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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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Season 6, Episode 15. Once upon a time, two friends on a train trip to Nuremberg passed a bit of graffiti that would haunt then for years to come. Nicole & Samar have been quoting that graffiti since 2020, and now they're here to share all their thoughts about it with you. "All thinking is comparison." The phrase has come to be a moniker for discussing geographical backgrounds, diversity, and privilege. For people living abroad, the phrase gets at the new awarenesses that come with removing yourself from the water you've been swimming in and learning to function in somewhere completely new. Listen to the other episode with Samar, "The First Few Months"   This episode is sponsored by Horbach Expats. Join Horbach Expats and The Expat Cast for an event on Monday, January 17 at 19 CET all about investing in real estate for foreigners living in Germany! Sign up here.   This episode is sponsored by Lingoda. Read more and sign up for the sprint with the code EXPATCAST2022 for 20€ off!   REVIEW On Apple Podcasts On Podchaser On my website   CONNECT theexpatcast.com Instagram @theexpatcast  Twitter @theexpatcast 
Season 6, Episode 14. Moving abroad ain't easy. Now imagine moving to Germany having never been in Europe before. Speaking no word of German. With four kids. In the middle of a pandemic. And the house you move into gets flooded in a catastrophic regional weather disaster. That's what happened to Sara. She and her husband and their four young kids moved to Rheinbach for her husband's job, developing vegan cheese. They envisioned it as an exciting adventure and a great opportunity for everyone - and while it has been all the things they dreamed of, nothing has quite happened as they planned, as their new home is smack dab in the region that got horribly flooded in summer 2021.   Donate to Kinderlachen to support education grants for differently abled kids in Germany via ThrEGEPADFO!   This episode is sponsored by Horbach Expats. Join Horbach Expats and The Expat Cast for an event on Monday, January 17 at 19 CET all about investing in real estate for foreigners living in Germany! Sign up here.   This episode is sponsored by Lingoda. Read more and sign up for the sprint with the code EXPATCAST2022 for 20€ off!   REVIEW On Apple Podcasts On Podchaser On my website   CONNECT theexpatcast.com Instagram @theexpatcast  Twitter @theexpatcast 
Season 6, Episode 13. The best thing about Christmas in the US is the cheesy Christmas movies on Lifetime, Hallmark, and now even Netflix. Aspen & Nicole are two Americans in Germany who love trash movies, so we asked ourselves, do these wonderful-terrible movies exist in Germany? To find out, we watched Über Weihnachten and This Is Love. Both are German productions released on Netflix that try to itch that same scratch - or dare I say jingle those bells. How do these two movies stand up to the test? Are they good-bad, or just bad-bad? Merry Christmas & guten Rutsch / good slide into the New Year! The Expat Cast will be back January 6, 2022.   Donate to Kinderlachen to support education grants for differently abled kids in Germany via ThrEGEPADFO!   This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. Save 10% on your first month of professional therapy at BetterHelp.com/ExpatCast.   FIND ASPEN On Instagram @sassspen Our previous episode together, "Moving Abroad or Running Away?"   THE DATING ABROADCAST Subscribe on Spotify On Instagram @TheDatingAbroadcast   REVIEW On Apple Podcasts On Podchaser On my website   CONNECT theexpatcast.com Instagram @theexpatcast  Twitter @theexpatcast 
Expat Grief with Katie

Expat Grief with Katie

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Season 6, Episode 12. Grief isn't something reserved for tragedy and death. Grief has a much wider spectrum, and people living abroad have some unique challenges with some of its forms. Returning guest Katie, a US American living in Munich, Germany, has had her own (un)fair share of grief. As a licensed counselor, she's put her experience and professional knowledge to pen and paper with her new book, The New Face of Grief. We talk about scheduling a time to grieve, forcing ourselves to tell friends and family back home about our grief experiences, and avoiding avoidance while living internationally.   Donate to Kinderlachen to support education grants for differently abled kids in Germany via ThrEGEPADFO!   This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. Save 10% on your first month of professional therapy at BetterHelp.com/ExpatCast.   FIND KATIE Katie's website and resources Katie's Instagram @katie.rossler Katie' book, The New Face of Grief Katie's other The Expat Cast episode, "Counseling for Cross-Cultural Relationships"   REVIEW On Apple Podcasts On Podchaser On my website   CONNECT theexpatcast.com Instagram @theexpatcast  Twitter @theexpatcast 
