13 September.2020

Julie and I still have our trip planned for Lisbon. The Covid numbers are going up in Portugal, but no worse than they are going up here, so we are still planning to go. We are watching the travel advisories very closely. I’ve never been a fan of Air BNB, or the other services where you stay in someone’s apartment, but this trip is making me re-think that. I need to look at the cancellation policies. Part of me doesn’t want to travel right now, but the other part of me says, “We have sunk a crap ton of money for these hotel rooms, and if we don’t go now, we lose the money.” I feel for hotels and other businesses that rely solely on travel to make it. I could see forfeiting part of our money as a deposit, but it almost doesn’t seem fair that we would lose all our money for something that really isn’t under our control at all.

Even the airlines have gotten worse. We want to book flights home for Christmas, but all of the airlines, that I have checked, have done away with the free flight cancellation. The flights I have checked want another $250 – $300 to add flight cancellation to the ticket. They all do say I can rebook ONCE for free. With these kind of restrictions, it will be a LOOOOONG time before people are willing to fly again.

We decided that today was a beautiful day so we went for a cruise on Zürichsee. Julie and I have taken the boats before, and it was a very relaxing way to get downtown, so this time we took a 4 + hour cruise from Zürich to Rapperswil. It was a very relaxing way to spend the afternoon. We got to the Bürkliplatz about 11:00 this morning and boarded the boat. This was certainly something we will do again! It would be even better with some friends, so when you come to visit Julie and I next summer, this will be on the tour! Oh and when you get to the picture of the beer… HELL is German for bright… 🙂

After we got back home, we hopped on a ZOOM call with a bunch of our MN and WI friends, and now get to watch the Packers beat the Vikings. Next time will be a lot of pictures from Lisbon.

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