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Korea vs California

July 3, 2014

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It’s standard for us to do these comparative TL;DRs whenever we come back from traveling. It seems like we’ve done two of these in a row now: our last one was on China vs Korea, and this week we’re talking about California vs Korea. Woot!

Of course, we’re not talking about all of California in this video. We’re just talking about our experiences and what we’ve noticed. Even our LA friends were surprised when we talked about how friendly everyone is to us! So, I’m sure your experiences won’t line up with ours in many ways, and we’d love to hear where they differ!

There were a few things we didn’t talk about in this video, though, so we’ll mention them here:

LA Traffic

I’ll hear no complaints about it at all, thank you very much! I’ve seen shows in which people complain about the traffic. Anthony Bourdaine complained about it, and had a montage of people complaining about it. You have nothing to complain about! ORRRR…we were just exceptionally lucky. We never hit a single traffic jam. Things moved slower sometimes, but it was overall very smooth everywhere we drove. In Korea, the traffic sucks all day long. We just crawl to the studio going 20-30km an hour most of the time, even at 11PM at night on a Wednesday. It’s always bad here. LA Traffic, not that bad at all!

Pretentious Restaurant Names

Is it just me, or do fancy pants restaurants have single syllable names too often? FEED. LIME. GRUB. FRESH. Pfft. Too hoity toity. All of them with their minimalistic font and take on deconstructed reconstructed food. I want to hear a name like “Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles.” HELLS YEAH! That’s what I’ll eat. I won’t trust any restaurant with one syllable for a name, and I saw a few like that in LA.

Creative Food

Now, this might be a bit debatable, and I imagine if you’re a patriotic Korean you might get defensive on this point, but – from our brief experiences – there seems to be a lot more of a creative spirit for cuisine in California than there is in Korea.

We went to so many restaurants that offered so many different new kinds of foods. Different flavour combinations, fusion, techniques. Just…whoa. In Korea, though, we don’t really see that much diversity in cuisine. A sundubu is a sundubu is a sundubu. Where’s a Mexican sundubu? Or an Indian naengmyeon? Most restaurants we walk by in Korea offer “Salad Steak Sandwich Pasta Wine Beer Coffee,” in which they offer everything but do nothing really well.

Don’t get us wrong: we love Korean food. You’ve seen us drool over it in many many videos. But sometimes we crave some diversity, something new, and Korea rarely offers anything new when it comes to food.

Creative Spaces

We were ultra inspired when we went to the Jubilee Project Conference, not so much by the conference itself, which was lovely, but by the freaking place it was being held in. We were in The Great Company. It’s a gigantic and freaking GORGEOUS space where people can be creative. It’s a reconstructed warehouse, and – holy hell – I felt like robbing the place. I don’t mean grabbing stuff from there and running: I wanted to rob the place itself. Like, this is my place now, GTFO.

It’s the studio of our dreams, really. We love the Eatyourkimchi Nasty Studio, don’t get us wrong, but it’s a bit small. It’s big by Korean standards, but compared to the Great Company, it’s puny. It had a giant kitchen, huge living room, presentation spaces, a recording studio, and just loads of room. We want something like that. We’d love to take a warehouse in Korea and build a bigger studio in it, where we can film our cooking segments, where we can have Korean bands that don’t have music videos come in and shoot a live session, where we can have other YouTubers come in and shoot videos if they need a space. The Great Company: having a place like that is our next big dream. I think it’s gonna happen. Our place, we’re discovering, is falling apart. It’s leaking all over (and monsoon season just hit, so we’re gonna be in a lot of trouble) and it’s got some other quirks to it that don’t make it ideal.

Ok, the point here isn’t to talk about our dream space and what we want to do in Korea. What I wanted to say is that we were in a few places in LA that were just gorgeous creative environments, and I don’t see that in Korea too much. The real estate is just too small and the rent is too damn high. Maybe outside of Seoul it’s doable, but in Seoul, in Hongdae especially, it’s not really common, and we were really envious of the creative spaces in LA. Like, really really.

Alright I might have wandered a bit in that last point. Sorry! We just felt really inspired after leaving LA. The food was creative, the spaces were creative, and talking with different YouTubers there made us feel creative, and meeting our app developer made us feel creative, and we just came back to Korea inspired as hell! YAAAGGGHHHH!!!!! TIME TO MAKE MOAR MOVIES!

