No one knew about the coronavirus, perhaps local media in Wuhan, when Isabel and Antoni left Barcelona last January 7, with the sweet hangover still from Three Kings Day, to give Around the world aboard the Magnificent cruise ship. They would be four months of adventures, experiences, to know new cities. And, in part, it has been. To the equator of the journey, everything has gone precisely smooth sailing at full sail, visiting Portugal, Cape Verde, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, French Polynesia, New Zealand … The other half of the trip, the one that remains, could be defined as the world’s safest mobile containment.Of the 2,518 passengers and a thousand crew Of this ocean liner, Isabel and Antoni are the representatives of Espanyol. Two meanings parakeets, from the Penya Blanc i Blava from Poble Nou, whose history we come to in AS through Nick Puñal, President and Founder of the First Blue and White Embassy in Australia. The Magnificent arrived in Sidney a few days ago, and there they had arranged to meet. “We knew each other two years ago, when through Araceli (president of the Penyes Federation) we ended up seeing a derby together in the Antipodes,” explains Nick. In Australia confinement is not yet complete. But yes meeting, entertainment, sports and worship venues have been closed, and the first avalanches in supermarkets, international flights have been restricted to the point that foreign tourists cannot arrive and, as Nick tells it, “the worst here, unlike Europe, it is that we do not walk towards the heat, but towards the winter“In the hope that the pandemic does not spread so virulently in Oceania, our two parrots from Poble Nou have already left Sydney for New Caledonia Y Papua New Guinea, to return to Australia and continue their journey in the anti-coronavirus bunker in the direction Barcelona, where they plan to go on May 2 if the authorities allow it, after passing through Indonesia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, India, Oman, Jordan, Egypt and Italy. An odyssey that neither that of Espanyol this season, and with health above all. And that’s how, after contacting Nick to notify him that they couldn’t see each other, he didn’t think twice about it. He also went to the port of Sydney on the appointed day and time, and stayed with them., even if it were at a distance. To identify yourself, something that never fails: a flag from Espanyol. From deck, Isabel and Antoni waved with their arms and ended up crossing parakeets.Nick Puñal ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Isabel and Antoni greet from the deck of the Magnificent cruise ship.Nick Dagger The appointment was twisted just two days before it occurred. Upon arrival of the cruise ship to Hobart, Tasmania, the captain, Roberto Leotta, made a drastic decision: no one would get off the ship anymore. “If you only catch the coronavirus, you can infect hundreds and even cause death“, he came to say, knowing that the majority of passengers are pensioners, people after all of advanced age and, therefore, population at risk in this terrible COVID-19. The Magnifica would follow its route, but the stops would be merely technical.
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