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Vlog: Post office in the USA!

26 Feb 2013

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Today we're going to take you on a short trip to the post office! You also get to to see the bus in Milwaukee and a little bit of our neighborhood.

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  • Today, we are going to the post office
  • A couple of days ago we got one of these notes in our mailbox
  • Which means they came to drop off a package and we weren't here to get it
  • So, now we have to go down to the post office and pick it up
  • So, in a moment we're going to be going to the post office
  • And now we are officially going to the post office
  • The post office is actually really close to our house
  • It's in the neighborhood just west of our neighborhood
  • But it's a little further than we usually walk
  • So we're going to take the bus!
  • Which means that you get to see a little bit of the bus in Milwaukee
  • Ok, here we are
  • Our post office is on Martin Luther King Drive
  • It's in a very old building
  • I don't know when it was built but it's probably one of the older post offices in the city
  • Here you can see P. O. boxes
  • These are mailboxes that you can rent so you can have your mail delivered (and you can come pick it up)
  • Without having to give people your real address
  • In case you wanted to keep your actual address private for some reason
  • So, just the street?
  • You're all set, thank you!
  • Thank you! Take care!
  • We have our package
  • For the trip back we don't have to buy a ticket
  • When you buy a ticket on the bus, you get a transfer
  • Which you can see my transfer here
  • Which allows you to take another bus for free within 2 hours of your first trip
  • If it's chocolate, it's mine!
  • So, we're back from the post office
  • We have our package
  • When we went down to the post office, we didn't know who it was from, what it was
  • It turns out that it's from Poland
  • You can see all of the stamps here
  • It's from a Bibliobird user
  • One of our students who comes to our English discussion lessons over voice chat
  • "wilk" is his username on Bibliobird
  • So he sent us a present
  • In a second we're going to open it and find out what it is
  • Alright what do we got here?
  • It's for Carrie - some chocolates
  • Oh, my gosh
  • Oh, wow
  • It's hot chocolate
  • Or I guess you would say like "drinking chocolate"
  • From my favorite place to get hot chocolate
  • Yeah, in Warsaw
  • And we've got...
  • Oh, man
  • "wilk" sent us some chocolate bars
  • Look at all of that
  • Oh, wow
  • Look at that
  • That is awesome
  • We got all the different kinds
  • Oh, my gosh
  • Oh, that is boss
  • That is boss
  • And I assume this is more -
  • Yeah, milk chocolate
  • Now here's some milk chocolate
  • Those are pretty packages
  • Yeah, with some pictures from Warsaw
  • Ah, from Łazienki park?
  • Um, this one is
  • That one
  • The... with Chopin
  • And then this is the mermade in old town
  • And one last one that I forgot in there
  • Wow, awesome
  • Well, I can tell you right now that Carrie is going to love eating all of this chocolate
  • Wow
  • Alright, I'ma [= I'm going to] try it
  • That is very tasty
  • We just want to say: Thank you so much, "wilk"
  • This is a wonderful present
Anonymous's picture

Hi David. I must admit you do a good job related to your video. It helps me to understand American. Thanks for your video. I hope you'll give more videos on this website. I am happy you give subtitles in English in video. It procure that your videos are easly to understand..

P.S If i make a mistakes you'll correct me if you want...

All the best

Posted by: peter (not verified) | Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 12:18
David Snopek's picture

Hi Piotr!

Thanks! I'm glad you liked it. :-) Your written English is rather good and I only noticed two small errors that could affect understanding:

procure -> ensures

easly -> easy

I hope that helps!


Posted by: David Snopek | Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 12:52
Anonymous's picture

Really nice trip and vlog. I hope you already ate them all (chocolates) ;)

Posted by: wolbashi (not verified) | Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 14:10
David Snopek's picture

Thanks! Heh, no we just got them yesterday so we've only had a few. :-) "Wilk" really sent us a lot of them!


Posted by: David Snopek | Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 21:11
Anonymous's picture

David, you just gave ma a serious chocolate craving. Now I have no choice but to stuff my belly with some delicious chocolates. Anyway, cool video :)

Posted by: Maciek (not verified) | Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 17:19
David Snopek's picture

Hi Maciek!

Heh, sorry about the craving. ;-) Glad you liked it!


Posted by: David Snopek | Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 21:11
Anonymous's picture

Hi David,

I'm really glad you got it finally. I hope you find it tasty all :)
You have nice post office there, really nice building, has so classic American style ... and without a queue inside. When I think about post offices in Poland I always see long queue with many people waiting hours to get their parcel or a letter :) That's why I don't like to get notice from post office unless it's package I'm really waiting for.
Thank you David for this video, for me it was really fun to see how you get this package.


Posted by: Wilk (not verified) | Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 03:17
David Snopek's picture

Thanks again for the chocolate! We've only had a chance to try a few of the kinds, but so far we're loving it. :-)

Yeah, that is a very classic post office. The newer ones could be any office with a front a desk, they don't really look like post offices.

Heh, well, we were there for 10 minutes with only one person in front of us. ;-) But we went at a very good time. It was 9:20am on a Monday so everyone had just gotten to work. Around 12pm and 5pm it's the busiest at the post office.

Although Americans go to the post office much less frequently than Poles. There just isn't much to do there! I go to pick up stuff at my P. O. Box, but there's no line for that. You can buy stamps at other places. I'm really only ever in line there if I need to mail a package abroad or to the government (otherwise I'd probably go to UPS or FedEx) or if I need to pick up something that wasn't delivered.

Heh, we told you we'd make a video! ;-)

Take care!

Posted by: David Snopek | Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 08:57
Anonymous's picture

hi again!

thanks for the video - but it should include the phrase: "audycja zawiera lokowanie produktu" :P no I'm kidding ;) but it's placed everywhere when ppl present some goods with a clear logo of the company.

ah one more thing - it's good to hear that you were so kind to that person who dealt with your note, usually ppl treat them like machines and don't even say "hello" or "thank you".

hopefully you've enjoyed the chocolate, and the next video will be about the experience of eating it.


Posted by: Gosia (not verified) | Friday, March 1, 2013 - 06:48
David Snopek's picture

Hi Gosia!

Hehe, well, is my blog, not my company. If anything is commercial it would be However, I guess it's all connected!

I don't think any chocolate is going to be left by my next video! It's just TOO good! ;-)

Best regards,

Posted by: David Snopek | Monday, March 4, 2013 - 16:32
Anonymous's picture

Good bit a movie. Well done. I hope that you'll make more movies some in this design. :D:D:D

Posted by: Pawel Cośtam (not verified) | Saturday, March 2, 2013 - 12:07
David Snopek's picture

Hi Paweł!

I'm glad you liked it. :-) There will definitely be more like this!


Posted by: David Snopek | Monday, March 4, 2013 - 16:32
Anonymous's picture

What I really appreciate from this kind of posts is this type of simple dialogues that describe everyday situations. They are really useful! :D

Posted by: idiomatico (not verified) | Tuesday, March 26, 2013 - 07:47