Last year today, April 13, we were crossing the border between South Africa and Botswana to visit my parents in Gaborone where they lived. We were celebrating my mother’s birthday.
This year, my mother is in the Philippines, on an island in Quezon (province), in the Luzon region, my father is in Myanmar and I am in South Africa. It is definitely a different year.
Four years ago, we were on our way back from Manila to Johannesburg.
April 13 seems to be our day to be between countries. That was when borders were open.
Today, at 21:10 South African time, SAA flight SA203 is supposed to take us from Johannesburg to New York, where we would spend a couple of days before heading out to Orlando, Florida…
We do not know when we will be able to go.
Until then, I look back at our last flights and stops between SA and USA. This was in December 2018 and January 2019.
DXB for a brief stop
JFK, NY in December 2018
JFK, NY in January 2019
We had an hour or two stop in Malpensa, Milan before proceeding to Dubai.
The layover is Dubai was way too long. Although we survived it without booking into a hotel, it will not be something I will do again. I would rather we spent a day in the city, as I did in 2009 on my way back from the UK.
Then, we were back home…
…where we are staying put until the world is once again open for travels.