So…*cough* that’s it for this week’s TL;DR. Let us know what you think. If you’re in Korea or LA, or if you’ve visited either, we’d love to hear your input and see how it aligns with ours :D

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  1. It’s wonderful that you enjoyed California. I just wanted to point out a few things. In California it really depends on where you are. If you are by the beach or out in L.A. it’s going to be colder than Rancho Cucamonga where I live. Also I think you might have gotten lucky with people being nice to you because most people I have met are very rude. It might be because I am a p.o.c. or ir might be that we have awful people. It also surprised me to hear that you experienced little to no traffic because I seldom get that lucky. As for the portions I can’t disagree in any way shape or form. Still it’s great that you enjoyed our state. p.s. bring pants next time. ♡♥♡

    2 years ago
  2. Bah I can feel the fernweh creeping in already…

    2 years ago
  3. I was born and raised in Northern California, and have visited LA a few times. Where I live, I’ve actually often found it to be hotter than LA at times; I’m from the Central Valley where Sacramento (California’s capital) is, and on extreme summer days it gets up to 110. Last year we had I think two weeks of 110 Fahrenheit high temperature straight. California has super dry air, so that kind of heat is very dehydrating and sometimes we just don’t go outside. Every time I’ve been to LA, it’s been significantly less hot, but it might just be by comparison or I showed up during cooler temperature days. It was still generally in the 80s-90s, sometimes pushing 100.
    As far as niceness, I don’t know about LA but I don’t think Californians are generally as nice as you might think lol…Again, maybe it is my area but people can be quite rude and nasty (not the EYK kind of nasty, either). People who work in chain establishments like Starbucks or fast food, etc generally are apathetic, friendly only at best, and really unbelievably rude at worst. Just the other day a cashier at a restaurant was taking our order and she became extremely frustrated when my mom asked if we could have another plate to split a dish…Which brings me to the next thing, I TOTALLY AGREE ABOUT THE FOOD PORTIONS! I am Asian and naturally slim, and I can almost never finish a meal when we eat out. People in my area are very, very “soft” as you put it. As far as small talk, I’m a bit of an introvert so I don’t like small talk much anyways, but to be honest strangers don’t chat with each other that much where I live.
    Come back to California some time! Visit the Bay Area in the Northern California area, it’s REALLY COLD if you thought LA was cold (people seem to forget about the rest of California which has a huge ecosystem full of different climates) but it’s got lots to do, San Francisco has tons of food, Santa Cruz has a nice and fun boardwalk along the beach, Monterey has a beautiful aquarium, etc. And I know a few Nasties such as myself who would love to stalk—I mean run into—you guys (kidding!)!

    2 years ago
  4. I find there is a similar “culture shock” for me going out west as I live on the East Coast. In Philadelphia there isn’t much small talk or interaction between strangers. Nobody ever says “Hi”…people on the east coast generally keep to themselves. So when I went out to New Mexico and other places out west I was completely shocked about how friendly everybody was! I mean I felt like I was in Disney or something everybody was so friendly! I was shocked that random people would say hello to me and I probably came off a bit rude as I was thrown off by these interactions. What I didn’t know ahas that Californian beaches had tar! I go to the beach in Jersey and haven’t seen anything like that around here so that was interesting to learn!

    2 years ago
  5. Im glad you guys had a great experience in LA. :3 Since you guys were closer to the ocean it is much cooler than like places like Palm Springs and Victorville. Also regarding the police situation, I think it depends what area you are in and if you are person of color or not. :/ I remember I was about to walk the crosswalk in downtown LA, when a police car is blocking the way and the cop decides to scream at me out from his window and threatens me to give me a $250 dollar ticket for jaywalking even though I was on the cross walk. I had to walk back to the sidewalk because I didnt want a ticket. Crazy. Idk I guess as a person of color, we just get discriminated a lot more and perhaps that’s why people say a lot of bad things about police officers in LA because of what they have experienced.

