Sunday, February 3, 2008
Live from Shanghai
Weather has quickly stopped being the story. the story is people.
I'm with tens of thousands now trying to find aircraft to leave china.
There are 170 million trying to find a train/car/bus etc. to get home. The systems that usually manage this have been swamped.
Moreover it seems like this is acceptable. No public accountability i've seen. TV news doesn't even show the mess, I read about it from the new york times.
But I can see it in living color now. This morning the commute to the airport was 2 -1/2 hrs. We were stuck in monster traffic jams as people inched towards home or the airport or the train station.
The airport is jammed with people. (and PuDong is a pretty crap airport in the grand scheme....)
This said, and despite the length of the trip ahead, i've got it easy compared to most everyone else trying to get from pt. A to B today.
charlie merrow Merrow
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