Trip Start Jun 03, 2010
129Trip End Feb 04, 2012
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Church's Chicken at the airport
So I prepared for my 24-hour stay at the airport
When I got to Trinidad, I told immigration I was meeting a friend on his sailboat. I didn't have a return ticket, or any proof that I was going to be staying on the boat, so the agent informed me matter of factly that I would be sent back to Caracas. Panic. No, I can't go back there. I gave them Adam's cell phone number - didn't go through. I showed them emails bewtween us planning for me to come on the boat - she didn't care. I asked if I could email him so he could bring the papers - she wouldn't let me. Thank GOD I had my ipod with me, and thank GOD the airport had free wi-fi, and thank GOD Adam checked his facebook. Also, thank GOD the flight to Caracas was four hours away. Me and another guy who were being deported were taken up to wait for our flights. When I got up to go to the bathroom, the "guard" got up and came with me. Apparently he had to keep us in sight at all times. Except when he was falling asleep in the chair, I guess. So at this point I didn't know if Adam was coming or would make it in time. He had to get the papers cleared before the flight boarded at 4pm. At 3:15, a woman told me to follow her. We went back to immigration, and I thought I was free. Then I panicked that I was just going down to get my passport, which they had confiscated, so that I could get on the flight. Thankfully, my passport was stamped and I was set free. I caught a taxi to the boatyard and was finally safe.
Then began my boating adventure.