Because of the protests urging the current Thai Prime Minister to step down, the international airport at Bangkok closed down—ruining travel plans for many. Our flights from Phuket to Bangkok and then to Taipei this morning were both canceled. All flights for the next few days out of Thailand (Pattaya, Phuket) to international hubs in Southeast Asia (Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, you name it) are all booked (including waitlists). My mom frantically called our Thai agent at the business center while I called various airlines from our room—to no avail. The phone charges to our room probably span five pages and we even considered taking a bus with a honeymoon couple to Malaysia just to get out. What hurt the most was when our Thai agent exclaimed out of exasperation, “I hate my country” and the honeymoon couple complained, “I’m never coming here again.” To hate your own country and be hated is just such a…heartbreaking thought.