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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 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 
Season 7, Episode 10. Aditi's career has taken her from her small hometown in India to various bigger Indian cities, and even abroad to Italy, Austria, the US, and Germany. Although the moves have provided many amazing opportunities and experiences, it's also come with many a setback, including a year-long stint living at home with her parents while being unemployed. Aditi also has always worked in male-dominated fields, and she shares how her views on gender have evolved into an enlightened outlook that helps her recognize safe and unsafe spaces. Plus, her failures along the way have been her greatest moments of bravery, so she shares the importance of accepting failure and ultimately accepting yourself.   4GEPADFO Donate to Krisenchat Ukrainian   FIND ADITI Email her at ar.aaditi.sharma@gmail.com On Instagram On LinkedIn   REVIEW On Apple Podcasts On Podchaser On my website   CONNECT theexpatcast.com Instagram @theexpatcast  Twitter @theexpatcast 
Season 7, Episode 9. This one's for the love expats! The people - mostly women - who moved abroad to close the distance on a long-distance relationship, or to keep their relationship unit together after a geographical change. Zuza moved from her home country of the Czech Republic to go to Sweden. Sweden led to Uganda, which led to Italy, which led to Zambia, which led to Mongolia, and along the way, she's had her own experience with intercultural relationships. Now, she's chosen to stay put in Zambia, and she's turning her experience into resources by becoming an intercultural relationship coach. She joins the podcast to share her stories and tips about what to do and what not to do to build a healthy intercultural relationship.   4GEPADFO Donate to Krisenchat Ukrainian   FIND ZUZA Online On Instagram On YouTube   REVIEW On Apple Podcasts On Podchaser On my website   CONNECT theexpatcast.com Instagram @theexpatcast  Twitter @theexpatcast 
Season 7, Episode 8. Jo and her husband moved from the western US to Vienna, Austria about a year and a half ago. They've really made the most of their time in Europe by traveling several weekends per month, and Jo creates beautiful, fun travel content for Instagram and Tiktok. In addition to chatting about her travels, Jo - an American in Austria with limited knowledge of Germany - and Nicole - an American in Germany with limited knowledge of Austria - try to figure out how much these two neighboring countries have in common. Plus, how do two Americans abroad celebrate Thanksgiving?!   DONATE TO 4GEPADFO Krisenchat Ukranian   FIND JO Online On Instagram On TikTok   REVIEW On Apple Podcasts On Podchaser On my website   CONNECT theexpatcast.com Instagram @theexpatcast  Twitter @theexpatcast 
Season 7, Episode 7. We caught Jaedyn in a weird time: between deciding to move and actually doing the moving. Jaedyn is from Canada and has been living in Stuttgart, Germany for 4.5 years. Just when she found peace with the idea of staying in Europe long-term, she met a boy in Canada and things changed. Now, she's in her last season in Germany. Because Germany requires 3 months notice on most contracts, Jaedyn started the moving away from Germany process back in August, but she isn't actually leaving until December. We recorded this episode in October, right in the middle of the preparing-to-leave-but-not-yet-gone.   FIND JAEDYN On Instagram   REVIEW On Apple Podcasts On Podchaser On my website   CONNECT theexpatcast.com Instagram @theexpatcast  Twitter @theexpatcast 
Season 7, Episode 6. Where do you call home? For many expats, the question isn't an easy one to answer. Many places? No place at all? Keltie Maguire is a Clarity Coach who moved from Canada to Germany several years ago. She uses her professional expertise and personal experience to shed light on the sticky subject of home: how to define it, how to create it, and how to make a place feel more like it. Plus, a discussion - and a confession - about homesickness.   FIND KELTIE Her episode on the Dear Shandy podcast, "Parenthood Clarity" Online On Instagram On Facebook On LinkedIn   REVIEW On Apple Podcasts On Podchaser On my website   CONNECT theexpatcast.com Instagram @theexpatcast  Twitter @theexpatcast 
