Seoul is an extremely traveler-friendly city. There are enough English-language signs so that non-Hangul readers can figure out where they need to go, or how to get there. There are multi-lingual tourist information agents in red vests whose job it is to stand, or stroll, in popular visiting spots and answer questions. Sometimes they are… Read More Convenience and comfort in Korea…and especially toilets
My Korean friends tell me there is an expression, or perhaps it is a single word, in Korean that means “Fall colors” or “going hiking to enjoy the Fall colors.” It sounds like ka-ul or something like that; they tried to teach me but I am a failure. At any rate, just trust me that there is… Read More On hiking in Korea, fungi and towering gilded monuments
Last month I was in Italy for a few days. One morning, thanks to a nice robust case of jetlag-itis, I was up extremely early and out walking. The roads were completely empty and there was no one else around. Well, except for that one vehicle… 3:30 AM in Rome on a Sunday: it was… Read More Roma
Ever heard of Gobustan? Baku? Lahic or Khinalug? Yeah, I had a vague memory that Baku was a city somewhere in central Asia but I couldn’t have told you it was a capital city, and probably could not have linked it with Azerbaijan off the top of my head. But now, all of a sudden,… Read More Who wants to visit…Azerbaijan?