My 3 week trip to Canada ended up being extended to almost 4 weeks. It was very special to have more time with Domi, Duncan and Paige, we had a little more time to do fun things and chill together. It’s a pity that there was an element of anxiety which overshadowed some of the time. Travel during these times makes for much uncertainty, the trip was delayed because one of my flights was cancelled. Fjord was worried that I would be stranded there and asked Cliff is his music teacher John would be able to rescue me on his microlight.
The stress around getting Covid tests done within certain time frames (different for every destination) is not for the fainthearted. We left for the airport without my results. The e mail came through as I was checking in at the airport. Germany is a bit confusing they insist on a test done 48 hours or less before the landing but results can take up to 48 hours, on a flight of 8 or 10 hours this cuts things terribly fine. I found out later that for transit though Germany not leaving the airport, the Covid test isn’t needed. South Africa are more practical, sensible and kind. The test has to be done 72 hours or less before departing on your journey to SA. If I had figured this out I could have gone for the test a day sooner. My anxiety levels were though the roof, I left for the airport without a test result, which came though by e-mail as I was checking in at the airport.
The airports felt more alive on the return trip with far more travelers in transit. Still the flights were very empty and each passenger had the luxury of lying down across an entire row.
I will be forever grateful that I met Paige at such an adorable stage. The memories will be cherished.
I forgot to attach a song to my last post. The one which stood out was this one, I was away for our 16th wedding anniversary, we love X Files. Who knew that David Duchovny was also a musician, this one was fitting as an anniversary song.