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Dabbling in Denglisch

So I was planning on writing this great big post about how I ( and anyone who follows my tips) learned to manage conversational German so quickly. I then shortly realized it was utter nonsense because over the past 6 months I have been speaking less German and more Denglisch.

Dẹng·lisch

Combination of English and German spoken by expats in Germany  and Germans who keep on switching between both languages.

“Kannst Du mir morgen helfen to plan this out?”

For those who have transitioned into Denglisch, it really isnt a matter of being poor at one language or the other. Your skill set is voided, its mainly about the situation. When you have to use two languages often in daily life, no matter how disciplined or precise you are. Eventually you end up mixing them when the passendes Wort cannot be found.

It unfortunately is a  nasty habit one finds themselves in. People will ask me to translate a word from German to english and I’ll be like ” yea I totally understand what that is, but no my brain can’t compute my mother tongue right now” i.e lost in Dengleschion. I find my German skills have weakend and my english moderately deteriorated. I am sadly becoming a lazy linguist I fear.

It’s really interesting how becoming bilingual later on in life works out. The children I have previously cared for were all bilingual straight out of the womb, they have the ability to perfectly transition between language and seldom mix them up. Were as I over here have begun facing a handful linguistic nonsense:

  • Yodaspeak
    Since the German sentence structure is occasionaly backwards compared to the English, my American brain overthinks it decides that it should always be this way. I’ll find myself talking in english and blurting out phrases like ” I will the book soon read”
  • Or?

In German they always use an affirmation seeking “oder?” (or?) at the end of a sentence. Often  I find myself switching it in to my native english by asking my friends something like, “We will go later to the party or?” yea. smooth Aspen, congrats on your englischcchhh.

  • Scchh!

I realized I had been in Germany quite sometime when I started added c  to any words with an sh. Not only would I mistakingly write it down, but embarassingly enough pronounce it once and a while.

What are your biggest Denglisch-ues? Has anyone found a good way to stay on track and seperate their languages?  I would love to hear more about your tips and experiences. As I have only been learning German for two years now, It’s always great to hear from a fellow expat!

Video

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
05:24
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
05:34
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
05:43
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
06:42
particular because it does have more depth to it it does talk about really
06:46
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
07:06
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
07:13
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
07:24
does post really cool things there too you know I’m very happy to be part of
07:27
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
07:36
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
07:50
here whether you’re new but just joining together and reminding each other okay
07:54
things are tough things are nice but we all experience
07:59
same and it’s always nice to feel like you’re less alone and that you do have
08:05
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
08:13
that makes me feel really good about myself and grab something I was feeling
08:17
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

Video

Living Abroad during a Pandemic

Living abroad can be tricky, but mix in a global pandemic and the challenges are bit more.

How has your experience been? Have you found any things that help or new connections that pleasantly surprised you?


