Video

Here are my Top 3 new German habits…

These are by far my favorite new habits I have picked up from being an expat in Germany and living in Germany for so long.

At first, I found them a bit odd and did not understand why they were so popular…but that all changed 👀


Released on January 31, 2021

Video transcript: 00:00 germans have finally crafted the skill 00:01 of eating bread 00:03 as the main focus of every meal 00:06 wow that is that german innovation 00:08 hashtag 00:09 life hack 00:14 hello everybody welcome back to my 00:16 channel if you don’t already know 00:18 my name is aspen i’m an american living 00:21 in fantastic munich germany 00:23 and i talk about what it’s like living 00:25 abroad ah 00:27 there’s a frog in my throat excuse me 00:29 one minute 00:32 okay i think the frog might be gone i 00:34 realize i haven’t really done any top 00:35 journalists lately so today 00:37 that’s what we’re gonna do it’s gonna be 00:38 weird german habits that i’ve adopted 00:40 and am pretty fond of after living in 00:43 germany 00:44 number one first up everybody’s favorite 00:47 household 00:49 which of course in the very complicated 00:52 german language means house 00:56 juice in germany the common practice 00:58 that if you go in houses 00:59 you leave your shoes at the door because 01:01 you leave your shoes at the door 01:03 this does not mean you should go through 01:04 homes without any shoes at all though 01:06 germans are 01:07 huge fans of household which of course 01:10 in english are slippers they’re not just 01:12 the cozy comfy ones 01:13 but most often they’re kind of just like 01:17 birkenstocks big chunky flat sandals 01:20 or the most famous of the german 01:23 horseshoe 01:24 is the adiletta and it’s you know these 01:27 adidas slides but germans just 01:30 love them i don’t quite exactly know why 01:32 so if you’re german if you’re watching 01:34 this please 01:35 comment below let us all know after 01:37 having lived here for many many years 01:40 i have also fallen under that category 01:43 i’m actually wearing mine right now 01:47 so beautiful bougie i have to say 01:50 they are pretty comfy they are pretty 01:52 cozy and i think the thing 01:54 that i like the most about them perhaps 01:56 this is why germans are so obsessed with 01:57 them 01:58 is because you can wear them sort of all 02:00 season you know it’s not weird like 02:01 wearing fluffy slippers 02:02 in the summer or your feet get dirty 02:05 stuff like this 02:06 no idea but i mean as i lived in germany 02:10 i really jumped into a committed 02:11 relationship with household cold feet 02:13 are not good i mean even if you live in 02:15 one of these houses where you 02:17 the floors are heated still 02:20 walk around in socks walking around 02:22 barefoot it’s just 02:23 not the same you need just something 02:25 there 02:26 some cozy house doing 02:30 the second habit that i found was really 02:31 weird when i first moved here that 02:33 germans did 02:34 but now i kind of love is having bread 02:38 for every single meal 02:39 it’s just so much the german lifestyle 02:41 so much the german mantra give me bro 02:44 to them tote okay well they don’t really 02:46 say that but i i feel it 02:48 i feel like that’s how it is germans 02:50 have finally crafted the skill of eating 02:52 bread 02:53 as the main focus of every meal they 02:56 have their standard port site 02:57 which is basically anytime you have some 03:01 bread or some cinnamon and you have like 03:04 a little cold cut meat and cheeses and 03:06 pickles and just stuff to put on top you 03:08 know like spreads in what have you 03:11 but the thing is they will either have 03:13 these for dinner 03:15 or for lunch or for breakfast 03:19 and that’s kind of actually the standard 03:21 german breakfast is 03:22 they get all excited about what we 03:25 as native english speakers foreigners 03:28 kind of refer to as a continental 03:29 breakfast which is essentially 03:32 the same thing except if it’s for 03:33 breakfast in addition to having these 03:35 cold cuts 03:36 meats pickles savory spreads you also 03:39 have 03:40 nutella and you have marmalade and you 03:43 have 03:43 a little bit of sweet stuff with it and 03:46 i’ve gotten into arguments about this 03:47 before 03:49 but between you and me it’s 03:52 basically all the same thing 03:56 and now i’m not saying that as a bad 03:57 thing i personally i’m like 03:59 wow that is that german innovation that 04:02 i’ve been hearing about i mean 04:03 the fact that you are having the exact 04:05 same meal three times a day 04:07 but still very much in your heart and 04:10 your soul of your culture 04:11 can say it’s completely different 04:16 that is in fact a hashtag lifehack 04:19 third weird german habit which might be 04:22 a little 04:22 bit more unique if you’re not in the 04:25 writing community 04:26 but personally i have really grown to 04:30 absolutely 04:30 love is beer after 04:34 long races so if you guys don’t know i 04:36 love distance running for distance and 04:38 the one i usually do competitive racing 04:39 events in 04:40 is half a marathon so 21 kilometers i 04:43 find this to be 04:44 the perfect amount of distance it’s just 04:47 nice it’s good you get to the end you 04:48 have to sometimes give yourself a little 04:50 push 04:51 but then you finish and you’re like oh 04:53 that is nice 04:54 i am not in a huge amount of pain 04:57 a little sore tomorrow for sure but i 05:00 can walk it off 05:02 back in the days i used to travel around 05:04 i used to do a bunch of these 05:06 one cool way that i was able to see more 05:08 parts of germany because i would sign up 05:10 for these running events 05:11 go there for a couple days long weekend 05:12 or something and then come back home 05:14 and it was cool because you go there and 05:16 usually run through the city so you get 05:17 your sightseeing done 05:19 you meet a bunch of cool people before 05:20 and after socialize 05:22 check but my favorite part which i kept 05:25 noticing and at the start it was weird 05:27 and i didn’t want to get into it 05:29 was that in german running events at the 05:31 end have like your 05:32 gatorade type beverages you have water 05:35 sparkling and still 05:37 available but in addition to these and 05:39 the snacks 05:40 they have beers and they usually have 05:43 like 05:43 vice beer there’s like um 05:46 duncan’s vice pier sometimes the alcohol 05:49 fry vice beer 05:50 these are so good after 05:54 running at first i thought it was 05:55 disgusting they’re running that distance 05:57 if i had a beer i’m gonna throw up 05:59 everywhere that sounds horrendous and 06:02 then they’re like 06:03 oh no but just the alcohol 06:07 it’s really good for helping your body 06:09 after a run i was like well 06:13 i don’t know i guess so and i tried it 06:17 and now there’s just no going back but 06:18 oddly enough 06:19 it is the most refreshing thing to have 06:22 after a long run 06:23 and of course i never drink them with 06:25 alcohol after a run i’m pretty sure that 06:27 would make me very sick they have this 06:28 grapefruit like 06:29 gradle type beer oh my god it’s so good 06:33 it just quenched the thirst i don’t know 06:36 i don’t know if you guys are winners too 06:37 but 06:38 if you have any opinions on this please 06:39 also comment them below because i’m 06:41 really curious 06:42 i don’t have a lot of running friends so 06:43 this is not really a topic that i could 06:45 share with a lot of people 06:47 and my german running friends for them 06:48 it’s kind of like 06:51 yeah of course why would we not have 06:53 beer after races 06:55 so i don’t know but i just know 06:59 for sure that i’m never gonna accept 07:02 anything else 07:03 i hope you guys are having a nice day 07:05 you’ve got your house you always um 07:07 lock no cold feet in sight 07:10 and i will talk to you next time ciao 07:18 [Music]

