Surprising Culture Shock for a German in America

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When my husband, Stefan (aka Mr. German Man), traveled with me from Germany to America, that was his very first time in the USA and he had quite a few culture shock moments in just those first few hours after landing in the U.S.!!
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Dale Thomas
Dale Thomas Vor 5 Stunden
When I first got stationed in Japan me and my buddies went out in town to check things out and we only spoke a couple phrases in Japanese at that time. When we ordered food from a local restaurant and no one would look us in the eyes, they practically whispered to us, and the waiters would do a slight bow after leaving your table every time. At first I thought, oh man they hate us because were a different military stationed in their country so they don't even want to look at us or talk to us. Come to find out they find it rude to do so. I was being the rude one by not knowing this and looking at them in the eyes and talking loudly. They are one of the most respectful people of any country I have traveled to. You just have to quickly learn what is culturally normal wherever you go to avoid looking like a jackass.
Barbie Barbe
Barbie Barbe Vor 10 Tage
US- always chlor water. It is so disgusting 🤢
Nina Alexander
Nina Alexander Vor 12 Tage
Luggage 🤣🤣
Daniel Jose
Daniel Jose Vor 16 Tage
My culture shock was like yours but in reverse. I spent my whole life in California but when I joined the Army, my first duty station was in Germany. Boy oh boy was that a big culture shock to me. I even got stationed in a small town which everybody pretty much knew each other too.
Aleksandar Sæterhaug
I’m from Norway and on tv of movies set in America they have s’mores we all thought it was just something showed in movies and when I went to America and I went camping with some friends some of which were American we were just eating the marshmallows and it was normal my friends that were American were looking at us weird we were confused. They pulled out chocolate and graham crackers and we yelled “THOSE THINGS ARE REAL?!?!? in conclusion s’mores are the food I miss most from America. As well as Americans just talk to you We here find it weird, creepy and may assume that that person is drunk, high, or mentally unstable.
James Harrison
James Harrison Vor 23 Tage
Believe I felt that way when I was in Germany for the first time, was overwhelmed with all the difference the first few weeks, and all the exciting new foods. Germany has plenty of French Fries, and so does neighboring France, they just don’t call them French Fries. Somethings you just have to make your self, Aldi is having German week again, so time to stock up on Pretzels again, and just made some Obatzda the weekend when we baked our last box of frozen Pretzels. Still no great source for Handkaesse, Landjäger, or Blutwurst. Guess our September 2018 trip to Munich could be called food and Museums. The in-laws did drive down from Hessen for a great day together.
Randolph60 Vor 25 Tage
Many years ago I've visited Titusville. It's at the Indian River near the Space Camp. As we've visited the Universial Studios in Orlando I was woundering how perfecly Americans can copy thing from real live into a "show". After some time a butterfly flought across our way and I've ask my brother: "Is it a real butterfly or is it a remote controlled butterfly"? Now I think it was real :)
Wyn Nyx
Wyn Nyx Vor 28 Tage
You guys are adorable.
carl Vor Monat
i am Living in munich now, but i am from francfurt. in frankfurt they do have bikes since 40 years. i never was here in munich at the airport.
B B Vor Monat
I swear it is called a baggage claim rather than a luggage claim lol
Lilith Kenis
Lilith Kenis Vor Monat
In the 80' I went to India 2 times, and I was especially in awe that all the temples there are still in use. (compared to Egypt for instance). And how big the gap was between rich and poor. At the most expensive hotel of Bombay there are slums built against the side walls in which people sleep hardly covered by some cardboard or corrugated (roof) sheets as walls. Having no water or electricity for many hours per day, no phone for more than 4 hours a day. People staring at me for being white (children even stroking my arm with a finger and then looking at that finger to see it didn't come off :D ) And also shocked that two people in love were not allowed to touch eachother in public. Yeah I had my culture shock back then. Oh and one more thing... the air... when I came of the plane, I thought there had been a sandstorm or something, the air was totally orangy-yellow and it smelled so bad. Polution galore in those times!
GTR&ELT Steve Vor Monat
I like hearing stories from that are from the perspective of looking from the outside in at the United States :)
Martin H
Martin H Vor Monat
Florida = AC all year long!
grafholt1 Vor Monat
Why culture shock? Friendly people, good french fries and hospitality are also in Germany. The only thing is to wear shorts on christmas, but that wont shock me
Gerg C
Gerg C Vor Monat
Jewish and German together at last!
