Dusty, unused, at first I couldn’t remember where it was. My carry-on bag is now full of toilet paper, hidden under the bed. Those cute hotel shampoo bottles are filled with hand sanitizer and are ubiquitous: in my car, in my purse, in my pockets.
I can’t recall the Capitals of various European Countries…it’s been way too long. I miss my travel escapades. Where is the adventure, the excitement, the awe of a new place; somewhere with a language I don’t understand, a food foreign to my palate, people who stare at me as the stranger?
My airline miles have increased somewhat with card purchases. I am buying crazy clothes and exercise equipment that are advertised on Facebook and never arrive but give me cause to write many emails to foreign lands demanding service.
I watch films and TV shows where others are on the move, making me even more anxious. I read everyone’s opinion on when and where Americans might be allowed and that list is not very encouraging.
I’m hoping I don’t get scammed once travel opens. The thought of having to pay for 14 nights in a hotel under quarantine before venturing forth is not enticing to me. Will I have to get a Covid-19 test before leaving and another upon entering? How much will that cost? What vaccines will countries allow as effective and safe? If I get the disease will a Dr.’s note allow me to travel more freely? Hoping, however, that is not my last resort;-)
Look at the bright side. You have traveled to places most of us have never heard of or been to. Any places in the USA you haven’t visited? Stay well.
I have been most fortunate…probably why I miss it so much! I’m going up to Ft. Bragg in Northern California the end of September and looking forward to it. I have been to all 50 States but not multiple times so there’s that too! Thanks for reading and the encouragement.
I feel your anguish. Personally the uncertainty is Greater with each birthday as this precious time is stolen. I do get joy from going through past travel photos , reading about those places (Cuba now) and then cling onto tiny shreds of beauty each day….seeing all the covid puppies, making a delicious meal, conversation with family. We’ll get through this but I’m thinking less exotic itineraries and back to our faves in Europe perhaps. Where are you hoping to go??
You know me: Papua New Guinea, Malawi, Madagascar, etc….I’m enjoying many simple things as well each day. Thank goodness we are adaptable and still have a sense of humor!