Season 6, Episode 11.  In the Travel Germany series, different places across Germany are featured in interviews with expats who relocated there. Today, we learn about Wiesbaden!  Christie moved from her home of London to her husband's home of Germany and quickly fell in love with the city of Wiesbaden. Located among German wine country and in the most forested state of the country, Wiesbaden's natural charm is made even more impressive by its historic old town. Now a food and travel writer, Christie's got the best tips on where to go, what to drink, and what to eat in and around Wiesbaden! To listen to all the episodes in the Travel Germany series, click here.   Donate to Kinderlachen to support education grants for differently abled kids in Germany via ThrEGEPADFO!   FIND CHRISTIE Christie's website ASausageHasTwo Christie's Instagram @asausagehastwo Christie's Twitter @asausagehastwo   REVIEW On Apple Podcasts On Podchaser On my website   CONNECT theexpatcast.com Instagram @theexpatcast  Twitter @theexpatcast 
Season 6, Episode 10. Hey so uhhh... Are German people funny? We tackle the age-old question with Chelsea, a US American in Hamburg and a fellow lover of comedy. First, we share our favorite and least favorite German language movies and TV shows in the category "comedy." Then, we explore the stand-up scene in Germany, both via online specials and in-person shows. Finally, we turn the examination inwards as we ask, do German people find us funny?   Donate to Kinderlachen to support education grants for differently abled kids in Germany via ThrEGEPADFO!   OUR RECOMMENDATIONS Movies & TV Shows:  Fack ju Göhte, Stromberg, Tatortreiniger, Good Bye, Lenin!, Türkisch für Anfänger Comedians: Hazel Brugger,  Alicja Heldt, fellow expat Mari in Cologne TikTok accounts: Dominic, Felix, Felix's other account, Nic   FIND CHELSEA Chelseas's blog SoundingLustig Chelsea's Instagram @soundinglustig Chelsea's TikTok @soundinglustig   REVIEW On Apple Podcasts On Podchaser On my website   CONNECT theexpatcast.com Instagram @theexpatcast  Twitter @theexpatcast 
Season 6, Episode 9. Nic and Simon from the podcast "Decades from Home" come by to talk about the media landscape in Germany. Nic and Simon both moved from the UK to Germany, where they've now been living for (you guessed it) decades. They share how they find their news in Germany, compare German political reporting to it in the UK, and even get into why US news is covered with such dramatic flair in German publications. And, yeah, we mention the news story about the reappearing penis sculpture. Read more about it here.   Get ready for ThrEGEPADFO!   FIND DECADES FROM HOME Their podcast "Decades from Home" On Twitter @decadesfromhome On Instagram @decadesfromhome   FIND NIC Nic's blog 40 Percent German Nic's Twitter @40PercentGerman Nic's Instagram @40PercentGerman His first appearance on The Expat Cast in 2019, "Here & There, Then & Now"   REVIEW On Apple Podcasts On Podchaser On my website   CONNECT theexpatcast.com Instagram @theexpatcast  Twitter @theexpatcast 
Season 6, Episode 8. Let's talk about how to get mental health support when living abroad. One great thing about living in Germany is the health care - for many reasons, but notably, most public health insurances cover mental health therapy. It's a wonderful thing, but like all things in Germany, there is a lot of paperwork and bureaucracy required to find a therapist, get the therapy approved, and start the actual process. Today's guest, Julian, is from Venezuela and has been living in Germany for 5 years. In 2020, he hit a point where he needed help. He began his journey to find a therapist in his current home, Berlin. He shares why he decided to seek therapy and why it has been so valuable, over a year later. Most importantly, we get into HOW to seek therapy, from where to research doctors to who needs to sign off on the treatment and more. This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. If your insurance doesn't cover therapy or you'd prefer to have more options when choosing your therapist, BetterHelp is a fantastic alternative to going through the German healthcare system. Save 10% on your first month of professional therapy at BetterHelp.com/ExpatCast.   LINKS Therapist search function on therapie.de Look up the Kassenärztliche Vereinigung in your state, like Berlin or Baden-Württemberg, and use the doctor search function there   REVIEW On Apple Podcasts On Podchaser On my website   CONNECT theexpatcast.com Instagram @theexpatcast  Twitter @theexpatcast 
