Time with Dad

Lindsey has done a great job with her last post getting caught up with everything that has been going on since we last posted anything. One part she has left for me to write about is the time when I was in the UK and Lindsey was in the States. I returned to London on April 10th and unlike Lindsey had to quarantine for 10 days. Although the UK made you jump through a number of hoops including 3 Covid tests I was allowed to quarantine with a family member which meant I could stay with my Dad.

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Lockdown Land

On Friday we got notice from the US Embassy that the local government was going to be cracking down on the lockdown more severely. It urged us to only leave the house for necessary errands and our school sent a notice that we should stop coming onto campus of at all possible. Gav and I had been going into school every day as it is much easier to get work done there, at least for my job as I can go and physically help anyone who is having tech problems.

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It could be worse…

…you could be working in the construction industry in Myanmar. On May 3rd, a Sunday and the day before we got Mabel, the house directly behind us started getting torn down. Houses are built right up to the edge of the land here so this house is about 3 feet away from ours. At first they started removing the tiles from the roof and then wooden beams etc. We then started seeing them hammering away at the floor they were literally standing on with sledge hammers.

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A Mabel Fable

Once upon a time there was a crazy couple who got way too emotionally involved with a street dog.  They walked to the street corner where she lived twice a day to feed her, gave her medicine and (the kiss of death) gave her a name.  All was well and everyone was enjoying the relationship until one evening as the crazy couple were feeding the sweet little street dog, a car sped around the corner and hit the dog. Continue reading “A Mabel Fable”

Lockdown

We are now officially on our April break.  Our original plan had us taking a train from Beijing to go see the Terracotta Warriors today.  Then our second plan had us getting on a houseboat in Halong Bay today.  The reality is I am sitting on my front porch in Yangon, watching Gav potter around in the “garden.” Continue reading “Lockdown”

It’s Happening

Tuesday at 3:05pm, right after classes had finished for the day, we got the news that school would be moving to virtual learning effective immediately and lasting until at least May 4.  It was not super surprising as there had been a growing feeling of unease among the expats in Yangon and some embassies started asking non essential employees to repatriate. Continue reading “It’s Happening”

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