Video

I tried French candy…here’s my take!

Carambar for the win 🙌

I had a lot of fun with this French candy swap, sure not all were my faaavorite but there for sure were a couple good ones (:

Do you have any favorite French candies? Say Bonjour to the fabelhaft Diane in France 🥐 ⬇

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/OuiInFrance


Released on December 27, 2020

Video transcript: 00:01 asmr 00:03 testing 00:07 i’m reading tropical but i’m tasting 00:10 armpit 00:15 hello everybody welcome back to my 00:17 channel if you don’t already know 00:20 my name is aspen i’m an american living 00:22 in fantastic munich germany 00:24 and i talk about what it’s like living 00:26 abroad today’s video is not 00:27 really german related it’s actually 00:30 french 00:31 i have a new really great friend also 00:35 youtuber her name is diane and her 00:36 channel is we in france he did the 00:38 sweetest thing and she sent me this big 00:40 christmas package of french 00:42 candies and treats some of them are 00:43 christmasy some of them are normal 00:45 there was this like santa 00:49 kinder thing but when i opened the box 00:53 it was broken but i saw the toy 00:57 oh it’s a christmassy toy if you guys 01:00 don’t already know 01:01 kinder is this chocolate in europe 01:03 there’s usually like the kinder eggs 01:04 inside 01:05 there’s always this little plastic 01:07 seeing the plastic thing 01:08 you open it and there’s always like 01:09 little pieces and then there’s usually 01:11 the little 01:13 instructions this one is christmasy 01:16 i don’t know what this is okay so i’m 01:20 just gonna say 01:21 it’s not that i can’t put children’s 01:23 toys together these are 01:24 tricky the elf he goes on his little 01:27 seat 01:28 [Music] 01:29 back part of the seat 01:31 [Music] 01:33 what these are however here we go manny 01:35 mo 01:37 let’s go with some pretty or some 01:40 i’m ready 01:45 it’s a bear yes very nice 01:48 chocolatey and oh i think it’s 01:51 marshmallow inside 01:58 it’s just almost but not quite and in 02:01 the states marshmallows are really light 02:03 and fluffy and airy and good 02:05 and then and french candy marshmallows 02:07 they’re like 02:08 dense and there’s no fluff 02:11 it’s just a little or in germany they 02:15 have these harry bows that are like 02:17 susan moyes or something like sweet 02:18 little mice and it’s typing with like 02:20 these 02:21 marshmallows but they’re not 02:22 marshmallows they’re just like 02:24 hard pick snacks next oh let’s join 02:26 these um 02:28 oh mojito 02:32 interesting choice 02:35 [Music] 02:38 this is the cutest but goofiest thing 02:41 i’ve ever seen 02:42 so it’s like a little box sort of mojito 02:45 bottles 02:46 oh my goodness i wonder what they taste 02:48 like though 02:51 oh it’s like dark chocolate 02:56 with just this mojito flavor 03:01 but just really stinging alcohol flavor 03:04 [Music] 03:06 thank you diane but this one i oh it’s a 03:09 weird one 03:10 so this one i’m actually excited about 03:12 the caramel 03:13 this one i lived in france this was one 03:16 of my favorite candies yes 03:18 extra bonus points diane you the best 03:22 earlier my camera actually died and i 03:23 took a quick look at the footage 03:25 apologies because my new mic 03:28 is a little bit more sensitive than i’m 03:30 used to i uh 03:31 know how much you can hear my mouth in 03:34 the packages 03:35 but we’re just gonna have to accept this 03:37 is gonna be a bit of a little 03:40 asmr testing 03:45 all right so they look like this 03:48 basically like these little caramel 03:50 things i like these ones because they’re 03:52 like 03:53 not hard hard caramel not like soft 03:56 caramel 03:56 but like middle caramel the texture of 03:59 them 04:02 because they’re really hard like that 04:03 but just still like a little soft 04:05 oh but i’m pretty certain you guys can 04:07 hear like all that’s going on in the 04:08 mouth 04:10 this is caramel but it’s just a little 04:12 bit more 04:14 to it now these ones 04:17 i’m super excited one of these later 04:20 palette cleanse now for something new 04:24 oh man i mean this 04:28 i don’t think you guys can see that so 04:30 we’re just gonna like 04:32 pretend like so we got those done we 04:36 have that 04:36 um let’s try with the bo 04:41 mini fruity strawberry love mmm 04:45 extra soft i believe that’s what that 04:48 word is 04:50 i’m okay with this it comes with like 04:51 how we go