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International Love Story

52 EpisodesProduced by Christina Korf & Ignacio Lagos RuizWebsite

Managing a relationship between two cultures and languages is interesting and intense. The couples we interview give advice for different life situations - such as "communication in a bilingual relationship" and "how to deal with paperwork". Listen to experts, how other intercultural couples are nav… read more

52 Episodes | 2020 - 2022

S03/EP09 - What Were We Up To? From Dating On Distance To A Life On 5 Square Meters

June 9th, 2022


We're back, at least for this episode. Nacho and I sat down to summarize our past few months. Sometimes we wonder how we got here. From dating on distance to moving into my parent's house to moving into 5 square meters, …

S03/EP08 - Zuzana (Czechia) in Zambia, Stereotypes - Living in Zambia

May 26th, 2022


Meet Zuzana. She moved to Africa with her ex-husband 12 years ago [02:12]. Today she lives in Zambia with her husband Chris and their child. We talk about why she fell in love with Zambia [12:15], how she met Chris …

S03/EP07 - Gabriela, Psychologist, Cultural Differences In A Multicultural Relationship: How To Meet In The Middle

May 12th, 2022


Meet Gabriela. Gabriela is originally from Chile. Today she lives in Spain with her Austrian husband. Over the years, she has moved several times, …

S03/EP06 - Marianneke (Netherlands) in Brazil, Adjusting To A New Life - Setting Boundaries And Growing Stronger

April 28th, 2022


Meet Mariannke. In this episode we talk about the hurdles of emigration. Mariannke moved from the Netherlands to Brazil 6 years ago. It wasn't until 2021, 5 years after migrating, that she started to feel comfortable. …

S03/EP05 - Wiebke, Expat Coach, Culture Shock - When Moving Abroad: What To Expect

April 18th, 2022


Meet Wiebke. Wiebke spent 22 years living abroad and felt at home in six different countries. She supports global nomads and expats in mastering the often underestimated and unexpected challenges of living abroad and …

S03/EP04 - Janine (Germany) in Namibia, Moving Abroad - About A Routine And Life In Namibia

March 31st, 2022


Meet Janine (Germany) From a 4-year long-distance relationship to moving to Namibia, it's been a long road for Janine and her boyfriend Martin. In this episode, you'll learn how and why Janine adapted to Namibia in a …

S03/EP03 - Liz (Austria) and Shane (China), Upside Down - When Everything Suddenly Changes

March 17th, 2022


Meet Liz (Austria) and Shane (China)

Liz has always been fascinated by the Chinese culture and language. Already at the age of 12 she learned Chinese …

S03/EP02 - Itzi (Mexico) and Brice (France), Traveling Migrants - Between Cultural Shock And Finding A Middle Ground

March 3rd, 2022


Meet Itzi (Mexico) and Brice (France)  

They met in DC in 2017, felt in love and  made it work. With the election of Donald Trump in the beginning of 2017, Itzi and Brice suddenly had to fight against windmills. In …

S03/EP01 - Kyomi (Peru) and Leo (France), And Suddenly the Borders Closed And We Couldn’t See Each Other…

February 28th, 2022


Meet Kyomi (Peru) and Leo (France)  

In October 2019 Leo decided to travel to Latin America, on his own. In preparation, he signed in an application to find a Tandem-Partner in order to learn Spanish. So it didn’t take …

S02/EP19 - Carolyn & Telwin, About Arranged Marriages And Stereotypes

February 18th, 2022


Meet Carolyn (American) and Telwin (Indian)

Carolyn and Telwin met through a dating app. In fact, it wasn't supposed to come to a match at all. …

S02/EP10 - Sierra & Tewabe, Respect Each Other's Culture

February 15th, 2022


Meet Sierra (US) and Tewabe (Ethiopia)  

Sierra and Tewabe met End of 2017 in Ethiopia,  Sierra helped with excavations at the Sudanese border as …

S02/EP33 - Sofie & Bismark, 1 year later - follow up

December 21st, 2021


Meet Sofie (Denmark) and Bismark (Ghana).

They met each other in Ghana when Sofie did an exchange. Dating someone was the last thing she thought was going to happen. But Bismark put a lot of effort to get to know her. …

S02/EP32 - Elaine & Abe, About Blending 2 Families

October 19th, 2021


Meet Elaine (American) & Abe (American)

Elaine and Abe know each other since their childhood without even really taking notice of each other. It took several years and a Facebook message for them to cross paths …

S02/EP31 - Deliah & Roman, about Love Always Wins

October 19th, 2021


Meet Deliah (Ugandan) & Roman (German)

Roman and Deliah met through an app in April last year. She was in Uganda at the time, but was able to change the app's search circle. Therefore, she also had to make the first …

