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  • Hi everyone, my name is Charlotte.

  • First of all, I want to thank all of you who wished me a happy birthday.

  • I celebrated well with my family. Just at home. Nothing big or special.

  • We are in crazy times with the virus and all, so it is better to stay at home safely, I think.

  • Now, I would like to share something super exciting with you!

  • You know I have been sharing news about Taiwan from an outsider's perspective and outsider newspapers for a while now.

  • I have been checking all kind of newspapers in Europe, in the US, everywhere,… to see what kind of news about Taiwan we hear.

  • I think it is interesting to see what kind of news make it's all the way to Europe.

  • I have also been checking a lot of Taiwanese newspapers and that's why this article today is so special to me.

  • There is a Taiwanese English-speaking news platform calledThe China Postand they have written an article about me!

  • It is super exciting and honestly, at first when I was contacted by a person working there, I wasn't sure if it was legit or not.

  • Right now, it is so easy to interview someone. They just wrote me a message on Instagram, asking me

  • Hey, we're this newspaper and we would like to interview you. Is that okay with you?”

  • Since it wasn't an official account I was like: “I wonderIs this really a newspaper?”

  • I had nothing to lose. It was just an interview. Of course, I said yes!

  • Luckily for me, it was really the newspaper they claimed to be.

  • The title of the article is: “Belgian YouTuber shares tips for solo-female travel in Taiwan”.

  • The title is very funny and unexpected to me, because when I did the interview by replying on Instagram,

  • That was just a very small part of the whole interview and it is funny to me that they decided to use this as the title.

  • I guessMaybe people would click on it more easily with this kind of title? I don't know.

  • It is very funny to me, who knows the whole interview, to see that they chose this specific title.

  • I would love to look at the article with you.

  • This article was written by Shelly Yang, The China Post, on September 7th.

  • It was my birthday on September 6th so that was a very nice timing.

  • Taiwan is known asone of the safest countries in the world.”

  • The island-nation performs very well with street safety, low legal discrimination and low violence against women.

  • Charlotte, a Belgian YouTuber who recently traveled to Taiwan for a working holiday, shared some tips that solo-female travelers need to be aware of.

  • That's funny! I guess I am a solo-female traveler. I travelled to many countries:

  • I studied in Sweden, I did an internship for 6 months in India, I have studied in South-Korea and then I was doing myWorking Holidayin Taiwan.

  • Yeah, I guess you can call me a solo-female traveler.

  • It is very weird to me that they call me a Belgian YouTuber.

  • Even if I have been doing YouTube for a while now, it is still weird to consider myself a YouTuber. Do you know what I mean?

  • Charlotte took her first solo trip to Asia when she was 18. Since then, she has been an exchange student in Sweden and India.

  • That is what I just told you.

  • By the way, my first solo-trip when I was 18, that's something I explained to her, but it didn't come into the article.

  • They have to make a selection of what they want to write.

  • My very first trip was… I was living in an international student dormitory here in Belgium,

  • and I got along really well with some Japanese girls there and also a South-Korean girl.

  • After my first year of University I decided to travel to Asia all by myself and try to visit as many of my friends as possible.

  • That was, up until today, one of the nicest trips of my whole life. It was so nice to see all my friends back. I miss them all a lot.

  • After that solo-travel I really got a taste for travelling the world.

  • The first time she heard ofTaiwanwas when she was having a language course in South Korea.

  • Then, a friend highly recommended Taiwan to her, saying it was one of the best places she'd ever been.

  • This was a friend I made during a job. I was doing someextraormodelingjob.

  • She was a girl who had worked in several countries. She works a lot in mainland China as well,

  • But she had been to Taiwan for jobs and she told me that there's no country that compares to Taiwan.

  • It made me very curious, because I only had a vague notion of what Taiwan was, but I didn't know anything about it.

  • So after she said that to me, that's when I was really getting curious about Taiwan.

  • It was in that moment that a seed was planted in Charlotte's heart and her curiosity about this beautiful island began to grow.

  • Yes, that's true!

  • “I felt safe as a female traveler in Taiwan,” she continued.

  • It is so weird to sayshe continuedwhen I am talking about myself.

  • Taiwan is so modern and has a very western feel to it, so I could be myself freely!

  • I have to say, some countries that have a lot of ancient traditions can have a very different style.

  • For example: I could feel that while I was living in India, it is so rich of culture, and the culture is so different from European countries.

  • The first thing I noticed when I arrived in India was that everybody was dressed very differently than me.

  • Personally, I didn't want to stand out so much, because I was already looking different. I didn't want to have different clothes as well.

  • I decided to change to an Indian girl style as fast as possible.