Season 7, Episode 5. "You asked, I answer!" Listeners submitted questions on Instagram for Nicole to answer, which she does with the help of her best friend and previous guest, Zoe.  Questions include: What's one thing you knew now that you wished you knew back when you moved? When did you start calling Germany home? Do you still feel like an expat, after 5 years in Freiburg? Plus, Nicole shares a little update from the road, as this episode was finished in a hotel room in Prague.   EPISODES REFERENCED Travel Germany: Nuremberg American Pride Solo Female Travel   REVIEW On Apple Podcasts On Podchaser On my website   CONNECT theexpatcast.com Instagram @theexpatcast  Twitter @theexpatcast 
Season 7, Episode 4. Laurel fell in love with Berlin on a solo trip and decided to make the big move. But it wasn't her first big move. Laurel is from Indiana but moved to LA for several years. She shares how the culture shock moving from the midwest to southern California compares to the culture shock of moving from the USA to Germany. Then, we get into her career. Laurel pivoted to tech during her 5 years in Berlin. Germany is not exactly known for being the most up-to-date with technology, so we discuss what it's like working in the field in a place where cash is still the standard and the fear of sharing your data gets in the way of modernization. Is it possible to find the golden middle between digitalization and privacy?   FIND LAUREL On Instagram @lwrocks   REVIEW On Apple Podcasts On Podchaser On my website   CONNECT theexpatcast.com Instagram @theexpatcast  Twitter @theexpatcast 
Season 7, Episode 3. Esther was finishing up law school in North Carolina when she told a colleague about her dream to live in Italy. That friend knew someone in Germany with an open position, and while Germany wasn't Italy, it was a heck of a lot closer to Italy than the USA is, so Esther applied. Within days, she had a job offer in Tübingen, Germany. She and her then-teenaged daughter moved mere months later and settled into a life abroad in Germany. Esther moved to Freiburg next, where she was a cornerstone of the international community. Now, Esther is back in her hometown of Indianapolis, Indiana. She speaks about her time teaching criminal law in Tübingen, the Freiburg era, and her decision to move back to the US - and how voicing her desires and staying flexible has led to a series of moments where everything aligns.   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.   Listen to the interview with Esther's daughter, Nyla, here: "Moving Abroad at Age 15"   REVIEW On Apple Podcasts On Podchaser On my website   CONNECT theexpatcast.com Instagram @theexpatcast  Twitter @theexpatcast 
Season 7, Episode 2. Chase never wanted to work in an office, although he works in the corporate world. From the outset, he sought jobs where he could work remotely. Back when he started about 15 years ago, that was rare, to say the least. Now, it's quickly becoming the norm. Chase has lived and traveled for years now, all while working - because he works fully remote, or "remote first." In fact, he's SUCH a remote work nerd that he has a podcast about it (About Abroad), and works for a company that specializes in it (Doist). He's on The Expat Cast to talk to Nicole - a digital nomad skeptic - about his experiences and to explore the pros and cons of this increasing trend.   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. FIND CHASE On Instagram @about.abroad On LinkedIn The Doist Blog His podcast About Abroad Nicole's appearance on his podcast, "Life in the Sunny South of Germany's Pleasantville, Freiburg"   REVIEW On Apple Podcasts On Podchaser On my website   CONNECT theexpatcast.com Instagram @theexpatcast  Twitter @theexpatcast 
Season 7, Episode 1. We are back for Season 7! Woo! We're kicking it off with a conversation about identity burps, a term coined by today's guest, Ditte. Ditte is an artist from Denmark living in Berlin after many years in Amsterdam. Though drawing is like breathing to her, a main passion of hers was dancing tango. Then she moved to Berlin, a hub for tango, and... no longer felt like dancing tango. Instead, she felt like going to clubs and dancing to electro music. What's going on?? Easy answer: It's an identity burp!   FIND DITTE On Instagram @ditteoe Drawing Walks Berlin   REVIEW On Apple Podcasts On Podchaser On my website   CONNECT theexpatcast.com Instagram @theexpatcast  Twitter @theexpatcast 
