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Cuba Travel Tips and Advice // Watch this before you go!

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Hello.
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Today we are going to talk about Cuba
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because of all of my videos about my travels to Cuba
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I have gotten so many questions.
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The best thing that I could do is just make a video addressing
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some of the more common questions that I get
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and hopefully I can provide you with some answers.
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So here are some tips for traveling to Cuba.
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Money, this is one of the biggest questions
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The biggest?
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That’s weird.
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This is one of the most common questions that I get, which is
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how much money should I bring?
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My answer to this question is anywhere between eight hundred US dollars
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to fifteen hundred dollars per week.
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The thing about Cuba is that over there they don’t have Apple pay
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they don’t have credit cards
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they don’t have any of these digital commodities to pay with
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so you have to bring cash
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and that is very important
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because I’ve actually found a couple people who have gone to Cuba
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and had no knowledge of this
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and had only brought a very small amount.
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So, you have to budget the money that you are going to take to Cuba
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and take it with you.
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Don’t rely on your credit cards
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because you’re not going to have access to it.
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The 800 to 1500 dollar range that I just gave
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is pretty much on the low end
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if you’re staying in Casaparticulares
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or in Airbnbs
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and not if you are staying at hotels
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that would probably be more in the $1,500 range or more.
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But you can find pretty cheap accommodations for as low as maybe $30 a night.
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Staying in a hotel is obviously going to be a whole lot more expensive
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and of course this is also taking into consideration the food that you eat
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some places you can get very cheap food
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and in others, like if you go to the more fancy, Paladares
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then that is more gourmet food
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and you are going to be spending a little bit of money, more money.
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But over all the money that you’re going to want to bring
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is anywhere between 800 to $1,500 per week
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if you would like a little bit more information about budgeting
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then you should definitely check out my friend’s video, potato jet
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he made a video all about budgeting
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and documented his expenses while he was staying in Havana
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so you should definitely check that out, I’ll put a link in the description
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if that’s something that you are interested in.
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Speaking of accommodations
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I get asked this question a lot which is
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Are Casaparticulares reliable? Are they safe?
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Is it okay to stay there
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and although I did not stay at Casaparticular when I went to Cuba
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I stayed at an Airbnb.
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I do have a lot of friends
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and people that I know who have stayed at these Casaparticulares
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and they are extremely safe
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and they are extremely reliable.
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You do have to remember that these are people who live in Cuba
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and are giving up a part of their home for you to stay in
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and when you do that you have to realize
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that they are going out of their way to provide you
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with the best accommodation that they can
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with the limited resources available.
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So if the breakfast is not the breakfast
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that you are usually accustomed to when staying at a hotel
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or even a motel
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please keep that in mind
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and try not to complain
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because most of the time these people do not have a lot of resources
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and they just want you to be the most comfortable
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and have the best possible time
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while you are staying at their home.
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How to get around Cuba?
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A lot of people have asked me if the public transportation is okay to use
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and I did not use the public transportation at all
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and the reason is because I have heard and I have witnessed
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that the public transportation is not reliable.
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The public transportation like the buses do not really follow a strict schedule
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so even though you think that you are going to go get a bus at a specific time and day
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that bus might not be there
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or her might appear two hours later
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and the thing about the buses
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is that you actually have to reserve your spot for buying a ticket the day before
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and it’s just it’s very complicated.
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Definitely research that, plan that.
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That would not be my recommendation for getting around in Cuba.
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I would say that the best way to get around in Cuba
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is to look for a private driver.
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This is something that you can actually look for using Trip Advisor
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and what you should do is find a private driver
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and coordinate with that driver how much it’s going to cost you
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how many hours a day you’re going to need him
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how many days you’re going to need the driver
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and just be sure that you have that all planned out before your trip.
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Getting a driver is probably the most affordable
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and the most reliable way to get around Cuba
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and these drivers even for a little bit more money
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are able to take you to different towns
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if you plan it accordingly
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and it’s just probably the best way to go around Cuba.
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On that note I would not recommend for you to rent a car
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because the roads most of the roads on Cuba are not paved
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and have a lot of holes
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and there’s not a lot of up keep going on there
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even if you are a very experienced driver
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I would say that it might be dangerous
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it might be difficult for you to get around.
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If you aren’t familiar with the area
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you might not know that any specific path is actually a road
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because like I said there are a lot of unpaved roads.
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It’s best to just get a private driver
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and have someone who knows exactly how to get around.
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Is it safe in Cuba?
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The answer is 100% yes.
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You can really go around town and not have any issues really.
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The only thing that I have heard of
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and I have not have had an experience with this
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but a few of my friends have mentioned
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that they have experienced pick pocketing while in Cuba.
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That isn’t something that I witnessed
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but I have heard it a few times
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and even from one of my friends who got pickpocketed.
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He said that the pickpocketer was very awkward
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and like apologized afterwards
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because he caught him like grabbing his phone, I think it was.
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Of course with any place
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I would recommend to not go down
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any road that you are unfamiliar with
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or any dark alleys or anything that looks suspicious.
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Always be on alert wherever you are traveling
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especially as a foreigner
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and if you don’t know the language you might make yourself a target.
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For the most part Cuba is very safe and people are extremely friendly and kind
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and I find that they’re super hospitable and will go out of their way
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to make you feel welcomed on the island.
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Sometimes when you are a tourist in a new city
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and foreigner
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you can be a victim of scams
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and getting knocked off
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and I can say for a fact
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that this is something that is not common at all in Cuba
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I have not witnessed it
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I have not experienced it
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none of my friends or people that I know have experienced it
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it’s just not something that people will do.
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Honestly I think that’s something that you really don’t need to worry about.
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Like with any other country
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if you are going to get a tour or something
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it’s always good to try to negotiate
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and for the most part you might get you know a better deal
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and don’t be afraid to negotiate.
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The Cuban people are very nice
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and I’m sure that you will come to an agreement for a price
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and will not be a ripoff.
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Those are all of the tips that I have for you today.
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Let me know in the comments below
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if you have any other questions about traveling to Cuba
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or anywhere else in the world that you’ve seen me go to.
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Safety concerns and General Tips when traveling to Peru

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Safety concerns and General Tips when traveling to Peru

