the life you have known isn’t the only life you will ever know
Overseas travel is a little problematic just now. There are some places I cannot go, some places I can go to will mean self-isolation for a couple of weeks when I return home, and some other places I would never go to anyway. Of all the world one of the countries I can travel to without much hassle is Turkey. So, in a little while I’m taking myself off to a little town on the Turkish Aegean cost, hard by the mountains. In theory, maybe, if I’m lucky.
As the 600,000 thousand or so British holiday makers who went to Spain recently will tell you ~ thinking it was safe, permitted, allowed, not a lot of hassle ~ the rules can all change at the drop of a hat. Some estimate that there are 1.8 million Britons in Spain right now, (including the ex-pats), and any of them returning to the UK will immediately have to spend 14 days in lockdown, under some very stringent not-going-outside rules. And when they are allowed out they will have to wear a face-nappy. If anyone breaks the rules they could face a hefty fine.
(BTW neither a face mask, nor surgical gloves offer any protection whatsoever to COVID-19.)
It’s all utterly farcical, knee-jerk, bullying, pathetic, lily livered political crap. The Government here warns that there is no viable alternative to 14 day quarantine for travellers returning to the UK from high-risk countries. It looks like Belgium, Luxembourg, and Croatia will be taken off the ‘safe travel list’ tomorrow. The Government say that; ‘people should continue to book holidays, but they needed to be aware of the risk of the 14 day quarantine being imposed for the country they are travelling to’. Oh, for f**ks sake! What a bunch of w**kers!
Meanwhile, here in Europe, lockdown free Sweden is managing quite nicely, seeing a very positive downward trend in coronavirus cases. Officials there utterly play down the effectiveness of masks on public transport, saying there’s no point to a face-nappy. Naturally the other European Union countries are not happy with the Swedish stance on COVID-19. You can always tell a Swede, but you can’t tell him much.
Some say that I’m stupid to go abroad in the middle of a pandemic. And that it will serve me right if I have to submit to 14 days of quarantine upon my return. All I know is I’m going anyway, unless Boris panics again.
I think that Marmaduke wants to go with me
he’s got a hell of a lot of luggage for a bear