Nate Mack
Nate Mack Vor Monat
Hey I actually live near West Palm I'm in Port St lucie
Dancer Mom Giant Fan
Jen Jen Jen
Jen Jen Jen Vor Monat
Why doesn’t she just shut up and let him tell HIS story
Aaron K
Aaron K Vor Monat
4th generation german. ancestors from the black forest,
Aaron K
Aaron K Vor Monat
i was in a place south of russia the clouds hed hard time climbing over the mountains january 19 degrees below 0 fahrenheit. i looked at the mountains in the distance and they would not stop going up unbelievably tall mountains
Aaron K
Aaron K Vor Monat
Next time go to wisconsin and visit german town.
Groot Billyclub
Groot Billyclub Vor Monat
Wow she really walked him through that. I wonder what he ACTUALLY thought.
Aynge Mackay
Aynge Mackay Vor Monat
Japan was like another planet for me. We lived on an air force base which was essentially America, but when we left the base, EVERYTHING was so different. Nobody spoke ANY English, public toilets were literally holes in the floor, OMG. It was great for the most part but so so weird. Another planet. Can't wait to go back though.
Cody Bonnet
Cody Bonnet Vor Monat
Great video and cute couple. Him- very German. Her- very American. Good contrast! For me going to South India from Texas was about as big of culture shock anyone could ask for lol.
Pamela Penick
Pamela Penick Vor Monat
I went to my husbands home town in Mexico and everyone kept staring at me. I said something and he told me no American had ever been there. I was in awe of the food because it was so simple but delicious. Everyone took a siesta from 1 to 3, nothing was open. The center of town was exactly like you see in the old westerns with the gazebo in the center. Once a week they butcher a pig and it is only available that 1 day. The motel was all of 6 rooms but very well cared for. All the colors were bright and the whole town was very open. It was very quiet and relaxed. No one spoke English and were very patient when I spoke spanish, we all laughed about it but they genuinely appreciated me speaking their language. It was culture shock because it was so peaceful and the food was so good. Very simple fare. I remember it fondly to this day.
Anav Picker
Anav Picker Vor Monat
Yes very over whelmed when I went to Rome. I need to get back loved Italy. I love traveling so much have a very happy life together.
Bruce Laporte
Bruce Laporte Vor Monat
As a history buff, my first trip to Germany. How wonderful the German people are, how beautiful the land is and how good the food is in Germany. I expected the beer, but not the rest.
Carson Garrett
Carson Garrett Vor Monat
Atlanta Airport is the busiest Airport in America lol.
Crouton Vor Monat
I experienced that on my first visit to Ikea 😁
Dave Armstrong
Dave Armstrong Vor Monat
America is sooo... plain. I'm not sure why you had culture shock unless it was mostly focused on size. Everything is bigger here :) On our many trips to Italy, I have never felt culture shock. In fact, I've felt more at home there than anywhere - as if I was born to it. Now I sort of feel like I missed something grand! Thanks for sharing. Very fun video!!!
Leigh Sutherland
Wow, she is annoying.
Phineas Fogg
Phineas Fogg Vor Monat
The one and only time I experienced a culture shock is when I went to India and was confronted with the utter poverty there. One can hardly speak about a culture shock when coming to Germany. Some things are different - so what? Why do the Americans have to exaggerate things all the time?
echt114 Vor Monat
The video was about traveling to the US, not Germany.
Tabi Smith
Tabi Smith Vor Monat
Atlanta airport is the absolute WORST!
Whitney Angelie
Whitney Angelie Vor Monat
You can tell she’s used to being around non-native English speakers cuz she does that thing where you talk too loud and over enunciate all your words like you’re talking to a little kid 😂😂😂
sean berthiaume
sean berthiaume Vor Monat
Would that be considered cultural shock landing in Baghdad,Iraq all you mthrfckrs!?
Sierra Long
Sierra Long Vor Monat
I visited Finland a couple summers ago, but in all honesty, nothing really stuck out to me as “culture shock” (other than the language barrier, of course) though there was that one time during the road trip that I got carded in a Swedish grocery store while trying to buy mango flavored water… that was strange
Nathaniel Perry
Nathaniel Perry Vor Monat
IMO, "luggage" refers to the suitcases and other pieces you put your stuff in, whereas baggage is all of the stuff you're traveling with, both the luggage and the contents of that luggage.
