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Meet the Expats

In Meet the Expats you will hear stories from expats all over the world as they share their motivations, challenges and unique experiences in the new place they have decided to call home, for a few years, months or a lifetime. 🌍 From making new friends, and dating, to kids and looking for a new job, these expats will share how they got through the challenges of moving their lives to a new country, their top secret addresses and favorite spots we all wish we had when we settled into a new city. ✈️ Tune in every second wednesday to discover a new portrait, interview and city ❤️ Follow on insta: @meettheexpats Enquiries at If you want to contribute, tips against shout outs can be made through Tipee ( 


Meet Terry: Expat adventures in Africa
Meet Terry,Who initially moved abroad to understand her ancestors past, she fell in love with travelling and followed her husband throughout his postings in Africa in the midst of the AIDS pandemic.In this episode, she shares:What life in Africa was like in the 90sHow she adapted to the different cultures and made friendsLife with young children abroadThe many adventures and lessons life abroad has taught herYou can find more of her stories in her latest book: Circling Home, What I learned by living elsewhereHer recommendations:🇨🇭in SwitzerlandCafé du Soleil in Geneva for fonduePerle du lac Diner Cruise 🇹🇿 ZanzibarTembo House HotelBlue Oyster Inn Her song by Karolina by Awilo
30:38 1/17/24
Meet Jessica: building and maintaining relationships as an expat
Meet Jessica, Life and career coach, Jessica is an expat living in Dubaï. After several years spent in Spain, in the hospitality industry, she met her now husband and moved to Dubaï together. In this episode she shares  - the decision process to move to Dubaï with her partner, how this was a joint and timely decision that served both of them - how to maintain and nurture long distance relationships with loved ones - how to network in Dubaï Her recommendations include : Attiko, restaurant for beautiful views and wonderful food Her song, by Coldplay x Chainsmokers Something just like this  For 20% off the first month of your Lingoda subscription, use this link: the promo code EXPATS If you want to contribute to the podcast, check out this page:
30:28 12/13/23
Meet Carlos: battling depression with a new life in Germany
Meet Carlos Baker, Artist, and author, he shares his atypical life starting with a life changing childhood. We then move on to his struggle with depression and how moving to Germany with his wife and children was the change he needed. With this move came a new lifestyle, as he became a stay at home dad looking after his 4 four children. In the small town of Minden and surroundings, he recommends: - Paradiso italian  restaurant 🍝 - Schafers brot  bakery for bread rolls 🍞 And surprisingly his expat song is Sponge Bob
35:52 11/22/23
Meet Lucy: making her way to Canada
Meet Lucy Jeon, Korean young woman, expat podcaster and founder of HeyGlobally. Early on, she knew deep down she wanted to live in North America, Korea was just too small and traditional for her.  In this episode learn how she worked her way over to Canada, where she now feels "comfortable" as she says. Listen as we explore: - Culture shock even though you move to a nearby country - How strangely you can feel less lonely alone abroad then in your home country - How her expectations prior to moving to a new country changed throughout the years She shares her recommendations in Singapore: Atlas, Gin Bar for fancy cocktails🍸 in Toronto: try the apple fritters 🍎 at The Fourth Man in the Fire Pizzeria Check out the beach area in Toronto Her expat breakdown song is Big girls don't cry by Fergie Listen to Lucy's podcast here: Lingoda's November 2023 👻 offer, get 20euros off with the MEETTHEEXPATS promo code, sign up here:
35:13 11/1/23
Meet Robert: a 70s' nomad settles for life in Japan
Meet Robert Norris, A conscientious Vietnam war objector and author of The Good Lord Willing and the Creek Don't Rise: Pentimento Memories of Mom and Me. In this episode he shares the stories of his travels around Europe and the world, roadtripping from France to Iran, until he decides to settle in Japan where he moves his way up from a simple teaching job on a student Visa to full-time dean and eventually retired with a pension in a small city close to Fukuoka.  His recommendations for Japan: 🐟 Log House Alaska  for smoked salmon 🎶 Road  by Takahashi George  To learn more about Robert and his books, click here 
