The Germany Experience

Life in Germany, as seen through the eyes of outsiders. Featuring the stories of foreigners who moved to Germany - either temporarily or permanently - and tips and advice for life in Germany. Get an inside view of the joys, the frustrations, and the quirks of adapting to the culture and learning German. New episodes every Wednesday.

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episode 25: Unhappy in Germany (S from India)

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Germany offers a lot of opportunities, but it's also known as a difficult country to integrate into...


 2019-12-16  53m

episode 24: The German Freelance Visa (James from

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For many people who are planning to come to Germany, the Freelance Visa might be the way to go. It allows you to provide freelance services in Germany, and you don't need an official job offer to get it. But how do you get it? And is it suitable for your goals?

I am joined by the very knowledgeable James Meads of LiveWorkGermany...


 2019-12-08  36m

episode 23: How Germany changed us (Jibran from Pakistan)

Jibran runs the Desi in Wonderland YouTube channel. He's originally from Pakistan and has been living in Germany for 5 years, so we decided to discuss how Germany has changed us. In the process, I learned a lot more than I expected about Pakistani culture. Find Jibran on Instagram and Facebook...


 2019-12-02  41m

episode 22: A Berliner, a Hamburger, a Neapolitan, and a world citizen (Liliana from Italy)

Liliana is from Naples, Italy, and has lived in Germany for 7 years. She recently got her citizenship, and discusses how that happened. We also cover her reason for choosing Germany, why she'd struggle to return to Italy, and she compares Hamburg and Berlin with Naples...


 2019-11-19  42m

episode 21: Being far from family when losing someone, making friends through team sports, and security in Germany (Rafael from Brazil)

One of my best friends in Germany, Rafael from Brazil, experienced loss when his father passed away, and talks about how he coped dealing with that being far from his family.

He's also a handball player, and he had the chance to make German friends through his love of the sport.

We also discuss learning languages, Bulgarian wedding dance traditions, and more.

Majestic handball Rafael:


 2019-11-03  42m

episode 20: Discussing German stereotypes with Nicole from The Expat Cast

Are Germans really efficient? Do they like order? Are they as punctual as everyone says they are? Nicole Palazzo, a US expat living in Germany and the host of The Expat Cast, helps me confirm or bust common stereotypes and cliches about Germans.

Discuss your opinions on these stereotypes in the Expat Life Germany Facebook group! And also: let us know of any we missed, or ones that might be common in your area of Germany...


 2019-10-20  41m

episode 19: Being an English-Speaking Writer in Germany, Bringing a Pet to Germany, and "The God Queen" (Mari from USA)

Mari is a US expat living in Germany. She's also a writer and an avid pug fan. She discusses what it's like being an English-speaking writer in Germany, her book "The God Queen", and how to bring a dog from USA into Germany...


 2019-10-12  36m

episode 18: The "Why" Has to be Right (Vlad from Romania)

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Vlad from Romania was tired of the political situation in Romania, and made the choice to move to Germany. But, unlike many Romanians who emigrate to western Europe, integration is easier for him since he's highly educated and already knows German...


 2019-10-06  37m

episode 17: Article 116 (Michael from USA)

Michael Silberman lives in the USA, but Germany is certainly intertwined with his life over there. His parents left Nazi Germany (and were stripped of their German citizenship) to start a new life in the States, and this heritage led to a fascination with Germany. Michael spent some time in Murnau am Staffelsee and Augsburg back in the 80s, when he studied German at the Goethe Institute...


 2019-09-29  31m

episode 16: parkrun Germany

The parkrun concept is simple: you turn up on a Saturday morning and you walk, jog, or run 5km. The best thing? It's free. Since it started in 2004, it has become a global phenomenon. And it's a great thing for expats, too: get out and exercise, and meet new people!

In this episode, I talk to the organizers of the Wöhrder See parkrun in Nürnberg about the concept.

The parkrun website: https://www.parkrun...


 2019-09-22  27m