Nov 28, 2009
One Way Out
People in Korea are super polite. In fact, they are over the top polite. The streets in Seoul are very narrow. Only one car can fit through. Plus there is no sidewalks, so people have to squeeze along walls and buildings to let cars pass. Now this is the amazing part. They are NOT one way streets. You can drive in any direction you want. So picture being in a car winding up and down these tiny hilly streets avoiding folks walking and all of a sudden you are faced with an oncoming car. What happens each time is this polite little dance. One person must decide to back up and turn down a little alley allowing the other car to pass. Each time the driver rolls down the window to bow and wave thanks to the other driver for doing the good deed. I was totally blown away by all this activity. This could never be possible in any other country I've been in. And especially never in New Jersey. The fact that this all works so seamlessly says a lot about the people of Korea. Just what it says, I'm not sure. That they are all insane or unique and special. My vote is for special.