2014 asia and Blog30 Oct 2014 02:37 pm

SEOUL04-S04-023I left for Korea at 3:30AM on 10/29 and I got into Seoul at 3 PM on 10/30.  It was a long flight with a 2 hour layover in Seattle.  I haven’t been to Seattle before, so it was exciting to be somewhere new.  I had a 2 hour layover there, so I had some time to do more exploring! Here are photos from my layover.  Got to watch 3 movies on the flight.  I still cannot sleep on planes.   I shut my eyes, but I cannot sleep no matter how tired I am.  I was surprised that 3 seats next to me were empty on the 11 hour flight from Seattle to Seoul!!  It was great! When I finally got to Seoul, I was totally out of my element. I had no idea where I was going!  Going through customs to in Singapore will be exciting because I am flying on Korea Air, so I’m not exactly sure how I will communicate with the people there…  Being disabled and unable to speak the language will be huge barriers!  I could already tell that some people were already uncomfortable with me.  Lots of confused looks.  I’m not sure if it was the language barrier or the fact that I was a person with a disability traveling by myself.  The stigma of disability is very strong in Asia!  I recall that the only people I see in wheel chairs are older patients with family members with them.  I have yet to meet a younger person with physical disabilties on my travel.  Trish the stewardess from Delta was so helpful after I deplaned!  I recall that last year traveling to Honolulu, Tokyo, and Manila finding the elevators in airports were difficult due to placement of the signage and the language barrier. Will def have to study the Airport Maps when I get to Singapore before deplaning.  Luckily Trish and some of the other members of the Delta flight crew waited for me on the other side of customs and walked with down with me to baggage claim.  I would have been totally lost!  My friends Leah and Jorge were there to pick me up in by the baggage claim that was so helpful.  I already anticipate an issue trying to find a cab or shuttle from the airport in Singapore to the Hotel.  Going through customs in Singapore from Korea will be very interesting!   Today is a day of rest and exploration.  I’m still trying to adjust to the time difference!  Tonight I’m going to a Halloween party in Seoul!  Should be fun!  Seoul is very hilly, so I anticipate lots of difficulties with the mAss Kicker mobile.  Maybe next time, I bring my manual chair… stay tuned… tonight is halloween in Seoul…

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