You only get the details of the amazing race from one side, that is unlses someone else (Hubby or Twin) decides to write their account of the amazing race in another blog.
I was the observer for Team 1, the team with Boy Cousin and SIL. Here were the rules:
• Total Score
–Best Time wins!
–Total Time is arrival time minus penalties for hints plus rewards for scavenger items
–Each team must carry a camera.
–Each team member can pack a backpack with food, clothes, etc.
–Each team may bring a ‘travel publication’ with them.
• •Receiving Help:
• –Teams can use the internet for as long as they like after receiving the first hint, but can only print one page.
• –If you want a hint during the race, the observer will provide one but will assess a penalty (after arrival at the finish line).A hint is defined as providing enough info to reasonably relieve the immediate difficulty, but not so much as to solve future related problems:
•1st hint: FREE
•2nd hint: -5 minutes
•3rd hint:- 10 minutesEach additional hint penalty increases by 5 minutes
They also had a scavanger hunt list. For each item they found the had 5 minutes removed from their final time.
1.Bad English’ T-shirt
3.Something made in USA
4.FC Seoul Item
6.A piece of jewelry
7.A pirated DVD
9.Picture at an exercise park
11. Something from 7-11
The first clue they received was:
Make your way to the observation deck of Namsan Tower. Point out the direction of the USA for your next clue.
SIL & Boy Cousin hopped in a cab to head out to Namsan Tower, this was a good move! Cabs are normally the fastest way to get to Namsan, however once the cabbie found out they were in a race and they wanted him to go fast, he started thinking...he was very excited because he knew a 'short cut'! So, he pulled the cab over, put his flashers on and thought about the short cut for at least 5-6 minutes! AUGHHHH!! Finally he cut through post to go out a different gate. In the meantime, I am the observer, so I cannot say ANYTHING! I was having a cow! This was the slowest and most expensive cab ride to Namsan I have ever taken!
SIL ask the lady working at Starbucks for the fasted way to get to the Blue House....once again we jumped in a cab and headed off - however this cab driver spoke NO ENGLISH, so it proved to be a bit more challanging than the last cab ride. Once arriving at the Blue House, team 1 took a picture of the fountain from the cab.
This leg of the race proved to be a little harder. Team 1 was going to take a cab to Yongsan station, but after reading the clue again and realizing they had to arrive at Yongsan station by subway, they had the cab driver drop them off at the closest subway stop. SIL ask a local man for help - he ended up buying tickets for her, and taking her to the subway.
After receiving her last clue, we ran into my friends R & T at Emart, so she ask them for directions!
They finished 2 hours ahead of Team 2! Rock on Team 1!