instagram @theexpatcast  Twitter @theexpatcast 
Season 7, Episode 17. Kendall Long is now a resident of Germany! You may know her from her appearances on The Bachelor or Bachelor in Paradise. Now, this LA local is calling Stuttgart, Germany home, along with her fiance and their dog. Kendall has been in Germany a month or two, and she joins Nicole, a fellow US American who has been in Germany for over five years, to swap insights. Kendall shares her first impressions of Germany and asks some burning questions, and Nicole gives advice to her as a newcomer to the area.   MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE Previous episodes about Learning German and Becoming Bilingual as well Travel Germany: The Black Forest Find a tandem partner with Tandem or VHS DM pharmacy store and the brand Weleda Carsharing programs such as Grüne Flotte in Freiburg or several companies in Stuttgart World's Largest Pig Museum in Stuttgart   FIND KENDALL On Instagram @itskendalllong On TikTok @itskendalllong   REVIEW On Apple Podcasts On Podchaser On my website   CONNECT theexpatcast.com Instagram @theexpatcast  Twitter @theexpatcast 
Season 7, Episode 16. We're catching up with Austyn from Expat Hour. Austyn started her podcast while living in the Netherlands with her four kids and her husband. About two years ago, Austyn ended her podcast to focus on a new job and her family. But some big things have happened in her life since then, most notably that Austyn and her family now live in Portland, Oregon! She joins The Expat Cast to fill us in on what's been going on and what it was like to make a big international move on short notice.   FIND AUSTYN Listen to her previous appearance on The Expat Cast, The Introverted Expat On Instagram @expathour   REVIEW On Apple Podcasts On Podchaser On my website   CONNECT theexpatcast.com Instagram @theexpatcast  Twitter @theexpatcast 
Season 7, Episode 15.  In the Travel Germany series, different places across Germany are featured in interviews with expats who relocated there. Today, we learn about the Black Forest!  Jenny lived in Freiburg for 5 years, and she spent all her free time taking the train up into the Black Forest to hike, bike, and explore the area. Two years ago, she moved up to that area, and now she is truly the expert expat when it comes to the Schwarzwald! She's here to share her best tips and hidden secrets of what to explore in the Hochschwarzwald. Find a blog post with more details and links to the tips we discussed in the episode here. To listen to all the episodes in the Travel Germany series, click here.   FIND JENNY Listen to previous episodes with Jenny Language Course Visas Assimilation v. Self The Broke Expat Snacks and Toilets   REVIEW On Apple Podcasts On Podchaser On my website   CONNECT theexpatcast.com Instagram @theexpatcast  Twitter @theexpatcast 
Season 7, Episode 14. Lindsey absolutely loved her life in Zurich, Switzerland. But still, she moved back to her home country, USA. After years and years of living the best life she and her family could in the US - we're talking beautiful house, big garden, kids riding a yellow school bus to school, the whole works - she still found herself daydreaming of the walkability, work-life balance, beauty, and more of life in Switzerland. She hosted the Expat Repat podcast, where she talked to other repatriates, or repats, about their lives since relocating to their home country. Then one day, it happened. She and her family moved back to Zurich. She became an expat gone repat gone re-expat. We check in with Lindsey to hear if sliding back into her former life abroad was all she dreamed it to be, and how she made the move happen.   FIND LINDSEY Her previous episode on The Expat Cast, "Moving Back 'Home'" On Instagram Her podcast's Instagram Her blog, Swisslark   REVIEW On Apple Podcasts On Podchaser On my website   CONNECT theexpatcast.com Instagram @theexpatcast  Twitter @theexpatcast 
Season 7, Episode 13. Marlene and Nicole met and became friends in Freiburg, where Marlene was getting her master's degree in the Global Studies Program. Shortly after finishing the degree, she moved to Berlin, and from the end of the program until today, she's faced a series of serious challenges: housing insecurity, job insecurity, visa insecurity, health and mental issues, relationship difficulties, and financial problems. Plus, Marlene struggled with depression, and she also got diagnosed with ADHD. And she's one of those people who gets joy and happiness out of making someone else's day, but she lives in a country where the culture tends to be a bit more suspicious of strangers. Suffice it to say, she's been faced with plenty of problems, and then some, and she shares how she managed to push through to today, when things are starting to slowly look more stable.   4GEPADFO One last change to donate to Krisenchat Ukrainian   FIND Marlene On Instagram   REVIEW On Apple Podcasts On Podchaser On my website   CONNECT theexpatcast.com Instagram @theexpatcast  Twitter @theexpatcast 
Season 7, Episode 12. Shaun from The Germany Experience and Nicole from The Expat Cast are coming together for a special episode: a call to donate to their charity of choice this holiday season, and a big announcement from Nicole.   4GEPADFO Donate to Krisenchat Ukrainian   FIND SHAUN The Germany Experience On Instagram   REVIEW On Apple Podcasts On Podchaser On my website   CONNECT theexpatcast.com Instagram @theexpatcast  Twitter @theexpatcast 
Season 7, Episode 11. Hannah Teslin moved to Germany years ago for a relationship. When it ended, she found herself in a situation where she had to rebuild her life in Germany, but this time, for herself. Her path to independence involved plenty of trial and error, but Hannah managed to create a beautiful life for herself, now with an amazing job where she works for herself, a wonderful, supportive partner, and most importantly a fantastic group of girlfriends! In this week's episode, Hannah and Nicole focus on how to make friends abroad. Between the two of them, they've tried it all, from sports groups to events to apps. Plus, they explore how friendships abroad grow and change over time, with new jobs, new romantic partners, or even new geographical changes - and what it's like to go through a friend-breakup abroad.   4GEPADFO Donate to Krisenchat Ukrainian   FIND HANNAH Previous appearances on The Expat Cast, here and here On Instagram On TikTok   REVIEW On Apple Podcasts On Podchaser On my website   CONNECT theexpatcast.com Instagram @theexpatcast  Twitter @theexpatcast 
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Natasha Birukova

Thank you for your interesting podcast, it was a pleasure to listen. To the English school you recommended, I also want to give recommendations about the online English language school EnglishPapa http://englishpapa.com /, on the website of which you can take a free test, the first trial lesson is also held for free.

Apr 5th
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Love Ogatis

Awesome podcast😍

Jan 26th
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Gordon Eisenach

Such great insights into what it means to be an expat. I recommend this to anyone thinking about moving abroad!

Jan 9th
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Panos Mexili

This podcast is a great discovery.

Dec 19th
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Love Ogatis

thank you for this

Oct 10th
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