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We figured we’d take over this week’s TL;DR to say our last few thoughts about Europe and share some stories about what we found interesting, but didn’t really get a chance to show in our HUGE BARRAGE OF TRAVEL VIDEOS. You’d think we’d have said enough, but there are a few last things that interested us that we didn’t get to mention.

Vikings Don’t Have Horns

So, we learned this in Norway. Someone told us that Vikings didn’t have horns on their helmets. It’d be extremely impractical, and that the horns were only put on in Hollywoodization of Vikings. I wasn’t sure if this was true or not, so then, at our event in Norway, when we mentioned this, the crowd all agreed with it. Totally blew our freaking minds! Or is that something that everyone knows? We can’t be the only ones that are surprised by this.

European Architecture

We say this from time to time, but it really hit us hard when we were in Europe. We don’t like Seoul’s architecture. It’s so incoherent. A big box building beside an older Victorian style house, beside a building covered in mirrors, beside an older Korean style home, beside a new building popping up that looks nothing like any of them. There’s no consistency, no continuity, no spirit. Every building has its own agenda here in Seoul. Sure: there’s lots of cool buildings popping up with cool architecture, but they have nothing to do with the other buildings around them.

In Europe, though, we’d go to some areas that have been around for 600 years, and are solid and beautiful. Hell: our studio’s been around for less than 50 and it’s falling apart. We’ve spent farrrr too much time dealing with our maintenance guy in trying to fix the leak in our ceiling. But in Stockholm, for example, those 600 year old buildings were damn near immaculate.

At the same time, we understand that Korea was devastated from the war, and a lot of its architecture was razed, so it’s not a fair comparison when you talk about traditional buildings. Agreed. It’s Seoul’s newer buildings that look a bit too rushed and not thought out, and it was spending time in Europe that really brought that out for us.

The Bread Is Freaking Amazing And Has Made Us Fat

If you can’t tell from our chubby faces, we really enjoyed eating in Europe. The being said, we might have overdone it regarding our love of bread. We really hate Korean bread, and yes, I know Korea is a rice based country thus why would they be interested in bread making, but considering all the many, many bakeries that are all of Korea, you’d think there would be some differences in how people have learned to make bread. Sure, you can find a handful of bakeries that create good old fashion whole wheat or rustic loaves of bread, but that’s only useful if you’re lucky enough to live very close to one.

From our experiences in Europe we didn’t even know just how different the process of making bread can be from country to country. The bread in Norway was different that what Sweden had to offer us, which was totally different in France, and even MORE different in Poland!

While we understand the lack of land for cow pastures it’s hard to understand why Korean bread hasn’t progressed. I mean, it’s really really bad. I don’t know about around the world, but in Canada and USA there is a cheap white loaf of bread that’s really soft and you can buy it in a supermarket or convenience store. Well Korean bread is 23048834792847398 sweeter than that. It’s SOOOO SUGARY! Korean bread isn’t really bread made for savoury food but dessert. Which is why there is a bread dessert which is literally a giant thick slice of white bread covered in ice cream, caramel, and whipped cream. We ate a really bad version of that dessert, which is called Toast, on one of our FAPFAPs.

Anyhoo the point of this rant is that we’re kind of happy that Korea has such crap bread because otherwise we’d just keep getting fatter. Yay?

Final Coffee Thoughts

You know how we mentioned good coffee near our studio? It’s Zombie Coffee. It’s a small shop that opened a short while ago, after our studio opened, and it’s a husband and wife that run the place. We love their stuff, and we go there all the time. We even share candy with them sometimes :D Check it out. Here’s a picture.

Zombie Coffee

Point being: we were expected to go to Europe and be blown away at how much better their coffee is than Korea’s coffee, but we were wrong. Indie coffee shops, like Zombie Coffee and others, make some of the best coffee we’ve ever had, and we drink it by the buckets. Korea might not be up to speed on cheese and bread, but it’s doing great with coffee.

So, long story short, Europe made us realize that we’d be a lot fatter if we lived there.

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  1. Re-watching old videos, yay! I’m sure someone else pointed this out, but the reason bottled water is so expensive in Norway is because the tap water is drink-clean all over the country. In my home town we have some of the cleanest mountain water in the world. Buying water is not neccessairy, so the prices for it are very high. I only buy water at the airport, for example.
    Just wanted to make sure you guys knew this before returning to Norway and wasting money on buying water again! Just buy something really cheap(not water, buy it for the bottle) and fill the bottle at any place. My experience is that you can go to any Narvesen or 7-eleven and ask them to fill your bottle for you – for free.
    Have a nice new tour of Europe guys!

  2. Lisa Ehmer

    If you guys are addicted to bread you HAVE TO COME TO GERMANY!!! :D We have the largest range of bread here! And we would love to welcome you here ^^

  3. But your studio is next to Publique and the bear bakery (ursa
    something something something…) is right next to that…you can keep
    the fatness coming!!! http://blog.daum.net/misangu/17024091

  4. oh my god your studio is next to Publique and the bear bakery (ursa something something something…) is right next to that…you can keep the fatness coming!!! http://blog.daum.net/misangu/17024091

  5. Oh my god, Martina! Where is that hat from?! I live near Daejeon and have been searching the city for a hat like that haha! *Sobs* I need one!

  6. I’m dutch and the other main reason that we can speak it so well is because we don’t dub things. if we want to see something we watch it in english and if you grow older you watch it whitout the sub

  7. Do I need to mention how bad the rice in Europe?
    I live in Europe for 15 years and I agree that some plain bread (like baguette) are much X 1000 better !!
    but it doesn’t make any sense that you compare bread which the staple food of European between Asia and Europe.

  8. …about English… I think that watching untranslated cartoons and, at the same time, learning English at school boosted, a lot, my English skills…… I remember we had to do a lot of compositions and projects and had to present them in class…but we didn’t use to have that many conversations…

    Great work! :)

    ♥♥♥♥♥♥

  9. Sherry Skinner

    My question does s.korea have thirft or second hand stores, like they do in the usa?

  10. bingulicious

    So interesting to hear your views on Europe, I really do believe we’re the most different people in such a “small” continent, but of course that’s because we have the most countries in one continent.. So therefore, like many others below me has stated, there are many differences between Northern/Western Europe and Southern/Eastern Europe.. In the countries you visited, people are pretty much fluent in English and understand it by both reading, listening and talking, but in the South/East, being fluent in English is not so common.. Also the prices are crazy different, like Norway (as you experienced).. I’m Norwegian, and for example Slovakia is a dream place for me because the costs there are so low compared to what I’m used to.. Each country are known for their own special thing, and I love that about us Europeans! ^_^ Please visit next year too! ♥

  11. hey guys! This was a very interesting video. I´m spanish but I have been also in Seoul for a time, and you are totally right saying the AMAZING coffee culture that´s in there. One of my korean friends ask me while we were walking at Bukchon “hey this coffee shops must be like in Europe, right?” I was surprise by this comment because in here we don´t have so many trendy-cool-stylish-greatcoffee shops. Average coffee taste is soooo bad I always end up with stomachache! The only european country with such huge coffee culture is maybe Italy. It´s a religion!

    hehehe and yep, Amsterdam is popular because of…you know..”coffee shops”…hahaha it was so funny to see your surprise! XD

  12. Julie Elizabeth Ballaron
    Julie Elizabeth Ballaron

    One thing about going abroad that just flabbergasted me was that you had to pay to use public restrooms. I mean, it seems like going to the bathroom is something that everybody does (right? RIGHT?), so how can you make people pay to use public restrooms. I was in Venice and had to go to the bathroom, and there’s weren’t any public restrooms around, so I asked a bunch of different restaurants and cafes if I could pay to use their bathroom, and all of them said no. Surprisingly one of the nicest restaurants near Saint Marco was the only one that let me in…

  13. Brea Jwow Kroehler

    When i went to Europe and visited Amsterdam, Paris, London, and Scotland with my mom and sister. I loved how laid back everyone seemed and how i noticed there were no police sirens every 10 minutes or something. This could be attributed to the MJ, but still i loved how everyone was so relaxed versus uptight and cranky. I also loved the bike culture there too minus almost getting hit by a car. Being over in Europe changed my view on american culture SOOOOO much because I never really saw a fat European person only fat tourists! Now i am even more conscious of what I eat, I exercise more, and ride my bike more while looking around at everyone else thinking “you lazy fat people…your the reason why american’s are made fun of so much. stop ordering your 30000 oz. drink you got from McDonald’s or Chikfila while driving your hummer and go exercise..please!”. This train of thought though could also be attributed to the fact that every European person we asked for directions kept telling us everything was only a 10 min. walk……………LIES, but effective! It was also a bit of a shock to have men come up to my face and tell me I am beautiful and try to pursue me and ask me on a date considering men where I am in america are reserved for the most part about doing that in public. At least in a acceptable way while walking down the street.

  14. OK, some corrections:

    - First of all, not all europeans are good at english, that is just on the north. Go to spain, italy or france for more days and you’ll realize that. Also, the fact that people on the north of europe have pretty good level of english is not due to their education but to the fact that they’re exposed to american/english tv since an early age and that their languages are more similar to english. People in korea have to learn a whole new alphabet, use completly different grammar and learn new vocabulary from scratch.

    - Second: about the bread and the cheese. Holland is smaller than korea so it has nothing to do with how much land there is in korea. It’s very simple, actually: those two ingredients are not common in korea’s traditional cusine. You won’t find kimchi in holland and if you do, it won’t be as good as the one made in sk. When countries export different types of food from other countries they tend to adecuate it to their palate to make it markatable, that might explain sweet bread in korea.

    - Nothing to say about the coffe of France. I agree.

    - European Architecture might be a very pretty sight but it becomes boring after so many years. Your description of korea actually makes it sound fun and interesting.

  15. Milan Pospech

    “…we understand that Korea was devastated from the war, and a lot of its architecture was razed, so it’s not a fair comparison when you talk about traditional buildings.”- Well depends…some cities like Warsaw were basically destroyed and built again unlike Prague for example.

  16. Adam Bowen

    Simon and Martina, on the subject of fashion in Europe, I remember multiple fashion realms from my two weeks in Spain. In Madrid, every fourth person you see on the street has colorful hair, a model’s strut, and some of the highest and best fashion outfits. And I observed the people of Madrid for a week. In Segovia (for only a day), which in a bit north of Madrid and is considerably smaller, yet still urban, I did not see nearly as many fashionable people. Then, in a much smaller (yet still urban) city on the northern coast, called Gijon, I found that I (being a Nasty) was the most fashionable male I saw in the entire city for a week. Yet, there was a decent deal of women who were fashionable and chic. Then, I went to a city called Oviedo (slightly inland of Gijon) and AGAIN, I was the most fashionable male I saw all day, and there were a good deal of chic, fashionable women. So, as I found it, Madrid is a very vibrant, colorful, and fashionable city. The clothes shopping there is unreal too, and anywhere I went other than Madrid was “meh” in its fashion sense. So there’s an assessment of Spain’s fashion if you wanted it!

  17. Regan Britstra

    Friesian? I think you mean French :P Freisian people are from Friesland… THE LAND OF FRIES!! no but really.. Friesland.

  18. Loisnotlouis

    where do I leave a TLDR question?!?!?!?… I think I have a pretty good one..

  19. klaussie lipstick

    Haha ! Thanks for this article ! :)

    I want to go in Korea so badly !! Do you know any website where I could talk to korean student ?

    xoxo

  20. Charlyne Polderman

    I’m from Holland and I like to wear clothing with lots of colors, and people find it weird, or people are like, you’re always dressed so colorful, so yeah people are used to wearing dull colors… My favorite color is purple, and I get a lot of comments about it.

  21. “Vikings don’t have horns”…I laughed soo much from this…When I visited Norway, they siad the same thing (at the Viking’s Ships Museum); and it’s one of the things I remember the most.
    I also noticed how differently flavoured the pizza was made there…I come from Italy, so it was funny to taste so many combinations, they all seemed like pies instead of pizza! XD

  22. Marzia Matalone
    Marzia Matalone

    Oh My! I’m really having a lot of fun reading those comments…this topic was indeed so so interesting…Thank you S&M!!! This way we can learn a lot about each other culture! *_*

  23. batman kij

    It’s true that in Poland many people speak English very well but it’s not thanks to our school education.Oh no.Our school education is basically like you said it is in Korea.We are taught just by memorizing everything and doing grammar exercises,not by actual speaking in that language.And because almost every parent know how the foreign language education in schools looks like,they enroll their children to language courses from early ages.Poland must improve this issue because our parents pay a lot of money to teach us English and other languages,but we could learn it for free in school if it only was better managed.

    We practise our language skills by watching programs in English,reading in English,cause it’s everywhere in the Internet.Thanks to You guys I improved my English sooo much,especially understanding.On your fanmeet in Warsaw I saw that I must improve my speaking,but it’s not that bad either.XD Love You ♥

  24. Benedikte Knorr Jensen

    I think one of the reasons that so many Europeans are nearly or completely fluent in English, is that we (I’m from Denmark), first of all, yes, do have very conversation based lessons, but also that there is SO MUCH English in for example Danish media, reality shows in English, some news in English, movies in English. Most of the Saturday night shows we have in Denmark are from the UK, and a lot of the series that run for many seasons are from North America.
    Like you said, things in Europe can be really expensive. From what you said, it seems that the prizes are roughly the same in Norway as they are here in Denmark, so yeah, it is kind of expensive, but on the other hand, a lot of things are free, like health care, education and so on. On top of that you can get extra money to live for if you are studying, not currently in a job, struggling to earn money etc.

  25. Laura Pinto
    Laura Pinto

    Hey Simon and Martina!
    About the English learning process in Europe, I live in Portugal and I had English as a mandatory class for five years and I must say, it is NOT in those classes people learn English. I had horrible teachers every year and learned one word in all those classes : shelf. European youth knows how to speak the language due to movies, music and the Internet. I learned how to speak in English due to Harry Potter movies and songs on the radio.
    Also, here most foreign shows ( about 65% of programs we see) aren’t translated, only subbed, which makes it easier for us to learn it and is the reason I’m able to write this comment. :3 Love your videos, kisses and hugs from Portugal!
    P.s: We’ve got lots of cheese here (GOAT CHEESE)!

  26. Hello S&M.

    I’m from Puerto Rico and currently living in Florida so I will be contrasting some things I’ve experienced from these 2 places.

    Puerto Rico:
    - People drive crazy and tend to not respect stop signs
    - The roads are full of holes, you feel like you’re riding on a horse
    - Prices are cheaper
    - People are more friendlier and noisy
    - Work and, especially, school have too many free days

    Florida:
    - People follow road rules(including having more respect for the popo)
    - Roads are smoother
    - Cost of living is more expensive
    - People tend to be isolated, they keep to themselves rather than be noisy and nosy(which I appreciate)
    - There are less holidays

    I could even contrast some things I’ve heard/read/watched between South Korea and the places I’ve lived in but I haven’t visited the East, yet.

    Hope the entire Eatyourkimchi crew have an awesome Halloween and BOOYA!

  27. Jenny Equality Lau

    I think it MIGHT be a next big thing. I haven’t heard it yet but my grandmother was telling me there was something about a fox that might be becoming the next big thing after Gangnam Style and there may or may not be a dance that goes with it(?)
    She read this from a Chinese newspaper……

  28. Lauren Bird

    Just leaving a bit of a comment here for those interested. I only have travel experience from America (midwest location) to Japan, but I was really pleased to notice two things.

    1. Japan was super clean despite having no garbage cans ANYWHERE. I understand the public garbage cans were removed due to a act of terrorism back in the 90′s in the subway system, but seriously; I actually had to LOOK to find litter. And it was only near the ocean that I actually saw any. It seems like America has a lot more trash/ less respect for the environment.

    2. Everyone in Japan were very kind and helpful. I got lost with a group in Akibara, and the store worker were asked for directions actually closed down his store, walked us to our meeting point, and waited with us until our group leaders returned. All while talking to us in very basic, but sweet English. I could expect at least directions to be given in big cities in America, but compared to the help that man gave us… it does not even begin to compare.

