What a difference a year makes. In 2019 we were in the throes of First Year Frustrations and Expat End of Year Itus. In contrast, 2020 and the speedy spread of the coronavirus has blindsided pretty much everyone, everywhere on the planet.
Travel and Covid-19 really are a match made in the seventh circle of hell, because the virus doesn’t travel, we do and this nasty little hitchhiker scabs a free ride.
After several months stranded in the UK, hoping things might blow over, it became very clear that they hadn’t and wouldn’t any time soon. With lockdown restrictions in the UK easing and having grossly overstayed our welcome (what was supposed to be a sub-three-week trip ended up being almost 5 months) we ran the reverse travel gauntlet to return to Hong Kong and my husband who had been alone and working from home what felt like an infinity.
We were quite anxious about the return journey and can’t help wondering if this was an uncomfortable glimpse into the future of air travel.Continue reading