September 2020

Time is marching on as we all push through this pandemic. August was another interesting month for sure. As the unrest and crazy politics continue in this country, I spent most of the month in recovery from a suspected covid infection. It all began with symptoms in line with my allergies, but quickly brought on shortness of breathe and gastro issues. For the better part of three weeks, I did all I can to manage the symptoms and allow my body to fight it off. Luckily, I am feeling much better now!

Of course, I have also been following updates as they relate to travel and tourism. The local Bali government was pushing to reopen to foreign travelers on September 11, however the national Indonesian government has announced they will not reopen borders thru the end of 2020. This means I need a new plan…

I have decided I will head back to the east coast in mid-October to spend some time with my family. I would like to take advantage of this time to meet my brother's new girlfriend and one of my nieces who I have yet to meet. I will likely stay with them for two weeks then head to our neighbor to the south. Mexico is one of only ten currently available destinations. I have always been intrigued by the country and would love to see the Mayan Pyramids and caves in the Yucatan. One of my closest friends from my time living in San Francisco has also moved back to the area which is a huge bonus to be able to see him again. Hopefully after three months spent in the Yucatan, the pandemic will be under better control and future destinations will be more accessible. It would be amazing to be able to get back to South East Asia at the beginning of the new year. For now, I will be researching more for my upcoming time in Mexico and keeping an eye on the news the best I can. Stay safe everyone!

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