Released on December 9, 2020

Video transcript: do this they’re not socially driven
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that’s the culture in lieu of all this
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germans have been becoming a lot more
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friendlier than they were before
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everybody welcome back to my channel if
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you don’t already know
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my name is aston i’m an american living
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in fantastic meaning germany
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and i talk about what it’s like going
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abroad topic is one that i definitely
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connect to a whole lot expats in general
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i think we’ve all
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felt some stage of it or even have it
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just
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now and then but i find it to be even
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more important
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this year because it doesn’t really
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matter i think your living situation
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it’s more the thing where everybody’s
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going through this
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and everybody’s feeling something very
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similar living abroad in general has its
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challenges
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and some of us are able to move
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abroad and already have some
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sort of connection some sort of
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foundation there maybe you’re moving
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for school or maybe you’re moving here
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for a partner or for a dog or something
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my situation
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i’m one of the others that moved here to
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build a new life and i moved to album
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myself and so i had
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really really start at the bottom and
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build everything up i’m not saying i’m
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complaining
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i think in itself in where i’ve come
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from
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who i am now it’s been a really valuable
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experience and
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i’m happy what i’ve been able to do how
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i’ve been able to use the resources that
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i’ve been lucky to get
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and become who i am now but of course
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it was very very hard and at times it
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can still be
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very very hard to do that i
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struggle a lot with feeling
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both alone and lonely
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because i mean yes there’s a very big
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difference between the two
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but i came here and i of course
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it’s better now but i still have the
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strongest social
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foundation i would say i don’t really
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have any family any sort of
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um network or support
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in that regard this past year which has
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felt like so many
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so many years and one i’ve come to
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realize there is a very big difference
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between
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feeling lonely and being alone being
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alone is like if you have
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absolutely nothing nobody only you
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which i feel like to be only the
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smallest smallest percentage of people
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i mean i of course
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don’t have too much you know
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in terms of friends and family etc
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but i have been able to meet really
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great people
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and really good have really good
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connections i mean i have wonderful
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colleagues at my job
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and so i would not say i’m alone
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the biggest annoying thing i feel kind
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of bad is like if i’m doing these like
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emergency forms i don’t never have a
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contact i could put on it or if i go to
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the hospital they’re like who should i
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contact
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i’m like me but
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if i really need something i do have
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friends
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in other places other cities other
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countries or so the best part about
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i guess living in this time or having
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everything happen in this time
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is the benefit of the digitalization
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that’s super ingrained into our society
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and culture people may not be
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close to you like in a physical
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proximity but
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there’s always somebody i think
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somewhere where you can reach out to
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and in my situation it’s kind of been
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like that the other day for example i
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was having such a hard time
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with getting my furniture delivered i
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have been
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flat so it’s just a nightmare and
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for days straight i was staying at home
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waiting for this package to be delivered
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because i can’t pick it up because it’s
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very big and heavy
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and the guy kept you know giving me
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notifications so he tried to reach you
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but you weren’t home
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and i was like yes i was i even got my
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neighbors
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post because i was home it’s
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this no and i was getting frustrated and
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i called their customer support and
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you know they didn’t help me at all
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they’re like well just wait the next day
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they’ll come
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so i called my friend and really no like
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please i don’t know what to do
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i mean you’re german is there some chick
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i don’t know and he goes
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yeah you just have to be grumpy with him
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sound too nice give me your information
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i’ll call and so he called them
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and it was like you need to tell your
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delivery to stop being
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lazy and then within a couple hours it
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was delivered
