A GERMAN’S EXPERIENCE in USA with Cari from Easy German

A GERMAN’S EXPERIENCE in USA with Cari from Easy German

Hey everyone! Dana here. Today I’ve got Cari with me from Easy German. And Cari, you’re from Münster in Germany,
right? Yeah, but living in Berlin. Living in Berlin now. But this past summer, Cari went on a tour
all around the U.S., and we did a video this past summer talking about that. And now we’ve got a little follow-up video;
I get to find out how that trip was. I have some questions for her as a German
traveling around America. So you went to some new places during your
trip. What were some of the new areas that you had
never been to before? Anything west of Virginia. Oh, okay! Wow. So, there was lots of stuff that was new. Okay, what was the best food you ate on the
whole trip? Okay. The best food I ate in the U.S. was tacos. Tacos! And generally spoken, ah, I loved Whole Foods. You know this… Oh, the store! Yeah the store. Because in Germany we always think America’s
only about fast food. And fast food is all we know about America,
but in fact they also have all these kind of super fresh, ah, healthy stuff, organic
food. And since I cannot eat like lactose and gluten,
you find all this kind of diet stuff there. Gluten-free bagels with raisins was my favorite. You can’t find that anywhere here. What about the strangest or the worst food
that ate? Was there anything? There was no really bad food. But the strangest was definitely, um… One thing I appreciated a lot was the free
tap water you have everywhere. Okay. But then there’s tap water which really tastes
like chlorine, you know? – Yeah. And in Germany we’re not used to it. And in America people just drink it, you know? And for me it feels like drinking from a swimming
pool. I never noticed it. I had never noticed it. – Really? – Yeah, until I came to Germany and then people told me. I’m trying to think if I thought water in
Germany had a taste. I don’t remember. For me it tastes normal. – Yeah, yeah. Of course. How about the most interesting cultural thing
that you learned about Americans that you didn’t know before. That’s really a tough one. Well actually I learned even more about us,
you know, Germans. So you went to the U.S. and you learned about
your own culture. That’s really cool. I mean that’s what always happens, kind of. – Exactly. I have that same thing, yeah. You probably learned what’s typical American
once you – Yeah. – went out of America. – Exactly. Yeah. It’s like when you’re in it, you can’t see
it as well as when you leave. Then you can kind of see it from above. And then you’re like: oh my God, I’m that
American! – Yeah, exactly. Exactly. That’s the same thing like that I had. You know: I’m that German, oh no. I didn’t know that I was a loud person until
I moved to Germany. I had no idea that I was loud. And then when I went to Athens, I realized
that I was actually quiet. – Oh yeah! Because compared to people in Greece, I was
quiet. So, yeah. It’s all relative. What was something you experienced in the
U.S. that you wish would be done that way in Germany, or you think like: ah, it would
be cool if we did it that way in Germany. Okay, two things. One is free tap water in every restaurant. – Okay. I mean, obviously that, it should be like,
it should be like a service. Since we are back from the U.S., we order
always tap water in the restaurant because it should be for free in Germany. And what do you call it? Do you, is that Tafelwasser? – Leitungswasser. – Leitungswasser, yeah. And Leitungswasser, it’s like, in some restaurants,
like last time in Berlin, it was so, like they said like no, we don’t give it for free,
but it costs one euro. We thought like, okay we’ll get a big glass,
you know? And they brought us this. – It was a little thing! – It was like a shot glass. Yeah – It was really ridiculous. For one euro. – Okay. And then today Janusz ordered at, in Munich,
he ordered Leitungswasser in a restaurant, and they brought us, like the glass was like
this, but it was only filled like this. – Filled that much! And the water was warm! – Oh gosh! So that was kind like the way to tell us like, you don’t order anything for free here. – You don’t do that, yeah. Oh, and the second thing is just being kind
and friendly. Okay. – Germans can learn so much. Just like being nice to other people in the
streets, I mean it’s… Did you make small talk? – Yeah! – Did you do it? – Yeah, I mean, obviously. I think it comes naturally when you go to
the U.S. And sometimes if you are, like, a typical
German tourist who has never been abroad you will be, what is it in English, like “überfordert”? A little overwhelmed. Yeah, you will be overwhelmed. – Okay. – Like why are all these strangers talking to me? And what do they want? Yeah, the best thing was, I didn’t get it
when I moved to Germany, and I thought that nobody was talking to me because I didn’t
