30 March, 2020

My quarantine time is up! Woo! I will still be staying en mí casa most of the time, but I’ll admit it’ll feel good just to walk to the store. I would have gone today, but time got away from me, and I decided that my lavandaria was probably not considered ‘essential’ and would likely be closed. So I am catching up on 4 weeks of laundry by washing in the sink. I have fabuloso, bleach, and a bar of laundry soap – so I’m all set! I stopped with just 8 t-shirts, a pair of jeans, and a bath towel left to clean. Not bad!

Everyone is giving their opinions on things to watch while self-isolating, so here are a few from me.

  • Netflix: Taco Chronicles – excellent short series of documentaries on the Taco in México. EXCELLENT. It’s in Spanish, but has English subtitles. If you like Méxican tacos, or even Méxican culture, you’ll love this.
  • CBS All Access: Star Trek: Picard – Final episode of the season aired the other day, so you can binge watch all of season 1. Brings back some fun characters and introduces a couple of interesting new ones too.
  • Netflix: Sense 8 – This series has been canceled for a couple of years, but the two seasons that they produced are crazy good. If you haven’t watched it, treat yourself. Fans demanded they do something with the series, so they made an extra ending episode that sort-of wraps things up.
  • Netflix: Chef’s Table – Really good docu-series about extraordinary chefs around the world. I haven’t caught up with all the episodes yet – and Google says it’s renewed for seasons 7 and 8. I worked in food service for over 30 years and watching this series even makes lights go on in my head.

I watched episode 1 of Westworld yesterday. It’s very dark, and I’m not sure it’s what I’d want to be watching right now. Perhaps in a few months. Or I might try episode 2 and see where that gets me!

Allright, I have my grocery list ready. Am good on meds. Laundry almost done. Things to watch on the boob-tube. Signed up for free college classes on edX.com, and have a groupon for a paid class I need to start. I’m on day 503 of Duolingo (more habit now than anything – it builds vocabulary but falls short on providing grammar).

For anyone from the USA who sees this before 2:30 pm Mazatlán time tomorrow (31 March, 2020), the US Ambassador is putting on a Facebook Watch Group. Here’s their email:

Message for U.S. Citizens – U.S. Embassy Mexico City, Mexico (March 29, 2020)  

Location:  Mexico  

Event:  March 31 Virtual Town Hall for U.S. Citizens with Ambassador Landau   

Please join U.S. Ambassador Christopher Landau for a Virtual Town Hall Tuesday, March 31, at 3:30 p.m. Mexico City time (CST) as he discusses the most recent Department of State travel advice for U.S. citizens in light of COVID-19 and answers your questions.    

Join by going to the Embassy’s Facebook page to watch the Facebook Live event.  Submit questions during the event on Facebook or by sending them in advance to ACSMexicoCity@state.gov.  Please put “Virtual Town Hall” in the subject line so we can easily identify your questions.  We will answer as many questions as possible.  

Visit the Embassy’s COVID-19 webpage.

Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Messages and Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.  

For Emergency Assistance for U.S. citizens in Mexico, call 55-8526-2561 from Mexico or 1-844-528-6611 from the United States.  

And an interesting post about something they’re doing in México City : https://www.chilango.com/noticias/kits-a-enfermos-de-covid-19/?utm_source=Suscriptores&utm_campaign=6257d22f9a-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_02_17_09_44_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_66adba3f85-6257d22f9a-97912077

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