Before travelling to a country with some security issues, like Egypt, Turkey, Russia, I obsessively check out https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories before I go. I never dreamed I would see this message:
A much anticipated trip to Mexico City, San Miguel de Allende and Oaxoca was cancelled, but not before I had researched and drafted the history and background for several blog posts. The great big world I love to explore has shrunk down to the size of my living room. So, in the interests of giving me a project and you a diversion, I stand at the ready for your research assignment. We may not be able to physically travel, but we can open up the world again in virtual imaginings.
So let me know that city or region in the world you’ve always wanted to explore, or perhaps a trip you were planning that was cancelled in the current situation. If I’ve been there, I’ll repost old posts, if not, I’ll give you all the special little snippets I can find, and all the background that I usually do on the arts, music, food and culture of the place, accompanied by interesting links and downloaded images. Perhaps next year we’ll have learned enough to know exactly where we want to fly to next. And that trip to Mexico? It’s been postponed to 2021, so I will save those posts until then.
This site could also act as a link in these dark times. If there is a need, post it here, maybe one of us can meet that need. For example,
Rosie the Riveter?
Remember when women stepped up to the plate in Canada during the second world war? There are opportunities for women (or anyone who sews) to step up to the plate for our front line workers during the pandemic. Some U.S. hospitals have called for “anyone with a sewing machine at home” to make face masks. You could help your local hospitals now, before the hospital situation becomes dire. There are patterns and detailed instructions available online.
N95-style mask here:
Home-style face mask here:
Art & Inspiration
Or use this space for inspiration or suggestions. For example, here’s Jane Goodall’s inspirational message:
Munro’s Books is offering a $5 flat-rate delivery fee across BC during COVID.
What very long or challenging books do you finally have time to pick up? (Or let us know about any favourite.)
You can stream those wonderful Exhibition on Screen films you missed when they were in cinemas, for 1.99 pounds here:
Reminisce about your visits to Paris here:
Amsterdam museums bring their stunning collections into your living room, van Gogh here:
The Rijks here:
This courtesy of Margaret:
Let’s stay in touch!