Complete madness: This is folks under the spell of the virus outside of the Montreal Airport the other day. Nobody has to walk around like this, don't you think? Despite the seriousness of the situation I had to laugh when I saw these guys.
This was the shortest oversea's trip we've ever done - booked last fall. 15 minutes before we left to the Zürich International Airport for our flight to Montreal (going to Vermont/USA) last week on Thursday (March 12), we read that Trump was about the close the American Border due to the virus. We checked the internet in a hurry and read that we could still make it over the U.S. Border and the close-down was a day later. So we left Zurich, kind of uneasy but still in fairly good spirits thinking "it can't be that bad, they over-do". We wanted to spend 10 days with our friends in Vermont helping them in their sugar house learning how to make maple syrup. We came over the Canadian Border without any troubles, spent the night in Montreal before moving to Vermont which is about an approx. 1 ½ hours drive. No problems at the U.S. Border either. The only thing they were worried about was that we might "work" in the sugar house and that we did not have a work permit. Finally we had three days of more or less freedom before I read in the newspaper that Trudeau was about to do the same closing the Canadian Borders. This is when we started to realize that we had to leave immediately otherwise we would be stock in the North America for a long long time maybe for months. So I re-booked our flight and thanks to my travel agency that helped us a great deal, we could get a flight back to Zurich last Wednesday evening (March 18). We waved our friends good-bye and rushed to the Canadian Border in a sense of panic where we were greeted not with the same enthusiasm anymore. We saw them talking about us, the border patrol staring looking at us carefully. We had to move to a parking lot, got equipped with face masks and rubber gloves and a form we had to fill out. They urged us to go the the airport and leave the country as soon as possible. We slept in a cheap motel outside of Montreal. No restaurant was open anymore, all shutdown for many weeks, the area completely dead. Very depressing. The flight back to Zurich was only half full. This is a disaster, also economically speaking - for most of the world. It is not about our flight tickets but about folks losing their business.
The nightmare continues: Zurich has closed down as well. We will do home office for the next 5 weeks and probably even longer.
The good news: We're in good health feeling great. I truly hope you too.
In all the chaos, the good news is you're home safe and healthy, if you going to be stuck anywhere, the best place still is home. This is a situation we only see in movie. I still feel like I'm in a nightmare I'm still trying to wake up...
We're been working from home for a week now, but the kids were in daycare. Our daycare is actually open, but we are too afraid to send them. So we will keep them home next week and see how it goes. I don't really know they are bored. We try going walking in nature and play out in the backyard....
It is very sad and depressing and scary at the same time...and this is not the life we're used too. I think we'll get somewhat use to being at home more, but let hope it won't be too long....but i'm sure it will be longer than we wanted.
We're all good for now....and I think maybe America Reacted early enough before it gotten out of control....at least in some area anyway. New York and Seattle is not so good....I don't even really know what to think anymore, one day at a time...
This is funny and NOT funny. I to some extend understand. There are people who are paranoid, but maybe what they're doing is the right thing, take it seriously and this can be over sooner than later if we don't take it seriously it continues longer....
My heart is very heavy, so far no body we know personally has it....
Tja, ich habe Nachbarn, die messen drei Mal täglich Fieber. Der absolute Wahnsinn - genau wie die offenbar hysterischen Reisenden hier in Deinem Beitrag.
Gut, dass ihr zurück seid. Die USA sind ja anscheinend trotz des genialen und allwissenden Präsidenten sehr schlecht auf diese Pandemie vorbereitet. Die Regeln, die vor einer Infektion schützen sind doch eigentlich recht einfach einzuhalten. Und dann ist da noch der Jugendliche, der hier in eine Fernsehkamera sagte ... wegen der Gefahr für die Alten sehe ich nicht ein, dass ich mich einschränken soll. Party !!! Mein jüngerer Sohn ist heute Gott sei Dank noch über einen Umweg aus Südafrika zurückgekehrt, wo er sich dienstlich aufhielt. Der letzte Flug von "Emirates" nach Deutschland, wie es hieß. South African Airways hat die Flüge schon vorgestern komplett eingestellt ...
Hier wird es immer ruhiger, keine Kondensstreifen am Himmel, kein Autolärm, in Venedig kann man wieder auf den Grund der Kanäle schauen ... die Natur scheint durchzuatmen.
Also, Vorsicht, aber keine Hysterie! Passt auf euch auf - und bleibt gesund!
Herzliche Grüße aus Westfalen, wo ich täglich in den Wald gehe. Herrlich!
So when I saw the image, I thought it's good you flew to Canada . In my heart, I keep thinking this will be over soon but my head reminds me that I had no concept of how much 911 would change the world.
We see people out walking with their children and I hope that this will bring families together again. When I was a child, I ate all meals at home with my parents.....we never ate out...even when travelling, the people we visited would prepare sandwiches the night before and freeze them so they would still be safe for a summer lunch. Maybe people will take up cooking again.
Like you, I think of all of the people in service industries. (71% of all nonfarm payroll employees) I guess at least some of them work from home but many can't
As usually I am not impressed by your photos. Exposure, composition and not very exciting subject.
Interesting story about your travelling but ...
My opinion is that travelling at the time when virus was in your country already quite rampant to other part of the world was irresponsible at the least.
Lucky you did not get stranded here for weeks. Some people are really lucky.
Better to stay home, please.
Best wishes, Chris
Hi JMarc. I agree with you fully, her comment is very rude and ignorant.
Sorry, do not credit me with bringing PF to the end.
guillaumejm (2020/03/28 21:58:36): Hello chris
I do not credit you of pf end, this is an other story and anyway here we are.
But your comment was rude I think and it make me sade to see that happening while we are going to close pf . I should have prefered to read positive things.
JMarcguillaumejm (2020/03/26 18:39:53): Hum Chris
This is a pretty rude comment don't you think so ?
A sad end for PF.
JMarcBabaCam (2020/03/26 07:01:45): One of the Missions of PF is: "We expect our members to take their spare time here with quality and respect (and fun too, of course!) regardless of language and culture."
And now stay away from my images buddy, go back to your garden and your small life.