Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Stuff: High speed tours

As usual, my camera was sitting handy in the glove box as I pulled up behind one of these tour buses this morning.

In case you were wondering, the English stencil on the bus doesn't exactly reflect the true meaning of the Korean one.

Actual translation: 세계(World)고속(High Speed)관광(Tours)

What never ceases to amaze me about some of these tours that operate on the grand theory of seeing ten countries in 2 hours, which I assume this tour company is part of, is:

How do they do it, and who'd be crazy enough to join their cause?!

I mean, how in the world do you see Italy, Switzerland, Germany, France and Netherlands, spanning over 2000 kilometers in just 10 days on a bus? An aunt was in one. Maybe Jordan and the whole of Turkey's north to south coastline of over 1000 kilometers in 1 week? Mum was in that one. Now this Korean 'High Speed' tour ~ the whole of the South Korean Peninsula in a weekend perhaps??

*Not sure if the tours might throw in North Korea on the 3rd day, but unless you're dead-set Adventerous (spelt with a capital "A"), I'm not sure if too many people will be keen on that one.

This made me realize how fortunate I have been over the last few years to travel for work, taking time in-between work to see the sights and soak in the local culture(s). Not many people have the luxury of time or money for multiple trips, but still, that defeats the whole purpose of traveling isn't it?

Bringing back only pictures and not a single memory of where they went... Admiring nice scenery and not knowing the significance of what they are looking at... Bringing back loads of souvenirs and not a story to tell of the local culture...
Just food for thought.


At December 27, 2005 12:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

get a job

At December 27, 2005 1:49 PM, Blogger Kurios1978 said...

Anonymous ~ You do realize I have a job and travel the world for free... :)

Have a look: Vincent's job

At December 27, 2005 2:33 PM, Anonymous louyau-mike said...

Vincent ... how long have u been in Korea?

At December 28, 2005 7:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

totally agree, which is i'd never join a tour. it's not just seeing something new, it's experiencing it. so much more to gain.

and yes you're very fortunate =)

At December 28, 2005 12:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I mean get a real job because it appears you have a easy job or to much free time on your hands... you probably need to grow up

At December 28, 2005 1:15 PM, Blogger Kurios1978 said...

Anonymous sounds like a person without a job... or is just plain envious. Hey listen ~ if you have no idea what it's like to have a REAL job like mine and the stress that comes with it, then quit blabbering.

Incidentally, I take care of my own finances, travel at short notice, and contribute to my family back home. Blogging as a hobby... don't see a problem with that. Do you see a reason why I should grow up more?

BTW, leave a name. We have to talk.

At December 28, 2005 1:19 PM, Blogger Kurios1978 said...

louyau: Been in Korea for almost a year now. If it were up to me, I'd like to be where you're at ~ your relatives cook brilliantly!

.k. Like in your post... Sometimes I don't feel so lucky. "Being with Family" sounds more like a plan...


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