    2 years ago
  6. In my experiences, the small talk thing goes for Chinese people too. I live in the GTA where the Chinese population is huge (my high school is a good 80% Chinese students, and 50-60% of them are international students – so basically *super rich* kids who get sent here from China to study and learn English). Let me tell you this, they really suck at small talk, or just socializing in general. They will not even interact with people if they don’t need to for academic purposes, which really quite sucks. Its not even that they’re insecure about the level of proficiency in English (many have been here for 4+ years and can speak wonderful English), they just really like keeping to themselves and will not respond to you even if you approach them in a friendly manner :( I’m so interested in East Asian culture so I’ve tried so many times and have been rejected on many occasions, which makes me quite sad (._. )(There are those that are open to talk, however they’re harder to find)

    2 years ago
  7. Sounds like you had a great time in California. I’ve only visited California once but my experience was positive as well. Though that traffic, woah, bad. My insides clenched every single time we turned onto a Highway.

    2 years ago
  8. Sadly, portion control in America is basically non existent. When I went to Europe, portion sizes were SOO much smaller, even in fast food places such as McDonalds or KFC – our small would be equivalent to their large. As for the politeness, I definitely think its a regional thing. I’m from NJ but live in NYC and recently had to go to LA for an audition. I was shocked that strangers would start a conversation with me, let alone exchange pleasantries – something people don’t usually do here. Oh another thing I didn’t like, the fact that you have to drive to get anywhere. However, I too didn’t encounter the infamous LA traffic. My LA friend said it was because I was traveling during the weekend. Maybe that’s what you guys also experienced.

    2 years ago
  9. South California can be a lot different then the Bay Area. All the beaches I’ve been to in, The Bay, don’t have tar. Must of them are really nice. As for the weather, it kind of depends on how close you are to the water. The closer you are, the windier it’ll be. During the summer, it still stays pretty warm. San Francisco is the “coldest” place during the summer, and it’s where tourist usually stay.

    2 years ago
  10. You guys are pretty dang spot on! I want to point out that you guys were in a much nicer part of LA, though. Calabasas is fancy, a lot of celebrities live there. Pasadena is also a nicer place in LA. If you were in Compton, Crenshaw, Slauson, or cities similar to those, your experience would have been completely different. That aside, traffic in LA can be pretty horrible depending on where you are, LA is HUGE! Also, there are tons of beaches in Cali such as Newport, which don’t leave tar on your feet (I think I’ve only had tar once on my feet and it wasn’t much but it was definitely a nuisance). I’m glad you guys enjoyed California! I love love love my home state.

    2 years ago
  11. How cool would it be if you guys became the next big company in S Korea? And it would be even more awesome because I know you would include indie bands, and like you said, be able to host multiple types of Youtubers and the like. That would be amazing. I would move on over there asap to help something like that happen. I kind of hoped there was a Naval base in South Korea so that I could convince my husband to go there next, but unfortunately there is only an Army base, and there are next to no openings for sailors. : / Oh well. I really wanted to be a part of Youtube for good handful of years now, but I’m to much of a pansy to do it alone lol.

    2 years ago
  12. I’m from Carlsbad, which is a small beach city a little north of San Diego. We have the whole walking around in bikinis and carrying surfboards around thing going on almost all year if the weather allows for it.

    2 years ago
  13. I went to LA for Kcon last year and had no idea where I was going and ended up lost numerous times. I kept having to ask strangers for directions and I was really scared to do so. I was so surprised because you always hear how people from the big city are rude and unhelpful, but everyone was wonderful and really helped me out. Props to the peeps of LA.

    2 years ago
  14. I would like to note that maybe the friendliness is more apparent in LA California since my sister is in LA and she visited me in Berkeley a few weeks ago and complained that the service was bad and the people are not as polite. I didn’t even notice since I was so used to it.
    As for the traffic in LA I can say that it is only bad during certain times of the day like rush hour which is between 5PM to 7PM. At least from what I hear from my sister.

