Things like these are so unexpected - shudders of excitement make their way through my body when the news reached my ears. Nevertheless, I would say that I'd rather get pleasant surprises like these than to be let down by too many expectations. After knowing that I've been selected to participate in the IBWSC, I almost broke the calm demeanour I always wear and break into a face-splitting grin. The months that follow involved tedious visa applications and constant correspondence with the organizers.
Packing is a rather tedious process too, which I procrastinated until I was about to leave. One thing learnt though - don't put your phone charger and universal plug into your luggage! I was having a flat battery when I was transitting in Shanghai, and I could do nothing about it. It was so frustrating.
This is Pudong Airport, Shanghai, China.
Transitted here for five hours.