The Travel Diaries – 7. The Great Escape 2.0

Getting back to London

A storm is brewing over the world

With my time in Germany spent mostly in isolation, the great escape 2.0 was now about to start with a flight back to London. Luckily my flight out wasn’t cancelled but many flights were and the airport was scaling back many of their flights as well thanks to most of Europe going into lock-down and closing of their boarders. Lucky for me, the UK was still lagging behind everyone, barely.

I arrived back in London and stayed at the same hotel that I did when I arrived in the UK. I really liked the hotel and the staff there were cool. Again, going through Heathrow was way too easy with no screenings or anything at all. At least they practiced social distancing on the plane, then again with barely 20 people on the flight, it was hardly an issue.

Coming into London and the Paddington area this time around was quite a shock, it was a ghost town, things had clearly changed, you could feel it in the air and see it in the mood of people. Not just here but the world wouldn’t be the same again. With shops and restaurants closed, I had to resort to online food deliveries to get meals delivered to the hotel which was easy enough to set up. Luckily, we live in the age of the internet.

This time in London, there was no sightseeing, very little going out, just going out for food or to take a walk around the neighborhood for some sun and exercise. It was also still cold, no wonder the UK has such a reputation, everywhere else I had visited was already warming up.

And of course the fated news of the UK finally going into lock-down was announced during my stay. Better late than never and karma is a bitch isn’t it Boris.

Animal crossing and Netflix saw me through my stay in London (with some Pokemon Battles on the side) and the time finally came to fly back to Korea, or at least try to. That was almost a no go, but luckily, I was allowed to board my plane and head back to Korea, 2 months earlier than planned.

Marcus Powell has been living and working in South Korea since 2010. He is now on the road before returning back to NZ. Aside from writing his own blog, he is also a popular Club DJ, Gamer, Community manager, esports fan and anime enthusiast.

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