    Just two little things I noticed in Japan, that I thought might be interesting to share. :)

  29. next time you should visit South Europe too!! Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece… =D I’m sure you’ll love it here~ ^_^

  30. Maude S

    Ok so I’m going to respond to some things now XDD
    First Hi I’m a french girl (wanted to see you in paris but couldn’t cause I got uni T_Ttooooo bad…)

    So sorry but the fashion in paris is a “prejudice” XDDD EVERY country think that we’re AWESOME and so cool, class and everything… but you know yougo to any city or even mine (lille in the north) hhhuuuu …. not a lot a style =/ really, except with big mark little chanel or any other you see people wearing joggings …. well not all of them, but most of all. Of course you got goth people, rap people and everything, but nobody REALLY’s trying to have his own style. Me and my friends have sometimes problems with this XD like people judging you or saying *hey barbie* cause my friend got pink hair . Really sometimes I’m like “AND PEOPLE SAY WE’RE THE CAPITALOF FASHION AND STYLE??!!!! Go to hell people” Yeah a bit mean but it’s not easy every day… XDD

    AND I’m going to say something about the amsterdam topic, WTH?XDD come on people you cannot tell us that you don’t know what amsterdam is for!!! Everybody knows XD when I heard you I was like * Oh they’re cute they think coffee shop IS for coffee* Hug …. so yeah this city is more known for the … smoking thing, even if it’s a beautiful place. And sorry but yeah in Europe there’s a lot of illlegal things…. not pround XDD

    Hope you read this cause it’s midnight here and I took my time for you XDDD

    Say it if you’re coming in france, even without a convention =) we would be happy to show you the REAL face of french people XD

    • waah awesome I went to Lille during Christmas!!! =D actually I visited my sister in Belgium and together we went on a trip to Lille =) so close and so cheap to get there from Belgium hehe
      ever since then I keep finding people here and there that are from Lille hoho not only online but IRL too :D (I’m from Greece.. I usually go back to my home-island and work during Summers so I meet a lot of tourists from a lot of places)

  31. Gemma Deacon
    Gemma Deacon

    I too was amazed at how well everyone speaks English in mainland Europe. I think it’s because they start learning at a young age whereas when I was at school we didn’t start until around age 12. And now I haven’t been to school for 5 years or more, my French has gone completely out the window. Sacré Bleu!
    As for differences I noticed, in Italy; cars don’t stop for you at zebra crossings, in Spain; the atmosphere is so relaxed. Shops close for like 2 hours at lunch. Unfortunately my memory isn’t that good for Holland and France so I can’t remember what differences I encountered.

    • hohoho so it’s not only Greece huh.. they don’t stop at the “zebra crossing” here too lol those drivers are crazy xD
      but in places like where I’m from (Rhodes island) there are way too many tourists, especially during summers.. so at those places some people have learnt to stop..sometimes.. haha

  32. Josefin de la Motte

    And to answer the actual question ya’ll asked in your video =)

    Honestly, I really appreciate how clean Sweden is. We have very very veery little polution compared to most countries…
    However, one of my big big issues with Sweden is that EVERYTHING CLOSES AT 6PM! If I find cafés or shops open past 6pm that aren’t grocery stores, I’m like extatic. I think this is such a boring country, eventhough it’s beautiful and clean. This is a great country, but it’s definitely not for me… I’m much more into cities like Seoul!! I LOVE Seoul! So colorful, people everywhere, so cheap, everything is open, there is Everything one could possibly want… (exceptnonlatexcondomswhichtheyonlyhaveinonesinglestoreinallofseoulandmostpeoplehaventevenheardofitbefore)

  33. Josefin de la Motte

    Btw, the magic English program is called Television ;D
    That’s why all of us speak American English, despite being taught Brittish in school… But seriously, we’re addicted to American tv shows. <.<

  34. Josefin de la Motte

    I couldn’t agree more about the clothing!!!!!
    I’m so upset because if you live in Sweden (country of most boring clothes on the planet), but want to order in clothes from let’s say YESSTYLE which have Amazing Amazing stuff, you not only have to pay the standard customs tax, but ontop of that, you have to pay 25% VAT on whatever the value is of what you’re buying. Basically. If I buy clothes from yesstyle for 200dollars, I’d have to pay an additional 50 dollars in VAT, plus customs taxes on that. It’s like LITERALLY a law against dressing well here.

    (solution = ship the clothes to bf’s address in korea, and go pick it up in a couple of months… I realize that I can’t actually try or wear the clothes this way until I do pick them up, but… at least I don’t fkin have to pay 50 dollars into thin air.)

  35. GoldenAngelFeather
    GoldenAngelFeather

    Speaking and using English ni Europe really is much easier than in Asia. I live in Belgium which is next to the Netherlands, France, Germany and we’re just using the american and britisch culture quite a lot. The TV shows a lot of English spoken programs, movies, shows with subtitles, so they don’t take out the original audio, the internet is mostly in English and if you learn English in school, it’s easier to pick up since you already have a knowledge of the English you got in your free time and if they teach you well, it’s not that hard actually.
    I know for sure that I probably will raise eyebrows when learning those English exam kind of English, but we really did learn how to use it to be conventional :)
    But maybe also because Korean, (also other Asian languages like Chinese, Japanese…) is just a different method of learning and using than English. That’s memory while Dutch, French, German, Swedish… they use letters to form words and all ^^

  36. Verodora77

    I hope you like the food you’ll find in America this summer. #EYKinUS

  37. When I watch Appa Odiga, there seems to be a lot of arable land in Korea. And, recently, some cows too. So, is there really not much land for cows? Besides, do cows need much land? They’ll get fed directly anyway on a farm, so it’s not like they need to be herded over the steppes for grass.

    Maybe Korea can take up goats…

  38. JenniferSakraida

    Just my two cents on your bread problems. It could be that the bread taste so different because of

    A) the water in each country tastes different. Sounds silly but there have been tests where people ate pizza and could tell which water the crust was made out of by the taste. Water makes a HUGE difference in how bread tastes. That is also why I hated every pizza place in Philadelphia.
    B) Maybe some of these bakeries were using live yeast cultures, which is TOTALLY based on region. Basically, having a live yeast culture is 100% regionalized. So if you took famous San Francisco sour dough yeast, shipped it to Korea, nursed the yeast, made a few loaves of dough, let it regrow and replenish, you will notice your bread will start to taste different. What happens is the San Francisco native yeasts die out and the native Korean yeasts take over. This isn’t why Korean bread stinks, but might be why Korean artisan bread doesn’t taste like European bread.

    On a side note, I am SO ever grateful that you mention sweet Korean bread on your blog because it has prevented me from wasting my money at my local Korean market. My husband asked if we wanted any fresh bread, and I gave him a quick- “You don’t want that bread” look. I had to explain to him how it is was sweet later on, which he still doesn’t fully understand today…

  39. LeeJoonwasright

    well as a born Europian (Swiss) – now living in the States. Seoul is Nr. 1 on my travelbucketlist and then Australia, Japan and more.
    but my biggest culture shock for america would be the foodsizes and getting money out of the bankautomat WHILE sitting in your car. *MINDBLOWN*

  40. Abacaxi

    About English levels,

    In the Netherlands we are just immersed in American culture. Basic cable would have say 25 channels, half of them is Dutch but most of them would be showing American movies and series a lot. Those would have subtitles but the original audio, as would Discovery and National Geographic and the likes. Combine that with English at school, internet and pop music: almost everybody is going to pick up English to some degree.

    I don’t know to what degree that is the case in France, Norway and Poland but I’m sure it is partly true.

    Any European language is going to be liguistically closer to English as Korean as well.

    I do still have a big fat Dutch accent though :).

  41. 여윤주

    As a Korean, I too don’t like the city buildings in here. But you need to understand the fact that besides the Korea war, we had a extremely quick economic development in the 80′s. The government didn’t have time to think about the consistence of the buildings, but were only focusing on constructing them cause actually living in them was the most important thing. The cities you see in Europ were made through long time planning, but the Korean war only ended in 1953, which is then we started urbanization.

  42. Connielicious88

    oh, interesting.. Zombie Coffee.. I’m a fan of The Walking Dead ;)

  43. Susan Horak
    Susan Horak

    Thought on English, the language might be similar to English than Korean to English which would make it 10x’s easier to learn and speak English like Italian, French, and Spanish are very similar and wouldn’t take them much longer to learn that language other than probably learning that there are a few pronunciation difference example for chicken for Italian and Spanish it is spelled pollo but in Italian it is pronounced Po-lo and in Spanish it is pronounced Po-yo (respectively I don’t have the true pronunciation guide on my computer up just the simple google translate).

    • Marzia Matalone
      Marzia Matalone

      Well, Spanish and Italian are indeed quite similar, being both latin languages, but they are not as similar as others may think they are…we do undestand each other but there are also lots of differences, not only in pronunciation…
      You know, it is all about how much you practice a language!
      For example, I don’t have a problem with English subs, but I do have some when it comes to Spanish subs…I watch all korean dramas and programs with Eng sub, and I’m so used to them, that even if I try to do the same with Spanish (a language I like a lot), it just doesn’t work the same way to me! The same goes for lyrics translations in music, and so on…I do understand Spanish, but it takes me a lot more time and effort!
      While, if I watch movies with eng sub i’m even able to catch some Korean words or Japanese ones (though Japanese to me is way clearer when it comes to try catching words)…So, I guess it’s more a question of habits! The more you practice the more you become good…

  44. Jackie Outlaaw

    heh, so you guys had some life changing experiences in europe, eh?
    i must say that happened to me when i entered canada as a kid.
    because my aunt showed me a video of vancouver from the ministry of tourism,
    canada seemed to be always sunny, just like california.
    but the reality? LOTS of rain….
    and although i appreciate medicare, the transit fees across the country was sooooo expensive!
    i think living overseas made me appreciate korean subways…. a lot!

    • Megumi Mai

      omg same here! Haha! I was so surprised when I went to Vancouver….

      I was also like “oh, Canada is going to be just like California..lets go to a Trader Joes or a Target! :D” and…no…
      But I was talking to a friend who grew up in Vancouver and she was telling me that it has developed a lot more recently so yay!

  45. Okay now I want to know about crossdressing in Korea, lol :D

  46. Okay now I want to know about crossdressing in Korea, lol :D

  47. Sophie

    Wow haha “What Does The Fox Say” is really popular here in America too….

  48. ALittleLegend

    There was one thing that always annoyed me whenever I went out to eat (pretty much all my meals) when I went over to Europe a year ago. The tiny glasses. I enjoy to have a large glass of water or whatever with my meal but for some reason all the places I went to only had very tiny glasses that was a few gulps and then you had to refill. I actually took a picture of all my glasses and posted them under the album ‘Stupid Tiny Glasses.’ True Story.

    Side Note: Today in my Western Civ class we talked about the Vikings and the helmets with horns! :D Turns out the only ones that had them were like the very um powerful? Vikings. It was just for decoration and to make them look intimidating. Or something like that…

  49. Bethany Neeley

    EYK should totally come to Seattle and check out the coffee culture there! I’m a little south, so I don’t know for sure, but they’re kinda famous for their coffee. And the Space Needle. But most importantly, COFFEE!!! #EYKinUSA #USNasties!

  50. Mika Lovegood

    Well I’m from Mexico, and i’ve been to the US and Brazil, and I’ve realized that clothing here in Mexico it is expensive, compared to US, food is kinda the same, only that it changes is the way people in the US sell their food and how they prepare it, like i’ve noticed that they sell to many frozen food, and a lot of processed food, and food in Brazil is really expensive, compared to the usual prices her in Mexico, also in Brazil, what i noticed, is there aren’t a lot of american chain, like fast foot or clothes stores, like in general.

  51. I went to Italy when I was 17 with a group I knew and 2 other groups one from Florida and one from Canada(about 13-16). The fist day we arrived in Italy, i shit you not maybe 3 hours tops in Italy, one of the Canada girls was picked up fireman style by an Italian footballer and carried off to their bus. The girl’s chaperone ran soooo fast after her it was like a super hero movie. We had stopped at one of the Autostrada(?) gas stations. One second we’re having some lunch and the next we hear yelling(from the chaperone), hooting from the footballers and giggles from the girl and everyone else. They never would have hurt her, it was more like they were messing with the tourists kind of thing.

    But one of my favorite things about Italy is all the walking in the cities. Even if my feet hurt i didn’t care cause it was sooo beautiful. Our tour guide really liked my group so she went out of the way to show us the hidden gems. It rained at some point every day but we didn’t really care cause it was so pretty. Although I almost feel into the water in Venice trying to get back on the farrier. A very nice Italian gentleman caught me.

  52. Kordiana

    I laughed so hard when S&M talked about the song “What does the Fox say?” It has kind of taken over. I am not surprised that they said they heard it a lot in Norway either, since that is where the artists are from. It is a crazy, very addictive song. One of those that no matter how much you try, it will still get stuck in your head.

  53. Dorien Tettelin

    I’m from Belgium and when I went to Paris a couple of years ago I also was shocked by the size of the coffee there, you know the ‘espresso’. In Belgium when you order a regular coffee you get a regular size cup with coffee, not like a thumb size tall espresso :p But I think that there isn’t much coffee culture in Belgium, but what you will see is a lot of sandwich stores, which actually use baguettes and lay all kinds of cheese, meat, vegies and stuff on them. And if you come to Antwerp one day and walk on the main shopping street (called ‘de meir’), you will definitely spot fashionable people there: Antwerp is the major fashion city (in my view that is) of Flandres :)
    Also, about the English: we actually get a lot of contact with English because English is such a prestige language eg in pop songs: even Belgium bands write English songs, have English names etc; and when we watch television we also watch a lot of American tv programmes (like Friends, The Simpsons, Family Guy, Futurama) and I started watching them when I was a kid. I think especially in Belgium (Flandres) and in The Netherlands you will have that, but it will be less in Germany and in France because their foreign tv shows are dubbed and not subbed like in Flandres. What I want to say is, that there is a huge contrast in that respect with Korea (in my opinion of course): they listen to songs in Korean and watch tv in Korean, so they mostly get in contact with Korean which makes it harder to learn English. These programmes in Korea seem good, but if the youth do not get in touch with English, they will not efficiently learn it (I for instance started having English teaching at the age of 13, not in elemantery school, but here I am posting fluently in English But I actually majored in English literature and linguistics at the University of Antwerp so… :p) So the more exposure to a language, the better you will learn to speak it.
    On a side note: you can definitely see the influence of English in the Dutch used by teenagers when they chat with each other, while in Germany teenagers will use much less English words. This is something a professor of mine (Reinhilde Vandekerckhove) has done research about :)

  54. Paulina Morán

    It´s curious about coffee in Europe. I went to Germany on summer like a year ago. I´m from Mexico and we don´t really have a coffe culture, or it´s not as important as I saw in Germany, it shoked me how it was there. I wasn´t used to drinking coffe every afternoon at a coffe shop. In Mexico the coffe shops they really have a very bad coffe. The coffe it´s even better when is home made. So I was used to a crappy coffe. So when I drank it in Germany I thought it was really good, and I also went to many coffe shops, they were really okay. The other thing I was shocked about was the breakfast. In my country we eat a lot in the morning, It´s one of the strongest meals of the day. BUt there it was just tiny pieces of bread with jam or cold meat. I ate and ate and I was still hungry!

  55. P Nam Dang

    I learned the Vikings fact from CGP Grey, here’s his video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYzfKiIWN4g :)

  56. Hi! I actually got suprised that you guys didn´t find any good coffee while you were in Stockholm! I myself live in norhtern Sweden and I consume a loooooooooot of coffee, and have always believed that Sweden somehow had a ridiculous coffee-culture with a lot of cafees :) But I watch a lot of korean dramas in which ppl always walk around with tasty-looking coffecups in their hands so I don´t doubt you, I wanna try coffee in a korean cafe!!!

    If I´m to compare the culturedifference from where I´m from and my stay in Japan, there´s so much to talk about that I could talk all my life.

    But I think the biggest difference was how incredibly polite ppl in average where in Japan…it´s crazy, I almost felt embarrassed since I´ve learnt not to disturb others, not ask for help unless it´s really necessary and so on. I was so embarassed when the hostelowner at one place wanted to carry my heavy bag cause I´m used to do everything myself. So I almost got depressed when I got home to Sweden again. I was also amazed at the size of Tokyo, of course! And the food and how cheap it was to eat outside. I didn´t have a lot of money, but some days I managed to eat two meals and travel around all day and it only cost me like 2000 yen (like 200 kronor, or 20 euro I guess?). And the food was delicious.. But one thing that really got me perplexed…what´s the whole deal about “AKB48″?! Like everywhere we went, they played them. we saw them in commercials, in tv-shows, and it seemed like a lot of people of all ages seemed to like them? I found that both vierd but also cool.
    Also, I loved that you couldn´t walk on the sidewalk and smoke! Even though I saw a few that cheated, and smoked while biking but I want to adopt that rule to Sweden!

