Stuck in Christchurch…

Well, things change rapidly at the moment.

I did think that I was on my way “home”, but most countries are closing their borders even for transit travel now and I can’t use the tickets I managed to get a hold off just 2 days ago. Just hope I get a refund…

Since the last post, it’s been a bit of an emotional roller coaster. First trying to get supplies and get out on the trail, then finding out that the trail was closing and a 4 week self isolation recommendation was coming into force. Trying to find a ticket home and finally getting one at the last moment and trying to come to terms with the fact that my journey was coming to an end..

Getting what seemed to have been the last buss to Christchurch and then, while on the buss, finding out that both Australia and Singapore were closing their airports and not allowing transit passengers.

That came just as I was starting to get resigned to the fact that I was returning to Stockholm and had started planning all the things I could get done there. There are a lot..

At the moment I am chasing a refund for the tickets I can’t use and Robert and I are looking for long term accommodation. It seems likely that we will be able to share an AirBnB with some other hikers, at least for a week or so.

But everything in Christchurch is closed, apart from the supermarkets and pharmacies, so we are going to have a lot of time to spend reading and surfing the net.

Maybe, just maybe, I will finally find the time and motivation to get some of the writing I am always thinking about done.

I’ll keep walking, if only around the block, just to keep my fitness up and it’s going to be very interesting to see how the situation continues to develop.