Blogger Lived on Wasabi and Soy Sauce, “The Terminal” Style

Travel News — By christinegarvin on October 24, 2011 at 9:22 am

Ever think living in an airport for an extended period of time might be glamorous?

Yeah, neither did we. But maybe fun, at least, what will all the foods to choose from, and plenty of free reading in the bookstores. Plus, you get to witness all those ecstatic hellos and sad goodbyes. Human nature at its best.

Or, maybe not.

Japanese man Masaaki Tanaka lived to tell the tale of being stranded in Taipei International Airport in Taiwan after his visa expired. He ran out of money to pay the fee to get out of Taipei, so he’s been hanging out in the airport, dining on wasabi and soy sauce packets.

Hmm, is this some crazy new cleanse we have yet to hear about?

Image: Wootango1/Flickr

Alas, these condiments were the easiest thing to snag, which of course Tanaka ended up blogging about because well, that’s what people do these days. His blog drew the public’s attention, and they helped fund his visa costs (maybe he can write a “How-to Get Out of the Country When You’re Penniless” e-book after he returns home!).

More than likely, you aren’t going to get stuck at an airport soon…well, at least not most of you. But getting caught overnight in an airport due to a canceled flight, or even for 24 hours during the holiday craze, may leave you wondering about survival tips.

Luckily, there’s a website for that: The Guide to Sleeping in Airports. They provide some pretty handy-dandy tips, including bringing along Vick’s Vapor Rub, which when dabbed under your nose can drastically cut the scent of the guy next to you that hasn’t seen a shower in some time.

As for Tanaka, it seems he is trying to stay on the good side of Taipei International by saying he wouldn’t have been able to survive in any other airport. But just think about all those great ketchup and mustard packets available at McDonald’s in airports all around the world.

Tags: how to sleep in an airport, stuck in airport, Taipei International, travel blogging, visa fees

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