    2 years ago
  15. I attended the Link Summit at Pepperdine! I was the one who gave you guys t-shirts! Anyways I’m from Kansas and the weather is pretty darn hot in the summer. I packed for hot weather which meant shorts, dresses, t-shirts and sandals. I got to Malibu and it was soooo cold in the evening! I regretted not packing a hoodie! I did pack some jeans and sneakers so that helped! Link scheduled the beach time in the evening which wasn’t the best time. The wind was chilly, people were huddled in groups on the beach and the water was super cold! I was determined to enjoy the beach so I still got in and had some fun. I never experienced that tar stuff on the beach, so I had no problems there. It was super cold out of the water and then we went back to the dorms to shower. My new group of friends decided to go find a Korean restaurant. We found a Korean BBQ restaurant open late. So there I was freshly showered, eating Korean BBQ at 1 AM with a bunch of new friends! It was so much fun! I agree that TSA was so much nicer than I thought they were going to be! The portions sizes in the US are huge so that wasn’t surprising to me. I met people from all over at Link so I can’t really say that LA people are nice. I made a new friend from Canada! She was sooo nice! This was my first time in California ever and I loved my trip!

    2 years ago
  16. Being from Las Vegas, I cannot say that it gets cold at night. Not at all.
    Currently, it’s 110 in the day and 90+ at night.
    Heck, there’s even a newspaper headline with something along the lines of “At least it’s not 117” because that’s what the weather was a year ago.
    People will look at you crazy if you wear more than shorts and a t-shirt. (At least from my experience).

    2 years ago
    • Oooh what part of vegas? ~also in Vegas~

      XD IDK I don’t own a pair of shorts, I just stay inside all the time >_> I glow~

      2 years ago
      • Southwest, Spring Valley Area. Right outside Summerlin.
        I wish I could stay inside where the AC keeps me cool. But, alas~

        2 years ago
  17. Huge portion sizes are a problem across the entire USA. I live in Minnesota and we have a lot of lakes so during the summer you maybe see handful of shirtless guys if it is a really hot day or they’re working out but on the whole you want to keep your shirt on because the mosquitoes are bad.

    2 years ago
  18. I never really thought about the food portions…. i lived in norCal but when i visited la people weren’t too rude to me or anything and i didnt go to any restaurants besides in n out or some other fast food since the sales tax makes everything expensive. The traffic when i was in la wasnt too bad either. The beaches, though, are nothing what the movies or tv say its like. Im not exactly sure about the southern beaches but the northern beaches are really cold and windy. I live in oregon now and i would say compared to oregon the people are like 1000x nicer and the food portions are the same. OH and small talk i guess is natural pretty much anywhere in the us. In downtown portland of oregon there will be people sitting on the sidewalks giving compliments to people and wanting to have a conversation.

    2 years ago
  19. The tar on the LA beaches is only in LA. There’s a few natural tar pits around that area. As for the portion sizes, I was shocked with Korea’s. There seemed to be so much food and I was always surprised by how well you guys finished it off and in Cali, the portions seemed to actually kind of match it’s like a know thing in Cali that you only order one thing and you’re probably going to have to get a little to go box and if you want variety, you order something and a friend orders something and you split it. Also, about the niceness, all the people you listed were professionals. There’s a job shortage in the US and people are being very clingy to the jobs you can get. If you’re mean to a customer, you’re fired and the next person fills your spot, which might be why everyone is so nice. Also, about the cops, a lot of thing happen with people getting mad at cops and there’s just this stereotype that cops are like the government’s lap dogs and they’re just big jerks so hey probably actually enjoyed having someone nice to talk to instead of going and pulling over that speeding jerk. :)Also, with laws in the US, you are allowed to record almost anything as long as the person’s okay with it. But I bet that if you went elsewhere, you would’ve gotten shanked. LA is not generally a nice place. here are nice areas, but that’s the rich, expensive, hoity-toity place. Anywhere else, people would’ve tried to sell drugs to you or something. And the weather: Cali loses a lot of clouds to the ocean which means that during the day, it’s easy for the sun to get in, so it’s super hot, and during the night, it’s super easy for the stored heat to get out so it’s cold. There’s very little moisture in the air. Think of a place like Korea as a plastic bag with water and grass in it, and the coast as an open bowl. Same concept. And yes, it is the same in Las Vegas except that there it gets hotter. :3

    2 years ago
  20. i have lived in Southern California all of my 19 years of life and what you guys have described, I must say they you guys are very lucky, especially with cops. Some cops are pretty friendly, but it depends where your are, like you won’t find the friendly cops in East LA. The small talk is very common, I don’t know why, but it is, I’m like Martina, I don’t know what to say when people just start randomly talking to me, I just freeze. Traffic here in LA isn’t that bad, yes, but there are days when it’s just horrible, so you guys got lucky. The weather in SoCal is so bipolar, the mornings here are so cold, then it gets really HOT, and since you guys were by the beach, yeah, it’s going to be cold. You guys should come back during the summer, the beach is much nicer, but the water will always be cold. Also, which beach did you guys go to, I’ve never heard of tar on the beach, I’m guessing you guys were by La Brea Tar Pits, I don’t know, just a guess.

