On this episode I chat with a life coach about multiculturalism.

English Level: B1 🇩🇪🇨🇦

Show Notes:

  1. Introduction (0:21) 
  2. What fascinated you about Canada? (2:19)
  3. The south of Germany (7:51)
  4. Where is home? (8:44)
  5. When did you come to the realization that home is not a place? (12:07)
  6. Can you tell us about your multicultural coaching clients? (14:35)
  7. Success stories (16:29)
  8. The struggles of living abroad (19:16)
  9. What do you tell Germans who want to spend time abroad? (24:00)
  10. How to work with Ariane (30:13)


Ariane is a German Canadian life coach. She was born in Munich but moved to Canada at 18 and decided to stay. She studied at university, became an anthropologist, met her husband, and had twin girls in Montreal. Ariane was fascinated with Canada because she felt caged in Germany and couldn’t do things like step on the lawn or go to the bank at certain times. She appreciated the freedom and flexibility that Canada had to offer.

Ariane was surprised by the friendliness of Canadians when she arrived in Canada. She found the openness refreshing compared to the limitations she felt in Germany and was impressed by the curiosity of Canadians. She ended up staying in Canada for 30 years and found the people to be wonderful and the space of the land to be freeing. She noted that she had to unlearn the friendliness she had grown accustomed to while living in Canada when she moved back to Germany.

Ariane describes her experience of moving from Germany to Canada, saying it was difficult for her parents. They stayed connected by taking trips together and Ariane’s mother often visited them. The conversation shows how difficult it can be to move away from family and how travel can help you stay connected.

The conversation then shifts to the idea of home, with Ariane saying she feels at home in different places and with different things rather than a physical place. The conversation ends with the travelers’ appreciation of the beauty Europe has to offer.


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