I’m getting settled in Seoul Special City, trying to shed my jet lag, and finding my bearings. I am staying at the slightly decrepit but perfectly comfortable Alps Seoul guest house in Myeong-dong area, which is central Seoul and the home of many administrative buildings and gigantic shopping malls.
It seemed initially like I had no internet service, as the cable in my room appears to have been chewed on by an animal, and my first night I spent delirious and grumpy, hunting around the facilities for a wireless signal, finding one eventually in an upstairs shoe room/foyer with a light on a motion sensor timer set to turn off after 5 seconds, so I had to keep waving my arms around to be able to see. Lack of internet seemed very strange in Seoul—a city obsessed with technology—and indeed the next day I was given the wireless code, so now I get to blog from the comfort of my heated bed. Yay!