37:27 10/11/23
Meet Ann Marie: giving back in San Miguel de Allende
Meet Ann Marie, American expat living in San Miguel de Allende, Ann Marie left on a sabbatical to test living there with her husband, years later they are still there living their dream among the artistic community. Very she quickly she got involved in the local community helping build houses with Casita Linda  and then launching Mano Amiga to empower women through microloans for their small businesses. Recently she wrote a novel The broken hummingbird   the story of an american woman moving abroad to fix her marriage and finding her new path. Tips in San Miguel de Allende: San Miguel Life: Academia Internacional de San Miguel de Allende: Atrio Restaurant No Volveré (Pedro Infante)
32:22 9/20/23
Meet the Lovers: expats go dating
Meet the lovers, In this special episode, we talk about love ❤️  and dating abroad. I interviewed 3 expats Laurie, David and Sangra at a Pitch Dating event in Paris, and they shared their dating stories; 1. Laurie, founder of 💕 Pitch Dating  tells us about this fun concept of meeting new people and what it was like dating Swedes  in London  2. David tells us about the 👻 scary dating world in Paris with mixed lines and the importance the friend circle plays when it comes to dating a REAL Parisian 3. Sadra shares the differences between dating 🇺🇸 American boys vs 🇫🇷 French boys and how things seem to go a lot faster in France, and a juicy Italian first date gone wrong  - music by talented Not The King.   - free download:
26:23 8/30/23
Meet Philippe & Anne-Mathilde: Couple in Miami
Meet Philippe & Anne-Mathilde, In this episode the french couple shares their surprises, challenges, discoveries and adventures along their first expat adventure in Miami. We explore what each other's expectations with this trip was as well as their own motivations to take the leap. Both also share their discovery of the latin culture and recommendations: - 🍸 bar: Botanico gin  in Coconut grove - 🐟 restaurant Aromas del Peru  for ceviche and gastrobar  for spanish tapas - Winwood district upcoming neighborhood - Key Biscayne beach 🎶 Songs Welcome to Miami by Will Smith  Cody Johnson Till you can't 
34:45 7/26/23
Meet Nicole: music in Malagà
Meet Nicole, An american young woman living in Malaga, Spain for the past few years. In this episode, she shares her love for latin culture and how she improved her spanish and adjusted to the slow paced life, but also a few the story behind the local traditional music Verdiales: Her recommendations: La Tranca : bar with old records El Pimpi : one of the oldest wine bars, now co-owned by Antonio Banderas Botanical Jardim  Song: Alba  by Antionio flores
34:24 7/5/23
Meet Mike: expat taxes
Meet Mike, Former expat, he has lived across the globe, and now back in Michigan is CEO of Greenback Expat Tax Services. In this special episode, he shares his experience abroad and the results of the recent 2023 Expat Trends Survey built by Greenback. The survey, conducted among over 3,200 US expats across 122 countries, provides invaluable insights into the lives and sentiments of the growing expat community. From revealing that 1 in 5 US expats are seriously considering or planning to renounce their US citizenship due to tax complexities and perceived governmental hostility to exploring the struggles expats face with government regulations, the survey results shed light on the unique challenges faced by US citizens living overseas. Interested in diving deeper into these insights? We invite you to explore the full results of the 2023 Expat Trends Survey on Greenback's website. This is a must-read for any American living or considering a move abroad. And if you need help with your expat tax situation, remember, Greenback is here to simplify the process and take the stress out of US expat taxes. Mike also shares his recommendations across the globe 🌏 ☕ Coffees in South Korea, pick your theme or animal, name it you will find one to your tast 🍣 Food in Japan, any small convenience store will actually have very fresh and good food for a bargain 🦓 His carte blanche is going on a safari in Africa to feel the magic and go back to childhood His expat song, or should I say his guilty pleasure is Baby by Justin Bieber  as a reminder of the kids singing and dancing in Tonga
