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BELGIUM

What is your country known for? And do people always ask the same questions? While Belgium is known for waffles, Koreans can tend to get particularly stuck on this fact because “Belgium Waffles” or a brand claiming to be, are available in convenience stores and that’s all people associate with Belgium.

I saw a clip of JYP asking an Australian contestant on one of those audition shows how the kangaroos are in Australia or something. *Groan*.

And we have a new vlog up!

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Why Koreans don’t smell 8

If you read all the comics and blog posts, you already probably know about this. We made a video about it though!

We tried to keep it light-hearted so we are really sorry if we offend anyone. There are also many other things we could have talked about but just didn’t have time for. For example, what gene are children likely to get when one parent is Korean? Do pheromones in sweat cause some Koreans to be more attracted to someone who is very genetically different to them? Just because you have the more sweat glands and bacteria/sticky ear wax gene doesn’t automatically mean you smell bad- body odour varies a lot from person to person. Don’t be too paranoid, just be conscious of it.

Just last night we asked a Korean friend why they thought foreigners tended to smell more than Koreans and they said because Koreans go to the public baths and scrub their bodies there but foreigners don’t. Hehe.. a lot of misinformation around.

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FUN THINGS TO DO IN THE KOREAN COUNTRYSIDE IN WINTER 9

Hopefully people realise that was a very sarcastic video… haha. The funny thing is, all those shots of me messing around while waiting for a car to go by are real. No cars came for quite a while so I really was occupying myself while waiting for a car.

We wanted to show how boring it can be out here – even though we love it and get to experience things that city people don’t. I was also mimicking the way foreigners are sometimes used in advertising in Korea. I hope you enjoyed the awkwardness!

We show some actual stuff to do in the countryside in the newest vlog here:

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CHRISTMAS IN SEOUL! 3

Our lovely friends Simon and Martina from Eat Your Kimchi invited us to Seoul for Christmas. We had a Christmas party on Christmas eve. It’s actually pretty hard to get all these types of food in Korea so it was a lot of effort to have a party like this. But it made it extra special. Here is a quick video… mostly of food.

And here is a vlog combining several days. We actually had a lovely relaxing time over Christmas so there wasn’t a whole lot of stuff to film.

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Food Hard to Get 21

Food hard to get

Even though I know logically there are lots of food that are hard to get in Korea, especially if you live in the countryside, my brain seems to love dreaming about them. And for some reason I’m reveling in an avocado and sour cream shower… strange because I don’t always eat those foods together.

I’ve heard people say that their avocado experiences in Korea have always been disappointing so it’s one of the reasons why I don’t really try. In Australia I’d eat them almost every day, so I think chasing that past life may just make me homesick while trying to come to terms with a bad quality avocado.

However, sour cream is obtainable in Seoul so I may try to bring some of that back to the countryside.

But it seems that the longer I go without some of my favourite foods, the more ridiculous the dreams get. What ridiculous food dreams have you had?

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Making Kimchi 10

Making Kimchi

Here is our vlog from Saturday as well. You can see some of the kimchi making. If you want to see the vlogs as they are uploaded, make sure you subscribe to the vlogging channel.

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Pheasant 18

Pheasant

So many of our conversations seem to go like this. I will marvel at the beauty of an animal, while he is just thinking about how it tastes.

Yesterday’s vlog:

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Korean Traffic 15

Korean Traffic

I’ve been living in Korea for almost 1 year but I’m still not used to Korean traffic or how unsafe it is for pedestrians . We almost got mowed down by a church van, but as Mr Gwon pointed out, once they hit us and kill us it would be convenient if they drove us to heaven too.

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RANDOM STUFF IN SEOUL 1

This is some of what we did in Seoul on the weekend!

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Pepero Day 7

Pepero Day

No one told me that I didn’t have to eat them ALL on Pepero Day!…..just kidding. I did manage to eat about 4 boxes though…

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Iksan Ten Million Chrysanthemum Festival 1

For more information click here.

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Iksan Vlogs 2

Here are our vlogs in Iksan. We are here for the Iksan Ten Million Chrysanthemum Festival (익산천만송이국화축제). Information here.

Friday’s vlog:

Saturday’s vlog:

You can check out Dom and Hyo here.

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Racism in Korea 14

Serious topic! As with any serious topic, there are many aspects and we can’t cover all of them. We talk about where we feel Korea is at right now in regards to racism, our experiences and some of the things people should know when talking about racism in Korea. Also we talk about how it’s good to also look at racism in our own countries and what needs to be improved as well.

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Korea Drama Awards 4

Not only is the Jinju Lantern Festival on right now but there is also a Drama Festival. The Korea Drama Awards were also held and we decided to go check it out. We didn’t expect to see anyone but we happened to see the red carpet. We filmed what we could for all you Korean drama fanatics out there. You can also see what it’s like to be in the crowd at a red carpet event like this and how many people there are.

And here is the vlog of the day on our vlogging channel.

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Harsh Reality 20

Harsh Reality

Although I’m completely aware that I’m technically an ahjumma because I am a married woman, there is a difference between knowing that and then actually being called an ahjumma. So it was a shock! Sophie and Chloe think the article title was meant as a fun way because I don’t look like an ahjumma but my first thoughts were, “OMG I am so old”.

The image that comes to mind when thinking of the word “ahjumma” is not a look that I am ready for yet…

Also check out yesterday’s vlog where I get very honest. Make sure you subscribe to the vlogging channel because I won’t always post the video here.

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