Prospects for airports allowing us to enter diminishes over time...


A group of five ambitious men met each day to ride the FlowRider on the ship. 
See this link here for that post two years ago.

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Most weekdays, Josiah stopped by in the morning to wash and sweep the veranda, rake the garden and clean the pool. No more than an hour after he'd done, the veranda would dirty again with leaves from the trees, pellets residue and soot from the burning sugar cane a few kilometers away. Tom was always sweeping in order to keep us from tracking the dust, dirt, and debris in the house. By the end of each day, the bottoms of our bare feet were so dirty we'd have to shower again before getting into bed. Today's photos are from this post two years ago.
Today's photos are from two years ago today at this link.

With the US closing its borders to all immigrants over the next several months to reduce the spread of COVID-19, we are faced with the reality that many other countries will follow suit.
If we'd been in Kruger National Park, we wouldn't have been able to gain access to this area.
Currently, almost every country around the world has closed its borders to international travel along with its airports and travel is at a standstill. Today, I asked Tom, "How long can we hold out here?"

He answered with a wide grin on his face, "With the Mumbai airport closed, we won't be going anywhere." 

Duh, I get that. But at some point, the Mumbai International Airport will open and the challenge for us at that time will be, where we will be able to go? What country will allow us to enter after living in India for three to six months (or more)? 
Taking photos through the fence in Marloth Park was tricky, so we got what shots we could.  At times, we were pleasantly surprised at the finished product.
It may not be South Africa if they, too, impose a ban on all foreigners entering the country for an extended period. Right now, all we've heard so far is May 31st. But we don't have a lot of faith that they'll allow foreigners to enter even at that date.

Well, the world is a big place. And once the Mumbai airport opens, we'll let it settle for a few days while we decide where we'd like to go that has an open airport. The possibilities may be few.
But, the magic of our lives is the fact that we can go anywhere we'd like that will be open to our arrival, which we'll obviously confirm in detail before we book a flight and accommodations. 
Male elephants are kicked out of the herd (parade) when teenagers.  When we saw large numbers, it was unlikely many were males except for those youngsters yet to reach maturity at 13, 14, or 15 years of age.
We can literally pack and be out the door in a few hours. We both believe that within three months, we'll have some options if South Africa isn't one of those. We can always go there later when the airports open.

Oddly, we have an Azamara cruise (690 passengers) booked for November 10th from Lisbon to Capetown. If things improve and we aren't yet in South Africa, we just may be able to make this cruise. The question will be, where we'll wait for the cruise in the interim, if we are able to leave Mumbai.

Tom's dear sister Colleen kindly offered her place in Arizona if we decided to return to the US. However, as we've mentioned many times in past posts, we have no interest in returning to the US at this time. 
A mom fussing over her offspring.
Even in months from now, the virus in the US will still be rampant, nor do we want to live in the high heat in Arizona during the summer and fall months, there again, stuck inside all day. 

As mentioned in several posts, I am very high risk with asthma, heart disease, and my age and our health insurance can only be used outside the US. We don't want to take any risks being in the US at this time. Then again, how would we get there with no airport open here?

There are many other countries we'll be able to travel to at some point. Fortunately, as much as we don't like wasting valuable time as we age, we are prepared to stay in Mumbai as long as necessary to get us to a suitable location where, perhaps, it will feel more like a continuation of our world travels than trapped in the lockdown.
Neither the elephants nor the waterbucks seem to mind one another's presence.
Oddly, we are quite fine, as we've mentioned. Nor, do we expect our emotional state to change as time marches on. We are doing what many are doing now; reading; watching the news; streaming shows; listening to podcasts: and for me, exercising throughout the day while eating a healthy diet

Tom has been eating a high carbohydrate diet and for now, isn't gaining weight or suffering any ill effects at this time. (We don't have access to any snacks or alcohol). Once we get somewhere when I can cook again, he'll get back to eating a diet similar to mine. 

For us, accepting the realities of this dreadful virus and the consequences facing all of us has provided us with a sense of peace while reducing stress and worry. 
Each day these two females stop by several times with two piglets, most likely several months old.  The two females may be sisters, a mother and daughter from a prior litter or who knows, another relative of one sort or another.  This particular morning the two of them were playing a nose-to-nose game while the two piglets busied themselves with pellets.
Now that DIL Camille is on the mend and sister Susan has been allowed to stay in her assisted living facility (for now due to COVID-19), I can breathe a sigh of relief and make every attempt to live in the moment.

Our hearts go out to all who have lost loved ones during this trying time, either through COVID-19 or other illnesses and to all of the millions of citizens who have lost their jobs, businesses, and sources of income. 

What are you doing today to bring you comfort and reduce the boredom? We'd love to hear from you!
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Photo from one year ago today, April 21, 2019:
An elephant in the bush watching us take photos. For more photos, please click here.

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