speak German. – Yeah. So I was like, I’m gonna learn German. And then everyone’s gonna talk to me. So I learned German… – Yeah, nice try. – And then still nobody talked to me. And I was like, I don’t get it! What was one thing that while you were there
you said to yourself: phew! I am so glad we don’t do it that way in Germany,
or like that in Germany? Okay, I know that might sound a little bit
arrogant, like the Germans know everything better. But the use of plastic was really…I mean this
is already a stereotype, but then it turned out to be true everywhere we went to. Especially in, like in some of the motels
we went to. – Okay. I mean they offered breakfast but the breakfast
was literally just, like, toast and jam. – Okay. – And that’s it. And they served everything from plastic. Plastic plates, – That’s true. – plastic knives, plastic cups. – The bowls, the styrofoam cups, bowls. – Everything! And I’m like, I feel bad using it, you know. I ended up, like, like, eating from the table because
I feel, like, bad using something for five minutes and throwing it away. – Yeah. And this was really, it was a lot of plastic. – Okay. What was the most beautiful scenery that you
saw in the U.S.? Monument Valley! Okay, tell me about it, I haven’t seen it. Yeah, I don’t know, but I’ve always feel fascination
for this place. And I’ve…whenever I’ve seen it on pictures
or in the movies or anywhere I wanted to go there, and then I went there and it’s one
of these places that is even more stunning in, in real life than… You know there are so many places that look,
like the White House, you know? You always see the White House on TV and then
it looks like, just like a house. Like smaller maybe. And the Monument Valley, it’s, it’s one of
the most beautiful places on Earth. What was the most shocking or sad thing that
you saw? Was there anything that comes to mind? We, I have to say we had to think a lot about
that one because I thought there was nothing really shocking, but then to pick one thing
it was maybe, like, people wearing guns in the street. – Okay. – And like, it was not policemen. – Okay. And it was not people who looked any trustworthy,
you know? So that’s really shocking for Germans. – And do you remember where you saw that? I think it was in Washington D.C. What is the one thing you think Germans should
know about the American culture before their first time going to the U.S.? Okay, they should know that it’s like…Germans
know a lot, obviously, about America and American culture and… – From movies, or…? Yeah. Mostly from movies. I mean, American culture shaped Germany to
a large extent one can say, you know. And we think we know so much about the U.S.
that we shouldn’t be surprised but you will, you will be surprised. I mean, everything, I mean New York doesn’t
look like New York in the movies. Yeah, because often New York, the movies is
filmed in Vancouver, Canada. I think. I think. – Possibly, yeah I don’t know. – That’s what I heard or something. I mean, – Yeah. – a lot of things are like you expect them to be. – Okay. But most of all, you know, you wouldn’t expect…we
know like a few places, you know? And we think all, everything in America looks
the same, and all Americans are the same. And it’s like, America is huge, you know? Imagine, like, in Europe a distance from,
like, Moscow to Lisbon. This is America, you know? – Yeah. Obviously in Europe you have different languages,
different ethnicities. But then still, America also has this distance
and has all kinds of different people different political views and different ethnicities
too, you know? People should know that it’s huge. – Yeah. I mean, and that it’s not all, I mean, not
all is like in the movies. And what about public transportation? Did you take any public transportation? That’s the worst! Why I didn’t talk about that? Okay, so… – There is no public transportation. – That’s, yeah… I mean, except for, like, New York and maybe San Francisco. It’s terrible for me. I could never imagine living in a city where
I’m like really need a car. So our question for you is: what has your
experience been traveling to the U.S.? Please let us know in the comments below. Thanks so much for watching. And thank you so much for coming to film a video with me. – Thank you for inviting us. – Of course. You can check out the video that I’m gonna
do with Cari for the Easy German channel. I’ll put a link to it down below. And until next time, auf Wiedersehen! So our question for you is… Oh hey, Mr. German Man’s here! – Oh, hallo! We celebrated Halloween and actually we liked it, yeah. – Oh! Yeah! I was Leonardo. – Nice. – No, Donatello. Was that the pizza one? Donatello’s the pizza one, right? I forgot. – Okay, well, let us know that as well. Do it that way in America…


  1. Im german and i was Never in the us because I'm scared that my English is not so good and because it's so huge. I know it sounds stupid ?

