After travelling overseas to ski for the past 25 years, I have
never had a flight delayed for more than a few hours. On my way home this year
I finally ran out of luck and was stranded for 2 days when a massive storm
closed New Chitose airport. The storm was so intense that I wasn’t
able to get to a hotel the first night when rail and road were closed due to
snow drifts. Statistically, I have most probably been quite lucky. I just hope
this is not going to become a trend.
After queuing for hours for closed trains and taxis to nowhere,
it was time to rest
The remaining seats did NOT look inviting
The floor did NOT look inviting
For those lucky enough to score a blanket - on top or underneath?
The place looked like a sick cross between
a refugee camp and a terrorist attack.
Truly scary! The loud, deep-throated snoring emanating
from the children's play area
"the Coke side of life" ?
Make up your own mind
3am and I am feeling peckish - not a single eatery open in the
Ahhh! : Royce Chocolate : The best chocolate. Side effects?
How I would expect a closed airport to look at 4am - ground level
You just had to tough it out
All flights were still grounded the next morning
My favourite shot of the night - he even looks familiar - Toni?
Yep, there truly were a lot of Vacant Moments at the
New Chitose airport.