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so you know i think it’s really it’s
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really nice thing is i want to be very
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clear with this
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is that whether you’re alone feeling
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lonely feeling alone
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i’m not saying you shouldn’t very much
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against that whole mentality that you
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always have to be happy and you always
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have to look on the bright side and
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you always have to be like well
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something could always be worse
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something could always be better
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yeah of course true that’s life but
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no matter who you are where you come
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from what your situation is
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we all have the same feelings we all
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feel them at the same levels of
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intensity
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and it’s just that spectrum is very
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equal
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so sometimes if you’re feeling bad and
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you know
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you shouldn’t have to feel better
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sometimes you just need to sort of get
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through that get out of that and then
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maybe rationalize it later
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so you’re not forever in like this
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little slump which
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i sometimes find i fall into but luckily
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running has been one of those things
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where it definitely really helps out
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right now things
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are definitely getting a bit more tricky
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like the final culmination of this
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really really annoying year it’s winter
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time
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currently in germany it’s getting very
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very cold
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running right now is just
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very difficult i find it’s a tool that
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i’ve
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been able to use to get myself out of
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these periods where i’m not feeling
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so great if you have alone and you have
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feeling lonely
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feeling lonely i think this could be
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broken down into maybe a couple
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different factors
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and what i’ve found to be is things that
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make me feel lonely is when one
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i’m feeling disconnected or there’s just
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a lack of familiarity which i feel
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especially as an expat
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this one always gets you super hard when
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you start
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and when you first move abroad and i
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mean even if you’re in your own country
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once you move around to different areas
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or different cities you have that period
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where you’re like oh
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i don’t know how to do stuff i am still
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adapting
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i’m uncomfortable i’m not familiar and
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i just don’t connect to this place these
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people but
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living abroad it’s a little bit i think
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more tough well i think it’s a little
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bit more long-term there because
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i’ve been in germany for so long but i
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still
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feel like this middle ground where i
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don’t belong
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like people do here but i also don’t in
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the states
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and i understand a lot of stuff but i
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don’t
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connect with it the same or i just
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certain things are not familiar to me
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and
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i and it’s not that i get nostalgic for
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being in the states again
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but just knowing if i’m there all these
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little daily activities little tasks
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i don’t have to think about them you
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know it’s like going to the grocery
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store and i know
07:19
what aisle i know what row i know where
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everything is located
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even in germany when i’ve been here for
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ages i’m still like
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why is this product next to this product
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this doesn’t make
07:30
sense to me and i know it and i go for
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it but it’s just
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that thing where i can’t quite always go
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on autopilot because i’m always like
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okay remember
07:38
this is how it goes here and that’s the
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type of thing
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where it’s just the trade-off you have
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to accept
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but it does always perpetuate this just
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feeling of well not always the most
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comfort
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and you don’t want to come to this sort
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of feeling of
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discomfort i then in my experience
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at least kept trying to find resources
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or ways that
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i can maybe just create that for myself
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and it wasn’t always dictated by my
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environment
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of course you don’t really have control
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over that and you can’t
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always just go through every day feeling
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those bad things
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and so for me running was one of the
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things where i yeah it helped me so much
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i’m going this forever because
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it’s just it’s just incredible too for
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so many things
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it’s such an incredibly mental sport of
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course you have to have some
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physical shape as well and endurance
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there but for the most part
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it’s just so in your head going those
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last couple kilometers in a race
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or even just getting up and going out
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for a run in general
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you have to think in your head i’ll do