  57. Heather

    I wish Europe was more fashionable!! I live in London but I have traveled around Europe a lot and generally people wear plain and boring clothes :/ Sure I sometimes see some really cool fashion here in London but the vast majority of people wear boring clothes and it’s really annoying when I go out with more interesting and fashionable clothes cos a lot of the time I must seem weird and quirky to everyone else.. lol which I don’t mind but I just wish more people would dress like that and stop staring at me ahaa ^^ but it’s ok cos I have some quirky kpop loving friends that dress awesomely with me xD aha Though another problem is that the shops here… a lot of them sell such plain ugly clothes!! It takes me forever to find something I like!! Most of the time I end up looking online and and have clothes shipped!! T.T Though there are a few nice stores I shop in .. it’s just clothes are expensive and not really what I am looking for. It’s so frustrating T.T Also a lot of stores only sell bigger sizes and I am a size 6/8 T.T can’t they cater for everyone!!? AHHHH

  58. Carolina Ren

    PSST come to Ecuador where water bottles are 30 cents each ^.-

  59. Sarah Smith

    I actually moved from the USA to Germany a year and a half ago!

    I do have to agree with your point on how Europeans dress sort of -cough cough- drabby. A lot of times, if I go out into town with my pink pants and ‘HELLO’ sweater, I get a lot of stares from more of the older generation. The younger generation is a lot more open to unique clothing, but only to a certain point.

    And also, I think Europe is a bit plus size unfriendly, in particular with woman. There are nearly no nice looking clothes and most of it is marketed to mothers or old women, not 20 year old women -_-

    As for the excellent English, it is because English is studied SOOOOOO LONG here in Germany (at least). I volunteered in a German elementary school for a year and was officially charged to do english lessons for the whole school (of 60 kids xD).~~ by the way, I used a lot of your old teaching videos for some help with ideas. So thanks a ton!~~ This is starting in the FIRST GRADE. And then they continue to have required English from fifth grade until they end school! And some people even get private lessons. Hardcore o.o

    And lastly, don’t try learning german unless you love the language xD it has the most complicated grammar IN THE WORLDDDD. (i think at least xD) Short story short: Three articles = overloaded brain xD But thankfully I love German ;D

    But in the end, I really feel like I connect with you guys. I moved here with a lot of doubt, scared for my future. I was interested in Germany but just wasn’t sure if I fit in. But over time, like you guys, I’ve fallen in love with this country!

    TL;DR : Moved to Germany, had a little culture shock, but love the country and it’s culture in all ways

    • Michi Z.

      Hah I agree 100% with you about learning German :D And I say that as someone whose mother tongue is German :D But I get that the whole article thing can be quite confusing and our grammar is really complex. And of course there is the thing with which words start with a capital letter etc…. I wouldn’t want to have to learn German as a foreign language^^

      • Sarah Smith

        Ya, you really need to like the language to enjoy it xD I just love how it sounds and how the sentense structure is just sooooo logical xD But there are still things I just can’t figure out that just take time to learn xD I’m actually just finishing my intensive classes to get my certificate so I can get into German Uni xD

        Do you live in Germany?

        • Michi Z.

          I live in Austria ;)

          I do love German (though the punctuation still puzzles me meaning that I hate commas to no end xD) and especially the different accents. But like I said I wouldn’t want to learn it as a second or third language. It’s much easier to learn English^^

          Best of luck for your certificate and studies in Germany :)

  60. Graciela Ivonne
    Graciela Ivonne

    i would think that it is easier for europeans to learn english than for koreans. i speak english, spanish, and am a french minor in college and because many european languages (like english) are latin based the sentence structuring and words are to a degree similar. but although i’ve learned the korean alphabet, composing sentences in korean are highly difficult for me, because it really is a different mindset and has evolved from a completely different language.

  61. Emsie12

    Am I the only one who is /not/ in love with What does the Fox say? I just found it awkward and annoying. xD; I would totally prefer a What does the Spudgy say!

    Also, you guys look fine! You don’t look pudgy to me at all! I’m glad you had a great trip, though! I’m jealous of your traveling. =P

  62. Anna

    It’s really something if you have a good bakery really close in Poland. There are so many of them. Whenever you go in the city, there’s always a place where you can find a good bread, even in the villages there must be a shop and there’s always bread. One of the brands is really famous in my region and well… It’s hard to say no to this delicious things… And smell makes it much more difficult…

  63. Emma Andersson

    The one thing I love about Sweden when I’m abroad: drinkable water.
    Every time I’ve been abroad, my mom always gave me this glare and said in a stern voice: “And remember, you shall not drink water from the tap.” I don’t know what’s up with this, if it’s dirty or too much chlorine (?) in it too be healthy for you, but you shouldn’t drink it. At least if you don’t boil it first. And buying bottled water feels like such a waste of money, it’s just water for goodness sake. So yeah. Drinkable tapwater in my heart.

    • Yeah! Also the best thing! I feel really spoiled sometimes when I shower and it hits me that I´m showering in drinkable water…I sometimes forget how really fortunate I am..

      • Emma Andersson

        I know, right? Like when they talk on the radio about drilling for wells in Africa since the water supply is scarce, and then realize that I just had the tap opened for half a minute because “it wasn’t cold”…I just want to punch myself in the face.

  64. WHAT DOES THE FOX SAY IS THE BEST FREAKING SONG OF THIS SUMMER! OH MY GOSH! HOW COME YOU GUYS DIDNT KNOW ABOUT THIS AND I LIVE IN THE U.S.A. BTW! AND OH MY GOSH! DING DING DING DING DING DING DING! XD BEST SONG EVAR I SAY!!!!!AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
    I’m sorry! I got too excited for a moment! XD

  65. Ingus Macats

    Europe, the motherland of bread. The Viking horns come not from Hollywood but from Wagner’s opera. They had some lying around, they looked dramatic on stage so they just added them. If you want coffee culture in Europe, go to Italy. It’s gonna be hard to find a guide that speaks English though. Go to big cities for architecture and history, get away from them for people.

  66. Hey! I’m so sad that you didn’t managed to have a fan-meeting in France because that’s where I’m currently studying now ): And well, it’s really true that going somewhere else and living somewhere else really makes you appreciate your home country so much more!

    I’m originally from Singapore and I just started university in France, and I really, really have to agree with you about the total lack of coffee culture here in France. ): I was really disappointed at first too because there really is a blooming coffee culture in Singapore as well, and as a huge coffee addict I was really sad when I came here and realised there wasn’t that much great coffee around ):

    In any case I’m so glad you enjoyed your Europe tour!!! Hope you guys will be able to swing by France one day <3

  67. Camilla | カミラ | 카밀라

    Martina, I must say I absolutely love your hat. :D Glad you found a store branch with it in stock during your trip.

    Me and my boyfriend have been travelling a lot these past years, South Korea, Japan, England and France included, but I think the one common thing we found for all countries was how cheap they were compared to our home country. And yes, I am Norwegian, and I live in Norway. xD We went crazy at Etude House, paying 10 NOK for an eye shadow we would have paid at least 40 NOK for at home. And holy smokes, the food was sooooo cheap! Not to mention delicious. So yeah, if you save a bit of money, you can live pretty well during your holiday because of the “favourable” exchange rates.

    The one thing I miss the most when I go overseas is being able to drink tap water. It’s super convenient to just take a bottle, fill it, and head out. While in Seoul, I made the mistake of filling my glass directly from the sink, not thinking too much about it since I’m used to it. Tasted like chlorine.

    Oh, yeah, and The Fox is sung by a Norwegian duo called Ylvis. It’s become the pride of the nation these days, it’s basically everywhere, much to my annoyance.

  68. Lily Snape

    So I can tell everyone, I must go to Korea to lose some weights. Awesome, it’s for my health, yo! I love coffee shops and I want to experience Korean’s coffee culture.

  69. Well…We were in Seoul (and in Busan) – me & my sister – for the last two weeks of September. We are from Latvia and the end of September is pretty chilly here while Korea was a prolonged version of summer for us! Yeah!!! Even though Latvia and Korea are pretty far from each other, I would say that we have a lot of similarities – like history, nature, prices, climate..except mountains!! We don`t have them – it`s all flat here!!..etc.
    I liked that Seoul was very oriented for tourists – all the signs, direction markers, maps!!! I loved the maps! They are practically everywhere!!! (not so much in Busan, though) Koreans are very friendly! If they see that you are struggling with a
    map, they come up to you and try to help, even if their English isn`t so good. We, here in Latvia, should work on that! Interesting thing was that street vendors were divided by theme – street where lamps are sold,street where wedding dresses are sold, street where safes are sold, mechanical parts, led displays, puppies etc. And what`s about those robotic ladies at the entrances of the shops?! A little scary! :D
    The biggest thing that was different was the feeling of safety!! We made a lot of walks through Seoul late at night, and I haven`t felt so safe anywhere else! That was liberating! Ahh!! And the stairs!! They are everywhere! LOL
    We don`t have a very diverse street-food culture here in Latvia, while Seoul had a great variety of food!! Did enjoy every dish we ate! Nom, nom! One think that we 100% would need in Latvia are pastry shops like Paris Baguette – those shops just make people happy! it`s not like we don`t have pastry shops, we do! But they don`t have THAT feel.
    Korean museums are more interactive (the same I can say for the Shanghai museum of history – pretty neat)! Although I think that our palace museums have advantage over Korean – we have a lot of furniture and relics and other old/historical stuff still
    there, while Korean palaces are empty. The same goes for Chinese palace museums – all empty.
    Those were GREAT two weeks! Would like to come back someday!

    Arta & Ilze from Latvia

  70. Kristin@Blood, Sweat and Books
    Kristin@Blood, Sweat and Books

    I’m actually sort of schocked that European coffee isn’t better. I guess like you said Cafe culture is more important than the drinks themselves.

  71. Its really fun to listen to how you thoughts about Europe and how fashion, food and how much everything costs here differs from what you is use to in Korea :) Something that always suprised me at first when i travelled to other countrys – not very far away saddenly – but on vaccations and stuff is that we (in Sweden at least) can drink our water directly from the water tap! :)

    Everytime i go away – that is something I can miss alot!! :D Many people is always used to the ideá that they have to buy the water in a bottle! Probably other countrys have the same as us, but often when im outside Sweden – ive always been told – dont drink from the water tap (!!)

    Martina – Simon: Tell me if you want ingredients to make bread (if you dont have everything you need – I can try to send you fun stuff) :D You know: sunflower seed, nuts and berries, dried yeast (is it called that?) – name it and I will start with a new package ;)

    Have you gotten the package I sent you!? (Should be wraped with cardboard around – and have a box inside it – and is it whole)!? :)

  72. SoyUnQuesito

    Oh, and about english… nordic countries are freaking advanced to southern like, once again, Spain, Italy, (And France, some germans and east countries…) Yeah, sorry, just commenting by parts while watching :)

  73. Victoria Björklund

    YES THANK YOU! I totally agree with you! In Sweden (in any cases) fashion doesn’t existed! People are walking around in there pajamas on the town! WHAT!? WHY!? I’m from Sweden and it is so uninspiring!

    For the English, I’ve studied/spoken English for 12 years now and that we learn English more verbal/conversational in school is nothing I’ve experienced, in junior high it was all about the grammar and just passing the exams. But to be honest I never got the grammar, I’m a much better speaker then writer, but then again I didn’t have you guys as my teachers! ;D
    A big difference between Sweden and other countries (in my experience) is that we do not dub! Nothing on TV is dubbed (well except children programs) so we hear English al the time, I mean I hear English at least 3 – 6h a day, every day.

    And I do not know how it is for other countries, but in Sweden, it’s almost a MUST to know English to get a decent job. And now a third/fourth language is like really good, English is more like a must, and it’s expected of you.

    Fun facts for you guys: we do have lines in high school that only teaches in English, but the majority of Swedes don’t got to such programs but we have them and they are called IB, stands for International Baccalaureate ^^

    Love you guys! And I hope you come back to Sweden soon! <3
    Xoxo
    Victoria

    • SoyUnQuesito

      In Spain where i’m from there is nothing subbed… cause it’s all in spanish LOL Really they prefer to pay someone to translate and put their voices on a tv show/film than spend t on our terrible english education. And well in germany (Where i live now) you can find more people speaking english, but it is because they have a better english education, but not because of the german tv, where they also translate most of the tv shows/films ;)

  74. Tallaria

    As always, I love how you guys talk and how it feels like you’re interacting with the audience and think about how to make us understand in the best way. You guys are an inspiration in so many ways! You wonderful people you.~

    Question:
    I saw it in a comment below and I thought it would be interesting. I’ve seen in different videos you’ve made that women and men are expected to behave differently (as in many other countries) (for example smoking and the handshaking thing). And I’ve also seen a couple of dramas.
    What kind of “gender roles” do you see in your everyday life? How does Korea see on them in general? Has this changed anything since you moved to Korea? And how big is the difference in the view on it between the different generations?

    //Tallaria
    (Pronounciation —> TalÁ-rià <— If you pronounce it wrong I don't mind since I pronounce it in a Swedish dialect, ohoho)

  75. SoyUnQuesito

    Good coffee ? Go to Spain, Italy or Portugal ! (Specially if you are a Espresso fan (: )

  76. yuki kokoro

    I always was really intrigued about how things worked in Japan. I once read someone saying: “That building is 30 years old, it’s really old, you don’t want to live there.” And I was like o.O 30 years is not old. As for Korea, I don’t know anything about it other than the fact that shopping malls seem to often crumble apart. If there is an architecture expert here, please speak up. It’s highly intriguing.

  77. Ariadne Locket
    Ariadne Locket

    Wanna get fat? Go to Portugal. Good cheese and bread included :D
    I’m a portuguese student living in the UK and I miss the good food so much…

  78. stilinskiphiliac

    Hm. I visited Italy this summer and it opened my eyes for a lot of things I hadn’t previously thought about my home country. I can point out that this was the second time I was travelling outside Scandinavia, first being to London but other than that I’ve been to Denmark like tons of times. But after visiting a few cities in Italy I came to really appreciate the restaurants and waiting staff so much more back home in Sweden.

    It did not matter if we ate breakfast at our hotel, or sat in a bar/café during lunchtime or ate dinner at a restaurant – the staff was so rushed. They rushed us to a table, then barely had we opened our menus and then we were supposed to order, and then we got our food (at different times, they did not serve our whole group, some of us got our food up to fifteen minutes after the first one had gotten his) and as soon as someone had finished eating the staff was there to clean the table. We did not get the time to fully enjoy our meal because it felt like we were being rushed to eat, pay and leave as quickly as possible.

    Could be because in Sweden it is not uncommon for guests to stay over two hours, talking and eating and talking some more, then ordering in desserts and talking again, yeah you get the point. I think I was mostly shocked that Italy, a country known for their delicious food, was so rushed at just that. Anyway, that’s what I remembered when you asked the question.~

  79. ” our studio’s been around for less than 50 and it’s falling apart.”
    it’s the same here, victorian buildings have nothing to do with modern ones

  80. Martina, where did you get that hat? I’ve seen you wear the white one and now the black. I really like them.

  81. KpopBrandy

    I said this on the video comments but i want to post it here too. I feel like the reason Europeans are so good at English is because most of the time the Characters and the Sentence Structure are the same. So it’s a lot easier to learn, speak and write in a language so similar to your own whereas in Korea they have to switch back an forth from Korean to English in characters and sentence structure which is definitely a lot harder.

  82. Bernie Bryan

    Hi S&M! Just wanted to say that living in Europe might not make you as fat as you think! I’m from the US and I will admit that I tend to struggle with my weight (hey, I just love to eat!). So last spring I went to Rome for over a week (actually got to see Papa Francesco elected!) and ate A LOT of italian food! I’m talking 1-2 pastries for breakfast, a gelato a day, tons of pasta/pizza with SO MUCH cheese, lots of fried rice balls, prosciutto everyday etc.

    I was bracing myself for coming home and seeing that I gained 10+lbs. Nope! I actually LOST 10 lbs! My theory is that it was a combination of walking everywhere and eating foods with fresh ingredients that are not super processed. Anywho – absolutely fell in love with Rome! Can’t wait to go back someday.

  83. Ebbzz Niji Olsson

    I’m from Sweden, where we as you mentioned are pretty much fluent in English. If I remember correctly from what someone told me once, we only learn about 25% of the English skills we gain in the ages 13 to 16 in school. I’m not sure about this information, but if I think about it it seems legit. In these years, we have a big vocabulary and focus more on speaking in English class. Sure, we get some vocab for homework but the rest of the English vocabulary we learn outside of school. We’re always surrounded by the language, especially while watching tv(a few English commercials aren’t even subbed and I hated that when I was younger, haha) and on the internet. Even people who fails in a lot of subjects in school can speak good English if they try, even if they may use too much American sitcoms’ expressions or whatever, haha~

  84. Yuberniz Yubi Orengo

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxGf51Tghvc

    A Very bad in-joke between my boyfriend and I about Simon and Martina

  85. PunkyPrincess92
    PunkyPrincess92

    haha just last week i was walking home and there were a bunch of dudes just literally sitting on a park bench smoking weed! now if it was the shady park near my house that would be normal, but it was in this really nice beautiful park near my campus and i was kinda surprised! and it was on a beautiful sunny day!

    hhmm…never heard that ‘what does the fox say’ song before!!

