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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.
 
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It’s once again time to hit the shuffle button on your iPod! The “German Shuffle” is a series of episodes in which we focus not on one topic, but on various unrelated topics. It’s a good ol’ fashioned variety show! This week’s episode will cover: the odd obsession Germans have with white asparagus, the surprising amount of items you can carry on yo…
 
The best things come in threes, and our “cultural differences” series is no different. This week we discuss some of the many ways the USA and Germany are different in every day life. How are German prisons in contrast to those in the North America? Which country’s homes are mostly made of stone, rather than wood? What is a garbage disposal and why …
 
We’ll be honest, neither of us are what you would call, “sports fanatics”, however we have had our fair share of experiences with sports while living in Germany. Some of the most popular sports here are football (soccer), handball, hockey and even basketball. Also, did you know there are even professional leagues in Germany that play American footb…
 
AGDW fans know we love a good ol’ fashioned Q & A. You continued to send us questions, so how could we not give you answers? Once again, we asked you all to send in your questions about moving to Germany, living in Germany, and…basically everything related to being an expat in Germany. Do Germans do brunch? Is there a visible difference between Eas…
 
Well, hello again, Mr.Shuffle! This is a series of episodes in which we focus not on one topic, but a wide variety of unrelated topics. It’s a good ol’ fashioned variety show! This week’s episode will cover: getting your bicycle stolen, the German Impfpass, weird clauses in apartment contracts, buying a home in Germany, and much more!…
 
Before moving abroad to any new country there are some important things you need to take into consideration. We're not talking about physical tasks, such as submitting paperwork, apply for visas, or finding an apartment (we’ve covered these items in a different episode). Instead, we're referring to the questions every soon-to-be expat should ask th…
 
This week we discuss what it’s like to raise a child in Germany and the specifically “German” things that set the experience apart. Did you know the government will send you a monthly payment to help you with the extra costs? What is it like for your child’s German language skills to be better than yours or to be required to have the government’s a…
 
This week we discuss some of the most useful German words and phrases that can help someone who has recently moved to Germany. In particular, we will cover the phrases we had to figure out on our own and were oddly not taught to us in our language classes. We’ll explain how we came upon these German gems and in what situations they are helpful. Som…
 
We finally have a sequel to one of our most popular episodes…after 53 episodes. This week we discuss some of the many ways the USA and Germany are different in every day life. Why are you locked out of your apartment in Germany if you simply close the door? Why is the average American toilet not equipped with a toilet brush? Why does everyone in a …
 
Those who move abroad will have their own unique experience, however there are a few things all expats will share. For example, the set of questions they’ll inevitably be asked by all of their friends, family, and those they meet in their adopted homelands. This week we’ll be talking about the questions all expats are asked. How are you going to ge…
 
When a person moves abroad for a long period of time, they sometimes begin to question their identity. There's a duality that comes with considering two different countries your home. What is the answer to, “where are you from?”. How has your adopted country changed your personality, who you are and what you believe? During this week’s episode we d…
 
The “German Shuffle” is making another glorious appearance on the podcast! Love it or hate it, it’s here to stay. For the uninitiated, these are episodes in which we focus not on one topic, but several unrelated topics. Some go by quickly and some have much more “meat on the bone.” This week’s episode will cover: the maze of courtyards in German ap…
 
It’s finally here, a good ol’ fashioned Q & A! You’ve got questions and we’ve got answers. For this week’s episode we asked all of you to send in your questions about moving to Germany, living in Germany, and…basically everything related to being an expat in Germany. Can you secure an apartment before you arrive in Germany? How easy is it to find a…
 
In 2020, the world changed. We'd loved to say for the better, but it was entirely for the worse. The Covid-19 pandemic hit us all and changed life as we know it forever. How did daily life in Germany change during 2020, with all of the lockdowns, lack of social contact, closure of all entertainment venues, and the requirement of wearing masks in pu…
 
In the mood for some romance? This week we’re going to discuss what it’s like to date in Germany. What’s it like as a foreigner to have a relationship with someone from a different culture? Will the language barrier make it difficult to forge a relationship with your partner’s family? As someone from abroad, dating in Germany is at the same time en…
 
Ever had a strange roommate? This week we’re focusing on “WG” life in Germany. 'WG" is short for Wohngemeinschaft, which means a shared apartment. A great way to grow your social circle after moving to Germany is to live with some locals, but how do you begin? During this episode we’ll discuss the process of finding a room in a German apartment, th…
 
