Commentary: ‘Dog Bites and Sexy Pizza’
0:00: My just-out-the-shower-not-yet-properly-dried hair attests to how hard-pressed I was for time to shoot this.
0:04: The Fault in Our Stars entered my life around the same time as Lauren, and so, Amsterdam was always at the top of my must-visit list. But my long-distance relationships took me to France, Germany, and Spain first.
0:44: Amsterdam Centraal’s public piano is legit. You kind of forget it’s there, so when you arrive from the airport and hear it in the distance as you’re winding your way towards the exit, it’s like a warm hug welcoming you back to one of the best cities ever.
1:05: I say “some bikes” but there’s just one bike. I will never forgive myself for not reshooting that part but it was 2:00am and yeah.
1:11: Nikki is solely responsible for getting me into One Direction.
1:50: The ‘get angry at people for not knowing vlog-enriching information’ side of my persona.
📍 2:51: Red Light District
2:57: Let this go down in history as the worst attempt at humor any human has ever pursued.
5:16: One of the things I hate about watching these older videos back a couple of years on is how I say ‘that‘ so forcefully. It’s a small thing. I did it because there’s about five minutes between each voiceover bit being recorded, so I felt like I had to use specifying language, like ‘that’. But in the edit there’s just a clean cut. So it feels weird and distracting. But I guess this was only my second full-on vlog, and we all start out doing stupid shit.
6:11: ‘Deppenapostroph’ is a reviled phenomenon I learned of during my time in Germany. It started as outcry over unnecessary apostrophes in Germanic languages where German grammar rules didn’t call for apostrophes, and now also targets the use of incorrect symbols in place of apostrophes. Namely, the use of accents. If I were to write ‘accents’ as accent´s, that’d be deppenapostroph. There’s a website dedicated to its eradication.
📍 7:37: Vapiano
8:02: I mean, the similarity is uncanny.
8:42: This app is called Swarm. You check into places, share your whereabouts with your friends, unlock stickers and ‘mayorships’ (when you check into a location more than anyone else), etc. It’s a layer of fun over reality. Plus, it goes hand-in-hand with Foursquare to personalize your travel guides.
9:11: If there’s one thing I’d consider a must-watch for everyone on the planet, it’s Black Mirror.