Here I am! 26 hours, door to door. (Actual flight time was about 16 hours, but I had a 5-hour layover in Seoul.) I am very happy to see that this time around, I can log into Tumblr and blog to my heart’s content – although Facebook seems to be blocked, and WordPress is still off limits.
It’s already been interesting, and I mean that in a good way (mostly). I took my first picture of the trip: of a fascinatingly complicated automated toilet in the Seoul airport. It had never occurred to me that a toilet could have an intricate control panel. I mean… it’s a toilet.
Compare that to the Beijing airport, where the stalls are labeled with little diagrams of what you’ll find inside: seat or squat. It’s nice to have options. And to know what to expect. I didn’t take a picture of that, though, because there were other people there who would have thought I was crazy. (Which may be true.) At least the other picture was taken in the privacy of my automated stall.