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Beth comes back on the podcast to discuss how she recently found herself post-pandemic in a world that had shrunk to just her job and her family. While this isn't a bad thing, Beth was lacking a feeling of community. She also discovered that she needs to redefine her identity now that she no longer does the activities that used to define her: volleyball and fencing. Beth also helps me recap the Eurovision Song Contest 2022.Previous episodes with Beth: The 5 phases of culture shockFeeling weighed down by the pandemic, and making the trip back homeForeigner friendships, moving back home, and “F**k it” moments (Beth & Amy from the USA)JOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/theGermanyExperience Visit the official podcast website: https://thegermanyexperience.deSubscribe to the YouTube channel: https://youtube.com/c/thegermanyexperienceReview the podcast: https://thegermanyexperience.de/rate Contact me: info@thegermanyexperience.de
When Saehee, a Korean American, first moved from the States to Germany, she struggled to adjust for many different reasons.  This led to her feeling depressed and lonely. But that would all change once she started getting back to what she loves. Listen to the story of how Saehee was able to move herself beyond difficult times with the help of therapy, embracing her culture, and focusing on her love for cooking and food. Saehee's websites: Korea KonnectKosari KimchiSaehee on Instagram: @saeheechang Saehee on Facebook: Kosari KimchiI contributed to The Expat Cast episode about having children abroad: Deciding to Have Kids or Not When Living AbroadJOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/theGermanyExperience Visit the official podcast website: https://thegermanyexperience.deSubscribe to the YouTube channel: https://youtube.com/c/thegermanyexperienceReview the podcast: https://thegermanyexperience.de/rate Contact me: info@thegermanyexperience.de
It's conventional knowledge that West Germany was more liberal and progressive than East Germany. Then it stands to reason that West Germany was more accepting of gay rights. But was this really the case? Of course, these things are always very nuanced, and Samuel Clowes Huneke joins me to discuss it in detail. He's written a book called "States of Liberation", and we discuss it in our interview. We also discuss the similarities and differences between East and West Germany in terms of gay rights, we talk about some of the interesting characters that Samuel discovered during his research, and we consider the current situation in Germany.Get the book on Amazon: States of LiberationSamuel on Twitter: @schunekeSamuel's Website: http://samuelcloweshuneke.comJOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/theGermanyExperience Visit the official podcast website: https://thegermanyexperience.deSubscribe to the YouTube channel: https://youtube.com/c/thegermanyexperienceReview the podcast: https://thegermanyexperience.de/rate Contact me: info@thegermanyexperience.de
When Mei Chi arrived in Germany, she faced several challenges caused by the language and cultural barrier. Not understanding German can result in some minor inconveniences that make funny stories later on, but other misunderstandings can be more serious. All this highlighted how important it is to have help at the right time, and Mei Chi started a platform called BookaLocal. In this episode she discusses her own hardships, and also explains the purpose behind BookaLocal. BookaLocal also offers pro bono support for victims of sexual assaults in Germany, and Mei Chi shares her own experiences of this with us. BookaLocal WebsiteJOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/theGermanyExperience Visit the official podcast website: https://thegermanyexperience.deSubscribe to the YouTube channel: https://youtube.com/c/thegermanyexperienceReview the podcast: https://thegermanyexperience.de/rate Contact me: info@thegermanyexperience.de
Fadi Gaziri returns to the show to talk about writing a song for the Eurovision song contest. We talk about why we love the Eurovision song contest so much, what makes a good Eurovision song, and how countries select their entries. Listen to the end of the episode to hear Fadi's Eurovision song entry. Fadi also talks about scoring music for German TV shows and working as a musician on cruises to the Arctic and Antarctic. The book Fadi wrote: ZE GERMANS: An expat's guide to living in GermanyThe video for Fadi's Eurovision song entry: Rettermädchen ESC2022 GermanyFadi's Website: http://fadigaziri.com/The NDR documentary that Fadi scored: Was ist damals passiert? Meine KinderverschickungJOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/theGermanyExperience Visit the official podcast website: https://thegermanyexperience.deSubscribe to the YouTube channel: https://youtube.com/c/thegermanyexperienceReview the podcast: https://thegermanyexperience.de/rate Contact me: info@thegermanyexperience.de
