Confinamiento

Mexico City, Mexico Here we are in May 2020, in Mexico City, living the same confinement as everyone else. It has been six weeks already and I anticipate another eight weeks to start resuming activities. I am experiencing this pandemic with my family – my husband and three children – Luisa, 5 years old, Simone,Continue reading “Confinamiento”

Frontline to Backline

From the UK to the Persian Gulf I’ve spent 14 years working for the NHS. Spent a variety of years tasting many specialities spending days and nights walking along various hospital corridors. After this I decided to become a general practitioner and for the last nine years this is what I did until 14th FebruaryContinue reading “Frontline to Backline”

Fables

Toronto, Canada  There was this village, a farming village. It was not so big, not too small. Farmers there grew all sorts of crops: rice, wheat, maize, eggplant, lentils. And there was always plenty of food to go around. One day the rains did not come. Then another day, then a week. The farmers beganContinue reading “Fables”

Let me entertain you

Coulsdon, England Entertaining a little human during lockdown is my new job. I work from home as a copywriter, and I’m also a part time SEN key worker at a local school, so I’m a bit busy with that. But nothing fills my days more than my nutty little toddler and his many daily discoveries.Continue reading “Let me entertain you”

Sara’s lockdown experience

Birmingham, England For the last 2 weeks, I have not left my house due to the coronavirus. It has been good and bad in many ways. During the coronavirus I have done the same thing in my spare time, playing with toys and watching TV. The weather this spring has been very warm and sunnyContinue reading “Sara’s lockdown experience”

Palm Sunday 2020

Sunday 5th April 2020, Mauritius – Lockdown Day #17 It’s a beautiful morning with the sun shining brightly through my window and a gentle breeze moving the curtains. A perfect day to go to the beach. If only….. Today is the 17th day of lockdown. Only the 17th day. My memories of pre-lockdown life are hazy. It feelsContinue reading “Palm Sunday 2020”

Corona Corona (a child’s view)

Nairobi, Kenya It was 20 minutes to lunch, and I was sitting in my Kiswahili class waiting for time to pass. Ms P was writing the assignment on the board when the Head Teacher walked in. “I have a very important announcement and will require all students to gather in the assembly hall”, she said.Continue reading “Corona Corona (a child’s view)”

Top ten tips to work from home and survive children

Beirut, Lebanon As I wake up to my alarm clock ringing on my phone on a sunny morning in Beirut, I remember that it’s week five of school closure and week two of lockdown in Lebanon, which includes a 7pm to 5am curfew. I hit the snooze button. With no travel time to work IContinue reading “Top ten tips to work from home and survive children”

To my daughter, when you are older

This dad wrote a letter for his young daughter to read when she’s older. Dearest daughter  I’m writing to tell you about a very strange development in the world. This has happened very suddenly and you may well remember some of these details in the future. Earlier this year, a strange virus started making someContinue reading “To my daughter, when you are older”