  2. I once wanted to have a walk around my hotel in Raleigh, NC, to explore the area. But there were no sidewalks at all. So you'd have to walk on the streets or on the lawn. Or use a car.

  3. I have made a round trip in US and the most best experience for me was how much nothing there is. For example, we was on a private area driving 16 km and there was
    only the offroad way. It is more than from one to other site of my City (Mönchengladbach Germany, for they want it google)

  4. It's cheaper to film in Canada that's why movies that take place in New York are often filmed there. I basically only drink tap water and as a New Yorker I'm spoiled because we have the best water! I have't traveled outside the US, yet, but Florida water is the worst never drink tap water in Florida!

  5. Tab water is free in Austria. At least, if you order something else, too.
    A coffee without an accompanying glass of tab water feels barbaric to me. ?

  6. Oh, Thank You for making this video! I love you two ladies, sub'd to both. It's so interesting to hear people look at my country with new eyes– shows how odd we can be, really. We're moving from the US to Germany in just under 3 weeks and these videos have been very helpful in gaining some perspective. Thanks again for sharing your experience! <3

  7. If i ever want to drink tapwater, i do it at home. I mean, why should anybody serve me for free? A Restaurants main reason for existing is selling meals and drinks to their customers.

  8. I know that feeling of realising how much German I am. I for example never thought that I am so punktuel even if it is a huge stereotype about Germans. Know I am doing an exchange semester in Slovenia and the first times when I went out to catch a bus or going to a restaurant I was always the first person who was ready to go. Now I know that the busses here are not so punktuel as me and even when you have a reservation in a restaurant it is not a big deal if you are 30 minutes late.

  9. My favorite thing about Germans is that when they ask where you are from and you say a state in the US instead of just the US they ask why Americans are so arrogant to do that. Then I ask if they have ever heard of California and they act like I am an idiot for thinking they might not have heard of it.

  10. I'm 59, and have lived in the US all my life except for 2 1/2 years in Germany and 3 years in England, and I've never seen anyone other than a police officer wearing a gun on the street. I've lived mostly in rural areas, where there are more long guns than in cities; I don't know about handguns.

  11. what I miss about germany is that people mind their own business, in the usa everybody wants to get into yours!
    the tranquility in germany, the politeness, the respectfulness.
    and everybody in the usa wants to know everything about you, asking personal questions without even knowing you.
    and the most thing that I don't like about the usa is everybody uses first names only total strangers at work, at the doctor's, in school, it is so annoying!
    and there is the crime here, terrifying!
    there is much more, but you fellow germans need to see for yourself.
    oh, one more thing: americans don't take care of themselves, they smell bad, they are ugly, they walk around constantly with worn out clothe, they don't take care of their teeth, and last….these ugly beards, whats up with that, so unpleasant to look at, not my taste!

  12. Yes there's natural foods, but Whole Foods is an expensive supermarket. There are cheaper supermarkets that carry natural, gluten free food. But they are local markets, or local chains. They wouldn't be well know.

  13. The most common thing I've heard from any European who visits America is along the lines of "OMG It's huge!!" (No; get your mind out of the gutter) I once met a couple from some Scandinavian country – I forget which – who decided on a lark to "hitch-hike across America". They landed in New York, and had a deadline to meet their return flight in San Francisco. They had three months off, and started out slowly, just roaming around and exploring. Then they realized they were running out of time, and still had to go 2000 miles to get to their ride home. They were at the end of their mad scramble to get across the country when I met them, about 50 miles south of SF, and all they could talk about was how big the country was, and how much they missed because they needed to get there in time. They enjoyed their trip, but realized that to REALLY explore the place they'd need to schedule in a trip that would last a couple years to even get a solid feel for the country.