It only took 106 episodes, but Shaun finally has a South African guest on the podcast! Rachel is a lawyer (also a first) who has only been in Germany for a few weeks. She discusses her first impressions of Germany, choosing between a corporate and a startup when she was looking for a job, and why she is leaning towards a more rural life in Germany. She also explains why winter jackets are such foreign things to people from the southern hemisphere and we marvel over her very large tea cup.Rachel on Instagram: @RachInBerlinSome links from the episode: Smile at Amazon (donate to charity with your purchases)Clarkson's FarmJOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/theGermanyExperience Visit the official podcast website: https://thegermanyexperience.deSubscribe to the YouTube channel: https://youtube.com/c/thegermanyexperienceReview the podcast: https://thegermanyexperience.de/rate Contact me: info@thegermanyexperience.de
Laura Osburn is a singer/songwriter from Canada who came to Germany in January 2020 to work on her album and play live shows – and both those plans have been derailed by COVID. We talk about her struggles to get a long-term visa for Germany, how she spent the beginning of the pandemic on an organic farm, and the difficulties she's faced with getting her album recorded. Get in touch with Laura on Instagram: @lauraosburnsongstressListen to her music on Spotify: Laura Osburn on Spotify Her Website: Laura OsburnLaura in concert: Laura Osburn live from DIE LUKE in LudwigsburgJOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/theGermanyExperience Visit the official podcast website: https://thegermanyexperience.deSubscribe to the YouTube channel: https://youtube.com/c/thegermanyexperienceReview the podcast: https://thegermanyexperience.de/rate Contact me: info@thegermanyexperience.de
Getting invited to a German's home for dinner is difficult enough, but if it happens, you're probably nearing the German's "inner circle". But how do you behave? What is good etiquette? Are there unwritten rules you need to know about? For foreigners, being a dinner guest in a German's home can feel like daunting minefield.But actually, it's really not. Allegedly German Nina joins me for this episode to take us step-by-step through being a dinner guest in a German's home, starting from getting a small gift through to how to signal that you're done eating your food.Listen to my German podcast with Nina: Die Deutsche und der Ausländer JOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/theGermanyExperience Visit the official podcast website: https://thegermanyexperience.deSubscribe to the YouTube channel: https://youtube.com/c/thegermanyexperienceReview the podcast: https://thegermanyexperience.de/rate Contact me: info@thegermanyexperience.de
Marina is from Spain and Greta is from Italy, and together they host a podcast called Buongiorno Bitch. They join me to discuss our love for podcasts, and how they can help foreigners. We also talk about how both of them ended up in Germany, and how they made friends in an old-school 2010 way.Follow Buongiorno Bitch on Instagram: @Buongiorno BitchSome of the podcasts we mentioned in the show:Just Break UpGlücklich VerkopftGreta's favorite Zeit Online podcast: Ist das normal?Spanish podcasts that Marina listens to: Estirando el Chicle and Deforme Semanal Ideal TotalConan Needs a FriendArmchair Expert with Dax ShepardStuff You Should KnowItalian podcast by former guest Carmen Romano: Crucchi o Terroni siamo tutti FannulloniJOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/theGermanyExperience Visit the official podcast website: https://thegermanyexperience.deSubscribe to the YouTube channel: https://youtube.com/c/thegermanyexperienceReview the podcast: https://thegermanyexperience.de/rate Contact me: info@thegermanyexperience.de
The 2021 charity challenge between Nicole of The Expat Cast and I is done, and we have a winner! We were able to raise a combined total of 1065€ for Kinderlachen, a charity that helps children in need. Thank you to everyone who donated for your kindness and generosity. To find out who won, take a listen to the wrap-up :)The Germany Experience will now be taking a break over the next few weeks, and will return in the last week of January. Wishing you a "guten Rutsch ins neues Jahr", and a very healthy and happy 2022!FOLLOW MY NEW PODCAST, 5 GERMAN SONGS, ON SPOTIFY:Get to know Germany through its music! In each episode, listen to five songs that define a certain aspect of Germany, along with explanations and deeper insights into the music: 5 German SongsJOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/theGermanyExperience Visit the official podcast website: https://thegermanyexperience.deSubscribe to the YouTube channel: https://youtube.com/c/thegermanyexperienceReview the podcast: https://thegermanyexperience.de/rate Contact me: info@thegermanyexperience.de
