I was really looking forward to attending the Hong Kong Sevens rugby tournament last April. It’s the premiere sevens event and definitely a “bucket list” type of trip. I had it all paid and was eagerly awaiting my trip… when COVID-19 reared it’s head globally. The 2020 tournament was postponed to October initially before the entire 2020 Sevens Series was ended abruptly in July. I adjusted my plans to attend the 2021 edition of the HK Sevens in April… which was just postponed again until November 2021.
Another postponement is disappointing for sure. I am still healthy and employed, so in the big picture I can endure an additional seven months wait to attend. It appears there will be widespread application of the COVID-19 vaccine by summer here in the United States which will help things slowly return to normal.
I feel guilty complaining about something as petty and privileged as having to wait another half year to take my trip, but I don’t have much left to anticipate these days. This Hong Kong trip was my lifeline to a happier future where I could watch rugby in person again and travel internationally. That’s been cruelly kicked down the street again.
The part of all this I dread most is getting United Airlines to reschedule my trip again without even more change fees. Wish me luck.