  14. Tacos are Mexican not American. The U.S. is a big country we all don`t get our water from the same source. I once lived in a house that got well water, that water had a strange taste to me because it didn`t go through a water purification plant, and the area I lived in was at one time agricultural now days it is semi industrial/residential there was even a train yard so who knows what leached into the water. I stopped drinking the water there and bought bottled water.

  15. This has nothing to do with the subject of the vid but you might consider when interviewing someone,  not continually looking back at the camera.  If the camera is the observer, let it be the observer and especially when the person is answering a question you just asked, look at them, like you would in a real conversation.  You're a little too aware of the camera and if it's just you and your audience, then of course the camera is the other person so you naturally look at it.  I just recently found your channel and don't mean to sound so critical as I thoroughly enjoy it.  Please take this observation in the tone it was meant.  🙂

  16. for the first time ever yesterday, i was denied tap water in a mexican restaurant in canada. i found it really ridiculous and insulting!

  17. OK here is my list of why I can't live in Germany or visit Germany for more than two weeks:
    1. stores are ALWAYS closed on the weekends or close early.
    2. no public toilets OR one must PAY to use the toilet. How preposterous is that?!!!
    3. WAAAAY TOOO MANY MUSLIMS. I'm too superior to be mingling with that crowd. I'm not a racist…. I'm just saying.
    5. TOOO many Communist people running around
    6. Nightlife is moderately fun especially in Berlin, BUT NOT AS FUN AS THE NIGHTLIFE HERE IN AMERICA.
    In conclusion, Germany is NOT for me ?.

  18. I'm living in the US for 6 month (I'm german) now and the chlorine thing was really hard for me to adjust to. At home I figured that the water out of the fridge is pretty good to drink and when I'm eating out I don't get the fountain sodas because they're mostly the syrup of the drinks (coke, dr pepper, etc) mixed up with the regular water including the chlorine. But I have to say that slowly but surely even I get used to it 🙂 And the paper plate/plastic waste thing is so true! Literally one of the biggest culture shocks for me. As I've been hosted by two different families in two very different Areas (MD and CO) I experienced very different ways of life and personalities. But all in all I have to say the USA is pretty amazing even though it has lots of odds 🙂 No matter where you are, it's very unique and people are usually very happy to help you (east coast less than CO for example but still)

  19. I loved to see americans are far more than just movie stereotypes (as I expected/ sorry for that, america!). My husband wasn´t to exited about the trip at all but we both totally fell in love with the landscape of Washington State <3 most beautiful: Mount Rainier Nationalpark, breathtaking: Mount St. Helens scenerie and a boat trip in the St. Juan Islands. Wanna go back!!

  20. 0_0 You're loud by German standards? I'd be like a brick tied to a foghorn.

    If you saw someone with a gun in DC, they were probably some sort of law enforcement. Legally having a gun in DC proper is difficult to impossible as a citizen.

  21. It was MY understanding that warm water was PREFERRED by germans. 

    Outside of REGULAR restaurants, NON BUDGET hotels,  and homes, people often use plastic to cut down on needing to clean things.  Of course, fast food places ALSO often use plastic even in the restaurant itself.

    SURPRISINGLY, some people may look NASTY, low class, tattoos, etc… and be REALLY nice.  But generally, most people don't display guns.  WASHINGTON DC doesn't generally allow open display of guns, or even their concealed use!  To do so, you have to get a special registration from Washington DC.  Maybe the guys you saw were secret service or some such.  BTW Secret service sometimes try to be low key, and most AREN'T in "uniform"!  The secret service is FAR larger than you would expect, and they have a HUGE presence in washington DC.

    The state of New York varies a LOT!  You have like ghettos, really busy areas that even residents don't want to drive in, and beautiful country side.  The big 3 airports are all in relatively busy areas though.  Try flying into the Armonk airport though.  If you go more than a few miles, it is not unusual to see deer!  It is VERY different from New York City.

