I’m out the door right now to catch my plane to Taipei.
It’s been a month since I first visited the travel agent to buy tickets for Taiwan and the Taiwanese Trade Office to apply for my visa. The big surprise from the Taiwanese Trade Office was that a 3-month tourist visa is not possible. I wasn’t sure if I should tell them that I will be working or just visiting, so when I said nothing for a long time, they told me to come back the next day to talk to someone else. I was hoping for the best, but the next day they told me that I’d need to request a work authorization and then apply for a proper work visa, a process that would take at least two weeks!
A week later, I had to bite the bullet and take a change buying tickets for the 15th because the travel agent told me that if I waited any longer to buy we would be hitting Japan’s busiest travel time. That risk didn’t pay off and I lost my deposit after a series of delays with the Taiwan Trade Office which resulted in my only being able to apply for the visa on the 17th. If all went well, I could have left as early as Tuesday, but it would have cost $300 dollars to make the change, and, not in the mood to lose another deposit, I decided to stay with today’s flight. Glad that I did, too, because I didn’t actually get the visa until yesterday.
So after all this uncertainty and worry about this project, it is flight CI107 that will finally take me from Tokyo to Taipei’s Chiang Kai Shek Airport this morning. I have been waiting a long time. This will be great.