Advent Calendar Time!!

Steffen and William have a shiny stack of advent calendars for 2016. Help support the making of more Lifeswap videos by clicking on the link and ordering one or two or fifteen! Limited supply. Only $8. Don't miss out! Merry Christmas!

Episode 8: Sonntag

This episode is most likely to appeal to the neighbours of Kiwis living in Germany who are as yet unaware of the fact that Sundays and loud gardening equipment don't mix. Jörg is back home for a visit and takes the opportunity to teach Duncan about the 3.5 acceptable Sunday ativities. Warning: some partial nudity is of course to be expected.

Episode 7: Making a Funny Party

Lifeswap 7 – Making a Funny Party from Steffen Kreft on Vimeo.

So, you think you've really made it as an outsider in New Zealand. Everyone's smiling broadly at you and now you've been invited over to someone's house. Or have you? Episode 7 explores the subtlety of a Kiwi dinner invitation and what to expect if you actually ever make it.

Advent Calendars!

We have a proud to announce the launch of the 2015 Lifeswap advent calendar. Steffen has bought a pile of envelopes and stamps for sending them around the globe to you. Just $8. Click on this link to take you to our online store. And stay tuned...two more episodes are planned for the new year! Thank you for your ongoing support.

Episode 6! - Just Sharon

Anyone who has gone for a bush walk in New Zealand will know that the minute you hear someone coming towards you, you must prepare your friendly one-liner and a smile that says “Good on ya, mate. We're all in this together. Bloody brilliant, isn't it!” Failure to do so is just plain rude. Often this practice spills out into moderately populated suburban streets. Anywhere and at any time possible, Kiwis share this seemingly irrepressible need to connect with other people – to engage in chatty pleasantries, find out where they're from and a cheery “Mate!”, the great social leveler among titles, is never out of place. But, in episode 6, Duncan must finally come to terms with the fact that asking strangers at a German supermarket checkout weirdly personal questions about their weekend plans is not necessarily going to elicit a friendly response.
Lifeswap 6 – Just Sharon from Steffen Kreft on Vimeo.

Ah New Zealand. The land where “mister” and “missus” are all but obsolete terms. Episode 6 investigates Kiwi squeamishness with formality and Jörg gives some advice on German supermarket check-out protocol...

Check out our other episodes:
Episode 1 - Complete Rubbish:
Episode 2 - The Tea Towel Stinks:
Episode 3 - The Winter Deniers:
Episode 4 - Change! Urine Stinks:
Episode 5 - Yule Love It (Christmas Special):

Episode Four...Duncan's wee problem

Lifeswap 4 – Change! Urine Stinks (AKA Change your Instincts) from Steffen Kreft on Vimeo.

The fact that, in the German language, one still refers to one's...ehem...crotch zone as the Schambereich or "shame area" seems in dire need of revision. Come 30 degree celcius heat or a trip to the sauna, Germans get positively gleeful, even mildly zealous, about the health benefits, nay health necessities, of being, as Jörg says, "naked in za nature". Perhaps "shame area" could be recycled as a geographical term for the stretch of sand on a New Zealand beach between the high tide mark and the dunes where even the most body-proud of Kiwis can be observed performing an elaborate, one-handed, one-legged ritualistic dance behind a towel while changing out of wet togs. What with gratuitous public nudity and some rather confronting bathroom rules, episode 4 is Duncan's turn to be seriously confronted by living abroad. Some cultural differences just refuse to be bridged...