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Americans in Germany Drinking Whiskey

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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.

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.

Location:

Germany

Description:

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.

Language:

English


Episodes

Our European Travel Tips (2) - EP 90

1/5/2022
Welcome everyone to 2022! We've again shifted our focus away from Germany in order to spend some time on European travel in general. We simply couldn't fit all of our European travel tips in the last episode, so here we are with a part two. We'll also be giving our opinions on some myths about visiting Europe. More specifically, we'll cover: international driving permits, being safe while traveling alone, the do's and don't of choosing a hotel, whether or not convertible pants should be a...

Duration:00:59:12

Our European Travel Tips (1) - EP 89

12/14/2021
We've once again decided to shift our focus away from Germany and spend some time on European travel in general. This week, we'll discuss tips that'll improve your vacation to Europe and hopefully, save you some headaches. We'll also be giving our opinions on some myths about visiting Europe. Will you stand out if you wear shorts in the summer? Is travel insurance worth it? Can you really get by with only English? Join us as we tackle all of these questions and more!

Duration:01:02:18

Tips & Advice for Visiting Germany - EP 88

12/7/2021
We’re often focusing on helping people who wish to move to Germany or Europe in general, but it’s time to give more attention to our listeners that want to just be a tourist in Deutschland. This week we have a special guest on our show that'll help us give advice to those of you wanting to visit Germany - whether it's for the first, second or third time! Or perhaps, some of you expats already here simply want to explore your new home. Who is the guest, you ask? It's Mark Wolters, the host of...

Duration:00:51:37

Preserving Traditions While Abroad - EP 87

11/30/2021
While living thousands of miles away from home many of us while find ways to maintain our old traditions in our new land. This week we'll focus on the people and organisations that work to keep German culture, traditions, and language alive in the USA. Joining us is Günther Jänhl, the host of the "Hier & There" podcast produced by the Germanic-American Institute of St. Paul, Minnesota. We'll talk with him about his move to the USA and what it's like to experience American culture from an...

Duration:00:58:46

Alex & Geoff: The Showdown (2) - EP 86

11/23/2021
It's time for the both of us to once again face each other in the ring. Of course, by ring, we mean our podcasting table. This week, we again ask each other questions! 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's Geoff's favourite place in Berlin? What does Alex think was the most positive aspects of growing up...

Duration:00:53:56

Things About Germany We‘ll NEVER Get Used To - EP 85

11/16/2021
When moving abroad, you're going to encounter experiences and new cultural norms that you're not used to - there's no way to avoid it. Over time, you accept most of them and they slowly become just part of your daily routine. However, there are some things about Germany that we will both NEVER get used to! This week we discuss being away from family, the endless red tape of German bureaucracy, the lack of storage space, the feeling of never fully fitting in, and much more.

Duration:00:49:05

The German Shuffle (8) - EP 84

11/9/2021
Here's a classic that's back by popular demand! 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: bicycles riding on the sidewalk, getting married in Denmark being easier than getting married in Germany, foreigners getting a driver's license, and so many more!

Duration:01:00:25

Riding Easy: German Public Transport - EP 83

11/2/2021
Germany, along with its European neighbours, is known world wide for having a great public transportation system. It enables us all to quickly go to work, visit friends, and generally live our lives without the hassle of owning a car. Berlin has one of the best examples of public transit in Germany with hundreds of subway stations and a maze of tram and bus routes that connect almost every "A" with every "B." This week we're discussing the public transportation in Berlin. We'll focus on how...

Duration:01:09:24

Back in the U.S.S.A! - EP 82

10/26/2021
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.

Duration:01:02:15

Bars & Drinking Culture: USA vs. Germany - EP 81

9/28/2021
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...

Duration:01:08:06

Alex & Geoff: The Showdown - EP 80

9/22/2021
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...

Duration:00:58:06

School & Education: USA vs. Germany - EP 79

9/14/2021
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,...

Duration:01:00:08

The German Shuffle (7) - EP 78

9/7/2021
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!

Duration:01:03:35

Berlin vs. Bavaria: Part 2 - EP 77

8/31/2021
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...

Duration:00:59:56

Things We Never Did Until Moving to Germany - EP 76

8/24/2021
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...

Duration:01:05:26

Questions & Answers (3 - Part 2) - EP 75

8/17/2021
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?...

Duration:01:08:09

Questions & Answers (3) - EP 74

8/10/2021
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...

Duration:01:00:17

Things the USA Does Better Than Germany: Part 2 - EP 73

7/20/2021
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!

Duration:00:59:08

Our Favorite European Travel Destinations - EP 72

7/13/2021
Who doesn’t love to travel around Europe? If you say, “me”, then this episode is probably not for you. This week we discuss our favorite travel destinations in Europe. These are the places we absolutely love to visit, again and again. Between the two of us, we’ve been lucky enough to spend time in the majority of the EU, which has given us insight into which cities are a “must see.”. During this episode, we’ll not only share which places we feel warrant a visit, but we’ll also let you know...

Duration:00:56:06

Berlin vs. Bavaria - EP 71

6/29/2021
The epic showdown between the German North and South is finally here: Berlin vs. Bavaria! This week we have a fun comparison between two of Germany’s most popular destinations for expats, Berlin and Munich. The two cities not only have a large physical distance between them, but they also lie far apart in terms of their culture, food, and the daily lifestyles of their residents. If you’re having trouble deciding which city’s vibe will gel with you the best, then this is the episode for you!...

Duration:01:08:09