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Hey everyone!
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Thank you so much for joining me here today at Stef’s Peru Travel Tips.
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I’m Stef and it’s been a really long time since I’ve made a video so I’m kind of nervous
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and I have my notebook here that I’m going to read off of in case I forget anything and
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I hope that that doesn’t annoy you guys or seem very obvious but I’m going to try to
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do my best to remember this information.
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So, let’s get started with this video.
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Today’s video is going to be about safety concerns when traveling to Peru and around
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maybe someone in the middle of this video or the end, I will have some general safety
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tips that you can use when coming to Peru.
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But you might also be able to apply them as well when you travel to other foreign countries.
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So, let’s get started.
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A lot of tourists generally have safety concerns when traveling to Peru or specific foreign
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countries either because they have seen things on the news such as riots or other forms of
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civil unrest or they have read up on crime in the country that they are planning on visiting
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or maybe they know natives from that country or foreigners who have traveled there that
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have had bad experiences.
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So I know that it can be easy to get discouraged about traveling to a country when you have
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so much negative information coming in, and at least in my experience, I feel like Peruvians
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are very proud of their country and their culture and they know that Peru has a lot
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to offer but at the same time, at least for me, I feel like a lot of people in Lima live
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in a constant state of fear.
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They’re always scared that they’re going to get mugged or that something bad is going
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to happen to them when they leave their homes or even just being at home.
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So, what I want to do in this video is try to present to you the information that you
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need so that you are aware of what could possibly happen while you travel here but I, um, don’t
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want you to get discouraged from traveling to any foreign countries just because it’s
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“too dangerous.”
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I think in general, there is always danger present anywhere you go and I just think that
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the main thing that you have to do when you go anywhere is just keep an eye out and just
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try to be as safe as possible.
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So, here we go!
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This video is a little difficult for me to talk about because I have to be as objective
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as I can be but at the same time it is my personal video blog so I am going to be to
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a certain degree subjective and I just hope that all of you can respect me and my opinion
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and you know, I welcome your opinions as well so just be sure to write down whatever it
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is, um, that you would like to mention at the bottom of this video in the comments section.
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So, let’s go!
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The U.S. Department of State has ranked Peru as critical for crime and we actually have
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one of the highest crime rates here in Latin America.
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So that’s not really good to know but it’s not that bad.
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I mean, it all depends on what goes on when you come here.
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So some common crimes here are: pickpocketing, purse snatching, smash and grab robberies.
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A smash and grab robbery is basically when you are in your car and someone comes up to
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the car or wherever you’re in in the vehicle and they break the window.
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They grab your purse or your bag or whatever you have there in that moment and they just
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run away with it or drive off or whatever.
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They also have express kidnappings which is basically when they pick you up off the street
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and they take you to an ATM and make you withdraw all of your money and they force you to give
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them whatever you have on you and sometimes they even take you all the way home so that
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they can just take whatever else that you have before they finally let you go.
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And then there’s also carjackings and burglaries as well.
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I’m sorry if this is really loud but my grandmother has decided to cook while I am making this
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so, there’s going to be noise.
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So why are foreigners easy targets?
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Well, foreigners are perceived as as generally being wealthier than the local population.
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You guys generally tend to have items on you or cash on you so, you know, we think that
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you’re loaded basically.
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Common items stolen are: smartphones, cameras, ipads or tablets, wallets and laptops.
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So as you can see, small electronic devices are generally stolen besides wallets.
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For those of you that don’t know the history of Peru.
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I don’t know a whole lot about it myself because I didn’t live here and I wasn’t raise here
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so I didn’t have to study this but I did try to do some research in order to make this
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video and basically Peru has had a pretty rough history, as most countries have.
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But our history, um, the country has just now been able to stabilize very recently.
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So it started going through a period of militarism in the 50s or 40s or something.
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Around there this militarism started and it just continued on for a couple of decades,
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for a few decades and then there was an emergence of these terrorists, domestic terrorist groups
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or insurgent groups.
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And we also had inflation, plus hyperinflation in the 80s so it’s been really rough.
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The last major terrorist attack that Peru had was in 2002 when there was a bomb left
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in a shopping center that’s right in front of the American Embassy.
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So that was the last major attack in 2002 and it’s 2014 so that was just 12 years ago.
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So the country has not really had a whole lot of time to really have a period of just
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like, peace, you know?
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We still, um, had to deal with terrorism up until the early 2000s and in the 90s is when
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the whole economy started stabilizing because there was seriously, crazy hyperinflation,
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where people could barely buy anything because it was just, the prices were ridiculous and
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a lot of people actually did leave the country for that reason as well because life here
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was really scary, you know?
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It was incredibly difficult to buy things and there was the whole terrorism thing.
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You just never knew if on your way to work something was going to happen to you or something.
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A building was going to be blown up or a bus was going to explode.
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So it was really tough for the people who were living here then.
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That’s basically the general gist of it because I don’t want to go into too much detail because
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I don’t want to possibly get anything wrong here.
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So, I don’t want haters to be like “hey!
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You told the story wrong” or something.
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I don’t know.
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So, some general tips for when you come to Peru are number one, don’t exchange a lot
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of money at the airport because the exchange rate in the airport is REALLY really terrible.
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I believe when my aunt came here in February of 2014, the exchange rate within the airport
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was 2.5 soles, the Peruvian currency, 2.5 soles per dollar and outside of the airport,
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in a bank or something, it was 2.8.
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So it’s a really big difference when you’re exchanging high amounts of money.
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Tip number two is that you use a dispatch taxi or as we call it here in Peru, a “taxi
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seguro,” which is basically just a, a number that you call and that you reserve a taxi
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for a certain time.
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They go pick you up and then the taxi driver and the company communicates via a radio or
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something and it’s just.
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It’s more for you just to be safe because, I don’t want to get too into this right now
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but you can get mugged if you take a taxi outside of the airport.
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How can I explain this to you very quickly?
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Within the airport there are some taxis that you can take and these are usually overpriced,
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but they are safe taxis and you can take those taxis.
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Outside of the airport there’s also other local taxis and these are the street taxis.
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And if you happen to take a street taxi, you know, something could POSSIBLY happen to you
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if you decide to take that kind of taxi because it’s not something that’s 100% sure.
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It’s just a regular person on the street picking you up in a car that probably has a “taxi”
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sign and you don’t really know if you can trust them or not.
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If they’re actually going to take you to your destination or if they’re going to take you
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somewhere else to mugged, so, I recommend that at least for your first visit in Peru.
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If you don’t know the area, you definitely should try to use a dispatch taxi or reserve
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a taxi beforehand because, um, it’s for your safety.
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Number three is that you place your suitcases in the trunk of the car and any small bags
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you may be carrying with you or book bags or whatever.
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If you carry it with you in the car then, I suggest that you put it somewhere where
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it can’t be seen.
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Try to keep it out of sight because people do get mugged outside of the airport when
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they’re leaving because they have their suitcases in the seats with them or their bags in the
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seats with them and then they’ll get their bags taken.
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Tip number four is that you should always try to be reserved and that’s because you
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don’t want to tell strangers too much personal information about you because they could be
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sizing you up to see if you’re a good potential victim for them.
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So just be careful when you mention things to the taxi driver, police officers and maybe
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customs officials because you just never know if they’re going to let someone else know
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that you’re about to come along that way they can steal your things from you.
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So, just try to keep things limited or even make up a story.
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I once had a friend that came down here and he actually told the taxi driver that he was
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an FBI agent and he said things like “yeah, I have a gun but I can’t show you right now
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or whatever.
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Blah, blah, blah” and the guy actually believed him and he just kept up this little game.
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This little conversation because you just never know who you can trust so maybe you
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can do that as well.
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Maybe make up an entertaining story to tell your friends.
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later on or something.
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Tip number five is that I recommend that you not carry your passport around with you everywhere
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and that’s just because if you lose it, it’s going to be a pain in the neck to have to
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get a new one, especially if you’re going to be leaving soon.
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So what I recommend you to do is to leave your passport in some sort of locked safe
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in the hotel where you’re staying at and carry around a photocopy of your passport and the
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pages that contain the visa maybe if you needed a visa to come here.
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And a copy of the immigration form that you signed upon entry and also if you have another
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form of identification such as a driver’s license, you should try to carry that around
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as well along with a photocopy of your passport, visa and other stuff.
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Tip number six is that you try to keep a low profile.
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Do not carry around flashy jewelry or loads of money with you, you know?
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Expensive electronics.
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Just keep it simple here, you know?
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Because that definitely draws attention to you and I think that’s a little common sense.
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You don’t want people to be looking at you.
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You want people to think that you’re a part of the local population.
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Even if you are a foreigner.
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There are lots of foreigners that live here as well but they’re pretty relaxed.
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They wear a regular t-shirt and pants and whatever so don’t come in here wearing like,
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super nice name brand stuff or whatever because people look at that.
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And they’re going to think you have lots of stuff on you so it just…you’re making yourself
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a potential target.
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Tip number seven is that I recommend you avoid walking in “dangerous” districts, especially
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at night.
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Try to walk along well lit streets wherever you go and um, yeah, just try to be careful
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because it can be pretty scary or intimidating when you’re in a dangerous district and it
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just looks, not very pleasing to the eye and there are sketchy people walking around so
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just try to avoid those areas if possible.
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Tip number eight, in case you happen to find yourself in an area that is not very welcoming,
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do NOT act afraid or frightened because you totally just look like you don’t belong and
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obviously people are going to pick up on that.
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so just try to be alert, don’t act paranoid.
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Tip number nine is that I recommend that you pay attention to people who are paying extra
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attention to you and to be careful about group of children that run up to you because kids
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try to use that to their advantage sometimes.
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Just because they’re kids, you know, you think “oh, they’re little!
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They’re innocent” and whatever but that’s not always the case.
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I mean, these kids will come up to you and they will just take your wallet off you or
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whatever else you have on you without you even noticing it and sometimes they can even
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attack you because there are little bands or gangs of children that do mug people so
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you have to be careful with that.
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Tip number ten and I think this goes without saying but do not get drunk if you go out
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to bars and clubs and try to stay with people you know.
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This actually leads me into tip number eleven which is to try to always travel with a group
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of people.
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Remember that there is safety in numbers.
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You don’t want to be caught alone.
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It’s always much safer when you’re with people.
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Tip number twelve is that you hold your camera firmly by the straps if you have a semi-professional
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camera or another type of camera that goes around your neck because people will easily
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just, yank that from you if you don’t have that around your neck or if you’re not holding
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it tightly.
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And if you’re not using it then try to put it away when not in use.
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I know that a lot of people who have semi-professional cameras or professional cameras they put it
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in little special camera bags and I think that that’s all good and well but I personally
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prefer to use this little book bag thing that’s like this.
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And it just goes around my body this way so whenever I’m not using my camera, I just put
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it in my bag and I walk around and I feel like this way it’s much more secure for me.
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It’s much more difficult for a thief to yank my camera from me if I have it in this as
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opposed to having it in a little camera bag that I’m holding or carrying around.
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Tip number thirteen is that you do not leave your belongings in the restaurant, on the
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restaurant table or just away from you, you know?
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If you are going to the bathroom, then I suggest that you take your purse with you.
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I mean, a lot of restaurants nowadays, especially the, not more expensive ones but the ones
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that are relatively expensive ones, they have these little straps or hooks where you can
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put your bags or purses or whatever you have and that’s all nice, you know, it prevents
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people from just taking your purse without you noticing.
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It’s a little difficult to get it out of those things but what I recommend is that if you
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have your phone or other small little objects, you definitely want to take that with you
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when you go to the bathroom and just be careful not to leave them in the bathroom.
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Tip number fourteen is that you try to be careful when handling money because people
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will sometimes try to cheat you out of money.
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They will try to give you false bills or bills and coins that are really worn down.
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So if they are just really worn, I would just tell the person that’s handing me the money
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to give me a nicer looking bill as opposed to what they’re trying to give me in that
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moment.
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And yeah, you’ve just got to be careful.
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I’m going to make other videos on taxi taking tips and public transportation tips and also
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money tips.
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So I’ll have more information on those things in videos to come but for now these are my
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general tips and I hope that they help you somewhat when you come down here and um, or
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if you’re traveling to another country.
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Maybe these could prove to be useful so that’s it for my general tips I believe.
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And right now I’m just going to give you guys my personal experience with crime in Peru.
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I haven’t really dealt with any seriously crazy stuff.
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I mean, um, I remember when I first go here.
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My aunt let me use this really old little cheap phone that she had and it was really
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worn out but it was just, you know, a phone that I needed to use so that I could make
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any calls that I needed to and it was so beat up that I seriously didn’t think anyone would
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want to steal this phone because it was a REALLY really old model and I just thought,
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you know, who on Earth could possibly want this phone?
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Well one day, I’m leaving work and I put the phone in my little book bag mesh pocket that’s
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on the outside so for those of you that don’t know what that is, it’s something like this.
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These kinds of pockets and I put it in that little mesh pocket and I got off a few blocks
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later and at this bridge where it’s “dangerous” and I started walking and two or three blocks
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later when I wanted to see what time it was and I reached back for my phone and it wasn’t
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there.
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So I took my book bag off and I looked and the mesh pocket actually had a slit in it.
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Someone had taken the phone from me at some point without me realizing it.
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And I thought that was so weird because I didn’t feel the slightest thing.
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So that was my experience with that.
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Another time was when I went to Mistura, which is a food fair or festival thing that we have
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usually in September.
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This started maybe seven years ago and yeah, in Mistura, a guy came up to me and asked
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me if I could take his picture and I was with my aunt and my cousin so I said “yeah, sure”
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and I took his picture and I, you know, me being the nice person that I am, I said “Oh,
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do you want me to take another one?” and the guy was like “No, no, no.
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It’s okay” and he left.
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Well that day I was wearing those pants that had those fake pockets that you can’t put
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anything in and I had a sweater that had a front pocket.
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So I had my phone hanging out of that pocket somewhat and then a few minutes later when
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I went to try to watch this little musical thing, show, going on and I wanted to take
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pictures of it and I reached for my phone, it wasn’t there.
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And this was right after I took that man’s picture.
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So I don’t know if at some point, somehow, between the time I gave him back his phone
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or his camera or whatever and he said bye, I don’t know what but I don’t know if he took
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it off me then or if it fell out or what but I am assuming that he probably stole it from
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me so that’s what happened there.
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Those are the major incidents that I’ve had.
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There’s also been once where, twice I believe, when I was on the bus and a “choro,” a choro
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is what we call a thief, a street thief or whatever and a choro came up to the bus and
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I think he stole the bus conductor’s money or something.
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The bus conductor is the person that takes the money from the passengers so yeah, he
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like, ran up to the bus when it had just stopped to pick up a passenger and he took something
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from the bus conductor and he ran off.
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And another time was when I was on the bus and again, that “dangerous” area where the
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bridge is, um, and yeah, a guy came on the bus pretending like he was going to get on
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and he actually reached for this woman’s purse, snatched it and ran off.
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So, that’s what I’ve experienced as far as crime here in Peru.
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Nothing really horrible, at least directed to me.
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But I have had friends and other people.
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I know two people, one person was expressed kidnapped, but she was okay after that.
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They just made her give them her money and a bunch of other things.
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And, um, she wasn’t raped or anything.
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And then I had another friend that was almost expressed kidnapped, but luckily a man walking
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down the street decided to try to defend her so she was really lucky.
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And then, a friend that also lives in Miraflores, she was, maybe a block and a half or something
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from her home and she lives in a nice, safe area and a guy came up to her and demanded
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that she give him everything she had and she was just in shock and was like “I don’t know
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what you’re talking about.
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I don’t know what you’re talking about” and, um she was calling out for help and people
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around her were not going to help her.
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I guess because they were afraid often times here, at least in Peru, people don’t usually
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want to get involved because they put themselves in danger by getting involved so people don’t
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always lend a hand when you’re being mugged unfortunately.
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That’s not always the case like my friend who was almost express kidnapped.
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That guy definitely defended her against two guys or something and that was really nice
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but that’s not always the case and in this case my friend was calling out for help and
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she saw some people coming and they just kind of stopped like “oh my God!
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What’s going on?”
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They didn’t run up to help.
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And she was calling out for help and then this car came up and the driver was actually
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the thief’s accomplice and the driver was like “Give,”‘ you know, he insulted her and
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he was like “Give him your effing phone you whatever.
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Blah, blah, blah” and yeah, my friend threw the phone away from her and she ran off and
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the thief got in the car and they drove away and that’s in Miraflores which is a very nice
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area here.
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In the beginning of the year when I started making these videos and I was actually in
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Miraflores recording and stuff with a friend, a serenazgo woman came up to me and she told
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me that I should be more careful and that I should put my camera away because there
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were people stealing a lot in the area.
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And she was telling me how yes, it’s usually a group of two, um, a couple of people on
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a bicycle or um, sorry, a motorcycle and one is obviously driving or riding the bike or
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whatever it is and the other person is the thief and the person will just snatch whatever
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you have on you.
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Purse, camera, whatever and they’ll just, you know, ride away.
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So, she told me to be more careful and I definitely put my camera away then because I had just
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bought it and it was really expensive so, yeah.
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So, it can just happen anywhere you go and we have to be really careful.
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Don’t get too confident, but try not to be paranoid or whatever.
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Just be alert.
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Always be alert and keep an eye out.
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That’s it!
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An experience I want to mention is that once when I was in centro de Lima which is downtown
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Lima with a friend eating at KFC, while we were sitting there, I noticed a group of tourists
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coming in and then after a few minutes I went to the bathroom and I happened to see one
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of the tourists there with a Peruvian woman and then I left and sat down and kept talking
23:37
to my friend and then a few minutes later, um, the woman was crying, just balling her
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eyes out and I happened to find out that the Peruvian woman that she was with somehow managed
23:50
to steal a bag off of her.
23:53
She was just confusing the woman with whatever she was asking her and she somehow created
23:58
so much confusion that she was able to steal her bag off of her that had like, all of their
24:04
passports, money and all of their stuff and I felt so bad for her and the worst thing
24:08
about this is that the KFC didn’t even have a surveillance camera.
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The police officers were unfortunately, not much help at all and there was no way to catch
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this woman and I just felt so bad for them because they were going to leave Peru with
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such a negative experience.
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Negative feelings about their time here for the most part probably because that can really
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kill your experience so I hope that these tips and this information can help you guys
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limit your risk for when you come to Peru in case you find yourself in shady areas or
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whatever.
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I hope that this limits your risk for danger and I hope that you are still motivated to
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come here and visit Peru because it does have a lot to offer and it would be a very good
24:56
experience for all of you and thank you so much for watching.
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I want to shout out to my friend Suz, who really pushed me to get back to making these
25:05
videos so thank you so much Suz and thanks so much again for watching.
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And I hope to see you again sometime soon!
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Bye!
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Take care!

