Another month in lockdown...Fine tuning the routine to shorten the day...


A pretty walkway into a municipal building area in Ribeira Brava in Madeira, Portugal in 2014. See the link here.
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Today's photos are from June 1, 2014, while living in Madeira, Portugal. See the link here for more photos.
The start of a new month surprises us during the lockdown in India. The months are flying by more quickly than we expected. This morning I took the lift down to the lobby to pay our bill for the last 11 days in May including meals for a total of INR 116947.49, US $1552.98.

Our daily living expenses based on this most recent bill are INR 10631.59, US $141.18 per day, just about the same daily cost for us to live in South Africa in a beautiful bush home, buying groceries, pellets, and supplies, dining out, and having a rental car in our possession.

These tall muffins are popular on the island.
The big difference here is we don't have access to anything other than what this standard-sized hotel room offers; a small bathroom, two comfy chairs, a bed, an again-working TV, and coffee/tea supplies all of which we greatly appreciate. It could be a lot worse.

As of this morning, when I went to the reception desk to pay the bill, I asked how many rooms of this 334 room hotel, are actually occupied by hotel guests. The answer shocked me... A total of 5 rooms.   

Doughy things.
All the staff members we see in the corridor, cleaning the rooms (where the staff is also living) are here for 5 occupied guest rooms with a maximum of 10 guests. How they continue to stay open baffles us, but, we are very grateful they have done so for this small group.

All other guests, beside us, are Indian citizens for which the government pays their hotel bills during the lockdown, thus making the hotel required to stay open, which ultimately has served us well.

Locally made merchandise is for sale in the shops along the boulevard.
We don't see the other guests since we're confined to our room, other than to visit the front desk for handling the bill and for my walking the corridors each hour. We no longer go downstairs to order meals. Instead, we make a phone call to the front desk who transfers us to the restaurant to place our order each morning and each evening.

Although most meals, we order the same food, it is imperative to be specific for each item since there has been a regular turnover in the kitchen staff. Ordering the same items each time often results in differences arriving by room service such as; not enough vegetables for me; no flatware, no butter, or varying portions of any of our items.
Then, of course, there are popular and familiar items offered everywhere.
Sometimes, my two half chicken breasts, are tiny and other times normal-sized. Sometimes my vegetables include corn when I don't eat corn and have explained this several times. Sometimes our food is room temperature. Other times it's hot. Tom's portion size of chicken pasta each night can vary from 20-25% less some nights. Oh well. So it goes. 

None the less, we're safe and we're grateful. One of our kind readers sent me information on a free TV app we can use. This morning I downloaded it on my phone and Chromebook, allowing us to watch more shows at no cost. Thank you, Reader Lisa! 

Many little shops were to be found on the side streets as well.
She and her husband are also world travels and they happened to be living in a holiday home in Portugal when the lockdown began. They were able to extend their rental until next April to ensure it would be safe to travel again.

This morning, I asked Tom, "Could this be us? Staying here until next March or April?"

"Yes," he said, "it could be us." We looked at each other in resignation, trying to brace ourselves for this potential reality.

There's no word about international flights starting up in India any time soon. Countries all over the world can open their borders, but it does us no good if we can't fly out of Mumbai. 

Embroidery is a centuries-old tradition in Portugal.
Many have written and suggested we fly to other states in India to try to get out of the country. But, even if other states open their borders to international flights before "hotspot" Mumbai, it makes no sense to fly any more than is absolutely necessary and be exposed to more people at busy airports.

We've been able to shorten our days a little by trying to sleep until 8:00 am, have breakfast at 9:00 am and six hours later, after I've finished the daily post and miscellaneous business projects, we begin streaming shows at 3:00 pm until 6:00 pm when we call and order dinner. 

Some of the narrow streets weren't populated with shops and tourists.
The time from 3:00 pm passes quickly as we become engrossed in excellent BBC shows we're streaming at this time both during the afternoon and evenings. 

By 11:00 pm, we try to fall asleep both often awakening several times during the night. But, this routine seems to help the day pass more quickly. I still take time, once an hour, up until 6:00 pm to walk the corridors.
Beautiful flowers grow freely everywhere.
Stay practical everyone, stay safe, strive to stay healthy, and make it through until this ends or changes, one day at a time.
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Photo from one year ago today, June 1, 2019:
Cows...they are cute. For more photos, please click here
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