Do you have anything booked?

This year, we were meant to go on a cruise with friends for their 40th wedding anniversary. [If it sounds a bit strange to accompany friends on their wedding anniversary (no, we’re not swingers), know that they’re great friends, we went on a cruise together a couple of years ago, Mr S has known them most of his life and he was in their bridal party, straight after they finished high school. Our last cruise together was great- we don’t live in each other’s pocket – have breakfast together, do our own thing during the day and catch up at dinner.]

Anyway, this cruise was meant to take place during our year off. As in this year! My plan was we’d go to the UK, spend May, June and July there, fly home straight after the summer equinox and hop over to Fiji for our small boat cruise. Then Mr S would ski for a few weeks while I pottered around. Then we’d drive north to the top of Australia.

But COVID, postponed year off and all that.

We moved the dates. And moved the dates. And just now, with the Australian governments announcement that we are “allowed out”, we’ve booked dates for next year.

As soon as the fortress was open, our friends looked up flight deals.

So now we have a holiday planned in our year off. Three nights in a resort, a seven day cruise, and finishing with five nights at another resort.

Although we’re not going until July-August next year, there’s a real buzz in having things to look forward to. The planning. The anticipation. The future.

Of course, things can change. A new variant! But for now, we’re happy and our Adult Gap Year is taking structure.

Bula.

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6 thoughts on “Do you have anything booked?

  1. That’s great news! I’m happy that big-city Australia is well-vaccinated and things are opening up. We have no travel plans and it’s hard not to have plans for two years straight! Of course we could be travelling locally but we don’t feel strongly enough about it, to actually do it. Our province opened up more on Oct 5 so we can finally go to movies, plays, festivals etc. with our vaccine passports. Now to get back into the habit of going out!

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    • It is so easy to feel comfortable and stay at home. Not sure if it age or the emotional energy of work at the moment, but I don’t feel like going far afield at all. Hope you get to Rom’s parents soon.

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  2. Mary says:

    Just returned from two weeks in the UK (across the Pond, for me). A solo trip. Had absolutely no issues and traveled on just about every mode of transport possible, including ferries. In addition to London, I went up to Scotland. Wore a mask (on transport and indoors), even when others didn’t, which was more an issue in England than Scotland. Never felt unsafe and was able to do almost everything I had hoped to do. Traveling now does involve more planning than in the past since one must book to get into most museums, etc., and, for example, the V&A is only open Wed-Sun, but it was workable. Had a wonderful time meeting up with (vaccinated) friends. Had my flu shot before I left home. Only planned thing I skipped was a classical concert in London. Had bought a ticket before going over, but when I looked at the seating chart a few days before the event, it was almost fully booked. Too many London theatre goers aren’t wearing masks these days, so decided not to risk the exposure.

    Heathrow Terminal 2 was eerily quiet both upon arrival and departure and my bookings on long haul trains ensured that no one would sit beside me (who wasn’t traveling with me). My flight over was mostly full–I had a (relatively cheap) business class seat so was in my own pod–but only 50 or so passengers were on the return flight. In some ways, travel was never easier. Did my Day 2 testing and had to do another just prior to my return to the US. Both negative, thankfully. ‘Momma didn’t raise no fool’…I had travel insurance that would’ve covered me if I had needed it. If one is careful and plans accordingly, travel is doable. Will be taking another Covid test later today to ensure I didn’t bring anything back with me. But I am oh so very glad I went. Lots of lovely memories. At my age (almost 71), I don’t want (and can’t afford) to put off doing things while I still have the physical ability to get around on my own.

    Hope your campervan is ready on time and that your adult gap year is as restorative as it needs to be. I did virtual schooling with my (then) 6 year old grandson from Sept 2020 to June of this year–which was a challenge for all of us–including his lovely, wonderful, dedicated teacher–so I have a small idea of what it means to need some restoration! 🙂

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    • How lovely for you to be able to travel. And well done on all the safety plans. How come no one was able to sit next to you on the trains?

      So that was a whole year of schooling that was down remotely? So hard for those who have to teach the little ones at home. I’m at a high school and the older students did not need much supervision from their parents.

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  3. Mary says:

    When I booked my seat, the train company (Avanti) already had Covid plans in place to ensure you wouldn’t sit next to anyone unless you were already traveling with them. The idea was not to give folks too much direct exposure to someone may have been transmitting the virus.

    Last school year was almost entirely remote in my area until after February when they started to have in-person (masked) classes. However, only ten children (half the first grade class) were allowed in school at a time, so the other ten students had to attend online (virtual). Each week, the groups switched places (one week in school/one week online). God bless the teachers who had to try to keep one eye on the ten students in front of them and the other eye on the 10 on screen. Yes, they were required to teach everyone simultaneously. An impossible task. Once kiddies realized what is was like to be in school, they felt completely invisible when online–no matter how dedicated their teacher was or how much she tried to split her attention between those in school and those online. Let’s just say it was a very intense school year.

    My GS is back in school this year (no online classes offered at all), but in just the first month of school he was twice sent home (Mom had to go pick him up) to quarantine due to three of the four children at his table testing positive over the space of a few weeks–this despite everyone wearing masks all day. My daughter was able to get him tested (PCR required) fairly quickly (thankfully, negative in both cases), but each time he had to miss several days of school awaiting results that would allow him to return to classes without a full 10 day quarantine. You can imagine how difficult this situation is, not only for him, but for his working mom and for the teacher. He will be getting the newly approved (in the US) Pfizer jab for 5-11 year olds sometime this month.

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    • The poor kids! All that disruption. Don’t know how the teachers did two modes of delivery.

      We’ve had lots of primary schools closed for a day since lockdown ended. When someone is positive, they shut the school for the day to contact trace and clean. Vax not yet approved here for under 12s.

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