I’ve been looking forward to this past weekend for quite some time! When we bought the tickets for the Meet Your Kimchi Tour back at the start of May, the end of July seemed like ages away. And now it’s all over already. But we had such a great time.
To take a step back, Eat Your Kimchi is a YouTube channel put together by Simon and Martina, a Canadian couple that moved to South Korea 7 years ago to teach English. Their videos share insights into Korean pop-culture, food, and customs in a positive and welcoming way. After a couple years of watching their videos, it really feels like friends are sending you a letter from Korea a couple times a week.
I honestly stumbled upon their videos while trying to learn more about Korea in general. A few years ago I realized that the majority of the Japanese fashion I was admiring online was actually Korean fashion. Needless to say, my world view opened up a great deal once I made that realization. I’ve since become a fan of Korean Dramas, food, beauty, and fashion. The Eat Your Kimchi videos played a major factor in my interest in trying out all these new things that are now some of my favorites.
The internet makes the world amazingly accessible. While I haven’t know about the global community behind Eat Your Kimchi for long (I totally followed them for almost two years on YouTube before I even realized they had an awesome website!), it blows my mind how far this common interest in understanding more about Korea reaches.
When the Meet Your Kimchi Tour across parts of Canada and the US was announced, and I realized that I had just moved into one of the areas they’d be visiting, it finally hit me that our new location meant I could actually attend things like this! We bought tickets as soon as they opened up.
Sunday morning we hopped on the train, and made our way downtown. The event was a great mix of audience interaction and a live taste of the sillier parts of what goes on in their videos. I was super impressed with the depth of the questions brought up by the people bold enough to step up to the mic. Watching videos online seems kinda one-sided often times, but to get to have a back and forth with the Eat Your Kimchi Crew was wonderful. At the end of the event, we actually got to have a chat with the Crew and take some photos. Such a great time!
I’ll definitely start being active in the community, and I’m super interested in where Eat Your Kimchi takes Simon and Martina next. If Simon has his way and just travels the world eating food, I’ll still be following right along.
A busy week with lots of things to talk about. Early in the week my new camera lens and tripod arrived, and instead of taking pictures of the things I was planning on shooting, I played around with settings and got to know my new toys. I’m excited by how great these new items are, and am looking forward to posting more details in a future post.
Over the weekend we took a trip to Phoenix, where the weather, while not cool, was also not scorching due to the monsoon rains. I already mentioned that I went skating, which was so much fun. I’m still not over how pro some of the skaters there were. I definitely want to find a place to skate around here, since it is such a fun workout.
On our trip home yesterday, we got stuck on the east side of the bridge collapse. We ended up stuck in place on the freeway 2.5 hours until we were made to turn around and head back the way we came. We left early enough to make it home before dark, but with the delays didn’t get back to the nearest town until long after dark. Instead of trying to risk it, we stopped at a hotel for the night and headed back out in the morning. The detour ended up costing us several hours, and we didn’t make it home until after lunchtime. I’m so lucky to have an understanding boss.
Monsoon rains in the desert are nothing to take for granted. Several cars had to be rescued trying to drive through flowing washes. Growing up in this climate, I know it is most dangerous when it is wet, since the ground can’t absorb all the moisture. If you are headed to the southwest, read up and be prepared. It is so much safer to turn around and spend the night at a hotel than try to risk your life being swept up by what seems like a bit of water.
Have you ever had plans change suddenly due to unexpected weather? Did you take the risk or play it safe?