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Slow City, South Korea

September 26, 2014

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Hey guise! Here’s Part 3 of the Eatyourkimchi Road Trip. Next week we’ll be out of Slow City and exploring a different area for some awesome food. But for now, peeeeaaaaacccceeee. Tranquility. And bugs. Lots of bugs.

Life was really different out here in Slow City. We’re used to the intensity of Seoul, the endless music, the people walking around everywhere, the buses determined to eat all other cars on the road. None of that was here in Slow City, though. I think I saw one traffic light in the city. When we went to eat at one of the, like, four restaurants we could find, they took their sweet old time. No one shouted. The loudest noises we heard were the crickets at night and the tires of the cars that drove by.

I doubt we could live here, or somewhere like here. We’re interested in living by the beach somewhere one of these years. Busan seems to be an obvious answer. But here things were just a bit too calm for us. It was great for a couple of days, though.

One of our favourite memories from this place was from right when we entered the city. You actually have to pay to get in. I think it was something like 1000 won or so. You can get in through the gate at the end of the bridge. On the other side of the gate we saw a fruit stand, and that’s where we bought the most delicious gigantic box of figs that lasted us throughout the couple of days we spent there. 10,000 won for twelve of the best figs I ever had.

Anyhow, now that we’re back out of Slow City and in the craziness of Seoul, we’re back to our hectic schedules. This week has been a bit wild for us. With YouTube FanFest this week, we’ve been shooting some really lovely videos, which we hope to share with you soon. And today’s the event for YouTube FanFest, where we’re about to perform in something like…5 hours. EEP! We should probably get dressed for that. And maybe eat some breakfast. Let’s go!

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  1. Hey! What’s the title of the BGM from 3:27 onwards? :)

    5 years ago
  2. Spiders & millipedes I can deal with. Hornets & wasps (not bees, mind you) are for me a different story. Love the shot with the praying mantis!

    5 years ago
  3. for some reason that palce reminded me of a manga that is called Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou…..as for the spider KILL IT WITH FIRE!!!!!

    5 years ago
  4. Man you guys are a bunch of wimps :P Creepy bugs are a part of everyday life in Australia. Those flooded salt flats looked so lovely though, definitely tranquil.

    5 years ago
  5. The sound of the crickets at the end blended into the sounds of the crickets outside my window.

    I was ok with the Praying Mantis and the Cricket….but the spiders? Nope Nope Nope Nope Nope. I probably would have ran half way back to Seoul! Seriously. I once got trapped INSIDE my house because a spider decided to build a web on the outside of my screen door. I opened my Storm door, saw the huge spider, said “Nope, I don’t have to go outside right now”, and closed the door. I wouldn’t have been able to get back into my house! Thankfully it was gone the next morning when I left for work and wasn’t there when I came home.

    Yeah. I’m terrified of spiders. I hyperventilate and cry and go semi-catatonic. I am getting slightly better though. I can kill little ones. I still cry but I can at least kill them.

    5 years ago
  6. I really liked the music, that and the food porn song. What are the song titles and musician(s), please?

    5 years ago
  7. Hey guys, I was wondering something…not all your live chats are uploaded onto YouTube are they? I was trying to find the one where you opened my fan mail I sent you but it doesn’t seem to exists. I wanted to watch it so I could be reminded what I sent you the first time since I am currently preparing to send you another. In case it might ring a bell and you could point me in a general direction, it was a package from Newfoundland and had Tim Hortons’ coffee and cappachunio mix in it.

    5 years ago
  8. OH MY GOD!!! OH MY GOD!!! OH MY GOD!!! DID YOU HAVE TO SHOW THAT MASSIVE ASS SCARY SPIDER???? i’m so freaked out now!!!! i’ve been REALLY scared of spiders more than usual lately cos apparently they’ll be bigger this autumn!! TT_TT i hate spiders….

    oh wow!! that sunken dock area reminds of that train track scene in Spirited Away!!

    5 years ago
  9. After reading all the comments I think I am the only one who liked the bugs. I am always catching spiders in the house and putting them back into their natural habitat. The praying mantis was absolutely cool looking. oh and the yellow and black spider was fat and fantastic. The only thing I freak out over is the flying cockroaches…then I run screaming. Anyway enjoyed the video, I am liking the videos that you show of Korea. It is nice you are getting out of the box.

    5 years ago
    • I wasn’t a big fan of the spiders, but you’re right about the praying mantis — he was beautiful!

      5 years ago
  10. Eep finding a giant millipede sounds super scary. >.< I have these giant brown spiders in my house that only like to come out at midnight like ninjas. It's funny cause they'll sit really still like 'oh if I don't move, this scary lady can't see me' before they meet their untimely ends. I keep telling the spiders to stay out of the house but nooo don't listen to me.