  86. Darren Peets

    I’ve lived in Japan and now Korea, came from Canada, and spent a few years in Germany in between. What I found in both Japan and Korea was that most of what I knew how to cook involved baking, and I didn’t have an oven, so I didn’t cook. It would also have been more expensive to cook than to eat out in both places, because if I cooked, I’d use vegetables, which are outrageously expensive. This was more of a shock coming from Vancouver, because the restaurants there are unbelievably expensive (and you get to add tax and tip afterward).

    Leaving Vancouver for Japan, my spare time changed completely because I could go anywhere, almost anytime, by trains and buses (I hate driving). That includes trailheads for hiking. That sort of transportation infrastructure just doesn’t exist in North America. It’s been neglected or actively shut down for half a century, in favour of cars. In Vancouver at least, the demand is shifting back to public transportation, but it’s decades behind where it should be and upper-level governments don’t seem interested in funding it.

    Learning Japanese was difficult because of the utter lack of overlap
    with more familiar European languages, but I think it’s more than that. I got the sense in Japan that the education system was geared entirely toward written tests, all the way up to multi-day graduate school entrance exams, and such tests can’t test spoken language ability, so emphasizing it would waste time that could be spent preparing for tests. My grand total of one visit to a high school was arranged by an English teacher who couldn’t speak English, and his e-mails were even difficult to decipher. He didn’t know what to teach, but tested highly in English at the end of his degree, so he ended up teaching English. The school’s other English teacher had lived in the US for a bit and could speak perfectly well.

  87. Oscar_de_Jarjayes

    I would have loved that you’d speak about more cultural differences v.s food, coffee and expensive cost of life.
    I have travelled a bit, and it takes time to really appreciate different cultures. I’m sure you know that since you’ve been living in Asia for several years now. Sure, culture goes in hand with food and coffee places, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

    Spending a few days here and there doesnt necessary makes you an expert in comparing countries, I get it, but I find your videos about Korea more interesting, probably because you stand from a different point of view (as expats).

    Also, Europe is not a country, as Asia is not a country. Living in France is very different from living in Poland for example. It always surprises me when North Americans seem to view Europe as a whole picture. (Btw, I’m French!)

  88. Marzia Matalone
    Marzia Matalone

    Wow! This was really interesting!
    Well, you know, Northern Europe is really different from the rest of the continent, since they have an Anglo-Saxon cultural line, really far from the Latin one (I guess France could be considered as an half-way reality), but really, I agree with the Ma below (hello! I’m happy to finally read an other Italian nasty’s comment, evviva!!!).
    Italy, but Spain also, and Greece, and the Balcanic area, are not as good at English as the Northern Europe, even if European educational system is indeed really good and is more about understanding and reasoning, than about memory.
    Well, Italians are not as good as Swedish, German and Norwegian people…it’s just natural, since our language has different origins!
    Moreover, about coffee, I guess Americans tend to like the “Americano” type, that for an Italian person generally means “that black colored kind of water they like to drink, calling it coffee” XD…
    You should really try a real Espresso in a real Italian bar…it is just too different!!!!
    About fashion, this is a thing I’ve been thinking about for quite the time: Korean fashion is really colorful and funny, but it is kinda oriented to “The much the better” concept, a thing that is not always true…if you talk about fashion with Southern Europeans, you’ll discover that we have a different idea about what is stylish and what it is not…Italian fashion, for example, is really design oriented, but we generally go with the concept “just few things but well matched” and “The least the better” …I personally like a lot of korean fashion aspects, but I also often find myself thinking “this is really too much”…I guess it just a question of perception, the same thing that happens when you talk about what is considered beautiful and what ugly from county to country…

  89. yuki kokoro

    I think you are looking too hard. Asia is low in bread and milk just because it’s Asia. It’s only super recently in their history that they are eating those things. You will mostly find those things in foreign food. So, it’s mainly because it’s not a staple and it never was.

    Milk and bread are both staples where I live (Canada) and I know because I hate bread and I can’t eat dairy and it’s really hard to find stuff to eat. It’s really hard to look at Asian food tv shows or youtube videos like FAPFAP without dying of envy.

    I almost forgot about the fact that a bigger percentage of Asians are lactose intolerant than in North America and Europe. I don’t know for gluten but maybe that too…

  90. I don’t think cheese making has anything to do with pastures in either Holand or Korea. Holand is not a big country either. The problem with Asian countries not being able to make decent cheese or other European things for that matter like bread and maybe even wine (European style wine) is because they don’t have a culture or tradition to do so. Sure, you can open up a cheese factory in Korea and make processed cheese like the one you see in Korean supermarkets but to make really nice, artisan cheese you need to really know what you are doing. Most cheese makers in Europe have a family business that’s been doing it for generations – they know what they are doing and they are interested in it. Korea has it’s own food business from making makgulli to kimchi. You can’t expect someone to make blue cheese if they don’t know how to and it’s not really something you can learn form a textbook – you need to travel to that country and learn the techniques and tricks. Most cheese makers in America import from Europe and/or are family businesses or immigrants descended from Europe. There not many European descends in Korea and there are obviously not many people from Korea who go to Europe to study all this stuff and even if they do, I don’t imagine there is a lot of demand for artisan cheese so it’s not a lucrative venture. The problem is two-fold – lack of tradition in cheese making and lack of demand.

  91. I don’t know where you buy bread cause I’ve found places in Korea that sell normal bread. In fact, even Paris baguette has perfectly soft and fresh bread that doesn’t taste like dessert…………..

  92. Hello hello!
    I’m italian so it was really interesting founding out what your thoughts on europe were! first of all: north europe is RELLY expensive in general (Iceland is like the most expensive one but mostly because is a little island out in nowhere. but it’s beautiful and sigh..i want to go there..)BTW.. french coffee is isn’t really a ‘coffee culture’ XD you should visit italy and try out some really fabulous coffee (I think we are pretty prickly when it comes to coffee!).
    Next: in north europe the english level is reeeeally high! even Germany and Swiss excel but Italy isn’t surely advanced on that. I think you meet people whom , being interested in asia, use english waaaay more than normal people. (watching dramas,anime,movie or reading manga with eng subs helps a LOT). not to mention the fanfiction that, as one can find it slightly creepy, have a huuuge role on improving writer/reader english.
    Next time you come to Europe be sure to check out Italy if you can! The Kpop community is finally growing (i’m one of the veterans by now XD started back in 2008) and KpopItalia is trying to push things a little^^!
    P:S: we have lots of cheese too! ahaha! and hams and pasta!
    Luv u

  93. NaToTheWak

    Weed is illegal in most European countries, but it’s far to be as badly punished as in Asia… There must still be a strong trauma from the opium war there (because honestly what’s the point of putting pot smokers in jail? That’s just a waste of money!)

  94. Why do I feel like EYK will have a Cheese Boutique (?) in the future…

  95. Carol Isaac

    oh my god. martina, ive experienced the same thing about the fashion. i live in dubai, and here, people are all rich and stuff so they like to show it off with branded clothes and the lastest trends. so of course, when i flew over to australia for a holiday, i would bring those clothes with me. i mean, just going to a mall in dubai and like walking down a cat walk, everyone is dressed so fashionably. i wore similar clothing to an australian mall and i felt so out of place because everyone (and i literally mean everyone, even teenage girls who are on the lookout to impress some boys) were dressed in a hoodie and jeans. and im there like, yeah, wedge sneakers, expensive dress, bling bling…..

  96. XxRinaxX

    Well the only places I was till now were Germany and Belgium ( both are in Europe so I didn’t travel that far). I must say that Germany is a really clean country ( I can’t say about all the country but in the part where I was staying it was so clean in comparision to Poland) and also a lot of people weren’t afraid that someone could steal their bike or car and were just leaving them unlocked at the street. It’s not something you can do in Poland because then you will lose your car…Only once I was lucky that when I forgot to lock the doors of my car no one saw it and I still have my car now ^^;
    It was the same in Belgium. Some of the people were leaving their houses opened ( not opened as in door opened, but doors unlocked) and I need to say that the architecture in Belgium is really gorgeous! This tiny doors and the houses that were build just next to the street. I liked it a lot.
    And also I have a question…I’m going to Sweden ( Stockholm) for VIXX concert next week and because you guise were in there, do you have some places to propose which I should see? I’ll be in Sweden for 5 days ( 3 full days) and I wanted to sightsee but I don’t know what to look for in Stockholm. HELP MEEEEEEEE!

  97. shel263
    shel263

    So I’m currently studying in Tokyo, Japan and have been here for almost two months and one of the things that I notice is that I get stared at ALL THE TIME. And its blatant staring, nobody is very sneaky about it and I’ll even make eye contact with people after which they will continue to stare. Its not just one group of people either, its everyone from tiny children to university students to the elderly. Its probably because I’m white so I look very obviously foreign but I’m curious if this is just a thing in Japan or is it present in other countries, like Korea, as well?

  98. XxRinaxX

    OMG!You were talking about Szymon >..<

    • Don’t feel embarrassed! It was actually really nice of him to offer, just like someone offering to buy you a drink, I just happen to not smoke. Growing up I was offered pleeeenty of times to smoke, but I still said no, so don’t worry! It was just a funny reminder of how different life is like in Korea.

  99. Christine Cooper

    I think a big reason the English is so much better in Europe is the fact that English and a lot of European languages are similar as opposed to Korean and English. I do agree though that you would think English in Korea would be better considering all the money people spend.

  100. After my father passed away I started to travel, such as several places in Europe, and also the US and Australia, and Thailand. One of the things that made me realize about Norwegians then is that we are very private and not very open to meet and talk to strangers. I am considered VERY open and bubbly to my Norwegian friends (all my bffs says Martina really reminds them of me, yay!), so whenever I started traveling I felt people embraced me a lot quicker than in Norway. And I do think a lot of us Norwegians use alcohol too much to relax. It seems so many here have a need to drink to be able to talk honestly and have fun with friends. I love to travel, because it’s so challenging and scary and fun. Hopefully I am going to stay three months in Korea from March to May next year. My goal is not only to have fun and experience a new culture, but also getting to know myself more. I think we need to get more out of our comfort sone to really then understand our faults and good sides. Yeah!

    Ooo, and I’ll probably move to Oslo next school year (even though it’s super scary for me, all my family is here in Bergen), and then I’ll try to volunteer for Omonona. You have to come back to Oslo!! I command you, as a hornless (?) Viking!

  101. “At the same time, we understand that Korea was devastated from the war, and a lot of its architecture was razed, so it’s not a fair comparison when you talk about traditional buildings” just wanna point out that Warsaw was one of the most (if not actually the most) destroyed cities after II world war.

    • tatiana lopes
      tatiana lopes

      Yeah a lot of cities in Europe were devastated after the war. If they went to Germany they’d would have seen pictures of that everywhere, and how well maintained things are now. I was really impressed by it.

  102. Nina Johansson

    I had to save this post here… because youtube comments are way too small.

    First initial thought about your blog posts: Yes, Vikings didn’t have horns. If you wanna know, most horns they found are actually goblets for drinking… sounds so weird, I know, but this is true.

    Anyway, on to the real stuff…

    S&M… believe this or not for my age but I’ve actually been to 25 countries within my 25 years of life, and 20 of those are European countries (excluding Sweden, were I live). Yes, I am a serious travelling machine… too bad I am tied with my dad in European travels… (next in the wish list= Romania)

    Considering you wanted some travelling experience, I thought I’d share mine.

    I’m originally from Sweden, but I am raised in a family who very often during summer would take the car and go on a trip throughout at least 8 European countries at a time at summer. I don’t even remember the first time I travelled anywhere, but according to our photographs this was in France and I was about a year old.

    Naturally, I had tons to reflect on when it comes to home and being abroad. here are some of my observations:

    Food:
    First on the list because it is all so different. And with this I don’t really mean the simple different food you can get, but also which order/hour you eat. In Italy for example you bring different dishes in at a certain order, and you eat rather late. Also, as you may know, different items are used differently. Such an example, and a favourite of mine to mention, is sprinklies, mostly used as ice cream topping in my opinion. In Holland, where you went, sprinkles is also used as a topping on your sandwhiches… Also, worth mentioning is whenever you bring new stuff to your country. This is something I have seen everywhere. For example, IKEA in China had some strange versions of Swedish cuisine, that I thought was disgusting, but it was more than likely remade to suit Chinese taste buds. Same with Chinese food in Sweden, it tastes quite differently at times from the food I ate in China. Another of my favourite examples is pizza. Pizza is originally Italian, but I ate a very interesting version of this in Korea. Ever tried Bulgogi pizza before?

    Also, the lack of milk in Asian countries is understandable. They say around 90 % of people born in Asia are lactose intolerant. This is because, as you say, unless you count India there are very few cows there.

    Architecture:
    Like you said, you really start appreciating things when you know differences, and with architecture it shows. Something I find fascinating, is how you can tell what a country is from what it builds. In Europe, mainly, most cities are literally based on old models that expands and grows over time, without a good strategy for traffic or cars, it came so much later. Seriously, planning these things is a huge amount of work. Also, since most houses were given a lot of structure, they can withstand a lot of time. Some do fall apart, and most need to be renovated, but the main structure stands firm. This also can show a lot of history, as most surviving buildings are made of stone, but many cities have at one point in their history, burnt to the ground.

    This is quite interesting as well, since where I am from, Sweden, and mant of our neighbouring countring) have some of the sturider architeture in the world, and barely any natural disasters that could shake them (unless you count Iceland).

    Something I have noticed, with this discussion in mind, is how this kidn of westernization affects mainly Asian countries.

    Westernization is quite new within history as well, and starts around the end of the 19th century/early 20th century. But it involved a lot of rethinking, and steadily has also involved the way you build. Really, it is a shame that many Asian countries first regarded their own architecture as outdated, because personally it was so much more beautiful than what they replaced it with. I think it would have been smarter to actually just evolve what you had than copying what we created.

    Locations:
    This one I find important as I have 2 ways to see it.Tourist locations or none-tourist locations. Toursit locations involve a lot of landmarks, certain cities and places where all people go to. In tese you will most likely find English speakers, but less likely experience too much really. Sure, you can say you’ve seen the Eiffel tower or Lady Liberty (which was shockingly small I remember), but it really doesn’t say much about where you’ve been. Some of my favourite travels have been to vineyards in Italy, walking through Venice in 3 days (yes, I know Venice is a tourist location, but nothing beats eating Italian gelato, by the channel watching junk float by), or eating Italian food in a german restaurant in a German village, in the middle of nowhere. (That waitress has to be one of my favroute people of all time).

    Environment:
    This sounds weird to mention, but it is something I do like to discuss as it is quite interesting. Here were I live, we have tons of pine, because it can get quite cold and palm trees would most likely suffer when the snow starts to pile.

    This creates some really interesting souvenirs if you by chance have been south and find new types of seeds, bring them how and plant them, just to see if it works.

    But my strongest memories by far come from the US. One is from a reed, which reminded me of cereals. The second is a redwood my dad found (I wasn’t with them that time), brought home and managed to grow (That thing is ceriously starting to get us scared, because we have no room for it if it grows further).

    Language and people:
    Something I find interesting is your post around English, nor every part of Europe is fluent in English. Germany, for example, dubs a lot in german before airing it.

    I guess the usage for each country goes down to the country and its relation to itself and Britain (mainly). France and Spain, two former great nations by history, aren’t as good as example Norway or Denmark. As some posts have said, many mediteranian countries aren’t as trained in everyday use of English as other countries. I guess Nordic countries, seeing how small we have always been, just feel a greater need to be able to express ourselves, as seemingly no one apart from ourselves may understand each other.

    The language barrier may also effect on how people treat you. In Paris many people know you might get treated less, since you do not speak French, and when I say french I mean perfect French. I think the image of Paris is VERY often exagurated. It is, in my opinion, a lot dirtier and less romantic than some anime series or books wants to make it.

    When it comes to Asian English, my experience tells me the more you work internationally the better you get, because school doesn’t often count. While in Korea, we needed to as for directions at one point, and the only person who could help us spoke well and told us he worked internationally.

