- At the Incheon Airport Asiana Lounge, I just had a real Oriental meal with a sparkling Zinfandel and glass of beer, listening to a concert pianist at the other end of the room. This is all free. There are several sleep rooms with massage chairs, a dozen computers for you to connect to the internet, and when I turned mine on, I immediately got to my home page through a wireless system that is faster than anything I have ever experience. There was no fumbling to connect with a password. There are some nice touches in South Korea: some public restrooms have a dispenser for foam soap to wipe the seat, at fast food establishments I noticed a dispenser of large treated napkins to clean your hands before touching the hamburger or pizza, the bus to the airport shows a gigantic high definition TV with a pretty spectacular surround sound system, I never saw a homeless person and there are no beggars. In 1962, the per capita annual income was $82. Today, GDP/capita is only #36 at more than $17,000, but that of China is #99 at $3735. Next Shanghai, where I read that China topped the list of women billionaires, more than half of the 20 richest.
- I am impressed with the Incheon Airport security system. As I was about to start a meal, a young lady came up to me, asked my name and inquired if I had a lighter in my checked baggage. First, how did they find me, and second, great x-ray system. I thought, oh no, Delhi again, where I thought I would be executed. But she said they would keep me apprised of developments and I did not have to go down to the bowels of the airport. Half an hour later another nice lady found me and said they had trashed the lighter. Great, at least at Delhi they just evacuated it and left it in the suitcase. And here I thought lighters were again allowed. I guess mine was that torch type which is still verboten. Hope my bags make it to Shanghai.
- My 155th country just visited:
SENEGAL POPULATION: 13,711,597
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|The French colonies of Senegal and the French Sudan were merged in 1959 and granted their independence as the Mali Federation in 1960. The union broke up after only a few months. Senegal joined with The Gambia to form the nominal confederation of Senegambia in 1982, but the envisaged integration of the two countries was never carried out, and the union was dissolved in 1989. The Movement of Democratic Forces in the Casamance (MFDC) has led a low-level separatist insurgency in southern Senegal since the 1980s, and several peace deals have failed to resolve the conflict. Nevertheless, Senegal remains one of the most stable democracies in Africa. Senegal was ruled by a Socialist Party for 40 years until current President Abdoulaye WADE was elected in 2000. He was reelected in February 2007, but has amended Senegal's constitution over a dozen times to increase executive power and weaken the opposition, part of the President's increasingly autocratic governing style. Senegal has a long history of participating in international peacekeeping and regional mediation.|
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