So, as me and my friend left Turkey and arrived in Romania, the immigration said that my Schengen Visa is not valid yet for Romania. Therefore they have no other options but to send me back to Istanbul immediately. However, my friend who is South Korean got through super easily without any problems. Everything happened so fast, there was a rush of blood into my brain and erased all my abilities for damage control. I did not even have time to talk about it with my friend, well, and my lips felt like they were shut with glue. Speechless. Within five minutes, after I hugged my friend goodbye and heard her whispering in my ear to wish me good luck and that we must meet again, I was escorted by the security back on to the plane, and it took off right away. As the plane was breaking through the clouds, I got this sudden rush of sadness and a calm but intense heartbeat. I did not know what is about to happen. I was not sure whether Turkey would let me back in or not. This Eurotrip might have to end at this point and my next destination would be Beijing, or quoting from the Romanian immigration, “back to where I am from”.
I was sad because this is one of the closest situations i’ve felt that human beings are not all equal. Or should I say, in the most obvious way. I used to blame my birth for not having the privileges as so many others. But at this point, I no longer blame anyone. I simply have this hope and wishes that one day, China would changes the foreign affairs in a different situation. Open up to the rest of the world even more with a bigger sense of pride, with more freedom of the people, higher educational level and a better quality of living in the nation. And foreign countries would also trust the quality of Chinese people, without keeping us out with strict restrictions and prejudices. The new campaign that our president Xi has brought out is that he encourages Chinese people to be “civilized tourists” when traveling overseas to build a better image for our nation and leave the world a good impression. This definitely takes a long way but every single effort made, every foreigner’s stereotype we have changed about the Chinese people, will accumulate into the “China Dream”. I am simply doing my part of my national obligation. And I will encourage more and more Chinese people to do the same. I think this is my own version of “China Dream”–to change the stereotypes.