The Terminal

May 17, 2011

So after 12 heart wrenching hours filled with bad plane food and cheesy movies, I arrived at the Beijing airport ready to begin my REAL summer vacation. Then, as if a baseball bat had struck me across the head, I realized that my visa for China was basically nonexistent. What happened next was a series of questions by Chinese policemen, a night’s stay at the airport, and a transfer flight to Hong Kong to get my visa renewed. This is entirely my fault, as I was so excited for the summer that I had forgotten the most basic of traveling needs.

This kind of reminds me of that one movie The Terminal, where this guy gets stuck for a really long time at this one airport and slowly gets a job and even falls in love, in the same airport. It’s a pretty heart warming movie, and probably makes my little airport road bump seem like child’s play. However, this is a good experience, and I hope to never suffer from a visa malfunction again.

Also, if you have not seen The Terminal, do yourself a favor and go watch it now.

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2 Responses to “The Terminal”


  1. I’m glad it’s all worked out in the end! I’m also glad for the reminder, which I’ll store in the back of my mind till my next out-of-country travels . . . summer after next, maybe?

    I’m looking forward to reading more!


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