 

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TRAVEL TIPS FOR CHINA | China Travel Essentials

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so hey there GRRR Travelers! Welcome back! Today i
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want to do my travel survival tips for
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China but seeing as i’ve had the
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opportunity to have some expats or meet
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some experts on the road I wanted to
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have them share their experience with
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you and tell you how it goes because
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expats I feel like know how to travel
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the country because they’ve been living
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in it they have to deal with the culture
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and they have usually the best tips. So
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i’m here with Raimonda and she has been
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here for 5?… Yes, five years.
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And she’s been living in
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Bei… Shanghai.
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Hwangji and Xujou.. Three different
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places. -Is that like different provinces or
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it’s a little bit but still everything is
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down there… is close by. is close by means
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when you can reach by train by 30 minutes
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to one hour. it’s close by. And you
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work here or you teach?… – Yes I came to China to the
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for the job and I keep doing different type of
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jobs.
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What are your biggest tips for planning
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a trip to China? Because China is a huge
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country… – The biggest issue is we need to
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get aware that the country is very big.
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The country is very different because each
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province has their own thing. But the
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biggest issue of traveling …
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be aware that this is a language barrier.
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Whatever language you speak you need to
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prepare yourself basic on the Chinese.
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Get it written down or do for that copy and
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paste the character, because maybe in another
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asian countries you can communicate a
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little with English like in Thailand or
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Vietnam or Cambodia and here you don’t
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always have Chinese characters written
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down that the people know what you want
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and they will help you.
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Wait so
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with the big cities like Beijing and
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Shanghai you still need to have written…
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No it’s okay because here with the most
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of the people you speak English or you
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have a foreigner and you just grabbed the first
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one was crossing around and people will
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help you.
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Another issue~ big cities are really well
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informed in the meaning of a subway, a
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tickets, a bathroom…
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you just need to read it. Because a lot
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of people ,they don’t read. They just
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go . – Read what?… The signs. You need to
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look at the signs using your eyes. -And there’s English?…
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Always. Shanghai, Beijing… I never been in Guangzhou…
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but i think what it will be the same
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thing. Yu have always Chinese and
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English so you sometimes you just need
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to follow the signs. It’s very simple.
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For first time travelers to China,
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what are some easy cities to
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travel, which also have a lot of
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sights to see.
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It’s basically… typically, the whole
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country is safe.
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The city, you can just walk at night and
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no one will touch you.
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That’s definitely … a very clear
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issue. The easy way… more comfortable
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cities for sure, is the capital and
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is Shanghai. It can be later Guangzhou,
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Or it can be Xingjin…
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it can be later, going deeper to Xian.
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And when you say Xian, that’s like with an “X”?
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Exactly this with the (letter) “X”, that’s with the
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terracotta soldiers.
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-Ok. Because always when you have kind of
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a touristic attraction, you will always
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have one or two or three random Chinese
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people who do speak English.
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Once again. the best thing you
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can do , you buy or print out
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but just prepared basic character on
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Chinese, because the issue is with a
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China cities, when you translate them into
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English, some of them have the same
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name. But when you see them in Chinese
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character, they are different . Jst only
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the English translation is the same
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thing, like we have two Nanjing.
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But one isn’t in
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one corner and the other one is in the middle of
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China and another one is in the south of
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China. So it’s very important that
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you know which province you go and then
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which city.
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-Ok. So you need to know the province and
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the city because there might be
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duplicates? …. Eexactly. Between when you look in
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the English version for you, everything
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is like “Nanjing”, but Nanjing is Nanjing. It
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depend upon how you put the tone, because
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Chinese has four tones. Depending on how you
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put your tone, you ending up somewhere
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else.
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There are Chinese ways to get around,
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understand things or to book
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trips, right? -Yeah.
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To apprroach it from like Expedia.com or Kayak
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. – The best for China, like this
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official site is Ctrip. C-Trip
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is offering a different type of tours
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and sometimes they offering d…
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sometimes they are offering ….a city
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tour for specific area, so you can go on
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this too. So you have already like a
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reference point, when you make your
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basic planning that you know when
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landing, that you know where you’re going
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…and maybe in one city you don’t want to
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be alone and you just gather with people.
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So you can use Ctrip. Meetup.com
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as well, is running and they are
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basically in several Chinese cities. They
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are having the groups and groups are
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doing thing that we have that are in.
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Intonations.
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Intonations dot org were information
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to know information to have information
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internations dot orgy
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it’s an expert community worldwide
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they’re coming from Germany body
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covering the biggest cities worldwide so
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I think in china tea as six or seven
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cities so they have the community to and
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you can gather the people to induce some
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things if you don’t want to be
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google getting around what are the ways
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to get around or the easiest ways for
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the first time traveler get one if you
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gave me here is the way is a train it’s
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not the train it was not the bus if it’s
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not the bus so you can then try to
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arrange a car or you take a cab okay and
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you can book these off its again see
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trip you can book see triple suffering a
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lot of things they can have like a range
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of two of the guide was a pickup service
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or you’re just gonna have a pickup
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service is everything the same thing we
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check if you download reach it and you
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spend a little more time using keywords
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is always important keywords you can get
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to some agencies who are providing all
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these type of service because they speak
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english i’m getting the idea that you
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even though we are kind of like on a
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wordpress trip that is kind of being put
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together by sea trip i am getting the
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idea that seat which is kind of like
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very big in China ends the way that
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people kind of book things and so it’s
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like a trusted site it’s like in Europe
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everyone look at your dreams
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ok ok like burden i think we do like
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orbitz speedy exactly we chat that and
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what is everything ability it reaches
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everything you can have reach at you
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lost in China you need to have reaches
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its like a social media messaging app
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ap all type of app where you can pay for
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things and wiggles a lot of things you
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can buy you can sell you can transfer
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money the money issue it’s really
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connected with local cut so probably to
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someone was not local-based not having
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local bank art you want to be able to
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use it but you can use messaging you can
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use for searching something if you get
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to know people the first thing what they
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will ask you do you have Rita because
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the whole communication goes over we
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chatting it’s free or
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it’s 73 as long as you have a Chinese
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7-ups we will be running behind the b4
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to have what are some quick tips about
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food and health will then help with the
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way the most important thing okay the
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moral time avoid ice and wood everything
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what does not know we need to eat cooked
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food if you want to have a healthy so
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much what people drinking a lot of hot
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water
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just follow it because it’s good for you
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so much and you want to keep during your
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trip a healthy stomach okay well one
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thing I’m really curious because I like
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street Street food you need once again
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google it around before you going here
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going to always recommendation which
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city which street is good because
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sometimes we say chicken bones can be a
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rat or cat whatever at this you don’t
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know there’s no name on it
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well how do we know then what happened
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nothing should happen is you even I
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guess I’ll be careful about what you
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need on the street make sure if it’s
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neat that it will be my even that’s a
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CAD or rat as long as this belt hook
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nothing happening that’s will be just
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different experience
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so basically what you don’t know won’t
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hurt you but cultural it’s always be
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polite and respectful because he a lot
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of things going on in a different way
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but they still happening and the other
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reason why they are happening in the way
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they are happening
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it means don’t conflict with people it’s
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very important issue faced losing so
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never play never blame another chinese
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in front as a Chinese if you wanna
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something happening so talk face-to-face
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but you never blame a Chinese person in
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front of as a people
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this is totally normal that will get the
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red card in the country and you can
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leave now
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ok yes moving faces a variation type of
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culture it’s basically you don’t want
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the other person to feel shame in front
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of other people are exposed
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read the other people and if you do
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everything can go downhill from Jack
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last tip is where can people go to the
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toilet toilet always I know the sign i
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say for the sign the woman and demand
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something you can gather in the better
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in the airport you can have it in the
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market its local vegetable market has a
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bathroom supermoon had faster we can
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find basically a lot of bathroom
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including you can find a lot of local
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bands which means day as somewhat
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between the living areas you just need
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to a habit alright and the Metro
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platform that has a tooth the two
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bathroom too
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so you just follow the sign or to ask
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someone he will show you okay and then
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always be prepared for squat because I’m
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not seen any Western toilets around
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exactly and be read this is a hole in
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the ground so and that’s the issue you
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need always to have a deal in the bed
10:29
tissues because this doesn’t exist
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ok and that a threat
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you need to go and I need to go I’m
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sorry I’m just like I’m getting the cue
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to go so thank you and I really
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appreciate your being here and sharing
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your tips for us thanks to be here
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welcome to shine thank you very much
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so here we have from Ramona travel
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survival tips for surviving china and
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Switzerland Travel Tips: 10 Things to Know Before You Go to Switzerland

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– Yellow Productions presents 10 things to know
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before you go to Switzerland.
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I’m Chris, this is my traveling panda, Topher.
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We do travel guides that are fun, informative,
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and entertaining, and in this video
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we’ll tell you some things you’ll wanna know
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before you come to Switzerland.
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And we’ll start with number one which is,
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Switzerland has four different languages.
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Yes, in Switzerland they speak
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German, French, Italian, and Romansh.
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And in different parts of the country
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they speak different languages.
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So, in Zurich and Lucerne you’ll find people speak German.
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In Geneva they speak French.
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The south speaks Italian, but almost everybody speaks
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English too, so if you’re an English-speaker,
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chances are you’ll be able to get along
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just fine in Switzerland.
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And the other thing to know about languages
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is there’s really no need for small talk in Switzerland.
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In a lot of places you have to chat up
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the store clerks, the waiters and waitresses.
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Here they’re pretty good about being efficient;
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they just want to finish the transaction
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and so you’ll find you don’t need to make
1:04
that small talk that maybe you do back home.
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If your home is the States or places
1:08
where small talk is popular.
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Alright.
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Thing to know number two: hours.
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Switzerland is an early country.
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Cafes open early, stores close early,
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so when you’re here you will want to start,
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and likely end, your days early.
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Most stores open between eight and 10 in the morning
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and they close between six and 8 p.m. in the evening.
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On Saturday most shops close around four or 5 p.m.,
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and on Sunday almost everything is closed.
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Switzerland has pretty strict laws
1:44
to have a good quality life so things aren’t
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too noisy or too busy, but that means that,
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when it becomes night time, there’s not much to do.
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So just kinda plan your days that way.
1:57
There are some cities that have a thing
1:58
called evening shopping and they’ll have
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one day a week where the shops will be open ’til later.
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In Zurich this happens on Thursdays,
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and on Thursdays the shops are often open until 9 p.m.
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Alright, number three: transportation.
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Switzerland has really good public transportation.
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It’s pretty similar to Japan in that context.
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Public transportation here is always on time.
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If your train leaves at 12:02, by gosh,
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it’s gonna leave at 12:02.
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If you see another one that’s leaving at 11:58,
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that is a different train.
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Something to know if you’re coming to Switzerland
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and you’ll be traveling a lot on the train,
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there’s this thing called the Swiss Travel Pass
2:43
and you can get unlimited transportation
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on trains, buses, trams, everything like that.
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And so that’s a pretty good deal
2:51
if you’re gonna be doing a lot of train travel.
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Alright.
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Also, if you are doing a lot of train travel,
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make sure on your mobile device
3:00
that you download the SBB app.
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SBB is the Swiss Railways and their app
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tells you lots of great stuff about where you’re coming,
3:09
where you’re going, platforms it goes on,
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so that’s a handy thing to have with you.
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And also there’s two main classes
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of train travel in Switzerland.
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First class and second class.
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Now the second class is actually pretty good.
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I think second class in Switzerland
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is almost as good as first class
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in a lot of other countries, so don’t feel bad
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if you’re taking a second class train.
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Okay, the fourth thing to know is money.
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In Switzerland they don’t use the euro
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and they’re not part of the European Union either.
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They are part of the Schengen Agreement
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that allows visa-free entry
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so the money they use here is the Swiss franc,
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abbreviated CHF, but you can exchange euros
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at any bank, many hotels, a lot of stores will accept euro,
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but then you’ll get change back in francs.
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And if you’re looking for an ATM
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you will see those called Bancomats.
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Bancomats is the term.
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Alright thing to know number five:
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Switzerland is expensive.
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You’ve heard Switzerland is expensive and it is.
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Pizza probably cost you about 20 Swiss francs at Vapiano’s,
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which is a pizza chain that I like quite a bit,
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but that was a bit of sticker shock
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when it was 20 francs for a pizza.
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A Big Mac meal at McDonald’s will cost 12 francs.
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Starbucks coffee, five Swiss francs.
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Nothing here is cheap.
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By the way I don’t know that if I said this
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of where I’m doing this.
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I am doing this video in Zurich right over the river.
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There’s a river boat going underneath right now.
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So if you haven’t checked out my Switzerland travel guide,
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you can find a link to that in the description below.
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Alright, so thing to know number six: food.
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When you are in Switzerland, the things to eat
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are chocolate and cheese.
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You will find chocolate shops almost on every block
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in major cities in Switzerland.
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The cheese, there’s over 400 varieties
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of cheese in Switzerland, and those are
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two of the things they’re most famous for.
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They have a lot of cows so drink the milk too,
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dairy is a big thing here.
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Something to also know about food,
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and I just talked about things being expensive,
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food is expensive.
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If you’re trying to get some cheaper eats,
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go to restaurants that have lunch specials,
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you might find those to be about 20 francs,
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go to some of the cafeteria restaurants
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that are in department stores,
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or, if you want the cheapest eats,
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check out the ethnic restaurants.
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Kabobs are always cheap so you can find
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a kabob maybe for 10 francs.
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Last thing to know about food is
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if you have a reservation, don’t be late.
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If your reservation is at 7 p.m. and you get there at 7:15,
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well you might as well forget you had that reservation.
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Things here are much like Germany or Japan
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where they’re very strict on time,
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so make sure you don’t get too late
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and still expect them to seat you.
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Okay, number seven thing to know
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about Switzerland is it is small.
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Switzerland has a total population of eight million.
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It is one tenth the size of the state of California,
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or about three times the size of Los Angeles County,
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but Switzerland has many mountains
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which makes travel fairly slow throughout the country.
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But if you’re driving on the freeways
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where it’s been developed pretty good,
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you can go from Zurich to Geneva in three hours,
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and that’s pretty much the length of the country.
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Okay, the eighth thing to know: the weather.
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The weather in Switzerland can be quite varied
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because of the Alps, the mountain range
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that runs through the middle of Switzerland.
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On the west side it can be windy,
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on the south it’s significantly warmer,
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but the thing to know is that in the summer time,
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here in Zurich, it can be quite warm.
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When we were here the daytime highs
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in Fahrenheit were about 80, 85 degrees.
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They can get up to 95 degrees and 35 degrees Celsius
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for the highs, so Switzerland can be quite warm,
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which is something that we didn’t really take into account
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when we came here, so make sure you bring,
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if you’re coming in the summer,
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definitely short sleeves and shorts.
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You will want it.
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It’s also humid here cos there’s
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so much water out and about and around.
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Another thing to know if you are going
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up to the mountains, the mountains are cold.
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Each mountain will typically have its own website,
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so check the weather on the mountains.
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Even though it’s 85 Fahrenheit here,
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up on top of the Jungfrau it’s nearly freezing today.
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So do pay pay attention to the weather.
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And when you’re up on the mountains at a high elevation
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make sure to wear sunscreen because the elevation
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is high and so the sun is stronger up there.
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Okay, number nine, we’re getting to the end,
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and Topher I need to set you down so I can do a visual aid,
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number nine is about water.
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So skip the bottled water.
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Bottled water is really expensive.
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They have a tax on these plastic bottles
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which makes these plastic bottles
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2, 3 francs to purchase them.
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Pick up one or bring one with you
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from maybe the airport you’re flying from
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and refill it as you get here.
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Switzerland cities are full of public fountains
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that the water is cold, delicious,
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and good for you, too.
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Zero calories in the Marriott.
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Zero calories, no sugar, no fat, so check out the water.
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Fill it up from the tap or from those public fountains,
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that’ll save you some money.
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Okay, the last thing to know
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when you come to Switzerland is recycling.
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The Swiss are really big on recycling.
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So when you see trash cans in supermarkets
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there will often be four or five different trash cans
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for plastic bottles, for metal, for glass,
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so make sure you’re putting your trash
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in the right areas otherwise you might get a nasty sneer.
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Few more bonus tips I wanted to add related
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to things to know, and this is after
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I just finished dinner at Zeughauskeller in Zurich.
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And if you wanna know more about what food is in there,
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check out my Zurich travel guide,
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but here’s three things to know about eating at restaurants.
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One, if you want air conditioning,
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make sure they have air conditioning.
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This is one restaurant that doesn’t,
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and Zurich and Switzerland can be warmer
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than you might expect in the summer,
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and eating there at eight o’clock at night
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I felt like I was inside a sauna.
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Two, a lot of restaurants add a service charge,
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they add an 8% service charge here,
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so you don’t need to add a tip to the extra service charge.
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And Switzerland in general is probably
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warmer than you thought.
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I know that I had a section about weather,
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and I know that I said it was warm,
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but in the summer, however warm you think it is,
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if you’re in Fahrenheit add about 10 more degrees,
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if you’re in Celsius add five more degrees
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cos it can be hot and humid.
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Did I mention that?
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Like Asia is usually hot and humid,
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but Switzerland you have this perspective
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of snow and cold, but in the summer, throw that all away.
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Hot and sticky.
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Spain Travel Guide | Tips & Local Hacks for Visiting Spain