    Full list of countries I’ve been to, and how how many times I’ve been there, if anyone is really interested:

    Denmark x I don’t know how many times really, could easily be a dozen times
    Norway x2
    Great britain x 3/4/5… not quite sure
    Netherlands/Holland x 2
    Belgium x 1 or 2, pretty sure my last visit was a revisit
    Luxemburg x 1 (passing through)
    France x 5 (maybe, could be 4 but more than 2)
    Spain x 1 or 2
    Portugal x 1
    Monaco x 1
    Germany x I don’t know how many times, but a little less than Denmark
    Switzerland x 1 or 2
    Austria x 2
    Italy x 3
    Vatican State x 1
    Poland x 1
    Czech Republic x 1
    Slovenia x 1 (which counts by passing through by train, and a stamp in my passport)
    Hungaryy x 1
    Croatia x 1

    Outside Europe:
    United States of America x 1
    Thailand x 1
    Malaysia x 1
    China x 1 (but lived there for 4.5 months)
    South Korea x 1

  103. Kika Penne

    If you live long enough in Europe you won’t be amazed by the bread after a while. :P
    And you’re supposed to get fat when traveling haha. I always like to try as many things on a very short period of time which results in gaining weight and going on a diet afterwards. -_-’

  104. Hey Simon and Martina! I really really love your TL;DR’s… So here a few things I experienced:

    I experienced a lot of funny things while being abroad and learned: I should be so happy living in Switzerland! But really, while other people tell me that swiss economy and lifestyle are awesome, my only thought is: booooooring. I have been to a lot of places before and Switzerland is the most boring country ever. Have you ever been in Switzerland? Do you know that Switzerland is divided into four parts? In each part, people talk in different languages! I mean, the hell?! Why does one small country need four languages? In school, I had to learn german, english and french. Some of my friends even had to learn italian. We don’t have any nice coffee shops -hmm… maybe starbucks?- and if we do, coffee is just awful and doesn’t have any taste at all! But I think, we also have a few nice things here, like bread or the “Zürigschnätzlets”. I think it’s one of our national dishes?! Check it out! (^_^)

    On the other hand, I learned a few facts about knowledge of foreigners about my country: “Switzerland? Oh, do you live in the alps?” “I love Swiss cheese and chocolate!” “Do you have any cows living near your home?”
    And the funniest thing was like: “Swiss? I heard you live on trees there!” “How is Sweden doing these days?”
    People, really… Switzerland is not the same as Sweden and we are NOTHING like the swiss family robinson. Also, the alps are only one part of Switzerland…

    I have never been to Seoul, but I really wanna go there at least once. My mission: Telling everyone that being Swiss doesn’t mean being rich, loving cheese and chocolate or living on trees! ^^

    • Marta Santos

      I moved to Switzerland, I lived in Portugal and Germany, and would say that Switzerland is just the most boring country ever! I only stay because of the good salaries in the end of the month. Swiss people are really sweet, polite and nice, but generally they are just boring, they really don’t know how to enjoy life and have fun. Maybe that is way suicide rates are so high.

      • Yes! You got it SO RIGHT! Salaries are extremely high here which might be the only reason people stay in Switzerland! To be honest, i don’t even think that people are sweet or something like that, people here are stubborn as hell and only PRETEND to be polite or nice. I guess, they think I am crazy because I am outgoing and – well – a little crazy maybe! Do you still live here? Where? (^_^)

    • bingulicious

      Hahaha, it’s pretty much the same in Norway.. We have high salaries and it is overall really expensive her for foreigners, and sometimes even Norwegians think stuff is expensive.. But moslty foreigners, and that’s so sad. Like Martina and Simon said, they were shocked over the prices awh -_-” And Norway is the most boring country too really, there’s nothing much but nature to see here, so I feel you girl!! You can imagine me finding out that EYK was coming here, when no one I consider huge even bothers to come to little Norway (no so small compared to Switzerland tho but ^_^)

  105. Damien Levi

    Coming from New Zealand’s economy where dairy is one of our largest exports I’m really anxious about how I’m going to deal with the lack of cheese/milk etc when I visit/live in Korea! Having visited a number of Pacific Islands I have already gone through this experience to some degree as most of their milk is imported from either New Zealand or Australia in “long life” form which tasted really odd and unusual to me.

    I totally understand how you feel about the architecture in Korea vs Europe. I would say that New Zealand has a similar style to Korea as it has a hodge-podge of different styles and buildings. In certain areas this is because of earthquakes and other natural disasters that destroyed a lot of the older buildings and left a contrasting mix of designs. It also has to do with our developed country not being very old, certainly nowhere near the age of either Europe or Korea. I don’t think we have such distinct contrast as traditional style Korean homes and new apartment buildings but I still relate to your awe at Europe’s old and beautiful architecture.

  106. Marta Santos

    Oh the coffee thing -.- I am Portuguese and if we talk about espresso, in Portugal it will just “blow your mind”, in Italy it is also amazing, and in Prague I was able to find good coffee. I really suffered during my abroad semester in Germany because of the lack of enjoyable coffee. In Switzerland it is also bad, not to talk about France and Spain. But I am only talking about espresso, not about other sorts of coffee.

    • tatiana lopes
      tatiana lopes

      I feel your pain. I’m Portuguese as well, and we are more espresso lovers, and it’s gooood but it’s hard to find in the rest of Europe. Now if S&M were to came here I don’t really know what they would think of the coffee, because everyone here drinks espresso, idk how good or bad are the other varieties.

  107. Isabel Ruby
    Isabel Ruby

    i don’t know how i’m going to go back to america and live without conbinis…. japanese convenience stores are open 24/7 and sell a little of almost everything, so if it’s 3am and you need to print something out and are a bit peckish, never fear, the conbini is here!

  108. Kahu Pohatu-campbell

    I think what you guys said about english in korea is very true, a lot of my korean friends told me that when they are in high school because their schedule is sooooo hectic, like wow they are pretty much slave driven, they are forced to learn english but I don’t know if many of them really want to. They just study it to pass the exam but there isn’t a strong emphasis on conversation skills.

  109. Adriana

    The English thing, people speaking good English in Europe… It is true in most of the European countries but, as you go south, like here in Spain, there’s a lot less people who’s good at English compared to the countries you visited. One thing I loved while studying in Sweden was that the American TV shows were not dubbed but had subtitles so people were a lot more exposed to English and I think the learning of English is more focused on communication rather than in grammar. And the best thing (for someone who had no idea of Swedish like me) is that you can communicate in English with everyone, even with the elder people. However, unless you go to a big city, it is difficult to find that in Spain, someone who can have a fluent conversation in English. It is better than it is used to be, though.

    • tatiana lopes
      tatiana lopes

      I was about to comment on that. It depends from country to country really. Spain and another countries like it (France, Germany) are more of an exception because they dub everything. Which annoys the hell out of me when I travel to those countries. But that doesn’t happen in all south countries, here in Portugal we don’t dub stuff. Only cartoons for kids. Even simpsons and such have subtitles. So that makes it really easy for everyone to learn English.

      • Adriana

        I knew that Italy and France dubbed everything like we do in Spain. I didn’t know about Portugal not dubbing and using subtitles instead. I think that’s great!! Such exposure to the language helps people to learn English. Or even other languages because I met to Romanian girls in Sweden who could speak a little of Spanish because they had watched latin american soap operas. Of course they had a funny accent but I thought it was awesome!

  110. Justine ~

    Hey guys ! I’m French and I went 3 weeks in Japan, and
    went to the school of my exchange student. The first thing that strikes me in
    their English lessons, it’s the lack of participation of the student, and I don’t
    know but I think that it’s the same in Korea. The teacher was speaking all alone
    in front of the blackboard and explaining vocabulary and grammar for 1 hour.
    Only the English teacher from abroad (America or Europe) was trying to make the
    student speak in class, but they really can’t make phrases by their own or
    start talking.

    In France, we always have to talk in Engilsh class, and we
    are evaluated on our participation in class, and for final exams, we often have
    an verbal (don’t know if it’s the right term ><) test and a written test.
    (But a lot of French students still really bad english speakers xD)

    I talked about it with the French teacher of the school (who also teach
    English) and he told me that most of the Japanese student only learn for their
    exams, and it’s very hard for him to make them speak in front of the class,
    because it’s not in their culture of learning.

    Also english is a european language, so it’s easier for european people to
    learn it, since it’s the same type of grammar and the same etymology for a lot of words. It’s like
    if all the eurpoean student was teached Chinese for their first language. It
    would be drama xD

    So I don’t think they are bad at learning language or anything, it’s just
    that it’s so different from their own language that it becomes really difficult
    to learn, and I think the system of education with only written tests is not
    really helping…

  111. Eva Wienk

    Dear Simon and Martina, please don’t call my country Holland as it makes me cringe. When refering to Holland you are talking about North- and South-Holland which is only 1/6th of our country and thus technically incorrect.

    I am guessing that where they offered you weed was here as it is legal to smoke funny smelling cigarettes and I still think the biggest difference between us and other countries is acceptance of homosexuality as we were the first to instate gay marriage. Woot, go The Netherlands! (Also, the cows aren’t really a good thing as they produce almost double the Methane than all our cars together..)

    I think a lot of our English actually comes from the tv. Almost all our series are English with Dutch subtitles, I personally learned English from watching a lot of cartoonnetwork when I was younger.. In particular Dragonball Z, haha. There’s also a lot of dual-languaged kindergartens popping up up as that is supposedly the age you learn new languages the fastest.

  112. Stefania Georgiadi

    I don’t think that space has so much to do with cheese! I am from Greece which is a small country, but we produce a lot of cheese… It seems like every part of the countryside is producing a different kind of cheese that you can only find there. Maybe in Korean cuisine there is no interest in many kinds of cheese??
    I went to Norway for a semester and it was SOOOOO expensive! I think I spent all my money at the supermarket while I was there! The food I missed the most there was also cheese! They didn’t have a variety of white cheese and I could not find feta cheese anywhere….. I also missed the yogurt! I didn’t know that abroad what they call yogurt is something between greek yogurt and milk.

  113. Danique
    Danique

    And the buildings in Korea may be not so good because of the war indeed. After the war they (and Japan also after ww2) wanted to be on their feet very, very quickly, hence the fast rebuilding with the not so good structures.

  114. Danique
    Danique

    About the vikings: c.g.p grey has a video about it! (5 misconceptions rundown)

  115. “What does the Spudgy say?” should be your next T-shirt. Jinjja.

  116. Marthie Elice

    Yes, I’m not sure if The Fox reached Korea, but it reach almost every where else xD The view count on Youtube says 153 million

  117. bingulicious

    I’m a Norwegian Nasty and it’s fun to hear your views on our continent! ^_^ Glad to see you’re back safe and had fun on your tour!! But it’s sad that you experienced that Norway is expensive, but it’s true and it sucks.. ♥ Hahahaa so fun that you know about The Fox awhh!! :D WE MISS YOU! x

  118. Sung Soh

    The most important reason why Europeans learn English much easier than Asians is that their languages are very similar to English. To the extent that often translation by substituting word-by-word produces passable expression. Also pronunciation is very similar, sharing most alphabet sounds. Then all Europeans have to do to learn English is memorize vocabularies and substitute, while Koreans have to change the whole way of thinking and pronouncing to become fluent in English, which is very very difficult. So it is not because Koreans use inefficient teaching method that Koreans can’t learn English. You can see Japanese and Chinese also have same English learning difficulty as Koreans. Are they all so stupid and unenlightened? I don’t think so. The difficulty in fact comes from the drastic difference in language system and can not be easily overcome just by introducing so called “efficient teaching method”. If you apply the same teaching methods to Europeans and Koreans, Europeans will learn English much faster than Koreans because of the similarity of their native languages to English.

    • NaToTheWak

      I agree, but I’d still like to point that I when I traveled to Vietnam, I was absolutely amazed at the children’s level of English, and the language is nothing close! I think it was because most TV programs for children were in English with subs. In Cambodia everything is doubled, and children have much more difficulties to learn English. The same can be observed in Europe: in Northern Europe, most programs are in original version, and people speak very good English, while in France, Italy and Spain, everything is doubled and the English level is super crappy. I don’t know about Korea, but I guess that since there is a huge local entertainment industry, people aren’t that exposed to TV programs or movies in English.

      • “France, Italy and Spain, everything is doubled and the English level is super crappy.”
        exactly lol

        • Tesshan

          That is actually a stereotype. In some parts parts of these countries you can have very good teachers and learn to speak English fluently. I am from the north of Italy and I went to a German speaking school there, learned also English and French and my teachers were from France and Ireland. I think it helps a lot if the teacher is mother tongue.
          In italian tv everything is dubbed…and the dubbing is done amazingly. I can see the difference with German tv were it is not done that nicely. In Italy it is considered an art… :p
          Watching everything in original is cool as well but I still live the italian voice they use for Keanu Reeves or Russel Crowe.
          I travelled around Australia and live down under is different than Europe and it opened my mind a lot.

        • NaToTheWak

          To me your example is just adding to the stereotype, since the Italian Tyroll has a strong germanic cultures, and German / Austrian are known to be good at languages! It’s rather making the previous point than dismissing it! ^^

        • Tesshan

          I was actually not talking about me only…i know lots of Spanish and French that speak very good English with very less accent. I just wanted to remark that saying that Spanish, French and Italian have a crappy English is not universally true. I also know Germans who lived for years in the UK but when they speak English I have lots of issues understanding them. Maybe another important point is when they start learning English. Until recently in Italy English classes started in middle school as opposed to other countries that have English in primary school. And sure reading and having English tv to listen to is helping a lot. I remember that Austrian and German tv was aired in dual audio so that you could choose if you wanted to listen to the original audio. This is available in Italy as well now…at least om some channels.

        • NaToTheWak

          Thank you for the clarification, but I don’t think anyone actually thought that 100% of Germans spoke English fluently while 100% of French, Italian and Spanish didn’t understand a word! As for starting early, it probably helps, but that’s not systematic either. At my school we started in Kindergarten, and several pupils from my class still couldn’t make a proper English sentence at 15 years old!

        • Tesshan

          Unfortunately some really think that way. For sure the best way is to start contact with the language at an early age and that does not only mean studying in school. At least that is my experience.

        • JenniferSakraida

          Hearing you say Italy considers dubbing an art makes a lot of Italian films make sense. I know there are good bit of Italian horrors that are dubbed in English (and MADE to be in English, never in Italian). A famous one would be Susperia, and many spaghetti westerns are like this too. I know for a fact this sort of decision is because the actors are from all over the world, mostly different parts of Europe, and America. It is also MUCH MUCH cheaper to not bother recording sound on location. Sounds silly to people who never filmed a something on film (not video) You have a sound machine, and a movie camera, and there are lots of precautions that one needs to take to get them to sync. Or for the sound to come out okay. Just think about how some EYK video the sound is icky because their mic dies out. SImon and Martina always point this out and apologize. Anyways, I realize I am getting off topic.

        • ullipant

          Just wanted to add my experience to what Tesshan said. I’m also from Italy, but not from the Italian Tyroll which as you said was influenced by germanic cultures.
          I’m from central/southern Italy and I can agree with you only if you’re talking about older generations. Infact as Tesshan said English learning is only a kinda recent thing, and aside from the dubbing (which is really amazingly made I must say), learning it in school started a bit late in age until a few years ago and dual audio in movies and tv shows is a thing that not all channels have yet.
          But to be honest I only learned English in middle/high school (and no, i never went to a language school, nor have I ever studied abroad) yet as you can see I’m still pretty fine with it. And like me most of my friends/people around my age.
          So yeah, northern Europe countries probably have it easier than us for said reasons, but It’s not like we are all a bunch of illiterates when it comes to English.

      • LillaMy

        I’m from Spain and I admit our English level is poor sometimes. It’s easy to see why though (not trying to feed the stereotype here XD Not everyone in Spain is crappy at English). TV is a great help when it comes to learning a language, and having TV programs in English with subs all the time, all your life… that helps… a lot. I can see it when I talk to my Portuguese friends (they don’t have dubbed TV). When it comes to grammar or writing we are more or less equal but they understand and speak more fluently than I do. If you don’t have that kind of help it’s really difficult to make progress because you only hear English at school, IF you are at school, 3-4 hours a week T_T which is nothing. Things are changing because of the Internet though ^-^

        Here in Spain dubbing started with a 40-years dictature as an easy way of censorship, and now people are used to it, it will never EVER go away. You guys are lucky for having it since the beginning ;) I don’t support dubbed TV because I like to learn new languages but in Spain dubbing is also considered an art (as Tesshan said about Italy), and voice actors are great. A little bit like the “seiyuu” concept in Japan :)

      • I agree, the English of most French people is very poor. Only those who are in business, tourism, or are studying English (in my experience) speak fluent English. The rest know just a couple phrases.

        • Emma Andersson

          My French teacher once told me that if you ask a person from France something in English, they won’t answer/shake their head/whatever. But if you ask them in French if they can speak English with you and THEN ask whatever you want to know, then they’ll be happy to oblige. Don’t know how much truth there is in this though.
          I’ve heard that this might be an Britain vs France thing? You know, France and GB was enemies for ages since they’ve been two of the most powerful nations in Europe in a long time. Rivalry still haven’t disappeared or something like that.

