Grace Bay Beach, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
So Near and Yet So Far
This is where Norma and I are supposed to be right now. But, the global pandemic messed up our plans royally. The image is one from 2017, the last time we got to visit the Turks and Caicos islands, a chain of gorgeous sand islands which sit just an hour and a half’s flight from Florida. If you’re allowed to fly there. Due to the pandemic, however, the T&C Government has properly shut the place down. No flights, no cruise ships, no nothing incoming.
I must say, the airline we were going to use, Jet Blue, was great to work with. They gave us a full credit for our tickets, which hopefully we can use next year to go to the beautiful place we all like so much. We are thankful to be out of our quarantine – as travellers where we came back from the US Norma and I had to be quarantined at home for 14 days. We both got through that with a little help from our friends, and are feeling fine, thanks.
The pandemic is upending plans all over the place, and in the grand scheme of things our missing a trip, even one we were so looking forward to is pretty minor. Nova Scotia shut down the sport fishing season until at least May 1, so that’s also a change but also pretty minor and kind of a first world problem. People without access to health care, as is happening in the US, is a much bigger problem. As are the varying Government responses to the pandemic. Here in Canada, the Government is essentially telling everyone to stay home. Good advice, and most of us are taking it to heart.
I hope the pandemic runs its course soon and we can then get back to normal, but until then, do as the Governments tell you – stay at home as much as possible, wash your hands often, don’t touch your face and look out for friends and neighbours without socializing physically near them. We’re all in this together.
Hopefully soon I’ll be able to hold classes and open my Gallery, but for now we’re closed, like many other non-essential services.
I wish all my clients - past, present and future - good health!