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South America May 17th 2020

Sunday, 10 May, 2020 56 days down, 14 to go This blog is also posted on I started today by calling my Mom for Mother’s Day. As with the birthday call, it’s hard to have any conversation without it turning to the pandemic at some point. It sounds like in Idaho people are starting to go out a bit and more stores are opening up. There are lots of people in parks and on the hiking trails near town. Her county hasn’t had any new cases in a couple days, so maybe I shouldn’t worry so much about things opening up there. I’ve been checking in with friends around the world and no matter who I call, they say something similar. From a friend in Lima: People here aren’t respecting the quarantine. Peruvians just won’t ... read more
Any family member could receive aid
Rice and cooking oil
Thank you donors!

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Vitacura May 14th 2020

If you haven’t heard, or maybe self-isolation is a familiar term and you are living like the Unabomber in a cabin in Montana, there has been a little virus going around that has completely shut everything down. I myself, have already spent 20 days of government imposed quarantine on our community in Santiago, and then emerged to freedom for several weeks (freedom light I guess), and then saw my shadow (Santiago Steve), so we head back into quarantine this Friday. It was a nice run of freedom (we even got to go get coffee once), and whether this quarantine lasts another week or another month, who knows. Chile like everywhere else in the world has been under various forms of quarantine, and at the moment we are heading in to our elenventy-ith week of working from ... read more
More Mascarilla Time!
Fire time!
Talk to the animals

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco May 9th 2020

Sunday, 3 May, 2020 49 days down, 7 more to go (I hope) Today I made my website live! As with any piece of writing, I wouldn’t call it done, but I had to set myself a deadline to be done enough at some point. It’s been a good creative project to keep me busy and I’ll continue to work on it, especially since I have at least another week of sitting at home. This time, surely, they’ll relax some of the restrictions next Monday. I’ve thought that before. I hate getting my hopes up every time. Back to the url= environmental news, in Peru we have recorded the biggest drop in air pollution. I try to focus on the Pachamama getting a fresh breath of air. I’m trying so hard to stay posit... read more
Hummingbird as Robin
Patagona gigus

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco May 3rd 2020

Sunday, 26 April, 2020 42 days down, 14 to go Today is my mother’s 71st birthday. I called her in the morning and was glad to hear that she has a beautiful sunny day in Boise and plans to go outside. Social distancing rules in Boise, and common sense, still allow her to go for a walk by the river by herself. It’s hard to have any conversation without talking about COVID, even if my intent is to wish my mom a happy birthday. Yesterday, Mom went to get tested for antibodies, as part of a study from University of Washington. She said that they were very clear with people who sign up, that this is only contributing to a database. This is not for diagnosing people who are currently sick and this is not any ... read more
Santa Catalina
Looking up
Empty streets

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco April 25th 2020

Sunday, 19 April, 2020 35 days down, 7 more to go I’ve been looking forward to today all week! My housemates and I have been planning a picnic on the roof today. I chose Sunday because we’re not allowed to leave the house and I wanted to have something to look forward to. Yesterday and Friday it rained and hailed, so I was delighted to see bright sunshine this morning. Both of my housemates went to the mall yesterday to buy picnic treats. They came home with a proper baguette, brie, olives, sparkling wine and a lot more. I bought focaccia from a neighbor who has been baking to supplement her income, beer and made a black bean and mango salad this morning. It wasn’t warm enough to put on swimsuits and pretend that we were ... read more
Napping Hummingbird
Picnic on the roof
The roof

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco April 18th 2020

Sunday, 12 April, 2020 28 days of quarantine down, 14 more to go Like every Sunday in the new world of Peru under quarantine, nobody is allowed to leave their homes today, except for emergency medical services. All grocery stores, pharmacies and banks are closed on Sundays. No other businesses have been open for a month. I got back to my workout routine today, after skipping yesterday. I had been on an 11 day streak. I need this part of my morning routine. Staying healthy is obviously important when any trip to buy food could expose me to contact with the COVID virus. Having a routine and making myself get up every morning is really good for my mental health. Also, I get to burn off some of the frustration of not being allowed to go ... read more
Tanager with pear
Comfort food
The Bulls

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco April 11th 2020

Sunday, 5 April, 2020 Even though I can only see a sliver of the park and street from my windows, that sliver includes two park benches. These past three weeks, I’ve only seen one person sit there. After last week’s scolding on Monday, I haven’t tried going to the park again. Also, after seeing the cops on my walk last Monday, I haven’t tried going on any walks and certainly not up to the Temple of the Moon. I think that the first couple weeks I was partly in disbelief. I suspect that’s something a lot of people around the world are experiencing. The cops wouldn’t really arrest me for going on a walk, would they? It can't really be illegal for me to sit alone in the park, can it? Machu Picchu’s not really closed, ... read more
The views from my windows
Office pet

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco April 5th 2020

Sunday, 29 March, 2020 My housemate from Switzerland is leaving today. She got a message last night from her embassy in Lima that she has a spot on a bus leaving Cusco tonight. It’s 25 hours on the bus to Lima. Usually the bus is 18 hours, but she showed me the list of stops at all the cities and towns of people who will be on her flight. She’ll get to Lima Monday evening, spend the night in a hotel arranged by the embassy, then fly home. It seems so sudden. During the first few days of quarantine, when I started getting emails from the US Embassy about their efforts to repatriate people who want to go back to the US, I asked her if the Swiss embassy was doing something similar. She didn’t even ... read more
Away from town
Guard dogs

South America » Ecuador » Centre » Baños April 2nd 2020

Well, this blog entry begins with sharing joy and friendship and ends in the place where we all find ourselves, hunkering down in quarantine, sheltering with loved ones in our homes as we watch and hope and pray the global virus will pass over us and begin to dissipate worldwide. Here in Ecuador we started a government-enforced quarantine on March 16th and it has gotten steadily more restrictive. More than two weeks in and no cases of the virus in my town of Baños. The major road in and out of town has been blocked off. Foreigners who chose not to ride out the quarantine here have been repatriated to their home countries. The streets have all been sprayed down with water & chlorine. Nationwide the curfew is now 2:00 pm to 5:00 am with strictly ... read more
Ceiling Installation
Finished Ceiling
Bamboo Blinds

South America » Peru » Puno » Lake Titicaca March 31st 2020

Puno est une ville sans charme particulier à mon avis, RAS ( rien à signaler pour mes lecteurs non initiés) 15 mars Départ le matin vers Capachica puis Llachón sur une péninsule du lac Titicaca en bus collectif, arrivés après quelques tribulations chez l'habitant qui nous attend, à la casa de Magno ou Tika Wasi (la maison des fleurs en quechua). Belle randonnée vers une montagne à 4100m, seuls au monde. Retour par la plage. Dans la nuit, un groupe de dix australiens qui étaient là aussi se barrent à 3h, on ne l'apprend qu'au matin. 16 mars Départ en bateau très lent, bruyant et puant le gasoil vers les îles flottantes Uros titinos, démonstration par le "président" de l'île de la façon de construire et maintenir une île en roseaux, et démonstration du troc entre ... read more

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