Telefunk006 Vor Monat
I really never expected this
sue she
sue she Vor Monat
Airport says baggage people say luggage
Timothy Cushing
Timothy Cushing Vor Monat
She is annoying and disrespectful to her husband. It is his experience not hers.
liv ics
liv ics Vor Monat
I love how she is so bubbly and social and all over the place and him more quiet like so American versus European loveeee iiiiitttt 😍😍😍😍😍 I'm from E Europe and I'm in love with everything American ❤️
John Naylor
John Naylor Vor Monat
I'm an American.... I went to Romania and hit culture shock just as I enter my sponsor family's home. Didn't know when greeting that you kiss on both cheek's but I was still graciously welcomed. Found out that I need to be quiet on public transportation. They don't serve Pizza with any type of tomato sauce and if you ask for ice for your drink was frowned upon. I had a wonderful time and know that If I mean to travel in the future I need to do some culture research before I go.
Indrid Cold
Indrid Cold Vor Monat
I lived in the United States of America for two years. I believe the men there must find huge women attractive or at least it is fashionable for women to be obese there. The women there are fatter than the men. Many of them can barely walk. But I guess there, the culture must be fat women are beautiful. Their beaches look like an elephant seal colony because of the majority bulbous females that still insist in wearing a bikini. To each their own. I prefer athletic women. The fertility goddess look is something I rather find repugnant.
Walter Zielinski
Two other things: l've travelled all over the lower 48 (and 7 of the Canadian provinces) as well as a few countries in Europe. Personally, l think in terms of topographical and urban beauty, the places l've visited in Europe beat America hands down. Second, Americans are by far the stupidest, the most profoundly ignorant, the most cruel, the most violent people on the planet. I would have left the country years ago, but unfortunately, ever since the housing bubble burst, l've seen my finances plunge. Year over year, l work harder, make less money and, at age 63, find myself sinking deeper and deeper into a swamp. At least l wasn't born here...
Walter Zielinski
Uhmm... you never, ever, heard of pommes frites in Europe? As in steak frites? They're not called "French fries" for nothing. They're not American, trust me. BTW, the very best pommes frites l ever had was in a small town in the southwest of Poland, where l found a 3 star restaurant. The food there and everywhere in Poland put American cuisine to shame...
msav42 Vor 2 Monate
My 1st trip out of the U.S. was to Germany. I felt the same way. I felt like I stepped of the plane and landed on Mars. Lol. But the German people are awesome. Such a rich culture. Love to go back
JAMES Rivis Vor 2 Monate
Kultur shock.... Grüss euch ! Ein Engländer, bin ich nach München den September 1962 gefahren. Ich habe im HotelBayerischer Hof gearbeitet als Commi-Kellner für’s Winter, im Festsaal und Nachtklub auch. Mein Hotelfachschule freund arbeitet dort seit wenige Monaten schon. Eines Tages im Winter nach einen Sturm wir spatzierten zum Beruf und wir fanden diesen Frauen mit Schaufeln arbeiten im Strasse und Schnee im Strassenabflüssen gesteckt. FRAUEN, MITTER ÄLTE DICKE WEIBEN - dass fand ich unglaublich. Zwei Jahren vorher wir alle beide haben Die Rheingauer Weinbergen besucht. Wir sind im Köln spät am abend gekommen und müssten ins Toileten gehen unten den Bahnsteig. Als wir dort ankommen sahen wir eine putz Frau am Stuhl gesessen die als wir durch den Tur kam hatte die Toilette Sessel geputzt. Dass fand ich ouch sehr komisch . Wir müssten Trinkgeld bezahlen !!!!! Auch, unten Bahnsteig was ein Herberge wo wir sind schlaffen gegangen. Express Züggen sind die ganze nacht durch gefahren. Bin jetzt 76 und habe alle nicht vergessen !! Im München gewohnt ich auf der Westermühlstrasse gewohnt bei Frau Lehner und seiner hund Perle.
Joel Berliner
Joel Berliner Vor 2 Monate
Luggage ( British Usage )
Laura Djordjevic
Laura Djordjevic Vor 2 Monate
I was in Florida (Miami, Key West, Fort Lauderdale, Sarasota, Fort Meyers) in about 2005, I guess. And I'm REALLY excited, that I hopefully can make a year as an au pair in the US, too! I love and enjoy watching your videos and like to see the differences by my own. :)
Randy Suyematsu
Randy Suyematsu Vor 2 Monate
I spent two year in Germany and really loved it! There were things I missed of course, but there were so many new things to experience, that compensated, and more!
Dez B
Dez B Vor 2 Monate
She’s like an over protective mom with nervous giggles
Procarry Trucker
Procarry Trucker Vor 2 Monate
It's luggage.. lol.
