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We are Geoff and Alex - two Americans living abroad in Berlin, Germany. During this series we discuss our years of experience living in Europe as expats, give advice to those who are hoping to make the move abroad and share plenty of funny stories about life in the ”land of beer and sausage.” Along the way, we test a new bottle of whiskey during each episode, because...why not?
 
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Man, we do love a good sequel! Recently, we were reading an article about the "Do's & Don'ts of Living in Germany" and felt some of the advice we were seeing didn't quite line up with our experiences living abroad. We thought, we should review some of these online postings, which lead to the birth of a new series of episodes. This week, in part two…
 
When traveling around Germany on a budget, what's one of the best ways to save money? The answer is swapping out an expensive hotel for an affordable hostel! In past episodes we've briefly mentioned hostels and how they differ from a standard accommodation, but we have yet to do a deep dive. This week, we'll do just that by thoroughly describing th…
 
We've spent a few episodes in the past describing the many options for late night fun in Berlin and Germany in general. This includes a classic German beerhall, the famous techno clubs of Berlin and the coziness of a German kneipe (pub). However, this time, things are going to get a little personal. This week, we discuss what OUR nightlife actually…
 
Recently, we were reading an article about the "Do's & Don'ts of Living in Germany" and felt some of the advice we were seeing didn't quite line up with our experiences living abroad. It made us wonder how accurate travel blogs are in general about Germany. This week we react to several different online advice blogs about moving to or living in Ger…
 
Berlin's "Ringbahn" (circle railway) is a circular public train route that surrounds Berlin's inner city area. It helps to connect the vast network of subway and above ground train lines that criss-cross the city, making transfers from one part of the city to the other much quick. However, beyond being a helpful public transit feature, it also acts…
 
Well folks, we're back, again! Unfortunately, Geoff got sick as soon as we returned from our vacation, which necessitated another short pause. However, we're back with a really fun episode about tourist destinations in Berlin and around Germany. Anytime we all travel abroad and search for what we should do during our visit, we always see the same l…
 
The boys are back in town! Having recently returned from our summer vacation, we knew we had so much to share with all of you about the experience of visiting small German villages. This episode will be a discussion about our trip to Swiss Saxony in Eastern Germany along with our time spent in a small village in North-West Brandenburg. We'll cover …
 
It's time for another shuffle...the “German Shuffle. ” This is a series of episodes in which we don’t focus on only one topic, but instead several unrelated topics about life in Germany. It’s a good ol’ fashioned variety show! This week’s episode will cover: the difference between German and American weddings, American breakfast foods that in Europ…
 
You still have questions and we still have answers. That's right, another "Q & "A episode! This week we tackle 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 "German" is Berl…
 
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 ap…
 
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 hop…
 
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, …
 
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 ta…
 
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…
 
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 nig…
 
This week, we once again are asking each other questions! Alex and I cross-examine one another about our time living in Germany and traveling abroad in general. In order to give real, off the cuff answers, neither of us will know what the other person will ask beforehand. Our answers will hopefully provide useful information to all of you listeners…
 
Anyone who has lived abroad knows that while it can be quite a fun adventure, it also has its dark side. This comes in the forms of several roadblocks put in your way, which normally you wouldn't have to deal with when living in your home country. This week, we discuss the biggest obstacles we have both encountered living abroad as expats and how w…
 
Yes, we're super slow making sequels to episodes. However, we always eventually get it done! 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 Germany is not perfect (who…
 
The German Shuffle...again...number 10. It's like an itch that keeps coming back! 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: being legally required to open your apartment windows, the consequence…
 
A few weeks ago we came across an article that detailed the growing problem of "begpacking" and after reading further we became very intrigued. The term begpacking is defined as backpackers busking or begging to fund their travels. Whilst this may sound innocent enough, the past few years has seen a steep rise in privileged travellers from wealthy …
 
This episode will be a far reaching discussion about the driving cultures of the USA and Germany. The focus won't be about large American pick up trucks vs. miniature European hatchbacks or even the quality of German cars. Instead, we will talk about the differences between the role of cars in the USA vs. Germany and how this has affected the look …
 
We finally reached our 100th episode and we couldn't be more excited! This is a one-off special edition episode in which we will detail the behind the scenes of making the AGDW podcast. We'll divulge secrets about the production, including funny stories about times when we made huge mistakes, explain the history of the show and also answer listener…
 
No country is perfect - even the largest economy in Europe. This week we are discussing what all of you would change about Germany - assuming you could do so with the snap of your fingers. To do this, we asked our listeners what was important to them and had everyone send us their answers. We'll both be reacting to what you believe would change Ger…
 
This week we'll be taking a deep dive into the Berlin nightlife seen by talking about establishments only locals tend to know about and enjoy. In the past, we've discussed the high profile bars and clubs that Berlin is famous for, but this time you could say we're going off the beaten path. However, not too far, because most of these local pubs, ca…
 
We had so much fun reading the travel stories you sent in, and were unable to fit them all into a single episode! A couple months ago we let everyone know that we were in search of funny, absurd, annoying or just plain interesting travel stories. Thank you again to everyone who took the time to send something our way. This week we are reading and r…
 
We asked and you answered. A couple months ago we let everyone know that we were in search of funny, absurd, annoying or just plain interesting travel stories. Thank you to everyone who took the time to send one in! This week we'll finally be reading and reacting to your travel stories for the first time. These will include: ending up in England's …
 
If you're feeling the need for speed, you need to get yourself into a solidly built German car and out onto the Autobahn! You've probably already heard about the lack of speed limits, but there's so much more to learn about the German highway system and what it's like taking a road trip through the beautiful country side. But, before we start, did …
 
You can never have too much of a good thing, right? 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: the horror of German fairy tales, trash cans that will literally hold your beer, owning a dog in Ger…
 
We all love trilogies, right? For the third time, we've again shifted our focus away from Germany in order to spend some time on European travel in general! There's just too many tips and tricks to be contained in just one episode. We'll of course also be giving our opinions on some myths about visiting Europe. We'll be going over: why you should s…
 
We're all floating through this life trying to make connections with other people. Is it easier in some places, than it is in others? This week we open up a discussion on friendliness! Fresh off of my trip to the USA, I was was again struck by how open and friendly Americans are with complete strangers. This grew into a wider discussion with Alex o…
 
Mother f*$king John Denver strikes again. Except this time, instead of going back home to the country roads of Virginia, Geoff went home to the west coast of the USA to finally visit his family after 2 long years away! While he was there, his long absence made him see certain ordinary American things in a whole new light. This week we'll again be d…
 
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: intern…
 
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 …
 
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…
 
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-Amer…
 
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…
 
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 famil…
 
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…
 
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 tra…
 
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 "r…
 
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 "acro…
 
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. …
 
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 Californi…
 
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,…
 
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 Muni…
 
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 …
 
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,…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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 …
 
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