33:25 6/14/23
Meet Laurel: finding her place through the library volunteers
Meet Laurel, Childrens author now based in Germany for over 10 years, she shares her arrival in the small city of Bonn and how she made her place in this little town by taking part in the things she loves: books and gardening.  Indeed she joined the library as a volunteer and very quickly became a part of the community, same by joining the shared gardens and growing her vegetables she has been able to share with experiences with both the locals and migrants of the town. Her recommendations Bar: 5 Senses Instagram: Restaurant: Früh am Dom (Cologne): Expat song: "Blessed Be Your Name" by Matt Redman  Beethoven's Für Elise --Bonn is Beethoven's birthplace and the ice cream truck plays the first line over and over. Carte blanche: Botanischer Garten (Uni Bonn) For a free copy of Trouble with Parsnips, click here:   (limited offer to 30 days)
36:10 5/31/23
Meet Fred: from Expat life to Coco Living
Meet Fred, TCK and former expat, after traveling the world for work, staying in hotels and short term rentals, he settles back in Paris and enters the real estate industry: this is the premises of Coco.  In this episode he shares how he founded  Coco Living with the wish of reinventing life in the city of Paris. Coco offers furnished apartment rentals, access to co-working spaces and events to create meaningful connections between internationals. Socialize with like-minded entrepreneurs and creatives in Paris! Try his favorite places 🥩 Le Dauphin 💃 Bonnie for a  full night out with the best views of Paris The expat song Puisque tu pars , Jean-Jaques Goldman If you want to contribute to the podcast, tips against shout outs can be made through Tipee 
23:55 5/17/23
Meet Dian: from nobel prize to kindergarden teacher in Thailand at 60
Meet Dian, Dian was a senior scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, where she contributed to the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize–winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. 🌱 After her early retirement, she decided to live the adventure abroad with her husband as english teachers. Little did they know they would end up in Thailand teaching kindergarten children! 🐥 In this episode, she shares how she approached life abroad at 60, adjusted to an entirely new work environment, to say the least, and navigated her life back in the US a year later, publishing her memoir: Kindergarten at 60  📗 Her recommendations are: Adam cafe for refreshing drinks and AC Paii restaurant in Bangkok  🎵 And her mediation song breathing in, breathing out  
31:22 4/19/23
Meet Susan: finding your sober tribe
Meet Susan, Irish expat in France for decades, Susan tells us how a love story turned her vacation in Paris into a lifetime in France ❤️ Having spent the different stages of her life abroad, she shares how she went from party Susan to motherhood and how that impacted her social life but also how drinking became a form of self-care. She gives us practical tips to be aware of our drinking habits, especially when abroad in cultures that put drinking at the center of social interactions and how to find both yourself and the tribe that fits you. Paris recommendations: - Au petit fer à cheval traditional café restaurant in the center of the Marais - Le paon qui boit: sober drinks store Song: Me too  by Megan Trainor Find Susan at: 
30:30 4/5/23
Meet Giulia: living her almost unplanned project in the US
Meet Giulia, Italian young woman, who after a first experience in India and in Colombia, decided Italy would not be for the rest of her life. So with her husband, they planned their escape together, and landed on the US early this year. In this episode, Giulia shares how for once in her life she has no plan and is letting herself live and adapt, her culture shocks and how she is growing in this new culture. Follow her adventures on her Youtube Channel The Unplaned Project  and try her recommendations - Restaurant Palo for Spanish food - Groceries: Wholefoods for organic food and Trader Joe for international Her song sang by her husband Iris   To contribute to the podcast, Tipee here 
33:20 3/8/23
Meet Gal and Maayan: sisters embracing change!
