As the title of this post suggests, I have made the somewhat ill-advised decision to travel to my homeland, Taiwan, during this pandemic. In fact, my flight is tonight. Looking forward to the ~30 hrs of masking and the 14-day quarantine that ensues…
It’s not an extremely essential trip, but my younger brother already had plans to go for an internship for water-processing, and I made the decision to follow him while I can. Earlier in the year, I did have plans to go to both Taiwan and Japan for the summer, before I got a library job that forced me to give up on any such ideas. Now that I’ve lost that same job due to the pandemic (until early next year, at least), I might as well go see all the family I’ve promised to see before school and work prevent me from doing so for many years to come.
As far as I know, life is surprisingly normal in Taiwan, with close to no new Covid cases since May and 7 deaths throughout the course of the pandemic. This is also because the quarantine measures have been strict since the get-go: for 14 days, your phone tracks your location, and someone checks on your health status every day and accounts for your needs.
Not that this relates to the blog by all that much, but this update is here because:
- You’ll find me active online at different times of the day.
- Perhaps I’ll post about this trip if anything turns out to be particularly notable or exciting.
- I’ll probably be more online than usual, because what else can you do when you’re quarantined with a sibling who mostly sleeps or plays League of Legends? I wanted to bring books but they take up luggage space…
- If you see me online, talk to me because I’m probably dying from a lack of human connection and should stay awake to get rid of the jet lag!
Made blueberry jam because I couldn’t think of what else to get my relatives during such times (don’t think they’ll care for maple syrup after all these years). At least this is the best batch of jam I’ve made in years. Gonna miss blueberry season in BC!