Getting very near the end
It seems surreal that you are here, and not there anymore. I was feeling very at home with your impressions, stories and pictures from the Cote d'Azur. Your communications have been generous, and really first class.
The image of Tanya and Noah at the close is quietly stunning. For my sins, I distribute a lot of French cinema, and that picture would slip easily into a press kit :).
thanks for sharing your adventures abroad Tim. It's been a while since I've seen Noah ... I recall the days at the theatre in Norwood ... seems like yesterday and at the same time it seems like an eternity ago. Our children are now adults (well for me 1/2 and almost 2/2). What a journey they have had and the places their journeys have taken us.
Welcome home, Tim! How sad to leave, but the reassurance of knowing how well settled Noah is must certainly lessen the pain.
Now, as soon as the jetlag is over, your task is to get writing... articles, social media, and HELP BUGGER OFF THE MORRISON GOVT!
And here's hoping you can avoid the bloody virus now you're back. I now have so many friends who have or had it recently, some of whom have been terribly ill. Such a contrast with the first year, when the only person I knew with it was my mother-in-law in the Netherlands.
Best to Tanya! Gorgeous photo. Mx
Welcome home. I have loved your blogs. It is great to get first-hand information about what is happening in another country, as well as seeing a beautiful part of the world I haven't been to.
One of my son's and his family have moved to PNG for work and I haven't met my grand daughter yet, and she is nearly 2. We live on opposite sides of Australia. So I have a bit of an idea about you missing your son.
I look forward to reading your work in the future.
Yes, welcome home Tim. I’ve enjoyed your posts very much, and the lovely photos. Wonderful photo of Tanya and Noah!
Thanks, Tim. Useful advice.
Agree on the need for the Australian Travel Declaration (ATD) - took me a while to figure where the right form is but then filling it out (and uploading some key documents such as a pdf of my immu register that I had smartly saved away) was as straightforward as submitting it and getting the approval document via email (just took a few minutes even though I filled the darn thing out less than 24 hours before departure.)
I did get a RAT within 24 hours before check-in in Germany and that worked fine.
I did not get the International Covid-19 Vaccination Certificate (ICVC) and that worked out fine, too. But then I left Australia in mid-Deccember fully vaxxed (with a booster which was in the immu register). That was completely fine at check-in right now with Thai Airways (although the counter person was clearly out of her depth regarding pretty much every document she had been told to check.)
In general my impression, and experience, is that with three shots you can travel currently freely at least in France, Germany, and the Czech Republic; it seems the fact that initially you had only two caused the additional paperwork and complications.
Glad you made it back successfully. What an ordeal!
Welcome home! What an amazing journey, thank you for sharing it with us ❤️