S02/EP30 - Lubomira & Mohamed, about a story only life can write

September 21st, 2021


Meet Lubomira (Slovak) & Mohamed (Egyptian)

Lubomira studied journalism in Slovakia and was quite a workaholic when her friends convinced her to …

S02/EP29 - Kristelle & Adrian, About Tinder And Growing Together

September 7th, 2021


Meet Kristelle (Lebanese living in Miami) & Adrian (Venezuelan living in Miami)

In this episode Nacho and I are finally catching up with our …

S02/EP28 - Cristin & Jophet, Healing Process And Meeting "The One"

August 28th, 2021


Meet Cristin (Filipino living in Canada) & Jophet (Filipino living in the Philippines)

Today I'm catching up with Cristin. Since the last time we spoke (you might want to listen to EP18) a bunch of things happened …

S02/EP27 - Rita & Jesse, About Stubborn Optimism

July 27th, 2021


Meet Rita (Cambodia) and Jesse (Hawaii) 

Rita and Jesse met in 2015 while studying in Sweden. It was not love at first sight [04:27]. It was only shortly before New Year's Eve that the two of them got closer. The …

S02/EP26 - Ammy & Ben, 3 words - I am here!

June 15th, 2021


Meet Ammy (South Indian) and Ben (South Korean)

Ammy and Ben met online [13:08]. We talk about why the two met at the perfect time and why three words were enough to make her believe in love again. We also talk about …

S02/EP25 - Yasmin & Shreyank, About Adjusting To a New Life

June 1st, 2021


Meet Yasmin (Italian) and Shreyank (Indian)

Yasmin was working in India for an internship when she met Shreyank online. Her plan was to stay just for 3 months, but this changed. The cover picture of this episode shows …

S02/EP24 - Silvia & Aiman, About A Travelling Paper & Yemen

May 18th, 2021


Meet Silvia (Spanish) and Aiman (Yemenis)

Silvia describes herself as a Chameleon. Her open nature and her way of dealing with certain things inspired me and made me think a lot even after our conversation. So we did …

S02/EP23 - Kaelynn & Dave, about feeling close on distance

May 4th, 2021


Meet Kaelynn (Canadian) and Dave (American)

Dating on distance does not mean that you can not feel close to each other. When being in an LDR people …

S02/EP22 - Family and friends on distance

April 20th, 2021


Living abroad can be difficult. There is this constant fear that something bad might happen back home. Especially right now, some of you might feel …

S02/EP21 - The 3 Stages Of Closing The Distance

April 6th, 2021


Together with Panka (@Usatohungary) and Jazz (@Jazzupyourwanderlust) we talk about what it's like to close the distance. 

For couples who are dating …

S02/EP20 - Waziha & Taraz, About Dating Without Ever Seeing Each Other In Person

March 23rd, 2021


Meet Waziha (Bangladeshi) and Taraz (Bangladeshi)

They met on Tinder, but have never seen each other in person. 

We talk about how a relationship can be built over such a distance and why it works [29:04]. Both are …

S02/EP18 - Cristin, Between Ghosting And Hope

February 23rd, 2021


Meet Cristin (Filipino living in Canada)

Cristin is a strong woman sharing her story and what experience she made when dating on distance. This episode is going to be quite emotional as she is going to talk about her …

S02/EP17 - Natasha, About Breakups & Self-Care

February 14th, 2021


In this episode, Tina talks to Natasha. Natasha is a breakup and reinvention coach specialized in helping women to have amazing relationships.

If you …

S02/EP16 - Juli & Mo, From Summer Love To Marriage

February 9th, 2021


Meet Juli (Colombian) & Mo (German)

In this episode, we're going to talk about how Juli and Mo met [02:15]. Back in 2014 Mo was doing an …

S02/EP15 - Varsha, communication & taking the relationship to the next level

January 26th, 2021


"Relationships are not black and white they are about the gray area, forever. Being willing to live in the gray area will just strengthen you and strengthen the relationship." [19:20]

This is a quote from Varsha we can …

S02/EP14 - Shahana & Hari, About Monkhood & The Energy Between Two People

January 12th, 2021


Meet Shahana (English) & Hari (American-Indian)

When recording this episode, end of 2020 Shahana and Hari were reunited in England and quarantining together after being apart for 10 months. They suddenly spent 24/7 …

S02/EP13 - Jessica & Abhishek, Living In India - Raising A Multicultural Family

December 29th, 2020


Meet Jessica (American living in India) & Abhishek (Indian)

Jessica and Abhishek met in 2008 in the US through mutual friends. From there on their journey started. Since 2016 they are living together with their two …

S02/EP12 - Colleen & Ankit, Personal Growth In An LDR

December 15th, 2020


Meet Colleen (US, living in France) & Ankit (India, living in Canada)

