In 2018 I traveled from Hong Kong to Thailand for one of the most watched stories of the decade.
After leaving Dwayne Johnson’s international premiere of his blockbuster movie “Skyscraper,” in Hong Kong, I boarded two planes to make it to Chiang Rai – a countryside town near the Myanmar and Laotian border. The story of a boys youth soccer team and their coach being trapped inside a cave had captivated the world.
It was intense. There were many other ABC employees there who flew in and out. The international press was t one point it was swimming with reporters. The night the boys were rescued the world was watching and waiting to see if they would all be healthy and all make it out alive. I recall the day after they were all brought to the hospital. The environment was tense, with government officials scrambling to get enough answers to the public while many questions about how this soccer team had found themselves in this predicament. Somehow I would befriend an official or diver and have these very ordinary conversations in the midst of an immensely pressurized scenario. It was a fascinating study in human relations. The hours were very late at night with the time change from New York. We were asked to do multiple shows and platforms. There was the language barrier. Thankfully, as always we had a translator, and people were friendly overall but in the time that I was there, I was challenged by feeling like an outsider because of my lack of fluency. That, and the length of the trip caused a certain level of isolation that I still can recall vividly. It has helped me to better empathize with others who, at a time of the pandemic spread in New York, have had their own bouts with isolation and uncertainty. Thankfully this story has a happy ending.
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