A couple from Oakland took the trip of a lifetime. Then COVID stranded them abroad

In early May, Lisa Scimens and her husband John Moss were delighted to finally embark on a European odyssey to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary. They had planned to do the trip in March 2020 before the pandemic killed the trip.

The Oakland couple left on May 8 to spend nine days in Paris, followed by a week in Berlin and two weeks in London.

But what started out as the perfect trip ended with Scimens and Moss being quarantined at a hotel in Germany with COVID-19, unsure of when they’ll be able to get home.

As travel ramps up for the summer, tourists are negotiating how to safely navigate COVID abroad, only to find the pandemic still has the power to upend plans and spoil vacations.

“Travel is still a little bumpy right now,” said Deb Siegle, a travel agency in Belmont. “But if you’re not feeling well, (I tell customers), let’s start planning for 2023 so there’s still something to look forward to.”

Less than two weeks into the trip, Scimens and Moss were in Berlin when Moss, 66, came down with a bad cold. Two days later, Scimens, 59, developed a runny nose and cough.

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