Sunday, April 26, 2009

Just Saying...


............{28 Days Later}                                 {Mexico City, yesterday}

It's amazing how quickly a city of 22 million can disappear off the streets. What is usually a bustling, crowded metropolis today was sparse and hushed. Many of the shops were shuttered, the metro was at half capacity and, of those who ventured out, 50% were wearing masks. Things still functioned mostly as usual--I took a short metro ride to the fabric store--but even there the air was tense. The loudspeakers played Presidente Calderon's emergency address. The couple next to me was buying fabric to make face masks. On the way home it took the bus a few extra minutes to arrive because fewer are running. 

UNAM, in compliance with a federal order, officially announced today that it will remain shuttered until Wednesday, May 6th, which is over a week. So much for my presentation, my discussion section, my research proposal and my midterm. Everything is put on hold. My class partner can't even get into the library to get the reading. 

Normally a two week break from school would result in the sort of adventure I had embarked upon during Spring Break. But the word is the airports might be closed soon, and the thought of a stuffy bus ride in close quarters with the other residents of Mexico City is hard to fathom. At this point I don't even want to go to parties. 

For me, the week ahead will be filled with sewing, eating good food, trips to my friend's house for movie nights and maybe, if time permits, some homework.

Signing off for now...

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