and everything 04:53 i don’t like when they’re too hard my 04:56 favorite ones are always like the really 04:57 soft ones 04:59 [Music] 05:02 these smell really good 05:05 that’s why they’re called strawberry 05:07 love oh i can smell the love 05:09 inside 05:13 okay this isn’t my favorite not 05:15 aggressively strawberry flavored 05:19 i’m a happy camper 05:23 nice let’s try these ones captain tiller 05:28 chocolate milk chocolate 05:32 i can’t commit to trying to read 05:33 everything in french it’s i 05:35 didn’t understand it but i just sound 05:36 terrible speaking it how i feel speaking 05:38 is just like basically um 05:43 [Music] 05:48 yeah all these ones are cool promising 06:02 oh that is a crunchy boy 06:07 ones are amazing because they’re so 06:09 light and so crispy 06:11 it’s like if you have the tiniest 06:12 tiniest little bit of little 06:14 crispy thingy like a little tiny little 06:17 little like blanket just a little tucked 06:19 you in a little kiss on the head 06:21 soft on top of caramel rolled it up put 06:25 some chocolate in it 06:26 very delicately then yeah guys like 06:29 french candies i think 06:30 typically when it comes to candy i never 06:33 think 06:34 france is where i want to get my 06:35 favorite candies but 06:38 i don’t know if you guys have any that 06:39 you really enjoy comment below let me 06:41 know 06:42 ooh i think this one’s just sour and i’m 06:45 interested 06:46 pickford 06:50 [Music] 06:56 as i said i can’t pronounce to save my 06:58 life but 07:00 something like i think a fishing line is 07:02 that what that means 07:04 fishing line fishing something about 07:06 fishing 07:07 flavors okay we have 07:10 peach iced tea it’s kind of random 07:19 no raspberry 07:22 [Music] 07:23 pom cassis i don’t quite know what that 07:26 is but 07:27 pom cassie’s framboise something 07:31 something 07:32 raspberry let’s see what these burnt 07:34 heads are all about 07:44 it’s on like donkey kong whoa 07:51 okay 07:52 [Music] 07:55 this is peach iced tea 07:58 i’m here for it i like i like a sour 08:01 gummy rope but the peach ice tea is just 08:04 a strange flavor 08:06 to put in the mix you know like you 08:07 think maybe just like peach but 08:10 i see it does taste like that what’s 08:12 this yellow one 08:13 [Music] 08:16 oh i’m reading tropical but i’m tasting 08:19 armpit 08:20 i’m not a glitter so we’re gonna try all 08:21 these flavors 08:26 [Music] 08:28 okay and then now we have left is the 08:31 this is the whatever i don’t know what 08:34 it is so something something 08:38 raspberry 08:41 i don’t know what flavor this is 08:44 [Music] 08:45 no there’s no match last but not least 08:48 we have the big box of alcohol chalk 08:50 what do we got what do we got oh it’s 08:52 just like a little free-for-all in here 08:55 out here too i like this one that’s 08:57 shaped like a cork so we’re gonna give 08:58 that a go first 09:00 [Music] 09:04 there’s a lot of liquid very strong 09:06 liquid oh my goodness 09:08 those are wet and this one looks a 09:11 little bit like a 09:12 tomato 09:17 so we got the corks down excellent we 09:19 got the cherry bombs 09:20 now we have these other ones which is a 09:22 little ball with a little leaf 09:24 also i don’t get people that do like 09:25 these taste testing videos all the time 09:27 it’s so stressful 09:36 i’m just gonna say like there was some 09:38 good stuff on that care package 09:40 thank you so much diane but 09:44 these are these are rough i can’t 09:47 imagine somebody just being like 09:49 guess who’s getting a treat today it’s 09:50 me i’m gonna just have one of these 09:53 last one we have is the cognac not to be 09:55 confused with the cork we already have 09:56 the cork but now we have the little 09:58 barrel i love it this is adorable i’m 10:00 here for it let’s see 10:04 okay 10:05 [Music] 10:10 no thank you again so much diane 10:13 i’m gonna hang on tight to my 10:16 strawberries 10:18 um um caramels 10:21 since it didn’t fall on the floor these 10:23 are amazing other stuff was good too 10:26 these are stressful if you haven’t 10:28 checked out dan’s channel we in france 10:30 she’s an american expat that talks about 10:33 what it’s like living in france 10:34 links are below go say hi he’s amazing 10:38 and this is probably one of the most 10:39 funnest christmas presents i’ve gotten 10:41 so far i hope you guys are having a good 10:43 day 10:43 and i will talk to you later ciao 10:46 [Music]