    2 years ago
  21. Getting around LA without encountering traffic is a luck of stroke and good timing. Geographically getting to work should take me 15 min, but traffic quadruples that time.
    LA is really a melting pot of different cultures, so it’s not uncommon to see Mexican/Korean fusion food (Bulgogi Chimichangas will destroy your arteries, but you won’t regret it). There’s Koreatown, Little Tokyo, Thai Town, Little Ethiopia, Chinatown, etc. Probably the best part of LA is the diversity, the only thing is they’re in pockets, so you just gotta find them. The large portion size is probably an Amurica thing. Even as a starving college student, I somehow always have leftovers to take home. You kind of expect it.
    Ultra polite people…depends on where you are! Pasadena is a “nicer” city so their attention to customer service is probably more than you would get at your KTown BBQ joint. We also small talk a lot about the weather too haha in the summer, you’ll need a hoodie for the morning and night, but during the day…it’s like someone set fire to the concrete.
    When I watched the first few episodes of Heirs, I was flabbergasted b/c “this can’t be what they think LA is like?!?!” what with the beach babes, parties, PROXIMITY OF HOLLYWOOD TO HUNTINGTON BEACH LOL LEE MINHO AND PARK SHINHYE…ARE YOU GUYS MARATHON RUNNERS???
    idk, do other Angelenos agree/disagree?

    2 years ago
  22. A helpful hint about weather (this is basically for anywhere you go) if it’s humid it raises the lows and lowers the highs (but as you should know humidity makes it feel hotter). If there is no humidity then it will be hotter in the day and have a drastic temp drop at night (of course you have to take in weather patterns and seasons but this rule always applies)

    2 years ago
  23. O_O California gets cold……wow i had the same impressions as you guys!! ‘blame the media’ indeed!!
    aaww i don’t think i remember seeing that Munny Martina in the back before!!! how cute!!

    haha as soon as you mentioned Taeyang wearing a shirtless top at the end, i thought of this top….
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=759731227382081&set=pb.267353906619818.-2207520000.1404320865.&type=3&theater

    2 years ago
  24. I’ve never been to California, but I have experienced large food portions. Once I had an order of pancakes that came with only two pancakes, but they were at least 25 cm in diameter. I wasn’t that hungry, that’s why I only ordered two, and I barely made it through half a pancake.

    2 years ago
  25. I was in New York last year and holy sh*t were they friendly there. So i only really talked to people that were trying to sale sth or doing their job so i can´t talk about the normal NYC citizen but there were many people standing on the street and trying to get you to visit a certain shop or sth like that. And you don´t want to visit every shop so my father often said “No thank you, not today” and like they could have said everything. I wouldn´t even be surprised if they said “F*ck off” but instead they always said “Have a nice day, sir!”. Like they are not forced to say that but they always did. Nice job!

    2 years ago
  26. Aaah, California. One of my favorite places. I live in Vegas, so I can definitely say that we’re different.

    Vegas is hot, hot, HOT right now, and dry :) We’ve had 100+ temps for the past few weeks (That’s upper 30’s, C I think), with it only coming down into the high 80’s at night.

    We love our Cali neighbors though <3 they have the ocean to go with our sand.

    2 years ago
    • What part of town are you in that it gets into the 80’s at night? XD Lately I thought it wasn’t even getting out of the 90’s.

      2 years ago
  27. As a California resident for all of my life, I’d like to address a few things.

    You guys were pretty lucky with your experiences. Some places have excellent customer service, others treat you like crap. Some people are very nice, others are just plain rude. (I’m looking at you McDonald’s).

    Oh yeah, LA Traffic: From what you guys described, I think you guys were right. LA Traffic isn’t that bad. But still, I wouldn’t want to drive there my whole life. It’s a pretty different experience. It’s also pretty bad and you guys were lucky.