These things actually exist? This week we’re talking about strange, cool, surprising things that we did not know existed until we moved to Germany. One of the beautiful things about living abroad is being constantly surprised. We’ve come across machines, food and items that we had no idea there was a need for. Some are very useful and we wish they …
 
The AGDW podcast is back and we think the best way to start 2021 is with a classic “German Shuffle.” This is a series of episodes in which we focus not on one topic for an episode, but a wide variety of unrelated topics. It feels like a good ol’ fashioned variety show! This week’s episode will cover: the phenomenon of well trained German dogs, U.S.…
 
During this week’s episode we both look back at our move to Germany and the many years we’ve spent living in Berlin. Our goal is to find what we did wrong, what regrets we have, and how we might have done things differently, knowing what we know now. We hope our honest reflection and advice might help anyone who’s considering a move to Germany or h…
 
The title says it all! During this episode we will present to you our list of the most frustrating things about living in Germany, also known as “pet peeves.” Obviously, we enjoy living in Germany or we wouldn’t have stayed all these years. However, Germany is not perfect (who is?), and during our daily experiences we’ve come across a few things th…
 
It’s December and the holiday season is upon us! Celebrating Christmas in Germany can be a magical experience. This week’s episode will explore the German Christmas traditions that make the holiday different than what you may have experienced in the USA or elsewhere. Did you know that the act of bringing a tree indoors to celebrate Christmas was a …
 
On this edition of the “Expat Files” we interview Prayag Thakkar, an Indian living in Berlin. We will discuss his journey from Gujarat, India all the way to Germany, which in fact was the first time he ventured out of his native land. We’ll begin with a cultural misunderstanding with a German exchange student in India and then lead into his experie…
 
It’s time to introduce you all to the German Shuffle. What is it, a dance? Not quite! The German Shuffle is a new type of episode in which we will focus not on one topic the entire episode, but a wide variety of smaller unrelated topics. Over the course of making this podcast, we’ve had many ideas we wanted to talk about with you, however they were…
 
Most of us have traditions that are important to us and we try to keep alive. Some we’re taught to us by our family, some are from the culture around us and others are the traditions we create on our own. During this week’s episode we discuss which traditions from our lives in the USA we’ve continued after moving to Germany and those new traditions…
 
The Mythbusters are back! Ok, maybe it’s not the famous pair you were hoping for. Regardless, we have created part 3 of our ongoing series and we’ll be brining you more myths, stereotypes & misconceptions about Germany and its people! Do Germans really love David Hasselhoff? Is it really a big deal if you wish someone, “happy birthday” the day befo…
 
Learning a new language takes a lot of commitment and hard work. We all have such high hopes for a speedy road to fluency, but some of us unfortunately fall short. In earlier episodes, we’ve given advice on learning German and what steps we would suggest someone takes when they first arrive in the country. However, we didn’t dive deep into our pers…
 
Everyone experiences growing pains, no matter where you may have called home as a kid. This week, we’re going to look into the differences between childhood experiences in the USA and Germany. Some of the major differences include the schools, the level of independence from parents, and of course, when a teen will be able to buy their first beer! T…
 
Berlin kommt wieder! We weren’t able to cover Germany’s capital city with just one episode, so here comes a sequel. One of the reasons the city is so different than the rest of the country is the international influence from the large population of foreigners. Over 777,000 non-Germans are currently living in the city! Join us now for the second ins…
 
We're sure you've all heard of it, but what is it exactly? Oktoberfest is the world's largest Volksfest and it all started over 200 years ago as a - not so simple - wedding celebration. Today, it's a massive beer festival in which 7 million liters of the bubbly stuff is consumed over a 2 week period, mostly in September (only a few days bleed over …
 
This week's episode will focus on how expats can make connections with Germans and possibly create long lasting friendships. A lot of people who move abroad usually feel lonely and isolated when they first arrive. One of the first steps to making their new country a home is to connect with locals and find those you can spend time with. To help us, …
 
Hello Berlin! Throughout past episodes we’ve given little tastes of the city, but oddly enough, we’ve never given a full picture of the German capital. Did you know it was once just a giant swamp? This week we’ll discuss Berlin’s history, its districts, the cost of living, what makes it so special and more! This time we bit off more than we could c…
 
Lights, camera, action! This week we're talking about German media and more specifically, German film and television. The productions created within Germany have differences from their USA counterparts, however they have been improving in quality and international reach during the past decade due to online streaming. Did you know everyone living in…
 
