We are Geoff and Alex - two Americans living abroad in Berlin, Germany. We will discuss our years of experience living in Europe as expats, give advice to those who are hoping to make a move abroad and share plenty of funny stories that will help give insights into life here in the land of beer and sausage. Along the way, we will test a new bottle of whiskey in each episode because…whiskey.
Questions for a German: Featuring Feli From Germany - EP 112
Welcome to our first instalment of “Questions For a German." These are the questions we’ve all wanted to ask about Germany, and more specifically. why Germans are the way they are. Of course, to do this properly, we need an actual German to speak with! Who's better than Felicia from the popular YouTube channel "Feli From Germany." During her 3rd appearance on the podcast, we ask her about how it feels to "always be the bad guys in movies", why towels are appropriate for reserving beach chairs, absurdly cheap German wine, and much more!
Feli from Germany YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/FelifromGermany
Understanding Train Station Podcast: https://www.youtube.com/understandingtrainstation
Questions & Answers (4) - EP 111
It looks like the questions keep on coming. That's alright with us since it means the return of our favorite kind of episode - questions and answers! This week we answer more listener queries about living in Germany, traveling around Europe and the podcast production. In the end, it all adds up to a lot of great information and advice that will hopefully interest everyone. For example, how do you deal with the embarrassment of hanging out with a group of Germans who are forced to speak English just for your benefit? What's the best thing about having a German partner? Are Canadians in Germany treated better than Americans? We’ll answer all these questions and more, so let's get started!
The German Shuffle (11) - EP 110
Looks like someone pulled their dusty iPod out of the drawer! It's time for another "Shuffle." 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: German train etiquette, Judgemental dance club policies, why some Germans break plates for good luck and more!
Having Visitors While Living Abroad - EP 109
One of the perks of living abroad in a big international city like Berlin is that it gives your friends and family an extra reason to come visit you! Having visitors from back home can be extremely fun, but in certain ways also nerve racking, especially if it's their first time visiting the new city or country you now call home. This week, we'll talk about how important we feel it is to show off Berlin to our guests, what activities we normally do with them, and the stressful side of having someone's vacation "in your hands."
Everyday Trivial Tasks Expats Find Difficult - EP 108
No one ever said moving to a new country would be easy. You deal with the visa application process, attempt to find a job, and encounter culture shock on a daily basis. However, many people might not be aware of the many every day trivial tasks that give expats anxiety and stress. These might be things that in your home country you would do without thinking twice, yet suddenly, they require a lot of thought and even help from others to accomplish. Join us this week as we talk about the tasks that expats find surprisingly difficult to do, such as talking on the phone, going to the doctor, or even just showing someone their ID!
German Beer: The Sequel - EP 107
Lager, Pilsner, Weißbier and more! You can not discuss Germany without mentioning beer. It's been 90 episodes since we talked with you about the history of German beer and the part it plays in daily life living in Deutschland. However, this week we dive deeper into the different types of places it is consumed, such as beer gardens, spätis (late night convenience stores), public parks, and beyond. During the first episode on beer, we focused more on the what, and now in the sequel we focus on the where, how, and why!
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My husband and I moved to Berlin 3 weeks ago from Washington, DC. We decided to move to Germany about 8 months ago and since then I have been soaking up everything i can about being an expat. I only found the podcast about a month ago and have since listened to a large chunk of episodes. The podcast is not only incredibly entertaining and engaging but also gives some awesome tips for anyone who might be transitioning to Germany. As someone who has listened to a number of podcasts about being an expat, this provides a fresh perspective and unique insights often missed by most of the others.
5 stars all the way
An Australian in Germany here since January- I listen to your podcast religiously and have been listening to it for about a year now. Some things I totally understand and agree with, other things you have educated me on. Some things I do disagree with you as being located in Frankfurt, there are obviously differences between the cities. I don’t think there hasn’t a week passed that I haven’t laughed for one reason or another. I must confess though whiskey doesn’t interest me so I do skip through the whiskey reviews for the actual content!
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