Journey Interrupted…

Friends, family and followers:

The coronavirus story has been playing out in the background of our trip for several weeks now. For the vast majority of that time it existed as a consideration for our plans to travel in China and Asia next year, then it became a challenge to our Europe plans for the spring and summer.

Suddenly, over the last 4 or 5 days it’s become a very real issue for our immediate plans. By the end of last week, we knew we wouldn’t be able to go to Europe on Sunday April 1st as planned. At the beginning of the weekend it became clear that we would not be able to keep moving to any new destinations and we began to consider how we might hunker down here in Argentina for a few weeks (where there is better weather and fewer cases of COVID-19 than at home).

By the time Monday rolled around, things had escalated to the point where staying in Argentina was no longer an option either. For perfectly understandable reasons we are no longer confident that we can secure adequate accommodation here, or be welcomed at grocery stores and restaurants to keep supplied while we wait for restrictions to ease.

Faced with the prospect of these difficulties and the risks of our travel insurance or commercial flight options being compromised it’s clear that we need to come back to Canada notwithstanding the risks associated with spending time at international airports right now. We arranged flights for mid next-week and then re-arranged them to late this week and should be back in the Great White North very soon. We’ve secured some temporary accomodation where we plan first to self-quarantine and then put our plans on pause until we see whether things will improve soon enough to allow us to continue this adventure later.

Thanks to all for your messages of concern and support and all of the offers of assistance once we return home. We’re still processing how rapidly things are changing and impacting everyone so profoundly, regardless of situation, but are feeling grateful for having the opportunity of the last three months and getting to enjoy many of the highlights of Latin America. For now, our family journey continues in an unexpected direction – like everyone else, we’ll be watching and waiting to see what the future brings.

Until next time.

Image credit to Jared Downing at Frontier Myanmar

23 thoughts on “Journey Interrupted…

  1. So happy to hear this update and that you’re all safe and well. Gavin and I have been thinking about you all so much and as difficult a choice as this is, we’re glad you made it. Talk soon and love to you all. Safe travels.

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  2. So sorry that you’ve had to change your plans, not to mention the psychological stress from trying to decide what path to take. Definitely praying for a safe trip home and an uneventful period of self-isolation upon your return.

    Like everyone else has already said, I’m available if you need anything not if there is something I can do for you!

    Cheers, Chaz

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  3. So sorry you guys have had your plans derailed. Very happy to hear you will be back on Canadian soil soon. Please let us know if u need help getting groceries etc when you get home since you will be quarantined! Happy to help anyway we can.
    -Paige and Greg

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  4. I was thinking about you and how that must be impacting your journey.. I am sorry you have to suspend it now. Be safe and hopefully you can pick it up again in the near future..

    Take care —Marianne Z

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  5. I am greatly relieved to hear this. I was quite sure that you were following developments very closely and adjusting as you went. My greatest wish is that you are able to wend your way through the hurdles you will encounter and arrive safely home. One brighter spot in all this is that it is almost spring here! Susan

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