1. Having mastered how to sing a “vaiata” (German for waiata, a Maori song) and hongi with elders on a university marae visit, the ever-diligent Jörg must now learn the more subtle tikanga of his new home down under. In episode 10, Duncan will try to explain the hilariously mystifying lengths you need to go to in New Zealand if “you happen to achieve something marvellous.” Keep your eyes peeled for a real, live celebrity cameo...

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  2. On his way back from Germany, Jörg pays Duncan’s Aussie Aunty Cheryl a flying visit and Duncan teaches him that, though the term “New Zealand” is often understood around the world to be a synonym for “Australia”, “there are some key personality differences you need to be aware of, Jörg”.“She’ll be Right” takes us on a giddying day trip to the South Seas where reverse jandal strap sunburn and “stingers” are balanced nicely by a deep-seated national hunch that everything will be okay.

    Check out our other episodes on our vimeo channel:
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  3. Episode 8 is for all the Kiwis who are likely to turn up to Germany still with their home-grown instinct to mow lawns and operate small electric leaf blowers on a sunny Sunday afternoon. Jörg explains the “dos”, the “don'ts” and the “don't you dares” of the last and still very sacred day of the German week, while Duncan marvels at the sheer volume of condiments on a weekend breakfast table.

    Check out our other episodes on our vimeo channel:
    Lifeswap

    Also, check out our blog:
    lifeswap.info

    Like our Facebook page:
    facebook.com/duncanandjoerg

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  4. If you've ever received a dirty look in a German restaurant after asking for tap-water, or wondered why the Kiwi dinner you were invited to never eventuated, episode 7 is for you. Duncan and Jörg once more reach out to each other across a cultural gap that they may never be able to close, but can at least learn to shrug at and smile about.

    Check out our other episodes:
    Episode 1 - Complete Rubbish: vimeo.com/74708073
    Episode 2 - The Tea Towel Stinks: vimeo.com/81393966
    Episode 3 - The Winter Deniers: vimeo.com/91700241
    Episode 4 - Change! Urine Stinks: vimeo.com/101974111
    Episode 5 - Yule Love It (Christmas Special): vimeo.com/114923372
    Episode 6 - Just Sharon: vimeo.com/128709025

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  5. 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: vimeo.com/74708073
    Episode 2 - The Tea Towel Stinks: vimeo.com/81393966
    Episode 3 - The Winter Deniers: vimeo.com/91700241
    Episode 4 - Change! Urine Stinks: vimeo.com/101974111
    Episode 5 - Yule Love It (Christmas Special): vimeo.com/114923372

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Lifeswap

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"Lifeswap" is a series of short animations that illustrate the adventures and misadventures of two young men, Jörg, 27, from Germany and Duncan, 27, from New Zealand. Sensing the onslaught of their respective quarter life crises, they have found each…


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"Lifeswap" is a series of short animations that illustrate the adventures and misadventures of two young men, Jörg, 27, from Germany and Duncan, 27, from New Zealand. Sensing the onslaught of their respective quarter life crises, they have found each other’s profiles on lifeswap.net, spontaneously bought plane tickets and are now signed up to live each other’s lives for one year. We witness their delights, frustrations and misunderstandings as they discover the idiosyncrasies of life in the other’s culture through the lens of their own.

The framing device for every episode is a monthly Skype conversation between Duncan and Jörg featuring flashbacks to memorable moments since they last spoke, like the day Duncan was told by Jörg’s flatmate that he must sit to pee and the shock Jörg received when he learnt that he should call his bank manager “Dave”.

"Lifeswap" is a meeting point for Kiwis, Germans and their friends - for anyone who has ever said quietly to him or herself: "That is so German" or "Typisch neuseeländisch!" It is the celebration of a cultural exchange we could fondly refer to as “the dance between the jandal and the Birkenstock."

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