        • Ash3070
          Ash3070

          I’m from Ireland and in 6th class we went to France on a school tour (Yeah I know, we were really lucky :3 I don’t know of any schools that do that :3). Anyhow when we got there my teacher told us that if we needed to ask for help, to ask in Irish as they’d be less likely to mistake us for British kids and refuse us help :D x x x

        • Eliane

          Sometimes in the beginning of my stay in France, I would speak to them in French and they would just keep speaking to me in English which was so frustrating! Haha. English vs French – there’s definitely a lot of history there. But despite their dislike for the English, they use so many English words when they speak, which, for a Quebecer, is really weird. They just don’t have the same attitude towards their language that we do.

    • Parsacarly

      It probably helps in Europe that English is vaguely related to most of them, but then you have languages like Finnish, Estonian and Hungarian that aren’t even part of the Indo-European language family (their grammars are completely different to any other language I know about) and people from those countries have some of the best English I’ve encountered. I also know a great many Finnish people who went through exactly the same schooling system as the others and had as much exposure to the English programmes on TV but couldn’t speak a word (they probably understood a fair amount though to be fair). So I guess when it comes to learning languages it really comes down to teaching methods, access to the language (whether on TV or having friends who speak it) and also motivation to learn. I don’t think it matters where you come from or what your native language is. But it is unfortunate that English has taken on the position as main second language that everyone has to learn regardless of one’s native language – it’d be far better for Korean students to learn a language like Japanese first (which has similar sentence structure at least) and then maybe English, because once you learn one language it’s easier the second time.

      • yuki kokoro

        I don’t agree with that. My native language is French and I learned English first, which both are fairly close languages and now I’m learning Korean and it’s really hard. I don’t think that it’s only because I’m older. I think it’s because, like Sung Soh said, it’s a really different language. I tipped my toes in Spanish and it was so easy you can’t even imagine it if you haven’t tried to learn a language that is super close to your mother tongue. I don’t know what languages you learned first and second, but it definitely can’t be generalize for everyone and every language. Try learning Chinese characters and I guarantee you it will be hard weather it’s your second or fifth language!

        • Parsacarly

          I learnt my first second language when I was 17/18 – so I started really late. I learnt Finnish – and it was through exposure (because I lived there for a year) and motivation that I managed to learnt to speak – but I learnt like a child would learn so I haven’t had any formal lessons and I can’t read and write very well. There are no equivalents when it comes to English and Finnish – maybe it’s easier with a formal training – I don’t know. But since then I’ve taken up both Italian and Korean at university and I can read and write in Italian but not speak (I have no exposure and unfortunately little motivation at the moment), whereas I have a lot of motivation and exposure to Korean, so I’m picking it up quite quickly, despite the different syntax, grammar, alphabet etc. In my case I benefited from learning a language so different from my own (English) first. It made Italian really easy and it’s helped with the abstract nature of Korean (the grammar of which is far simpler than Finnish from what I’ve learnt so far). So I agree – you can’t generalise and everyone has different experiences but those were just some observations I’ve made since learning/studying a few quite diverse languages (I also once took a 6 month course of Russian in Finnish).

        • wavewalker

          I fully agree to that. My native language is German, and learning French and English just came naturally. Hell, I can sometimes even understand written Spanish, Italian, Swedish or connected languages without ever having studied them just because they are similar. Then I started studying Japanese in university, and it was hell. First, there is no connection between the vocabulary (only if it comes to Anglicisms), and syntax/grammar structure are totally different. While I can say that theoretical versus practical teaching does play its part (school language classes around here tend to be highly practical, while university classes are much more theoretical), the huge gap between the languages is what makes learning them the hardest.
          I also talked about this to a lot of Chinese/Korean classmates in my language class in Japan, and they confirmed. While they did learn Japanese very quickly (in comparison to us non-East-Asians muddling along), they had huge problems with our languages.

        • Ash3070
          Ash3070

          I must be really weird then :/ I started learning french when I was 12 for my state exams but ended up getting a state exemption when I was 14 and was told I’d never be able to learn languages. However when I was 16 I started learning Japanese and took to it really well. The difference is I tried to learn french in school because it was a requirement of the state. However I had an actual INTEREST in learning Japanese and did it in my own time. You can put as much money you want into education, but unless students are motivated it won’t work well. That said, Koreans are really dedicated to education so it seems like an anomaly to me :/ x x x

        • yuki kokoro

          That’s not weird that’s normal! Motivation plays a HUGE factor! I thought we were comparing with equal motivation levels or else it’s not fair at all. Maybe Korean schools have problems with their motivation levels? Maybe students don’t feel like English is as important as their parents do?

        • Ash3070
          Ash3070

          That’s the thing though :/ It doesn’t seem like korean students have a problem with motivation in terms of general motivation. I mean S&M talked in a td;dr in length about how hard Korean students study. Though maybe it’s english itself? Maybe the schools/government aren’t doing enough to advertise the benefits of having good english? Maybe they should introduce some incentives to improve their english. Or maybe introduce oral tests?
          For example, I’m from Ireland so Irish is my 2nd language (technically XD). For our state exams our overall grade was based on an oral exam (30%), an aural/listening exam (20%) and a written exam (50%). Therefore it’s very, very difficult to get the 40% pass without having some knowledge (I’m sure that”s spelt wrong >.<) of the spoken language. My classmates who KEPT french had their test divided up; 10% aural, 20% oral & 70% written.
          Another idea is to prioritise english over other subjects. In my country you could choose to do your subjects at 2 levels; ordinary (basic) or higher (advanced). Our college system is based on a points system with the max you can get is usually 600 points. Higher level gives you more points then ordinary level (unless it's, for example, and A student in ordinary level vs. a D student in higher). The more points you get, the better college opportunities you have. A few years ago the government decided they wanted more students to be better and maths. So they said that students who did very well in higher level maths could have an extra 20 points (bringing the max total to 620).

          tl;dr: perhaps they should introduce an oral exam or offer more incentives for students who do well in english.

        • yuki kokoro

          I guess it’s not only feeling that you *should* know English, I think motivation is more than that. It’s wanting to improve yourself and be ready to do more than what the school system asks of you. Watching TV in English, reading books in English, even jabber in English on a forum. It’s exactly how I managed to learn English for real because even after years of formal English classes in 1999, I was still really bad at English. I sincerely hope that things are better now where I live and also that English classes in Korea are better than what I had too but I still think that it’s still necessary to do more, especially if you are learning a language that is so different from your mother tongue.

          I think that a big incentive is internet. There are things that you miss on internet if you don’t understand English. Maybe Koreans were a little bit isolated with their own search engine and all. I am pretty sure that when I typed in French in google, I had many times seen English pages popping up and I can’t see how it could happen if you type in Korean.

        • Adam Bowen

          I, an English speaking American, picked up Chinese so quickly when I was in (grade 6) Middle School it was unreal. Chinese is 100% unrelated to English, yet I picked it up perfectly. I still (now in grade 11) can read it so well, even though I stopped having Chinese classes in grade 8. My mind was a sponge in Middle School, it had nothing truly to do with difficulty and everything to do with my ability to learn new languages.

          Lately, I have been trying to pick up Korean, and it is a bit harder. But that difficulty is due to my being older now. It is a thing in ALL people’s brains that after childhood it becomes WAY harder to acquire new languages, no one, no one, can avoid this loss of language acquiring skill, any difficulty is due to teacher insufficiency, lack of effort, or the brain’s lack of capacity to quickly learn languages.

      • BLAQ Finiks

        Oh, yes, I agree! Not so as teaching methods but the actuall ACCESS & MOTIVATION to the language is very important.
        Taking as an example myself (I’m native Russian, and everything foreign is dubbed into Russian on TV), school English doesn’t give you a f*** to the speaking abilities nor does the privat teaching (did both, and I’m really fast at learning languages not to brag :P ).
        My speaking abilitues drastically improved only when I started watching movies IN English WITH English subs (or movies & programs in other languages i don’t know but still with Eng.subs). At first I paused like every second to read the subs cos I couldn’t catch up with the speech to understand what’s going on but later I caught myself not reading subs anymore! And I started to be much more comfortable speaking to others in English when I’m abroad too~^^
        I’d dissagree on your pov to English being the main second language is unfortunate.
        It used to be French but hell, I’m so happy it’s not any more (I love French, it’s a beautiful language, but its grammar & spelling…. -___-” ), English is the EASIEST language to learn: it’s structured, fixed, pronounced (almost) the same as written, accessable and there’s no declension, conjugations like in the mentioned French).
        Btw I’m not sure but I heard many Koreans (at least elder ones) know Japanese, it has not only similar sentence structure but the words themselves are pretty similar to Korean (I don’t speak any Japanese whatsoever but knowing a bit of Korean, it’s pretty easy to notice ;) )

        • Parsacarly

          You speak Indo-European languages though, so English is a lot closer than it is to Korean or Japanese – I say this as a native English speaker, who knows that most native English speakers don’t speak it as well as non-natives often can…
          I agree with you on how important access and motivation are though! and TV and music are the best mediums I’ve found – I knew I was getting better at Finnish the moment I watched Totoro in Japanese (I have no Japanese either) for the first time with Finnish subs and could tell exactly what was happening! And after that I started watching more Finnish programmes and got into more bands.

    • pepperandice

      agree that it is very different but i dont think you can discount more efficient teaching methods, proper immersion(as in their example of conversational english) is a huge aid to learning a second language, in singapore our main and official language in schools is english but in general everyone HAS to learn a second language which is mainly mandarin, malay or tamil, usually respectively chosen by chinese, malay and indians which are the three main races in singapore. im chinese and Any mandarin immersion around me came in the form of tv(subtitled in english mind you) or occasionally having to speak to older people who couldnt speak english well, but this was extremely rare for me and most of my friends, we came from english speaking families, spoke to each other in english, mainly watched english shows, never read mandarin books, the most mandarin we would speak or read in a year would be in mandarin class in school where we still spoke to each other in english anyway lol, only to the teacher in mandarin. i know its not exactly similar as english in korea because theres no racial context of learning english like we do with learning our 2nd languages, but i feel like i can draw a parallel with chinese being so not a part of my life except through the media and school, making it no different from a korean kid watching subtitled american shows and learning english in class. in fact the ONLY reason i can still speak and read chinese somewhat fluently is because i got into taiwanese dramas and variety shows when i was a teen and watched it for years, all the while struggling with the stock way with which my teachers taught mandarin (exam based as s n m say). Any complicated phrases or words that i know, or id even go so far as to say the fact that i can even string a sentence together today(my chinese is crap but iv met alot of sgpn chinese who know it wayy worse than me lol), were maintained by tv more than whatever my teachers tried to rote teach into us(im not kidding when i say 90 percent of exams was just about proving how much of a memorization ninja you could be, not actually integrating these phrases into your vocab through more ‘natural’ exposure and use if you get what i mean).

    • Sijetais

      Hmm that is a good point, most asian languages have different language structures than English.

      I am Singaporean, and we can speak both English and Chinese fluently. But perhaps this is because we have learnt both languages since birth.

  119. BlackDog

    As far as personal experiences go, whenever I travel outside Lithuania, I miss the speedy internet. It’s like a paradise here!
    Oh, and the country that had the most influence on me was actually… Canada! I haven’t encountered such level of friendliness and helpfulness anywhere else. I could write a book and call it ‘The Friendly Canadians’. Usually, it would take 3 seconds of standing dumbfounded with a map before someone would jump in and offer help.

  120. Nichkkun Park

    I love your love of cheese, but I don’t think our massive amount of space has anything to do with our cheese-production in the Netherlands. Holland is pretty small and (yes I googled it) is actually the ninth most densily polulated place in the world (South Korea is 7th). There’s no more excuse! We can fly in some extra cows and start cheesing!

  121. James Shannon

    You guys should come to Thailand …. amazing country!

  122. Kenny Cheng

    OMG. What Does the Fox Say…. some one was playing it on REPEAT 1 the entire day at uni :(

    Hope you guys make a What Does the Spudge Say parody :D

  123. Gracie グレイス

    I don’t even drink coffee and yet I want to go to Korea to try it. Just seems so…. cute (?) the Korean coffee culture. /K DRAMAS!!!!/

  124. Bethany

    So how easy is it to buy coffee beans, grinders, and french presses or hand drip devices for home use? I remember in your officetel tour you had at least one french press but I don’t know if you might have brought it from home. Didn’t you guys say it could cost upwards of 6$ for a drip coffee at a café? sheesh :/

  125. Going to Thailand, and especially Bangkok, made me realize that there are barely any people here (here being Sweden). Even in Stockholm, which is by far the biggest city in Sweden, it doesn’t feel crowded.

  126. haruchi
    haruchi

    I’m currently studying in Japan and I’m from Finland. Tell me about the cheese, milk and meat situation! It’s the same in Japan but yeah no land for keeping the cows so that’s why you get only processed cheese or more expensive normal cheese. Butter is not made out of milk (they call it butter but it’s more like margarin but still there’s product called margarin so it’s not really… oh jeez I don’t know what I put on my bread). The itself milk it tastes horrible and totally different from Finland! (kinda like warm milk) Meat is expensive, and there’s not a lot of it in food. As for bread, there’s many different breads but they are mostly the same (just the names are different like “roayl bread” “English fancy bread something” “Queen something”). I miss rye bread or even wholemeal! OTL But yeah if there’s not enough land for rice to feed everybody, of course they only have wheat here.
    But as in short, I agree with your cow theory! There’s a lot of land in Finland since there’s only 5 million of us. We have a lot of milk products and meat on every meal (unless you’re vegetarian).
    But needless to say, Japan has awesome things too compared to Finlad. Like cuter clothes and fashionable people! Everything is cute and I like it! Finland is just boring and un-creative with lots of things. As an example, so many here wear backbags but not really in Finland after 5th grade. Why? Because the backbags are boring or sporty. Here you can get a dotted one, with a hoodie, with a mascot… the list goes on! (I hope you know what I mean)
    As for the English… I’m at a university where there are students English as their major and their communication is bad. They know it themselves too. But it just makes me think that if their speaking ability is something we have before junior high in Finland, then how did they got into the university? It seems both Japan and Korea focus on reading, writing and remembering patterns. In Finland for example we don’t dub tv shows or movies so I’ve been hearing English all my life. It also helps with understanding the language and hearing different kind of conversation. Kinda like I’ve gotten used to hearing Japanese and learning words while watching anime and dramas.
    So there’s things that I miss from Finland but I know I will miss things from Japan when I get back home…

    • Parsacarly

      I was an exchange student in Finland so I also miss a lot of those things – not the dairy products because I’m from Australia, although I prefer Finnish cheese as a rule – but definitely ruisleipä, riisipiirakoita and also Finnish ice-cream (we have to put stuff in our ice-cream and chocolate to stop it from melting but it doesn’t taste great). The main thing I miss is sauna though – no one here understands sauna! Mä haluan käydä saunaan nyt heti!!! ^^

      • haruchi
        haruchi

        Yes! Ruisleipä and riisipiirakat! :D The ice cream in Finland does taste better than Japanese (must be the milk). Also Finnish chocolate is the best! haha Great to hear you liked it too! :D I miss going to sauna, there’s no relaxing place here where I could just think and calm down… And I didn’t know you can add something to food to stop it melting! :o Interesting…

        • Parsacarly

          haha – it doesn’t stop it melting – but I’m pretty sure they must use something – even European chocolate that we get here doesn’t taste the same! Actually I live near an Ikea and they sell tiny blocks of Fazer sininen and Geisha there! I get so excited every time! That does taste the same but I have to put it the fridge!
          How about Onsen? Or do they have something like Jjimjilbang in Japan? Nothing’s the same as a proper Finnish sauna but…

        • haruchi
          haruchi

          Yeah I thought so that it should melt at some point! haha They sell Fazer in IKEA there? Oh that’s cool! Great place to get your fix then! :D
          I haven’t been to onsen but it should have the same effect. Though hot water is different from hot air. I’d like to try though! They have saunas in some hotels. I’ve heard that you might be able to go to “Finnish sauna” when you’re staying at capsule hotel! :D I don’t think the saunas are that hot though or have actual kiuas… I’m planning to visit South Korea and I have to try jjimjilbang! :D

  127. Rachel Briney

    I spent two weeks in France last year and i went all over the country. I stayed in Paris. A little town called Blois. And the second biggest city, Lyon, and some others. Paris is soooo different from the rest of France. In Paris everyone speaks English because its part of their job but they don’t really like having to do that (I TOTALLY understand. how would you feel if you were a cashier and someone started randomly speaking to you in Tamil!! I’d be like “AYO! Here in AMURICA we speak ENGLISHHHHH…. mostly) but anywhos… outside of Paris things are 2 to 3 times cheaper and the people are so nice! You might not find that everyone speaks English fluently but they are willing to listen to your lacking french. Also, French fashion is a LOT different then fashion everywhere else. It might seem kind of drab but its just because they don’t actually were the funky or neon clothes. (thats how you tell the tourists) I asked a french friend and they say its classy and this way they aren’t drawing unwanted attention to themselves, but they still want to look good. (plus without the neon its easier to match). IN summary even the majority of the French don’t like the Parisians or Paris, they think its a little overrated and snobby… but preetttttttyyyy….

