With 72 hours left till we go, I was wondering what we should do, some activities are a must do, and others are a want to do, so here is how we spending our last 72 hours.
Timing and getting everything done to fly is very very stressful, especially for a family of five. In this very strange world we living COVID tests are vital, and you need a ‘negative test’ in order to fly. So much is hinging on the negative test, so even tho one feels fine, its still a moment of anxiety as you wait to get your results. They only valid for 72 hours, not from the moment of result but from the moment they go into the lab for testing. Our tests were all NEGATIVE. so we cleared to fly!!!
I think I was the bravest I did not flinch, …. :- sticking a swab down your nose is not the most comfortable activity but its part of life now, weird how things have changed so much. Must say a few months back I directed and wrote a commercial called BEAT THE CURVE, which was supposed to educate society how to beat Covid, but sometimes I wonder if the solution as simple ;https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOCnbLwCleo
This trip has required so much planning, it needs flights (which seem to ever change), passenger locator forms for Portugal, hotels to be booked, car hire and much much more. For five people this is a lot of work, so being a FILM PRODUCER I am fairly organised and get a FLIP FILE, and put everything in it, hopefully in the order that I will need it.
Thanks to the delayed flights, my daughter Skye and I were able to say good-bye to my mom, it was tough, she is in an ‘retirement village’, and she felt so alone and so frail, and it feels like we leaving her all alone. Being a parent is not easy, you always want the best for your children and my mom, even tho she is sad, sends us off with her blessing and support as she believes our children may have brighter futures in Europe.
After the emotional send off from my mom, a visit to our favourite beach to have a farewell swim (Waters Edge Beach)with my wife’s parents “my in-laws” made a otherwise mixed emotions day just that much brighter and enjoyable. What a beautiful place it is, we had it literally to ourselves. The Ocean has such healing power and brings such peace, – Wendy and Ian my in-laws are more like parents, they are just two of the kindest people I know, and saying goodbye to them tonight is going to be a tough proposition for all of us.
Not all day can be fun, so the Next job is SERIAL numbers and photographs of all my camera equipment, I am taking 2 x Hasselblad camera’s a Canon 5dM4 and loads of lenses. This is an imperative step, as otherwise customs can be tricky. It’s tedious but imperative, also from an insurance point of view.
We decided not to stop our South African Medical aid, so were able to get our medical insurance letter from Discovery which is one of the documents that you need to present at the Portuguese Consulate when applying for your visa. Thank you Discovery for making this a simple process. Simply have your profile number and and get the letter downloaded.
Of corse don’t forget to do your ONLINE CHECK IN, and print your ticket, and if possible choose your seat. We travelling SAFAIR to Gauteng, (5 x economy seats) and then AIR-FRANCE to Paris where we have a five hour layover, and then off to our first destination LISBON!!!!
Whats so exciting is I got an email saying we have good news about our feature film that I am due to direct called ‘THE SHAPER’, so watch this space….
However our last meal before we go we have chosen JAKES in Noordhoek, on Tuesdays that have 2 for 1, so we eating out so there no dishes to be washed, and of coarse for one of the BEST HAMBURGERS in Cape Town.