Timothy Campbell
Timothy Campbell Vor 2 Monate
Brandon Ross
Brandon Ross Vor 2 Monate
If she ever wants some genuine fat American D she should drop heil Stephen there and hit me up. I’ll show her why we won the war
Walter Zielinski
Really? You Amerikaners are constantly at war, at home and abroad, you just can't stop from shooting "the other" up. What's with you guys? You won the war? You've never stopped fighting your imaginary enemies... Stop killing the planet too, while you're at it!
the business handler
Florida is a foreign country even to most Americans lol
the business handler
West palm would be a nice place to go if you're from Germany.
amanda ostaszewski
amanda ostaszewski Vor 2 Monate
I moved from South Florida to Alabama 12 years ago and I am still in culture shock.
Randy Welsh
Randy Welsh Vor 2 Monate
They do not have potatoes in Germany? That is all french fries are
weltraumvogel2 Vor 2 Monate
@first minutes: That's why try to not have transfer in the States. If you don't get a direct connection the transfer airport should be outside of the U.S.
Gladio Vor 2 Monate
On my first trip to Vietnam I experienced a huge culture shock, but I don´t mean that in a negative way. I love the differences.
Savage Man
Savage Man Vor 2 Monate
America is the GREATEST.🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 God Bless The USA. It's baggage
Walter Zielinski
Amerika is the most barbarously violent country in the world and Amerikaners are the most hypernationalistic (which is to say, the most racist. ethnocentric people) on the planet. Get your f@#>&×%* military back in the U.S. where they belong. Stop your genocidal wars now!
DaWe Vi
DaWe Vi Vor 2 Monate
In America, you can get culture shock from one city or state to the next if you've never been to many or any. It's such a huge and differing country.
Danny Hudack
Danny Hudack Vor 2 Monate
So...... a pretty American girl has to go to Germany to find a guy?
Marsha Eberhart
Marsha Eberhart Vor 2 Monate
Lol... I'm like, "Let me get my bags." 😋
Eric Willenberg
Eric Willenberg Vor 2 Monate
To the last Question: Arriving at Pejing Airport and realizing that I am on the other half of the globe. I am from Germany.
T Vor 2 Monate
For me, it was when I moved to Nieder-Roden Germany as a 9 year old kid
A Keeper Of Odd Knowledge
Back in 1975 I was serving my last year in the Navy and our ship took us to Cartagena, Colombia. I was stationed aboard a repair ship so we rarely left our HomePort of Norfolk, VA., so I was really excited about visiting an exotic foreign country. Once there I soaked up the culture with no problem at all, language barrier and all. I loved every minute of it. The culture shock hit me when we returned state-of-the-art! Don't ask me why. I have no idea!
sanchini Vor 2 Monate
I live in L.A. andI like living here. However I have NO idea why anyone would want to visit L.A. To go to Theme parks? why would you travel so far and pay so much for that? Shopping? Food? The Beaches? There are better places like these in much more interesting parts of the world.
stp stp
stp stp Vor 2 Monate
When u miss eating shitty food hahahaha
Bonk Vor 2 Monate
Baggage, luggage, same thing. Which is why it's called emotional baggage. You carry it with you.
Explicitaz83 Vor 2 Monate
Luggage takes the win.
Megan N
Megan N Vor 2 Monate
as someone who worked in the travel industry, luggage is the general term. baggage is the service in airports.
Chris Kleeschulte
Chris Kleeschulte Vor 2 Monate
lovely story! It was a pleasure to watch.
Mark _
Mark _ Vor 2 Monate
Now that I think about it, I call it luggage but still say baggage claim.
Waldfrau Vor 2 Monate
We visited my stepson in Kentucky in 2001, while he lived there for a year in a guest family. He was 17 years old. Mostly we were shocked of all the waste all around. Everywhere litter of fast food, wrecked cars in house gardens and besides the road, waste in the creek, soap foam which ran out of the washing mashine into the creek beyond the house. It was nearly impossible to take a photo without waste and litter on it. The only exception was made by the state parks. And all this in spite of a penalty of 500$ for littering! I'm sad that nowadays you'll find some areas in germany which aren't much better. :(
rick devault
rick devault Vor 2 Monate
I been to West Virginia once.
lisa martin
lisa martin Vor 2 Monate
Stefan is such a good guy and he is very respectful.Dana you are very blessed with a kind loving husband. Have a great time in America Stefan !!
Dalton Mcglaughlin
Dalton Mcglaughlin Vor 2 Monate
Dude, RUN!!!!
EL PUERCO Vor 2 Monate
Alaska had my jaws agape. Magazine pictures don’t come close to revealing its true beauty and splendor and size.