Season 6, Episode 7.  Casey and Nicole compare stories and experiences from their first trips back to the US since the arrival of the pandemic. Casey moved from the US to Germany 3 years ago. In March 2020, she had her bags packed and ready to go on her first trip back home since moving abroad... when lockdown was announced and international travel was halted due to Covid. In August 2021, she finally got to go home. This was her first time visiting since moving abroad, her first time seeing family after the pandemic hitting, and to top it all of, she was six months pregnant!   FIND CASEY On Instagram @CaseyfromCologne On Twitter @CaseyinCologne   THE DATING ABROADCAST Listen to my other podcast where my friend Aspen and I date GerMEN so you don't have to! Subscribe on Spotify On Instagram @TheDatingAbroadcast   REVIEW On Apple Podcasts On Podchaser On my website   CONNECT theexpatcast.com Instagram @theexpatcast  Twitter @theexpatcast 
Season 6, Episode 6.  To some, Julie's life might seem like she's hitting certain milestones too late. But for Julie, life is playing out right on time. She left her good, satisfying life in Scotland in her early 40s, because she was ready for a change. Love took her to Munich, Germany, where she moved in with her partner, started her own business, and had a child - all at the same time. Although it was a lot of life changes all at once, Julie embraced this opportunity to create the life she wanted. Many of her approaches were backed up by science and research - which she shares about in her work as a life coach and in various groups she started in Munich, including her Happiness Club.   FIND JULIE Her website The Happiness Club   THE DATING ABROADCAST Listen to my other podcast where my friend Aspen and I date GerMEN so you don't have to! Subscribe on Spotify On Instagram @TheDatingAbroadcast   REVIEW On Apple Podcasts On Podchaser On my website   CONNECT theexpatcast.com Instagram @theexpatcast  Twitter @theexpatcast
Season 6, Episode 5.  On a solo backpacking trip in her early 20s, Meghan visited Munich. She wasn't expecting to fall in love, but she did - with the city itself. She moved there as soon as she could, at least temporarily. But she extended her temporary stay by another couple months, then another, then another... Now, she and Munich are celebrating 14 delightful years together. Along the way, Meghan has repeatedly chosen to stay in Munich, through career changes and challenges, breakups, and more. Today, she's a wife, a mom, a teacher, and a fellow expat podcaster! She tells us all about the resilience it's taken to stick it out with her one true love, Munich. Check out the report from Expats and Spouses Monitor research project on expat partners.   FIND MEGHAN Her podcast Balancing Cultures On Instagram @BalancingCultures On Facebook @BalancingCultures On Twitter @BalancingStory   THE DATING ABROADCAST Listen to my other podcast where my friend Aspen and I date GerMEN so you don't have to! Subscribe on Spotify On Instagram @TheDatingAbroadcast   REVIEW On Apple Podcasts On Podchaser On my website   CONNECT theexpatcast.com Instagram @theexpatcast  Twitter @theexpatcast 
Season 6, Episode 4.  In the Travel Germany series, different places across Germany are featured in interviews with expats who relocated there. Today, we learn about Kiel!  Jordan Wagner takes us all the way up north near the Danish border to the city of Kiel, a harbor city that is a paradise for boat lovers. Jordan used to think she could never love anywhere like she loves southern Germany, but Kiel converted her to love the north even more. She let's us in on the things that made her fall in love with it. Not only are there great beaches and events to explore in Kiel itself - it's also a great jumping off point for so many day trips, like to Hamburg, Sylt, or even Denmark! For links to the places and restaurants mentioned, head on over to the blog. To listen to all the episodes in the Travel Germany series, click here.   This episode is sponsored by Lingoda. Read more about their upcoming sprint on the sprint with the code EXPATCAST2 for 20€ off!   FIND JORDAN On Instagram @jordanbwagner Her travel blog Wayfaring with Wagner Her blog about northern Germany Hamburg and Beyond   THE DATING ABROADCAST Listen to my other podcast where my friend Aspen and I date GerMEN so you don't have to! Subscribe on Spotify On Instagram @TheDatingAbroadcast   REVIEW On Apple Podcasts On Podchaser On my website   CONNECT theexpatcast.com Instagram @theexpatcast  Twitter @theexpatcast 
Season 6, Episode 3. Stop me if you've heard this one - a South African, a Filipino, & an American walk into a bakery... Shaun from South Africa moved to Germany 14 years ago and now runs The Germany Experience podcast. Lawin from the Philippines moved to Germany 2 years ago and now runs the Pop Your Cultural Cherry podcast. And your host Nicole moved to Germany 4 years ago and hosts, well, this podcast. The three come together to share their personal preconceived notions about Germany and the things they wish more people knew about it. Plus, they share what Germans know about their countries and the things they wish more Germans knew about their home.   This episode is sponsored by Lingoda. Read more about their upcoming sprint on the sprint with the code EXPATCAST2 for 20€ off!   FIND SHAUN Online at thegermanyexperience.de On Instagram @the.germany.experience On Twitter @GermanyXP   FIND LAWIN His podcast Pop Your Cultural Cherry On Instagram @popyourculturalcherry On Facebook @popyourculturalcherry   THE DATING ABROADCAST Listen to my other podcast where my friend Aspen and I date GerMEN so you don't have to! Subscribe on Spotify On Instagram @TheDatingAbroadcast   REVIEW On Apple Podcasts On Podchaser On my website   CONNECT theexpatcast.com Instagram @theexpatcast  Twitter @theexpatcast 
