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Flying back home in Corona times

18/03/2020

We went for a swim in the hotel pool before breakfast, which was very pleasant and relaxing. When we finished eating, the pool was closed as a preventive measure of Corona. Thas was close! Then we went to relax in our room until we checked out. We left our bags there, and went out.

First stop: a barber! It was in Alex's bucket list, and he thought it was nice. Then we walked a bit and ate sandwiches and juices for lunch. Back at the hostel, I had a coffee and talked to some people who were on the plane the day before. And we confirmed what I was thinking: people were looking at tourists, a little weird in the streets... I guess it was the normal reaction, since I heard on TV "the tourists brought the coronavirus" non-stop. We felt, really, that it was time to go home.

We used Cabify to call a taxi to the airport, super soon, and relaxed there, with MANY people. There were people reading, sleeping, some even in hammocks... At check-in time, we saw a long line for the "waiting list", trying to get a seat on our plane. It was crazy. We went through the security check and passed the checkpoint without any problems. We got water and changed the money we had left: they tried to swindle us, rounding up to 5 euros, offering us 15 for our 19... so Alex bought a couple of pesos more from another guy to get to 20) 
Boarding was chaotic, with people calling and changing places, but we thought everything was fine when we were all inside, the doors locked, the security video playing.
And then the captain announced that there was a girl with Corona on the plane to Colombia, and that the authorities were asking us to deboard to disinfect it. Oh, fuck. I was pretty sure it was to avoid a riot and that we weren't coming back. The crew said "see you later, I hope", when we left because nobody really knew... We were told to wash our hands and wait. We bought some masks, beer, and hoped for the best.

Walking our last hours in Bogotá
People chilling at the airport
Delayed.

19/03/2020

In the end, at 00:00 they let us to board again. Fastest boarding and start ever. The crew remained super happy and positive all the flight, making people laugh, giving cocktails and baileys around. We were all happy when we landed in Germany at 17h. 

In passport control they just asked me if I lived in Germany. And then we got our bags and went, without anyone asking about our health... We got a train for free thanks to the DB and its "bringing back home" offer to take people with cancelled flights to their destination. So we get in an ICE towards Berlin, and since it was empty, we went in first class. Then changed to Dresden in Leipzig, getting dinner at McDonalds and we walked home! The end of our adventure!

Published: 2 April 2020, by susana

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Two years after the spontaneous change of plans in which we flew to Colombo instead of Colombia because the flights were on sale, we did it. We went to Colombia. As we like to slow travel, we spent about two weeks on its Caribbean coast and another two in the coffee region. The spectacular landscapes and the friendliness of the Colombians captivated me, so I'm looking forward to coming back and seeing many more areas!

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