Welcome to the monthly newsletter from DistanceFamilies.com
The past month has been extra tough for many with Omicron making itself at home. Locally it's arrived but not prevalent yet. There's no official lockdown in NZ but for sure, the nation is cautious.
Much is happening behind the scenes at DistanceFamilies.com.
DISTANCE FAMILIES NEWS
After the on again, off again border announcements from the NZ government we're back in business. NZ citizens and permanent residents may arrive soon requiring only home isolation, albeit for 10 days instead of the earlier seven. Hubby and I are SO looking forward to the first of our three overseas adult children arriving in March. It's been three years plus since we've seen each other. The other two and a couple of grandkids will follow later in 2022.
Enjoy reading about global mobility and distance families? There are plenty of resources:
BOOK SERIES NEWS
In the meantime I'm excited as the the manuscript for 'Being a Distance Son or Daughter - a Book for ALL Generations' begins it first round of professional proofreading next week. It will be published later in 2022. Advance beta-reader comments are online.
ON THE HOME FRONT
January's highlight was our holiday to the Covid-free, South Pacific island of Rarotonga, in the Cook Islands. Once the negative test results came through we thought the fun and games of travelling was over. No such luck. On our first day nearby Tonga experienced its tragic volcano explosion. We were staying on the beach with a tsnuami warning! In the end coastal surges appeared on the other side of the island and we were safe and sound.
Then a couple of days later a cyclone arrived with torrential rain and sideways winds. We spent a few days avoiding falling coconuts and newly formed pot-holes, mainly huddled in our cottage.
The day before we were supposed to leave the daily Air NZ flight had three aborted landings returning to NZ. Flights were cancelled for two days and we left a day late. It was an adventure with a capital A but still fabulous. Paradise is still paradise even when the weather is off.
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