    5 years ago
  11. Holey, the bridge overflowing the water is so beautiful. Reminiscent of the train on water in Spirited Away, with its endless train tracks skimming underneath the water…

    (btw nice attempt at Apple hair Simon)

    5 years ago
  12. Ewwww bugs >< but beautiful around

    5 years ago
  13. Those horrible spiders! OMG! We have those here and my husband one morning on the way to leave, through the yard to head to work walked through a web and the spider got in his hair, but if it were me… Oh my I would have straight up had a heart attack AH! Chills just thinking about it, and watching the video, BUT! Other than the scary things, it was really beautiful and peaceful there :3

    5 years ago
  14. Where was from Nichola My Korean Husband? She would save you, not Hugh though, Hugh would be running with Martina to safety -.- especially with the millipede. BTW are you doing a WANK with them in their town if you ever go there?

    5 years ago
  15. I loved Martina’s crunchy reaction to bugs. I burst out laughing. And Simon’s pony tail ??? ㅋㅋㅋㅋ! Btw, I hope you do more kind of this wank. I enjoyed it as you showed Korea differently not like the one we usually see. Thank you EYK Crew.

    5 years ago
  16. I love Leigh on the balcony with the beer. She’s all like, “Shut your tongue in there! Now, back to the gentle sound of crickets…”

    5 years ago
  17. I like how everyone is commenting on the bugs and no one is commenting on how Simon’s hair looks. I like the little pony tail you have going on there, Simon.
    Also, the sound of crickets at the end is very relaxing.

    5 years ago
  18. Sometimes you see a spider so big you ask,”Oh, is that a crab?”

    5 years ago
  19. Martina show us more of your drawings please! It was adorable. Leigh, I liked the ending of the video with the darkness and the cricket sounds.

    5 years ago
  20. the yellow and black spider was a Garden spider, not dangerous.

    5 years ago
  21. Okay, maybe I shouldn’t of watched this before I get ready for bed. Guess what I’ll be dreaming about tonight! Creepy bug (#7, I think) was a praying mantis. One time when I got home from work I was reaching for the door handle to get into my garage and there was a mutant praying mantis! That thing was even bigger than the one in your video. I almost grabbed it because I really wasn’t paying attention. When I did see it I shrieked and jumped back like 10 feet. I then proceeded to walk around to the back of my house to use that door instead. I still shiver just thinking about it.

    5 years ago
  22. I saw that spider in the background during the ice cream video and was like “NOT UH! DO THEY NOT KNOW? WHY ARE YOU SITTING THERE WITH THE GIANT SPIDER BEHIND YOU?! LOOK BEHIND YOOOOOOOU! RUUUUUNNNNN!” I was peeking through my fingers at that part and pretty much throughout this video. yup.

    No I don’t have an irrational phobia about bugs/spiders or anything. Nope, nothing to see here ;P

    5 years ago
  23. What’s the song playing in the last part of the video? I love it ^^

    5 years ago
  24. Ok so clearly from the comments it is the general consensus. No more scary spider videos!!! Aaargh I hate spiders so much. I would’ve bailed so quickly from that dock never to return lol. Nice drawing though Martina :)

    5 years ago
  25. Argh, those spiders and bugs gave me the shivers! And I live in Australia- the land of poisonous spiders, snakes and murderous koalas! (OK… I made that last bit up).

    There’s always something about the country-side that is like “Ahhh! Relaxation!”, but then you start to miss the conveniences the city offers after about a week.

    5 years ago
    • We found eating the most challenging. Going out to eat, that is. We’re so used to having restaurants everywhere around us, and so driving out for 20-30 minutes to eat somewhere was baffling to us :)

      5 years ago
  26. OH GOD NOT THE BUGS. PLS SPARE MY EYESSSS

    5 years ago
  27. Even though it seemed really nice, to me Slow City looked like the insect version of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds. I am not a fan of bugs myself, so it left me feeling a bit twitchy. However, I was totally digging the music and feel of this video. Have fun and best of luck at the YouTube FanFest event!

    5 years ago
  28. Those bugs. Oh. My. God.
    Especially those huge spiders!! (soooo not a b ig fan of spiders)
    I don’t know how you guys survived with all the spiders, I would have just packed up and left the country-side xD haha

    5 years ago
  29. That dock really was very beautiful, even on a cloudy day. Did you guys try walking on it at night? I imagine that a clear sky and a bright moon would make the sight jaw-dropping. Might want to shut that jaw tight though… bugs might get into there *shiver*

    5 years ago
  30. First comment?

    5 years ago