March Madness - Manna from Heaven!
March Madness continues as it has been doing for the past couple of years, it's as if the world has gone totally crazy ever since the dreaded C unleashed all its soldiers onto the human population!
I have been telling you all about my March dental dilemmas but will go back in time, to March 2020.
A Dream Holiday
We'd been planning a long-awaited holiday to the Western Cape for some time with friends.
Business in our BnB was thriving with guests coming and going, and we left our well-trained staff in charge.
We left Durban on 9 March 2020, and had a dream holiday, traveling high up into the majestic Langeberg mountain range, sampling and buying much of the local produce along the way; dried fruit, local 'Fynbos' honey, Cape wines, Olives, Nuts, etc. We were flying so had to limit our take-home spoils.
We did not get to meet this VIP who wasn't interested in us common worker bees, so off we flew back into our Hive :)
It was a carefree time, and just like this old chap, we took our time; we more or less knew where we were heading each day but had no fixed itinerary. It was glorious!
We initially were based at Stonehill River Lodge, just outside the historic town of Swellendam with its beautiful old Cape Dutch-style buildings, one of the most photographed churches in SA, and the Drostdy Museum, as well as a host of other sights.
This church was opened in 1802, can you just imagine if those walls could talk? It must have seen many happy occasions, deaths, and hardships in the 19th and 20th centuries, and again in the 21st century, as well as many scandals being shared in whispered tones.
Today, everyone knows the other one's business as everything is shared on Social Media platforms; how life has changed!
I wonder what the outcome of this survey was, what do you think?
We moved from the mountains to the West Coast of Africa and bought fish straight from the fishing boats.
We finally ended up at L'Agulhas, the southernmost town in Africa. This also is where the warm waters of the Indian Ocean meet the icy Atlantic Ocean.
Quaint decor met us wherever we went, I just loved it! I'm so sorry I threw away all those old vinyl LPs and old-fashioned light bulbs, as I would have loved to repurpose them as the Suiderhart Cafe did.
Back to reality
On our last night in the Cape, our state president announced that we would go into a lockdown from 26 March 2020.
We were shocked to see the airport so busy as everyone was scrambling to get back home, and still had a good chuckle when we saw a couple of foreign tourists wearing masks.
We still were blissfully unaware that our world would change in just over two weeks, and that we would be wearing masks wherever we went, for a very long time.
Our domestic airports have never been as busy again, as many airlines grounded their flights forever!
I did not immediately realize the implications this lockdown would have on our business, as it was long and severe.
All our guests had to leave, and we could not accommodate anyone for a good couple of weeks.
Our son was on a working holiday in Russia, and initially could not fly back home in time before our lockdown, but then was stuck when their lockdown took place.
It was a scary time, but a Russian colleague opened his home up so he could stay with them, and not be alone in a hotel room.
They could still move around relatively freely, as he was in a small city with low Covid cases.
Here he is being naughty, enjoying the new sights, obviously before their lockdown when masks also became mandatory.
He was not as relaxed while trying to get a flight back, as his original flight was canceled.
Many lost money as airlines simply folded as happened to him as well! He managed to book a flight before the lockdown in Russia, only to get an SMS that evening saying the airline has grounded all their flights. He was only offered a voucher as compensation, but it was worthless as they stopped all flights to SA!
March Madness turned into a Miracle with the birth of Hive
Hive was born on 20 March, seven days before our lockdown.
I was able to power down all my Steem to buy Hive, which in turn came to my rescue during the period when our BnB doors remained closed, and guest deposits had to be reimbursed.
Hive became like manna from heaven!
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I didn't know you were traveling just before everything locked down too! We were heading back on a five day drive from Arizona and I remember the news was getting progressively worse each day. Little did we know in just a month or so the world would change forever. What a strange time we lived through (and still are). I hope you've had a good weekend! We're here in Arizona for just a few more weeks before we fly back home.
It was an awful time Eric, tourism took a huge knock, some hotels never re-opened. Sadly many people that we knew, lost their lives. You have personal experience with the loss of your Dad.
