Hello once again,
So I'm temping for a
Let's see...what can I say about the Seoul metro...well, I've been taking it a lot lately. I commute for around 2 hours a day (which sucks, but I've been doing long commutes since high school - I don't even dare to calculate the time I've wasted on public transportation) going to and from work. My route starts off with a bus ride on the shakiest, most hurky-jurky bus ever. You see, all the buses have manual transmission. Every time the bus starts to go again after a stop, it jerks at each change in gear. If you're not holding on to a rail, you will go flying and fall on your face, even if you're a ninja. Then I take the subway for an hour or so to get to work.
Subways are weird and wonderful. You will routinely see enterprising young fellows out to sell their goods ranging from cheap nylon socks to cheap screwdrivers. On rainy days they sell cheap umbrellas. Sometimes they sell old Korean mix-tapes and when they do, their sales pitch involves blasting the CD at full volume in the car (thank God for noise canceling earphones).
Man working the crowd. He's DJ Press Play. The dude behind him was trying to telepathically open the doors
These guys (and gals) go up and down the train and hawk their goods. Sometimes, they'll do pretty well for themselves. I've seen them make a few sales per car. One thing I've noticed about these people is that their sales pitch ALWAYS start with the word "차!!!" (Jah!!!!) but they drag out the "a" part. At least that's the case with the men. The ladies are more polite, they bow introduce themselves first and then make their pitch.
Random notes before I forget.
- Newscasters bow at the end of their broadcast.
- You can spit pretty much anywhere.
- 30 Rock is a brilliant show
- One of the metro stations (I forget which one) has a grandfather clock in it. It adds a touch of class and elegance to the otherwise sterile environment. At the same time, it's just so strange to place an antique looking piece there.
- Parking is a free for all (I might have mentioned that already).
- You can watch TV anywhere in Seoul. More on this in another post.