My 60 Hour Trip to Sibu, or, “A very good reason NOT to fly overseas during a typhoon”

Well, I’ve officially been in Sibu, Malaysia for three days now, and I’m finally starting to feel like a real person again. No one should ever spend 60 hours straight travelling. That being said, I’ve having an amazing time already, and it was totally worth it.

I left Belleville on Thursday night to catch a plane that left Toronto Airport at 2am.
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The flight was scheduled to arrive in Taipei 14 hours later, where I would catch a connecting 5 hour flight to Kuala Lumpur, and then a 2 hour flight to Sibu. All in all, including layovers, it should have taken about 26 hours. This plan was completely dashed to shit when typhoon Soudelor hit Taiwan.

Unable to land in Taipei, we circled Naho, Japan for a few hours before landing at the Naho Airport, where we stayed for 14 hours, waiting for the weather to clear.

When we were finally cleared to take off again, it was only a one hour flight to Taipei. Upon arrival though, I learned that my flight to Kuala Lumpur had been rescheduled for the next morning – 12 hours later.

I made my way upstairs to find a chair to sleep in, and await my morning flight.

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The next morning, we learned that another airport in Taiwan had been damaged, so that all of the flights flying out of Taiwan were now relying on a single runway. Of course, my flight was delayed again. I made a friend, we went for lunch, and then languished in the airport until we were allowed to leave.

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We landed in Kuala Lumpur, where – after hearing about my horrible, horrible time so far – my boyfriend had come to meet me. I spent two hours in immigration, and when I was finally allowed into the baggage collection area, it was to discover that 60% of the luggage belts were malfunctioning. It took a further two hours for my luggage to arrive, at which point I had missed my connecting flight to Sibu – the very last one leaving for the night.

Andrew and his friend Lucas (finally) met me on the other side of the gate in Kuala Lumpur, and after a quick tour of the city and (finally) a real meal, we spent the night at a hotel before (finally) catching a flight to Sibu.
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All told, I was in transit for about 60 hours. And this, my friends, is a very good reason NOT to fly overseas during a typhoon.

Since then, though, its been a great time. I got to sleep away a day in a real bed, check out the city, see the gym where Andrew has been working and finally put faces to all the names I’ve been hearing since he left last month. Andrew bought me awesome phone cases and an adorable wooden crocodile before I got here, I’ve seen all varieties of strange birds, insects, and lizards. The food is great, I met a wonderful stray dog, the people are friendly as all hell ( I even got a present from a lovely girl named Laura – Hello Kitty cream!), and… it’s just great.
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60 hour trip notwithstanding… I love it here.

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