Read Kina Grannis’ Incredible Story of Being Stranded in Jakarta for 100 Days

Wow. That’s really all I can say after reading Kina’s story about why she was MIA at the tail end of last year. I remember distinctly thinking that she had been surprisingly quiet lately, but I chalked it up to her needing time to recharge and reconnect with her family. I had no idea that she was stranded in Jakarta for over 3 months due to misunderstandings, poor organization by shady event staff, and a very strict government regime.

The joyful moment they received their passports to return home.
I don’t want to spoil too much, and instead encourage you to read her recollection of the ordeal on her own website. Just in case you feel like you need to read some excerpts, I’ll post them below.

I disappeared for a few months at the end of last year — perhaps you noticed. I re-emerged in January, and while I wasn’t ready to share my story then, I promised that when I was ready, I would. But, I needed time…

…In any case, I’m ready to share my story now, or at least the parts of it I’m comfortable disclosing at this time…

…On September 14th, 2015, my band and I head to Jakarta, Indonesia to kick off a 6-city tour in Southeast Asia….

…The Jakarta show is great. I meet lots of lovely people at the meet and greet afterwards. I’m feeling good. Then, out of nowhere, a group of Immigration officials walk onto the stage and confiscate our passports. They send us back to our hotel, no explanation given.

We manage a troubled sleep that night, with no idea what’s going on. The next day, the tour promoters (the people that invited us out to Asia and are in charge of the tour) assure us that the issue is nearly resolved and that we’ll be flying out to our next stop in Taiwan that night. But that night passes, and so does the next, and the next…

I’m just very thankful they were able to make it back safely and can only imagine how difficult the last few months of 2015 were for Kina, her band, and their friends and family. Thank you Kina, for opening up and sharing this unfortunate experience with the world.

Source: KG

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