December 12, 2014
After our stints in Norway and Sweden, we headed over to Koln, Germany. We had a lot of time between our event in Sweden and Germany, and so we spent a lot of our free time recouperating from travel, finally getting over our jet lag, and finally doing a bit more adventuring. Though, we got really comfortable to an awesome place close by, and we didn’t venture too far out most nights :D
We ate and drank at the Braustelle Bar here every day of the week except for one. On the last day, we met one of the owners of the bar. Well, we started off by meeting his wife, who walked up to Martina and asked her if she was the Tooth Fairy. Martina was wearing the white Bunny Beany at the time and it looked like a tooth. We can now not unsee this.
Anyhow, we chatted with her and her husband, Sebastian, about beer in Germany, about the German Beer Purity law, how kraft beer isn’t allowed to be called beer, and how things are starting to change now. They were both cool people. I’d love to have shot an Anthony Bourdaine-like video with them, as we’d drink all his beer and eat all of his food. That Spatzle! Hot damn that Spatzle with some Goulash was just divine. And the Pink Panther was our favourite beer. Oh man. I miss this place so much now. It’s definitely got the strongest nostalgia factor for us when we think about our European trip. Yes, we arguably spent more time there than any other place combined, but, whoa, it was great. Here are some pics!
Otherwise, we had another really kick-ass place for our AirBNB. This place was owned by a guy, and ultra minimalistic. I LIKED IT! Soo Zee, Leigh, and Martina liked the place in Sweden more, but I preferred this place. It was roomier. It was surrounded by floor to ceiling windows that opened up and let fresh air flow throughout the apartment. The sunset was gorgeous. I remember sitting down on the balcony right around the gloaming hour. Martina was sick and asleep. Leigh and Soo Zee were out. The place was perfectly still and quiet. The clouds in Germany moved faster than any I’ve seen in Europe. And I sat there, staring at the sky as the sun took forever to set, and for a second I had one of those pure moments of tranquility, where I didn’t think about any due dates or projects, and I felt like I did when I was a child on a summer morning. I don’t get moments like that often. I was shocked, in fact. I then started thinking “holy crap how did I do that” and spent the rest of my time trying to catch that moment again, but I couldn’t.
Yes, that was a weird moment I just shared, but it was special to me, alright?! Alright! I just really liked staying at our place. If you’re heading to Koln, you can go to the same place here. If it’s your first time using AirBNB, sign up here for 28,000 won off your first stay. We’ve got some pics from it as well, including our favourite coffee shop which was really closeby.
We spent tons of time at Schamong Cafe as well. They were lovely! It was odd, because when we first went to their coffee shop, we were all wearing our Eatyourkimchi Crew hoodies. Those were our regular scrubbies that we’d wear when we didn’t want to dress up in public. Ha! The owner was very bemused by our sweaters. What is this crew we speak of? So, we explained as non-awkwardly as possible that we’re a YouTube video making studio. Is that what we’d call ourselves? How do you explain it to people who probably aren’t deep in YouTube culture? He was impressed, though, and offered us free coffee, which WE’RE ALL ABOUT. I’ll plug your free, delicious coffee, Schamong Cafe!
Ok more pics:
We went to the Dome. It was pretty! We spent more time in the shopping area, though. In fact, we had discovered something about ourselves and how we travel, and I’d like to know where you stand on this. Here’s what I think: if I’m hungry, I’d like to just walk around, find a restaurant that looks interesting, and eat there. Martina, on the other hand, would rather look it up online, find a good restaurant, and then get directions to that place. My reason for not liking that way: it takes too long. Why not stumble upon something awesome, like we did the Braustelle and Schamong? It feels more special if you discover something on your own, I think. Martina’s reason for not liking that way: what if we walk for 40 minutes and not find anything interesting? We’ll be hungrier and angrier. And more tired. And then what? How long do we walk until we give up? What’s your take?
Anyhow, the place we ate at was one that Martina found on her app. We walked around for half an hour until we gave up and then decided to find something online. When we found this one and walked to it, hilariously, it was right beside the shopping street that we were on to begin with, and we could have saved a lot of time just by crossing the street when we first got hungry. AH! Side note, we’ve got an Open the Happy video from this place coming tomorrow. Woot!
Otherwise, we’ve got some extra scenes from our video as well:
And, lastly, we’ve got one more bonus scene on our app. So many different videos on so many different places! So, even though we were supposed to chill in Germany, we still got loads of videos and pictures and stories from our stay. AND THUS ENDS OUR SUPERPOST. Damn this was big. One more next week. Woohoo!