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Vacation Travel Chaos

the longest journey starts with the first step

at least we can still do our 10,000 steps a day

There is no quick resolution to the COVID-19 chaos that is affecting airlines, tour operators, hotels, and whole countries around the world.  Yesterday the government in England, via the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, exempted some countries from its advice that we British should avoid any but essential overseas travel.

There is a list of these exempted countries ~ it’s fairly useless.  No matter what the Government says here, these countries all have their own rules, which in some cases prevent people who have recently been to England from entering ~ hopefully pro tempore.  In some cases there are no commercial flights anyway.

The full Department of Transport list can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-travel-corridors

But beware, Cyprus, Greece, and Malta will not let UK nationals in without a test, lots of documentation, a 14 day quarantine, (or at all),  there are no flights to the Seychelles, Portugal doesn’t seem to exist any more, & etc. & etc.

Places I think I could travel to in the near future are Italy, Spain, Turkey.  Not really an extensive list of holiday Destinations is it?  France is definitely off the list of places to go, and large parts of Spain are under lockdown again.  There’s always Gibralter, and maybe Morocco.

My best advice is to contact a reputable tour company and airline ~ and then do lots of on-line research before booking anything.

Or stay at home for another couple of weeks.

Sadly, if you are in the USA, you can’t go anywhere, and nobody can come to visit you.  Perhaps you may be able to travel by Thanksgiving, or Christmas.

Have a nice Independence Day.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Doom and Gloom when it comes to travel to or from the USA, or anywhere within America either

English COVID-19 Travel Restrictions Eased

live with no excuses, and travel with no regrets

As it has been widely expected, today a list of countries will be announced that residents of England will be free to travel to very soon.  The travel ban is expected to be lifted on some 60 countries from July 4th, and from the 10th of July the 14 days quarantine for arrivals into England is not going to be required from these countries.  It is expected that Cyprus,  France, Germany, Italy, Malta, Spain, and New Zealand will be on the approved list ~ but not Greece.  It is a lot more complicated than that.

For example; Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland are doing their own thing ~ health policy is devolved to those regions.

The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson,  is expected to make an announcement, listing the countries for which the English travel ban is being lifted, at 17:00 hours this evening.

The place I want to go to the most, the better parts of the USA, are not expected to be on the list of permitted destinations.  Not yet.  Both the the US and English governments show no sign of rescinding their travel bans.  Foreign Office and State Department rules still have to be followed.  Otherwise travel insurance could be invalid, and laws may be broken.

And tomorrow, pubs, bars, cafes, restaurants, holiday parks, and other branches of the hospitality industry will be allowed to open in England too.  Hotels are also expected to be open in limited ways.  The social distancing limit in England is reduced to 1 metre (3 feet or so), from tomorrow.  The UK tourism industry may be coming back to life.

We can all get a haircut tomorrow.

Actually, it is all very confusing.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

not certain I want to fly on a 737-300

Vacation Drinking

water and booze should only ever meet in a glass

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Here in very hot and sunny Turkey I’ve suddenly noticed how much people drink on vacation.  And, maybe I’ve only noticed because I’ve been sober for a little while.  Not so long ago I would have been boozing along with the best, and totally oblivious to how much others drank, or as is less likely, didn’t drink.

I am minded to think that copious quantities of alcohol, holiday uninhibitedness, skimpy clothing, heat, sun and deep water could lead to more sorts of trouble than one.

Some say that vacations are a time for fun, and never mind the consequences.  And what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.  All I know is that whatever you do and wherever you do it, there will be consequences afterwards.  There is no such thing as a free ride.

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Jack Collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

I have pictures of people boozing,

but there are privacy issues

Scenes on Sunday ~ Another Vacation

tomorrow I fly out to Turkey for a while
it’s a tough life, but someone’s got to do it

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

warm late summer evenings

by the Mediterranean, how cool is that?

Tunes on Tuesday ~ Rio

don’t spend your life getting high on booze and pot ~ get high on life

I chose this track just because I’m taking a vacation next week, (not in Rio).  But, listening to it again I’m pretty sure this ex-Monkee was high on something when he penned this song.

Anyhow, it’s a great warm-up for my vacation.

Please drink, smoke, and listen responsibly.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

there’s a lot of this where I’m going

Scenes on Sunday ~ Turkey

When a man is weary of sunshine and the sea, he is weary of life.

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I a little while I’m going on my first vacation of the year, to Olu Deniz in Turkey.  I was there last year, and wasn’t brave enough to go parasailing ~ I’ll be doing that exciting activity this year.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

the hotel has only about 20 rooms, but the pool area is really nice

 

Scenes on Sunday ~ Zion Canyon

Where history deepens one’s appreciation of the canyon’s beauty.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

You could walk out of Zion Canyon

but I wouldn’t like to try it.

