Where I live, we have it bad. I mean I hate public transportation systems in the AV(where I live), but in Seoul they are a glorious thing that come rain or shine with every 10 minutes! But it’s life threatening! Bus Drivers, no, any driver in Korea is seriously crazy. They just push through traffic like no one is there. Pedestrians definitely don’t have any right of way. Oooooh and the Subways. They are a gift from the heavens. Although at first confusing and extremely loud. You get used to it though! Something else I had to get used to was seeing nazi signs everywhere!
Who knew that the swastika is the same sign as Buddhism. I felt stupid after finding this out, but it is merely a western perception. The countries who took part in WWII see it as a nazi symbol, but in Korea it is only the sign of peaceful Buddhism. The things you learn in Asia though. haha.
Day 13 in Korea
So the weather here is hot and humid. The worst mix ever. By noon you are all sticky and your hair is a disaster. It is an unusual change as that I live in the desert in California… I don’t know if I will ever get used to it.
So as it is day 13 I have been traveling around a lot more and I am starting to understand transportation. At least I thought so. The one thing every traveller must experience is the act of being lost. Today I was able to finally understand what that meant. It makes it even better when you are in a new world where you don’t understand anything around you.
So we have these “supporters.” They are native Koreans that speak English and we see them once a week to do an activity with them. We call them our brother and sister (오빠 Oppa/언니 eunni). Well my brother called me and told me to get off at this particular subway station. So I went to that subway station and no one was there. I waited for like twenty minutes…They called me and said I was at the wrong place. They told me to go to station “cheonoho” so I did. I was in a hurry to get to them so I rushed up the stairs and tripped up them while in a skirt. I seem to have done a lot of tripping in Korea so far. Well I get to the top of the stairs and no one was there. That wasn’t the station either. I guess I was supposed to go to “Cheonho,” not “Cheonoho.” So pretty much I spent 2 hours trying to find them. Of course I finally did, but it ruined everyone’s day and we were all late for class
But I think getting lost is the best part of traveling because you see new things and it’s just fun to experience an adventure. It is also a great way to learn a language. It really forces you to use the skills you have :]] In the end I had
fun looking like a retard with a map in my hand,and tripping on stairs.
Thanks for reading.