There’s not much left of Hanoi anymore.
The usually busy streets are worringly quiet. People are all wearing masks and the cafes are desert.
If you want to make money, sell hand sanitizers. They became the most sought item and all the pharmacies are “out of stock”.
For the last 2 weeks, all planes from China are banned to enter the country.
We are living in an apocalyptic atmosphere. My helper has a mask glued on her face and she is relaying the most anxious news she gathered through “friends”: the government is not telling about all the Corona virus victims, Chinese are infecting the country, it’s a biological war.
Well, it’s an interesting time indeed.
Schools have been closed for 3 weeks now, a preventive measure to avoid the widespread of the virus.
The first week was exciting I must say. Homeschooling can be very interesting, I loved the feeling to sneak in my kids classrooms to understand how they were being taught.
Then came the second week and I guess the Principal panicked. I understand the pressure of the International private schools who want the students to keep up with the programs. But the kids are overwhelmed with homework, and so many new topics to learn. It’s a challenging time indeed. I really thought the kids will resume school this week as annonced. But no! Back to homeschooling today.
Week 3 is on, and I am learning from experience. We start the day with sports (yoga and a bit of bike depending on the level of pollution) and choose a cafe nearby that will be our office for the day. At least it’s a change of scenary. At least my son won’t hang on the curtains when I’ll annonce it’s maths time ..
It’s a weird yet very challenging time. Everything seems to be moving in slow mo. We are forming a strong trio, the Attilas and me, and I realise that we take more time to listen to each other’s needs. We are into this together. I give more time for plays, they understand when I too need a pause. It’s like navigating without a goal, at least we try to make the best of the journey. It’s quite fascinating not to know what next week will bring. We tend to take our routine for granted and walk in “tunnel vision”. Those times are an apportunity to litteraly go with the flow.
Besides the fact that I have no more Me time and that my yoga hours have been reduced in half, it’s ok. My kids are only in primary. I feel super sorry for the ones in Secondary who need to work hard for their final exams. I also sympathize with the parents who can not support their children with all the homework.
But hey, there is nothing we can do besides counting our blessings.
It might sounds a bit tacky yet it works ! To remember that we are healthy, I am privileged enough to take the time to teach my kids and last but not least, we are a big crowd out there facing the same challenges. So in those times more than ever, it’s important to remember how we can help each other. I will open a free yoga class for parents and another one for kids this week, so they can get moving and take a break.
Till then, keep it up parents, I am sure we are all doing better than we know !
As far as I am concerned I am polishing my Superpowers:
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Wow, so interesting. Love the cartoon approach.
Here in Hoi An, yes schools are closed as well obviously and the International school where I work as the psychologist are doing teacher skype videoing for the kids but still of course its extremely challenging for parents.Especially single and working moms. However Hoi An is as vibrant and full of life as always. About a third less tourists, which has actually been nice, but the market, restaurants, the historic center are all open and buzzing with life as usual.
Lots of my friends are thinking about moving to Hoi An for the next couple of weeks actually! The British School has set up amazing online classes, with teachers offering videos, lots of homework but it is so much! They pushed a bit too far by including homework in Physical Education (We must send the videos!) and MFL for primary.
Considering the current situation, PE is definitely not our priority and I’d rather have my kids relaxin at the end of the busy day than exercising for school.
Yes it is incredibly challenging for the Mums, especially the ones who hardly speak English. One of them recently posted on the school private FB page, looking for a tutor to help. Poor her ! some of the parents are so terrified by the virus that they told her she couldnt seriously think about having a foreigner in her house now.
At least today was yellow so we could ride our bikes for 1h 🙂 This is our mantra: find something fun to do everyday beyond schoolwork (and eating chocolate). X
So interesting for me to read about where I might have been in just a few days. When you told me a few weeks ago about how deserted Hanoi feels, it made me think I’d rather see Vietnam when it is its usual lively self. So it’s also interesting to read that Peta is not seeing the empty streets in Hoi An (just more tourists and ex-pats in general?). I always wondered if I could homeschool my kids, but I think I’d lose patience over time and that I’d lose myself a little, too. But a short stint like you have right now might be kind of fun! I’m glad you’re looking at it as a bonding time. I do hope it ends soon, though, for you and the kids and Vietnam and the world! It’s time for the virus to go away!
Yes it is a bounding time 🙂 We are also practicing a lot of meditation at the end of the week when we all run crazy! I realised I could do some homeschooling actually, but not more than 50%. For my sanity and the one of the kids!
Those times are so challenging. I sometimes feel we are in a SF movie. People were talking about opening schools on a voluntary basis. Parents could choose to send their kids or keep them at home and work online. Honestly I am not sure I would send mine. It’s really a day to day, week by week adventure. Let’s hope it will soon end on a recomforting note. X
Seems strange to imagine Hanoi being so quite, a different place to the city I visited nearly two years ago.
In London the people I speak two fall into two camps – they either believe it is the start of the end, or that this is media-exaggerated and it will blow over.
Hope you are all well, and don’t go stir-crazy and kill each other before the virus even has a chance.
Hey hello stranger ! 🙂 At least we killed each other it would be clean, with gloves and masks !
You know how people are disciplined here, are used to wear mask and don’t behave like rude French rebels. It’s slow mo (especially because the schools have been closed for over a month and still counting) but we have moved to Hoi An for a couple of weeks…
We are living the SF life. Refusing planes to land, quarantaine, masks, forbidding Chinese to enter restaurants .. What next ? the sextape that will definitely ruin Trump and Putin as the new martyr of the Corona?..
Tant que l’humour est là… Bon courage. Ici, pas encore de panique mais ça ne saurait tarder. Pas de masques non plus. Politiciens de tous les pays, unissez-vous. Faites des lois et des lois et des lois, mais ne faites pas de plans en avance. Inutile de commander des masques depuis Décembre. On attendra que ça arrive chez nous…
Biz. Virtuelle. Pour éviter la contagion…
Quelle epoque quand meme ! on revient a la fermeture des frontieres, c est fascinant. Si ca peut a terme apporter une reflexion sur la mondialisation a tous crins et faire realiser qu on ne s’en sort pas mal avec nos ressources et en faisant des economies de voyages pro … Carpe Diem en attendant , et des bises virtuelles en retour 🙂
Carpe diem indeed. Mais comme j’habite à 10-12,000 kms de la France, je n’aime pas beaucoup l’dée d’une fermeture de frontières… J’aime avoir la sensation que je peux prendre un avion pour Paris demain. (Les billets sont déjà pris pour cet été.)
Les Attilas vont bien? Toute la famille est contente au Vietnam? Biz. A +
Comme je te comprends ! Same here! Les Attilas vont bien, leur école leur manque (et moi donc !) mais on s’adapte:) en fait c est même plutôt rassurant d être ici, les vietnamiens sont très disciplinés et tout le monde suit ce que le gouvernement dit. Seuls les français lèvent les yeux au ciel et font le fameux “pfffffftttt c’est exagéré”. Xxx
Pfffff! C’est tellement Français. 🙂
Mais c’est vrai que la “discipline” Asiatique est impressionnante… Je suis revenu époustouflé de mon voyage en Asie il y a 2 ans. Surtout quand je compare avec le Binz ici au Mexique.
Bon courage avec le virus. J’espère que ça se calmera dans qqs semaines.
Biz et A+
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