Maybe I’ll start doing stuff again here. Won’t be about Korea, unless I go back and visit(which would be cool) but I do plan on travelling. Keep an eye out. Might still find some interesting use for this blog still :)
I’m mostly over reverse culture shock. Subtle things are the worst. Like I’m still a little surprised when people hold a door open for me, or say sorry when they just happen to be in the area I’m walking towards.
Then there is the food! Oh it is so nice to have variety once again. I can once again walk over to a deli, ask for “some of this and some of that”. There are tons of foods that I want to grab when I’m in a grocery store. I’m trying real hard with not over doing it. Just but one thing different/extra each week.
I’ll try not to grumble too loudly about the f’ing insane cost of my 10GB mobile data plan…..>:(
I also bought a car. You really do need one in Canada unless you are a hermit.
Is a 2002 Volvo S40. Only had 159K on it. Need to attend to some minor issues but once the weather is nice out. It’s a good car and the turbo is fun to play with :)
Also, each week a connect with another friend/family member. I realize this is a good plan as trying to contact every single person I knew at once would be hard.
Yes, it is nice to be home. Good to catch up with family/friends/food/cars again. We’ll see how long it lasts ;)
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!
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.
Allow me to regale you with the soothing sounds of a bus driver that doesn’t give a fuck about speed limits no the comfort of his passengers.
The ONLY reason it stopped it’s because a truck pulled in front of him and he had to slow down. That didn’t last long. The idiot passed him and back came that fucking sound. I didn’t have tinnitus before but I think I got it now…
OK, so the fast train in Korea is the KTX. They offer free Wi-Fi with the kicker that you have top watch a commercial after every 30mb of data use. That’s me, last time it was a flay rate 200mb limit. This is kinda better, would be easy enough to ignore commercials. Fine, you have to download their app to the Wi-Fi. So I click on the link and see the following:
This weekend is a long weekend, so we are going to visit a few people in a few cities. While on the bus leaving our first so, there is one last stop before it leaves Jinju. Apparently there was some confusion as one woman and her son were sitting in the seats that someone else had a ticket for.
Although I could follow the conversation, from what I could gather, it seems that there was a ticket change and the woman seemed to be complaining that the ticket office was at fault for not making sure there was an available seat. The driver argued with her and after 15mins, the other lade (and her mother, who was in her 50’s at least ) ended up sitting on the floor at the front of the bus.
I decided to record the conversations to show how the level of tone escalates slowly but luckily it did not get to screaming. I’m surprised that the mother would let the older woman sit on the floor.