How blind people beg on subways

Beggars are sadly common everywhere in the world.  Not that there is truly any reason the world can’t provide for every single person on the planet, there is certainly more than enough resources and money to go around.  Here, I find said beggars tend to be a bit more creative.  They at least try to entertain you, or convert you by using Christianity as an excuse for you to give.  In either case, this scene is a common on on subways.

New ways to surprise me!

I am always finding new ways to be surprised here.  Things that would never happen anywhere else just keep popping up.  The other day I got on the strangest subway car in my entire time being here.  I had to take a video.  Sadly I was not on it long and the quality of this is low, but its the best I could do.  The last thing in the video is a washroom.

#Korean subway experiences

Seriously….what the hell?

I’ve had some odd Korean experiences on the subway and this trip certainly is no exception!

Sitting on the subway and this Ajoshi(older Korean man) decides he wants to see what my jeans feel like.  No, not creepy at all eh?  Now, luckily he only pinched the part that was creased out and did not touch me at all, and if i wasn’t looking, I would never have known..but really…personal space people!

Then there was the punk kid who kept pushing against my back.  It was getting annoying and being 50lbs heavier than him, I wasn’t budging.  When I got close to my stop, I turned around and saw why.  He was afraid of touching the girl (with her boyfriend near) more than he was the wagook that was twice the size.  Seriously, its a subway, in a busy city.  Get over your anxieties people!

SCORE!!!

I used to do this on twitter but now I’ll do it here.

I score one goal for every Korean who purposely moves away from me.

Today, I walked up to the subway platform, there was a lady standing there.  I put down my bag and was waiting like her.  Next thing I know, she’s moved to another area. Ha!

Wonder how many points I’ll get this year.  Should be less as I won’t be using the subway of often. :)

Knife Sharpening demo on Subway

In Korea, the Line 1 Subway has a nickname, the ‘shopping line’.  This is because you get all kinds of people selling things from carts.  Stuff from band-aids to steamed corn.  You could literally ride the subway all day and probably get all your shopping done for the week.  On the hypocrisy side, the LCD displays that run commercials, run one for people saying ‘no’ to sellers and includes a reporting phone number.  Yet they continually sell stuff all the time.  I suspect it’s one of those ‘it’s only illegal when there is a problem, then we get to fine you.’.

It is always an adventure

I feel a little sad for those English teachers who come here and do nothing but work, drink, party, work. They are missing out on soooo much adventure. I don’t mean just the typical cultural things, such as temples or Festivals. I’m talking every day things that you see and would normally ignore in your own country but here it stands outs and impossible to ignore.

Like the Crazy Religious Guy.

I spent an hour in McDonald’s just observing this guy making his collage of articles and notes on each page. It was something I can’t really explain how I felt. I was like in some sort of alternate universe while I was eating my fries beside this guy. I tweeted everything he was doing and created a blog entry on it. I felt like I was witnessing something and compelled to stay less this experience be lost. Still, part of the adventure that I am sure the vast majority of Waygook‘s will miss out.

Up next is WTF Art:

Maybe I am no true artist because I just don’t get this type of art. While I am amused that they have such a thing in the Hongdae Trick Art Museum, I really have to question the reason for this to be here, let alone the person who made this. I was disappointed by not being able to get my camera ready quick enough when a couple let their little girl (and by little, I mean 3 years old) walk up to the statue and stick her finger ‘where the sun don’t shine’.

Ever seen an Inflatable wall? Well you can’t say that any more!

Korea has some interesting ideas on construction safety. Not only is there already a giant metal wall surrounding this site, but they felt the need to add in the wall from a jumping room.

Speaking of safety, check this guy out:

At first glance you just see a guy(barely) doing some exterior maintenance or window cleaning(he’s right above the tree). Until you look a bit closer..

The guy is basically sitting on a swing! Don’t see any safety harness there, do you?

But don’t scream, you’ll wake the Subway Troll!

I don’t even know how to begin to describe this. I’ll just leave this here and not say a word.

So, if any of you have text-character bodies, this plastic surgery place is the spot for you!

I think I would prefer real life examples.

Even PedoBear gets a Brazillian!

Itaewon is the place where you can get A-N-Y-T-H-I–N-G. Don’t worry, I’m staying Au-natural.

Korea is a place where you will see all kinds of fashion. I don’t really know what to make of this jacket but I just had to stop the guy and get a picture. I’m sure he just thought I was some crazy Waygook tourist and complied.

I can’t wait to see what the spring/summer will bring me this year for adventure!