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this otherwise
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you just don’t and that’s i think the
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biggest thing to it
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and so it was something where i knew
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okay maybe if i was having bad
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time i was feeling not my best if i go
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out for a run i’ll feel good because i
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accomplished something and it always has
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a positive outcome you know
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you are always a couple steps better
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than you were before
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and you know if you’re saying all right
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i’m going to go run this amount
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and you do it easy when and
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you did something great for yourself
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aside from that it’s also
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one a great way to connect in a great
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way to
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find these social resources as i said
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before i do
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really love all my online communities
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and
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the way it’s connecting with people in
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itself you know you go to a race
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and it’s the most supportive and amazing
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community ever because people there
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they’re not really racing against each
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other
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of course technically yeah a little bit
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they are but at the end of the day you
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go there because
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you have something in your mind that you
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want to accomplish for yourself
09:45
but you’re still going to support
09:46
everybody else around you
09:48
so it’s sort of like you’re doing
09:50
something alone
09:51
but together it’s sort of like it’s
09:53
always a win-win situation
09:55
that’s been maybe my go-to resource
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because
09:59
of course i i do other stuff when i’m
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feeling like that
10:02
one thing i used to do is if i was
10:04
feeling a little bit lonesome but
10:06
not so great i would just go off
10:08
somewhere social i’d go and go for a
10:09
walk and things forgotten or there’s
10:10
lots of people around
10:11
i go sit in a cafe read my book and you
10:14
know that little
10:15
social energy buzz and everything going
10:17
on around you can be pretty comforting
10:19
and pretty pretty nice we’re all kind of
10:21
confined to staying home being in the
10:24
reality of everything
10:26
so it’s a little bit unfortunate there
10:28
sort of coming up that i struggle with
10:30
is always the holidays because
10:32
i don’t have um i really don’t have
10:35
things to do for christmas you know no
10:37
people know this that family etc
10:39
and then uh times like new year’s as
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well so it’s been long stretch of time
10:43
where i feel just really
10:46
i don’t know bummed out and of course
10:47
the weather’s always cold so you’re like
10:50
not not for me something where i was
10:52
surprised that once i was more actively
10:54
trying to just find something
10:56
i was kind of rewarded the tricky part
10:58
about living in bavaria it’s a very
11:00
conservative state and in munich it
11:02
seems like
11:02
every year for christmas everybody
11:05
leaves and they go to their family and
11:06
you know last year
11:07
i was having a particularly bad year one
11:10
of the issues
11:11
is that too oftentimes if people are not
11:14
familiar with something
11:15
they feel uncomfortable with it instead
11:17
of you know acknowledging it’s from
11:19
their side
11:20
that negative feeling they put it on you
11:22
and this is one thing where
11:24
with my situation oftentimes i get
11:29
really not the nicest behavior and last
11:31
year was kind of thing where
11:32
some people are making me feel very bad
11:34
because
11:36
they couldn’t understand why i was by
11:37
myself and they couldn’t understand my
11:40
situation but
11:41
they had to keep asking and pushing me
11:43
and then eventually they just were
11:45
treating me back for it i was feeling
11:46
really upset
11:47
um and it was christmas and the 25th of
11:50
december
11:51
and then i saw that there was going to
11:53
be this christmas drag show
11:54
some of these drag queens in munich that
11:56
i’m like so obsessed with they’re so
11:57
amazing so great in general drag
11:59
i love it a lot of my very good friends
12:02
do it and it’s one of those things where
12:04
there’s so much skill and there’s so
12:05
much talent and i just appreciate that
12:07
so i was like you know what why not
12:11
i’m gonna go there and i’m gonna put on
12:13
my sparkly boots and i’m gonna make a
12:15
bunch of
12:16
friends and have a nice time and watch
12:18
like these amazing queens do their thing
12:20
and it was the best time ever
12:27
[Music]
12:34
it was really really great because i got
12:36
to be around all these great
12:38
people that were so nice to me and you
12:40
know they didn’t treat me bad
12:41
because i had a different situation that
12:43
was the coolest thing ever
12:44
and it’s actually one of the queens i
12:46
wrote her a little bit ago just to say
12:48
oh
12:48
yeah i’m really sorry that i can’t see
12:50
you but you know she’s been putting a
12:52
lot of
12:53
really great content in lieu of this
12:55
whole last year situation
12:57
so that’s actually i think my last point
13:01
would tie into
13:02
is that you can’t always do things you
13:04
used to do
13:05
or have these resources but they’ve been
13:08
developing and really
13:09
really creative we’ve been finding new
13:11
forms i
13:12
am a huge huge fan of reddit i love it
13:15
so much i have to be careful
13:17
otherwise i’ll spend my whole day on it
13:18
just all these resources if you want to
13:20
connect with something if you want to
13:22
do an activity at support for something
13:25
reddit is the best place for that
13:26
there’s so many different threads and
13:28
odds are you can very easily find
13:29
somebody
13:30
who is interested in the same thing or a
13:32
group of people that
13:34
support the same thing i mean and that’s
13:36
the only community started i actually
13:38
the other day was super super cool
13:39
is there’s this other x type on youtube
13:42
except she’s an american that lives in
13:43
france
13:43
jessie sent me this really really sweet
13:46
nice email
13:47
and then of course the internet stopped
13:49
all of her accounts and i was like
13:51
okay she’s nice but she also makes such
13:53
great content and she’s so similar it’s
13:55
great
13:56
so we were talking and then eventually
13:58
of course i found out she was really
14:00
interested
14:00
in um chef’s table which is one of my
14:02
favorite shows which i can’t get a lot
14:04
of people to get into
14:06
but whatever so i was able to you know
14:09
connect somewhere else and it was such
14:11
like a bright and happy moment
14:12
and i think you could you should
14:14
definitely like just leave yourself open
14:16
to be
14:17
pleasantly surprised just really really
14:19
nice
14:20
and i think helpful especially now in
14:22
these times to sort of like
14:24
get everything feeling a little bit
14:26
better i don’t know how it is in your
14:28
guys’s countries
14:29
but germany of course it’s
14:33
it’s it’s you know not too bad a little
14:35
bit tricky because
14:36
yeah you can’t do a lot of stuff but one
14:39
thing i’ve actually come to like is that
14:40
in lieu of all this germans have been
14:43
becoming a lot more friendlier than they
14:44
were before
14:46
like even just little things like notes
14:48
in stores and shops and
14:50
people just trying to be slightly more
14:52
supportive than before
14:54
or not really super
14:58
intensely trying to make you feel like
15:01
you’re irrelevant to them or they’re
15:03
avoiding you which
15:05
sorry but germans they just do this
15:06
they’re not socially driven
15:08
that’s the culture you know you can’t
15:10
complain it’s just
15:12
different strokes for different folks or
15:14
what have you
15:15
one thing i’ve come to find out that
15:17
there’s a lot
15:18
more there than you think we get so
15:21
wrapped up in our heads and we feel kind
15:23
of bad and
15:24
you know we feel kind of sad or upset
15:26
and you don’t
15:27
maybe try or consider more than you did
15:29
before i know with me it’s like i
15:32
recently found out that there’s a lot
15:33
more people there than i thought
15:35
and even like colleagues or
15:37
acquaintances i found
15:39
you just maybe need to reach out a
15:41
little bit sometimes
15:42
more than you thought granted of course
15:45
if you think oh
15:45
nothing’s going to come from it well
15:48
give it a try
15:49
and worst case you’re pleasantly
15:51
surprised summary of this great big
15:53
video
15:54
i hope that in the least it could help
15:57
you guys feel maybe
15:59
a little less alone or a little bit more
16:01
conscious of
16:02
ways that you can make yourself feel
16:05
better adapt to situations that suck if
16:07
you guys have experienced anything like
16:08
this or have any additional tips
16:10
comment down below i’m certain that a
16:11
lot of people will be happy to hear them
16:13
or at least you know hear some
16:15
similarities i hope you guys
16:17
are having a good week and i will talk
16:18
to you next time ciao
16:25
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Video