Video

How I got Permanent Resident Status in Germany

🎉 Hurray, it’s finally happened! no more German visa needed as I am a permanent resident of Germany 🎉

I hope sharing my experience and my list of tips helped! If you prefer the straight detailed guide, don’t forget to go check out my blog post: ➡️ “How to Get Permanent Residency in Germany”


Released on January 13, 2021

Video transcript: 00:00
you have all this paperwork to do when
00:01
you have all these processes just
00:03
thinking of the fact that i will not
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have to go regularly
00:06
and get my visa renewed ah
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beautiful
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hello everybody welcome back to my
00:16
channel if you don’t already know
00:18
my name is aspen i’m an american living
00:21
in february of munich germany and i talk
00:23
about what it’s like living abroad
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and you know what guys this broad is
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going to stay abroad because
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i am now a permanent resident of germany
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oh my goodness
00:34
i could not be more excited it was such
00:36
a long process and there was just so
00:39
much paperwork
00:42
the thing is it’s a pain in the butt and
00:44
you have all this paperwork to do and
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you have
00:47
all these processes and it’s super
00:48
tedious but the thing is is once you do
00:50
all the work
00:51
and once you get through all that
00:52
paperwork you get it you get what you
00:55
worked for and it’s almost
00:57
always nine times out of ten guaranteed
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so
01:00
oh i’m just just way too over the moon
01:04
and excited about all this right now
01:06
i did make a blog post about this in
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case you just need the straight facts
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down
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nicely organized go check it out let me
01:12
know what you think
01:13
so first things first what exactly is
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a needle de loveness or permanent
01:19
residency in germany permanent residency
01:22
you can live here indefinitely and
01:24
you’ll have full free access to the
01:26
labor market however there are
01:28
differences that puts it in the middle
01:30
between the elephant house seattle
01:32
and german citizenship often as title is
01:35
your regular working visa in germany and
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these usually
01:38
are limited to a certain time period is
01:40
tied to your employment
01:42
and you don’t have that free access to
01:44
the labor market that you do with the
01:45
needle assuming the loveness usually the
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thing is is if you’re an employee
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you can only work for this company and
01:51
if you lose that job you lose your visa
01:54
one of the differences between the
01:55
needlesongs and lobness and full-on
01:57
german citizenship
01:58
is mainly you have the right to vote as
02:00
well as the fact that
02:02
even though your need allah’s alumnus is
02:04
not
02:05
limited to a certain time period it
02:08
does have the issue that if you are
02:11
living outside of germany
02:12
for more than six months in a row then
02:14
you lose your knee lessons and loudness
02:16
and of course if you guys have been
02:17
through this process or you have an
02:19
interesting story to share
02:20
about your process always try to comment
02:23
below because
02:24
it is very individual when it comes to
02:26
visas and all this stuff in germany
02:29
so perhaps my story may be useful to
02:31
some of you perhaps
02:33
not but let’s all just help each other
02:36
out a little bit
02:37
if possible and when it comes to
02:38
eligibility for permanent residency in
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germany
02:41
this is also super individual and
02:44
there’s a lot of different cases and
02:46
there’s a lot of different time periods
02:47
typically for any non-eu citizen you are
02:50
able to apply for a
02:52
permanent residency in germany after a
02:54
period of having
02:55
consecutively lived in germany for five
02:57
years there are fast track cases that
02:59
will be under five years usually around
03:01
two or three and these would be such
03:03
things if you’ve graduated from a
03:04
german university if you’re married to a
03:06
german if you have an eu blue card or
03:09
if you’re regarded as a highly skilled
03:12
worker so
03:12
a professional in a certain area where
03:15
there’s a super high demand for people
03:17
to fill these jobs in germany
03:19
then usually you can get permanent
03:20
residency a bit quicker
03:22
but typically five years oh one other
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fact though it’s good to know that
03:27
when it comes to being self-employed and
03:29
wanting to apply for permanent residency
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yes you
03:32
are eligible for this fast track route
03:34
which is after three years
03:36
but they do really specify self-employed
03:39
versus freelancing
03:41
so if you’re a freelancer that does not
03:43
count for the fast track route to
03:44
permanent residency application
03:47
but if you’re self-employed it’s just
03:49
basically you need to be able to prove