    Washington DC, AND NEW YORK to a degree, DO have public transportation!  I once lived a couple years in Washington DC, and almost never took a taxi, and generally didn't have to walk more than 3 blocks to go to or from the entrance of the WMATA.


    Of course I planned the 3 block deal.  The place I went to work KNEW that almost nobody drove, so they had a shuttle from the three closest subway stations to their front doors.  If they weren't there, I COULD have taken a bus, from the shuttle stop to a bus stop that was a couple blocks from their front door.

  22. my normal voice is about 60db. its like "Conversation in restaurant, office, background music, Air conditioning unit at 100 feet". if I talk louder its close to 70db. its like a vacuum cleaner (70 dB). its not that bad eh?

  23. Münster forever, Cari! American colleagues of mine were surprised about how much I knew about US politics and apologised all the time for knowing so little about Europe. I found that very likeable. Also, in my former company, colleagues shared a lot about their multicultural backgrounds ( Polish descent, Puerto Rican, Chinese, etc). I find that very inspiring. Am no longer in touch with them, which is a bit of a shame :). Sense of humour: a few months ago, when I accidentally hit someone on a plane from Minneapolis he said to me "excuse you" and I replied " thank me". Exceptions prove the rule. If you do meet someone a little rough,, don't take it too seriously. Great people and great experiences.

  24. When I lived in Missouri as an exchange student, the people in our neighborhood would drive half a mile to a sports center to go for a walk there instead of just walking around our nice, quiet and beautiful neigborhood. I never understood why. 😀

  25. Vancouver often stands in for New York City because Canada offers huge tax incentives to attract film productions. The wages for all the support staff (camera operators, sound technicians, etc. ) is much lower because they don't belong to the craft unions and their high wage scales in Hollywood. A lot of our television shows are filmed in Vancouver as well.

  26. In California voters approved a plastic bag ban last year. If you forget to bring your own bag, you can purchase one for ten cents.

  27. When I went to the US for the very first time (to Boston), the thing that I recognized first was the smell of the city. It was really strange, that the city smelled so differently from anything I knew.

  28. I get culture shock just state by state! Living in New Mexico Spanish culture is still very live and well! Once I leave I always miss the food even if its just up to colorado which is only like 90 miles away!

  29. I have been to the US twice. And what really bothered me, besides everyone trying to have a small takl with you, is that everyone is kinda showing of. Cars, houses, tvs…. The bigger, the better.

  30. The US is very interesting to travel and the People arme generally very friendly. The only thing I did not like, were the Black wires hanging everywhere across the streets.

  31. For future reference on the Ninja Turtles:

    Leonardo (blue bandana) – the leader
    Raphael (red bandana) – the hothead
    Donatello (purple bandana) – the genius
    Michelangelo (orange bandana) – the pizza-loving party dude

  32. tab water with tab water ice cubes – ridicules ??

    Now in Germany they have often "stilles" Wasser –
    I only order Leitungswasser when I order a Glas of wine or a cocktail .

  33. i totally agree with the use of plastic and styrofoam, we overuse them in the states and it's hard to escape it!

  34. I totally agree with Cari concerning the plastic aspect. I've just returned from my USA trip and I really have to say that I was really shocked that all the hotels (even the good ones) only offer plastic dishes and knives and farks for breakfast.
    Dana, do you know why they do it that way?

  35. I'm a US citizen, but have been to Germany many times, including again next month. I am not a good speaker, but do know enough pidgin to get by and adapt to life there. I wanted to say a couple of things in response to what Cari mentioned.

    >Tacos & tap water: I always thought a money making idea would be to open a San Diego/Baja style Mexican restaurant and give free water & refills like in the US. It would be hard to get them to understand about "turnover", as in you're done and we need this table, but it could work I think with the right savvy manager, and imported So Cal cooks.

    >Civilians wearing guns. Cari said she wasn't sure, but thought it was Washington, DC. I'd be surprised is it was (but I wasn't with her, so who knows). DC is one of the strictest gun control areas in the country. Gun laws are very much regional as in states, and even cities within states. Out west is generally looser in the laws, but open carry isn't something that is all that common. Concealed carry is more common, but of course you wouldn't know that because, well, it's concealed. Regardless, it's a hot topic here in the US and won't go away soon.

