It has officially been 14 days
today I am stepping outside those hotel doors
and into my new life.
5 December 2020
Traveling to Abu Dhabi seemed to happen so fast, that once I got into quarantine I had a chance to reflect and take everything in from the week leading up to my departure. It was an extremely busy week; in which I took a Red City Bus tour of Cape Town, going for the Covid test, went to go buy new suitcases, packed them full, packed the crates that I needed to go an put into storage, and met up with family and friends in between my morning walks and afternoon gym sessions.
Leaving home always ends up becoming such a rush, never once did I leave and the few days before did not contain a never ending list of things I would like to get done. I do think, however, that I plan this intentionally so that the time would go by faster and the waiting wouldn’t feel like an eternity.
But leaving home this time was hard, I feel like I did not have nearly enough time. Yes, I was in South Africa since March, but I only made my way to Cape Town (my home-home) at the end of October; which means I did not even have a full month with my family from there.
But, a new job opportunity came and I had to take it!
There was an issues with the watch/tracker that I had received, but the issue was resolved easily and a nurse came to me in the hotel to replace it. From there I received a phone call from the Health authorities to confirm with me on what date I needed to go and retake the test, as well as received a text on the 1st to remind me as well as provide me with the approved facilities.
It is extremely strange to know that I have been here for two weeks already and I have not even seen my new accommodation or met my new roommate. Usually by now I would have been trained and ready, even working double shifts, and now I am only beginning.
“Even though you didn’t get to the top of the mountain you wanted, the one you climbed instead has a much better view.”Jennae Cecelia
List of my quarantine activities:
Thought i would share a few of the things I did to pass the time in the hotel room.
- Worked on Route & Reviews Instagram
I realized than since I am already in a new country to try and post my travels of the past two and a half years in America on the blog would be a very time consuming task, that if I was to do it I would fall behind on trying to update you on my current travels/experiences. So I opted for making my last years in the USA into Instagram stories. Head over to my Instagram now to see what’s new!
As you all know I attempted, and failed, National Novel Writing Month again. I did, however, managed to write a new poem or two.
- Wrote an exam
I had to submit my last examination portfolio and damn does it feel good to know I am done with my studies for the year. This exam was for my Greek Mythology module, and I am hoping that I managed to write a few decent essays.
I did a 40 minute workout once a day in order to stay active and not just lounge away all day. This was an extremely important part of my routine while quarantined because I had spent the past 2 months working really hard towards getting myself back to the pre-lockdown version, and I couldn’t let all of that effort go to waste.
Finished The Good Place
Watched the new season of Virgin River
Re watched my favorites from New Girl
Currently reading Tell No One by Barbara Taylor Sissel
- Took Bubble Baths
Yes, it’s a strange thing to add to my itinerary but as someone who never has a bath (nevermind one as luxurious as this one) and knows that I will be sharing a room/bathroom with housemates again (which automatically revokes quiet bathtub privileges) I had to cease every bath opportunity that I could.
This morning I managed to re-pack my bags and checked out before 9 so that I could take the scheduled staff transportation to our apartments.
Today is the day I finally see where I will be living for the next two years, and who I will be spending most of my time with.
I’ll keep you posted!