Vancouver Success and Transitioning Out - Follow The Money and the Heart - CycleBlaze

January 31, 2020

Vancouver Success and Transitioning Out

Once getting onto that plane from Vegas to Bellingham it was like stepping into a different world.  A good friend told me once that Vegas is like a different country, it sure felt like that.  The first thing to notice was that everyone on the plane was white, including myself, and that was a culture shock to the extreme having lived in Asia for so long.  I got talking to some guy on the plane, and I didn't know any better but let slip with a comment that my work is in China and I'm here on holidays.  It wasn't any problem to say that in Vegas but all of a sudden this brought lots of looks on the plane and the guy beside me said, "Don't say that too loud bro".  Some jokingly covered their faces.  I had to make a quick save and lie that I was here over a month and another woman said, "Don't worry he's good" after that comment.

The airport in Bellingham was very small and I bought some lunch while the people said "Welcome home" and congratulating me on the trip to Vegas.  I could easily pass as a white American living in the Pacific Northwest, but home was not here, I'd be soon crossing the border into Vancouver.  It was a short wait for the shuttle bus.  Once on it, I got thinking too much about that plane conversation as well as recent news headlines about the US banning travelers from China due to the coronavirus.  I started freaking out at the border crossing.  The problem was that I had only been in the US for about 12 days which is less than the two weeks needed away from China.  They would surely grill me on my travel history and that's exactly what happened, it was one of the worst border crossings I can remember.  It took so long that the bus pulled away and I was left to take a cab in order to make my next OrangeTheory Fitness class in South Surrey.  But that was all worth it, the class went awesome.

Then the next few days I stayed with family and generally had a good time.  Some good shopping was done, and I managed to renew my drivers license as well as drop into the bank to unblock my debit card from that branch that had been out of commission for the last 3 months.  That was the final success needed to be done in order to ensure full cash flow capacity.  It was soon time to bounce and get on with the BIKING part of this trip.

Leaving the Vegas airport
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At the very small Bellingham airport.
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At the massive Hong Kong airport now in the apocalypse zone
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Same photo as before, notice the marks now
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The one awesome advantage of that Vancouver to Hong Kong flight
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Well that's creative
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Made it!
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Summary of all my workout classes
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