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Special Moments in Amsterdam

December 19, 2014

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So, here’s the last place we stayed in for our Ooh Euro Nasty Tour. There will be things to write about, but nothing, NOTHING is as important as:

The Swing

We found this awesome little AirBNB place in the funky part of Amsterdam, and I would say more things about it BUT IT HAS A SWING! A SWING DAMMIT! The lady was nice to meet us outside and to hand over the keys, and she let us in through the door and started showing us around. Right from the get go we were blown away at how beautiful it was. Honestly, this was the coolest place in our stop. We saved the best for last. The kitchen was gorgeous, the living room had a huge table, and as she was trying to show us more I saw the glory hanging from the ceiling. I interrupted her:

Is that a swing in the ceiling?
Yes, it is.
Does it work?
Yes, it does.
Can it take someone my weight?
Yes, it can.

From there on out I don’t remember her saying anything else. She showed everyone else what to do and where the keys are and blah blah blah. I didn’t care. This place had a swing. A swing. I stood up on the table and started unhooking it from the ceiling. She started saying something else about the garbage and I couldn’t remember. I got the swing down. I sat it in, slowly, to make sure it could handle my manliness. It did. Then I started swinging. She told me that there’s one rule: only face the other way. Totally cool. I will accept this rule. And that way looks better, anyways. So I started swinging.

You know, most of the blog posts I wrote for our European Trip I wrote long after leaving the place. I’m writing this now, on our first day in Amsterdam. I have no idea what else the video is about, because we didn’t film anything else. My swing part could be only 3 seconds of the final video. I have no clue. But I’m sitting down beside the swing now, looking at it lovingly, and I knew that this was when I had to write about the swing. Holy shit guise. It’s a gotdamned swing inside of a house.

I’ll let future me write the rest of what happens in this video. Sorry. Present me had to write about the swing NAO!

OK FUTURE ME IS HERE. Time to share some pictures!

So, a few stories and thoughts I want to share outside of our love for our last place we stayed in:

Amsterdam left a profound impact on me Seriously. I had such a wonderful time there. I loved the food. I loved the architecture. I loved the people. I loved biking. I loved the weather. I loved going for breakfast at the big bakery close to our place. I loved the fresh markets. I loved everyone’s attitudes. I loved it all so much that I seriously, seriously want to live there. Not like an “ohh yeah I’d live there,” kinda statement, but I want to actually look into how we could live in Amsterdam. And it’s not because we like drugs. We’re drug free, and I’ve never actually done weed in my life ever. That’s not the appeal. I just…I don’t know. It seems like things are done right there.

We’re not going to live in Korea forever. That much we know. We’d love to live in Japan for a bit as well. That much we know, too. But after this trip to Amsterdam, after the end of our Ooh Euro Nasty Tour, I’ve made up my mind that living in Europe is a life choice I’m committed to. We’ll eventually live in Europe. I don’t know when. I don’t know how. But I do know that it’ll happen, and Amsterdam seems like the prime contender for me, and I dream about living in Europe at least once a week. No joke.

Soo Zee almost killed a guy. It was our first time bike riding in Amsterdam, so we were thoroughly confused about the rules. The main one we were surprised by: traffic lights for bikes. I stopped at mine. Soo Zee…umm, didn’t, and drove her bike into the crotch of what I think was an Italian dude. He was fine afterwards, and Soo Zee was thoroughly apologetic and embarrassed. My teasing then didn’t help, that’s for sure, and I still tease her about it to this day. BONUS! I just found that we actually caught it on camera. I called her ducky out of panic, because I saw it happening in slow motion. Really, it’s something I’d expect Martina to do instead. Ha!

I got my first proper shave in Amsterdam. I went to this cool place called Cut Throat Barber. I got the hot towel, the ultra sharp straight edge, and – more interestingly – I also go the aftershave. Ahh…aftershave. The barber warned me beforehand that it was going to hurt. I asked him if I could yell, and he not only permitted it; he encouraged it. And, holy hell, it burned like hell, and I swore correspondingly. Thankfully there weren’t any kids there at the time. But everyone had a good laugh. I am rather creative with my profanity.

We’ve also got some extra scenes from today’s video, if you feel like some more fun. Check em out!

So, that’s it for this week’s WANK, and that’s it for our European Tour videos altogether! I hope you liked them. We had a blast everywhere we went, and we got to film lots of really fun stuff, I think. Now to start planning for next year’s tour and tour videos! US/Canada Tour, anyone? We’re trying to plan it. Let’s hope we can get all the pieces in order!

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  1. I can’t wait for a Canadian/American tour!! *on a side note is it possible to get the names of the songs used in this volg? I loved it!

    5 years ago
  2. Do you guys recall a dolphin statue nearby one of the canals? I took a picture there when i was a kid and for some reason I’ve been trying to find it on Google Maps : D

    5 years ago
  3. NOW I WANT A SWING INSIDE MY HOUSE!!

