“You cannot leave the airport unless there is an emergency. You need to go to the departure zone and wait there.” – the Chinese security officer declared firmly, quickly turning his attention to other visitors. My fellow Hungarian travelers and I exchanged glances— the disappointment among us was palpable.
On the morning of October 24th, I woke up well before the break of dawn. But despite being tired, a surge of excitement coursed through me. It was the day I would embark on a long-awaited journey to New Zealand, a land that had been calling to me from the top of my bucket list.