    Yes, we talk a lot. It’s pretty boring in dead silence. I want some conversation to not make me feel alone.

    Southern California Weather is so bipolar. It could be 90°F one day and then 74°F (which is cold to California) the next day with no warning. I don’t understand why people like the sun so much. I prefer the rain. We are also wimps with what is usually seen as cold. But we handle the heat relatively well.

    Then again I live in the valley.

    The coast is cold though.

    2 years ago
    • he only reason we don’t deal w/ cold very well is b/c we’re acclimated to not deal with cold. i went to indiana and was stuck there during their big snowstorm and within a week i was walking outside, -12 F 3 ft of snow with no shoes and a tank top. bodies acclimate pretty quickly, usually.

      2 years ago
    • Also, the beaches:

      What beach did you go to? The beaches I’ve been to were perfectly fine. No tar no dirtiness.

      Yeah, I don’t like cold water either.

      2 years ago
  28. I’m Canadian, living in Long Beach, California for the last 2 years. People are nice? Yes and No. The people were nicer back home in Canada, but I have had many experiences (btw, I’m french / filipino mix) of complimented how amazing my English (WUT) and general mean comments of being an immigrant. And you shoulda checked out a post office – my post office has the workers behind bullet proof glass! They take their mail seriously here. Finally, yeah the weather isn’t too hot here as there is always a breeze. Food is great here, yum, but also cheap for leftovers. I swear healthy foods and vegetables were cheaper in Canada, while the garbage like candy/snacks are significantly cheaper in the US.

    Weirdly, I’ve NEVER been to the beach here (the locals here think I’m nuts) and your video hasn’t encouraged me to do so. Dirty beaches yuck.

    2 years ago
    • I agree with you about the healthy food! There were studies done on the cost of food and fast food/unhealthy stuff is significantly cheaper than healthy foods. This may have to do with the excessive use of high fructose corn syrup in pretty much everything even some breads. It’s inexpensive but highly addictive (with a lot of lobbying that protects it) so yeah, food for thought.

      2 years ago
      • Even finding the healthy options can be tricky. Big chain grocery stores don’t seem to have as many options compared to the grocery stores in Canada. Say, if I wanted stuff like low sodium or vegetarian options the selection will be so bad, much more expensive, out of stock, or near the sell by date. With that said, I have to go shop at more specialty grocery stores and order online.

        Oh and OMG the Canned food isle is HUGE. Like an entire isles of canned vegetables and meat! Stuff in cans I never thought possible. Same sized grocery store in Canada the canned food would be less than half that size.

        2 years ago
    • candy is cheaper b/c it’s cheaper and faster to produce. you could get a ton of stuff out of one crop than you could just selling the crop (not that i’m implying there are vegetables in it) and the tar is natural, like when you walk on dirt.

      2 years ago
    • by many experience, I mean in the US. bleh. My great Canadian English skills are starting to fail here.

      2 years ago
  29. Roscoes is an incredible place to go. The US in the whole is nortorious for portion sizes.

    2 years ago
  30. Friendly people? Nice police officers? What sorcery is this? Heirs was very clear: Americans are always rude and corrupt and given a chance will steal from you, chase you down, and illegally incarcerate you.

    I didn’t realize Korea was so anti-small talk. My mother can and does make friends with people on the bus, in line to get on airplanes, and at the supermarket. I just assumed it was a Mid-Western trait- we’re friendly, but I’ve seen similar openness in the South and Texas.

    2 years ago
    • Hahaha. Yes: Heirs. I was expecting a random white dude to snort random things out of my bag. It didn’t happen, though, sadly :(

      2 years ago
    • My mom’s the same way with people. XD Just start talking to anyone…

      2 years ago
    • I don’t think that’s right…. you can’t hold a large, diverse country to that stereotype… though you can hold quite a few of them toit.

      2 years ago
  31. In general, Brazilians are friendly people. However, the city where I was born and raised is the opposite. Asking someone for the time downtown, for instance, they will not talk to you … I do think it is the best way to deal with it, however, I enjoy feeling free and not feeling like I must make small talk. A balance is always good, I believe. Great to have you guys back!!!!

