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.