Portugal: Experience report during Covid-19

I wanted to do here an aftermath of your experience in Portugal this year during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. I will not pretend that travel this year was an easy decision. With the ongoing news about the topic in the media, it was hard to make a good decision. Also, with keeping the own health and the health of others in mind. As with the majority of the Germans staying Germany…

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Portugal: Flying during Covid-19 times

Mountains of Spain Mountains of Portugal What to expect? Honestly it was not as different, as I thought is would going to be. In the airport in Frankfurt everybody was wearing a face mask. The airport staff and every customer. Luggage drop-off was as slow as usually, also with been check in already. So no change in this department. During the security check, we needed to pull of the face mask…

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Germany: Change of the Season

Cherry Tree Rosskastanie Beech Tree With the change of the season from sprint to summer, the patience of the people to get out of the house is used up. Since last week hotels in Germany can open again, it seems some deceptive normality is back. All still under huge health requirements and in every state a bit different. A few weeks ago we all been happy about a small walk in…

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Germany: Back on the bike

As the quarantine due to the global pandemic was lifted this week in Germany, I took the chance to go on longer bike trips again. At the moment this can be done with the people of your own household or max. 4 unrelated people of your household. Rules are still confusing and not always followed by anyone. At the moment it is particularly hard to find  solitude in biking or hiking,…

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Germany: A ocean of flowers (new habit)

I recall that as a kid we had to do school projects that included the collection, drying and documenting of flowers. Which actually had to be done with a botanic book. Back in the days I remember that my aunt was able to name all the flowers and my mother was able to name all the birds, just by hearing them sing. This impressed me a lot and it still does.…

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Germany: What is next? (Covid-19 Blog)

This week was the first week after the eight weeks of quarantine in Germany. After so many lifted restriction, quarantine is officially over. Nether the less social distancing is still in place. Streets are filling up again with people and cars, as shops are reopened. The ghost town feeling is officially over, life is coming back to the cities. Sometimes it feels like the pandemic is over, sadly we are far…

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Germany: Springtime and back to normal? (Covid-19 Blog)

This morning I wake up early and took a morning ride through the woods. I love the springtime in Germany. Waking up around 5 am to the singing of birds. This tiny creatures make so much loud noise. Just hearing the different songs of all the different birds brings a smile to my face. Since New Zealand, where we heard so many different and strange songs of birds, my mood it…

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Germany: Nobody saw that coming (Covid-19 Blog)

If you had asked me two months ago, what will happen tomorrow, I would have told you that we will start our trip around the world. Now I can tell that I canceled this week our starting flight to Lisbon. Which was a real sad moment for me, as I planned this all in my head for years. Somehow this sounds strange but with the cancellation all felt real. I mean…

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Germany: Our new normal? (Covid-19 Blog)

I could rather call this series here lockdown dairies but I do not want to dramatize the situation too much. This week we got week six of the lockdown due to the coronavirus in the books. Week seven will not look that much different, except now everybody needs to wear a face mask when entering a supermarket, bakery or similar shops. I mean we got used to the lines on the…

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Germany: Songs of a nightingale (Covid-19 Blog)

Even that this week was a big announcement how life will go on in the current Corona crisis, there is not much change to expect in a near future. We will face week six of the lockdown, only with slight loosening. In general the outlook seems that this year is nearly totally lost for international travel. It was made already transparent that summer travel will not happen. And even if it…

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