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The world is closing down but let's keep our minds open

Pól Ó Conghaile


The world's borders are closing. But let's stay true to the spirit of travel by keeping our minds open, and working together

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The Great Outdoors.

The Great Outdoors.

Air planes of German carrier Lufthansa are parked at the airport in Frankfurt, Germany. Photo: REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Air planes of German carrier Lufthansa are parked at the airport in Frankfurt, Germany. Photo: REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

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The Great Outdoors.

This week the world shut down, and a robin nested in our garden.

A planet of open borders closed them, while my son sat playing with his Rubik's Cube at the kitchen table. Pubs shut and airlines grounded planes. My daughter learned her first chords on the guitar.

The coronavirus felt at once far away, and yet so insidious and close that it could be lurking up our noses, among supermarket shelves or on our smudgy smartphone screens. Every tweet or email seemed to bring stop-the-press news. But I still needed to shave, and cook, and give hugs.