Colleen and Ankit met at work in Boston. For Colleen it was obvious from …

S02/EP11 - Jazz & Tuomas, How To Prepare For The Move & Doubts In The Relationship

December 1st, 2020


Meet Jazz (US) and Tuomas (Finland)

Jazz just moved to Finland and tells us how she felt the last days in her home country and how she prepared herself for the big step. Jazz and Tuomas met each other online while …

S02/EP09 - Sofie & Bismark, Between Two Cultures & Working On A Bigger Goal

November 3rd, 2020


Meet Sofie (Denmark) and Bismark (Ghana)  They met each other in Ghana when Sofie did an exchange. Dating someone was the last thing she thought was going to happen. Even for Bismark, dating an exchange-student was out …

S02/EP08 - Melissa & Flip, Relationship Milestones, 7 Years of LDR

September 29th, 2020


Listen to the love story of Melissa (Lebanese) and Flip (Dutch).

Melissa and Flip first met in December 2013 in Istanbul. Flip was on a business trip …

S02/EP07 - An announcement

September 15th, 2020


We do have an announcement to make. As our last weeks were quite overwhelming we decided to step back a little. 

Right now we do feel, that we can't give back what we are receiving from you guys. We needed some time to …

S02/EP 06 - Sarah and Israel, Closing The Distance & Between Dreams And Reality

September 1st, 2020


Meet Sarah (German) and Israel (Costa Rican)

They were able to close the distance in October 2019. They met in Costa Rica Sarah when  was …

S02/EP 04 - Jess & Ricky, Unique Ways- Perfect Timing

August 18th, 2020


Meet Jess (Irland) & Ricky (US)  They met on Instagram and are both dancers. Jess is from Ireland and Ricky is from Philly. Their dance communities are closely interlinked, soon they figured out that the paths of …

S02/EP 03 - Patricia, personal cheerleader

August 11th, 2020


Personal cheerleaders!

One of the experience we made is, that it's soo much easier to handle a LDR when you do have people that got your back.
But what we might forget is that it's not easy for them to let go the …

S02/EP 02 - Andrea & Ansgar, Emotions - Rose Colored Glasses

August 4th, 2020


Meet Andrea (Peru) & Ansgar (Germany)

In this episode, I (Christina) had a little "girls-talk" with Andrea. Andrea is currently living in Peru while her boyfriend Ansgar is living in Germany. Not only did we talk …

S02/EP 01 - Imola & Nana, 13.800 - Distance Dating Despite Covid

July 28th, 2020


Imola and Nana are a very inspiring couple. They tell their story of how they met and how they deal with the current circumstances. Imola is …

EP 11 - Legal alien

July 21st, 2020


Let's talk about paperwerk! yay! Everyone's favourite thing to do after getting to your new homeland - ahh, gotta love bureaucracy. We honestly thought that getting a Visa for the US might be much more complicated than …

EP 10 - Miami (18 months in 20 minutes)

July 14th, 2020


Thank you for listening to the International Love Story podcast! In episode #10, our hosts take us on a fast-paced but overcoming tale of the …

EP 09 - Closing the distance

July 7th, 2020


How does it feel when you are finally able to close the distance after 2 years of long-distance relationship? At least one always has to make a compromise in order to live together in a LDR. Both are having fears and …

EP 08 - Finish Line

June 30th, 2020


We made it! We finally got married and we're about to close the distance of 5.000 Miles. But before there were a few steps we had to take care of. Including more paperwork! ...but when you see the finish line coming so …

EP 07 - 'A very traditional wedding'

June 23rd, 2020


In this episode we'll talk all about a very special day - Our wedding day!

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EP 06 - Denmark = Vegas?

June 16th, 2020


On this episode of 'International Love Story' you'll hear the 1st part of how we got to our big day- Our wedding!

If you're not yet following us on …

EP 05 - Make it happen!

June 9th, 2020


We traveled to the US - not only for vacation. After Christina was disappointed in Hamburg, we both went over to the second part of our planning. The desire to live together on one continent was big, after almost 2 …

EP 04 - 5000 Miles

June 2nd, 2020


In this episode, we'll hear what friends and family had to say about our LDR.

Tina will also tell you her experience applying to American companies being a foreigner, and how it all lead up to us establishing a calendar …

EP 03 - Disconnection

May 26th, 2020


Join us in this new 'International Love Story' episode where we talk about how sometimes communication in a long-distance relationship can go cold …

EP 02 - easy going

May 19th, 2020


Be ready to hear about our first 🇩🇪 date! It happened months after we had our first 🇺🇸 date.

Hear on Ignacio's Viking dreams and Christina's …

EP 01 - It's a Match!

May 12th, 2020


In our first episode, we'll tell you about how we met and why we thought we would never see each other again. How it came about that Christina went …

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