    I feel happy to hear that you guise would love to live in Europe. I’m from Spain so I kind of have this whole ‘European feeling’ underrated I guess….. I feel that Europe has amazing architecture and cuisine… but being from here it’s quite normal to want to live in other places such as America or Asia the same way you appreciate this area of the planet ;)

    5 years ago
  4. oh poor Soo See, but that makes me laugh like hell ;D

    5 years ago
  5. Canada tour? yeesshh come to Quebec ;D

    5 years ago
  6. I hope you can tour Canada and go in all or almost all provinces >3<
    And that if you do, I can go see you guys *^*

    Stop going to awesome places around the world, you make me wanna go there too and I don't have the moniiies ;A; (no but seriously, go on, it's fun to watch you guys have fun around the world haha)

    5 years ago
  7. OMG I need an inside swing.

    and ummm, do guys want some drum lessons from my brother?

    5 years ago
  8. If you do US / Canada, please, please PLEEEAAASSEEE come to Vancouver. I’ll even show you around n’stuff!

    5 years ago
  9. I WANT THAT HOUSE :)!!!!!!!

    5 years ago
  10. When I was little we used to have this indoor swing that clamped onto either side of the door frame! It was so awesome!

    I don’t think they make things like that anymore…probably for some good reason…

    5 years ago
  11. oh man i am SO JEALOUS!!!! i want a swing in my house!!!
    Hey Simon!! why you getting someone to push you on a swing for??? Think you’re Taemin now eh?? bwahahahaha!! *thinks of the time Taemin was on Yunhanam*

    5 years ago
  12. Hey there :) If you were to consider living in amsterdam I think you might want to consider some other dutch options. Amsterdam isn’t really very dutch. Then again for you that might be preferable.

    Anyway i highly recommend Utrecht, Groningen, Den Haag and Maastricht for places you should check out.

    5 years ago
  13. I’m really impressed by your cycling skills! I guess I’m kind of biassed, but I thought only dutch and danish people were that good at cycling without falling. Too bad for Soozie she hit someone, but hey, that happens to everyone every once in a while ;)

    5 years ago
  14. the best part was Soozee’s camera work. I almost peed my pants when she hit that guy.It looks like she did it on purpose. lol

    If you guise are doing us/canada you definitely should do east coast. New York ,Boston.Rhode island(hint,hint)I would show all the korean restaraunts But I’m sure you guise will want local food.

    5 years ago
  15. Soo Zee the mad bike rider haha. To be fair I’d say she was completely in Dutch bicycle rider mode. I ride a bicycle everywhere and I would be like “I can make it!”. You haven ridden a bicycle in the Netherlands unless you’ve cut a few people off and ran a few red lights.

    But I can imagine that you want to live in Amsterdam (just remember that it can be pretty expensive) it is a really cool town. Plus it enables you to see more of the Netherlands (a lot more cool towns here) and it is pretty easy to take a train (or plane) to Belgium or Germany.

    Just a shame you didn’t have a run in with some Amsterdam house stairs. Small stairs that go down at a very steep level.

    And I see that Simon’s barber was in the red light district. Oooohhh Simon you so nasty!

    5 years ago
    • See, people told me the same thing, that Amsterdam is expensive, but the rent there is actually CHEAPER than what we pay here in Korea, according to the prices people told us. Cheaper, and bigger, and with freaking SWINGS!

      5 years ago
  16. Oh poor SooZee, you didn’t even hit a good looking Italian guy, lol. If you guise come and live here, you can come live at my place yo! I’ll finally have people to cook for that will enjoy my food.

    5 years ago
    • Well, that’ll be a few years from now. Will the offer still stand by then? :)

      5 years ago
      • More than likely I’ll still be living here, hopefully in a bigger house, haha. xD So yes, the offer will still stand. :)

        5 years ago
  17. Guise, ever thought on making a trip to south America? There are so many awesome places and so many delicious foods you can enjoy over here. If you come to Argentina I will make sure you enjoy the best “asado” ever (Argentinian grilled meat). ;)

    5 years ago
    • We would love to, if we could! We just have no idea how to organize something like that, you know? But if someone wanted to help organize it, we’d totally be interested :)

      5 years ago
      • Guise, if you are serious about it just contact me and let me know everything I need to know in order to help you organize a 2015 tour in south América. I volunteer to help you with the reservations, flights, events you might go, as a translator (english-spanish), as your camera man and everything I can do. I’m 1000% serious. You have my email I believe. ;)

        5 years ago
      • that’s a great idea, count with a place in Puerto Madryn if you guise come to Argentina.
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puerto_Madryn

        5 years ago
  18. If you ever move to the Netherlands and need like.. An “Eat your Stroopwafel”-crew, I’ll definitely be sending my application! :D

    5 years ago
  19. aww Soo Zee it’s ok. We’ve all accidentally ran into Italian men while on bikes before. I mean now really but . . . umm *runs away*

    5 years ago
  20. Omg guys, I don’t know if it has the same connotation in canada but I think “Swinging” also means the act of having sex with other people, while being in a relationship with your partner’s consent. So seeing “Come watch us swing, while Soo Zee almost kills a guy” on Twitter was rather… amusing

    5 years ago