first off, barbara, the girl (well, woman) i am with went to the airport today to get her luggage. she came back 3 hours later and what she told me is really really scary. forget anything you see on the news. these things are not being reported! no taxi, no cars, nothing goes in to the airport. the only option to get to the airport are official busses. thankfully, these busses stop in front of my hotel so it seems like i will at least be able to get to the airport.
when barbara was there, she saw that all doors are blocked by armed police. no one goes in, no one goes out. They have their guns up and are ready to fire. From the general mood of the people, there is a lot of anger and frustration and trust me, if this continues there will be a disaster. people are so desperate. they have nothing to lose at this point in time. the airport is a very dangerous place right now.
barbara convinced me that even though we can’t quite understand how lucky we are, we have more than most of these people. we have internet and a phone to call out and to be called. we have clean showers and restrooms. we have heating, a bed, food, someone to talk to.
trust me, whatever you see on tv is not what is really going on at the airport right now!
i have been in touch with my bank to raise my credit card limit so that in case i need a lot of money to book whatever i can actually do it. i’ll tally up my expenses so far tonight to have a better idea of how much i already spent.
i’m working on writing down my experience so far. give me another hour or so.