Sharing some views of COVID 19 from Thailand, Mexico, Spain including my view from Tumbarumba, Australia • Travel Tales of Life

I’m a guest over at Travel Tales of Life blog

When I was approached by Sue to write a few words about how the coronavirus has affected life in my corner of the world, as part of series she was planning to share, I didn’t know where to start.

And then I started writing and couldn’t stop. Sue had initially suggested a few hundred words and some photos but I wasn’t sure she needed all my many hundred words! I still had more to say but finally managed to stop and sent her my contribution, which she said she was thrilled to receive!

The result is this fantastic post by Sue with contributions by four of us, covering Thailand, Mexico, Spain, and little old Tumbarumba in NSW Australia. It’s good because it shows how other countries are handling things and gives first hand accounts from real people on the ground.

As Sue says in her introduction:

If nothing else, we hope this will be a virtual place to find support and to see that during the pandemic, we are truly in this together.

Sue – Travels Tales of Life

I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Jeff’s view from Thailand; Peta and Ben’s amazing last minute move to Mexico from Vietnam; and Darlene’s view from her beach town of Costa Blanca in Spain. And then there’s the rural view from Tumbarumba and my thoughts! What a great idea for a series and I look forward to reading more contributions in weeks to come.

It’s a testament to the fact that we are a global community and we are all connected by this ‘thing’ that is bigger than politics, wealth, lifestyle or what corner of the world you happen to live in.

Just some of my words from Sue’s post to give you a taste

Disclaimer: Please note I am not the Australian spokesperson on all things COVID-19 

I am, in fact, one little person, in a population of 24 million, trying to do the right thing by staying at home and following guidelines on health, in order to ‘flatten the curve’ of the coronavirus in our country.

My family are, or rather were, prolific travellers and love nothing more than an adventure. Having a daughter and her family living on the other side of the world, gives us an excuse to regularly travel, especially when you add in the bonus of a new granddaughter to visit.   

This of course has stopped for the moment, as has all thought of travel to far flung places. My upcoming 60th birthday in December, was planned to be a family trip to the UK to celebrate Christmas (and my birthday), with my three daughters and their families, while also allowing my daughters to meet their little niece and introduce the three cousins to each other.  This meeting between the cousins has since been done by FaceTime and all plans for a trip, any trip, are off the table for the foreseeable future. 

Just a few months ago in early 2020 our town was shut down due to the dreadful bushfires threatening the area.  Power was off for weeks and those who weren’t required in town for essential operations were encouraged to evacuate until power and water were restored to homes. There were no internet or phone communications available during this time and it was a different world with smoke and fires threatening and in many cases taking away people’s homes and livelihoods.  We still haven’t recovered from this and yet here we are facing another threat.

Tumbarumba Creekscape
Tumbarumba Creekscape

I encourage you to visit Travel Tales of Life to read the full post

I found the post very interesting, especially if you like reading personal views. I can assure you it won’t disappoint! If you feel you’d like to share your story then I’d suggest you make contact with Sue.

Views of COVID 19 – Thailand, Mexico, Spain and Australia

We are all in this together. Take care!

Deb xx

Debbie is an award winning blogger and lives in a small town in NSW Australia. Married for 40 years, Debbie and her husband are avid travellers, cyclists and adventurers. Described by others as a ‘hummingbird on speed’ this active mother and grandmother has also received a bravery award from the Queen.

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19 Replies to “Sharing some views of COVID 19 from Thailand, Mexico, Spain including my view from Tumbarumba, Australia • Travel Tales of Life”

  1. So far I think the virus cannot be as terrifying as your fires; it’s not destroying the rest of nature, in fact it is giving the planet a well deserved rest. Having said that, the virus is an insidious threat that is turning into a terrible tragedy for those who have lost young and healthy loved ones, or medical people losing their colleagues. When we were just fed numbers it wasn’t real, but when you hear a child has died or a nurse at the hospital down the road from our daughter, where she had her babies and where they have made regular visits to accident and emergency.

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    1. Thanks for your thoughts Janet, you’re right the virus is giving the planet a bit of a rest but it is impacting on some people far more than others. I feel for the new young mothers, the elderly unable to see family and those who live alone. It’s far more real and scary when you have a connection as you say. Take care and thanks for joining in.

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  2. I saw your post pop up in the reader, which lead me over to Sue’s and then back to you. I am glad to know that you and your husband are being vigilant in your isolation but gutted to think of the stresses you’ve endured in back-to-back crises. I found your image contributions to the post to be marvelous. The rainbow picture is quite hopeful.

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    1. Hi Lisa, it’s certainly been a hard time lately for our local community. I really appreciate your comments about my photos and agree the rainbow is full of hope and beauty, taken just out my front door! Thanks for stopping by Sue’s and my blogs 🙂

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  3. Debbie, I have just found your blog, via Sue’s post. Thank you so much for writing about your experience during such difficult times. Thank you also for the beautiful rainbow picture, it made me smile. I will be having a good look around your website, looks like you have some fantastic writing and photography. Best wishes to you and your family.

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  4. I had such high hopes for this year as we bid 2019 goodbye. There certainly hasn’t been a dull moment since New Year’s eve. I feel like there are some lessons, some valuable take-aways from corona and I am trying to learn from this experience. Sure is hard to be away from family, though. Stay well, my friend.


  5. Hi Deb, it’s hard to believe that just a few months ago our country and your town was battling devastating bushfires and now here the world is, in the midst of a global pandemic. It makes you wonder how we’ll come out of all this. Looking forward to reading Sue’s post and all the contributions. I’m sure it all be a great read. Heading there now. Take care. xx

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