Oh, Korea.Sunday, October 18, 2009
I was on the bus to Hakdong station today and I was reminded of how alike we all are. Even
though I live on the opposite side of the world from many of my friends and family, people still communicate in similar ways.
At 1030 AM the roads of Seoul are a twisted, tangle of fueled steel. The bus I was on was packed, but luckily I was able to get a seat near the front. In Seoul the bus lanes are in the middle of the road. They
have a island where people can catch the buses. As strange as it sounds, it's very effective and makes traffic move faster and it helps pedestrians on the street.
As our bus was stopped at the traffic light in the middle lane, 3 people ran across 6 lanes of highway and NOT at a pedestrian crosswalk. They were 3 older potbellied men, and one of them got his foot stuck on a chain that separated the lanes. Bus driver started to honk at the men, and started to honk more when the light changed.
The man who had his leg stuck didn't panic. In fact he slowed down and slowly, with poise, he released his foot from the chain. He looked defiantly at the bus driver, flipped him the bird and walked to the other side of the road.
I just had to laugh.
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