    Great video, keep it up!

  36. Cari, the next time you come to America, please visit the Texas Hill Country. The area is rich in German culture because it was settled by German immigrants beginning in the 1840s. Beautiful towns like New Braunfels (and Gruene), Luckenbach, Fredericksburg (this town flaunts its German roots!), Kerrville….

  37. New York is usually filmed in Los Angeles or Vancouver. In LA we have tons of fake New York sets, which is pretty wild.

  38. Because many folks have succumbed to the evil monster which is insidious and a great devourer of one's desire and ability to learn, experience and grow– The Evil, Wicked SWEEPING GENERALIZATION, allow me to help you: Criticizing and ridiculing the country that you are visiting, and poking fun at their customs and foods is 1. Immature. 2. idiotic. 3. the best and fastest way not only to make enemies of the local people, you will only be one more sad little tourist passing through. To that type of person we say, "Come back when you can stay shorter, and do spend lots and lots of money." To truly experience a new place, let go of your old assumptions, try to be open minded, smile if you can manage it (even if you are out of practice, your face will not crack!), and watch and learn. You just might surprise yourself?

  39. Ich realisierte das erste mal die Ausmaßevon den USA als ich in def Schule hörte das der Staat Oregon ca. das 4fache an Fläche besitzt als Deutschland und weniger wie ein Zehntel Einwohner hat

  40. Too much water in the toilets. Like, seriously. And really short cubicle doors in the restrooms (too high from the floor, too low at the top). Drives me insane.

  41. when i came to the US, i had to face many weird things. some were even scary or very unpleasant.
    guns everywhere, was terrifying
    superficiality everywhere. people always ask "how are you?" and before you can give an answer, they move on with something else. but if you get a chance to answer, and you say something like "my mom just died", they will response with "cool, i had a good day as well".. they just don't care, how you are.
    the huge gaps in public toilet doors, are very creepy
    when you go to dinner, (the size of the portions are scary), people order, eat, pay, leave.. in germany we we eat, have another drink, talk to each other.. we enjoy our evening. we don't rush, we wanna have a nice evening, we are not on the run
    also very weird was, people do not walk. when they go food shopping, they would rather do it in a drive in, instead of parking their car at the end of the parking area, and walk to the store.
    what i hated the most, people eat like cows. chewing gum everywhere, and they all eat with their mouth open. that was so disgusting, and the biggest reason, why i wont return to the US.. really EVERYWHERE. people talk to you while they are chewing, the disgusting smacking sound they make, and no one wants to see whats in their mouth. it looks like a cow and sounds like a pig. in the restaurant people lay half on the table, half under the table, while eating. that was no pleasure to look at, either.
    the landscaping was nice, the wildlife, the infinite space also. i even liked the "cowboy" style at some places.
    what i didn't like was, i couldn't move freely .. i don't know if the people have been friendly, since i never knew, if they are honest, or if they just tried flattering me, and when i turned around, they couldn't remember, we just spoke to one another.

  42. I've watched many of your videos and liked them all.
    But this one was the most interesting and fun because
    of your German friend.

  43. Another great video. Cari is such a sweet person. I am a German in the U.S., and I agree with Cari whole-heartedly.
    And hey, Cari… ich habe Deinen Channel abonniert. Freue mich schon drauf, Deine Videos anzuschauen. 😉

  44. Yes, Monument Valley is awsome! I have met many European tourists in Sequoia National Park, and in Death Valley,
    Which is where I'd torment the Germans with my lousy German.
    Now through the magic of youtube, I can not only tourment the Germans, but French and Spanish as well.

  45. The first time I was in the US was over 20 years ago on a language exchange program. It was in Florida actually, in St. Petersburg near Tampa. I kind of like the climate and kind of easy-going attitude there. At least that was my impression from the few weeks. On the other hand they asked us all kinds of odd question like if we had pizza and fridges in Germany when talking about such topics 🙂

  46. Hallo Dana and Cari. I enjoyed this video. I'm sorry that our public transportation system is not good like in Germany. I was in Mannheim while in the military in the 1970's. Your public transportation impressed me. I read about Germany at different times on line. You all impress me on many things. Hope you all come back sometime. If so check out the southern part: especially South Carolina. Greenville has a lot of really good restaurants. Tschüss.