Recorded as an Instagram Live on 21 December 2021. Nicole of The Expat Cast joins me to discuss our low and high points of 2021, and to give an update on our annual charity challenge, this year called ThrEGEPADFO. I also read out the low and high points of some listeners and Instagram followers. We're also joined at one point by Lawin, host of the Pop Your Cultural Cherry podcast.GO AND DONATE IN THE GERMANY PODCASTERS' ADVENT CHARITY CHALLENGE:Nicole of The Expat Cast and I are once again competing in our annual charity challenge to see which podcast can raise the most money for our chosen cause. This year, it's Kinderlachen, which helps children across Germany who are in need or ill. The project I am supporting on focuses on  helping children who face unexpected difficulties due to serious illness, an accident or other personal circumstances.In this episode, I recite my THREGEPADFO poem as a response to Nicole's challenge!Learn more and donate here!FOLLOW MY NEW PODCAST, 5 GERMAN SONGS, ON SPOTIFY:Get to know Germany through its music! In each episode, listen to five songs that define a certain aspect of Germany, along with explanations and deeper insights into the music: 5 German SongsJOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/theGermanyExperience Visit the official podcast website: https://thegermanyexperience.deSubscribe to the YouTube channel: https://youtube.com/c/thegermanyexperienceReview the podcast: https://thegermanyexperience.de/rate Contact me: info@thegermanyexperience.de
Jeanette from the USA moved to Germany to continue her studies, and ended up in a PhD program in Aachen. She discusses her experiences making friends while studying, learning German, and her life as a PhD student in Germany. The children's book author Jeanette mentioned in her discussion: Janosch+++Send me your highs and lows of 2021! I'd love to read them on the show with a special guest next week! Send to: info@thegermanyexperience.de, or leave me a voice message on The Germany Experience (click on the microphone icon on the bottom right of your screen and follow the instructions to leave a voice mail).+++GO AND DONATE IN THE GERMANY PODCASTERS' ADVENT CHARITY CHALLENGE: Nicole of The Expat Cast and I are once again competing in our annual charity challenge to see which podcast can raise the most money for our chosen cause. This year, it's Kinderlachen, which helps children across Germany who are in need or ill. The project I am supporting on focuses on  helping children who face unexpected difficulties due to serious illness, an accident or other personal circumstances.In this episode, I recite my THREGEPADFO poem as a response to Nicole's challenge! Learn more and donate here!FOLLOW MY NEW PODCAST, 5 GERMAN SONGS, ON SPOTIFY: Get to know Germany through its music! In each episode, listen to five songs that define a certain aspect of Germany, along with explanations and deeper insights into the music: 5 German SongsJOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/theGermanyExperience Visit the official podcast website: https://thegermanyexperience.deSubscribe to the YouTube channel: https://youtube.com/c/thegermanyexperienceReview the podcast: https://thegermanyexperience.de/rate Contact me: info@thegermanyexperience.de
DONATE in the ThrEGEPADFO CHARITY CHALLENGE!It's the 100th episode of The Germany Experience!  To celebrate, I take a look at just a few of the many memorable moments I've had on the show. Including clips from the following previous episodes: Church bells and bicycles (Shannon from the USA)Bonus Episode - A German experiences the Ausländerbehörde (Nina from Germany)Leaving Germany after a decade (Natalie from the UK)Feeling weighed down by the pandemic, and making the trip back home (Beth from the USA)Ask a German (Dominik, Jürgen & Philipp from Ach?)Sparkling wine receptions, digitization, WG living, and coming to Germany on a scholarship (Alex from the USA"Was guckst du?": A 20 year love/hate relationship with Germany (Elizabeth from the USA)Do you have a favorite moment of The Germany Experience? I would love to hear it! Get in touch on social media (links below) or mail me: info@thegermanyexperience.deIt's THREGEPADFO time!Nicole of The Expat Cast and I are once again competing in our annual charity challenge to see which podcast can raise the most money for our chosen cause. This year, it's Kinderlachen, which helps children across Germany who are in need or ill. The project I am supporting on focuses on  helping children who face unexpected difficulties due to serious illness, an accident or other personal circumstances.Learn more and donate here!JOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/theGermanyExperience Visit the official podcast website: https://thegermanyexperience.deSubscribe to the YouTube channel: https://youtube.com/c/thegermanyexperienceReview the podcast: https://thegermanyexperience.de/rate Contact me: info@thegermanyexperience.de