03:50
that you have a business here it is very
03:52
financially stable
03:54
and all those decks are in a row and
03:56
then you should be able to
03:58
apply for permanent residency after
03:59
three years however i’m not applying
04:02
under that ground so if any of you guys
04:03
have experience with that please comment
04:05
below because
04:06
it might be a bit more useful to certain
04:09
people who clicked on this video
04:10
and so if you have been here for five
04:12
years and you want to apply for
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permanent residency
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the list you have to check off is the
04:17
following assuming you’ve had
04:18
a valid elephant health cell for the
04:20
last five years living in germany
04:22
you’re employed you have a steady income
04:25
you’re registered with the german
04:26
insurance then you should be pretty good
04:29
to go
04:29
however just double check you have as
04:32
well
04:33
documentation showing a minimum of 60
04:36
months that you’ve paid into
04:38
the social security scheme in germany
04:39
you will also need a b1 language exam
04:42
that you’ve passed proof of the
04:44
integrations exams
04:46
for germany in addition you have to have
04:48
a rental contract that you can
04:50
show is not limited and
04:54
interesting fact but they do want to
04:57
make sure
04:58
in your rental contract your flat is a
05:00
certain size
05:01
which i found to be a little interesting
05:03
because i know in munich
05:05
it’s very hard to find a flat and so in
05:09
general you can’t be
05:10
too choosy i thought it was a little bit
05:11
strange you know if you’re contributing
05:13
to everything and you’re working
05:15
all this time and you can prove it what
05:18
if
05:18
your flat’s not the right size but
05:22
it turned out not to be too much of a
05:23
big deal however
05:25
that’s just one of the other pieces of
05:26
documentation you’ll need if you’re
05:28
going to apply all right so this part
05:30
this is where it gets to be pretty
05:32
individual in in my situation a little
05:34
bit more frustrating
05:36
because when it came to the application
05:40
i was supposed to do this
05:41
last last year my appointment my
05:44
interview
05:45
oh also important to know most of the
05:47
times
05:48
it will be an interview so not just
05:51
going to the outlander pajara and
05:53
giving your documentation but they’ll
05:54
sit down and they’ll question you what
05:56
are your intentions with my country or
05:58
what is your plan long term why do you
06:00
want to stay here
06:01
just basically think of it as like
06:04
casual small talk about why you like
06:06
germany and why it’s your new home i
06:08
mean coming there with a pile of papers
06:10
showing
06:10
how much you’ve been paying taxes and
06:13
paying into the pension
06:14
and social security scheme and what a
06:16
good citizen you are
06:17
that puts all of those people there in a
06:20
pretty friendly mood i found
06:22
however i went in there everything was
06:24
great working perfectly
06:26
and then they told me they could not
06:28
because my passport was supposed to
06:30
expire
06:30
in 2021 even though it was 2019
06:35
still that year was not enough for them
06:38
to be able to grab me
06:40
might need lessons so the guy said okay
06:43
best i can do is give you one year
06:44
extension on your visa
06:45
go renew your passport bring it back
06:48
we’re all good to go and we will issue
06:49
you
06:50
your well earned and deserved permanent
06:53
residency couple months later
06:55
coven happened and it was
06:59
very hard to renew my passport in this
07:01
time 2020 december
07:02
i went in to give my application a nice
07:06
early 7 30 a.m appointment and i handed
07:09
it all my documents
07:10
of course i had to get my new passport i
07:12
had my biometric photo i had all my
07:14
contract course
07:16
nothing ever goes super smooth at this
07:18
place so the problem i faced was that
07:21
i did not have cash to pay for my new
07:25
residence permit i mean you think the
07:28
last year
07:29
germany really has gotten a bit more
07:31
modern it’s become
07:32
a lot more common to buy small purchases
07:34
with carts in germany
07:35
which so wonderful however
07:38
cash is still king and you
07:41
always need to have that baguette divide
07:44
the coffin munich is actually right now
07:46
sort of under construction and it was
07:48
the trickiest thing
07:49
ever to find a cash machine in like 25
07:54
minutes and i was so stressed and i was
07:56
like oh goodness what happens
07:58
if if you know i go get the money and
08:00
then i come back and i’m too late and
08:02
they tell me
08:02
oh okay sorry make another appointment
08:04
we can’t finish it and i was running
08:06
around trying to get everything
08:07
and then i finally did and they were so
08:10
lovely and they were so
08:12
nice it was just crazy yeah it
08:15
definitely
08:16
is just the most oh biggest relief and
08:19
i’m so so excited
08:20
and i really hope you guys in the
08:23
process of it or wanting to apply for it
08:25
it goes
08:26
well because uh just thinking of the
08:29
fact that i will not have to go
08:30
regularly
08:31
and get my visa renewed and have to deal
08:33
with all that stuff is just
08:36
ah beautiful i hope you guys are having
08:38
a nice time not too much stress with
08:40
your visas
08:41
if you found this video helpful don’t
08:43
forget to give me a thumbs up it really
08:45
helps my channel
08:46
and i will talk to you guys next time
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08:52
ciao
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Video