Meet Gal and Mayan 🍉 Two sisters who grew up in constant change back and forth between Israel and France and embraced this change early on, making it a part of their lifestyle and live by the motto: see everything as an opportunity, make things happen! 💪 After multiple moves throughout their adult life, they are now both settled in Paris, and running Smoozitive together, helping women live their best life abroad. Recommendations 🍺 Pub Saint Germain   🍕 Pasta fresco to get a ta ste of Italy  🍃 île de la Cité for a meditative walk Song: Look for the good by Jason Mraz  To learn more about them check out their website  
36:14 2/15/23
Meet Andrea: flying her wings across the world
Meet Andrea, From Northern Ireland, at the early age of 21, without knowing anything about the UAE, she flew off to become an air hostess at Emirates ✈️ from there, she kept on traveling and living in new countries in the UAE, but also in the US with a husband and child this time, in Australia, Japan. She is now recently back in the UK, much closer to home, but perhaps this is the most challenging move. We discover that the challenges can sometimes be things that we don't necessarily think about at first, like just having to drive everywhere can block your independence. Close to Cambridge, she shares her recommendations: 🍺 The Punter Pub  🍔 Honest burger   🧘‍♀️ Banatyne gym for  yoga and bodypump and her song, Desert Rose  by Sting to dream of the Dubaî deserts
33:30 2/1/23
Meet Mikkel: an expat building a new type of schools
Meet Mikkel, He has been travelling the world non stop for 20 years and an expat all over the globe. In this episode he shares  how he trasnformed his passion for travel into a business, while moving from country to country  how he offers an alternative schooling program both online and in brick and mortar schools, which can be a good solution for expat kids his recommendations in Panama City: Salvaje Sushi & steak with a wild show Go for a stroll on Avenida balboa  Learn more about Mikkel here , and about the school program here 
32:56 1/18/23
Meet Pauline: THE podcast host and TCK
Meet Pauline, Third Culture Kid and host of this podcast. This week I'm in the 🔥 hot seat and talk through my childhood as a french girl in Ireland and South Africa, how I moved on my own terms later on, surprisingly back to Ireland ☘️, and also my return to France after all those years, my reverse culture shock and of course, the genesis of this podcast 🎙️ I'll share some tips to get through RCS and my favorite spots in Paris ☕ Voie 15 a café  and co-working space on the green belt with lovely terrace away from all cars 🌮 Bazurto for Co lombian tapas and a fun night vibe 🔥 Le Cheval Blanc  for a fancy coffee with a view in a 5 star hotel 🎤 My good vibe song I know there's gonna be good times 
49:11 1/4/23
Meet Stephen: citizenship vs residency to live your life abroad
Meet Stephen, Who takes us to France, Paris where he has been living for over 10 years. From his experience of moving he shares his tips before a move: choosing the best country  knowing language will factor in making friends can take longer in some countries learn if residency or citizenship is the best for you And his parisian recommendations: ☕ Cafe Pure for a casual parisian café 🍲 The Hood for fusion food 🌳 La promenade plantée for a stroll in the city And his song is the opening music and scene to Midnight in Paris  for a stroll in the city Check out Stephens courses for your dream life abroad here and get an extra free consultation call with him.
40:55 12/7/22
Meet Faiza: anchoring friendships in Hong Kong
Meet Faiza, Pakistani serial expat. Despite having moved her family and life several times, this last move to Hong-Kong was by far the most challenging. She explains how the Covid restrictions challenged their arrival and integration into the city. She overcame these and came to love her time in Hong Kong by: making a comfortable home building strong friendships joining local activieiities like playing Majong Recommendations in Hong Kong 🍸 Argo bar in the  Four Seasons for amazing views  🌮 Coa  bar and restaurant 🍤 Hutong Sezchua n restaurant 🍲 Punjab Club the only P akistani Michelin Star  Carte blanche go for a hike in the peak area to get city and sea views
27:01 11/23/22
Meet Vangile: learning to budget to live the nomad life
Meet Vangile, Who has been living the nomad life for years 🌎 After struggling with money trauma, she now masters her budgets and runs her own business enabling her to travel the world debt free.  In this episode she explains: - how her first travels were through cruise work - how she continues her self care journey when discovering new countries - the beauty and kindness of the strangers she has met across the world She shares recommendations in Mexico: 🌮 Vegan tacos at No Mames in La Punta,  Puerto Escondido 🍸 Cocktails overlooking the sea at Almoraduz - 🧘‍♀️ Yoga studio Marea for an Asana or Yin class 🎤 Thelma & Louise, the Ballad of lucy Jordan   Thunder by Ima gine Dragons Find and contact Vangile through:
40:11 11/2/22
Meet Fanny: Power woman with a trailing husband
