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Posted on July 20, 2020 by thebritishberliner
You might have wondered where I got to.
Well, I didn’t go far.
We went on holiday.
A family holiday.
Now don’t get carried away with visions of some sort sort of exotic get-away ‘cos you’re mistaken. In case you’ve forgotten, we’re still slap bang in the middle of a global pandemic!
So similar to most of you, we wanted the outdoors and a bit of fresh air.
We opted for the Baltic Sea!
But can you go on a European holiday?
Now don’t get your knickers in a twist.
By all means, take a breather and go SOMEWHERE!
My advice six weeks ago is still valid.
For unnecessary tourist movement.
Do not travel outside your country or local region!
And here’s why:
I mean, what is going on?
Can’t we be trusted to abide by social distancing rules, in a foreign country not our own?
Now before you send me all the hate, understand that nobody is expecting you to hide in your basement, live like a nun or never go out.
That’s not what I’m saying.
What I’m saying, is what I’ve been saying for weeks.
We wanted somewhere small so we chose Rügen!
Rügen is an island on the Baltic Sea Coast and just a couple of hours from Berlin.
We don’t have a car in our suburb of Prenzlauerberg in Berlin and neither do we need one, so we rented a rather large car as we needed to put everything in it.
Any by everything, I mean blankets, bed sheets, towels, food, condiments, beer, wine and disinfectant.
Just in case you understand!
Sure you can!
We arrived a little later than planned, checked into our lovely seaside apartment house – the Villa Bergfrieden – in Göhren – otherwise known as Ostseebad Göhren or the Göhren Baltic Seaside Resort!
It was very nice.
Most importantly, it was very quiet!
We loved Rügen, I’m sure you’ll love it too.
I’m going to write more about in in the coming weeks, meanwhile here are some of my favourite photographs.
Obviously, you need to live in the EU at the moment, or be one of the lucky nations allowed to send tourists to Germany.
If you’d like to go to the other parts of Germany, please do your research via the following official federal state office or local tourism board:
Because like everywhere else in the world, things can change. Germany is brilliantly safe but no where on earth is by any means guaranteed as due to recent Covid-19 break-outs, some German destinations aren’t always allowing German native tourists either!
In fact, some German states are insisting that you bring documentation proving that you have tested negative for COVID-19 in the last 48 hours before travel!
Sadly, if you live or have recently been to Gütersloh or Warendorf, nobody wants you visiting their town!
Here are some recommendations:
p.s If you’re booking hotels, houses and apartments, use this link to save 20% or more, between 5th January and 31st March 2021!
As much as I love train travel, I wouldn’t recommend using public transport at the moment and for goodness sake, try not to fly!
To be candid, the countries that we, as Germans and expat Brits, absolutely CANNOT travel to right now are the Balkan countries (minus Croatia), Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Turkey, Georgia, Moldova. And the rest of the entire world!
As far as the German Federal Office is concerned, the travel warning for the vast majority of the globe will continue until at least August 31st, although it might change and be lifted on a country-by-country basis.
Because as you might have already seen, NOT every country is allowing everyone in.
Some countries request that you self-isolate or entry is restricted or you might be asked to quarantine.
If you’re from the USA or a “third country” outside the EU, quite frankly, you’re buggered right now!
And besides, for most countries, and certainly in Germany, foreign travel isn’t recommended at all!
However if you insist, here’s a list of Europe’s country-by-country travel restrictions explained as well as the very reliable web platform created by the EU!
Obviously, no-one is going to tie you in ropes IF you do go abroad, but if anything goes wrong, you’re on your own!
The fact is that primarily tourists destinations are over-whelmed, and there’s a legitimate and very huge risk that if you DO travel far and wide, your destination might have a sudden increase in outbreak, your friends or family might get infected, you are forced into quarantine for a certain unforeseeable amount of time, and if you’re very unlucky, the borders might close.
If you’re tired of reading bad news or anything at all about covid19, check out my upbeat and funny posts here instead!
Is this the future?
The stark reality is, there is NO “business as usual.”
How can there be?
Until we get a vaccine, and perhaps, even beyond.
There’s only a “new normal.”
The simple fact is, the COVID-19 isn’t a conspiracy theory, it isn’t the end of time, and the stock market isn’t more important than people’s lives, but given the closeness, speed, reliance and ease in which we connect via global trade or travel, is a real legitimate worry.
Start thinking about a staycation as most regions around the world, are beginning to re-open.
In fact, this might be the time to jump in your car / on your bike, and explore where you live.
It’s time to go local and explore!
But remember, no jumping on the nearest plane and causing havoc abroad!
Just ‘cos there’s a relaxation of lockdown doesn’t mean that Covid-19 has disappeared.
It’s still very much with us and likely to be around for quite some time!
So if you’re looking for a change of scenery, stay local!
Even better, stay home!
I mean, come on!
Is it just me?
See you next week!
Stay on top of things by listening / reading the news, but don’t go mad. Watch or read once, then switch it off!
To be sure, life will NOT be what it was before and you can expect real change about the way we choose to live, and the political leaders you can trust.
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Once again if you can, please do stay at home, keep your distance from others, and flatten the curve!
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A huge thanks goes to all the many doctors, nurses, healthcare staff, keyworkers and volunteers world-wide, who have and are still, putting their lives on the line in order to help others.
July is going to be something most of us have never ever seen in our lifetime before.
See you soon!
Watch this space!
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