September 11, 2015
As some of you might have seen from our previous videos, we mostly use Airbnbs whenever we travel. We like staying in houses that people from the area live in so we can experience the neighbourhoods and kinda feel like part of the town, while hotels sometimes feel inauthentic to me. So we used Airbnbs for every place we went to in the US, except for Houston, where we stayed with Leigh’s dad. We wanted to share those places with you now, in case you were curious or wanted some recommendations of good places to sleep in!
If you haven’t used Airbnb yet, you can sign up here for $25 off your first stay. And if you’re heading to any of the cities we stayed in, maybe you can go to the places we slept in and smell our residual B.O.! They’ll never be able to wash it out! Woohoo!
We’re almost done our major US Road Trip video (it’s massive!) and we’ve got a giant picture post coming up as well, with loads of stories, and that’s almost done, too. SO MUCH CONTENT! For now, though, here’s a list of the cool places we stayed in that you might want to check out if you’re traveling around the US.
This place was a welcome change from our first place in Vancouver, which wasn’t really our favourite so we’re not sharing it. Not that our Vancouver place was terrible. It was just small for four people. For two people it’d be great! Just…not for four…
In our place in Seattle, though, we had our own rooms! Leigh and Soo Zee had the basement and we had the upstairs so we could walk around naked. YAY FOR PRIVACY! And the place we stayed in was walking distance from some amazing restaurants, like Bourbon and Bones where we ate AMAZING food. It was also walking distance to a great diner that had mismatching cups and plates and phenomenal breakfast. Just great stuff. The location was super convenient, the place was lovely, and it had parking spots as well for both Eatyourkimchi Mobiles. We also were right beside a guy that builds designer boats or something, and we were there one afternoon when they called a moving company to lift out his latest boat creation, and the whole neighbourhood was there watching and taking pictures, and we felt like part of the community. It was great! We loved it here. Check it out if you’re visiting Seattle and want to watch some boats being moved out of backyards!
So, Grant’s Pass wasn’t actually one of the places we had an event in. We just needed a place to sleep for the night as we took a break driving from Seattle to San Francisco, which is too much for us to drive in one day. So we found this place, and holy crap was it ever awesome! It was the first Airbnb we ever did that we shared with the owner. Usually, when we book a place, we book the entire place to ourselves. At Grant’s Pass, though, we just rented the upstairs, while the owners were downstairs, but that wasn’t an issue. Their place was huge! HUGE! And it had a doggie! And we played with the doggie! I felt bad because when we first met the owners and started talking to them I got totally distracted by the doggie and started playing with it. Look man: I can’t focus around big active dogs!
And it also had a zipline and we freaking ziplined with the owners in their backyard. It was awesome. Real shame we couldn’t stay there for more than a day! Check it out here if you feel like ziplining in a massive place and playing with a lovely doggie that loves people. I mean, now that I put it that way how can you refuse?
We were SO SHOCKED at how gorgeous San Francisco is. WHOA. Like whoa whoa whoa. It looks like an anime. The area we stayed in was so cute, with lovely little houses, lots of nice shops and restaurants, and gorgeous graffiti art pieces everywhere. We were floored. The hills, though, were insane, and I have no idea how people can survive living there. You must have thighs like what. We sat in the backyard of the place and looked at the house and saw all the bistro lights around us and thought to ourselves, “you know, this looks like we’re level, but if you look at the place on the other side of the house we’re actually on a 45 degree angle.” Still, it was a super cute, old house, with a lovely cat, Shinjuku, who at first was standoffish but by the end of our stay there she totally fell in love with me and licked my beard. Cats can’t resist me! Well, North American cats at least. Korean cats hate me. I don’t know why. That’s not the point. Point is, check out the place if you feel like a nice place in San Francisco with a cute cat.
Yeah this place is easily the most expensive house I’ve been to in my entire life. It’s at the absolute highest part of Los Angeles. We could see the entire city from our place. It was so high that our ears popped when we drove up there. It was so high that there was no cellphone reception out there. It was so high that, and I’m not lying here, a freaking cloud went through our place. Really. We sat in the living room and watched a cloud go through our place. It was insane. It was gorgeous. It was something that I could never afford to live in ever, but with this Airbnb I was able to experience a weird lifestyle that I’d otherwise never experience otherwise. Seriously awesome. Way out of my league, but at least I could experience it once in my life. If you feel like staying at the place, be warned it’s pricy, but you can check it out here and live like a movie star.
Ok, so even though this wasn’t as big as our last place in Los Angeles, this was right up there with our favorite places. It was pretty much a perfect house. Like, nothing wrong with it whatsoever. Every door worked perfectly. The beds were huge. The shower was our dream shower, because Martina and I usually shower together, and when one person has the water hitting them the other person shivers in the back, but this one had sprays for the front AND THE BACK. It was heavenly! The place also had wireless speakers for every room, so we could play music everywhere. It was pretty rad, and we really liked it there. And the kitchen was massive! Perfect for cooking all the stuff we bought at the Whole Foods where some guy tried to pick up Martina. Ha! It’s not anywhere as expensive as the last place, so check it out here!
Oh this place was special. We were really worried when we were looking for a place in New York, because we know that if you’re in the heart of the city it’s gonna be tough finding a reasonably sized place. But this place was massive, AND right on St Marks! We pretty much stepped outside and were right in the thick of things, close to awesome restaurants and shops and cool people. That’s where someone tricked me into eating drugs! Other than that, we were able to walk around and get a great feel for the city. We saw awesome bars and speakeasies, an arcade that’s a bar as well, and just…it felt like the New York I saw in the movies, you know? It was perfect. If you’re visiting New York and want to get a feel for a city, you can’t get much better than this place. Just don’t accept candy from strangers because it might be drugs.
This was the last stop on our Meet Your Kimchi Tour, and it was such a lovely way to wrap it all up. At most of or Airbnbs we didn’t meet the hosts, but at this one the owner waited for us and told us all the secrets we needed to know about the area. Without her help we wouldn’t have known about the Viagra Triangle, for example. Yup. Viagra Triangle! And her place was huge. And it had a jacuzzi! Damn right son! It was also walking distance to downtown and to lots of other bars and restaurants as well, and was just ultra convenient. Check it out if you plan on visiting Chicago.
So, there you go! Those are the places we stayed in, and we had a great time in all of them. Hopefully you can use