An American’s guide to food allergies in Germany: Gluten- and lactose-free shopping tips

Germany is well known for its abundance of bread and beer, but unfortunately for those with gluten allergies or other food intolerances, this can be a bit tricky.

So here’s a little video I thought I’d share about where to shop (and what you can get) in german grocery stores that help those of you with food allergies (:


Released on Feb. 10, 2021

Video transcript: 00:00
no matter where you go you can always at
00:02
least find some
00:03
gluten-free pasta the possibilities
00:07
are in fact endless
00:13
hello everybody welcome back to my
00:15
channel if you don’t already know
00:18
my name is aspen i’m an american living
00:20
in the fantastic meeting germany
00:23
and i talk about what it’s like living
00:25
abroad so basically the cliche
00:27
and well just the
00:30
truth of it is is that germany is a very
00:33
bread heavy country just bread really
00:36
like bread
00:37
and dairy and meat and all of that stuff
00:41
that might be a little bit tricky if you
00:43
have any food intolerances or if you’re
00:45
maybe just a more plant-based
00:47
in general when it comes to your dietary
00:49
preferences
00:50
to lay the foundation myself me
00:53
i have a bunch of not very cool
00:56
allergies
00:57
and a bunch of those are food allergies
01:00
so as much as i love bread as much as i
01:04
love kesa i really
01:07
cannot eat it often and should not
01:11
be eating it often so the first couple
01:14
years i was here
01:15
i did have the problem to wear there was
01:17
not a lot of options for
01:19
alternative products i can buy food just
01:21
became really not that fun
01:23
really not that great however recently
01:25
there’s been a ton a ton of new ones
01:27
and it’s the most exciting thing ever
01:29
first things first
01:30
gluten allergies this is actually been
01:33
really cool the past years because
01:35
at all the main stores even some of the
01:38
discounter ones like aldi
01:40
or penny and these ones they have
01:42
gluten-free products
01:43
which is the most exciting thing in the
01:46
world and no matter where you go you can
01:48
always at least
01:48
find some gluten-free pasta so
01:52
the possibilities are in fact
01:55
endless no bad jokes aside you can find
01:59
bazillion different types of gluten-free
02:01
bread which is in itself
02:02
really really cool there is tons and
02:04
tons of
02:05
different gluten-free pre-mixed flour
02:08
options and varieties
02:09
quick educational corner gluten is a
02:12
family of proteins that’s found in
02:14
certain types of grain biggest example
02:16
would be wheat
02:16
so if you do love baking if you do love
02:18
cooking with
02:20
flour it can be very tricky with
02:23
gluten-free variations of flour because
02:26
unfortunately
02:27
this gluten protein is what binds
02:30
everything together gives you this
02:31
really nice sticky texture has these
02:34
great reactions you need
02:35
to get fluffy and light baked goods and
02:39
bread
02:40
whereas without the gluten everything
02:42
doesn’t quite stick together it doesn’t
02:44
quite
02:45
work as well so having the options to
02:47
find pre-made
02:48
guaranteed mixtures of gluten-free flour
02:52
that work well
02:52
it’s it’s absolutely my favorite thing
02:55
there’s snacks like from like pretzels
02:57
or pretzel sticks to
02:59
various biscuits and baked goods even
03:02
and the cool thing is like at christmas
03:04
a lot of the stores the past years now
03:06
come out with all these
03:08
german christmas cookies that are gluten
03:09
free like lab cooking
03:11
and simpsiana and all of this stuff and
03:14
so you’re like
03:15
oh yes i’m always included in the fun
03:19
okay but wait before i get too excited
03:21
before i ramble too much
03:22
guys guys guys if this video is helpful
03:26
so far please give me a
03:29
great big thumbs up it lets me know if i
03:33
should continue making this content not
03:34
only because i enjoy it but because it
03:36
helps you as well
03:37
and it’s pretty nice so next move we go
03:40
to lactose allergies
03:42
so basically any milk products some
03:45
people of course
03:46
cannot have milk cannot have cheese
03:48
cannot have anything and they have
03:49
terrible reactions
03:50
luckily for me it’s mainly milk
03:54
that if i drink i’m gonna throw up
03:58
not really a good idea i can have like a
04:01
little bit
04:02
sometimes mix in with stuff i can have
04:03
like a little
04:05
little smidge of ice cream now and then
04:07
but it’s always best to stay away from
04:09
it
04:10
and luckily in germany this is not hard
04:14
to do
04:14
and it does not get boring my one true
04:17
love is oat milk
04:18
this is the best thing ever the flavor
04:20
is amazing it goes it blends with
04:23
everything it’s good in my tea
04:24
it’s good in my food it’s good in my
04:27
coffee it’s just
04:28
what can it not i never get tired of it
04:31
however in germany it’s not just that
04:34
you can get
04:35
soy milk or oat milk but you can also
04:37
get almond milk you can also get cashew
04:40
milk you can also get
04:42
coconut milk rice milk just
04:45
all the milks and they’ve even started
04:47
giving more options like oatmeal creme
04:49
fraiche and
04:50
different types of little dairy cooking
04:53
products you know like there’s a soya or
04:55
well oat milk as well cream for cooking
04:58
which is
04:59
awesome if like you’re making some sort
05:00
of tart or soup
05:03
so great they have tons and tons of
05:06
dairy-free yogurt just
05:08
basically has all the same so you got oh
05:10
you got coconut
05:11
you even have soy
05:14
and oat base gear which is just
05:18
the bomb.com oh you can also get
05:21
lactose free crack is something
05:24
where
05:25
it’s this huge staple in germany and we
05:28
don’t really have it in the states
05:29
if you try to translate it with any
05:31
trend just general translator it says
05:34
curd and that’s not really
05:37
that doesn’t make any sense to say what
05:39
it is but imagine
05:40
like greek yogurt or skier some
05:43
super thick one but like double c
05:47
thick dairy product like super healthy
05:50
it’s low calorie it’s super high protein
05:53
it’s
05:54
amazing you can mix it with anything put
05:56
it in anything it’s so good
05:58
you can get those now with all these
06:00
different varieties
06:01
of plant-based and nut milks
06:04
and it’s just i love being included
06:08
and then it’s not even those things that
06:09
are exciting but the fact
06:11
that convenience foods you can also get
06:14
so for example
06:15
at irica and veva i’ve seen
06:20
and it’s consistent now they have frozen
06:23
pizzas
06:24
that are gluten free and lactose free
06:27
okay i’m not a big pizza person but
06:29
every once in a while and i really
06:31
really want one i don’t want to make it
06:32
homemade because i don’t have time for
06:33
that you gotta wait ages for your dough
06:35
to rise and i just
06:37
i just want some gross like freezer
06:40
pizza you know
06:41
and they have it it’s just
06:46
actually the other day too i saw riva
06:48
they have a vegan frozen pizza
06:50
so if y’all are no animal product at all
06:55
type people then check it out
06:58
actually in general if you’re vegetarian
07:00
or vegan there are tons and tons of
07:01
options as well in grocery stores that
07:03
are expanding
07:04
for you know meat-free
07:07
meat substitutes i mean it’s just crazy
07:11
there’s tons of like rows of different
07:12
lunch meats and sausages
07:14
and i even saw the other day this uh one
07:17
that was like
07:19
dooner but
07:22
not me
07:27
definitely not for me but perhaps
07:31
for you guys that’s what you both
07:33
looking for sweet treats and stuff too
07:35
there’s this really really good line of
07:37
vegan gummy bears i always get
07:39
so good they have these ones they’re
07:40
called fred fiacca fair girls piglets
07:43
really cute
07:44
but they’re so soft and they’re so tasty
07:46
and just
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07:48
great i recommend those for sweet treat
07:50
and if you’re an ice cream lover
07:52
i recently just found my favorite new
07:54
ice cream
07:55
and it’s completely plant-based it’s
07:57
called no moo so
07:59
cute name bonus point but also they have
08:02
really amazing flavors they have this
08:03
like
08:04
salted peanut one that’s just they also
08:07
have this apple one too
08:09
which what is the name
08:13
of the apple food they have just kinda
08:15
box the like
08:16
like the cooked apple with them
08:20
whatever that is i can’t remember the
08:21
name at the moment i’ll probably put the
08:23
text here when i’m editing and
08:24
like a goober but they have that flavor
08:28
too and it’s
08:29
it’s just honestly the best the best so
08:34
obviously i’m kind of hungry right now
08:36
and this video is
08:38
going downhill so i will leave you with
08:41
those
08:41
informations and hopefully that has made
08:44
your life in germany
08:46
as improved as it has mine i will talk
08:48
to you guys next time
08:52
ciao
08:55
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Video

