Travel  In The Time Of Corona

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 Travel  In The Time Of Corona

“Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help you from getting me sick” unknown

Eventually all those people stocking up on supplies at Costco are going to have to leave their houses and the Corona Virus will still be here. It will lighten up in the spring and summer as viruses do, and come back in the winter. It is something we will learn to live with like Aids and Airport Security.  If you have not been addicted before, hand sanitizer is the new normal. Someone you know or maybe you will get it and next year there will be a vaccine and things will calm down.

The decision to travel or not is a tough one. I just had to cancel my month long trip to Germany and France in mid April.  The first part was a tour with the Jewish Heritage Museum though the Alsace region. I was particularly excited to go to the baths in Baden Baden – a bucket list thing for me. Afterward, I was meeting the BF In Lyon and we were traveling to Marseille, Cassis, Aix and later staying in a beautiful winery in the region. We would  have  ended up in Paris for a few days. It was a lot of planning and involved planes, trains and cars. I have not cancelled part two yet. 

I know it is the right thing to do at this time but when it comes to travel-all reasoning disappears. I have terrible travel envy and the cure for me is planning a trip. I always have something to look forward to and now I don’t – other than maybe not getting sick and dying – which is big. 

At the moment it feels like I am sitting at home thinking about traveling a lot more than I am actually traveling. 

I’ve always had anxiety and lived my life in fear so this collective fear doesn’t feel strange to me. The best we can do is to wash our hands and avoid people who are coughing. I’m germaphobic so I do this anyway. I was way ahead of my time with social distancing.  I am no longer weird and can proudly touch things with my elbow and not hug hello. 

Life is tough and unpredictable .No matter how well-thought-out your plans might be, they’re bound to be disrupted at some point. Don’t take it personally, it’s just life and like everything else this will pass.

And by the way, thanks for freaking out and buying all the toilet paper.

Fly safe,

JAZ

 

Travel Bathrooms

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Travel Bathrooms 

“bathroom: (n.) where Americans go to argue about gender while the country goes down the toilet.” Sol Luckman

I have many looking for a bathroom around the world stories.  They go from pantomiming the activity in Budapest to walking into the wrong one because I couldn’t read the sign in Russian, Japanese, Cambodian….The list goes on once you leave the tourist areas in many countries. The  door drawings were confusing in Parety, Brazil and Bogota, Colombia. The hallway was dark in Santorini Greece and Lisbon, Portugal. I am often in the wrong one. 

There are squat toilets in Asla, buckets in the jungle, holes  in the ground  in places you wouldn’t expect, but that is probably a different blog. i have strong legs for this reason.

I thought bathroom was a universal word like taxi until I started traveling.  My rule of thumb is if it’s a single unit bathroom, I can use either.  I prefer the women’s only because I’m not a fan of the urinal in the men’s bathroom and I stay as far away from it as possible. It never looks clean. Why do they have two things in theirs?  They don’t at home. Sometimes I choose the bathroom based on toilet paper, cleanliness, smell or lack of. 

Lately many different kinds of gender neutral bathroom signs have been popping up on single unit bathrooms. It is confusing to me because if a bathroom is empty I just use it. When I have to go, I don’t stand on ceremony. I don’t get  the transpanic thing on single unit bathrooms. (Sweden)

 Doesn’t everyone just use the empty one? Can we all agree that any one-person, private restroom can (and, I’d argue, should) be a gender neutral restroom? It basically already is. Use whatever sign you’d like, or just do it the British way and put W.C. on the door. I believe it stands for “Who Cares? (US)

Fly safe,
JAZ