Hey, it's our own version of the classic Beatles song. After a long hiatus we're back making new episodes of the podcast! Alex was off on his long overdue trip to visit his family in the USA (aint Covd a bitch?). While he was there, his long absence made him see certain ordinary American things in a whole new light. This week we'll be discussing "reverse culture shock" and how living in abroad for many years can change your perspective of your own home country.
Grab some ice and a cocktail shaker, it's time to talk about drinking culture! During this week's episode we have an experienced bartender who has worked at high profile bars in the USA and Europe. She'll be joining the discussion and use her wisdom to help us tackle topics such as: the main differences in the drinking cultures of the USA and "across the pond", how bartending differs between the two continents, the art of tipping at a Berlin bar, and more! Also, to make things even more special, our guest has made us three different whiskey cocktails to enjoy while we record.
80th Episode Special Edition: In the past we've had Q & A episodes in which we answered questions from all of you about being an expat in Germany. This week, we try something completely new and ask each other questions! For the first time, Alex and I will be asking one another about topics related to our living in Germany and our lives in general. In order to give real off the cuff answers, neither of us will know what the other person will ask beforehand. What about living in Germany gives Alex the most anxiety? Why did Geoff become a filmmaker? How much does Alex really know about his home state of Rhode Island? Join us for these questions and more!
We're going back to school! During this week's episode we speak with our guest Bobbie about the differences between the education system in the USA and Germany. Bobbie, Alex's girlfriend, has herself experienced being educated in both countries. We discuss what her expectations of an American high school were and if her one year abroad in California lined up with those expectations or turned out to be different entirely. She also outlines for us the odd structure of the German school system, which includes students having to choose their career at the age of 10!
Noch einmal! The “German Shuffle” is a series of episodes in which we don’t focus on only one topic, but instead several unrelated topics. It’s a good ol’ fashioned variety show! This week’s episode will cover: baking ingredients changing from country to country, unmarried German women needing to clean doorknobs, materialism in Germany vs. the USA, and so many more!
We’re back with part two of the epic showdown between the German North and South! We were lucky enough to have Aspen (the co-host of the ‘Dating Abroadcast’ podcast) join us once again to continue our discussion of Berlin vs. Bavaria. This week we continue our comparison between two of Germany’s most popular destinations for expats, Berlin and Munich. This time around, we focus on: the different vibes of the cities, beer gardens, the reactions to Americans and the dating scenes. Let’s do this!
This week we’re talking about the new, strange, and sometimes downright cool things that we never had to do until we moved to Germany. One of the beautiful things about living abroad is being constantly surprised by new experiences - sometimes good, sometimes bad. Have you ever had to drill into solid concrete just to hang a picture? Have you ever had to tell the government your address every time you move? How about a trip to a completely nude European style sauna? We know you want to hear more, so let’s go!
You're thinking, "Q & A...again?" When we finished last week's episodes we had so many questions left over, we felt we had to keep going. The result: Questions & Answers number 3, part 2. Included are the rest of your questions about moving to Germany, living in Germany, and basically everything related to being an expat in Germany. As an American, what do Germans tend to assume about you? How hard is it to get permanent residency? What is a "radler" and why is it so hard to find in the USA? We’ll answer all these questions and more, so let's get started!
Our listeners just keep sending is questions. As good ol’ human beings, we can’t refuse to give back answers! Once again, you all sent in your questions about moving to Germany, living in Germany, and…basically everything related to being an expat in Germany. Do you need to share your table at a restaurant with complete strangers? Are Germans often falling out of windows due to a lack of screens? Can you work different types of jobs on a standard working visa? We’ll answer all these questions and more, so come along for the ride!
As Americans living in Germany for many years, there is of course plenty we love about our new home. Throughout the run of the podcast, we have spoken at length about what makes Germany so great. However, we’re the first to admit it is not a perfect country (none are). This week we present to you part two in our series about what the USA gets right and indeed does better than Germany. Wow, 50 episodes later and we’re finally releasing a sequel!