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When I came to Spain and I saw people partying,
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I said to myself, “WTF?”
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Whether you come to Spain for the Fiesta in Ibiza, a siesta on the Costa Brava,
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or a foodie tour of San Sebastian,
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this video will help you avoid tourist traps, understand Spanish cultural do’s and don’ts, and learn everything
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you need to know to make your trip to Spain truly unforgettable.
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I’m Alex. I’m Marko.
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And you are watching Vagabrothers,
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your go-to guide for travel tips, vlogs and inspiration here on YouTube.
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We lived in Spain for three years,
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and in this video, we’re going to share all the tips, hacks, and
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insider information that we learned while living there.
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So if you haven’t already, hit the subscribe button and turn on notifications so you don’t miss any videos,
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share this video with your travel buddies,
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and get ready to have some fun because
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“La gente esta muy loca.”
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Hello again Bond, whiskey? Thank you, M.
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Holiday in Spain? How original.
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Where are we off to this time, Magaluf?
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No, no far too common.
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Ibiza? A bit too posh for my liking.
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Barcccccelona? No, it’s more subtle than that.
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Shall we get on with the briefing then, M? Right.
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Spain is the second largest country in Western Europe,
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occupying approximately 80 percent of the Iberian Peninsula.
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Modern Spain is a product of thousands of years of migration and conquests,
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most notably the Phoenicians, the Romans, and
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more recently the Moors who in the eighth century invaded from Morocco
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to turn Spain into one of the leading centers of learning in all of the world.
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A mosaic of conscience if you will, M. Precisely.
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Modern Spain is best described as a nation of nations,
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a legacy of the Reconquista when the Catholic kings of Castile
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united all of the different kingdoms to push out the Moors in 1492.
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1492 the year Columbus sailed the ocean blue.
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Spot-on. In just a number of decades,
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Spain went from being a conquered occupied country into one of the most powerful kingdoms in all of history.
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Okay. Let’s talk where to go.
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The three most popular cities are Madrid, the capital ,
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which brings together the best of Spain;
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beachside Barcelona, which fuses the medieval quarter
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with the modernist architecture of Catalan born Antoni Gaudí;
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sultry Sevilla in the south, the birthplace of flamenco.
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Spain is full of distinct regions like
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Catalonia with the Costa Brava and the Pyrenees;
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the Basque Country, a foodie paradise with great waves and a unique culture and
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Andalusia where Moorish influence blends with iconic Spanish traditions.
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And of course, there’re beaches…
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not just the Costa del Sol or the Costa Brava,
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but the Balearic Islands- Mallorca, Minorca, Ibiza, and Formentera
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and the tropical Canary Islands,
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which are actually off the west coast of Africa and unlike any part of Spain.
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If you want more information on where to go and
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what to do in Spain, make sure that you subscribe to our channel and turn on notifications
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so you don’t miss the video that we’re making about that subject very soon.
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Also if you haven’t seen our eight part series on the Basque Country
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or our top ten things to do in Barcelona,
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check out those videos, as well.
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Moving on to climate….
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Although some of Spain’s most popular destinations are on the Mediterranean,
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most of the country is on what’s called the “meseta,” an elevated plateau
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that’s cold in the winter, hot in the summer, and makes Madrid Europe’s highest capital.
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The north of Spain is green because it rains all the time,
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especially in the Basque Country where locals have a specific name
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for their type of rain called, “xirimiri.”
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Therefore, when packing it’s best to bring layers,
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especially if you’re journeying away from the Mediterranean.
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If you’re visiting in the winter,
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make sure you have a warm waterproof jacket,
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although it doesn’t really snow unless you’re in the mountains.
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Also, pack a dressy outfit for going out or just head to a Zara if you find yourself underdressed.
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In summer Spain gets slammed with foreign tourists known as “guiris,”
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while domestic tourism surges around Christmas and Easter, known as Semana Santa,
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which is most big in Sevilla.
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Over tourism is a serious problem in parts of Spain,
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specifically Barcelona so we recommend traveling during the shoulder seasons,
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September to November or March to May, when the weather is still warm,
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but prices for flights and hotels are much lower than in summer.
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Language is a tricky issue in Spain.
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You might assume that everyone speaks Spanish,
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but many regions have their own languages
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like the Latin based languages of Catalan and Galician
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or Euskera, the Basque language,
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the only non Indo-European language in Europe and one of the oldest living languages in the world.
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Spanish as we know it actually comes from the region of Castilla,
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So people in Spain call it Castellano.
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Castellano became the lingua franca of Spain during the Reconquista,
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which was led by the king and queen of Castilla, Ferdinand and Isabella.
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Calling Castellano “Spanish” is kind of like calling English “British,”
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if that makes sense because England’s only one part of Britain.
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These regional languages are central to many people’s identities,
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especially in the Basque Country
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and Catalonia, where many people are pushing for independence from Spain.
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If you try to learn some local words like “kaixo,”-
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“hello” in Basque or “Bon Dia” in Catalon,
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It will be much appreciated by the locals.
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Now that we’ve covered the basics,
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let’s debunk some popular myths starting with the one thing that we all seem to associate with Spain–
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bullfighting.
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The truth is that not all Spaniards love bullfighting.
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In fact many hate it, and it’s banned in regions like Catalonia.
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However, it remains popular in more traditional parts of Spain,
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and it’s probably not going anywhere anytime soon.
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Nor do all Spaniards dance flamenco.
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Like many things associated with Spain, it actually comes from Andalusia,
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specifically from the Roma people who originally migrated from India almost
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1500 years ago and who despite persecution have added much to Spanish culture, especially in the south.
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Spaniards do know how to enjoy life so many foreigners assume that life has been easy.
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But the truth is Spain has faced some serious challenges, especially in the last century,
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most notably the Spanish Civil War of the 1930s in which the democratically elected
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republic was overthrown by the fascist dictator Francisco Franco
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who ruled Spain with an iron fist until his death in 1975.
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Since then Spain has returned to democracy,
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had a liberal Renaissance known as La Movida Madalena,
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and joined the European Union.
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But the wounds of the Spanish Civil War that turned brother against brother are still very ,very, real.
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Be respectful.
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More recently challenges include the 2008 financial crisis
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known as “la crisis,” which left one out of two young Spaniards without a job,
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which is why over 80% of young Spaniards under 30 still live with their parents.
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The economy has started to recover, but unemployment and low wages
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continue to make life difficult for young Spanish people.
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Not all Spaniards take “siestas.”
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And the tradition actually originated in Southern Portugal
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where it was a way for day laborers to get a rest from the midday sun.
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Typically you have lunch at home, have a short nap,
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maybe take a “paseo,” a walk around town and then return to work from 5 to 8 p.m.
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That being said most small businesses do shutdown between 2:00 and 5:00 p.m. everyday and on Sundays.
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So plan your shopping accordingly.
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Spain has to be one of the most fervently Catholic countries in the world.
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It’s the birthplace of the Inquisition, the Jesuits, and Opus Dei and even though over
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Three-quarters of modern Spaniards identify as Catholics, very few of them actually practice the religion.
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Furthermore, Spain was deeply influenced by Sephardic Jews
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who arrived during Roman times and spoke a hybrid of Spanish and
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Hebrew known as Ladino, as well as the Islamic Moors who turned
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Cordoba, Sevilla ,and Granada into some of the most advanced centers
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of science and learning in all of the world at that time.
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During the Inquisition these two religions were forced to either convert to Christianity , leave Spain, or die.
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But their legacy has survived in many ways:
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Jewish influence on Spanish cooking or the Arabic impact on the Spanish language
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“azucar, aceite, al” = alcohol
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any word that starts with an al probably comes from Arabic.
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Some people assume that Spanish culture is similar to Latin America,
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and while Spain did conquer the vast majority of the Americas,
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the cultures in places like Mexico, Peru, or Argentina are
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actually blends of Spanish culture with indigenous and immigrant traditions.
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Of course, there are many things that flowed back to Spain from the Americas
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most notably looted gold and silver, which still to this day still adorn
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many of the cathedrals across the country, most notably in Toledo.
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Holy Toledo!
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Not to mention a love of hot chocolate and the potato,
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which form a cornerstone of the Spanish diet.
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Speaking of diet, let’s talk about one of the best parts of Spain-
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food and drink.
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With over 171 Michelin-starred restaurants in Spain
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and good food at any price point,
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Spain is easily one of the best foodie destinations in the entire world.
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Before we talk about where and what to eat,
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let’s talk about how to eat,
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specifically why Spaniards eat later than other European countries.
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Breakfast or “desayuno” is a minimal affair in Spain.
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It’s usually just a sweet pastry and a cafe con leche,
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which is kind of like a latte or a cortado,
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which is a shot of espresso with just a little bit of milk.
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Lunch known as “la comida” is the main meal of the day.
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It’s served during the siesta from about 1:00 in the afternoon until 4:00pm.
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Save money with a “menu del dia,”
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a three-course meal with wine, coffee, and dessert included for around 10 to 15 euros.
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It’s the best deal in the country, and if you’re on a budget,
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timing the menu del dia right could carry you through the full day.
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Spain is famous for its culture of tapas,
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which means “covers” because supposedly they were designed to cover the
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glass of wine for travellers in roadside inns
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so they didn’t get too drunk before they had to ride their horse to the next village.
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A lot of different explanations…
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No one really knows where they came from,
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but they’re excellent and usually cheap if not free, at least in Granada
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where you get a free top-up with every drink order, which is pretty epic.
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You can eat them for lunch, but it’s more common to have them with a glass of wine at dinner.
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In the Basque Country they serve “pintxos,”
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similar to tapas but a bit more elaborate and a little bit more expensive.
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However, the best pintxos bars in San Sebastian
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will allow you to taste high-level Basque cuisine without
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having to spend the money for a Michelin-Star meal.
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The highest concentration of Michelin- Star restaurants in the world are found in Catalonia and the Basque Country.
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With more Michelin stars per capita than anywhere else on earth.
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These restaurants are not cheap.
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They range between a hundred to three hundred euros for a 12-course tasting menu, wine not included.
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If you can afford it, it’s a bucket-list dining experience that you will never forget.
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Alright now let’s talk about what to eat,
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the essential dishes to try on your trip to Spain.
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Perhaps the most classic Spanish dish is the “tortilla de patata.”
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A tortilla in Spain is different than tortilla in Mexico.
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It’s an egg and potato omelette that’s sometimes serve with onion or chorizo,
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but best served if it’s gooey in the middle.
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You start to see them around ten o’clock in the morning where you can have it
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with a coffee for a late breakfast or late at night.
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They’re generally the tastiest and cheapest way to keep yourself full throughout your trip.
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Paella is Spain’s most internationally know dish,
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but locals don’t eat it often outside of Valencia.
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So if you see it advertised at a restaurant in Madrid or
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Barcelona, then chances are it’s probably a tourist trap.
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Pescatarians, beware!
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Traditional paella usually include quail and ham.
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If you want a more traditional seafood plate,
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try cod fish known locally as “bacalao,” best served
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Pil Pil style in Bilbao in the Basque Country.
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Also anchovies and bonito tuna are very common, especially in tapas.
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“Jamon” is Spanish for ham, cured ham to be specific.
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It comes in all different types of qualities- pata negra is the highest quality
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and jamon serrano is generally a good quality that’s still affordable.
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Locals buy jamon serrano buy the “pata,”
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literally a cured leg of ham.
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It’s probably more economical and easy to carry if you just get a couple slices at the deli,
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put some jamon on a baguette with some manchego cheese, and you’re golden.
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Even better before you put down the ham and the cheese,
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rub the bread with garlic and tomato and you have “pan tomaca,” a typical Catalan breakfast
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that’s good any time of day anywhere in Spain.
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Lastly, an essential dish is “patatas bravas,” brave patatoes.
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crispy potatoes with spicy mayonnaise.
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Now, it’s nothing special, but it is a great way to line your stomach before getting more
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expensive and less filling tapas.
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Trust me. There’s nothing worse than going out for pintxos or tapas,
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spending 50 euros and coming home hungry.
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So do as the pros do- get the patatas bravas primero,
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and then you should be good to go.
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With all this good food,
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you’ll need something to wash it down.
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You’re probably thinking about sangria,
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but this is really something that’s mostly served to tourists.
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A smarter choice is to try Spain’s many wines which are high quality and low price,
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on average about one euro and 25 cents per litre, to be exact.
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Here’s an overview of Spain’s main wine regions and varietals:
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The most common grapes are Tempranillo,
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a medium bodied red that’s grown largely in the La Rioja region in Northern Spain,
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and its name comes from being picked somewhat early in the season.
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Also popular is Garnacha or Grenache, which is typically a mixing grape
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but can be great on its own.
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Cava is a sparkling white wine
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similar to champagne, and it’s mostly grown in Catalonia.
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Sherry is very popular worldwide,
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but in Spain is called “jerez” after its town of origin in Andalusia.
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Other popular whites are Albariño, which is minerally because it’s grown
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on the fjords of the coastal region of Galicia and the naturally effervescent
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txakoli, which comes from the Basque Country,
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and both txakoli and albariño go great with seafood.
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Most Spanish beers are crisp lagers like San Miguel,
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but craft beer is making inroads in major cities.
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Hard ciders are popular in the Basque Country and Asturias, and
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students all over Spain love to pre-party with a mixture of coca cola and
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boxed red wine known as “kalimotxo.”
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Lastly, let’s talk about one of the most important things to know before you go-
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social etiquette do’s and dont’s.
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Do greet people, both friends and total strangers, with two kisses on the cheek.
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There’s nothing romantic about this.
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It’s done between everybody, but usually not between guys.
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You’re not actually kissing people on the cheek,
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you’re kissing like right next to the cheek.
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You go left side first, then right side.
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You make the noise.
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You don’t actually do a slobbery kiss on cheek because that would be weird.
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Don’t expect things to get done at the snap of a finger.
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This is especially important for people from the United States of America
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who expect the customer to come first.
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In Spain the customer does not come first,
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and you will not get anywhere by demanding things to happen right away.
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Remember if a store or restaurant is closed, it’s closed.
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Do linger after the meal is finished.
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In Spanish this is called the “sobremesa,” and it’s one of the best parts about dining with friends.
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So have a coffee or a liquor like anis or patxarran,
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and enjoy the conversation.
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Don’t tip too much.
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One of the reasons you can enjoy the sobremesa
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is because waiters aren’t trying to turn your table over to get more tips.
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So sit down and enjoy slow food.
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Ladies, do feel free to go topless at the beach.
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It’s legal across Spain and totally normal.
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Guys, try not to make a big deal about girls being topless at the beach.
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It might not be normal in your country, but it’s really impolite to stare.
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So if you really can’t hold it all together,
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I guess just put on a pair of sunglasses and try not to be a weirdo.
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For both guys and girls, do expect to be out late.
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Spaniards usually dine at around 10:00 or sometimes even 11:00 p.m.
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and stay out all night dancing
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” Viva la fiesta. Viva la noche.”
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Spaniards drink for a long time,
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but they do it little by little so nobody ever gets too wasted.
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If you get drunk quickly or early,
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you’re going to make a fool out of yourself.
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Do expect to see a lot of PDA, public displays of affection.
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This is because young people typically live with their parents,
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and they don’t really have a place to go hook up with their boyfriend or girlfriend.
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So after the clubs close, you typically see a lot of people, especially in parks, making out…
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sometimes more than making out, sometimes a lot more than making out.
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Last but not least, if you want to dive into Spanish culture,
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here are some further resources:
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The classic Spanish book is Don Quixote de la Mancha, con su amigito,
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Sancho, which was the first novel ever.
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If that’s too dense for you,
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you could read Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon,
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a fictional story set in Barcelona during the Spanish Civil War.
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Many of the most powerful
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stories from Spain come from the period of the Spanish Civil War.
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A lot of them were written by foreigners like Homage to Catalonia, by George Orwell,
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or Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway
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who set many of his novels in Spain, including the Sun Also Rises.
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For those of you who want a really deep dive into Spanish culture,
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I recommend the New Spaniards, by John Cooper.
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It’s thin, concise, and will tell you everything about Spain.
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Spain has a great film industry,
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most notably the films of director Almodovar
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including Volver and
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Woman on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.
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Also great is Pan’s Labyrinth and Ocho Apellidos dos Vascos,
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known as the Spanish Affair in English,
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which is available on Netflix and
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documents the hilarious story of a Basque woman falling in love with an Andalusian man.
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Lastly, check out our Spotify playlist about Spain.
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We have a link in the info box.
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We got tunes from Ojos a Brujo, Facto Delafe, y Las Flores Azules and
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Manu Chao, who is actually French but his parents came from Spain.
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Okay, damas y caballeros, ladies and gentlemen,
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those are the things that you need to know before you go to Spain.
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If you have any tips of your own make sure you
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add them down there in the comment section.
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How Expensive is it to Travel Japan? | Budget Travel Tips

