All posts by: Claudia Koestler

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I, Claudia: Yes We Cannabis

We’re tackling the buzzworthy topic of cannabis legalization in Germany. Grab your preferred chill beverage and join Claudia! Cannabis in Germany has a long history, from its hemp heyday in...
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I, Claudia: Gift Giving – Oh, You Shouldn’t Have

In the world of gift-giving, tales of the unexpected abound. From mysterious boxes that promise the world but deliver only disappointment to DIY disasters crafted with love (and lots of...
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I, Claudia: A Eurovision of Americans

Claudia Koestler humorously explores cultural quirks Europeans find peculiar about Americans, from overt patriotism and effusive customer service to long commutes and ice-filled drinks. She discusses litigious tendencies, public bathroom...
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I, Claudia: Farmers Take to the Streets in Germany

Farmers strikes are prevalent throughout the EU, some of which can have a distinct impact on a country’s economy and across society. In Germany, recent farmer protests have caused chaos,...
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I, Claudia: Will the UK Lose Its (Elgin) Marbles?

Having something for long a time one could start thinking, rightly or wrongly, that it is yours. The Elgin Marbles, also known as the Parthenon Marbles, are Greek sculptures that...
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I, Claudia: Get Up, Stand Up in Germany – Or Not?

The rise of extremist movements throughout the world is nothing new. However, their power and influence in Western democracies is particularly startling, especially in the bastion of such a stable...
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I, Claudia: Monday Morning in Bavaria

Tune in to hear how different Monday mornings are from your town or city as Claudia makes her way to work in her Alpine splendor in Bavaria. Some things may...
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German Words – The Long and The Quirky

‘Life is too short to learn German’, said Oscar Wilde. And even for a native German speaker, it does have its challenges. Over Here, Over There podcast co-host Claudia Koestler...
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There’s No Place Like Heimat

‘There’s no place like home’, said Dorothy in one of the most famous final lines in cinematic history in The Wizard of Oz. The concept of home has intrigued writers,...
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I, Claudia: Welcome Back to Bavaria – Or Is it Rudeland?

In this episode, Claudia Koestler considers the ‘Over Here, Over There’ aspects of politeness and kindness in Germany relative to her experiences abroad. She provides three anecdotes that highlight the...
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