My phone, being smart and all, has been creating a notification that tells me I have some memories stored on it for this day a year ago, or two years, or many years.
The pictures it is showing are of our trip to China a few years ago.
Not much chance of going back, and, back then, neither of us could imagine that everything that has happened in the last six months could happen.
But, it did.
And one of the effects of those events is no more overseas travel
No more travel of any sort at the moment with the travel restrictions in place. We can’t even fly to another state. Come to that, we might not have an airline to fly on.
Travel, of course, is the main escape, where we can get away from our daily lives, and go somewhere quite different from where we live and experience a different world. The people, the food, the sights.
What is probably more significant is that we might not be able to go away again, if there is no cure for the virus. No one will want to risk catching it in another country, simply because of the medical expenses, the chances are that travel insurance will not cover you for the Coronavirus.
And no cover, no travel, even if you are able to.
So, it means that any travel we will be doing, when we can, will be in our own country. We can do this without a vaccine because we have so few active cases, and the measures we have is stopping it in its tracks.
So too for New Zealand, and we may be able to travel there.
Until then, my smartphone is going to keep sending me gentle reminders of what it was like in another lifetime.