Friday, October 19, 2012

More on driving

We've been driving regularly here for a few weeks now. It's not that different from driving in the States. But there is one noticeable difference-most red lights are optional. I'm sure this is not endorsed by the Korean government, but if you don't go through a red light at an empty intersection on a side road you will get honked at.

We park our car in an underground parking garage that takes us right up to our apartment. It's really nice. There are not enough spaces, but that's not a problem here. If you pull in late and all the spaces are taken, you park your car across several spaces and leave your car in neutral. If the person you have blocked needs to get out before you leave, they just push your car out of the way. I'm not kidding. Jim pushed this car out of the way just last week:




And when drivers need to be warned about construction barricades and such, these human looking robots are there to give a warning.

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One more thing about driving. The ladies and I went on a very late night Costco run on Tuesday. We didn't get back to Suji until around 11:00 and we had to go through a DUI check point. Here's how it's done: everyone is stopped, you roll down your window and blow (just like you would when blowing out a candle, so your mouth doesn't actually touch anything) and they *hopefully* waive you through. I was fine, by the way. From what I've heard there is VERY LITTLE tolerance for drinking and driving here. I don't know the percentage, but Yoon Hee, the Korean teacher at my school, said that 1 beer is OK, but not really more than that.

Enough about driving. Jim has signed up for the Biggest Loser competition at school. I won't tell you much-I don't want to give away our secret formula of eating better and exercising-but we did some HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training is a fancy term for "sprints") last night out on the path. Seoul has beautiful paved trails all over the city. There's one right here at GMH. On the running paths there are several locations where one can do some exercises. I would say that these all look silly, but nearly all Koreans that I have seen appear to be in great shape physically. Maybe this is their secret to looking fit when they are 90.

Grace and Ruby exercising

Jim sprinting. August and Grace sprinting after him.

Victory!

Look how cute these storm grates are

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