So my 25th birthday came and went! I'm still rockin' my quarter of a century glow :) I haven't mentioned this in any previous posts, but I live in Ocheon - which is kind of the countryside part of Pohang, the city, I live in. Most people live downtown or fairly close to downtown, but I'm a little on the outskirts. And by outskirts, I really only mean about a 15 minute taxi drive to downtown (less then $8). Which, considering how low my expenses are, is nothing! But...for someone who's had the luxury of being mobile since I was 16 (thanks dad!) taking a taxi to the grocery store, and to get out on the weekends is uncharted water. Once again, I promise I'm not complaining - transportation is one of the only things I actually spend money on and it's really inexpensive, but I do enjoy my independence! So when I heard my friend Mandy was selling her scooter - my interest was piqued! But, I was a little under-confident in my ability to successfully drive a scooter. Could I really drive a scooter? haha
So Mandy and I scheduled a driving lesson on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. I met her at her place, and my friend Leigh tagged along. The 3 of us went to the practice parking lot. I was REALLY nervous at first. Once I got a feel though, I was doing good. I practiced starting, stopping, going up and down hills, and then starting and stopping on the hills. Though, the uphill I haven't mastered. The balance took some getting used to, but like Leigh and Mandy said - going slower is harder than going faster. (Note the foreshadowing)
After about an hour of practicing, I decided I felt pretty comfortable. We wrapped up and headed to the bank so I could get some cash. I paid Mandy and then we went back to her place to pick up the guitar I'd also bought. Leigh offered to drive that back to my apartment, and I was going to drive the scooter from Idong (where Mandy lives) to Ocheon (my house!) = about a 25 minute drive. So I paid her, we packed up the guitar, and the scooter helmets, and Leigh and I got ready to head to Ocheon.
So, I am mobile :) sort of. I did ride my scooter to school today. The kids got a good chuckle at their teacher being an "autobike driver" but I'm working up my confidence!
Disclaimer - UK fans it's orange, but only out of convenience - I might be far away but am still a Cats fan! :)
At least I got the fall out of the way the first day! :)