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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.

The Germany Experience Shaun Behrens

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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.

    Using your own culture to integrate in Germany (Saehee from the USA)

    Using your own culture to integrate in Germany (Saehee from the USA)

    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 Konnect
    Kosari Kimchi

    Saehee on Instagram: @saeheechang
    Saehee on Facebook: Kosari Kimchi


    I contributed to The Expat Cast episode about having children abroad: Deciding to Have Kids or Not When Living Abroad


    JOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/theGermanyExperience
     Visit the official podcast website: https://thegermanyexperience.de

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     Contact me: info@thegermanyexperience.de

    • 42 Min.
    States of Liberation: gay rights and discrimination in Cold War Germany (Samuel Clowes Huneke)

    States of Liberation: gay rights and discrimination in Cold War Germany (Samuel Clowes Huneke)

    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 Liberation

    Samuel on Twitter: @schuneke

    Samuel's Website: http://samuelcloweshuneke.com

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     Contact me: info@thegermanyexperience.de

    • 40 Min.
    Language barrier problems, and overcoming the challenges involved with reporting sexual assault (Mei Chi from Hong Kong)

    Language barrier problems, and overcoming the challenges involved with reporting sexual assault (Mei Chi from Hong Kong)

    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 Website

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     Visit the official podcast website: https://thegermanyexperience.de

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    Review the podcast: https://thegermanyexperience.de/rate
     Contact me: info@thegermanyexperience.de

    • 43 Min.
    Writing a Eurovision song, and traveling to the Arctic and Antarctic (Fadi from the UK)

    Writing a Eurovision song, and traveling to the Arctic and Antarctic (Fadi from the UK)

    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 Germany

    The video for Fadi's Eurovision song entry: Rettermädchen ESC2022 Germany
    Fadi's Website: http://fadigaziri.com/

    The NDR documentary that Fadi scored: Was ist damals passiert? Meine Kinderverschickung


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     Visit the official podcast website: https://thegermanyexperience.de

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    Review the podcast: https://thegermanyexperience.de/rate
     Contact me: info@thegermanyexperience.de

    • 39 Min.
    Choosing a rural life, coming to Germany as a lawyer, and a giant tea cup (Rachel from South Africa)

    Choosing a rural life, coming to Germany as a lawyer, and a giant tea cup (Rachel from South Africa)

    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: @RachInBerlin

    Some links from the episode: 
    Smile at Amazon (donate to charity with your purchases)Clarkson's Farm
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    Review the podcast: https://thegermanyexperience.de/rate
     Contact me: info@thegermanyexperience.de

    • 45 Min.
    Visa struggles, escaping the pandemic on an organic farm, and being a musician in Germany (Laura Osburn from Canada)

    Visa struggles, escaping the pandemic on an organic farm, and being a musician in Germany (Laura Osburn from Canada)

    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: @lauraosburnsongstress
    Listen to her music on Spotify: Laura Osburn on Spotify
    Her Website: Laura Osburn
    Laura in concert: Laura Osburn live from DIE LUKE in Ludwigsburg


    JOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/theGermanyExperience
     Visit the official podcast website: https://thegermanyexperience.de

    Subscribe to the YouTube channel: https://youtube.com/c/thegermanyexperience

    Review the podcast: https://thegermanyexperience.de/rate
     Contact me: info@thegermanyexperience.de

    • 40 Min.

Kundenrezensionen

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32 Bewertungen

32 Bewertungen

Hoppersgirl ,

A wealth of knowledge and humour

I came across this podcast when I was part of the parkrun group interviewed for one of the earlier podcasts. I have become a regular listener (having never really been a podcast listener before). I have lived in Germany for 7 years and to listen to other people’s experiences and realize that I am not alone or crazy, has been wonderful. I love the humour in these podcasts, I love the sincerity, I love the sympathy and I love the honesty. Anyone who has moved to Germany or thinking of moving to Germany should have a listen.

Timothep ,

Lots of practical advices

Very lively podcast with a whole bunch of stories and practical advices. Way to go Shaun!

Mariluzb ,

Story-sharing in a fun way!

So many different stories of people with diverse backgrounds end up discovering the joys (and sometimes woes) of living in Germany.

Thanks to Shaun we get to hear and learn from them!

Hope to enjoy many more new episodes... :)

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