One year ago I arrived back in the UK after the Grand World voyage I was on, was cancelled and we sailed back from Australia into a frightening unknown world of covid and a global pandemic.
It has been the most extraordinary and, dare I say it, unprecedented year for almost everyone, everywhere in the world. Now the vaccines are giving immunity and new hope to the bright day of a new normal.
Yesterday, I booked my first cruise since walking off the ship in April 2020, having to abandon half of a four month cruise that was supposed to circumnavigate the globe. Some cruising has restarted in Europe with nationality restrictions in place but the Center for Disease Control has still not lifted restrictions on sailing in North America and the Governor of Florida has threatened to sue the authority. Passengers are eager to get back to cruising - the cruise lines have made health and safety their very top priority. I've now booked my cabin for a Bahamas trip late summer - as well as the Mediterranean cruise I booked while still on the ship last year - and to show faith in the cruise lines - I plan to book another cruise- where to this time? Who knows - but I will not be short of inspiration once our magnificent ships of the sea can set sail. We are ready, open the gangways.
Premiere event of the New World Symphony at Miami Beach's Soundscape Park. A thrilling classical performance of selections from Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet. So good to be back at a live event - albeit the concert originally took place in 2019 - sitting socially distanced from real people with whom it was possible to share the experience. The music fired the imagination and swept away so many dark days. We are reminded - it's beginning to feel a lot like new normal!!
Miami Beach has become famous worldwide not only as a beach destination but for its Arts and Culture - the event was sponsored y Carnival corporation - even as they fight to rebuild their devastated travel business and await the day when they can get their ships back to sea.
The human spirit truly is indominatable. Culture civilises and defines a nation. Our souls are restored. We can begin to heal.
Back in Miami - its good to be home!
After Lockdown London - it is so refreshing to be out and about - visiting restaurants and bars - and enjoying live entertainment. Had a great night at Spanx the Hog - a sports bar - live entertainment. The Gold Coast Banjo Band provided a high energy feel good, foot stomping brand of pure unadulterated fun. Life goes on but you have to sign up for it!
Be there - or be square.
Ellen Frazer-Jameson is a journalist, author, actress. theater producer and drama coach. She co hosted the largest live late night radio show in Europe for the BBC and has appeared on national TV shows and taken leading roles on stage. She lives in Miami and London and loves to dance Argentine tango.