I'm going to be going on a long plane adventure in a little more than a week, so please tell me: What should I read? I need good ideas to weather the 13-hour plane ride and day and a half of travel. I have kind of eclectic tastes. I don't like most popular fiction, but I love history or comedy or adolescent lit that isn't filthy or just plain vapid. Ideas?
OK, next question, I need to figure out gifts for my coworkers in Korea. Here's the rub: I don't know with whom I'm meeting (how many people), I don't know their ages or their gender. (Unless one can tell me how to figure this out with Korean names, which at this point in my ignorance all sound pretty much interchangeable.) It has to fit in my suitcase for about 10 people! (And this isn't counting the gifts for my coworkers in the Philippines, but I already have theirs.) This will be tricky considering I usually have 10 pounds of shoes in my suitcase.