Seoul, Korea

I’m in Seoul, Korea.  Haven’t seen much… as is typical of a business trip I had an early-morning flight, leaving me with little sleep the night before.  Staggered through Changi airport in a daze… confused by the vodka promotion involving men in top hats and women in skimpy dresses dancing… next to the Christmas pagoda featuring Mickey and Minnie Mouse.  At 7:30 in the morning, it’s a little too much.

After years of frequent flying, I have had a fair number of terrible seatmates on airplanes.  Today’s was the worst I’ve experienced.  This lady coughed every 10 to 15 seconds… for the whole flight.  Five and a half hours of coughing, sneezing, wheezing, and peppering our row with used tissues.  I wouldn’t be surprised if she got put into quarantine at the airport for showing symptoms of SARS.

Seoul is big.  The bus took 90 minutes to get to the hotel… driving through a massive urban sprawl.  A mix of Beijing, Los Angeles, and high-tech wizardry of Tokyo.  With no English.  I’m coming back through in a couple weeks on vacation so will get to look around more then.

Anyang Seoul!


2 responses to this post.

  1. Make sure you don’t bring any bugs back to Singapore.


  2. Posted by Allan Rosteing on March 6, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    When I was in Seoul in 1954, it was a virtual pile of bricks: nothing but rubble (Like Berlin in ’44). Glad to see what it has become.


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