Vacation Introspection

If you do what you always did, then you’ll get what you always got.

As I don’t need to earn a living these days, some may say that my whole life is just one long vacation.  Actually it doesn’t quite work like that ~ when I’m at home in the garret my time seems to be filled with lots of ordinary and everyday stuff.  Whereas, now I’m here holidaying on Lanzerote I seem to have much more time to just sit in the sunshine and let my thoughts drift where they will.

It seems that I needed to resolve some issues, to reject the things that have blocked me in the past; the people, the choices, the mistakes, the material possessions I thought were so important…..  It seems that I need to move away from the material world towards spiritual and emotional growth, and that I need to place less importance on relationships that do not, and perhaps never will, provide what I need and desire.

I need to awaken the strength within me, the spiritual self, the masculinity, ready to fight back against all the negative influences, the misleading promises, the illusions and delusions about what real happiness looks like for me.

There are some dreams and personal ambitions I want to fulfil, particularly in terms of interpersonal relationships, and particularly sexually.  I need to fully assert myself to reconnect with my own internal courage, fortitude, and drive.

This vacation has allowed me to see that I need to progress, for the physical desires I have allowed to be unfilled to really come to fruition, that it’s time to leave behind negative people and influences, even if those people have been very close to me in the past.

It’s time I told people exactly what is on my mind, and it’s time for me to take charge and stop shying away from speaking the truth of my innermost wants, needs, desires, and dreams.

Some say that you can get 80% of what you want for just 20% of the efforts you’ve been putting into a relationship.  And that if you give some people an inch they will take a mile.  All I know is that if people don’t like the truth they can live their lives without my help.

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Jack Collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Lanzerote is pretty nice

Food on Friday ~ Vacation Food

A good vacation for me includes sunshine, the sea, and good food.

This scheduled post should appear while I’m on vacation on the Spanish Island of Lanzerote.  Ergo I thought I’d try to feature dishes that I would cook for myself while I’m taking a cool road trip.

Perhaps the secret of vacation food is that it should be pretty easy to make and look really good, as well as being tasty and healthy.  Face it, when you’re in your trailer, camper, holiday cottage, you don’t want to spend ages making bland and colourless food that mostly comes from a can.

First this week, from Heather Christo a dish I would eat every week, and yet reminds me of so very many good times on vacation Chinese 5 spice beef and pepper stir fry.  I love making myself a stir fry, and yet my dishes never look like a work of art in the same way that Heather’s always do.

Chinese 5 Spice Beef and Pepper Stir-Fry

Next, from Teighan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest, we have a dish of skillet roasted french onion chicken and potatoes, and you know what?  This looks quintessentially Gallic.  From everything you may hear and read you may think that many Englishmen don’t like the ‘Frogs’, and yet there are many Francophiles here.  I happen to love Normandy, and this dish is exactly the kind of thing I’ve eaten there.

Skillet Roasted French Onion Chicken and Potatoes

Brought to us by Elise Bauer at Simply recipes we have ginger-soy steamed salmon with spicy maple sauce by Nick Evans.  I’m pretty certain that Nick’s English, but if ever a recipe said high-end California to me, then it’s this one.

Ginger-Soy Steamed Salmon with Spicy Maple Sauce

I love Italy and Italian food, and this lasagna Bolognese recipe from Jessica Merchant promises Italian, warming, nutritious, healthy, (fairly healthy), comfort food for those colder December nights.  Those of you who still imbibe, add a glass or two of Chianti and have a great evening.  Keep the leftovers to take to work, lasagna works well in the microwave the following day.

Lasagna Bolognese

When it comes to food from the Orient, I like potstickers.  I like the look of these pork and kimchi potstickers by Chungah at Damn Delicious ~ enough said.

Pork and Kimchi Potstickers

Finally for this week, from an British girl in France, Amanda at Chez le Rêve Français has a cool recipe for coriader and cumin roasted root vegetables.  I think this recipe would make a great accompaniment to any meat or fish you happen to have in the refrigerator.  At this time of year we English love our roasted root vegetables.

Coriander and Cumin Roasted Root Vegetables

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

eggs are an easy vacation breakfast

Another Sunshine Vacation

Lanzerote; an island moulded by an artist.

If this scheduled post appears when I expect it to, then right now I’m at my local airport waiting to board a flight to Arrecife on Lanzarote, one of Spain’s Canary Islands.  I’m leaving behind weather in England that’s in the mid forty degrees, heading for sunshine and temperatures in the mid seventies.  What’s not to like?

And, it turns out that there’s an adults only beach just a short stroll from the hotel.  Shame that none of the people who read my posts ever wanted to vacation with me.  I will keep you all apprised.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Marmy isn’t going anywhere that has an adults only beach

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