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I think to many people the words budget and Japan seem to be something of a contradiction.
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There’s this assumption that the cost of visiting Japan for a two-week holiday,
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would be enough to bankrupt dictator,
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but it doesn’t have to.
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In the last year’s Japan has experienced a boom in tourism.
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From 8 million overseas tourists in 2007, to 24 million last year.
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And with it it’s led to a whole new wave of hostels and hotels, rail passes, buses
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and low-cost domestic airlines, that have made it cheaper to experience and
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travel the country than ever before.
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In fact, this year in the UK Tokyo was ranked as
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the cheapest long-haul destination thanks to a fall in the value of the yen.
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In this video we’ll be looking at ways that you can save money,
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on transportation, accommodation and dining out and giving you a general idea of
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how much you could be spending on any given day.
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The boom in tourism have seen an explosion
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of new hostels and hotels, opening across Japan especially in Tokyo.
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But whether you’re staying at a hotel motel or holiday in,
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the cheapest place to stay in Tokyo is the area of Asakusa and Ueno,
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where the majority of the hostels are.
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So, the absolute cheapest option, accommodation wise is staying in
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a hostel in a dormitory where you can find a bed for as little sometimes as
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2,000 yen.
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If I’m traveling in a group, that’s usually the option we go for.
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The second best option is staying in a capsule hotel which is a bit more expensive,
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between 3,000 to 5,000 yen per night.
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If I had to choose between a hostel and a capsule hotel,
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I would usually go for a capsule hotel,
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just because the beds are bigger, there’s some degree of privacy with the shutter
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and you get your own TV! What more could you want?
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After capsule hotels the next cheapest option is to stay at business hotel.
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Where you can find a single room for about 5000 yen per night if you’re lucky,
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but typically between 5,000 to 7,000 yen.
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I could recommend some budget hotel chains, like “TOYOKO-INN” or “APA” hotels.
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But actually I found over the last year the best way is to just
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go online and compare prices for about half an hour.
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And the 3 best websites are probably “Booking.com” “Japan i Can.com” and “Rakuten Travel”
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and “HOSTELWORLD” if you’re booking a hostel.
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you can find bargains on “Airbnb” as well, especially if you’re traveling in a group of like
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three or four people, but if you’re traveling solo I tend to find
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“Airbnb” works out to be more expensive. and I use it more for the experience of
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staying somewhere interesting rather than to travel on a budget.
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Finally the wild card option is to stay in a love hotel, where you can find a room for about
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8,000 yen per night on average. Although with a love hotel
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you’re paying for the room rather than people in it so if, you’re going with two people
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then it still works out cheaper than a standard hotel room.
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And it’s typically a lot bigger than a standard hotel room.
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With things like cages, teddy bear caves and jacuzzis at your disposal.
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Try and book all of your accommodation
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at least three months in advance to save quite a bit of money.
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And also for hostels it’s kind of essential, given that they are still a bit of a rarity.
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So try and book the ball 3 months in advance not only get a room
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but to get one the cheap as well.
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And the last option and one that I use a heck of a lot are
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“overnight buses” which leads us on to transportation
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Japan’s transportation infrastructure is legendary.
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Riding on trains is an effortless joy they’re never late, they’re always clean
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And passengers aren’t shouting down the phone about
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how drunk they were last weekend with their friends Barry and Deborah.
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But it is a little bit pricey especially the bullet trains.
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And the first conundrum most foreign travelers have when coming here,
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is whether or not to get the Japan Rail Pass.
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Where for about 46,000 yen you can
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travel the country freely for two weeks on Shinkansen and local trains and save
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quite a bit of money and have peace of mind along the way.
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To give you an idea of how much you could save, if you came to Japan for a two-week trip,
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visiting Tokyo, Kyoto and Hiroshima. The cost of catching bullet trains and a round trip would be
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around 43,000 yen. If you take into consideration other costs such as
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subway trains and buses, that would likely add up to another 10,000 yen.
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At the minimum you’re saving about 6 thousand yen, but probably more!
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And more importantly, it’ll save you the time and stress of standing around at ticket machines every day
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for 2 weeks buying train tickets and bus tickets, and that alone is a good enough reason to consider it.
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However there is an even cheaper way of traveling the country.
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Some friends recently visited and we traveled the same route from
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Tokyo to Kyoto and Hiroshi Shima. Instead of using 3 bullet trains on the roundtrip,
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we used 2 night busses and a domestic flight from Hiroshima back to Tokyo.
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On top of that, we probably spent another 10,000 yen traveling around the cities on the subway trains.
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That gave us a total of 34,000 yen!
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Which is quite a bit cheaper than getting the Japan Rail Pass.
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If you’re traveling Japan on a budget, let night busses be your secret weapon!
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because as well as being half the price of a bullet train, if you travel through the night
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you’re also saving on accommodation as well. For example…
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We traveled on the night bus for 2 nights and thus saved 2 nights of accommodation,
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which would have been around another 8,000 yen.
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that said if you are traveling by night bus there are a few additional costs. For example…
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You’ll need to spend at least another 600 yen,
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on a bottle of wine to make sure you’re fully knocked out for the duration of the trip.
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I’d say 50 % of the time, I’m able to sleep on the night bus. And the other 50 %of the time…
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I arrive at my destination a broken man, cursing the day that buses were ever invented.
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The 2 best websites for booking are…
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Willer Express and Japan travel bus.com. Which are both in English and nice and easy to use.
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in recent years though, Japan’s also seen a steady stream
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of low-cost airline carriers popping up. For example to fly from Sendai to Osaka,
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cost as little as 5,000 yen with “Peach Airlines” far cheaper than by train
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and even by bus. And if you still want to know if the Japan Rail Pass
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is worth it or not, you can use the Japan Rail Pass
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calculator on the Japan guides website. where you can input the length of time
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you’re staying and your itinerary to get a rough idea whether or not it’s worth it.
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And if you want to save even more money there’s an even cheaper way than by traveling by bus.
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You can travel by…
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“skateboard”
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No seriously! I’m not even trolling you, I know it going who travelled all the way from
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Sapporo Hiroshima on a skateboard. It took him 33 days and he saved at least
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5,000 yen which is the cost of traveling by plane. The only question that remains is…
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How budget are you willing to go??
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Yeah I would have… I would have…
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just flown it…
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The cheapest style of restaurant to eat out in Japan are
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the fast food restaurants. The three main ones are…
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Sukiya
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Yoshinoya
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and Matsuya
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Which can be found on most city streets across the country. And all of which sell the
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same style of rice bowl dishes covered in toppings the most popular being
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Gyudon, which is thinly sliced beef.
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So you got rice, beef and three kinds of cheese.
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All for 490 yen and without the cheese…
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It’s 350 yen which is disturbingly cheap!
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It’s not something you’re going to write home to your family about…
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probably but it is very filling.
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After you’ve had this, the next six hours you’re soaring.
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Also it comes with Tabasco. This isn’t product placement.
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It’s not just randomly there, they give it to you with the bowl to give it some flavor.
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Although be careful because you do get Tabasco all over your hands and it does look like…
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I’ve committed murder!!!
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Fast filling and without the same sense of guilt
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that comes from eating at a western style fast-food restaurant
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is the ideal place to drop into for any budget traveler, or just people like me
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who are lazy! And can’t be bothered to cook at home.
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Slightly healthier than Western fast-food, although if you’re like me and you
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smother your food in 3 kinds of cheese you are going to lose those a
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groundbreaking health benefits.
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Another good cheap fast food option are the standing restaurants, dotted around train stations.
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Where you can order a bowl of soba or udon,
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from the vending machines for as little as 400 yen.
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And if I’m in a hurry around lunchtime, I’ll quickly dive in and grab a bowl of
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“Mushroom Soba” Tastes surprisingly good as well!
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But then again even if you’re a budget traveler,
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You probably didn’t come all the way to Japan just to eat
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a bowl of rice with 3 kinds of cheese for 2 weeks.
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Or maybe you did!?
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But fortunately there’s a really easy way of saving money if you’re going out for the evening.
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There are a few Japanese words you really need to know before you visit.
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And one of those words is “Nomihoudai”
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which means all you can drink!
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It’s the holy grail of a cheat night out.
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Where for around as little as 1,200 yen,
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you can drink as much as you can from the extensive drink menu, for up to 2 hours!
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It’s pretty good for 1,500 yen,
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you get all the alcohol you can drink and all the meat you can eat.
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OH MY GOD!! (chuckling)
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It’s less of a barbecue, more of a… just a general…
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general FIRE!!
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Some types of restaurants also have “Tabehoudai” all you can eat.
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Particularly at “Yakiniku” grill meat restaurants such as this one.
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Just be careful who you leave in charge of the barbecue…
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His food is on fire!
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If you do some research online,
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finding bars and restaurants with “Nomihoudai” is pretty easy to do.
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If you’re not a big drinker, but still fancy a beer though the cheapest place
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to buy alcohol is at the supermarket or convenience store.
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One really good thing about Japan is you can actually drink alcohol out in public.
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which you can’t do in the UK.
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So you can come in here you can grab your your ah…
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“One CUP Sake”
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which is basically just a kind of a jam jar filled with cheap sake.
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And go off down the park and have a bit of fun!
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That said, it’s not that great so…
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probably avoid that unless it’s your first time drinking sake.
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Because then you won’t know, you won’t have anything to compare it to.
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It’s also a great place to pick up breakfast or lunch,
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such as onigiri rice balls or cheap ready meals.
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Soba noodles, 348 yen pretty cheap!
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The perfect thing for like a picnic or a light snack.
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Finally to give you a rough idea of the price of certain popular dishes,
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here’s a full price breakdown with meals such as sushi and yakitori,
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unsurprisingly being amongst the most expensive.
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And “Wagyu” beef being so expensive I didn’t even bother putting it on the list.
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So there you have it! Traveling Japan on a budget!
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This video was made in collaboration with the “Japan National Tourism Office London”
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If you’re looking for ideas and advice on traveling to Japan, you can check out the glamorous website
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at “seejapan.co.uk” which is one of the best resources for
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planning your trip to Japan. And if you’re not a native English speaker,
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the JNTO website comes in 15 languages which you can find at,
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jnto.go.jp
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I’ve also put a link to their Facebook page in the description box,
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if you’re looking for more ideas for your trip.
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But for now many thanks for watching guys,
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and if you are watching this in preparation for an upcoming trip to Japan,
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just want to wish you an awesome trip!
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Have a good one!!
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Oh, I really shouldn’t wink like that at the end…
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It just… just looks a bit creepy
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and awkward…
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Maybe I’ll give a friendly SMILE.
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15 Tips To Shoot AMAZING TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY

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0:00
– Hey guys, what is going on?
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In this video, we’re talking about
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how you can take awesome photos
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and get those epic shots while you’re out traveling.
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(upbeat music)
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Okay, so today’s gonna be a little bit
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different than my normal tutorials.
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I am actually on Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas,
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its inaugural voyage, and I’m here with
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a few other Instagramers, so we’re gonna go out,
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we’re gonna go check out the Amalfi coast.
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I’m gonna get some tips from them for you guys
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as well as show you some cool things
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that you can do while you’re traveling.
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This has been a place I’ve always wanted to travel to.
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Before this we were in Cinque Terre,
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we were in Rome yesterday, we were in France
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and we started up on Barcelona.
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Okay. So the first thing’s first,
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we gotta get off the ship, so let’s go
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meet up with the other Instagramers I’m here with
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and start this adventure.
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(upbeat music)
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Alright so I just met up with the other people
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and there’s a giant parade going on.
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Let me introduce everyone that’s on this journey.
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So we got Madeline and we got Meghan,
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they’re gonna hang out, I’ll put their links
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down below so you can check out their Instagrams as well.
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Then we have this guy, drinking the giant coffee.
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Say hello. This is Jordan
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– Hey (laughs) What’s up?
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– What’s up? So make sure you go down,
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I put all their links in the description below.
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Go check out all of our Instagrams
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so you can see the different styles
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of photography that each of us do.
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Alright, we’ve got a private car for the day.
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Check it out, Mercedes. Nice. I like that.
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(upbeat music)
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Alright so we’re on the Amalfi Coast here,
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we’re driving up and down the coast.
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One of the key things about doing travel photography
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is just researching your location before you go there.
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So you need to have an idea of where you’re going.
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Maybe get some photo ideas,
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look at what other people have shot,
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because you don’t want to get somewhere
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and not have any idea of what you’re shooting
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and not have the gear you need
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and not be prepared right, so just do a
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quick research and that will give you some idea
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of what it is that you’re gonna be shooting
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and what you’re gonna encounter when you get to a location.
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(upbeat music)
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Alright, so we just got to Positano
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which is in the Almalfi Coast,
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it’s a cool, little city that’s kinda like
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nestled on the hills. It’s pretty insane.
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(upbeat music)
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So one of the questions we all get
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is what camera we use, what camera should
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you be using. The thing is, no one camera
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is the perfect camera to shoot travel photos
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and all those awesome photos you see on Instagram.
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They’re shot by a bunch of different cameras.
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I’m shooting on the Panasonic GH5,
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Doren’s on the 5D Mark IV
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– I’m on my iPhone
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– Meghan and Madeline are both shooting with Sony.
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We cross the whole range of cameras you can shoot with.
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A lot of stuff you’ll even see shot on things like GoPros,
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so you just gotta find the camera that works for you,
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take into consideration some of the other things
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I’m gonna talk about in this video
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and because space is a big thing
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so you don’t necessarily wanna be carrying
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a massive camera with you.
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Sometimes just like a GoPro is all you’re gonna wanna take.
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But if you have the room, definitely having a bigger camera,
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more lenses and all that stuff
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is gonna give you more options to shoot some cooler photos.
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(calm music)
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Okay. The food just showed up,
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Madeline’s running up, she’s got a tip for us
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on shooting food photography because one of the things
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you wanna capture when you’re traveling is food,
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because you are always finding
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delicious food wherever you travel
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and it’s unique and people like seeing food.
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(slow music)
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– Okay. So. To take food photography
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always shoot food in natural light
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because that makes the colors really pop,
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and use the element of three.
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So have three major pieces on the table
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and that will be the focus point
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and I put a small element around for composition.
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(upbeat music)
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– Alright let’s talk about lenses for a second.
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So we talked camera, but what about lenses?
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I’m sure a lot of you have questions about lenses.
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So one of the things you gotta think about
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is how much gear you wanna take with you.
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So are you gonna take a lot of gear
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or are you just gonna take just a little bit of gear.
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Lenses, to me, is broken into two things:
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are you gonna take zooms or are you gonna take primes?
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Now there’s advantages to taking primes,
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I know it seems crazy sometimes
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to bring a bunch of lenses with you
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but prime lenses give you the ability
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to get that really shallow depth of field
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also allow you to do some cool night photography.
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You know things that you can’t do
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with some of these zooms because your aperture
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is gonna be fluctuating all over the place
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if you have like “travel zoom”.
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So one of my favorite lenses on the GH5
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is the 12 to 60. I can put that on my camera,
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it’s actually what I’m shooting on right now,
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and basically that is my lens that
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I keep on for the entire trip.
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Now the issue is, it’s a 2.8 to 4,
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so you don’t have a consistent aperture all the way through,
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that 2.8 isn’t as wide open as,
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say, my 85 that I brought with me which is a 1.2.
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so you have to think, how much gear do you wanna bring.
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For my Mexico climb, when I did that trip
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I literally brought this lens
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because I had to reserve weight.
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On this trip here, with Royal Caribbean
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we’re going, you know, all over Italy,
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I mean, we’ll bring a lot more gear,
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so I have this lens but I also have
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my 8 to 18, my 42.5, my 12, and my 25,
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which is equivalent to 24 58 85.
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But basically, if you can carry more gear,
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the primes give you more ability
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to get some cooler shots, something a little different.
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They’re also a lot sharper than say, like a travel zoom.
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Something to keep in mind, when you’re planning
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out your trip and what gear you’re bringing.
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(upbeat music)
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Okay. Another tip is get away from the tourist-y spots.
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So when you’re traveling there’s gonna be
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specific spots that a lot of people go
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and take the same photo from.
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To get good photos, you really got to think
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outside of the box. So I’m in the Amalfi Coast,
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like I was saying, and wandered down the road a little bit,
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there’s no real walking path, but there’s
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an awesome little, like private beach down here.
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I’m getting some cool photos of it.
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It’s something definitely off the beaten path.
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I’m gonna start working my way back
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because I only have so much time
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an that’s an issue when you’re traveling
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is that you gotta make sure that you
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have enough time to do everything that
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you wanna do and not let taking photos
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become the only thing that you do.
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It is amazing here. This is definitely
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a spot you should travel to.
6:31
(calm music)
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Let’s talk about some other things about in composition.
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So number one is using Rule of Thirds,
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that’s like a basic rule of photography,
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which is you’ve gotta put your subject matter
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in one of the thirds. Whether vertically or horizontally.
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And using the Rule of Thirds will help you make
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more interesting photos. Now from there
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you can start breaking the Rule of Thirds
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and start playing around with it
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but that’s like your basic default go to,
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just put something in the thirds
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and that’s how you can make just anything look good.
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Okay. One more note about composition
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is you wanna out things in your photos.
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Jordan uses this technique a lot so let me go find him
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and he can give you some more tips about that.
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(calm music)
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Alright we just got back on to the ship
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(calm music)
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I think Jordan is somewhere down here, carousel.
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There’s a show going on so let me find him,
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I think he’s like right over here.
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– One tip I would give for landscape photography
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would be to use a person in your landscape.
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I find that using a small figure
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in a landscape really brings it to life.
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Say you’ve got big, giant, cast mountains,
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to really emphasize those things,
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you need to have a little person in the corner
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or a little person on top of the hills
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just to show how grand that place is.
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– And another tip for photography,
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this one is all about drones.
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I love flying drones and I love
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using them in my photography.
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So when you’re flying a drone,
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make sure that you get unique perspectives from the sky
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that you can’t get with a typical camera.
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Instead of just getting that traditional shot
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of buildings in the same direction that you can get
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from standing on the cliff, fly the drone out,
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get a unique view, a higher view,
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maybe a straight, top-down view.
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Something that is different and that
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you can only get on an object flying in the sky.
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If you want more tips on drone photography,
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I’ll put a link in the description to a video on that.
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Alright, I have one more tip about perspective for you guys.
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You always gotta find a unique perspective,
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and what I mean by that is most people hold
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their phone or their camera and eye level right here,
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just like this, so when you’re trying to take photos
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try to get your camera away from this position,
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so put it low on the ground so
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you can see the ground in your shot.
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Put it like over in a tree, put it over a railing.
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Put it somewhere where that takes a little more effort
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than just holding the camera at eye level.
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So you gotta think outside of just doing the basic
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right here taking a photo. You gotta find
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angles, perspectives. Get down low,
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get up high, get to the side, find all those perspectives.
9:32
(upbeat music)
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I just made it out to the wings of the ship,
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you have like, glass bottom, it pretty,
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I’m just standing on the glass,
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but look behind me, check out that sunset.
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And this comes up to my next point,
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which is, time of day makes a huge difference
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in your photography so if you are
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shooting at sunrise or sunset,
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your photos are gonna look way better
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than if you’re shooting mid-day or like noon.
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So try to get up early, try to stay out late,
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get those sunrise and sunsets because that’s important.
10:05
(calm music)
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Alright guys, it is now the next day,
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I decided to put down the camera
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and enjoy and that’s one of those things,
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I know I said it yesterday, but I’m gonna
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hone in this fact, when you’re traveling
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and your taking photos, one of the things
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you hafta remember is that you need to put
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the camera down once a while and just enjoy the experience.
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So I’ve got a few more tips, today I’m gonna go find Meghan.
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She’s got some stuff about filters I wanna show you.
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But I just wanna hone in that point of
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put the camera down, enjoy your experience
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because it is awesome, the ability we have to travel
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and to experience all these awesome places out in the world
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and you don’t wanna just do it behind the lens of a camera.
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You wanna actually experience it.
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Okay. Let’s go find Meghan,
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I think she’s up there on the 16th floor
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and then we’ll go from there.
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– When traveling, I really recommend the use of filters.
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You don’t have to bring a lot,
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but I few ones would really help.
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One of the things I use a lot is a circular polarizer.
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It’s really helpful when you’ve got water in your shots,
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for reducing reflections, it enhances the blue,
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and also, if you time it right,
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you can get the sky looking lovely and blue
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so it always makes the shot look awesome.
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Another filter I use a lot of is
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the gradient neutral density.
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They come in different strengths,
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I usually use a .9 to a 1.2,
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and what that does is when you’ve got a really bright sky
11:26
and a darker bottom half of your photo,
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it will even out the shot for you,
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so you don’t have to do as much post-processing
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and it will just make the whole shot look really even
11:35
and then it would probably be on other that I use a lot
11:39
because I often travel to places with waterfalls,
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I really like using a neutral density,
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again they come in different points.
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A 1.8 or a 3 are probably the two most common ones
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so they’re sometimes call a little stopper or a big stopper
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and what that’s great for is even on a day like today,
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where it’s pretty bright, you can probably
11:57
set yourself up with a tripod and a neutral density,
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probably the 3 would be the strong one
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and you could actually get some
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lovely cloud movement in the sky
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which always makes an image look really appealing.
12:06
(calm music)
12:10
– Alright guys I hope these tips were helpful.
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I’ve got one more special tip for you
12:14
from the head of social media, here on the Royal Caribbean.
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A really cool way to do a lot of different
12:20
and unique travel photography is to take
12:22
a cruise like the Symphony of the Seas.
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It gives you the opportunity to shoot
12:25
in a bunch of different locations.
12:27
I highly suggest taking a Royal Caribbean cruise
12:30
if that is something you’re interested in.
12:32
Alright, one last tip, let’s go find Natalie,
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I think she’s down by the laser tag.
12:36
Yes. There is a laser tag and there’s
12:38
also an ice skating rink here on the Symphony of the Seas.
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Alright lets go
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– My name is Nat. I am the social media manager
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at Royal Caribbean and my biggest tip
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is to just enjoy what you do.
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Go out there, see the world, and capture it.
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– Alright so what should we do now?
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– Enjoy – Enjoy?
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– Enjoy – Enjoy wings?
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– Yes! – Great
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Last night here and we’re gonna enjoy it!
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That is it. I hope these tips were helpful
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in giving you some ideas when you’re out traveling.
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That is the biggest tip. Enjoy the experience.
13:08
Enjoy all of it. We’ve had such
13:09
a blast here on Royal Caribbean.
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Now it’s time to go upstairs and enjoy.
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Travel Tips for Japan You Must Know!