The music scene in Berlin is legendary, especially for the unofficial punk and techno clubs that popped up around the city - East and West Berlin - during the 1970s and 1980s. Neither music style was born in Germany’s capital, however it was in Berlin that they were truly turned into movements that united the youth of Germany and helped them to exp…
 
When was the last time you got a check-up? Have you been avoiding a trip to the doctor? Fear not! This week we discuss all of the differences between visiting the doctor in Germany vs. the USA. We talk about finding an English speaking doctor, the medical offices in apartment buildings, the unusually affordable medication and more. Let’s go to the …
 
Moving abroad to any country can be a challenge. How do I find an apartment? What’s the visa process? How do I meet people? This week we discuss the do’s and the don’ts of moving to Germany. We’ve used both of our own personal experiences to create a comprehensive list, which will hopefully make your own move go much more smoothly.…
 
When you think of Germany, there are probably a few things that immediately come to mind: lederhosen, sausage, and beer. Did you know that you should also be thinking of whiskey? Over the past 30 years Germany has been building a thriving whiskey industry and now have more active distilleries than in Scotland. Yes, more than the land of Scotch! Let…
 
A low cost of living, ample green spaces and no where to pee. We've both lived in Berlin, Germany for many years - through the good times and the bad. The city has become a second home to us and we thought it'd be only natural for us to finally discuss what we believe are the best and worst things about living in Berlin.…
 
Taxi drivers not using their meters, a "free" rose that actually isn't free, and a glass of wine that costs 115 Euro? One thing that we’ll all eventually become victim to while traveling in Europe are SCAMS. This week’s episode focuses on tourist scams! We share our personal experiences being scammed and give advice on how you can avoid them altoge…
 
Running out of gas is not allowed? Speaking the wrong form of “you” might land you a ticket? This week we’re discussing weird German laws you probably didn’t know existed and even some from the USA for good measure. Alex and Geoff will also play a little game of, “guess where this law comes from.”Americans in Germany Drinking Whiskey による
 
This week by popular demand we have dived into the workplace, which might be at a big corporation or just your laptop in your living room. We discuss doing business in Germany with the focus on the main differences between being a full time employee and working as a freelancer. There are pros and cons for both, which will be illuminated with the he…
 
As Americans living in Germany for many years there is plenty we love about our new home, otherwise we wouldn’t still be here. However, after much reflection and comparison it’s obvious Germany is not perfect and there are things that the United States does a little bit better. This week’s episode focuses on the things the USA does right, which we …
 
The best way to integrate into your new community is to learn the language, but how important is knowing German? What is the best way to start the process? What mistakes did we make when we first arrived in Germany and how would we start our language learning journey differently if we could? During this week’s episode we discuss everything related …
 
Prepare yourselves for the beauty of nature. For this week's episode we'll be stepping out of the big cities and exploring the forests, mountains, and beaches of Germany. However, there’s no need to be afraid, because oddly enough, the German wilderness has very few dangerous animals.Americans in Germany Drinking Whiskey による
 
Have you ever climbed into a WWII bunker, walked through a defunct amusement park, or sunbathed next to a forgotten Prussian palace? This week we’re discussing the abandoned buildings of Berlin and the pastime of "urbexing", also known as urban exploration. Join us as we detail the history of how these buildings became abandoned and why they’re sti…
 
There’s the common myth that traveling and living abroad changes you…oh wait, it’s not a myth! In this episode we discuss the many ways we’ve changed personally after living in Germany for these many years. To learn more about the Equal Justice Initiative, please visit: https://eji.org/Americans in Germany Drinking Whiskey による
 
In this episode we decided to step back and look at things from a different perspective: the German perspective. We conducted a very interesting interview with Felicia, the host of the YouTube channel “German Girl in America”. The discussion focuses on a German’s view of the United States, including: making friends with Americans, the differences b…
 
Lager, Pilsner, Weißbier and more! You can not discuss Germany without mentioning beer. Some of the best beer in the world is made in Germany and it is a part of daily life here, whether you like it or not (hopefully you do). We discuss the history of German beer, our first experiences with it and how the beer culture differs from that in the USA.…
 
There's more to Germany than just big cities like Berlin, Munich, and Frankfurt. Join us as we "read between the lines" and take a look at the beautiful German villages that dot the countryside. We'll discuss the people, the nature...the dinosaur themed bowling alleys?Americans in Germany Drinking Whiskey による
 
Going out, grabbing beers, and maybe doing a little dance? Let's talk about going out for a good time with your friends in the evening. We'll go over bars, getting into clubs, and how to get home in the end. Grab a beer and come along with us.Americans in Germany Drinking Whiskey による
 
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