Nicole is popping by about halfway through a longer podcast break to update you on some news!   First, some life updates about travel, visits from home, and thoughts from abroad about the recent loss of the constitutional right to abortion in the US.   Then, a heads-up for fellow US Americans living abroad - The Expat Cast is collaborating with Horbach Expats to host another 4th of July special event about financial planing! Register now.   Finally, listeners in Berlin should head over to Podfest July 16 and 17 to see podfriends Idan from Unmatch Me Now and Shaun from The Germany Experience.   LINKS Register: July 4th Event with Horbach Expats, 7 pm, online Financial Planning for US Americans in Germany Podfest Berlin Episodes with Zoe about Solo Female Travel and about American Pride   REVIEW On Apple Podcasts On Podchaser On my website   CONNECT theexpatcast.com Instagram @theexpatcast  Twitter @theexpatcast 
Season 6, Episode 25. Do you want to have kids or not? How has your geography impacted this? We asked these questions to the listener community, and fellow expats, immigrants, people living abroad shared their pros and cons, their talking points, their feelings, their beliefs, their dreams. Their answers range from YES to NO to MAYBE, and they're gathered here for you. This marks the end of season six! What a gift it's been - 150 episodes and nearly 4 years of podcasting. Thank you to everyone who has formed the community of listeners, which creates a safe space for us to take on these difficult topics.   This episode is sponsored by MyExpatTaxes. Use the code EXPATCAST to save 10%!   RESOURCES Cheryl Strayed's essay, The Ghost Ship that Didn't Carry Us BeMyTravelMuse's video, How I Decided to Have Kids (Not an Easy Choice!) Edna Bonhomme's essay, Infertility Stung Me: Black Motherhood and Me SharetheLove Blog's post, Pregnancy Troubles as the Expat WantedAdventures's video, STOP ASKING ME IF I'M HAVING KIDS Balancing Stories episode, What if I Don't Want Kids? The Midnight Library by Matt Haig   GUESTS Julian, former guest for Finding Therapy in Germany Casey, former guest for Becoming Bilingual and Visiting Home Shaun from The Germany Experience, former guest for Raising a Son with Special Needs in Germany Ashley, former guest for Pregnancy in Germany and Expat Mama Meghan from Balancing Stories, former guest for Expat Resilience Stefanie, former guest for Austria v Germany and Travel Germany: Stuttgart Jorge from The Canadian Wants to Know Steffi Keltie Chase from About Abroad   REVIEW On Apple Podcasts On Podchaser On my website   CONNECT theexpatcast.com Instagram @theexpatcast  Twitter @theexpatcast 
Season 6, Episode 24. What's it like dating a German? How do I make friends as an expat? Can I get a job in Germany without knowing German? Is the rental market reallllyyyy that bad? Nicole is joined by Idan from Unmatch Me Now to get into all of these questions and more! From personal experiences and opinions to concrete resources about Kindergeld and donating blood, nothing is off the table. Thanks to all the listeners who submitted questions for this episode.   This episode is sponsored by MyExpatTaxes. Use the code EXPATCAST to save 10%!   RESOURCES The Expat Cast episodes: the initial Ask the Expat episode, the Travel Germany series, To Stay or To Go? with Katherine from Bad Days Abroad, Being Queer in Germany Unmatch Me Now episodes about dating in the queer community: Bi-Sex and the City, Slide into My DMs Like a Sexy Snail, and Everyone Have Extra Large Dicks and Other Grinder Myths Information about Kindergeld Help for refugees from Ukraine Abandoned Berlin   FIND IDAN His podcast, Unmatch Me Now On Instagram @unmatchmenow   REVIEW On Apple Podcasts On Podchaser On my website   CONNECT theexpatcast.com Instagram @theexpatcast  Twitter @theexpatcast 
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Natasha Birukova

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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

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