An immigrant in Germany (originally from South Africa). Shaun only entered the podcasting world in 2019.
I spent two nights in hospital recently, and during my stay, I recorded several audio logs about my experience. You can hear them in this bonus episode.Since I won't be able to edit the podcast while I recover, I will be putting out some 2019 episodes over the next few weeks.Thank you to everyone who has messaged me well-wishes!JOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUPVisit the official The Germany Experience website.
In order to better understand the music tastes of Germans, Craig from Scotland joins me to look at the top 10 selling musical artists in Germany. This includes German and international acts who have sold the most albums since the BVMI started certifying albums back in 1975. You can find the list on Wikipedia. To better get to know the German acts on this list, I put together a YouTube and Spotify playlist: Top German acts playlist on YouTubeTop German acts playlist on SpotifyThe bands and artists we discuss: Helene FischerMarius Müller-WesternhagenMadonnaQueenDie Toten HosenRolf ZuckowskiPhil CollinsPeter MaffayHerbert GrönemeyerWe also discuss Craig's path to Germany, and he gives us some of his own recommendations of German bands you should check out: Raindance KidJonas KünnerChildren of BoredomM and the CongregationSubscribe to Craig's podcast:On AppleOn SpotifyFollow Craig on Instagram and Facebook. JOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUPVisit the official The Germany Experience website.
Tania was born in Kenya and has lived in five different African countries. After a short time in Thailand, she’s landed up in Germany, and she feels like this is somewhere she can stay for a longer time. Some of the reasons for this include feeling safer in Germany than in Kenya, and having the safety net of social help that is available in Germany. And yet, despite her contentment in Germany, her heart still belongs to Kenya. Talking with Tania, it’s clear that Kenya is still very much a part of her identity. She explains how, in her early times in Germany, she realized that she was in danger of losing her own identity as she integrated into the culture, and that she looked for ways to stay true to her roots. One way she does this on a daily basis is by giving back to Africa as much as possible.She does it through several projects: Swahili Secrets is a travel service where you can book tours and safaris in Kenya. Unfortunately, COVID-19 has just about stopped tourism, and so Tania now sells African-inspired accessories on the site — and gives 20% of the sales back to the community in Kenya. Bantu Sisters does eclectic interior decor, and they give back to artisans. And finally, The Kenyan Kind unites everyone with a connection to Kenya, with the goal of inspiring, connecting, and giving back. Tania talks to me about why she loves Germany, how the German directness is completely opposite to the Kenyan culture, how Germany is stress-free in many ways, and the differences between German and Kenyan people. Links to Tania African Abroad BlogSwahili Secrets Bantu SistersThe Kenyan KindLISTENER SURVEYHelp me make the podcast better by telling me what you like, what you don't like, and ideas or feedback you might have. You can stay completely anonymous - no names, no e-mail addresses. And it will take you less than 5 minutes (unless you have a LOT to say)!Take the listener surveyCITY STARLINGS' 10 PODCASTS YOU SHOULD BE  LISTENING TO IF YOU'RE AN EXPAT IN GERMANYCity Starlings put together a great list of podcasts for expats living in Germany — and The Germany Experience was featured on it! Rate the podcast: to more The Germany Experience episodes, my newsletter, and my social media: THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUP
Amy always had a dream of living in Germany, and even happened to marry someone who felt the same way. So living here has kind of been a dream come true. And generally, Amy is really happy here -- she admits that she was "right" about wanting to live here. But making friends with Germans is one aspect that has been a challenge. Amy is sociable and outgoing, and has done everything you're supposed to do to integrate yourself: take part in local events, be open, and seek out social situations. Add to this the fact the American friends she meets here always end up leaving, and it's easy to see why she feels that building a community is difficult. We discuss these difficulties with making real connections with Germans. Amy also talks about how she sometimes feels a bit "selfish" having made the decision to stay in Germany, and we cover her very controversial views on sandals and socks. Amy's blog post about things she prefers in Germany: The Ways: Part Zwei Follow Amy on Instagram: the podcast: to more The Germany Experience episodes, my newsletter, and my social media: THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUPVisit and get 10% off your first shipment by entering GERMANYXP10 when you register. 
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Nuremberg, Bayern, Germany
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