Life is strange.
I struggled about two weeks to apply my Australian visa, without success, so I decided to skip Australia and to fly directly to New Zeland.
Hut when I went to the airport, in Bali, the woman at the desk told me I still needed australian visa, because I needed to change plane in Brisbane and I would have waited fifteen hours there, more than eight, the maximum time allowed to stay in an airport without visa.
I couldn’t believe it, Australian bureaucracy was persecuting me!
We tried to find a solution, maybe changing flight, but I would have paid for that.
So Sury ( it’s not the real name, I cannot remember it! ), told me she could try to apply a visa online, in about fifteen minutes.
I her no hope about that, considering how long I already tried that.
After fifteen minutes she told me that my electronic Australian visa was done, for one year.
I thanked a lot that magic woman and I realized that after New Zeland I could cross Australia as well.
I also needed to buy a return ticket from New Zeland, because it was the only way to be allowed to stay there without visa; I decided to do that in Brisbane.
Then I flew to there.
During the flight I have got problems with my left ear, probably because I had a bit of cold.
I told that to the Stuart… Big mistake!!!
In Brisbane, at the airport, the assistance staff kindly tried to take care of me but to call a doctor I had to pay.
I absolutely didn’t want to see a doctor that probably would have forbidden me to fly.
I spent all the night at the airport and when the morning came I decided to go to a chemistry, where I could find also a doctor, maybe.
I found a very friendly woman, Marijke, that helped me to buy a SIM card, she accompanied me to a chemistry where I bought some medicines, she assisted me to buy some food as well and we finally came back to the airport.
I started to feel better so I bought my return ticket.
But when I went to the desk to find out how to get my flight they still asked me to see a doctor, otherwise I wasn’t allowed to fly.
I did all my best to deter them that I felt good, also supported by Harry, a kind member of the staff.
I did it!