The world certainly has been changed forever.
Enjoy your Arizona break, and hopefully it was be a little warmer when you get back home.
Yea the airlines took a hammering as did the airports. Was just reading about Cardiff airport, that is the airport in Wales that is only hanging on by its threads!
My thoughts are, what happened to the staff and all those planes? The ripple effects are absolutely catastrophic, just in that industry alone. The stores & restaurants in the airports must be hanging on its threads as well!
And that's just one industry!
Thankfully many have picked themselves up, dusted off the cobwebs and are surviving with changed strategies. A crazy changing world for sure.
Looking back now, it's quite hard to believe that the world had gone through such a time where flights, traveling and almost every business had been halted. It's good you were able to fly back home before the lockdown.
Yes we were very lucky that it happened as our holiday ended or we'd have missed out on a whole lot of fun!
It really was a crazy time for everyone, many didn't make it, we have much to be thankful for!
Life did turn us upside down in a very short space of time, with much worse to follow!
Hive was a lifeline to sanity keeping in touch with others going through extreme change.
Happy 3rd Birthday to Hive making the move, first thing I did was move everything from defunct platform to new after seeing what was transpiring, good move! 😁
...And how our lives changed almost overnight! I don't think any of us could ever have known just how drastic it was going to be.
You are so right, Hive certainly was a lifesaver in more ways than one - I also moved all my steem to Hive, drew some, as our bookings stopped for a long while. Blogging and interaction helped keep my sanity as well.
Hive fork could not have happened at a better time!
Sorry I took so long getting back to you xxx
Most of what happened here was overkill, hidden agenda which I voiced quite clearly, now the people suffer!
Hive made one feel a little sanity between frustration, a place to try keep placing one foot in front of the other.
Trust your visit to Home Affairs went off without a hitch.
Have a wonderful day!
Applaudise! That was an awesome treat of tour you both had, visiting those nice and memorable places is wonderful. I feel like being in your company. The March madness really pays.
It really was a dream holiday, such good memories! I'm glad you enjoyed the trip😉
How cute is your son, that final image gave me a good laugh.
That March when Hive was born was incredible and then it got even better, crazy stuff.
Hi @carolinacardoza, he looked so naughty there😄
Yes it was an amazing experience when Hive was born! The timing was just perfect👌
I hope you're keeping well Carolina
Hi, @lizelle that was a wonderful post. You look so happy in that beautiful place, nice trip. Oh, the fish, awesome!
Your son cracked me up, looked like something one of my sons would do hehe.
March 2020 was a nightmare, I can only imagine one of the kids getting stuck in Russia of all places. Talk about stress, then your bnb being closed down, holy crap, excuse my French. It really was awful, I missed my family so much, nobody could move. My oldest son runs his own carpentry business and his place nearly shut down; he's still trying to catch up.
Good luck with blessings from Jackie O
Hi Robin, it really was a dream holiday, and just in time before Covid really hit our shores, or shall I say airwaves ;)
My son has such a sense of humour, and why Russia of all places? But, the people were very kind to him, it was a small city on the border with Kazakhstan. Thank heavens he wasn't there when Putin decided to attack Ukraine. It's just horrendous! The family he made friends with, told him they had to give up their apartment and go live with their parents as the cost of living skyrocketed since the war.
Many businesses are still recovering from Covid, it's not a quick-fix as one's overheads did not stop. We've had a double whammy with the mudslides and riots, plus now there's raw sewerage spills into the ocean at places (damaged infrastructure following the floods a year ago, yep, our authorities are so corrupt that they have no money in their coffers to fix basic infrastructure!
We'll just keep on for another 2 years max, and will then decide where to go - our oldest son wants us with them in the Netherlands, but we won't go unless our youngest also leaves SA.
Talented young skilled people are leaving in droves because we also have an energy crisis which is hampering investment. SAD SAD SAD!
But, for now, we can still visit many beautiful places here and enjoy the natural wonders of SA.
Hope you and Bob are surviving the last bite of winter!