Day 3 in Seoul, we threw them to the wolves! Hubby planned the Amazing Race. There were two teams, girls vs. boys. Hubby went with the boys, I went with the girls. We gave them an allotted amount of money - they could not take more than they were given. Hubby and I went with them to give them their next clue and to make sure they didn't get too lost. We could not give them any directions unless they ask us for help, if they ask for help; extra minutes were added to their final time. The first leg of their trip they had to make their way from post to Namsan, Seoul Tower, go to the observation deck and point out the direction of Austin, TX.
The girls got to the top of Namsan Tower with no problem, they took a cab from post directly to the tower. They were ahead by far.
The boys decide to take the subway, then a cab, then take the cable car to the top. Although they got to see more, it took them an extra 30 minutes to arrive at the top of the tower.
Once they arrived and pointed out Austin, we gave them their next clue: Take the bus to Iteawon, find the Flying Pan Blue and have something to drink.
On the bus leaving Namsan Tower.
Finding the Flying Pan Blue proved to be harder for S & E than I had anticipated. S saw the information booth in Iteawon, and decided she would go back later if she needed help. After walking for 45 minutes, she finally ask for a clue. This gave R & J enough time to catch up with them in the race, and even pass them. Here are R & J having milk at the FPB.
S & E FINALLY finding the FPB.....
S & E were arriving at the FPB as R & J were leaving. By the time S & E arrived, there was a wait for seating. They had to wait 15 minutes to get a table.
When they finished their drink, they got their next clue: Find your way to the ancient district of Insadong, where they had to find the batting cages and both players had to take turns in the batting cage to find their next clue.
The batting cages were closed, so they just took pictures at the entrance.
Their next clue was a DETOUR. They had to SING, or Stroke. For sing they had to find a Karaoke booth in an arcade and sing 3 songs. For stroke, they had to find a Korean pool hall and play a game of Korean style pool. Both picked sing.
Here they are in a Karoke singing booth.
Next they had to make their way to the fountain in front of the Cheong Wa Dae, the office of the President of the Republic of Korea, also known as the Blue House. They had to take a picture of the Blue House and the fountain to receive their next clue.
The guys arrived here first, they had their video camera and regular camera out ready to take pictures only to be stormed by police officers telling them NO! Come to find out it is against the law to take pictures in front fo the Blue House. Oops.
At this point the girls were so far behind they decided it would be more fun to shop in Insadong than continue on with the race, so that is what they did.
Stop 5, they had to travel to Yongsan Station & make their way to Emart. For a 5 minute bonus for each, they had to locate sushi, drinking vinegar and kimchi. The had to purchase a gift of under 10,000 won to give as a gift to their observer.
The last leg of their trip, they had to find their way back to the Dragon Hill Lodge on post.
Team R & J won!!
Here are some misc pictures of their journey.....
1. S with a Nun she found in Insadong.
2. S & E at IPark mall where they found pictures of Girl at the Benetton Store.
3. On the subway
4. One of the things they had to do during the race was to take their picture with a local, and sing to a local. This picture is of the person they did this with.
Now for the guys....
1. J with a local.
2. Getting help from a few local girls.
3. More girls....
4. J, almost done, almost the champ!