Not every Germany experience ends with permanent residency or German citizenship. For some, the plan was never to stay for longer than a few years, or things change during the stay, or some other unforeseen occurrence (cough COVID) makes it necessary to leave. This episode focuses on the stories of three previous guests who have since left the country. I talk to them about their time in Germany, why they left, what they miss about Germany, and what their life is like now. My guests are all Canadian, and their stories are all tied together by Toronto. Here are the episodes they previously appeared on: Sarah S: Through the Eyes of a Newly-Arrived ExpatSarah C: The attraction of Munich, the versatility of “Doch!”, and environmentalism in Germany Amy: A serial expat in GermanyCheck out the Common Ground podcast: https://commongroundberlin.com/It's THREGEPADFO time!Nicole of The Expat Cast and I are once again competing in our annual charity challenge to see which podcast can raise the most money for our chosen cause. This year, it's Kinderlachen, which helps children across Germany who are in need or ill. The project I am supporting on focuses on  helping children who face unexpected difficulties due to serious illness, an accident or other personal circumstances.Learn more and donate here!JOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/theGermanyExperience Visit the official podcast website: https://thegermanyexperience.deSubscribe to the YouTube channel: https://youtube.com/c/thegermanyexperienceReview the podcast: https://thegermanyexperience.de/rate Contact me: info@thegermanyexperience.de
What can you expect in a German job interview? What's expected of you? Lisa Janz, the woman behind Job Coach Germany, joins me to explain what the five phases of a typical job interview are, and gives some insights into what interviewers are looking for. She even has some psychological tricks to boost your chances of making a positive impression.Lisa was formerly in HR , so knows the process from the inside. Nowadays, she focuses on helping people find the job that is right for them in Germany. Lisa's Website: https://www.lisajanz.com/Lisa was a previously a guest on the episode called,  What do you want from a job in Germany?It's THREGEPADFO time! Nicole of The Expat Cast and I are once again competing in our annual charity challenge to see which podcast can raise the most money for our chosen cause. This year, it's Kinderlachen, which helps children across Germany who are in need or ill. The project I am supporting on focuses on  helping children who face unexpected difficulties due to serious illness, an accident or other personal circumstances.Learn more and donate here!JOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/theGermanyExperience Visit the official podcast website: https://thegermanyexperience.deSubscribe to the YouTube channel: https://youtube.com/c/thegermanyexperienceReview the podcast: https://thegermanyexperience.de/rate Contact me: info@thegermanyexperience.de
You sent in your questions about health insurance in Germany, and this week a representative from Techniker Krankenkasse, Nina, is here to answer them.  You can also get an idea of what to expect from a health insurance fund by hearing how TK does things and what they offer. If you are considering signing up for health insurance with TK, use my link:https://thegermanyexperience.de/tkIt is an affiliate link, so if you sign up with it, you'll be helping out the podcast. The questions that Nina answers: How does health insurance work in Germany?What do I have to do if I get ill?What are the differences between Gesetzlich (statutory) and Privat (private) health insurance?Why is it so difficult to get an appointment with a specialist? Can I apply for health insurance without a German address?What are IGEL treatments?Do couples go onto the same insurance?What should foreigners expect from a health insurance provider?JOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/theGermanyExperience Visit the official podcast website: https://thegermanyexperience.deSubscribe to the YouTube channel: https://youtube.com/c/thegermanyexperienceReview the podcast: https://thegermanyexperience.de/rate Contact me: info@thegermanyexperience.de 
