Korea

Korean Differences

Some differences between South Korea and Canada: The cars are as big as back home, though there aren’t as many SUVs. The ones that do exist tend to be small. Koreans are bad drivers, but they don’t seem to get in many accidents. Gas is about 50% higher than Canada. They are constantly (re-)building here. Seoul is BIG, but the average street here isn’t much different the downtown Toronto. Perhaps more stores in Korea.

Visiting the Korean Demilitarized Zone

On Sunday, Andrie and I took a trip out the the DMZ with North Korea. Unfortunately the JSA was closed that day, so we didn’t get to see any North Korean Soldiers up close. It’s still a very weird place. Driving up to it the river Imjin straddles the highway. Since it flows from North Korea, they’ve fenced it off halfway to Seoul and there are armed guard towers every few hundred metres.

Seoul

Well I’m currently blogging from South Korea! Seoul is a pretty intense place, and we’ve only explored it in tiny amounts so far. After a brutal 18 hours in airports and planes we arrived in the early evening. I was surprised that my CDMA blackberry roams here (no data though). So I didn’t need to rent a handset. The hotel was overall very efficient and we were out within 30 minutes after landing.