Let’s see now…what was I doing one year ago in February 2020? Ah, yes, I remember…I was housesitting a stranger’s home in France and wandering around the Loire Valley for fun. Hahahahaha….
How long ago and far away that seems now. Just visiting a stranger’s home is unthinkable and forget about travelling to France, eating in tiny, crowded bistros, or rubbing shoulders with thousands of people from all over the world in the Louvre or d’Orsay museums. The world has changed and as always, Calidris does not shrink from candid comparisons.
|Feb 2020||Feb 2021|
|Canada-US border||Leave the pot in Canada and the guns in America and you’re good to go||Closed for nonessential travel|
|Coughing in public||You are offered a lozenge||You are run out of town|
|Masks||Mardi Gras, Carnival, or bank robbery||Must-have fashion accessory|
|Airplane travel||Anywhere, any time, as long as you have the bucks||Just no, unless you are a politician to whom the rules don’t apply (according to yourself)|
|Flight phobia||Fiery crash||Having an anti-masker on board|
|Public restrooms||Gratitude that they exist||Terror that you’ll need to use one|
|Sanitizer||Tiny packeted wipe in your purse||4-litre jug that you wear like a camel pack|
|Friendly hand shake||Good manners in many countries around the world||The Touch of Doom|
|Travel wish||Being bumped to first class||A vaccine|
|Touching your face||Itchy||Suicide|
|Birthday||Party with everyone you know||Online meet-up over takeout|
|Flight recovery||A good sleep-in||Two weeks of quarantine|
|Passenger in next seat||Curler from Moose Jaw heading to a bonspiel||Millionaire sitting in economy as part of his ruse to get vaccine in a small, remote town|
|Things to smuggle home||Booze, bits of endangered animals||Toilet paper|
|#1 travel destination||France||The living room|
|Zoom||Sound the jet makes as you take off for Hawaii||Your primary source of communication, education, entertainment, and business|
|Bonnie Henry||Dr Who?||Goddess of the Known Universe and Ruler of Our Fate|
|Jigsaw puzzles||Are you kidding?||More valuable than gold bricks|
What do you see is different this February? Let me know in a comment.