Monday, June 05, 2006
Behold, one of the wonders of life in Seoul. Parking.
This is the lot in front of our apartment. These apartments were built in the 1980s when not many people had cars and this area was in the far outskirts of the city. Seoul has expanded incredibly since then, and we're now surrounded by newer apartment buildings with underground garage parking. Our little lot, forced to accomodate so many cars, wtinesses amazing engineering feats every days as people try to pack the maximum number of cars into the small space...
The parking lot provided endless entertainment when we first moved here. The cars parked bumper-to-bumper are all in neutral, so you can push them around if you need to get out of a space. If the parking lot has any incline, there are rocks and bricks available to keep the cars from rolling away. The other picture here is KC and Aiden pushing one of the cars so we can get our car out (actually, my in-laws' car -- we don't have a car).
Anyway, I avoid all this parking by taking public transportation... though these days many places (including Starbucks and our doctor) have valet parking so normal people don't have to deal with the headache of parking.