Mini Trip Across the Border

Usually, some time at the end of August, every year, there would be a long post with quite a number of photos, detailing aspects of our annual trip back to Singapore. But not for 2020, the year of Covid.

We chose not to go back to Singapore this summer because back in July, there was a requirement to quarantine upon arrival in Singapore and quarantine upon arrival back in Switzerland; 24 days in quarantine in total, plus in Singapore at that time, you could not quarantine at home but at specific hotels which had set aside rooms for this purpose. Of course, you read news reports about people who lucked out and got to quarantine is some 5-star or even 6-star hotel. But 3 persons in a single room for 2 weeks… even in the height of luxury, there would be some degree of cabin fever. Besides, there would have been only 10 days left of holiday after all those quarantine days, it was really not worth the while or the money.

So we had to content ourselves with staying where we are. Our one little trip this summer was across the border to Baden, Baden, Germany, to collect something Tobias ordered. It was just an overnight trip but it was nice and we got to see a nice little city, which i would definitely visit again; mainly because we didn’t get to do the bathhouses this time.

Here are some photos:

Did you go anywhere interesting or change your holiday plans because of Covid? Care to share?

syc

Reader’s Choice Award 2020

i have written a short story for the Summer Writing Contest hosted by The Write Practice and Short Fiction Break. i had done this contest in 2019. You can read about that here and see the 2019 list of stories here.

This year, i have chosen again, to take part in the Reader’s Choice Award as well as in the main contest. There are over 300 entries. You can see the full list of stories here. There are some great stories in there.

My story is called Mister K and is 27th from the bottom of the list. Here’s a direct link to my story. Please vote for my story if you like it. Thanks very much.

Happy Reading!

syc

Secondary School Timetable… Simple? NOT!…

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The above is NOT my boy’s new secondary (Oberstufe) timetable.

If only his was still this simple.

This is my rant for this week… the complicated timetable my boy has which involves 4 subjects on alternating weeks and 3 different ways of dividing the students into groups. Can you imagine how that works? You need a mathematical equation to keep it all straight. Hhahhaa.. 😛

A friend asked if someone had sat down and decided that they should make this as complicated as they can. My brother suggested this is their way of training the students to be organised.

What do you think?

syc