October 24, 2013
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.