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Leaving for Hong Kong

In little more than an hour, I will be on my way to Hong Kong. Since there is a holiday coming up (Tomb Sweeping Day next Monday), it might be easy to believe that I’ve taken this opportunity to go and visit one of the more fascinating cities in East Asia, but such a conclusion would only be partly right and fairly misleading.

The real reason I’m going is somewhat complicated and is related to a need to change the status on my visa from “student” to “student” (apparently, there are two different kinds for studying Chinese and pursuing university studies, which is relevant since I change from the first to the second recently). Such a change can only be made abroad and Hong Kong is closest.

However, thinking that I’m going on vacation is not entirely mistaken either. Knowing that I had to go to Hong Kong, I was lucky enough to time my visit with the holiday of a friends friend who live in Hong Kong. This means that the visa application has turned from a hit-and-run mission of necessity to something which hopefully will be quite enjoyable. At least I won’t be a forlorn stranger force to visit the city and with no wish to do anything else than leaving again.

This visa problem is more complex than I care to state here, but it has been very taxing on my concentration and mental health recently. I’m usually good at getting things done and focusing on whatever it is I’m doing (studying Chinese, chatting with friends, watching a movie), but during the past two weeks or so, I’ve been unable to do this properly.

At a rational level, I’m no longer worried about the outcome of the visa application, it should merely be a formality because I have all the documents required, but the risk of disaster, regardless of how small, is still present in my mind, and I don’t think I will be able to fully relax and focus on anything else until this problem is out of the way.

If everyting goes to plan, I’ll return to Taiwan on Tuesday night. If I have the opportunity to write an update before then, I’ll do so, but don’t expect to hear anything from me until Wednesday. I hope that by then I will be able to post some pictures from Hong Kong, tell you about how wonderful the trip was and how much better it feels to have all my papers in order once again.

Update (Monday evening): I am now in Hong Kong and everything has worked fine so far, even if the dreaded visa application itself has to wait until tomorrow because of the public holiday. One might say that I have overcome one of the three potential problems (leaving Taiwan and entering Hong Kong), but still have two remaining (acquiring the via and re-entering Taiwan). I’m still anxious, but have no real, rational reason to worry.

Update (Monday night): I’m incredibly stupid, clumsy or both. I must have misread the information on their erbsite, because they have Tuesday off here as well. Tight now I’m trying to change my ticket, hopefully I will be back in Taiwan on Wednesday evening.

Update (Tuesday afternoon): Flight ticket successfully changed to Wednesday, same time as before. I can live here one more night so if the visa application is successful, I will be home tomorrow night.

Update (Wednesday night): I‘m safely back home, I’ll write more after class on Thursday.

  1. Xhakhal’s avatar

    Be strong snigelen hesten :) And good luck, even if there still is a small risk for disaster, I’m sure everything will go perfectly fine <3

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