The first time I learned about the Kinderkunsthaus was when I was still living in the United States. I remember that I was mindlessly browsing through my Instagram feed when I saw this: a photo of kids and parents crafting together at tables covered in paper, paint bottles, scissors and glue. “Where is this place?” I thought. And got even more excited when I found out that it’s located in Munich. This art studio looked like the perfect place for my daughter who loves nothing more than messing around with glitter and glue, stamps and stickers, paint and crayons. Little did I know at that time that the Kinderkunsthaus would become much more than that: a place that also feeds MY creativity, ignites and nurtures MY curiosity, and connects ME to the creative world.
March was #trypod month – which stands for “try a pod(cast)”. Popular podcast publishers like NPR, Gimlet Media or This American Life/Serial collaborated to introduce more audiences to podcasts. They encouraged their listeners to introduce friends to their favorite podcasts while also sharing personal stories and podcast experiences on social media. Fast forward to the beginning of April and the hashtag #trypod reveals thousands of podcast recommendations on Twitter or Instagram. What a great resource!
Podcasts have been growing quickly in the past 5 years. At least on the other side of the Atlantic. In the United States it’s one in five Americans who is already listening to podcasts every month. And the numbers are continuously growing. And in Germany? According to this article at least 5% of people between the ages of 14 to 49 are listening to a podcast daily. Looks like there’s a lot of room to grow…
Why should you listen to podcasts? The reasons are manifold! To keep you entertained on long car or train rides. For distraction while you are cooking dinner or folding laundry. To learn something new and to keep up with current events. To be inspired and to make sense of the world. To hear the life stories of people who live a completely different life. But most of all: out of pure curiosity.
I promise you: there is a podcast out there for every topic that you can imagine. It’s just waiting to be discovered! Don’t know where to start? Why don’t you browse the iTunes “New & Noteworthy” section or use the search function to find podcasts about your favorite topic. Or you could also start with one of my podcast recommendations below.
Today I would like to introduce you to Dana Newman. I met Dana a couple of weeks ago at the Expat in the City fair in Munich where Dana hosted our blogger event. When I checked out her YouTube channel “Wanted Adventure”, I knew that I wanted to meet her in person and talk to her about cultural differences, the German way of life, and, of course, videos! So at the beginning of the week we met for coffee and tea at Café Lotti in Munich. The result? This inspiring interview! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
A week ago I gave a presentation at the Expat in the City Fair. My topic: The challenges of moving back to your home country. If you are interested, you can watch the video of the blogger event here. It was such a fun event! I really wish I would have had more time to visit the different booths and meet more people. Which means that I’ll definitely come back next year. With more time and less nerves… Now on to my favorite links of the week.
Have you made any plans for the weekend yet? Hopefully not! If you are living in or close to Munich and are interested in expat life (which you most likely are, if you are a regular reader of my blog…), I have a fun event tip for you. Come and join me at the Expat in the City fair at the BMW Welt in Munich on Sunday and hear me talk about the challenges of repatriation!