Things you NEED to know before moving to Germany

Moving to Germany may seem like a great idea, but there are many different aspects to living and working in Germany you should consider.

For some more details have a look at my full blog post on the topic here: “German living: The good, the bad and the Praktisch“,
and definitely check out Coya’s Expat blog.


Released on Jan. 24, 2021

Video transcript (00:00 to 4:30) – Intro & Working in Germany: 00:00
sometimes you don’t want to take the
00:01
trade and you want to drive because it’s
00:03
nice to have all your own stuff
00:05
and have that control but
00:12
hello everybody welcome back to my
00:14
channel if you don’t already know
00:16
my name is aspen i’m an american living
00:19
in fantastic munich germany
00:21
and i talk about what it’s like living
00:22
abroad but today we’ll discuss a couple
00:24
common pros and cons about living in
00:26
germany first off
00:27
when it comes to working in germany this
00:30
is one aspect
00:31
i definitely really really enjoy and one
00:33
of the biggest reasons that i came and i
00:35
stayed here
00:36
my pro for working in germany would have
00:37
to be the work life balance and the job
00:40
security that’s offered here one of the
00:42
best aspects that i’ve come to
00:43
experience
00:44
is that if you’re an employee in germany
00:45
you have a lot more protection than you
00:47
do in other countries in the us
00:50
most of the time we don’t get paid sick
00:52
days we don’t get
00:53
mandatory yearly holidays there’s this
00:56
sort of mentality that you
00:58
work in work and work until basically
01:01
you can’t anymore
01:02
but in germany everybody has sort of
01:04
this joint mindset that
01:05
a job is a job you are contracted for a
01:08
certain amount of hours a week
01:10
and you should not do any more than this
01:12
everybody really emphasizes that you
01:14
take your breaks and you take your time
01:16
off
01:17
and of course if you’re sick you stay
01:19
home sick because
01:21
one there should be no reason that you
01:23
come into work sick
01:25
and put your colleagues at risk for
01:27
getting it
01:28
as well but also for your own health
01:31
why would you most contracts you have a
01:33
minimum of 20 mandatory
01:35
paid vacation days per year however in
01:38
my experience i’ve found it usually
01:40
ranges more
01:40
from 25 to 30. when it comes to sick
01:43
days this is also really cool which i
01:45
find very nice
01:46
because you get six full weeks of paid
01:49
sick leave
01:50
by your employer and then even after
01:52
that
01:53
what happens is your health insurance
01:56
will take over
01:56
so say for example you have an injury or
01:59
an illness and it ends up being
02:01
a longer time than you thought there’s
02:03
no risk of losing your position there’s
02:05
no risk of losing your income
02:07
because if it’s all documented and the
02:10
process is done all correctly through
02:11
your doctors and everything
02:13
then once your company stops providing
02:14
you with your monthly income
02:16
your insurance will take over and give a
02:19
certain percent of your monthly income
02:21
in lua such a strong emphasis on the
02:24
value of your personal health
02:26
and it’s just yeah these resources
02:29
together i think are amazing in general
02:30
it’s pretty hard for companies in
02:32
germany to fire you
02:34
if there is no super strong ground
02:37
and i know in the us this is often one
02:40
of the risks it’s like if you
02:41
are sick and you miss work then either
02:43
you face
02:45
having no pay for these days or else
02:47
your company
02:48
and your employer will usually say oh
02:50
you’re sick you don’t come into work
02:51
well
02:52
that’s grounds for dismissal but in
02:54
germany no the mentality is much better
02:57
when it comes to the con of working in
02:59
germany i would have to say the biggest
03:01
one
03:02
that i’ve personally faced but also
03:05
heard amongst most foreigners
03:07
is that it’s pretty difficult to climb
03:10
the ladder and advance yourself
03:12
in your careers mainly being because
03:14
there are a bunch of
03:15
very qualified people in this country
03:19
and there is just a lot of competition
03:22
i feel personally as a foreigner this
03:24
gets to be very difficult because
03:26
germans like to focus a lot a lot on
03:29
your cv
03:30
on your previous experience on your
03:32
educational background
03:34
and less on the practical experience
03:37
which i won’t get into now but for me it
03:40
seems
03:41
to be a little bit of a backwards
03:43
concept seeing as
03:44
there is free university in this country
03:47
so definitely everybody has the option
03:48
to get the degree get the education on
03:51
paper
03:52
but i feel they lack a lot of the life
03:55
experience i don’t know
03:58
anyhow as an expat as a foreigner you
04:01
tend to get scrutinized and compared to
04:03
germans and that makes it a bit
04:04
difficult
04:05
to rise in the ranks at work however
04:09
i definitely think if you’re resourceful
04:11
there’s a lot of opportunities to prove
04:13
yourself i wouldn’t say it’s something
04:15
that’s super
04:15
just impossible difficult it’s a little
04:18
bit frustrating
04:19
and of course some cities some countries
04:22
it’s
04:22
much easier but you know there’s always
04:26
two sides to everything
Video transcript (4:27 to 10:48) – Cost of Living & Insurance: 04:27
the next topic would be the cost of
04:28
living so okay
04:30
assuming that you don’t live in munich
04:32
we’ll just say
04:33
generally the cost of living in germany
04:36
by comparison to
04:37
say where i’m from hawaii it’s quite
04:40
reasonable i mean for the cost of food
04:43
the cost of transportation
04:45
living utilities like electricity water
04:48
accommodation once again
04:50
this varies definitely based on cities
04:53
or
04:53
parts of germany you live in when it
04:55
comes to grocery shopping this is
04:56
actually
04:57
one point for the cost of living that i
04:59
absolutely love because
05:00
even though i live in a super expensive
05:02
german city i can still
05:05
pay a super super small amount for my
05:07
weekly and my monthly groceries
05:10
but only by bo or organic
05:13
vegetables and produce typically i
05:15
actually
05:16
don’t eat a lot of prepackaged or
05:18
processed foods mainly
05:20
lots and lots of fresh vegetables but
05:22
even still
05:23
i could never afford vegetables
05:26
in general in the quantity that i
05:28
purchased them if i lived in the states
05:30
because
05:31
they are so so expensive but in germany
05:34
you can buy full organic you can
05:37
really just afford so so much
05:41
and i think that’s really cool because
05:43
it goes also with that mentality of you
05:45
know
05:45
taking care of yourself health and
05:47
individual welfare aspect that
05:50
the mentality caters to here but one of
05:52
the downsides which a lot of people
05:54
grumble about and also
05:56
i do as well sometimes
06:00
is the income tax in germany it can get
06:03
pretty steep
06:04
of course it’s based on how much you
06:06
earn
06:07
so if you earn more then a bit more is
06:11
taken out
06:11
if you earn less then of course less is
06:13
taken out but still
06:15
myself i think i earn a pretty moderate
06:19
salary it’s not too little
06:20
not too much looking at my uh
06:23
pay slip it’s always a bit of a
06:26
that’s not the most fun but the thing is
06:29
if you look down
06:30
breakdown of where your taxes goes a lot
06:33
of it goes into these systems that make
06:35
life in germany so good for example free
06:37
education or the health care system the
06:39
next one which is a pretty big one and
06:41
one of the main reasons i came to
06:42
germany is for the health and personal
06:44
insurance systems
06:45
street is actually one that i studied
06:47
and i worked in for quite some time
06:48
i personally am biased because i like it
06:51
a lot for its two-part system
06:53
you have the public or private if you
06:55
qualify for private you can do that
06:57
and it has its benefits however this is
06:59
of course very individually based but
07:01
the public sector
07:03
is also really nice because you know of
07:05
course
07:06
in the us health insurance is really
07:09
mainly for profit but in germany they’ve
07:11
split it up so yes of course
07:14
there’s a lot of money and there’s a lot
07:15
of profit to be made but
07:17
there is this side where you know it’s
07:20
still this basic right and everybody can
07:22
get
07:23
affordable health care and everybody can
07:25
be taken care of
07:26
you always are insured there of course
07:29
is the issue that
07:30
you may be fined for not paying your
07:33
insurance for example you don’t have a
07:34
job or you lose your job you just need
07:36
to register
07:37
with the alberts um do you just need to
07:39
talk to your insurance
07:40
and then the german system the state
07:42
will take over and pay for your
07:43
insurance
07:44
so the only reason you’re getting a fee
07:46
is because they’re giving you this
07:47
option
07:48
where they still support you but you
07:50
just need to work on the processes and
07:52
take care of that
07:53
so if you don’t then it’s like well okay
07:55
that’s the reason unfortunately that
07:56
happened to me in the past i
07:58
was in between jobs and i was not aware
08:01
that i needed to inform my insurance
08:03
and everything to let them know okay
08:05
i’ll have a gap between my jobs because
08:07
usually as an employee
08:09
you know this is all arranged and it’s
08:10
taking on your salary your employer pays
08:12
a portion of your monthly insurance
08:13
costs but i was not aware
08:15
so unfortunately i got a bit of a fee
08:18
and had to pay that off
08:19
wasn’t so nice but now i know and now i
08:22
tell everybody
08:23
because yeah it’s really not so much
08:26
work in comparison to what you’re
08:28
getting out of it which is
08:30
basically never having to worry about
08:32
not having health insurance
08:34
or care in addition to that which i mean
08:37
i think it’s a pro but
08:38
it would also be seen as a con because
08:40
it is a bit tedious and a lot of work
08:43
would be this the mentality of it where
08:45
germans they
08:46
love love love insurances i mean there’s
08:50
so many crazy insurances for everything
08:53
i remember one of my friends
08:55
he was telling me he has this special
08:57
house insurance portion of it was
08:59
if you lock your keys inside of your
09:02
flat and you have to get
09:04
your door broken into or something like
09:06
this then that’s covered too
09:08
which once again this happened to me
09:11
i locked my keys into my flat
09:13
unfortunately on a sunday where
09:15
everything’s closed
09:16
and oh my gosh it was so expensive
09:20
getting my door opened so
09:23
those little details i’m sometimes like
09:26
that’s quite clever
09:28
with this multitude of insurances you
09:30
still are like well
09:31
as a foreigner what do i need what
09:34