Transcript

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[Upbeat Instrumental Music]
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[Upbeat Instrumental Music]
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[Upbeat Instrumental Music]
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[Martina] So you booked your tickets to Japan you’re ready to come here
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But you know what it can be pretty overwhelming
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[Simon] We’re gonna give you our travel tips to Japan to make your trip a whole lot easier
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*Toilet Flushing*
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*Fart noise*
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[Simon] Ahhh… F*sheep noise*k
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Now what you’re gonna find in Japan is that public bathrooms
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are a little bit hard to find an easy way to find a public
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Bathroom if you really need to go is in convenience stores and convenience stores are everywhere you don’t even have to buy anything
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But you can leave something behind excuse me
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*toilet flushing*
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That actually wasn’t me flushing that was me just pushing the button that said flushing sounds
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Whew this seat’s warm. I have a question
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I want you to describe in the comment section below if you went into a bathroom in your
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convenience store in your home country
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What would it be like? would it have a warm toilet seat?
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Along with a bidet and flushing sounds? Would it be as clean as this?
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Please tell me I’d love to know. I’m sure it’s as clean as what we have here.
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God, I’m so comfortable, I don’t even wanna go.
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That’s it for this video
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I’m chilling in this bathroom
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[Simon] Now you might find if you’re using data roaming on your phone that it dies a lot mine certainly does
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[Martina] Yep
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[Simon] and if you’re looking for somewhere to charge your devices
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It’s not as common as what we’re used to in North America so the place you’re gonna need to go the charge your stuff is
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bear with me,
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McDonald’s
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*Pow*
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*Gunshot*
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*Gunshot*
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*Angry dog bark*
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[Martina] I know that sounds really weird
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But if you have a laptop and you’re traveling and you’re looking to like dump your memory card and stuff McDonald’s is actually kind of
1:54
Like a workplace in Japan and it’s totally bumpin it’s always bumpin
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Also if you come to McDonald’s make sure you check out their bizarre specials because Japan is constantly doing like special edition things for example cheese
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bolognese fries
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Fries in McDonald’s are always dope. From what we’ve heard, they’re the only country that actually fries their fries in fat
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I don’t know if that’s real or just an urban legend, but they taste amazing
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I was supposed to have the first bite. Notice how I ordered it and it had like one fork… For me
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[Simon] Mmm my god [Martina] Mustache you
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Hmm that’s actually really good whoa
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Ketchup is so 1950. Ketchup, you’re out. That’s sweet and salty and cheesy damn
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So let’s talk about the internet in Japan when you land in the airport make sure you pick up either a
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Wi-Fi hot spot that you could bring with you everywhere you go
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Or if your phone is unlocked you can also get a SIM card at the airport
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It’s roughly around $10 today for unlimited internet access
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Definitely get that or if you decided not to get a hot spot or a SIM card you can go to any Starbucks in Japan
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For free Wi-Fi however it will make it difficult for you to use Google Maps outside of a Starbucks Google Maps is gonna
3:19
Give you everything you need to navigate Japan bus schedules Subway schedules
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Walking locations to get you to the restaurants that you want to go to oh what’s that?
3:26
I hear you plan on just leeching off the network for free while in Japan
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Hahahaha! Good luck with that
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And one last thing if you are in a Starbucks
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And you have a drink make sure you finish your drink and throw out your cup in the Starbucks
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Because if you leave the Starbucks with a cup, good luck finding a garbage can anywhere in Tokyo
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they just don’t exist
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Damn it
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One of the most overwhelming things about being in Japan is using the train system
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[Martina] You know those videos you see on line of people like smushed inside of trains like with their arms
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You might get pushed into a subway
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Yeah, that’s gonna happen
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So we’re gonna try to show you guys how to get on and off the train when you line up for the train
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line up on both sides of the line don’t line up in the middle here
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As soon as the train pulls in you step off to the side
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People will get off through the middle and then once they’re all gone, then it’s your turn to get onto the subway
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And then you go through the middle this way
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Sounds complicated for some people I know but just follow that rule and you won’t be a jerk
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[Simon] Uh, Toumorokoshi supu onegaishimasu (Corn soup, please)
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[Simon] Uh, Sumoru. Hai (Small. Yes)
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[Simon] Daijoubu desu. (It’s all right.)
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[Simon] Arigatou gozaimasu. (Thank you very much.)
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Before I get on the subway, I like to grab myself a high quality cup of warm corn soup right here on the subway platform
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sounds weird
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But it’s delicious it’s like corn on the cob in soup format
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And you don’t get all the stuff in your teeth and look embarrassing to your friends
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What are you saying getting a cup of soup by myself on the subway is embarrassing to my friends. It’s not like my friends watch this anyways
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it’s not like I have
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a lot of friends 🙁
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Welcome to Tokyo Station
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Odds are you will be taking a
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Shinkansen or bullet train from this station if you’re heading out to Kyoto or Osaka or other parts of Japan
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And if you are going to be taking a bullet train from here
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I highly recommend that you come here an hour in advance at least because Tokyo Station is massive
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It’s just really massive, and it’s very busy as well
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There’s a very good chance you’re gonna get lost
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And don’t be embarrassed about getting lost like even local Japanese people get super lost at this station because it’s very confusing
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But why are we saying the importance of coming in hour in advance? The bullet trains leave ON. TIME.
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[Simon] On the second
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The second!
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TO THE SECOND! If your train leaves at
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6:02 there’s a dude with like a watch
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He’s like. 58! 59!
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And then the doors shut and it leaves so do not ruin your trip by showing up late
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Getting lost and then missing your train be punctual ([Martina] Punctual) be responsible be an adults get your shit together
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I need you to
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get that shit together
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No?
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[Martina] Drake? I need- No? [Simon] It’s copy written
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[Martina] I don’t think anyone’s gonna- [Simon] That means demonitze
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[Simon] This video took a lot of time to make [Martina] I need you to- (hums)
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YouTube don’t listen to this song
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Just cover your mikes
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So that’s it for our video on travel tips to Japan and Tokyo
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Obviously we couldn’t cover everything there is to know so if you have any questions
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Please leave them in the comment section below
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We answer as many questions as we can or we might just make a video about it
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Oh, yeah, we can have like part two travel tips to Japan
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Also, if you guys are hitting up a Shinkansen, a bullet train, make sure you grab yourself an Ekiben before you leave Tokyo Station
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What’s an Ekiben ([Simon] Oh?) oh?
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This is an ekiben. And if you want to know what’s inside of this magical little box come with me click on
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Martina’s video and I’m gonna teach you all about that
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Look, I’ve got a better option for you Tokyo Station has a famous vegan ramen shop. I’m gonna have some ramen right now
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I think you want to see that instead. RAMEN or whatever the hell this is? [Martina] Look at all this magic. What is this?
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[Martina] Look at all this seafood [Simon] Pick me, obviously
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[Martina] Come with me choose your own adventure choose your adventure with Martina. [Simon] Pick me, choose the best adventure with Simon
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Tips For Tourists in USA! with Don’t Trust The Rabbit

