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Eatyourkimchi in Europe: Last Day

October 23, 2013

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Final Thoughts on Amsterdam

This is it, ladies and gentlemen, the last day from our European trip! We only had four hours or so the next day in Amsterdam before we had to catch our flight, so we couldn’t do as much as we wanted to do, but we did get to wander through the streets and look at a lot of your pretty buildings and canals. We didn’t smoke any funny smelling cigarettes, though. People are surprised when we tell them that it’s not really our thing, that we’ve never actually even TRIED it. Yes, we look and act like druggy hippies sometimes (or all the time, depending on how much you watch us), but…yeah! That’s not for us :D

We also posted a bunch of pictures from our time in Amsterdam, which you can see here. Ooh so pretty!

Goodbye, Europe!

Ok, so we talked a bit about this on camera, but we’re totally amazed and overwhelmed by this entire experience. We did events in four different countries to around 1700 people or so. People flew and drove in from countries OUTSIDE of the event so they could attend. When we went on stage and fumbled around awkwardly for a couple of hours we didn’t see judgmental faces from people who demanded their money back. We saw people smiling with us, laughing with us, talking with us. You’re – this is gonna be odd to say – you’re humans, not just text in the comment box. You’re real people and we got to meet you, and you were all so supportive and caring and fun, and we couldn’t be more flattered.

I don’t know what to say. Really. We live most of our lives online. We spend the majority of our days hermitted in our studio, sitting by the window and looking at the world outside, typing out words for blog posts, clicking on video editing tools, responding to comments online, and it all doesn’t feel real to us. It’s all digital. But at these events we saw faces, we saw people, smiling people, crying people, happy people, who are in the real world, in flesh and blood, affected by our videos. It’s a responsibility and an honor that’s way above our heads that we’re trying our hardest to not fail at.

We’re not trained to be entertainers on stage either. I know people run on stage and say stuff like “NEW YORK LET ME HEAR YOU MAKE SOME NOISE!” and then everyone shouts and the performers start doing sexy things and giving everyone a fun show. We go on stage like deers in headlights. We see so many people and we stutter and errrgh and ahhhh and feel nervous, but after seeing you all smile at us we get a lot more comfortable. It feels like we’re just at a big dinner table talking to our family, telling stories about what we did in Korea. We don’t feel like we’re being introduced to you, but reunited.

Thank you, everyone, for doing this for us. For inviting us to your countries. For inviting us into your spaces and into your lives. For coming on stage and sharing hugs. For taking pictures with us. These are memories we’ll save forever.

Thank you to all of the organizers for making this possible. We can’t just fly down somewhere and meet people. We don’t know how to set up venues. We don’t know our ways around the city. We’d be totally lost if it wasn’t for the people at Omona, Kpop Nonstop, Koreon, and Hallyucon who put this all together.

Lastly, Martina’s a Cheater McCheaterson for Bingo. First person to Bingo wins Bingo. We’re adults, not elementary school kids! If you want to play Bingo yourself, you can get our Bingo Sheets here! They’re PDFs, and you can’t really edit them unless you do something with them with Photoshop. Also, they’re both the same layout, so my sheet isn’t much different than Martina’s, only the names on the sheets are different. Yeah!

Otherwise, that’s it! Thanks again everyone for watching our journey, everyone. We hope this wasn’t too boring or off topic for you. Now, back to our regularly scheduled programs!

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