  • I think it is nice when you go to another country to try and merge into the culture that is there.

  • I think it's also a way of showing respect to that country that accepts you as a guest.

  • Let's go on with the article.

  • She advises women traveling alone to observe the behavior of women in a country and just do the same.

  • That's simply put, but that is kind of what I mean.

  • For example, if a local doesn't take the train alone after 8 p.m., then just don't. If a local person dresses in a way that doesn't show her legs or cleavage, then do the same.

  • This is so interesting, because I noticed that in South-Korea for example, girls don't show cleavage much usually,

  • But they will show their whole leg up until very high, like mini-skirts, mini-shorts,… all that.

  • While here in Belgium you might see more cleavage, but not many mini-skirts or shorts.

  • It is just a cultural thing. A small difference.

  • But in Taiwan, I didn't feel like I had to adapt much,” she added.

  • Yeah, that's true. In Taiwan I just wore my usual clothes. I guess my style is pretty safe in every country. XD

  • Not only did the safety in Taiwan amaze Charlotte, but the culture of milk tea, covered sidewalks and garbage trucks were also very new to her.

  • That's what I talked about in my very first video. That video was titled: “I moved to Taiwan!”

  • At that time, I was still thinking that I would be in Taiwan for a much longer time.

  • Nobody could have predicted this whole coronavirus situation.

  • Now in Belgium, Charlotte said, I honestly miss the garbage truck music after leaving Taiwan!

  • Other things that she misses are the food. Of course!

  • Not just the taste, but also how convenient and easy it is to eat out.

  • That's very true. Here in Belgium I rarely eat outside because it is quite expensive and in my town there's nothing much to go eat.

  • In Taiwan I could go outside and at 5 minutes from my place I could find at least 15 different places where I could go and eat.

  • When I was In Taiwan I rarely cooked, because there were so many convenient, delicious and affordable options around.”

  • Of course, the friends she made in Taiwan, kind people, and a coffee shop where you can spend all day, are all fond memories that she will never forget after she leaves Taiwan.

  • “I hope the virus will be under control soon so I can go back and make more videos showing Taiwan to the world.”

  • That was it for the article. Sorry by the way… I just noticed that there's a weird part of my hair sticking out.

  • I think it came because I just took a nap and I must have been laying in a very weird position.

  • My hair got messed up really badly. My apologies.

  • Something else I wanted to say about the article, that I found very interesting, was that:

  • One of my Patreon-members brought to my attention that the title in Taiwanese was a bit different than the title in English.

  • In English, the title is: “Belgian YouTuber shares tips for solo-female travel in Taiwan”.

  • But in the Taiwanese version they wrote: “Belgian model shares tips for solo-female travel in Taiwan”.

  • I think that is very interesting, I was wondering why they changed this word. Is it because there's no official word forYouTuberin Chinese?

  • I'm not sure. What do you all think?

  • It's a small detail but it made me wonder. Why would they change that word in the Taiwanese version?

  • Thank you so much for watching!

  • If you watched until the end, I want to tell you a password, so I know that you are awesome and you watched until the end.

  • The password I'm going to choose today, is one that I used in one of my very first videos. It is:

  • Milk tea ~

  • Actually, I even made myself a little T-shirt withpassword: milk tea”.

  • To me, it's an inside joke of my channel. I really like it!

  • When I told my sister and mother about this little idea, that I wanted to make myself a T-shirt they asked me to make one for them as well

  • My mother has a yellow one and my sister has a white one with long sleeves.

  • I was thinkingOMG! I should really put this on my YouTube channel so that everybody can buy it,

  • But sadly, they don't deliver it everywhere in the worldSo it's just for me now!

  • Thank you so much for watching. I hope everybody is safe. Don't work too hard!

  • I noticed that last week, I kind of overworked myself a bit and in the weekend, I was so exhausted that I couldn't do anything.

  • So this week, I was very careful and I forced myself to take enough rest, because I didn't wat to miss another chance to make a video.

  • I'm always very excited to make a video for you all. Thank you for always supporting me.

  • I also want to give a special thanks to my Patreon-members. It is always nice to have a chat with you in Patreon!

  • Thank you for watching. If you're interested to read the whole interview (all the questions and all the replies)

  • I will put it on my Patreon. But it is really long, so it is probably not that interesting

  • I'll put it there for anyone who wants to read.

  • Once more: thank you for watching and see you very soon in the next video. Bye bye ~

Hi everyone, my name is Charlotte.

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A2 BEG UK taiwan solo article youtuber charlotte female

I appeared in the Taiwanese News!

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    周建丞   posted on 2020/10/12
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