Transcript

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Hey everyone!
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Dana here, and I am back in Hamburg now filming with Trixi from Don’t Trust The Rabbit.
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I’m really excited to be filming here again.
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We’re going to make a few videos for my channel, a few videos for her channel.
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And right now we are filming a video about tips for tourists visiting the U.S.
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So Trixi, have you ever been to the U.S.?
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No, unfortunately I have never been there.
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Well that’s perfect because you are the perfect helper for this video then. – Great!
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I’m going to ask some questions or give a scenario and see, just curious to see what
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you think the answer is. – Okay. – Where you can get things.
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How things work.
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And then I will let you know, obviously, what, if you were correct or what actually is done
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or how it actually works.
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Okay, let’s give it a try.
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Alright let’s make the servers in the U.S. happy with this one.
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I’ll talk a little bit about tips in restaurants. – Okay.
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So you go to a restaurant in the U.S. and you have… – That sounds good. – Delicious!
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And you have just fine service. You get the food. Everything is fine. The server is nice enough.
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You know, everything is good. What would you tip? What do you think the tip is?
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Okay, so how much is the food in the end? Give me a number. – Um, let’s say, yeah, let’s say in the end…
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Or how much money did I eat. – The food cost $50. – Wow. I ate a lot. – There were a few people.
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Then it was really good, okay. – Yeah. – Fifty dollars. – Uh-huh.
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So I guess being in America, I would make it $53.
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No. People would give you some pretty bad looks.
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Yeah, I expected that. – So in the U.S…in the U.S. it’s done by percentages.
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Yeah, so you would like, 10 percent maybe or something? – Fifteen. – Fifteen percent! – Fifteen percent.
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Okay. – Fifteen percent is pretty standard.
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Okay, interesting. – If you go to a restaurant, and everything…it’s not sucky,
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Uh-huh, – you tip 15 percent.
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If it’s, if you didn’t enjoy something about it, – Uh-huh. – um, and you think that might,
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kind of be the server’s fault, – Okay. – people usually still give ten percent. – Alright.
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Um, because the servers generally only make a very, very tiny amount per hour. – Uh-huh.
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So the tip is really their wage. – Okay.
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So if something goes wrong with the food in the kitchen…that’s not really the server’s
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fault, you know. – Uh-huh. So even if you didn’t like the food you would still
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pay the server. – If the server was nice, yeah. – Alright. – You still have to pay the server.
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And then if the server is really nice, goes above and beyond, then you give twenty percent, so.
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Alright. That’s interesting to know. – Uh-huh. – Please don’t think that I’m a rude person or something.
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It’s just way different in Germany. – Yeah it’s just to know.
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You also give a tip and it’s like 2 euros or 3 euros but it’s also not considered super
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rude if it’s not that much, I would say.
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It depends on the restaurant that you go to.
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And that’s the point of this video. – Exactly.
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To enlighten and inform.
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When shopping for clothes if the price tag says – Could happen.- that a shirt costs $10 – Uh-huh.
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That’s cheap. – how much does the shirt cost?
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That seems to be an odd question.
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Because the obvious answer appears to be $10. – One would think.
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But maybe there’s also a sale outside of the shop, so it says like, summer sale or something – Uh-huh.
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and then it gets even cheaper.
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She’s going in the wrong direction. It goes more expensive.
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So in the U.S. – Wow! – for clothes and for other items, um, the tax is not put on the tag.
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That is super annoying. – Yeah.
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And I was really shocked when I came – That’s manipulating! – to Germany and the clothes
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were actually the price that it says on the tag.
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No – Wow! – in the U.S. if it says a shirt costs $10, I just always estimate another, like, 6 to 10 percent.
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So I would just assume I need to make sure that I have $11.
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Different states have different taxes, and sometimes even within a state, I think that
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there can be, like, a county that also puts taxes on it. – Okay.
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So there’s different taxes all over the place.
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How about beer?
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What age do you have to be to drink beer in the U.S.? Beer…I think in Germany it’s okay
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when you’re 16.
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But I think I’ve heard that the rules are a bit sharper in America.
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So I would go for 21, like all the other beverages.
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Okay, what about vodka? Do you think it’s different? Beer and vodka, is there a difference?
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I wouldn’t say.
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Because it is in Germany, and I think I’ve heard it is not in America. – Good job!
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Great. – All alcohol: 21. – Nice. – First thing I got right I guess.
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So you’re driving down the highway when you realize, ah!
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I have to go to the bathroom.
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How much does it cost to use the restrooms in the rest areas on the highway?
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Okay, I know that in Germany it’s also more expensive.
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I would say it’s, it cannot be that much.
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I mean it’s just, just to pee!
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It shouldn’t, they shouldn’t make money out of people being in really desperate situations
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so a dollar.
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Maybe.
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It’s free.
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It’s free.
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It’s free.
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It’s free!
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Ah, you’re free to pee.
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It’s free to pee! – That’s nice! – Everyone sing about it.
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As far as paying to use the restroom goes, that’s something that I really only started
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experiencing – Here, yeah. – when I moved to Europe.
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You’re in Florida. It’s 30 degrees celsius out. – Wouldn’t that be nice? – Can you picture it?
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Can you feel it? Okay. – Yes, yes.
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Why, then, would you see people leaving their apartment with a jacket in hand?
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I wouldn’t have had a clue – Uh-huh. – until yesterday.
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Ah, did I give it away? – But I remember that you told me the
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story about your family I gave it away.- going to a restaurant,
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or no to the cinema – Uh-huh. – actually, and there
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are a lot of air conditioners – Uh-huh. – in any public place that you go to so it’s actually
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a good choice to go with a sweater – Yep. – or a jacket ah, when you, yeah go outside
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Exactly. – even when it’s really warm outside.
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What if you have a headache while you’re on vacation? – It can happen.
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Where can you buy pain medicine?
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You know, ibuprofen or Advil – Uh-huh. – or something like this.
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Where can you buy that?
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I hope it’s in pharmacies only because otherwise it would be a little bit dangerous if everyone
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could just buy as many pills as they wanted.
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But judging from your reaction, I think America is a bit different.
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So you can buy these pain relieving pills at the gas station. – Oh great. – You can buy them
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at the airport probably there’s some little like news stand – Yeah. – you can buy them at.
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You can buy them in a lot of places. – Okay. – And as far as, actually, your answer, you are kind of wrong.
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Okay. – Because in the U.S. the pharmacy situation is not like it is here in Germany – Uh-huh.
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So let’s say you go into a grocery store, many groceries will have a pharmacy. – Okay.
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But that is where you get your prescription drugs. – Uh-huh.
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All of the other things like ibuprofen other small pain medicines or allergy tablets, you
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get those, actually, just in the grocery store.
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Now imagine you’re at a hotel.
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You spent the night there and in the morning there is a breakfast for you. – Nice.
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What could you imagine, what do you expect would be at that breakfast?
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Most likely some, some toast.
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And, like, bread rolls and scrambled eggs maybe.
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Or sausages, like, a lot of, um, also like cooked food or fried food, but also the, the
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regular stuff like toast with marmalade. That’s what I would go for.
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Okay, I would say that’s pretty good.
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The only thing is probably you wouldn’t see rolls.
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Okay. – You would have toast and some sort of jams, like you said and also, yeah, scrambled eggs,
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sausages – Nice. – but then also probably pancakes.
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Ah, beautiful! – There would be a waffle maker perhaps.
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You can make the waffle there. – Yeah. Keep talking. – Um, maybe an omelette station.
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It depends on the hotel, you know. How nice it is. – Uh-huh.
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But these things are common and then also cereals.
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I’m hungry now. – But what you wouldn’t find, you wouldn’t find rolls and you wouldn’t find the meat slices.
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Because we call that luncheon meat.
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And so you can see it’s not breakfast meat.
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It’s call luncheon meat.
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Yeah, all the other things were delicious enough. I, I’d be happy. – You’re okay with that? Okay.
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And I’m pretty hungry right now. – Alright.
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Yeah, our tummies are growling.
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And of course while you’re in the U.S. on vacation, you might want to send some postcards home.
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Of course. – So the question here then is… – Mommy, Grandma, my aunt. – Yeah, so many postcards.
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Where can you buy stamps. – Uh-huh.
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And where do you then mail the postcard?
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I think there must be something like a post office there? Where I could buy stamps. – Uh-huh.
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But I could imagine that there’s a more convenient store to buy them from.
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Like just a drug store or something. Maybe they also have stamps. Not like that in Germany.
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It’s really difficult to find stamps, actually.
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And then I would look for a letter box to put them in.
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What does a letter box look like?
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A mailbox. – Well in Germany it’s yellow but…okay a mailbox.
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And in America it’s maybe, it’s maybe blue and red and it has white stars. – All stars all over it.
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I don’t know. I just don’t know. – Yeah.
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Okay, so, as far as stamps go, you can buy sheets of stamps – Uh-huh. – at the grocery store as well.
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Okay so, so okay.
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But I think if you’re mailing a postcard internationally – Uh-huh. – you would probably have to get that
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stamp at the post office. – Uh-huh.
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Or I mean you could just buy the pack at the grocery store and just put a couple on. – Uh-huh.
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You know, you might not exactly get the right amount. – Yeah just pffff.
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And that must be fine.
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And then as far as mailing the letters go, you would look for either a blue box. – Uh-huh.
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The mailboxes, the big mail boxes are blue. – Well, at least one of the three colors right. – Yeah! You got blue.
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And you could also mail it at the post office where you bought the stamps, of course. – Yeah, okay.
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And if you’re staying with friends, then you actually just put your letter in their mailbox.
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So you, – Okay. – the mail carrier comes and picks up the mail and delivers the mail. – Nice.
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I’m just gonna, I’m just gonna say it. – Just go for it. – “Buoy.”
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That is not correct. – Sad. I was expecting it to be correct. “Buoy.”
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It’s a buoy.
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Buoy. – Yeah. – That sounds cute. That sounds like oui! – Oui!
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Oui! – In the video that we did about the German sounds. – Yeah.
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That’s so cute, I imagined you on the beach like oh buoy, buoy, buoy…
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You’re driving down the highway and you realize, oh!
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I have to go to the bathroom.
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How much does it cost to use the restrooms in the…on the highway.
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Things Every Traveler Should Know Visiting America | 8 Tips When Traveling to the US

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Hi there, it’s Ernest from Trip Astute. In this video, we’re doing something a
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little bit different. We’re going to cover the quirky and important aspects of US
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life that visitors should know when visiting the States.
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(light chiming music)
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A few months ago, we
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did a video on what I noticed when I traveled to England. It was meant to be a
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fun and lighthearted video. Oddly enough though,
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the video got a lot of attention and as of today, has over 400,000 views. The
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video seems to be trending in the UK so we had a lot of folks chime in on their
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thoughts. A lot of people shared their experience in the US and some of the
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confusing aspects of our life and culture. So today, I wanted to cover some
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of the biggest and most significant differences, especially those that could
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really affect your experience while here. While many of you in the US might not
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think that any of these things are unique, I still think it’s useful to be
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mindful of them especially when you have family and friends visiting from abroad.
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And for those of you who are watching from outside of the US, particularly our
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new subscribers from the UK, I hope this list is not only entertaining but also
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useful. I really tried to focus on differences and tips that might save you
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time and keep you safe while visiting the States. Lastly, before I run through
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the list, keep in mind that I’m intentionally ignoring politics and guns.
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While these are very stark and unique aspects of US culture, I’m really trying
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to avoid political debates on this channel. So before you comment on our
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President or guns, just know I totally get it, but this is not where I want to
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have that discussion. So, with that out of the way, let’s go through the list. Number 1:
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Paying for gas. If you’re visiting the US, you’ll notice that most gas stations
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will require you to pay for fuel in advance before you start pumping. Most
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Americans will simply swipe their credit card which then puts a hold on their
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account until they’re done fueling. This can be a big problem for international
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visitors as the pumps are often not able to process a hold or verify their credit
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card, especially since the US is a bit behind on
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their payment technology. If you’re faced with having to pay for gas, or petrol as
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the rest the world knows it, you probably need to pay the attendant cash. For most
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cars, you can expect to pay around $25 to $30 for a full tank.
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If you end up filling up less, then just asks for change from the attendant once
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you’re done pumping. As a bonus tip, keep in mind that in the US the black pump is
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usually designated as regular unleaded fuel. Green pumps are usually diesel,
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which is not as common in the US as it is in the rest of the world. Number 2:
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Stay in your car when being pulled over by the police. This one is extremely
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important to know if you’re visiting the US. If you’re driving and you get pulled
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over by the police, you’ll want to remain in your car and keep your hands on the
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steering wheel. You do not want to get out of your vehicle. While that may be the
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normal process outside the US, doing so will likely result in the police feeling
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threatened and potentially drawing their weapons. The normal procedure
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in the US is to pull over to the side of the road and turn off your engine.
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You’ll want to roll down your driver-side window and keep your hands on your
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steering wheel. The police will usually ask for your driver’s license and
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vehicle registration. Though I wouldn’t start looking for it until the police
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asks for it. I don’t mean to scare people as this is such a common scenario in the
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US, but it’s an easy way to startle the police especially if you exit the car
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and walk toward the officer. Number 3: Turning right on the red light. This is
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one that seems to disturb a lot of people when they visit the US, even
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though I think most Americans find it to be very convenient and useful. If you’re
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in an intersection and you want to turn right, you can do so on the red light if
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there is: no pedestrian crossing at the time, no cars coming toward your
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direction, and no signs saying that the right turn is prohibited on the red
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light. If you find yourself in this situation, you’ll want to stop at the
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intersection first and allow any pedestrians to pass, then you can slowly
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move forward into the crosswalk and turn right when it’s clear and safe. Just be
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careful of folks who ignore the crosswalk signal and try to cross the street at
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the last second. On that note, number 4: Avoid
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jaywalking. The US has laws against jaywalking, which
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is basically disregarding the law and crossing the street outside of the
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crosswalk or when the crossing signal is red. This is only enforced on busy roads.
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It’s meant to keep people from crossing streets where they can get hit by cars
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and cause disruptions to the flow of traffic. I know it’s very annoying, even
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for Americans, but it’s something to be aware of when you want to cross the
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street. Also, police officers will often just wait around busy streets to catch
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people jaywalking, so be careful when you’re walking around high-traffic areas.
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Number 5: Tipping. The tipping culture in the US is very excessive and is
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confusing even to us Americans. While it’s customary to tip servers 15% to 20%
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at restaurants and bars, it’s often unclear in other scenarios like
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valet parking, hotels, and cafes. For example, Fiona recently told me that she
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struggled with determining the amount to tip when visiting a hair salon. In these
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cases, we usually default to 15% to 20%, but only if you were happy with
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the service. Also, keep in mind that servers at restaurants and bars
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typically make less than minimum wage in the US. That means that the tip is a
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major component of their wages. While I personally think they should get paid
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more, just know that we often see tipping in restaurants to be mandatory unless
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the service was not up to standards. Number 6: Stop signs. A lot of visitors
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have complained that they often don’t know how to deal with multiple cars
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arriving at a stop sign at once. The official rule is that the person to the
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right has the right of way, though it can be messy when it’s not clear who is to
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the right. My suggestion is to be defensive and move slowly through the
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stop sign. It’s not worth fighting over the right-of-way, especially when we’re
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talking about a few seconds of time. Number 7: Sales tax.
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One thing that a lot of visitors find confusing is our sales tax. When buying
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an item at a store, you’re almost always going to pay more than the label price.
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Since sales tax is different in every state and county, we add it to the price
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at the register. It’s something that we’re used to as Americans, but I can
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understand how it’s confusing to others. Just know that you’ll likely have to pay
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up to ten percent more than the sticker price depending on where you’re visiting.
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And finally, number 8: Showing your ID. This one drives Americans insane too. In
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most restaurants and bars, you’ll need to show your ID even if you’re obviously
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over the drinking age of 21. It’s mostly a liability issue in that most
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restaurants and bars don’t want to be sued or found accountable for serving
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alcohol to minors, or even perceived as singling out people based on age. This
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can lead to some very annoying and frustrating situations. I’ve even seen
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elderly people being asked to show their ID, which is just ridiculous. So, if you’re
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planning to have a drink in the US, make sure you’re carrying some form of ID
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that shows your birthday. Even if you’re obviously over the age of 21, it’s
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possible that you’ll need to prove it in order to have a drink or to even enter a
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bar. There are a ton of smaller things that are on my list and I’ll cover them
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in another video. But these are the ones that I think can really affect someone’s
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experience or cause confusion when visiting the US, so I wanted to focus on
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them. For those of you in the US, do you have any other tips for visitors? Or if
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you visited the US from abroad, are there any other items that you think
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should be included in the list? Let us know in the comments section below. We
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