Time Apart A Personal Story
Original article from the Sydney Morning Herald announcing closure of Australian borders. (C) and Source SMH
Some time ago...
It was a cold autumn morning when my small domestic plane touched down in Hannover Airport, October 11th of 2021. It hadn't been an easy ride. The lines in customs transiting from Frankfurt had been monumental and growing longer by the second - both a literal and metaphorical world away from the beginning of my journey - and that wasn't even the start.
When I had arrived at Singapore, employees head to toe in plastic had led myself and my fellow passengers through a string of chokingly humid passageways and halls of taped-off seats before we took a brief tram ride above the dark airport. By the time another vigorous round of herding and single-file lines had come to an end, including validating my COVID test for what felt like the tenth time, it was closing on midnight, and nearly 48 hours since I had last set foot in a residential building. The endless lengths of aged carpet and the drone of the health warnings on the speakers spoke of a aching, dull strain that had seated itself in my mind for what felt longer than memory itself, and somehow I wasn't even inclined to complain.
Estimation of stranded Australians from September 2020. (C) and Source to BBC
The Facebook group Partners Apart, housing perhaps the largest community of separated partners and Australians
Front carpark of Sydney Airport, 9th October
Photograph of inside Sydney Airport, 9th October 2021
Singapore Airport, 11:30 pm
View of Germany from above
2nd November, Gabriel Foxx