Even though my flight is not until Wednesday, I am not taking any chances. Today I will take the ICE 575 from Hannover to Frankfurt and stay the next two nights at an airport hotel.
I leave with mixed emotions. My good friend and colleague welcomed me into his family and home four months ago so that I didn’t have to endure the lockdown period all alone in a hotel room. This is an incredibly kind gesture for which I can never repay him. I will miss the whisky tasting and the quality food and beer. Not only do I leave as the 2020 Hodenhagen Corona Lockdown Phase 10 Champion, I have a long term souvenir of a few extra kilos around my waist that will remind me of all the happy memories together!
As a sufferer of depression, I have no idea what my mental state would be if I had remained in a hotel for the whole six months. But with the help from my friend, his family, my colleagues and the extended support of my new friends around the world in the weekly Eve Selis Patreon Zoom meeting, I have come through this relatively unscathed and I am now a just a little more relaxed about situations that I am unable to influence.
Today is just the beginning of a long journey home, there are still a few obstacles to overcome but I am facing them with positivity and vigor!