This is the ongoing post from 2 CNIB employees who are in Nepal, helping
children with vision loss, and telling us what is happening.
We have now been with Korean Air Lines for close to thirty hours and it is sad to say goodbye, the service has been amazing. We were greeted with high fashion stewardess and a supply of toothpaste, toothbrush, slippers, blankets, water, headphones and pillows. We have watched most of the Hollywood movies offered on the in flight service and we are now able to make Bibimbap- thanks to the directions they hand out to the foreigners with the food.
(Image –directions how to make bimbibap- there are 5 steps to create the dish)
We were able to get a hotel on a shuttle for our twelve hour lay-over in Seoul, Korea. Our poor shuttle driver had to load and unload our 250 pounds of luggage not once but twice. He then directed us to a Korean restaurant near the hotel for authentic Korean meal which unfortunately, did not come with directions. The waiter tried to give us instructions on how to eat this feast he laid out for us and we still have no idea what we ate.
Our next level of ignorance became apparent when we arrived at our hotel and couldn't figure out how to flush the toilet. There were many buttons on the side of the toilet in Braille, print and icons and still these two prairie girls could not figure it out. After trying several techniques and sequences we finally flushed the toilet with a simple flush handle on the side of the toilet. Below is an image of the control panel for the toilet. If anyone can decipher these buttons please let us know.
(Image of control panel attached to toilet- 15 buttons with small pictures on each button- one button includes Braille)
The accessible design at the airport takes Universal design to a whole new level. We will gladly be sharing the information that Universal design meetings with the city of Winnipeg. The South Koreans are very generous with marking pathways with yellow tactile strips marking the paths to all the information booths, buses stops and curbs.
We are starting to get excited as we are now have only three hours left of this flight before landing a Kathmandu where we will get to meet Daya from the school for the blind.
We will be writing more tomorrow about our ordeal getting through customs and I'm sure – more luggage talk. Bye for now.