    2 years ago
  32. Hey guys! I live in L.A.! Met you at the meetup. :) Yes it is the same way in Las Vegas. Hot in the day but then gets cold at night. Since Los Angeles is basically a desert, people just decided to make it a city many years ago, it has that type of weather. Oh and about the small talk. People ARE friendly in L.A.! But I think you just have to run into the right people. I tend to shy away from small talk sometimes too but that’s because I’m usually on public transportation & you sometimes get those greasy guys trying to hit on you. lol. So I put on my headphones and focus on where I’m going. Other than that, people are nice and small talk is a great way to, for a small moment, find out about someone else & what they’re doing. Especially in a city so diverse like Los Angeles, small talk is interesting. :)

    2 years ago
  33. Uhhhh sorry I kinda don’t remember a single thing you said cos I was too busy staring at Martina’s boobs
    ⁄(⁄ ⁄•⁄ω⁄•⁄ ⁄)⁄

    You know how you feel about LA’s traffic complaints? That’s exactly how I feel when you complain about Seoul traffic. In case I haven’t made that obvious by now. Seoul has hardly any motorbikes or scooters or bicycles or jaywalking pedestrians or animals or minibuses or motorbike-taxis or rickshaws; and they have a fantastic subway system which helps cut down traffic. The driving here is fantastic when you consider the population density. Watch the show “Don’t Drive Here” DOOOOO EEEETTTT

    I never thought about small talk culture before. That’s an interesting point. Maybe because I personally try to avoid small talk? I don’t like asking people stuff unless I actually want to know, and actually plan to remember – because I once got scolded for asking someone the same question twice in a row. I obviously wasn’t really listening to her reply the first time.
    I don’t like people making small talk to me either, because the first thing they ask me is usually “Where are you from?” and explaining that is SUCH a pain, and most of the time they don’t care anyway.

    Anyway I like California. My sister was born there. At St. Luke’s Hospital in Pasadena. Pretty area. I also met a lot of people from Cali who went to volunteer in Japan after the tsunami, and they were all super cool and chill people. Yeah!

    2 years ago
  34. Wow! This is exactly what I’ve been dealing with! haha I just got back to my hometown in Santa Barbara, CA from studying abroad at Yonsei University ^^ Went from hardly speaking a word to strangers in Seoul to having small talk with *everyone* in SoCal~ waitresses, policemen, homeless people, strangers at the gas station..etc. 0_o One thing I’m enjoying though is the feeling that no one is judging or staring at you. You can pretty much do, wear, or say anything you want in CA and people don’t think anything of it! haha. Felt really different from Seoul/Korean culture in general
    In my experience Las Vegas feels really dry and hot during the day, but pretty cold at night because it’s so dry! Thanks again for the video <3

    2 years ago
  35. You should go to Texas, portion sizes are ridiculous. :’D

    2 years ago
  36. So when you say you got lucky with traffic, you got REALLY lucky. I’ve driven south to north and north to south through LA before and it’s always bumper to bumper traffic. That is RIDICULOUS!

    2 years ago
  37. In America our food portions are outrageous! Especially in southern restaurants, you have to be really careful of the amount of food is ordered. Plus side is it’s really easy to find vegetarian/vegan restaurants unlike in Korea which makes dining out a breeze!

    2 years ago
  38. Coming from New York, I have visited friends and family in SoCal quite frequently. The desert weather was totally strange to me. During the day it is sunny and lovely. But at night, during the winter my cousins used to turn on the heater! Day = 26 degrees C (80F) to Night = 6ish (45F).

    People are totally nicer there in general. But New Yorkers in-general are known for being quite self-centered.

    Maybe it’s the lovely weather and delicious food everywhere that makes people nicer?

    2 years ago
  39. I live in Pennsylvania in the Harrisburg, Lancaster, and Philadelphia areas are every time we go out, pretty much 9.5 times out of 10 the portions are giant and I never finish them. You literally just have to expect not to finish it, or get one plate and share it with whoever you go out with.

    2 years ago
  40. I’m from the UK. We cannot deal with overly friendly customer service. How you guys dealt with small talk, we deal with customer service. Here, I expect a passive aggressive response when I go shopping. There’s not even a “Have a good day.” at the end of a transaction, just a “Bye.” So, I if I had experienced what you guys said happened in the froyo place I probably would’ve just spontaneously combusted.

    2 years ago