Exactly one year ago today I boarded a flight from Shanghai to Hannover via Amsterdam. Unlike many others this was meant to be a fixed lenght trip of just 14 days, bearing this in mind I didn’t pack any of the usual things I would normally take on a trip that could easily be extended. I travelled light, probably for the first time in my life. Little did I know this was the beginning of 200 days away from home.
So here I am, one year older, living in hope that the vaccines that are now being administered around the world will allow our lives to return to some sort of normality in the not too distant future. As Chinese New Year approaches, I hope that the impact of the mass migration of people here in China will just be in the news due to the travel chaos it creates.
Here in Hefei, I am experiencing increased COVID-19 prevention measures, both at home and at work. However they do not appear to be being strictly enforced. Let’s hope that this doesn’t turn out to be detrimental to our recovery in 2021.