Short train trip in beautiful Bavaria!

In this vlog, a new Expat friend and I decided to take a day off for a little Bayern Ticket ausflug to the Neoclassical Walhalla monument in Regensburg…

For fellow history lovers, here’s the scoop: During the mid to late 1800s, Leo von Klenze was the court architect for King Ludwig I.

They then together produced the Greek architectural revival we see much of in Munich (Königsplatz, Glyptothek, Monopteros etc…) but in addition, there’s also the Walhalla building in Regensburg. (This is a temple monument filled with busts of distinguished persons influential in German-speaking history.) Watch the video to get a glimpse!


Released on August 21, 2019

Video transcript: 00:00
alright as exploring some fancy stuff
00:02
tick-tock-tick to teach it door-to-door
00:07
Daleks please barbecue Oh what’s your
00:20
point
00:21
hello guys and welcome to Regensburg or
00:25
actually for a bit outside a Regensburg
00:28
now there’s people coming up I don’t
00:30
wanna take a – so we’re not disrupting
00:33
the local t MF f GID we’re going to we
00:44
had to go with the chain for minute hour
00:49
45 minutes and then the bus
00:58
like 20 more minutes it to
01:07
tick-tock-tick to teach it Dora
01:09
to teach it to deter Dalek blur please
01:14
[Music]
01:50
yes oh we’re dead tied we try to eat a
01:56
moment ago and like vlog there but then
02:03
we had to hurry up in this stupid budget
02:05
on they canceled our train and now we
02:09
have to take the later one this so we’re
02:11
gonna get home with like
02:14
got up at like 5:00 this morning I’m at
02:16
my trainer my trainer was like oh you’re
02:18
gonna do leg days I never just go up
02:19
before first weighted squat it was hard
02:22
I had to do just every like thing ever
02:26
and then we go to Valhalla and we just
02:28
walk it up this dang trail hiking just
02:31
insane which
02:34
need to find out why no way back yeah
02:37
the way back you actually don’t have to
02:38
hike and go up a very steep slope no
02:42
hole
02:46
all most important thing cook
02:50
Oh magic to take it because I knew my
02:52
hand out make success no disability he’s
02:54
doing every like loads of more thing
02:56
guys is that we did this today with the
02:58
buyer to get with some amazing it’s over
03:01
two people starting it’s only 32 euros
03:03
looked at and a half amazing day trip
03:05
because and have a bionic it works is
03:08
you can use most any transportation and
03:11
buy in for 24 hours he didn’t know about
03:14
this I mean look like tempered like the
03:16
EC or something but basically
03:18
Chung
03:21
some deutsche bahn right to come here
03:24
for the trip yeah I think in total today
03:27
we went to the grocery store and we got
03:29
some snacks overall we spent maybe like
03:31
40 bucks
03:32
sua summit my battery is dying okay guys
03:35
carry that tree have a good time daddy
03:38
say bye
03:53
I think first Fitness is a lifestyle
04:09
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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]