Korean culture has endeared me already. They are famous for being polite, and to start off the politeness, the woman sitting two seats away from me leaned over at the beginning of the flight and offered me some of her peanut butter pretzels. I was then afraid to eat any of my own snacks, not sure if I was expected to share with the row.
International flights rock - that is non-American based flights. They seem to be constantly giving you orange juice and guava juice and tea and hot towels. I like. And the movies. Man, at least 20 movies to choose from and all good ones. I watched the Blindside, got bored with Avatar, started Whip It and watched It's Complicated. I was in stimulation overdrive. I was so tempted to stay awake the whole 13 hours to watch all the good movies, but I did manage to squeeze some sleep in.
For my first meal on the plane, I got a Korean bowl. It was delicious, and came with instructions for whiteys like me. It was a bowl with spinach, mushrooms, bean sprouts and some other unidentifiable vegetables in it. Then there was a tube of chili paste and a pouch of sesame seed oil that you mixed in and add rice. It was delicious! Not so much the seaweed soup though. I left that.
Everyone in Korea is a celebrity (take it from the Onion) and so I got a real kick out of the mob of newspeople with cameras and video cameras waiting outside our flight. Some old guy came out, and they mobbed him, when I was right behind him, clicking pictures and shouting questions. So I'm pretty sure I'll be on the Korean news tonight.
This airport is stinking nice. There are several "Traditional Korean Cultural Experience Zones" where Australians are trying their hands at traditional Korean painting. And Koreans drinking delicious looking fruit juices. And millions of tiny ladies in skinny jeans. These women are so small. I feel like putting out my arms and stomping towards them like Godzilla. But maybe that's the lack of sleep talking.
Well, I suppose I'll go wander around for several more hours now...Today, tonight, tomorrow, whatever, I'll arrive at Manilla and go straight to the hotel for some sleep.