Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Commute to Work

I find it funny that my commute is still the same.  It took me 45 minutes to drive to Ft. Stewart and it still takes me the same amount of time to walk the 3 miles to work. Unfortunately, the lights are not synchronized to allow the flow of traffic and pedestrians to move efficiently.

A few things I've noticed during my "commute" is that the sidewalk is not solely reserved for pedestrians. Not only do you have to dodge bicycles and mopeds (yes, they are allowed), but automobiles are also allowed to park on sidewalks.  It wouldn't be so bad if drivers were actually respectful when parking or entering the streets. I was extremely annoyed when a car came too close to Jensen's stroller. I guess I have to learn to have my guard up and always be very aware of my surroundings when walking.

I wish the same respect is applied on the roads here in Korea.  Just about every facet of life here shows some type of respect. From bowing to elders and even eating and drinking customs are geared to show respect for each other.  Here is an example of another way they respect not only people, but their property. I wish I had a better photo.  To prevent the grass clippings from hitting the parked cars, ladies hold up a protective barrier while another worker is cutting the grass.

When it comes to driving here, all bets are off. Horns are freely used not only as a warning, but also as a form of gesture. Instead of flashing our lights to let the other car go, using the horn is customary. Forget about the 2 car length space in front of each vehicle. Driving bumper-to-bumper is normal. Also, if an accident occurs, it doesn't matter who is at fault.  Here the blame is 50-50 shared responsibility of both parties involved. I don't quite understand how that is justified, but I wonder who thought that was a good idea. 


  1. Wow I sure am learning a lot from your blog re: Koreans, they use their car horns like us on the Phil.I like that they show a lot of respect to even when they cut the grass.that is so neat.You sure have a lot to learn and a lot to adjust to.some good some bad.But it is all part of the journey .And I am so proud of you.luv u mom.

  2. I didn't know about the 50/50 shared responsibility for accidents. That is probably why there are so many clowns behind the wheel. No matter what happens, responsibility is going to be the same. Gives them a devil-may-care attitude. I've seen an accident victim get picked up by bystanders and stuffed into a cab to get them to a hospital. Scary, that.

  3. I'm nervous about driving here. Mom, definitely just like driving in the Philippines. You have to be really aggressive or you will get run over.

    Frank, thanks for sharing your previous experience here in Korea. At least the stranger didn't have to wait for an ambulance. Last week my sponsor was running me around between Camp Walker and Camp Henry and we saw 3 accidents within a 2 hour period. Crazy!