Arrived at the Bejing Airport at approximately 11:20AM to check-in for my flight to Shenzhen. It didn't take long before it all went downhill...
FIRST, I checked-in at the flight counter and was dreading to find out how much my luggage weighed. With all the things I shoved in there, it had to be overweight. What I didn't expect was it to be 9kg overweight! I screwed myself over with that one, but what can I do? I paid the people and moved on.
SECOND, I patiently wait next to my terminal Gate B for boarding at 12:30PM. When the time rolled around and the plane did not arrive, I got kind of worried. I thought that it was just running extremely late, but when another half a hour had passed I began to panic. I checked the flight schedules and realized that they had changed Gate B to Gate A. I seriously wanted to punch someone at that point. I went to the management counter and booked the next flight.
THIRD, out of pure clumsiness (and panic from the whole situation), I leave my cell phone somewhere I couldn't remember. When I asked the ladies at the counter, they were nice enough to give my phone a call for me. Found out it was sitting at lost and found outside of the security checkpoint. My boarding time was in half a hour and I was told I wouldn't have time to get it. So I had to decide between phone or plane. Wonderful. I took a leap of faith and made a dash for both. Thank God I made the flight just in time!
LASTLY, due to the complete chaos that went down, my main luggage was left stranded at the Beijing Airport. I had a feeling there would some sort of mix-up with the luggage. I landed at Shenzhen a little after 6:00PM and would have had to wait another 4 hours if I wanted to see my luggage again. I was exhausted by that point, so I decided to just have it picked up another day. So for now I will make do with the few items I do have with me.
Even though I had such a crappy day, I am very thankful for the random strangers that helped me out. Like the ladies at the desk who helped me find my phone and let me borrow theirs; the security workers who escorted me to the right places that, otherwise, I would had a hard time finding; and to the young man that ran my luggage around the airport so that I would be able to make my flight in time. Seriously, THANK YOU.
I'm glad that is over with.