Vacation, All I Ever Wanted ...
I am officially on vacation. I'll try to post now and then, including a bit more about the domestic surveillance debate and some cool posts on various other subjects written by a few fine Debaters, but for now, there's a flight to Malaysia that's waiting for me.
While I'm gone, I'll be keeping up with the Alito hearings via the Post's Campaign for the Court blog. I'd offer some more, but the plane is boarding, so gotta run.
(If you're at all interested in my trip so far -- and I have no idea why you would be -- click the link to read more.)
Greetings from Korea.
That's South Korea, not North Korea -- though we did hope to visit the Demilitarized Zone, only to be foiled by the fact that it's a Monday. Apparently, like an extra-ritzy art gallery or salon, the DMZ is closed on Mondays. At first we thought it was just that the tours didn't run on Mondays, but then the kind woman at the information booth told us that taking the train on our own on Monday was also inadvisable.
Lesson 1: Layovers in Korea are best scheduled for Tuesdays through Fridays.
I'm writing this from Gate 28 at the Incheon International Airport, about an hour outside Seoul, where I spent the day taking gorgeous pictures of Gyeongbokgung, an indescribably colorful 600-year old palace complex. I would post some of the photos here, but my digital camera is still somewhere in Seoul. Note to Debaters in the Namdaemun area: If you find a beat up old Kodak that's missing an owner, please e-mail me.
Lesson 2: Keep camera strap around wrist at all times; alternatively, never let Emily carry anything of value.
We arrived in Seoul a bit late, after an hour-long delay on the ground at JFK. I'm still not entirely clear on what happened, but here's what I pieced together: According to the stewardess, a passenger complained that she did not have four seats all to herself. When informed of the unpleasant reality that purchasing one seat on a Boeing 747 does not actually entitle the buyer to four seats, she called the police.
Our plane returned to the gate, where we were met by no less than five police cars and a paddywagon. Two unruly passengers were removed, according to the captain, their bags were offloaded, and we were finally able to start on our 15-hour voyage.
More from Malaysia or Indonesia or East Timor or wherever I happen to have Internet access next.
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