Season 6, Episode 2. You know her from her TikToks about being a Canadian in Germany, but how did Hannah Teslin become this confident expat? When Hannah moved abroad in college, it was to study abroad in Cologne - but really, she was studying there to be near a guy she'd met while traveling who lived in Hamburg. It was all too easy to slip into his world, his friendships, his activities, to depend on him to organize the logistics of their life together. Somehow, she became less of herself. Now, years later, the relationship is over, but Hannah is absolutely thriving. She shares the story of how she rediscovered not only Hamburg and Germany but herself, becoming the happy, independent lady she is today.   This episode is sponsored by Lingoda. Read more about their upcoming sprint on the sprint with the code EXPATCAST2 for 20€ off!   FIND HANNAH On her website On Instagram @travelsbyteslin Her TikTok about Culture Shocks The season 5 interview with her, "TikTok, Glühwein, & Finding Independence in Hamburg"   THE DATING ABROADCAST Subscribe on Spotify On Instagram @TheDatingAbroadcast   REVIEW On Apple Podcasts On Podchaser On my website   CONNECT theexpatcast.com Instagram @theexpatcast  Twitter @theexpatcast 
Season 6, Episode 1. Welcome back for Season 6! We're kicking it off with a deeper look into how Vanessa of Wander Onwards got to become the financial guru, world traveler, and awesome expat she is. From a brief stint as an undocumented person in China to meeting her husband at a beer pong tournament, Vanessa's got some crazy stories to share. She also explains how and why she got serious about paying off her over $100,000 in debt - including personal finance tips you can implement right away - while still living abroad and traveling the globe.   This episode is sponsored by Lingoda. Read more about their upcoming sprint on the blog and sign up for the sprint with the code EXPATCAST2 for 20€ off!   FIND VANESSA Her Website wanderonwards.co On Instagram @WanderOnwards On TikTok @WanderOnwards Her upcoming event, "How to Pivot into Tech from Any Industry"   THE DATING ABROADCAST Subscribe on Spotify On Instagram @TheDatingAbroadcast   REVIEW On Apple Podcasts On Podchaser On my website   CONNECT theexpatcast.com Instagram @theexpatcast  Twitter @theexpatcast 
Season 5, Episode 25. Cheers to 3 years of The Expat Cast, 125 episodes, 5 seasons! This season finale, we're marking the occasion by diving into a touchy topic: I collected your stories of times German people of authority have made you cry. It happened at the foreigner's office, in banks, in doctor's offices, at the customs office, on the train. It happened, surprisingly, far more in bigger cities and towns than smaller towns and villages. It happened even to people who speak fluent German. We hear your stories, try to identify some patterns, and above all, provide tips and coping mechanisms. This episode is a conversation starter, a window into our experience, and a set of ideas and tools for fellow foreigners preparing to experience upsetting moments like this themselves. This episode is a continuation of the theme presented in the earlier episode Times German Authority Figures Have Made Us Cry.   This episode is sponsored by Horbach Expats. Join Horbach Expats and The Expat Cast for an event on Thursday, July 1 at 19 CET all about financial planning for US Americans living in Germany! Register here. This episode is sponsored by Lingoda. Read more about them on the blog or sign up for the sprint with the code EXPATCAST1 for 20€ off!   CONTRIBUTORS Andrea of @Living.Deliberately.Today Claudio of @zerowastestoriesofficial Patrick of Learnezee Madalina of Relosophy Lawin of @PopYourCulturalCherry Shaun of The Germany Experience   REVIEW On Apple Podcasts On Podchaser On my website   CONNECT theexpatcast.com Instagram @theexpatcast  Twitter @theexpatcast 
