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
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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
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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
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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
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but you’re still going to support
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everybody else around you
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so it’s sort of like you’re doing
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something alone
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but together it’s sort of like it’s
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always a win-win situation
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that’s been maybe my go-to resource
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because
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of course i i do other stuff when i’m
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feeling like that
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one thing i used to do is if i was
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feeling a little bit lonesome but
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not so great i would just go off
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somewhere social i’d go and go for a
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walk and things forgotten or there’s
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lots of people around
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i go sit in a cafe read my book and you
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know that little
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social energy buzz and everything going
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on around you can be pretty comforting
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and pretty pretty nice we’re all kind of
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confined to staying home being in the
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reality of everything
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so it’s a little bit unfortunate there
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sort of coming up that i struggle with
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is always the holidays because
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i don’t have um i really don’t have
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things to do for christmas you know no
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people know this that family etc
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and then uh times like new year’s as
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well so it’s been long stretch of time
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where i feel just really
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i don’t know bummed out and of course
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the weather’s always cold so you’re like
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not not for me something where i was
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surprised that once i was more actively
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trying to just find something
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i was kind of rewarded the tricky part
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about living in bavaria it’s a very
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conservative state and in munich it
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seems like
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every year for christmas everybody
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leaves and they go to their family and
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you know last year
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i was having a particularly bad year one
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of the issues
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is that too oftentimes if people are not
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familiar with something
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they feel uncomfortable with it instead
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of you know acknowledging it’s from
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their side
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that negative feeling they put it on you
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and this is one thing where
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with my situation oftentimes i get
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really not the nicest behavior and last
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year was kind of thing where
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some people are making me feel very bad
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because
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they couldn’t understand why i was by
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myself and they couldn’t understand my
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situation but
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they had to keep asking and pushing me
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and then eventually they just were
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treating me back for it i was feeling
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really upset
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um and it was christmas and the 25th of
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december
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and then i saw that there was going to
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be this christmas drag show
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some of these drag queens in munich that
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i’m like so obsessed with they’re so
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amazing so great in general drag
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i love it a lot of my very good friends
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do it and it’s one of those things where
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there’s so much skill and there’s so
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much talent and i just appreciate that
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so i was like you know what why not
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i’m gonna go there and i’m gonna put on
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my sparkly boots and i’m gonna make a
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bunch of
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friends and have a nice time and watch
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like these amazing queens do their thing
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and it was the best time ever
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[Music]
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it was really really great because i got
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to be around all these great
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people that were so nice to me and you
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know they didn’t treat me bad
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because i had a different situation that
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was the coolest thing ever
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and it’s actually one of the queens i
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wrote her a little bit ago just to say
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oh
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yeah i’m really sorry that i can’t see
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you but you know she’s been putting a
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lot of
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really great content in lieu of this
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whole last year situation
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so that’s actually i think my last point
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would tie into
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is that you can’t always do things you
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used to do
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or have these resources but they’ve been
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developing and really
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really creative we’ve been finding new
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forms i
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am a huge huge fan of reddit i love it
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so much i have to be careful
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otherwise i’ll spend my whole day on it
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just all these resources if you want to
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connect with something if you want to
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do an activity at support for something
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reddit is the best place for that
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there’s so many different threads and
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odds are you can very easily find
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somebody
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who is interested in the same thing or a
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group of people that
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support the same thing i mean and that’s
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the only community started i actually
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the other day was super super cool
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is there’s this other x type on youtube
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except she’s an american that lives in
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france
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jessie sent me this really really sweet
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nice email
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and then of course the internet stopped
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all of her accounts and i was like
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okay she’s nice but she also makes such
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great content and she’s so similar it’s
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great
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so we were talking and then eventually
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of course i found out she was really
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interested
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in um chef’s table which is one of my
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favorite shows which i can’t get a lot
