While I’ve had a few ho-hum Saturdays since starting a predecessor blog in 2013, I think today will go down as the dullest yet.
As noted in my last post in March, I scrapped plans to walk the Via Francigena this past summer and I won’t make it to Vietnam, Cambodia or Thailand this winter. Like many of you, I am stuck at home, shaving once a week, and going through coffee, red wine and ice cream like there’s no tomorrow. I rarely know what day it is without checking so perhaps I shouldn’t be surprised that this particular Saturday was just another day.
To be honest I have managed to keep relatively busy over the last 10 months. Nothing exciting, but at least I’m occupied. In addition to Neflix and way too much CNN, I have completed a number of household and digital projects. The latest, which I completed earlier tonight, is a new gallery that you can find draped down the right side of the blog’s home page (or towards the bottom if viewed on a smartphone).
I have also been using my free time to research which countries are likely to be the first to welcome international tourists. I won’t be going anywhere until I have been vaccinated and even then it will be a matter of finding a country where my travel medical insurance is valid and backpacker style travel is practical. I’m not crazy about traveling to a country that allows 30 day visa free visits if one must quarantine for the first 14 days and then jump through multiple hoops before moving on to the next country and repeating the process.
While it might be possible to launch RTW2 in the fall, a more prudent approach is to remain in Canada until the Spring of 2022 which would set me up for another two months on the Camino de Santiago (Camino Frances) starting on April 1, 2022. That leaves me a little over 14 months to break off a pair of lockdown-induced relationships—with Radio Boka Tempranillo (red wine) and President’s Choice Candy Cane and Chocolate Crackle ice cream.
But since it’s still Saturday where I am, I think I’ll have one more wine and “just a tiny scoop” of ice cream. The rationing can start on Sunday. There has to be at least some joy in a Saturday night, right?