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An Unusual Journey Home - Part 4: Denmark to the UK

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An Unusual Journey Home - Part 4: Denmark to the UK

We left on a Sunday morning and the drive southwards towards the German border was relatively normal. We had seen that the German state of North Rhine Westphalia, that we would normally drive through, was Germany's worst affected so we were keen to fill up on petrol on the Danish side of the border, but other than that things seemed little different to usual. We had been expecting that Germany might man its own side of the border in response to Denmark's action, but there was no visible presence as we drove into Germany. The Danish border was on Corinna's side...

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An Unusual Journey Home - Part 3: Leaving Denmark

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An Unusual Journey Home - Part 3: Leaving Denmark

Mid way through our second week in Denmark, the state broadcaster DR (Danmark's Radio) announced that Prime Minister Mette Frederikson would be speaking to the nation that evening. Italy was already in lockdown and other European countries were closing schools and imposing restrictions on public gatherings. We already had a sense of what was coming. That evening, Denmark's remarkable young Prime Minister calmly, but with the appropriate balance of conveying the gravitas of the situation whilst seeking the buy in of her population, advised that the country was going into partial lockdown to try to prevent the spread of the virus. It...

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An Unusual Journey Home - Part 1: The UK to Denmark

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An Unusual Journey Home - Part 1: The UK to Denmark

We had long since booked in to spend the first two weeks of March with my parents in Denmark, sourcing stock and spending family time together. When we left the UK on the Euro Tunnel the Coronavirus was already in the news but didn't yet seem a reason not to travel the relatively short distance to my family in Denmark. Despite that, and with our thinking focused by the fact that I have asthma, we took hand gel/wipes, resolved to stop as few times as possible and to maintain social distance when we did stop. The journey to Denmark was relatively...

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