How to make an Expat Podcast
02 April, 2013 10:27
Back in 2011, we were talking about our love of podcasts. “Have you heard this American Life? Or Radio Lab?” we asked each other excitedly. We couldn't get enough, and lamented that we had yet to find an English language podcast about Berlin similar to the NPR ones we had come to love. Berlin is such a wonderful city and is brimming with interesting people with interesting stories, so we decided to make one ourselves, and Mädels with a Microphone was born.
Our dream wasn't a big one, and we didn't set out to become the next Ira
Glass (despite our jokes that we of course wanted to...). Instead, we started with an idea for an inaugural podcast. We discovered that 2011 was the 125th anniversary of Kurfürstendamm, a famous shopping street in Berlin, and we thought this would be a good first podcast, even perhaps one that might get some attention. But we didn't have a recorder, we didn't have a name, we didn't have a clue.
Expat Christmas Stories
21 December, 2012 08:16
Moving abroad presents you with a world of new experiences, but sometimes you just want to hang on to tradition. Holidays can be one of the most difficult elements to rectify between your old life and the new. We've covered the different ways holidays like Thanksgiving, Valentine's Day, Ramadan, and St.Patrick's Day may be observed by expats, but what about Christmas?
My Christmas as an expat in Berlin looks distinctly different than it did as a Seattleite. Before I moved abroad, I would get a Christmas tree and decorate the apartment early in the month. Christmas movies and songs were on heavy rotation, and gift shopping was on in full. Seattle also gets in the mood, with lights decorating the Needle and downtown, and the pigs above Pike Place Market donning Santa caps. For Christmas day, I usually left the city for my hometown and enjoyed family specialties like Candy Cane bread. Gift opening on Christmas Day was a leisurely affair, ending in a trip to the movie theatre. Not completely traditional, but for my small family of three it was perfect.
Adventures in Expat life: Airport Dating
29 November, 2012 12:59
Finding love is at the forefront for many single people, but life on
the go can leave little room for dating. A new niche dating scene has
sprung up to cater to frequent travelers or expats. CNN reports on "Airline Dating: Love at First Flight?", a new dating trend that seeks to match-up lonely travelers who'd like to find love during a layover. (More)
Date like a Local
25 October, 2012 12:29
Finding love is tricky business. It can be made even more difficult by moving abroad. Cross cultural courtship is a minefield in social etiquette. The protocols and practices of dating vary considerably from country to country, and from person to person. Relationships may be fleeting, or life-long with dating treated as recreational or a serious precursor to engagement and marriage. If you can figure out how to date and with whom, international love can be at your fingertips.
In our new series of "____ Like a Local", we provide tips to avoid the worst faux pas and an overview of standards around the world. (For more tips on fitting in, read Eat Like A Local, Talk Like a Local, Tip Like a Local, Stay Healthy like a Local and Greet Like A Local).
Eat like a Local
20 September, 2012 09:13
Moving abroad can make something as simple as eating become a challenge. Different utensils, strange foods, a foreign language, and an entirely different standard of etiquette can be a minefield for new expats. And as eating is something we - as humans - kinda have to do, it is an unavoidable obstacle.
In our new series of "____ Like a Local", we provide tips to avoid the worst faux pas and an overview of standards around the world. (For more tips on fitting in, read Talk Like a Local, Tip Like a Local, Date like a Local, Stay Healthy like a Local, and Greet Like A Local). (More)
Festivals for Fall
13 September, 2012 11:29
As the days grow shorter and cooler for those in the Northern hemisphere, you may be bemoaning the quieter days of Fall. However, these days do not need to be tame, cold, or quiet. A new season brings a new schedule of festivals and events. Some of the weirdest, wildest, and most wonderful events in the world take place this season. Here is a guide to making the coming months some of the best of the year. (More)
World Famous Expat Celebrities
18 August, 2012 11:03
There are certain people that everyone knows...or they think they know. We compiled a list of some of most famous celebrity expats. Where are they from, where did they go, and how did they end up there? Discover these celebrity's international backgrounds. (More)
Cool Down with the Top 10 Water Parks
20 July, 2012 16:52
For some of us, summer heat is reaching its zenith and all you want is to cool down. For others, summer hasn't even started and you are dreaming of a tropical paradise where you can swim, surf, and enjoy the sun.
In either case, take a look at the Top 10 Water Parks in the World! Manmade wonders of water, these parks fulfill the dreams of every kid, and every kid at heart. (More)
European Showdown: UEFA European Football Championship
08 June, 2012 09:56
Has it been too long since you heard some form of the exclamation "GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!?
You're in luck. Today is the kick-off of the UEFA European Football Championship. Called Euro 2012, this is the 14th European Championship. 16 National teams compete for the title of the best in Europe, one of the best in the world. (More)
Pancake Day around the world!
01 February, 2012 15:57
Pancake Day! Yes, it is coming. Of course you can make pancakes other days of the year, but if there is one day to choose this year, then you should pick up the 21st February 2012 (also the 2nd February when French, Belgian and Swiss celebrate La Chandeleur - Presentation of Christ in the Temple, but also Pagan feast of light). (More)