Heartbreak hotel: No Elvis or Route 66 for barred Europeans

in hive-116221 •  3 months ago 


Las Vegas wedding with an Elvis impersonator: Canceled. A 3,500-kilometer (2,200-mile) trans-America road trip, a voyage of a lifetime that took months to prepare: On ice, too.

The travel ban announced by U.S. President Donald Trump to try to reduce the spread of the new coronavirus threw Europeans' best-laid plans — family reunions, birthday celebrations, vacations, trips for both business and pleasure — into utter disarray Thursday.

For Europeans brought up on imports of American television, music, sports and fast food, the idea of suddenly becoming unwelcome on the other side of the Atlantic for 30 days from midnight on Friday was also a psychological shock, akin to being spurned by an old and familiar friend.

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