Season 5, Episode 24. Steph is a fellow expat podcaster, host of the great show Transcontinental Overload. She was born and raised in Germany, but her love for and comfort with the English language made her certain she'd one day move to London. She did, and the classic thing happened: one year abroad turned into a lifetime. After years in England, Steph moved to Silicon Valley in California, USA. She was ready to return to her heart's home of England, but life had other plans, and it was off to Austin, Texas. Steph struggled to accept that move, and after a couple years of trying, she relocated her family to England - only to discover that it wasn't the place she'd left, and she wasn't the person she was when she last lived there. So it was back to Austin, for now. As she looks forward to the empty nest stage of life, Steph finds herself at peace with it all - with her multinational family, with her multicultural self-identity, with the uncertainty of where she'll end up next. Because one thing she learned from a cheesy embroidered pillow has proven to be true. The grass is greenest where you water it.   Submit your stories of times German authority figures have made you cry by this Saturday, June 19! Send a voice note via theexpatcast.com including your name, location, your story, and any tips or coping strategies you have for moments like this. You'll be included in next week's season finale.   This episode is sponsored by Horbach Expats. Join Horbach Expats and The Expat Cast for an event on Thursday, July 1 at 19 CET all about financial planning for US Americans living in Germany! Register here. This episode is sponsored by Lingoda. Read more about them on the blog or sign up for the sprint with the code EXPATCAST1 for 20€ off!   FIND STEPH Her Blog TranscontinentalOverload Her Podcast Transcontinental Overload The episode of Transcontinental Overload where I was a guest   REVIEW On Apple Podcasts On Podchaser On my website   CONNECT theexpatcast.com Instagram @theexpatcast  Twitter @theexpatcast 
Season 5, Episode 23. Steffi actually went by Stephanie until she moved from the UK to a small town in Bavarian almost two years ago. Her name isn't the only thing that has changed - Germany has made her ditch her high heels, embrace jeans for every occasion, and improve her ability to stay on top of paperwork. Steffi is a hilarious breath of fresh air, who some might know from her blog Adventures of Steffi. We talk about why she loves her small town in Bavaria so much, despite career challenges, homesickness, and of course the Corona pandemic getting in the way of spending her well-earned Euros!   This episode is sponsored by MyExpatTaxes. Use the code EXPATCAST to save 10%! This episode is sponsored by Lingoda. Read more about them on the blog or sign up for the sprint with the code EXPATCAST1 for 20€ off!   FIND STEFFI Her Blog AdventuresofSteffi.com On Instagram @TheAdventuresofSteffi   REVIEW On Apple Podcasts On Podchaser On my website   CONNECT theexpatcast.com Instagram @theexpatcast  Twitter @theexpatcast 
Season 5, Episode 22. Psychologist Gabriela Encina is here to talk to us about the unique effects life in Coronavirus Pandemic era has had on expats all over the world. We've all experienced Covid fatigue, languishing, and zoom burnout. Expats have also faced family separation, social isolation, and a harsh interruption to their integration process. Now, as numbers start to go down and many countries start to open up, it may feel like it's all sparkles and rainbows from here - and maybe it will be full of joy, but this next phase will also be hard, as we reenter society, reunite with family, and discover who our post-lockdown selves are. Gabriela walks us through all of it from a counselor's perspective, plus she gives tips on how to cope. Read "There’s a Name for the Blah You’re Feeling: It’s Called Languishing"   This episode is sponsored by MyExpatTaxes. Use the code EXPATCAST to save 10%!   FIND GABRIELA Her other appearance on The Expat Cast called Expat Loneliness Her blog article about toxic positivity Online On Instagram @gabriela.encina.psychologist   REVIEW On Apple Podcasts On Podchaser On my website   CONNECT theexpatcast.com Instagram @theexpatcast  Twitter @theexpatcast 
Season 5, Episode 21. Just about every expat in Germany can tell you a story of a time an interaction with a person of authority made them cry. While many if not most interactions go good or even well, there are unfortunately times when relating across cultures and languages goes awry and leaves you feeling disempowered, helpless, and demeaned. At worst, this might mean you don't get the medical help or the visa you need. At best, it's a negative experience that leaves you afraid of future interactions. Martina, an expat in Munich from Uruguay, has her own experiences with this, which actually inspired her to relocate her power in the situation and change her career path to make a better future for other expats. We talk about these moments that we've experienced, and we give ideas and tips on how to make situations like that go better.   This episode is sponsored by Horbach Expats. Join Horbach Expats and The Expat Cast for an event on July 1 all about financial planning for US Americans living in Germany! To suggest topics for the event, send a message via theexpatcast.com/contact.   FIND MARTINA On LinkedIn @MartinaChalarHorbachExpats   REVIEW On Apple Podcasts On Podchaser On my website   CONNECT theexpatcast.com Instagram @theexpatcast  Twitter @theexpatcast 
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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

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