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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Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 3 days 3 hours 39 minutes


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episode 32: Carnival/Fasching in Germany: "pomp and splendor" (Nina from Germany)

It's the middle of Carnival (also known as Fasching or Fastnacht, depending on where in Germany you are). I am not a big fan of it, and so I got a real live German who IS a fan of it to come on the show and explain to me why she loves it.

We brush up on the origins of Carnival, we discuss some of the traditions around it, and Nina tells me of her memories of Carnival. Oh, and I rant about why I hate Carnival so much.....


 2020-02-17  33m

episode 31: A serial expat in Germany (Amy from Canada)

Amy is the host of The Expat Experience podcast. She has landed up in Germany after spending time in Vietnam and China, and in our interview she discusses how she's learning German, what it's like making German friends, and if she regards Germany as her final destination.

The Elbphilharmonie building in Hamburg:

Find Amy on Instagram and Facebook. Visit her website: https://www.theexpatexperience...


 2020-02-09  42m

episode 30: Motivated to adapt by painful social moments (Sindy from Hong Kong)

(This is the podcast previously known as Expat Life Germany.

In the first few years in Germany, things weren't always easy for Sindy from Hong Kong. As is the experience of many foreigners living abroad, she faced painful and difficult moments. And it was exactly these moments that drove her to not only adapt and learn the language, but also to thrive...


 2020-02-02  39m

Announcement: Renaming the show to The Germany Experience from 1 February 2020

The podcast will have a new name from 1 February 2020! Not much is going to change other than the name, so it'll still be the same show you subscribed to. Here's the announcement about why I'm renaming, and what the show will be focusing on in the future.


 2020-01-27  2m

episode 29: Classic German movies: Loriot's Pappa Ante Portas

You can learn a lot about a culture by watching its movies, which is why I've decided to start watching some classic German movies. I'll discuss why the movie I have chosen is important to German culture, whether it's a good movie for learning German from, and whether or not it's worth your time.

The first movie I am covering is Loriot's Pappa Ante Portas. Loriot was a cartoonist, a sketch comedian, and a movie maker, and he was a giant in German comedy...


 2020-01-20  24m

episode 28: SOFA status, growing a thicker skin, and tracking a stolen phone with the Polizei (Audrey & Zach from USA)

Audrey and Zach met while in the USA. When Zach, a cartographer, moved to Germany on a SOFA status (Status of Forces Agreement), they first attempted a long-distance relationship before Audrey joined him later in Germany. Take a listen to their story, which involves cuckoo clocks, a ride in the back of a German police car, and how to watch a TV show together on different continents...


 2020-01-12  59m

episode 27: Making German candy, learning German history, and growing up as a third culture kid in Bavaria (Travis J. Dow)

Travis J. Dow is a host of the History of Germany podcast (and several other podcasts, too). Originally from Oregon, USA, he spent his formative years in Bavaria, Germany. Later he moved to Prague, Czech Republic for 10 years, before moving back to USA. He's a third culture kid, history nerd, and has an affinity for Germany. I caught up with him in Hamburg to discuss his plan of learning how to make candy in Germany, as well as what it was like growing up as a third culture kid...


 2020-01-05  1h1m

FEGEPADFO Charity Challenge - Final Wrap-Up

Nicole from The Expat Cast and I went head-to-head in December 2019 to see who could raise the most donations for our chosen charities.

Together we raised 350 euros...140 euros went to Nicole's charity of choice, Women's Worth Inc., while 210 euros went to my chosen charity, Lebenshilfe in Bad Windsheim. 

I'll let you do the math (*cough* I won!) :)

Thanks to everyone who donated, and thanks to Nicole for being such a great sport...


 2020-01-03  2m

episode 26: Missing holiday traditions from home, making new traditions, and fireworks on New Year's Eve

For foreigners living in Germany, the holidays are a time that we recreate traditions from our home countries, adopt German traditions, and start new ones. I take a look at how my Christmas experience in Germany has been, and compare it to my summer South African Christmases.


Wherever you might be, and whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, something else, or nothing at all, may your holiday season be peaceful...


 2019-12-23  23m

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