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Aspen Abroad meets The ExpatCast

#StartedfromthebottomnowweGerman :)​

I had the amazing opportunity to not only see another gorgeous city in Germany (Hi Freiburg duuuu schööne stadt!) and also fulfill my dream of being on a podcast.

I met a wonderful fellow American expat, who has her own expat podcast! We discussed our shared German life stories and tackled the big question: “Is moving abroad solving your problems or running away from them?”

Check the link below to download (for free) and listen to our chat.
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Released on August 15, 2019

Video transcript: 00:00
these eyes are crying these eyes have seen like a head everybody you know
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welcome back to my channel if you don’t already know my name is Aspen and I’m an
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American living in a wonderful Munich Germany and I talk about what it’s like
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living abroad I talk about expat life on my channel the German comparisons to
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being an American corner here and guess what guys I’m sure you already know but
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there is a bazillion of us it may seem on the Internet
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granted okay there’s only a little handful of youtubers but if you watch my
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channel odds are you probably already watching all of theirs but what I bet
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you didn’t know is there are a growing amount of expat podcasters in Germany
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and me I personally which I will try to avoid
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and ranting but I love podcast oh I love them so much they’re the best thing ever
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if you don’t know a podcast is basically like a radio show what people will do is
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they set aside maybe 45 to 60 minutes and will just sit there off the topic
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and discuss it I listened to a heap of them so a few guys like them comment
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below tell me your favorites and let’s discuss that because yes I got recently
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in contact with another American expat that does an expat podcast and she lives
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over in fiber is in the bottom Wittenberg region in the spot spotted so
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black forest area and she was saying oh we should do a podcast and I was like
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well hey I got some free time on my hands can i maybe just come and visit
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and we do the podcast in person and she was super sweet she was like oh my gosh
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yeah sure do you have anywhere to stay do you want to stay with me to which I’m
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just like what is sweetie pie it’s always a risk somebody’s gonna be weird
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if they offer that you haven’t met them IRL but she was actually super duper
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cool in real life and we had such a fun time I Berg it’s actually a really great
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place I was so busy with work beforehand so I didn’t really play
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and I didn’t really look it up too much lip mmm let’s see oh my gosh me bitch
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boy what’s your girl oh boy – it’s really
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green and really pretty and there’s all these little rivers flowing through the
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town as you get in and actually through the city like in the odd step actually
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how there’s all the canals and rivers that go through it is so precious
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because then then you’re going through the city and you see all these little
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kids and they have these little boats on the strings and they just drag them
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through the canals and it’s just oh it’s so precious my little heart was just so
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full and so excited it was just a very green and clean and beautiful city the
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buildings were so spectacular and beautiful looking it was sort of like
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this little storybook feel to it like I think a lot of us imagine when it’s like
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going to those parts of Germany it is exactly like that so not to be
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disappointed but Green Party was actually in charge of the majority of
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fibers so there’s some interesting aspects to that for example there’s a
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ton of tunnel wall over schools which makes sense okay you know further
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comments I think in general I liked about the city is that it was very well
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regulated and sort of kept tidy and kept clean for example there was this one
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little thing that I thought was so funny is in Germany as a whole we separated
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our trash a lot differently than we would in the stage which we actually
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don’t there it seems to be sort of picky and really particular I know a Munich I
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have my regular trash my paper and my recyclables but in fiber they have
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basically and her dress she mainly had everything’s recyclable so there was the
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paper there was the Buell so the the green waste both the plastic but also
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there was a gibbous sock and this was sort of miscellaneous recyclables and I
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asked her I said okay but where’s the regular trash and she was like well you
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can mainly sort everything we do have like all tiny bin
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the bathroom but other than that basically we sort everything possible
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and recycle it thought that was really really cool it’s very neat I like that
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you’re like I’m gonna go to Germany but I want to see a green green part of
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Germany go to fiber because they really are on the ball I think with that aspect
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in a couple cute little things like the first thing I was there we met her
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friends and he went to a local beer gotten which was it was funny definitely
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different from the kind we have in by n okay yeah now the exciting Guinea part
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or I’m gonna ramble the most I enjoyed the most with her because okay first off
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little tidbits about Nicole I’m not gonna say too much you go find out
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yourselves but she’s from Philadelphia and she actually works there she’s a
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librarian which is the coolest thing to read ever he works for the city and
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she’s learned so many cool things with this within this job position but also
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she has her master’s and sort of librarian sorry Nicole I forgot what
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exactly it’s called but basically she’s a certified librarian I love hearing
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about how all the experts move here and yo do move for love do more for a job or
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certain reasons and once you do come here what is that you do for work how
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did you fall into this category or did you seek out this category it’s so
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interesting so I think for now that’s probably my top favorite story and kind
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of broad career field because I was like oh that’s so cool librarian in the
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States and now a german librarian Wow immersion
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at its finest he does this little expat podcast and i
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really like it i was a-sayin to a couple episodes and i was like wow this
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fantastic you really want me to do what i was the review she has this whole set
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up in her house with all the microphones and technical and guys you think that
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editing videos is tedious but i can’t even imagine how to edit only audio I
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was so worried I would talk too fast and so if you’re going listen to this
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podcast sorry if I sound like a total nerd got
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really nervous and I was like I’m gonna do this bad oh yeah Nicole and
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her boyfriend also brew kombucha which personally I love this beverage it needs
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to make like a popularity spike in Germany as a paper going down to do the
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podcast into their lower level their house and they had all these jars with
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the scobie’s you walk in and you’re like I know baby of course I know so I’m like
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hey if you don’t know what that is ask Opie is basically mushroom like that
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you make kombucha from kombucha is like this fermented carbonated tea beverage
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it’s really good but it’s really gross when you find out how it’s made we did a
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podcast and if you guys are interested links are at the bottom she has a lot of
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other great ones just a whole variety of topics about living abroad or what it’s
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like getting out of your comfort zone and I really like her content in
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particular because it does have more depth to it it does talk about really
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serious sort of matters of the hearts the vulnerability aspects all that
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somewhat hard stuff he faces expats and don’t talk about so much holy snot on
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YouTube because it’s sort of something you need to spend time with and listen
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to it I find it’s really great and it’s really helpful to have that relatability
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but I’m gonna cut this short thin and if you guys want to hear it please to check
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it out it’s really cool thoughts she’s always looking for people to talk with
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who has new stores are you topics to bring and so feel free to contact her
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say hi how’s it going go support her Channel and her Instagram because she
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does post really cool things there too you know I’m very happy to be part of
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this community this aspect uni this online community just ollie all together
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this is a good space so thank you thank you very much for supporting me
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supporting her and supporting the other youtubers and other podcasters all of us
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because at the end of the day I think the most important aspect is that we’re
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all people and being able to create and share this community whether you’re from
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here whether you’re new but just joining together and reminding each other okay
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things are tough things are nice but we all experience
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same and it’s always nice to feel like you’re less alone and that you do have
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somewhere to belong and sometimes it may be it’s harder in the physical world but
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stuff like Nicole’s podcasts you listen to it and go hey hey that’s relatable
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that makes me feel really good about myself and grab something I was feeling
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not so great about as always I hope you guys are having a fabulous day and I
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will talk shmita ciao ciao ciao