Meet Fanny, Power woman, living in Indonesia. 💪 In this episode she shares how, with her husband they made the decision to settle where her career took her, even if that meant more challenges for him to integrate in the remote areas of Cameroun and Indonesia.  She also opens up about their journey of creating a family and going through the process of medically assisted fertilization as an expat. Her Indonesian recommendations: 🍹 Omlandia at the  River Deli Hotel  🍣 Sushi Tei for authen tic Japanese food  🦧 Bukit Lawang to see Orangutans And for the song: Loreena Mckennit Caravan Serai   Find Fanny Butler and her podcast Vis ta meilleure vie here 
33:11 10/19/22
Meet Lena: infusing the dutch with her culture
Meet Lena, Who left her life in Moscow to wander the world after a speed dating session. OK, it didn't quite happen like that but... she decided to move to London to start a master and after that realized she needed an international environment and went on to find a job in the Netherlands. In this episode, we discuss culture and cross-culture communications. Lena explains how she picked up parts of the dutch culture and traditions but also shared her own culture with her close ones there, and how to prepare for culture gaps! Before moving to a  new country, check the Hofstede insights to know where yo u will have the biggest gaps. her recommendations for The Hague - Patagonia beach club for a casual drink  - Millers for foo d - Go for a walk in the nearby forest to ressource and ground yourself And her expat song: 🎤 Michael Kiwanuka Love and hate  Reach Lena IG: FB: LinkedIN:
32:16 9/14/22
Meet Jennifer: Zimbabwean ballet teacher
Meet Jennifer, Zimbabwean, who to pursue her dance dreams left home at 17, and moved to the UK to study ballet and then travelled across the pond to find her new new home in Canada. In this episode she shares  her motivations to move and travel through dance as well as how writing became a form of expression and of grief for the zimbabwean life she left some insights from her poems All forgotten now  As for recommendations in Calgary, Canada: 🍹Betty Lou's Library  for some litterary cocktails 🍕Avatara fro so me vegan pizza 📚Calgary Central Library for a visit  🎤 Her expat song take you to the wild with Scatterlings of Africa  by Johnny Clegg
29:18 7/13/22
Meet Sam: the struggle to find work in the USA
Meet Sambridhi, A young Nepalese who moved to Colorado to pursue university. After graduating she decided to find a job in the US to continue her life there, little did she know how difficult it would be when you need VISA sponsorship. In this episode she talks us through: Her culture shocks 🤯 The requirements for international postgrads to stay in the country 🌎 Her tips in Colorado 🏜️ Her expat song: Françoise Hardy Comment te dire adieu 🎤
31:15 5/25/22
Meet Christine: moving with intention and purpose
Meet Christine, Podcast host of Flourish in Foreign. In this episode, she shares her journey to expat life in Spain, triggered by an intense hike across the country and gives us tips to Set your purpose Live your expat life with intention Learn how to slow down In Spain for 5 years now, her favorite places are: 🍹Bar: Bugalü Bar - Valencia   🌮 Restaurant: Gallo Santo  in Barcelona for Vegan Mexican food 🍦 Amma  - Barcelona for Vegan Gelato Carte blanche:  Sant Pol de Mar beach close to Barcelona And her Expat Song: John Mayer "Why Georgia"  Check out her podcast Flourish in the foreign 
38:43 4/6/22
Meet the Italians: Italy in three words
Meet my friends in Italy 🇮🇹, Well mainly Nicola, he is italian, from Salerno, and has lived in Milan but now lives in Dublin, with Ann, who is Belgian but has lived in Milan, and Youma, french living in Dublin but just as in love with Italy as I am. Travelling through Italy for a month I wanted to get different perspectives on the country, in this episode we talk about culture, traditions, the food of course and the work opportunities.  For some food 🍕recommendations, Ann has your back with Ristorante Sant'Eustorgio 
30:59 1/26/22
Meet Florence: Expat Wife, Happy Life!
Meet Florence, Serial expat for 25 years, currently living in Dubaï she recently published Expat wife Happy life, a practical book to live your best expat life. In this episode she helps us explore  the questions you need to ask yourself before agreeing to move your life to a new country the questions you need to discuss with your partner the challenges you can expect And shares the reason of her book Expat wife, Happy life !  Now living in Dubaî here are her hotspots: Shimmers  to enjoy great food on the beach Nammos  for all the Dubaï bling fun Nara  for an exclusive desert experience And her expat artist is Cesaria Evoria 
37:32 1/12/22
Meet Nifer: European and Mutlicultural
Meet Nifer, Born in Spain, from a german mother and a british father, Nifer has forever been exposed to multiple cultures which have and continue to shape her unique identity. True european and eager to move every so often, we discuss: learning multiple languages as a child adapting and understanding new countires, their cultures and societies sense of belonging Now living in Paris, she shares her favorite Parisian spots 🎷Jazz bar café Laurent  🍖 Le select  for nice celebration, try the duck 🚽The Sewers museum for a better und erstanding of how Paris became this city and her expat song is An englishman in New York
48:03 12/8/21

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