Like most people the toll and impact of this “unseen thing” has forced an irreversible change in Life. For me self-isolation has been an emotion cage I struggle to escape, sometimes in control, but deeply troubled I wonder from day-to-day with no real aim or goals.
In a few more days a new era begins as I’m released from my current mission. Maybe this cage is not a cage at all.
Like many Brits by birth, I’ve become
accustomed to my democratic privacy. I enjoy free movement across borders
without much hassle.
Enter The Dragon
Since a kid, I’ve been fascinated with Chinese culture so it’s actually awesome to be finally going there as 40+ years later. It becomes apparent at the Visa application stage how controlling the authorities are and this is made worst with media coverage of official spyware install by immigration…WTF and I have to pay for the privilege of a Visa. Having an assumption of my privacy rights does not help my situation and so my anxiety level rise and hello Mr Myasthenia.
So what’s in my toolkit?
Linux Tails iPad
new iCloud account
New Facebook account for self tracking ….and a few encrypted devices.
…but essentially, I’ll be offline as much
My top 5 Barriers to China
You have to scan and upload your picture. This is easy enough but not everyone has a decent document scanner or knows how to use it.
Confirmed hotel booking…maybe I just want to be free and last minute. Nope, this is not an option.
Form filling 10 pages of personal data..This is Your Life
Appointment in person…2-3 hours if you are lucky
Figuring out the geography…China is freaking massive. I will definitely get lost at some point.
I have no freaking idea what I’m getting
into but hey, it’s just another level.
I assume you accept this.