should i get
09:35
also what are the fine print what are
09:38
the details how do i choose the best
09:40
price
09:40
this part can be a bit tricky i think
09:42
luckily over the past years
09:44
a lot of companies recognize this so
09:46
health insurance providers different
09:48
liability insurances as well that offer
09:50
great support and resources in english
09:52
so a while back i made a video about
09:54
dogs in germany and that culture
09:55
and one of the interesting insurances
09:57
they have here and of course
09:59
oftentimes you need to have them our
10:02
insurance is for your dogs
10:03
now of course a lot of you if you come
10:05
here with dogs or if you get dogs and
10:07
you don’t speak german
10:08
trying to figure out these details super
10:10
super frustrating one great resource
10:11
which i can recommend would be koya
10:13
they’re this personal liability company
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that is actually founded and created by
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expats for expats
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first off just in general they have this
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really great blog
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which i will link below that has a bunch
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of really helpful articles and
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information
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but additionally they do have a lot of
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great products
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if that’s what you’re looking for they
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have personal liability they have
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multitude of dog insurances they have
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bike theft insurance you know these
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little tiny things that you never really
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think about
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and then all of a sudden realize you
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might actually need it
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there are the resources there and
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they’re one great example
Video transcript: (10:49 to 14:19) – Transportation and Conclusion: 10:49
last point which i will get to would be
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about transportation in germany because
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this one again biased coming from
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somebody who’s lived one in hawaii
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but also in california where it’s really
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strongly
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focused on you have your car you drive
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yourself public transportation
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oftentimes
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does not really exist or it’s really
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just not so much a part of our culture
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but in germany the public transportation
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is actually really good i think it’s
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pretty well regulated typically your
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city specific transportation is very
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nice
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in munich i really like ours with them
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foggy they have
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this really really cool app over the
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last years they’ve updated it to where
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it’s like
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super super modern for german standards
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and it’s really helpful
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i mean you can go in and you can fully
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buy your tickets there now
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but also it’ll tell you what connections
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to take you can choose if you want to go
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by
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tram by train by bus whatever
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combination it shows you multiple routes
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it even shows you about bike rental
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options too which is super cool
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and additionally that’s also a thing is
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a lot of cities in germany are super
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bike
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and pedestrian friendly so this is also
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nice
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because it can be very low cost if you
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want to get around a city
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or there’s just a lot of options however
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i do have to say
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i really miss driving a car i have not
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for a very long time
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and sometimes you don’t want to take the
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train and you want to drive because
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it’s nice to have all your own stuff and
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have that
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but this would be the con in this list
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because owning a car getting a german
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driver’s license
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and driving in general is very tedious
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can be a lot of work and can cost quite
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a bit in germany
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first off with the german driver’s
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license
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of course this varies because some
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people can hand in and exchange their
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previous driver’s license for a german
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one
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and there’s little to no cost or you can
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just take the
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theory exam but sometimes
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if you’re like me the states
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in america you come from are not
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recognized in germany so
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if you want to get a driver’s license
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you have to do all the hours in driving
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school you have to do the theory exam
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and
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all this business and it’s around 2 000
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euros
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and a lot a lot of time so
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that part’s tricky parking can be very
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frustrating as well in munich this is
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the grumble from all of my friends
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because when
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it’s almost impossible to find a parking
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spot driving in the city just
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forget about it most of the times with
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your flat you don’t get a parking space
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so there’s always sort of this rush to
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try to find
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something to rent or a place to keep
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your car store your car
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and that definitely adds to the tedious
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aspect of course i can add in about the
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pros and cons of lifestyle and pros and
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cons of culture socks
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but i feel like that’s sort of majority
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of the content i already create so if
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these things interest you feel free to
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check out some more videos
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like this one that would help explain
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things a bit more but if you have any
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specific questions
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feel free to definitely write them below
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let’s get discussing
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i believe that is all for now overall i
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hope you found this video pretty helpful
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i hope you’re having a great day
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and i will talk to you guys next time
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ciao
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