Odysseus Rex
Odysseus Rex Vor 2 Monate
I would have liked to have heard more about the specific things he experienced that produced culture shock. Somebody was nice to him in a restaurant, and it was warm in Florida. Was that all?
grumblesa10 Vor 2 Monate
Yep, my first trip to Finland. The only way to describe it is, a ENTIRE country filled with my Great Uncles and Aunts....
Boo Boo
Boo Boo Vor 2 Monate
So glad you let him talk....not. Interesting perspective.....the girl is loud and never shuts up. Someday he might get tired of her cutting him off to give her thoughts on what HE is thinking. I lived in Germany for a few years and I can tell you this much. You could never lose this girl in a crowd there. So what was this video about? Her culture shock or his?
Jen Jen Jen
Jen Jen Jen Vor Monat
Boo Boo totally agree. I wanted to hear his story not have her tell it. I find her very annoying
jillian Vor 2 Monate
I Just say bags...I'm from OHIO, AMERICA
peabody Vor 2 Monate
YES! when i arrived in Frankfurt Germany(then going to darmstat) where i spent 2 1/2 yrs in 1985 being stationed there in the army! I have to say the food in germany is awesome!!! and OH THE BEER!!!! YUMM!
Bill Olsen
Bill Olsen Vor 2 Monate
My overwhelming trip was to East Berlin in 1969, but it wasn't in a good way. Did you miss the American specialty Tuna Casserole the most? Or was it Frijoles with Carne Asada Burritos?
Asura Heterodyne
Asura Heterodyne Vor 2 Monate
As someone who has lived in Portland Oregon all her life, most things are only around 100, maybe 200 years old. I went to London England and everything was casually nearly 1,000 years old. So... I was a bit overwhelmed.
Leo Supreme
Leo Supreme Vor 2 Monate
Back in the mid 70's I was hired via phone calls and mail to work in Yosemite Nat'l Park and I had never been there. The day before work was to start I drove in to the Valley for the first time. I would say that I was overwhelmed at what I saw. .....One of the best things I ever did. :-)
ArkaneOmega Vor 2 Monate
Doctor C
Doctor C Vor 2 Monate
Does this broad ever shut up...
Kay Flip
Kay Flip Vor 2 Monate
Well you pick up your luggage at the baggage claim. So yeah, same thing.
Dewina Leuschner
Dewina Leuschner Vor 2 Monate
I've been to Nepal in October 2018 and I walked around like Stefan all the time! I guess I didn't stop smiling and being shoked and overwhelmed for all the three weeks! It was my first time out of Europe and I was just soooo amazed by the culture, the language, the nature, the people, the food, the traditions.... On the last day I couldn't believe to just leave and be back in my old life and actually I still feel like this trip made a huge difference for me! It changed my way of thinking and acting and I really hope to go back to that wonderful place one day! Until then I'll carry Nepal with me in my heart
J A.
J A. Vor 3 Monate
USA has no culture
Walter Zielinski
Agreed! Amerika is 100% kitsch. And Amerikaners define the terms stupid and ugly.
Should have came to Fredericksburg Tx (area) you would have been like...wow it's like home but....Americanish
Don Whitt
Don Whitt Vor 3 Monate
My wife's grandfather on her mother's side came from Germany. Her other grandfather on her father's side came from France. She's always having these internal battles.
Don Whitt
Don Whitt Vor 3 Monate
If you are carrying baggage, then you refer to it as baggage. If you are carrying luggage, you call it luggage.
Superapearmy Vor 3 Monate
I am not sure if she knows yet, but it is pretty likely she is married to an android.
Raiderblack Vor 3 Monate
The South Pacific... Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora
Donald McCombs
Donald McCombs Vor 3 Monate
Should visit Oklahoma, there was once a German POW camp there. When WWII ended they gave them the choice to go home or stay. Most of them stayed and kept the culture alive.
Ha, I felt that way when I first went to Germany, from the Frankfurt AM Main airport (flughaven) to everywhere I went... which was MANY places there, for over a year (serving in the Army). I personally liked the Pomme Fritts there but they are not like the addictive crackilike fries from McDonalds. I miss the great biers I had there, many of which were locally made, and I have never had such great wursts in my life since then, and naturally I miss the fraulines! It's always great to see people who have fun visiting new, faraway places with entirely different cultures... this was a feel-good video for sure, thanks for sharing! Tschüss!
Richard Moorhead
Richard Moorhead Vor 3 Monate
In all my time in Europe, seeing several countries. France was the only one I would not return to. Spent a couple tours(military) in Germany. Loved the country( yes I come from an area in the states with a high German heritage). Now as for the deer in the headlines look. It was my first Christmas mart in Heilbronn.
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