    The food’s great though!!! :)

  128. AnnaKonda

    Face it, outside of Asia convenience stores aren’t that that convenient.

  129. Angeline Juan

    *waves hands frantically* I can answer your question revolving the Viking helmet with horns!! (Well, this is technically what my Classics professor mentioned in lecture a few semesters ago, but I think this is cool information~)

    It’s true, Vikings did not wear helmets with horns or wings… if you think about it, they’d be pretty disadvantageous. Enemies could use those horns as leverage to slit throats, drag bodies along the ground [if the helmets were strapped]. It isn’t completely basless, however, to say that they didn’t exist: there are helmets with horns found, but according to historians they were most likely used by priests for religious ceremonies and the like. Those helmets with horns often had different emblems, jewels, and carvings–descriptions most definitely not suitable for battle.

    The origins of the horns/wings on the helmets for the Vikings stemmed from Ancient Greece in their writings about foreign lands. You can look at Diodorus Siculus’ “Bibliotheca Historia,” which had accounts of warriors from the northeast-ish with helmets of horned animals. The Thracians, a group of people described in Homer’s “Iliad,” were the kind-of-Hollywood-y barbarians the rest of the world is used to seeing today. (Pliny the Elder takes this a step further and talks about people with animal heads, hehehe.)

    Move forward a few centuries, and we have the actual birth of the horned–well, technically wings–Vikings: the Romantic period. Moving out of the Classics constraints, artists jumped into the Celtic and Germanic mythology and history. It wasn’t until the 1800s that a Swedish painter switched it up and created horns instead of wings. The reason why no one really stopped the movement in the first place was because no one really had a clue of what the helmets were really used for… artists built upon the past artists and then when it came to the motion picture adaptation and special effects and all that wonderful jazz…….yeah.

    TL;DR – It started off with ~artistic expression~

  130. I’m probably not going to comment properly until the troll is banned. My husband is getting really really angry reading those comments. He is really embarrassed at those troll posts trying to be pro Korea, and thinks it’s just embarrassing Korea. Whoever is doing it is not doing it for Korea, they are doing it for themselves.

    • fuuko4869

      If it makes you feel better, he isn’t Korean. His girlfriend is Korean, and I think he’s trying to fight for her country on her behalf (although it kinda backfired). I did warn him 3 times in the last 24 hours, but his behaviour just escalated. Sorry for not handling it better.

      • Angeline Juan

        *hugs* It’s okay, fuuko! You mods can only do so much!! I think I speak for a lot of us here on EYK that we appreciate you and the other nasty mods’ efforts to make the interwebz environment as pretty and awesome as possible. <3

      • Yeah saw the girlfriend bit. It’s hard to deal with these types of people. Has he been on other pages as well? Since he is outright calling Simon and Martina names can he just be banned completely?

        • fuuko4869

          Yea…he posted 30 comments on the Korea vs Australia page yesteday. You wouldn’t like it.

        • Haha yeah….. I bet his girlfriend must be so proud to have such a keyboard warrior as a boyfriend…………

        • fuuko4869

          Oh boy. You know, your first post was alright, but now you’re just going around insulting everyone.

          As to all those hate posts about Eat Your Kimchi, I am aware of them; I know who the people are and why they dislike EYK, and if there are any changes that can be made to improve this site, I pass it on to Simon and Matina. The issue about the artwork has been resolved. Also, I know exactly how they use their money, because I’ve been working for them for many years. I’ve also hung out with them, and can say that they are some of the loveliest, down to earth, and most honest people I’ve ever met. I’m sorry that you don’t feel the same.

          Anyway, until you can somehow articulate yourself in a way that is respectful to the other people on this site, I’m afraid I’ll have to keep banning you. It’s just the rules of this forum.

        • nugnug

          You go Glen Coco.

        • Michalin AH

          “they are some of the loveliest, down to earth, and most honest people I’ve ever met” -> YES THEY ARE – I don’t know them as well as you do, obviously ~ but they impressed me with their kindnes & sincerity at our fanmeet in Poland!

      • AgraPride

        fuuko, you know that you work for a VERY DISHONEST, CORRUPT, RACIST couple? Have you read OTHER blogs or posts about them? I know we tend to see or hear things that we ONLY WANT to hear or see but I think need start being more aware of people around you and pay attention to the opinions of EYK haters. I mean when people dislike something, there’s a REASON for it. Make sure the COUPLE you are working for is using their donated money wisely. =) I’ve heard rumors that they are not spending it on things they are supposed to be spending it on.

        PS> I came across another website where this girl was complaining of the EYK couple STEALING her art work or something? I don’t know the details. Just google it.

        YOU GUYS ARE JUST DISGUSTING. Pretentious evil bastards

        • I don’t know why I’m even bothering to reply to this… but you have your facts wrong. EYK haters are a very small group compared to all the people that love them. Everything that is popular has haters as well. Haters often have their information wrong as well and spread rumours. For example, that artwork issue is resolved, and it wasn’t stolen. If you’d just googled a little harder you would have found that out.

    • AgraPride

      What is there to be EMBARRASSED about? I don’t give a FLYING F*** what your UNINFORMED husband thinks. If he is Korean, he should know how offensive things that the EATYOURKIMCHI couple posted here can be to some Koreans. Not only am I entitled to my opinions, as a FUTURE Korean citizen, I have every right to be here to inform the uninformed and make dumb, irresponsible people own up to their mistakes and answer for their actions. I’m going to be a Korean citizen very soon and I’m EXTREMELY proud that I will be a citizen of one of the most powerful, developed countries in the world. STOP BADMOUTHING MY COUNTRY!

      BTW, my girlfriend told me that most Koreans in Australia are a disgrace to Korea; only losers who fail to achieve what they want in Korea move to Australia / NZ.

    • AgraPride

      People who don’t make it to universities in the US / UK go to Australia and NZ but Korean companies / institutions no longer accept Australian / NZ degrees. If you have one and want to find a job in Korea, try taking it to one of the Hagwons and maybe you can teach kids for a little more than 2 million Won / month.

    • Ah. Sorry about that. We posted this and went to sleep, and then woke up and saw the commenter. He’s gone now. We were warned about him before, but we didn’t know exactly how big of an ass he’d be. Sorry :(

      • fuuko4869

        What are you apologising for? It’s my own fault for not being strict enough :/

        • I’m sorry that one guy is ruining the conversation for other people. It makes me sad, because I like the comment section a lot, and for one asshat to blare his trumpet and make everyone uncomfortable ruins the environment and – in this case – dampens the conversations that we’re having and could be having.

        • Sandra

          Simon and Martina – never ever let people like him get to you – do you here me! (?) Your are really fun, cute and adorable people!! <3

          … If he's that stupid not to notice it – then there is something seriously wrong with him.

          Love your comments, videos and always hopes you doing what you do :D

      • Don’t worry, we ended up just laughing at how big of an idiot he made himself seem. No one to blame except him.

      • CookieFairy

        Hi we’d like to inform you that the above article will be translated into Korean and shared on various Korean blogs like Daum and Naver. It would be interesting to hear what Koreans have to say about it =)

  131. cheshiresmadness

    It’s funny because I spent 5 weeks in France during the summer and I thought they were much more fashionable in Paris (compared to here in Canada). I spent four weeks in Lyon and one week in Paris and there were a lot of differences between the two cities. People in Lyon were a lot more polite and friendly, most everyone smiled and said hi even when we were just walking passed them. People invited us to go eat with them and made delicious food and showed us around. People in Paris were nice as well but a lot colder. I think it’s part of being in such a huge touristic city, versus a smaller city or village. Even in Canada people tend to be more friendly in smaller towns. We also spent a day in Geneva and it was similar but different as well! So many things going on everywhere, it felt like everyone was in a rush. We didn’t have time to interact a lot with people over there but they were always really nice when we asked for directions (the bus/tram system was so complicated!) I really wish I could travel more!

  132. Veronica S
    Veronica S

    You asked what I noticed about traveling to other countries. I spent 3 months in Switzerland, and I learned that each country has its stereotypes for what we consider people from other countries to fit into. (And is typical for the US too) I found that the people I spoke with believed/accepted the media’s representation of events as purely factual without taking into account any bias from the media outlet.
    Also,typically Europeans tend to dress in darker colors – especially in the winter (at least this is what i noticed in Switzerland, France, and Germany one December). Hope this helps.

  133. A few years ago, I traveled to the Netherlands and stayed with a family there. The family culture was way different than I was used to. I’m used to families eating one meal with each other, but when I was there we had 4 meals together a day. In the evenings, we’d go walking and see the sheep (so many fluffy fluffy sheep that I am horribly allergic to!). Actually, we walked a lot. The only few instances that we didn’t walk were when we rode the bus into the nearest city.

    The city wasn’t anything I’m used to either. When I think of a city I think of grungy litter strewn streets that made you try not to breathe through your nose. In the Netherlands, the city was MUCH older and was impeccable… Well, almost. What I litter I found were cigarette butts. Everywhere. There was no where in the city that had smoke free air. I stayed for 2wks and went used up my emergency inhaler. Other than that? Beautiful. I have about 100 pictures of just the architecture. My host family thought I was nuts for taking pictures of buildings. *shrug*

    Another thing that is different between the US and the Netherlands is that almost all the younger generation are multilingual. The daughter of my host family spoke 5 languages. O_O Woah. Unfortunately, the only English that I could understand was from that daughter. Lip reading different accents is HARD. But everyone there was really polite even though I felt really embarrassed when I had to have someone translate English for me. Politeness went beyond the language barrier though. I had just stepped off the train and was carrying my baggage down the stairs when someone came up beside me and took my bag. I was Shocked. I thought the guy was going to run off with my bag! But it turns out that he had decided I was a damsel in distress and wanted to be a gentleman. He walked me down the stairs and carried my heavy bag the whole way. It was very sweet. I watched him like a hawk the whole way and kept my hand on my bag as he carried it.. but still sweet.

  134. i’ve just spent the last six months in New Zealand as an exchange student and all I can say is that the cheese thing is totally true! I went to a lot of grocery stores in NZ and the most popular cheese i found was Tasty and Colby cheese. They sell it in 1 kg blocks which was soooo weird for me. (And they almost taste the same??????) And before that I used to live in Turkey for three years and it was just the same over there. I mean, every time we flew back to Germany to visit our Family my mom would bring an entire empty suitcase just to fill it with cheese for us and our friends in Turkey. So now that I think about it, maybe Europe has just a very unhealthy cheese obsession :D

    Also they sold milk in two or three liter bottles which was also new for me. I only know those 1 liter packs.
    And also the bread is sooooo different outside of Europe. Which really upsets me because I love German bread. For me the Kiwi bread is just like our toast. If you know what I mean?
    Hahaha, I keep on rambling over food. I’ll better stop now

    Anyways, I hope you guys had fun and come to Germany some time!

  135. Mary G (매리)

    I am so glad that kpop has ruined my mind. Anytime I hear “What does the fox say?” I start going “Ring Ding Ding Dong Ding Ding Dong” Thank you SHINee.

  136. Just traveled to Europe, then straight from there moved to Seoul and that is also my number one complaint: CHEESE!!
    If you find a block of some aged cheddar, etc. it’s gonna cost you about 13$ for a very small block.
    Canadianfavourites.com will be my pathway to cheese.

  137. Hannah

    WHERE’S THE SUBSCRIBE BUTTON?? MY LIFE IS LIE!!!

  138. i’ve just spent the last six months in New Zealand as an exchange student and all I can say is that the cheese thing is totally true! I went to a lot of grocery stores in NZ and the most popular cheese i found was Tasty and Colby cheese. They sell it in 1 kg blocks which was soooo weird for me. (And they almost taste the same??????) And before that I used to live in Turkey for three years and it was just the same over there. I mean, every time we flew back to Germany to visit our Family my mom would bring an entire empty suitcase just to fill it with cheese for us and our friends in Turkey. So now that I think about it, maybe Europe has just a very unhealthy cheese obsession :D
    Also they sold milk in two or three liter bottles which was also new for me. I only know those 1 liter packs.

    Anyways, I hope you guys had fun and come to Germany some time!

  139. Asian bread tends to be really sweet! Bread from Chinese bakeries tend to be deserts for me just because I find the sweetness sickening after a while. I can’t eat it like I would with American bread. I’ve also had the thick toast, which I call brick toast since that’s what I’ve seen it called in Taiwanese Cafes. Mine just had one topping and I’ve tried the chocolate and condensed milk. It’s really sweet after a while so it’s kind of hard to swallow, but I’m pretty use to that. I can see why others aren’t though. It’s just that bread isn’t a staple food like it is to Westerners, but a desert. So it’s a cultural thing.

    As for Europe, it’s so pretty! Omg. When I went to Europe, I loved, loved, loved the architecture! There’s something about old European architecture that is just amazing. I see the same thing when I go to China, which has pretty flat architecture. It’s just so boring after a while.

  140. cheshire26

    Please talk about Korea’s view on LGBT related issues and those who are gay for next week TL;DR! Thank you! :)

  141. Johannes Elmnäinen

    Alright, differences between Finland and Korea! I was born and raised in Finland, and have lived in South Korea for two months now, so I feel somewhat comfortable making some observations.

    #1 WHOA Finland is… clinical? I mean, it’s so clean and orderly. Nothing like Heukseok, my current neighborhood, could rise in Finland as the construction boards would block it right away. This is a good and a bad thing as I like the look of Finnish cities, but on the other hand I feel this relates to a certain lack of spontaneous happenings in Finland – at least in Seoul you can pretty much walk through a district and find something happening.

    #2 Finland is so small! My hometown has about 300 000 inhabitans (and it’s one of the large cities). Our capital, Helsinki, has about 1 000 000 in the “metro”politan area. Seoul has about 10 000 000 just in the special city area. I’m pretty sure that when I go back the place will feel like a ghost town.

    #3 Finland is more equal. South Korea is rapidly going away from the Confucian relationship model, but some features still linger. It’d actually be nice to get input on this (especially between equality between sexes) from people who’ve been to South Korea for longer periods.

    Tried to keep it compact, but I guess these kind of comparisons by their very nature take a lot of space O.o

    //edit: OH YEAH SMOKING. I’ll be so happy when my clothes won’t smell of cigarettes after club night. Or just eating out on fridays. C’mon Korea, respect my right to smoke-free air >:|

    • Michelle Karen

      Agreed about the ghost town. I had the chance to visit Finland very recently, and after living in Shanghai and Seoul, Helsinki just felt…empty. It was a wonderful city and I had some of the best food there, but it was bizarrely quiet.

  142. C. Snoopy
    C. Snoopy

    I’m guessing you were offered the weed in Paris..lol. A few of my friends actually went to Paris to study abroad and they all said that once they started speaking english someone asked them if they liked to smoke. Haha. But hey, I could be wrong.

    Ahahahaa. What does the fox say!! That started out in Norway didn’t it? It doesnt surprise me that you heard that in Europe.

  143. Amyaco

    What Does the Fox Say is also really big in the U.S. :)

  144. Alice Liu

    I studied abroad in England (& traveled to Paris and Portugal during two weekends), and the first thing I realized that had changed was that I was so freaking polite! Not that I was in any way impolite in the U.S. (currently a student at UCLA, hailing from the San Francisco area), but I think it was just everyone in England was very polite. Also, I had read all these travel tips and blogs about visiting France/Portugal and they all really stressed manners, which really was helpful because it really did help me out. In France, every person I talked to was so nice to me and smiled all the time – since I’m Chinese, I think it was pretty obvious that I wouldn’t know French but I studied really hard before I visited so I tried to use all the right words and everyone was, at the very worst, dismissive if not super nice (okay, super nice might be stretching it, but they definitely always paid attention to me, which I thought was good enough).

    ON THE FLIP SIDE, WOW ARE EUROPEAN GUYS FORWARD. In the four days I was in Paris, I was hit on at least once a day and even the guard who told me I couldn’t spend the night at the train station (long story) started asking for my number!! WHAT?! English guys, too. And I’m not like drop dead gorgeous in any way, so it was super uncomfortable – I remember very well that I was at a grocery store in London (yes, I lurve me some international grocery stores) and I said “Excuse me” and one of the guys I was moving past replied, “Ex-squeeeeeze me!” -____-”

    Anyway, I love travel! Hopefully I can really travel around Canada some day because ya’ll seem so wonderfully nice and have such BEAUTIFUL GARDENS GAWEAWGIALFKBNA SDB VANCOUVER. *eyes glaze over* Hey! You should do a TL;DR about your favorite places in Canada X]

  145. Normal Reasons to go to Korea: blahblahblah culture blah blah teaching blah blah family
    New, PASSIONATE Reason to go to Korea: COFFEE
    o.0

  146. Cyber_3
    Cyber_3

    It’s not exactly “overseas” but when I travelled from Canada down to San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, and NYC, I was blown away by the differences in restaurants and malls. You would think that they would be similar but food and clothes in America were way more expensive and many of the malls were kind of skanky, not the malls themselves, more like the people and attitudes? Also, compared with Toronto, all of them rolled up the rugs DAMNED early. Even San Fran – all the restaurants and shops – hell even the McD’s were all closed by 10pm? It was like a ghost town.

