There are times where if you don’t take a pic, no one will believe you. There are even people who make up stories just to feel good about themselves. Sadly, there are a LOT of those types. From my experiences, I never need to make up anything. In fact, I feel if I made it up stuff, it would be less believable than the real thing. So, here are real signs I found while roaming the world.
Being in Korea for nearly 10% of my life has been one hell of an experience. It has given me a perspective on life and the world that could not be had any other way. Having visited Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia/Singapore, the United Kingdom and obviously South Korea, I learned that it had always been the people you meet that makes the journey memorable. Oh sure, petting a live tiger in Thailand is pretty freaking awesome, and a tough act to follow, but reality, he never answered his emails or wished me happy birthday…. So, he gets second place to the people I have met.
Saturday night we had our one last blast at a meat buffet place in Jinju called SelfBar. Basically you grab a plate, pick your own meat, cook it yourself…. no limits. All for a whopping 11,000 won(about $10). We had a few friends come down from Seoul and it was great.
With 17 people there, we pretty much dominated the place.
Then we went to Starbucks and owned that place too! Must have been quite a sight for the local Koreans with so many of us all on one place.
Everyone signed a book for us too.
Well, I am writing this from our hotel room by the airport. Tomorrow afternoon we fly back to Canada. Thank you Korea, it has been an experience everyone should have at least once in their lives! Hopefully you won’t make the mistake of ” I didn’t realize how powerful the stove is in the place. I put the kettle on it and… ” “Dude, it’s an electric kettle…”
In any case, our sun sets this land….. I’m sure I’ll always more to write about in my “story” here.
“Love Motels” are a thing. Is pretty much what you think it is. A place to have sex. This might sound kinda strange but are kinda bit of a necessity here. See, kids live at home till they get married basically. So, not like you invite your girlfriend over and get any private time at home!
So, when you see things like this, you aren’t 100% surprised. 90% maybe but not 100%.
Let’s not forget the shelves of VCR tapes.. for educational purposes only of course….
What gets even more amusing is that we are staying in one because we have to be out of our place today. They are reasonably cheap (about $50-70) and pretty decent places to stay….. As long as you don’t think to hard about it. This morning a Korean friend helped us move our luggage to the hotel and the owner was asking what decent people like is were doing here? Gotta appreciate their honesty I must say.
Ok, so today is my last day in Seoul and without fail, xenophobia raised its head over last time.
I am sitting on the bus back to my city and it happened. But first io needed to explain a few things.
These ‘Intercity’ buses are awesome. There are only 3 seats to a row. Two on one side, one an another. They are comfy, spacious and not only do the recline, the leg test pops out too!
Look at all that knee room!
There is a good amount of space between my seat and the seat beside me, and that’s saying something for a guy my size. The Koreans must feel kinda dwarfed by theses seats.
That being said, when you but your rocket, you get a seat number. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen Koreans NOT sit on their assigned seat only to have the property owner of the seat tell them that it isn’t their seat.
So today I see a got her on and by his looks/actions he bypasses his seat beside me and sits further back. 5 mins later he’s kicked out and forced to suit on his designated seat. I still count this as a score as toss bus is usually well populated. So there he did, looking kinda nervous.
At least I don’t think he’s going to be one of those people that leans forward and hands onto the seat on front of them for the whole trip.
The bridge with people on is The Freedom Bridge. The other is the only train bridge that goes to North Korea.
Not to miss this opportunity, I took part of a sandwich and went to feed him. The first piece went quickly and the second he missed and got a finger but very quickly got the second piece of bread before leaving. Guess I’m not that interesting without food.
Next stretch of the journey gets more steep and rockier.