As you may have probably guessed, the past two weeks have been somewhat chaotic. And by somewhat, I mean it has been. Just yesterday I finally managed to feed some Interwebz™ into my abode. It’s the standard campus internet and the speeds, while not third-world, are less than lightning fast. I get faster speeds off of my 4G connection.
So let’s rewind a little bit.
As time wound down from visiting TheWife’s™ family, it was time to pack things up and first head to Shenzhen, and then to Hong Kong to obtain or Z Visa’s. Of course, things are never that easy. Because of limited trips, getting a direct train to Shenzhen was off the table (i.e. we were too late to get tickets). Instead, we got tickets to Guangzhou, as there are trains between Guangzhou and Shenzhen that leave every twenty minutes.
At least usually.
You see, a typhoon was on its way to the mainland on our departure day. Instead of killing us all, the train came to a stop when the first torrential pour came. After an hour, when we started moving again, the train moved at a bit of a crawl compared to its normal pace, making our arrival two hours late.
At least it shouldn’t have been.
When we arrived in Guangzhou, we began our search for the ticketing booth to get our tickets. It was packed. Of course, I thought nothing of it, since it was China after all. TheWife™ had the smarts to ask, and discovered that those lines for refunds and rebookings. All trains out of Guangzhou had been cancelled for the rest of the day. However, there were some shuttle buses capitalizing on the shutdown, that would take us to Shenzhen. It would be slower, but at least we’d get there. No problem.
Well, at least almost.
We are guided for a few minutes until we reach the small shuttle. It was going to be a cramped ride, but it wouldn’t be the first time. TheWife and I, along with about six other passengers hop on. Then we saw the cherries flash and the mini-bus is prevented from leaving. TheWife™ begins to panic a little, worried that for some reason we may lose all our luggage. As we all continue to wait in the hot, crowded bus, the operators get out and begin to discuss things with Police officer. One puts his hand on his shoulder, as the China 5-0 speaks into his walkie-talkie. There was some negotiating I’m sure, and after about twenty minutes, we were finally on our way. We discovered that all this noise was because the mini-bus was illegally parked. It was too large to be parking where it was. Fine. Okay. On our way. No problem.
And it was not a problem to Shenzhen after that– except for some traffic. I could deal with that though. It’s not like I didn’t have experience with that.
We had planned to arrive in Shenzhen around noon. Noon turned into about 6 p.m. All this, and we weren’t even in Hong Kong yet. But I’ll save that for next time.