  47. We’re traveling the US for more than 20 years now, we’ve made dear friends there meanwhile, it’s just an amazing country with very kind people. We experienced good and strange things over the years and yes Monument Valley, the Grand Canyon and the beautiful city of San Francisco are just three of thousands amazing places to be and to see. Best regards from Markus

  48. 90% of what I just learned today is true of American stereotypes, crazy!! Also, having German in my blood but NEVER really cared about any of that, until I realised that's why I am the way I am is all typical for German behavior

  49. The carrying of guns by “non police” was not in Washington, DC. It might have been a police officer without a uniform of one of the many local or federal police. Guns are almost 100% prohibited in DC. And if a citizen does meet the exception to have a gun registered in DC then open carry isn’t allowed unless they are an off duty police officer. She probably saw this in Virginia or some state out west.

  50. I'm surprised as how much it bothers Europeans that American ask "How are you?" and then don't wait for a detailed answer, and they find out it's really just a greeting kind of thing. After all, Germans will say, "Wie geht's?" which translates the same.

  51. Be advised – in Europe there are no 'free' refills. You want a cup of coffee, you get a cup (about 7 or 8 ounces) of coffee for 3 or 4 euros. You want another cup of coffee, you pay for another cup of coffee. It cuts back on your coffee consumption for sure!

  52. Once and for all, TAP WATER IS ALSO FREE IN GERMANY!!!!
    You only have to ask for it!
    OK, if i sit in a restaurant, and only order (free) tap water, well like in the us, they would not happy about your order!
    ZE FIX, lernst des amoi!

  53. Und wenn das Restaurant Dir das Leitungswasser nicht umsonst bring, dann einfach beim Ordnungsamt anzeigen!

  54. The very most shocking experience was, to see so many middle aged people with visible missing teeth .

  55. I'm from a small town. It's not like the America Germans watch on tv. No crime, friendly, wide open spaces. I loved living in holland. I agree. When I got home after four years..people talked to me on the street and waved. I thought the same thing and forgot..how often people were so friendly. I do miss Germany, holland and parts of Belgium. It's been a long time and I think I am due for a visit. If you want to see what my small are is like..watch a musical group on utube. They are called home free. Type in home free, my church. This was near my home. Please visit places like Colorado, Utah and the mid west. That's my America. Great video.

  56. Just remember our country is a good deal larger than Germany. Different area's have different customs . ?

  57. Yeah Berlin greeting from treptow. I loved it i used to live in miami. I loved everything. All those people speaking spanish, big stores, malls and cars, the delious food, the school buses, palmtrees and pink, yellow and green houses. It was awesome. Everytime i think about it a become sad and want to go their again. But Berlin is nice, too. Love you America!!!! The cashier told me once that she likes my purple eyeshadow you have to get used to that first. All those strangers talking to you. ?

  58. Actually Washington DC has the second biggest subway system in America after NY. Public transportation is not a problem here. I live in the city and do not own a car. This is common.

    Also, wherever you saw someone other than police carrying a gun, it was NOT in DC. We have very very strict gun control.

  59. I partly grew up in New Braunfels, TX, back when the last of the old-breed local Germans were still alive. They were hardened, mean people. I ran into that a bit in Germany. Thoughts?

  60. I grew up in a small town in Missouri and currently live in an even smaller town. I have never taken public transportation (I'm 25!), unless you count taking an Uber (or was it Lyft?) when we went to Nashville and Denver. I wouldn't have the first clue how to manage it.

  61. Trust me I've lived in DC you ARE NOT open carrying a gun without being licensed security or the secret service.

  62. Wow the only thing Germans think we eat is fast food? Maybe they really need to see America for what it really is. Plus tacos don't know what type of budget there was. There is so much better food to eat in America than fast foods and Tacos.
    Live a little and explore more of this great country.

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