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Chinese Customs confiscated my yoghurt. :( - Suffering From Elation
A Survivor's Tale
Chinese Customs confiscated my yoghurt. :(
So I'm in Beijing - the airport at least - but I can't access Facebook or Twitter, which I probably should have seen coming. BUT ANYWAY! To the three or so of my friends who still regularly read this, hello, I'm alive and safe thus far. But the trip is young!

The twelve-hour flight to get here taught me that I really must cultivate the skill of sleeping upright.

Note to self re food on Air China. Dear self: I'm proud that when faced with the choice of "omlette" or "(unintelligible)", you took the adventurous option, even if it did turn out to be goo with bits of mince suspended in the slippery mass. It proved to be... edible. Continue with your spirit of experimentation; it hasn't killed you yet.

Christ, I could murder a coffee. I was warned that airport currency exchange prices are a bit prohibitive though, so I used my remaining cash in Sydney to pre-buy some muesli bars to get me through 'til my flight at 4pm (it's 7.30am now, here anyway... I think it's 10.30am back home). I'm hoping my plane leaves on time, because the same thick "fog" that delayed my landing has started delaying outgoing flights too.

Oh, you saw what I did there with "fog", huh? The stuff filling the air here is to fog what the Death Star is to moons. Dawn hit an hour ago and it took me thirty minutes to notice. "Fog", it seems, is a polite way of saying "murderous smog". Visibility outside is near-nil; the air is choked with this thick yellow-gray stuff. It makes for a fantastically post-apocalyptic view, but I'm not sure how I feel about inhaling it - yeah, it's inside the airport too. You start to see it at about the fifty-metre mark. You can taste it in every breath you take. I've never in my life seen smog bad enough to be visible at street-level, let alone indoors... it's an amazing experience (but one I'd prefer not to experience for too long, for the sake of my lungs).

I've run out of steam and some of those benches are starting to look awfully good for a nap. Signing off until I hit the States or get bored... whichever happens first.
12 have fought ~ fight the power!
justascream From: justascream Date: January 9th, 2012 11:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Gel, jelly, or gelatinous appearing foods are often confiscated when you are inbound to the USA or outbound from the USA. There was a big fuss recently when a TSA guy (airport security checkpoint dude) confiscated a lady's cupcake for "being enough like a jelly to be suspicious." He got in trouble for it after the story went viral.

In general, if it's jelly-like, liquid-like, or pointy-like, TSA will give you shit about it.
tania From: tania Date: January 9th, 2012 11:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I figured as much, but I thought I'd give it a shot - would have been nice to have something less muesli-ish to go with my muesli bars. No great loss though, I got it for free on the flight. ;)
From: oldhans117 Date: January 10th, 2012 12:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Good luck getting any caffeine in China my parents went on vacation there and could not even get tea! They had a lot of fun and I hope you are too.
arphalia From: arphalia Date: January 10th, 2012 02:10 am (UTC) (Link)
SO SO SO wish I were going to FC so I could finally meet you! Have an awesome time! :D
tania From: tania Date: January 11th, 2012 05:24 am (UTC) (Link)
I wish so too! I'll be loitering around the SF area for a month or so, though - so if by some chance you wind up in the region, let ms know! :)
cateagle From: cateagle Date: January 10th, 2012 05:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Glad to see that nothing is getting you down, even that "fog". Good luck with the continuing trip. When you get to the States, if you come through the Dallas/Fort Worth area, I'd love to meet up with you (even if it's just in passing at DFW airport).
master_haakon From: master_haakon Date: January 10th, 2012 05:06 am (UTC) (Link)
That fog is quite worrying to the max.
rosequoll From: rosequoll Date: January 10th, 2012 12:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay! You're alive!

I need to send you an email, but I'll be lazy and comment here! Whyrl had to take two suitcases to fit the fursuits and all, but he does NOT need two coming back. I have let him know to offer you my green hardshell suitcase if you would like to use it. It is large, but light and will allow you to cart home swag! I can always pick it up from you in Melbourne later this year (I'll cover your add-on fee for checked luggage, cheaper than shipping it back) or whatever. I wont need it until at least 2013. =P

If you don't need/want it, no worries, Whyrl will cart it back home for me.
porsupah From: porsupah Date: January 10th, 2012 10:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
The scenes over Beijin and Shanghai are somewhat.. breathtaking. Kuala Lumpur was the same - up from the observation bridge on the Petronas Towers (highly recommended, and I'm sometimes not the greatest for heights), that blanket was so clearly evident.

(Hell, even LA's fun to descend into - it's certainly not as bad, but nighttime skies are nowhere approaching natural. Blade Runner was vastly optimistic in that regard)
ruggels From: ruggels Date: January 11th, 2012 01:47 am (UTC) (Link)




Further Confusion?!?!
Been wanting to meeet you like in.. Forever..

Why does no one tell me these thigns!!!! GRAHHHARAAAHHHAHR!

tania From: tania Date: January 11th, 2012 05:23 am (UTC) (Link)
This is completely my bad - I haven't been keeping LJ updated; only discussed this on Twitter. I'll be in San Francisco for an entire month though, and I'd love to grab a coffee if you wind up somewhere nearby in that time! :)
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12 have fought ~ fight the power!