Elizabeth first spent time in Germany as a student, and she fell in love with the place. But, by the time her year was up, she was ready to return back home to the States. However, when she got home, she immediately started missing Germany. This began a pattern that would persist for years: Elizabeth would move to Germany, but would eventually move back to the USA again. In more recent years, though, she has wanted to make the move more permanent and has been actively searching for jobs in Germany. Elizabeth joins me to explain her 20+ years relationship with Germany, the reasons that she kept leaving Germany, the habit Germans have of staring, and bringing her dog, Fritz, with her to Germany. Find Elizabeth on Instagram: @hello.there.deutschlandJOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/theGermanyExperience Visit the official podcast website: https://thegermanyexperience.deSubscribe to the YouTube channel: https://youtube.com/c/thegermanyexperienceReview the podcast: https://thegermanyexperience.de/rate Contact me: info@thegermanyexperience.de
How educated are expat spouses? How do they feel about life in Germany? What word would they use to describe Germany? A new study  by Expats & Spouses Monitor answers these questions, and more.Back in February 2021, Amaia, originally from Spain, joined me to talk about the study that the Expats & Spouses Monitor was doing. Essentially, they wanted to look at the situation and feelings of expats and their spouses living in Germany. And now, the results are in. Amaia returns to the show to go through the results with me. One of the biggest conclusions is no surprise: Expat spouses are highly educated and have previous work experience, and they remain an untapped goldmine for Germany. Amaia also explains what they will do with this data now that they have it. The Feb 2021 episode that Amaia was on: The gender expatriation gap, trailing spouses, and the expat skill pool in Germany (Amaia from Spain)Download the report: https://www.expatsmonitor.de/the-report/To contact Expat & Spouses Monitor, or to request more detailed information from the study, go here: https://www.expatsmonitor.de/contact/Or you can mail them: hello@expatsmonitor.deJOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/theGermanyExperience Visit the official podcast website: https://thegermanyexperience.deSubscribe to the YouTube channel: https://youtube.com/c/thegermanyexperienceReview the podcast: https://thegermanyexperience.de/rate Contact me: info@thegermanyexperience.de
From new shopping habits through to being scolded by Germans, here are the answers to the questions you asked about life in Germany!The Instagram users who asked me questions:@Lilo_hlt06@Sscomstoc@Alyssa.savs@Soundinglustig@Iamgermanexpat@Theexpatcast@Beagle_Vanlife@Theadventuresofsteffi@lisa_janz_jobcoachgermany@almondsandsunsetJOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/theGermanyExperience Visit the official podcast website: https://thegermanyexperience.deSubscribe to the YouTube channel: https://youtube.com/c/thegermanyexperienceReview the podcast: https://thegermanyexperience.de/rate Contact me: info@thegermanyexperience.de
What's it like working in tech in Germany? What do foreigners need to know about finding a tech job in Germany?  Yotzín, from Mexico, joins me to answer these questions and discuss his experiences working in the tech field in Germany. We cover the Blue Card visa, changing tech jobs, and understanding the job market. Yotzin on Instagram: @yotzincortezMy recent guest podcast appearances:The Expat Cast: A South African, a Filipino,& an American Walk into a Bakery... with Shaun & LawinThe Canadian Wants To Know: Chat with a South AfricanSEND ME YOUR QUESTIONS!I need your questions about Germany, or me and my experiences here, for a live Q&A session I will be doing next week. Send them to info@thegermanyexperience.de, or go to thegermanyexperience.de/contactI'm also looking for any questions you might have about German health insurance for a future episode.JOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/theGermanyExperience Visit the official podcast website: https://thegermanyexperience.deSubscribe to the YouTube channel: https://youtube.com/c/thegermanyexperienceReview the podcast: https://thegermanyexperience.de/rate Contact me: info@thegermanyexperience.de
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Antje Brands

Hello, I have a suggestion for a new guest. Antoinette, the host of the you tube channel Antoinette Emily is from New Zealand living in Germany for quite a long time now. I am not sure, perhaps she has already been on your show. Liebe Grüße Antje

May 24th
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Antje Brands

It is nice to be a Preuss, It is higher to be a Bayer But the highest rank is to be an Underfrank.

May 18th
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