Hi my lovely readers!
Finally the end of 2021 is in sight, only a few hours left. Yes! To be honest I’m very much looking forward to 2022 as this year has been more difficult for me than the last.
When 2021 approached and we were told the vaccines are finally ready to be administered I thought this was it. I thought life would get easier again and improve compared to 2020 and that I would be able to travel, see my family whenever I want to and frankly enjoy life again.
But I was mistaken. Governments of different countries made their own rules, which didn’t align with one another. Americans could come to Europe, but for most of 2021 Europeans for example could not enter the US at all even if they were fully vaccinated. One country allows the Russian vaccine and the next says they don’t. One country requires tests, the next doesn’t and then there were all these different quarantine rules. If you ask me it was a mess.
In 2020 I could drive from the UK to Germany via the Netherlands without any tests and could visit my parents, bring back stuff from Germany and much more. This year the Netherlands had rules, Germany had different rules and you required PCR tests plus had to quarantine. First of all I had to wait until August to go to Germany as I had to wait six months to get the jabs. And of course Brexit kicked in fully now …
Lockdown measures were stricter than in 2020 for sure and travelling became even more expensive and tricky rather than easier. I definitely travelled and saw less in 2021 than in 2020, which was a surprise to me to be honest. Multiple PCR tests, on short notice travel restrictions and at the end my Christmas cancellation. In that respect 2021 sucked.
But, of course there was a lot of good that happened this year and a lot to be thankful for. In the UK restrictions lifted almost fully in the summer until now (thanks Omicron) so we could breath a little, I got all my vaccines as well as my booster giving me some protection and the people around me and my partner and I moved into our own flat, which was the biggest event this year for us.
Plus, I did manage to see my family at least once this year and I had two extended weekend trips as well as a few day trips here in the UK.
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But I’m not gonna lie, I miss travelling abroad and I miss living without restrictions. I’m getting a bit fed up with all these different restrictions that frankly don’t make a lot of sense to me anymore as I personally have lost faith in what all the different governments are saying and doing.
I got my two jabs, the booster, I keep my distance although others don’t really keep theirs, I wear a facemask wherever I go and hand sanitise like there is no tomorrow. So, I feel like I’m doing everything I can in my power.
My hope is for 2022 to see more people getting the vaccines, building immunity and not falling ill so case and death numbers drop and we can open up the world again and live stress, anxiety and fear free.
Happy New Year!
Hello 2022 and bye, bye 2021 you have been …