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of people to get into
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but whatever so i was able to you know
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connect somewhere else and it was such
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like a bright and happy moment
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and i think you could you should
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definitely like just leave yourself open
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to be
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pleasantly surprised just really really
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nice
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and i think helpful especially now in
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these times to sort of like
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get everything feeling a little bit
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better i don’t know how it is in your
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guys’s countries
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but germany of course it’s
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it’s it’s you know not too bad a little
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bit tricky because
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yeah you can’t do a lot of stuff but one
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thing i’ve actually come to like is that
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in lieu of all this germans have been
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becoming a lot more friendlier than they
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were before
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like even just little things like notes
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in stores and shops and
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people just trying to be slightly more
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supportive than before
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or not really super
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intensely trying to make you feel like
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you’re irrelevant to them or they’re
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avoiding you which
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sorry but germans they just do this
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they’re not socially driven
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that’s the culture you know you can’t
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complain it’s just
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different strokes for different folks or
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what have you
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one thing i’ve come to find out that
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there’s a lot
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more there than you think we get so
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wrapped up in our heads and we feel kind
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of bad and
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you know we feel kind of sad or upset
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and you don’t
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maybe try or consider more than you did
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before i know with me it’s like i
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recently found out that there’s a lot
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more people there than i thought
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and even like colleagues or
15:37
acquaintances i found
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you just maybe need to reach out a
15:41
little bit sometimes
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more than you thought granted of course
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if you think oh
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nothing’s going to come from it well
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give it a try
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and worst case you’re pleasantly
15:51
surprised summary of this great big
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video
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i hope that in the least it could help
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you guys feel maybe
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a little less alone or a little bit more
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conscious of
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ways that you can make yourself feel
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better adapt to situations that suck if
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you guys have experienced anything like
16:08
this or have any additional tips
16:10
comment down below i’m certain that a
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lot of people will be happy to hear them
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or at least you know hear some
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similarities i hope you guys
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are having a good week and i will talk
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to you next time ciao
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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
00:04
have to go regularly
00:06
and get my visa renewed ah
00:09
beautiful
00:13
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
00:25
and you know what guys this broad is
00:27
going to stay abroad because
00:30
i am now a permanent resident of germany
00:33
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
00:46
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
00:59
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
01:08
case you just need the straight facts
01:10
down
01:10
nicely organized go check it out let me
01:12
know what you think
01:13
so first things first what exactly is
01:17
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
01:37
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
01:47
thing is is if you’re an employee
01:49
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
02:40
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
03:25
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
03:31
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
04:13
permanent residency
04:14
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
08:50
[Music]
08:52
ciao
08:53
[Music]

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
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ciao
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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
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in fantastic munich germany
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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
10:15
that is actually founded and created by
10:17
expats for expats
10:18
first off just in general they have this
10:21
really great blog
10:22
which i will link below that has a bunch
10:24
of really helpful articles and
10:26
information
10:27
but additionally they do have a lot of
10:29
great products
10:30
if that’s what you’re looking for they
10:32
have personal liability they have
10:34
multitude of dog insurances they have
10:37
bike theft insurance you know these
10:39
little tiny things that you never really
10:41
think about
10:41
and then all of a sudden realize you
10:44
might actually need it
10:46
there are the resources there and
10:48
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
10:53
about transportation in germany because
10:56
this one again biased coming from
10:58
somebody who’s lived one in hawaii
11:00
but also in california where it’s really
11:03
strongly
11:04
focused on you have your car you drive
11:06
yourself public transportation
11:08
oftentimes
11:10
does not really exist or it’s really
11:13
just not so much a part of our culture
11:16
but in germany the public transportation
11:18
is actually really good i think it’s
11:20
pretty well regulated typically your
11:21
city specific transportation is very
11:23
nice
11:24
in munich i really like ours with them
11:26
foggy they have
11:27
this really really cool app over the
11:29
last years they’ve updated it to where
11:31
it’s like
11:32
super super modern for german standards
11:34
and it’s really helpful
11:36
i mean you can go in and you can fully
11:38
buy your tickets there now
11:40
but also it’ll tell you what connections
11:42
to take you can choose if you want to go
11:44
by
11:45
tram by train by bus whatever
11:47
combination it shows you multiple routes
11:50
it even shows you about bike rental
11:52
options too which is super cool
11:54
and additionally that’s also a thing is
11:56
a lot of cities in germany are super
11:58
bike
11:59
and pedestrian friendly so this is also
12:02
nice
12:02
because it can be very low cost if you
12:05
want to get around a city
12:06
or there’s just a lot of options however
12:09
i do have to say
12:10
i really miss driving a car i have not
12:13
for a very long time
12:15
and sometimes you don’t want to take the
12:17
train and you want to drive because
12:19
it’s nice to have all your own stuff and
12:21
have that
12:23
but this would be the con in this list
12:27
because owning a car getting a german
12:29
driver’s license
12:30
and driving in general is very tedious
12:34
can be a lot of work and can cost quite
12:36
a bit in germany
12:38
first off with the german driver’s
12:39
license
12:41
of course this varies because some
12:43
people can hand in and exchange their
12:45
previous driver’s license for a german
12:46
one
12:47
and there’s little to no cost or you can
12:50
just take the
12:51
theory exam but sometimes
12:54
if you’re like me the states
12:57
in america you come from are not
12:59
recognized in germany so
13:01
if you want to get a driver’s license
13:03
you have to do all the hours in driving
13:06
school you have to do the theory exam
13:08
and
13:08
all this business and it’s around 2 000
13:11
euros
13:12
and a lot a lot of time so
13:15
that part’s tricky parking can be very
13:18
frustrating as well in munich this is
13:20
the grumble from all of my friends
13:22
because when
13:23
it’s almost impossible to find a parking
13:25
spot driving in the city just
13:28
forget about it most of the times with
13:29
your flat you don’t get a parking space
13:31
so there’s always sort of this rush to
13:33
try to find
13:34
something to rent or a place to keep
13:36
your car store your car
13:38
and that definitely adds to the tedious
13:40
aspect of course i can add in about the
13:42
pros and cons of lifestyle and pros and
13:44
cons of culture socks
13:46
but i feel like that’s sort of majority
13:48
of the content i already create so if
13:50
these things interest you feel free to
13:51
check out some more videos
13:52
like this one that would help explain
13:55
things a bit more but if you have any
13:57
specific questions
13:58
feel free to definitely write them below
14:00
let’s get discussing
14:01
i believe that is all for now overall i
14:03
hope you found this video pretty helpful
14:05
i hope you’re having a great day
14:06
and i will talk to you guys next time
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14:14
ciao
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