    I do agree with you that kpop has made me more fashionable and it’s definitely on the leading edge world-wide, it’s part of what got me into kpop in the first place. I can’t speak for the rest of the world in general, but if you want to go where the people EVERYWHERE are fashionable at all times, try Montreal. Even grandma going grocery shopping is dressed to the nines and in stilettos. And cheap? Whoa mama! If you are looking for tours next summer, I would seriously suggest going there from at least late-June to mid-July. All the big holiday weekends and Jazz and Comedy fests are on (FREE! – not crappy free but I-can’t-believe-this-awesome-sh*t-is-f***ing-free free!) and the shopping for clothes is to die for (both men and women). Bring your own wine to the restaurant too…..If you know how to work it, you could rent an apartment (fully furnished) for a month for ~$600 within easy walking distance of everything. Oh – and bagels! Even if you don’t like ‘em, you will after you try them in Montreal at 4am fresh from the fire. Don’t worry about the French, most people speak English very well, especially in the service industries. Yeah, I would totally live there again given the opportunity. If you go, I’ll find a way to go there too ;)

    P.S. Great TL;DR. It was the “skinny” aspect ratio but to be honest, after seeing so many vids from you guys lately and all the fan photos from the European tour, I think that it is the correct/realistic aspect ratio. So, use this one and don’t make yourselves look fat when you’re not? Glad that you are working on vids again but don’t burn out so soon…..livechat Friday?

  147. littleDramz

    I usually travel to big cities in other countries and Canadian big cities just don’t have that bustling vibe to me. Whenever I come back to Canada it feels like a ghost town. There’s so much space here that you could walk down the street and not cross a single human being, but you can be sure to see several animals. It sounds stereotypical but most of the time I find this to be accurate.

  148. About the infrastructure bit..

    I remember watching a documentary about how a departmental store in South Korea kind of just collapsed and killed a lot of people (it was a pink building I think) and they were explaining about how South Korea had a super economic boom which led to the fast-paced construction of buildings all over the cities.. to the extent that a lot of safety and construction procedures would be overlooked to save money/time etc.

    So that probably explains the general of a lot of the newer buildings in Seoul… and your ceiling leaks…

  149. Jocelyn Hubbard

    I learnt a lot about my own culture and how weird it is. I’m Australian and the strong sarcasm sense of humour does not translate at all in other countries! Australians also have a very big thing about never “cutting in line” as it is as socially acceptable as taking off your pants and crapping in the middle of the street (meaning people will tell you off if you go in front of them, they will tell to you to F**k off and get to the back…I think that also explains the road rage problem we have here too). Also I think every culture claims to have the most heaviest/craziest drinking culture compared to every other country. Finally Australia is so expensive! It is cheaper for me to travel overseas for a holiday compared to staying in Australia (shame really as I never been close to the outback nor left the East coast).

    Best experience for me was going to North Korea and seeing how people live in a total different system. Changed my life and my whole life perspective.

    • Jocelyn Hubbard

      Yeah there are many countries more developed than Australia. Considering there are only 23 Million citizens, that doesn’t surprise me at all. Korea is one of the main economies discussed in my international business classes along with other East Asian countries. Seoul is my second home and I love Seoul and Korea.

  150. I spent a year studying in France and there are definitely a lot of things that I had taken for granted in Canada! I think it’s an English culture thing that staring is seen as impolite because in France and in Quebec too apparently it’s completely fine. You catch someone staring at you because you’re speaking in English or don’t look like everyone else and they just keep on staring! It’s just something you have to get used to. Martina you’re definitely about the monochromatic fashion, France loves black, grey, white, beige, etc. They’re not big on bright colours but it’s part of their fashion. They’re really not quirky in their style but much more effortlessly cool in a grungy but refined kind of way. I’ll always remember after landing in Toronto after my time in France when I had just passed through security to catch my connecting flight this lady who touches me on the shoulder and whispers to me, “I’m sorry honey, but your belt is twisted! I just thought I’d let you know!”. Canadians are so sweet and polite. The French are polite but not necessarily friendly to strangers. It’s much more of a cold politeness. Breaking that wall is seriously difficult and I never managed with anyone my age but as I experienced with my host family, once you do, they’re great. I think you’re right in that visiting other countries really changes your perception on your own and what is seen as acceptable or proper behaviour and what the societal expectations are in different places. Accepting those changes in expectations can be tricky sometimes – require a lot of patience!

  151. I lived in Fukuoka, Japan for a while. Some issues I ran into were taking pictures in stores (not allowed) & smoking sections for restaurants. Being from CA – the smoking section part really annoyed me at this one restaurant. We went in & we were asked if we wanted smoking or non-smoking – we went for non-smoking. So the waiter took the smoking sign off of our table & moved to the next table while the guy at the table after that was smoking a cigar. Smoking in public places is illegal in California & basically has been my whole life.

    What was cool was that there was the “nimoca” card (or at least i think that’s what it was) that worked as a bus/subway/train pass but you could also load money onto it to use as a debit card in stores around the stations or convenience stores in general.

    Other great things about Japan is how convenient it is. Vending machines are everywhere & outside of the hot summer time – they are well stocked. There are so many different types of vending machines for drinks, food, or many other things. Then there’s the massive amount of convenient stores which offer a great variety of snack foods, bentous (which they even offer to microwave for you), & desserts. If you budget well enough then even people who can’t cook can easily get by in Japan food wise which is especially great for people who live in dorms which have shared kitchens (or don’t know how to use the appliances due to lack of language skills for us foreigners.)

    Something weird was when my host family came home with a “rental dog” – this was very awkward. The idea of renting a pet overnight or something just seems so odd. The poor dog also never made any noise, no barking, whimpering, not even from it moving around on the wooden floor. It made me fear just what kind of training the place had to do to insure the dogs would be silent. It also sounds so sad, a dog going to a new person’s home all of the time but never actually getting a place to call their own home where they could have a family to love them.

    It was weird in Fukuoka because a lot of places were basically down back alleys & such rather than on main streets. In the U.S. we’re taught to fear back alleys & not go in them alone (cause bad things seem to always happen there in our tv shows & movies) so it was awkward to have so many things in such places.

  152. Tru O-c

    Coming from Alaska, when I was living in Japan the thing that most shocked me, even though I already knew it was going to happen, was the difference in daylight. I live close to the arctic circle and i have almost complete daylight during the summer and almost complete darkness by the winter solstice… so living in a place that had things like summer stars or sunny winter mornings continually confused my perception of the time of year…

  153. Laura Tran

    GERING-DING-DING-DING-DING-GERING-GERING!

  154. thisisjustforfunval
    thisisjustforfunval

    What is the tortilla situation like in Korea?

    Honestly, as much bread is staple food, I eat way more tortillas and wonder if that’s something you can find readily in other countries. Heck it’s hard sometimes going to another city in the US and finding them in the quantity you do in my home town.

    • We’ve seen tortillas here in supermarkets, so they’re pretty easy to come by. Not a lot of varieties in tortillas, though.

      • thisisjustforfunval
        thisisjustforfunval

        Awesome, thanks for the answer :)

        Hopefully they aren’t sweet like the Korean bread you described. Although I’m thinking the tortillas may be imported and cost a pretty penny.

        Between seeing your beautiful European footage and my nieces pictures from her semester in Germany, I’m itching to go the Europe now. Thanks for sharing your adventures with us.

        • Guest

          You’re a angry little rage machine, aren’t you?

        • thisisjustforfunval
          thisisjustforfunval

          Not sure why you felt the need to be unnecessarily rude to me being that I wasn’t even discussing the topic you called me “uneducated” about. Simon and Martina, as well as everyone here, always welcome knowledge but not when it’s delivered in a rude disrespectful manner. Please consider what you say and who you are saying it to before you post next time.

    • Halophila
      Halophila

      Tortillas are pretty simple to make, and probably healthier if you make your own as they wont have so many preservatives.

  155. Lilli 릴리

    Come to Germany and taste the bread there, they have HUNDREDS of
    different kinds – I would say this country KNOWS HOW to make perfect
    beer AND bread!!!

  156. Tru O-c

    Hey Martina where did you get that hat? I’ve seen you with the black one and the tan one….and I seriously love them…

  157. andrea chan
    andrea chan

    ..Vikings don’t have horns?

    I was lied to my whole life. Will never watch How to Train your Dragon the same way D;

  158. Monika Zubkiewicz
    Monika Zubkiewicz

    My family in Poland is from farmland. Being from a bustling city where I live near one of the biggest malls in the country, it was a shock to live such a simple, farm life for three months (the first time).
    I feel like this experience definitely could translate wherever, but I felt so connected. I had a basic phone for communication with limited mins./texts so it was for emergencies and I used the computer for about an hour a day to check mail and skype with friends. I’m always surrounded by technology at home, but here I found myself doing traditional daily chores in tending to the farm. I found myself making dinner for the men in the family who were all working hard all day.

    But being around a group of people my age was fantastic! After they came home from work, we’d eat dinner together and just walk to our favorite convenience store to sit down, have a few drinks and talk. This ritual happened every night and somehow we’d manage to talk for five hours into the night.
    It’s a shame that I can’t this home-y feeling here. I feel like a completely different person in America and in Poland.

  159. Lexi_Lee

    I literally spent the past three days at work randomly saying “Blow your mind BIWOO BIWOO BIWOO” and then just doing the BIWOO part. I’m pretty sure I annoyed my shift manager XD

    • Jenny Equality Lau

      RANDOM HUG BECAUSE I HAVEN’T SEEN YOU IN FOREVER~!!!!!
      (And I read the continuations of the MYNAME story too and loved them~!!!)

      • Lexi_Lee

        JENNY!! *tackle hugs* How have you been, sweetie??

        • Jenny Equality Lau

          *hugs back*~!!!!!!
          I’ve been okay; mostly really, really busy between work and school and I don’t come on here often because the comment section likes to give me trouble when I’m on my phone, so I lurk around a little here and try to keep up with the K-pop world via Twitter.
          How have you been~?!?! <3

        • Lexi_Lee

          I have been busy with work, too. I don’t come here very often, either. I’ve been playing Pokemon Sapphire on my phone in my free time XD

        • Jenny Equality Lau

          O_O You can play Pokemon on your phone~?!?? That is awesome~!!!!!! Is this an app or something?

        • Lexi_Lee

          It’s a ROM haha. But I lost my physical copy many years ago on the move either to or from Washington state.

        • Jenny Equality Lau

          Dawwww…… :(
          *hugs chingu*~~

        • Lexi_Lee

          Eh, it’s not so bad. Like I said, I found a way to still play it ^^ So how have you been?

        • Jenny Equality Lau

          I’m alright. I’m spazzing all over the U-KISS -She’s Mine and Miss A – Hush pages because they’re both pretty gosh darned AMAZING~!!!!!! I really shouldn’t be spending so much time on it (Essay due tomorrow that I haven’t started yet…. “”””>.> ) but….. It’s Miss A and U-KISS~!!!! You should join me~ ^.^

        • Lexi_Lee

          Ah, I want to join you, but I’ve agreed to beta read three stories for someone and it’s taking all of my time D: That, and work. And sleep XD I’ll be sure to vote every day, though!

        • Jenny Equality Lau

          Dawww….. *hugs*
          be sure to sleep. Sleep is mucho important~!!!!!! It’s okay. I can understand being busy. I’ve pretty much been on a hiatus from the whole EYK world before this because school has been all like AHHHhhhhh~!!! but i think i’ve got most of it under control for now. ^.^
          HWAITING CHINGU~!!!!!

        • Lexi_Lee

          I sleep late. Always. But it’s come in handy recently because I’ve agreed to beta for a writer on AFF and since I work during my awake hours during the day, not sleeping until later gives me time to work on editing for them.

  160. Jealous of the cheese, so jealous, but you should come to NY for coffee (and for the love of everything, avoid starbucks), and jealous of the bread as well. All the videos you posted has so much food I want to try. ><

  161. The hornless vikings blows my mind! I hope I get to travel as much as you guise do. One day, it shall happen! #USNasties #EYKinUSA

  162. Dania Padilla

    OH MY DOG! PLEASE YES!can you really make What does the Spudgy say?:D
    That will be SOOOO AMAZING<3

    P.D.i glad you´re back guys:)

  163. LongClawTiger

    Lack of cheese and beef doesn’t deter me from wanting to visit Korea, but I seriously don’t think I could live there. That would be too much of a shock to my poor digestive track. And “What does the fox say” is very big here in the US as well. So no escaping it here. But I hope that doesn’t deter you from wanting to come visit us…especially those of us in the Southwestern US…Please…I will give lots of hugs… :)

    • Stephanie C

      The food is really good here in Korea. Not a deterrent to living here.

      • LongClawTiger

        I am sure whenever I manage to make a trip there, I will find so many wonderful things to try that I will take a totally different view of things. I guess I am just a total foodie and have a hard time imagining life without some of the most common comforts from home.

  164. Alicia Fisher

    I like your comment on English. I had a Serbian foreign exchange student live with my family. She learned all her English from watching American Television and studying it on her own. She was amazing at it. She also said a lot of her fluent English speaking friends learned the same way.

    • thisisjustforfunval
      thisisjustforfunval

      Television seems to be a major English teacher. Every single one of my friends who’s first language is Spanish learned English watching American Television. Even my Korean friend said the same thing as well, she learned English watching General Hospital.

      • My mom learned English watching Sesame Street with me when I was a kid :D

        • KatieKin

          Dude you need to stop being so rude to everyone on here all right. I’m not even part of this site and I know better than to call others stupid. There are better ways of getting your point across without being so mean. Like for instance you could have said. “I seems that the information that you have given isn’t quite correct and here is a link to show you.” Rather than calling someone uneducated.

        • Alicia Fisher

          Wow, this unnecessarily got out of hand.

        • Mary G (매리)

          Fun Story: My Korean friend learned English through watching the cartoon Digimon. He’s in his 20′s now but even now when he gets really mad, instead of cursing he shouts out different Digimon characters.
          EX: “ARIDRAMON! I missed the bus. Son of a Barbamon!”

        • Angeline Juan

          That is the coolest thing I’ve ever heard with regards to learning English language. :D

        • Cassandra Bosquet

          Sesame Street and Mr. Rodgers were also the ways I learned to speak English when I first moved to the states. When Big Bird would look right through the screen and ask a question, I knew I wanted to answer. I felt like he wanted to be my friend, so the 7 year old me would yammer and repear whatever I could until English words came out. I did find that most of the muppets cheered and continued despite whatever language I spoke, but darn tootin, I learned how to speak English. Today’s comment is brought to you by the letter B and the number 8.

        • Sonia C.
          Sonia C.

          When I was a little kid I moved from Honduras (Central America) to the USA, and my ESL homework was to watch American television for an hour each day with captions. The goal was to see how words were properly pronounced and spelled. BEST HOMEWORK EVER! So I mostly watched old sitcoms like, I dream of Jeannie, The Munster, I love Lucy and et al.

        • msmo

          samesies with me and my halmoni in california. :)

      • Alicia Fisher

        She watched Friends!

    • I think it helps that the grammar of European languages are a lot more similar to English than Asian grammar is. If you read literal, word-for-word translations of Chinese, Japanese, or Korean, you’d think Yoda was penning his memoirs.

  165. Madeline Mctavish

    I come from New Zealand and for christmas, I went over to Europe last year for christmas to spend time with my mother. A lot of things were similar but there were some major differences.

    1) – Every-freaking-body wears tracksuits or onesies. I was so surprised to walk down to Tescos and there’s a middle aged woman in PJs. Wierd……

    2)- Double decker everything. In Germany, they have double decker trains and busses and god knows what else when in New Zealand, you rarely see that kind of thing.

    3)- I was disappointed that it didn’t snow. :( It’s summer in December in NZ.

  166. Emilie

    Come to Wisconsin and eat our cheese. You know you want to! #UsNasties #EYKinUSA

    Also, I LOVE that you mentioned the “What Does the Fox Say?!” song! That song is GOLD!

  167. Magdalen

    Martiiinaaaaa~ …we’re going to need a hair tutorial <3 :B

  168. bigbangfosho
    bigbangfosho

    I really want to go to Europe now D: I’ve never been a huge cheese fan (DON’T BURN ME), but bread..oh yes. I want some of that.

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