KAPOORS ON THE ROAD
On March 11th, the World Health Organization declared the spread of the COVID-19 virus a pandemic. Our flight left India just after midnight, departing on March 12th in the early morning hours and arriving in Victoria, BC in the early afternoon of the same day. This is an anomaly that happens whenever we return from Asia due to the structure of the world’s time zones.
Our daughter picked us up at the airport and drove us home to begin our two-week quarantine period. She had returned home earlier on March 24th, so there was no fear that her or her husband had been infected during their one-week stay in Japan on the way back. It wasn’t long after our return that they began working from home, managing to keep their government jobs while thousands were losing theirs due to the shut-down of businesses in Victoria, and indeed, across Canada.
We were in regular contact with my sister and her husband and were more than a little relieved when we learned that they had decided to ‘pull the plug’ on their travels and return home early as well. They had heard that a group of ten Italians, that were travelling in Jaipur, had discovered that one had COVID-19 symptoms. They felt that they could always return to India at a later date, and that it wasn’t worth risking their health, and worrying their three sons needlessly.
They booked tickets on the same series of flights that Adia and Geoff had taken – Delhi – Tokyo – Vancouver, in order to get home to Canada. We had taken the same routing, tacking on the flight to Victoria – Donna and Duncan carried on from Vancouver to their home in Edmonton. By March 16th all six of us were back home safely, with none of us showing any signs of contact with the dreaded virus.