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Message from Cyprus

Location: Argaka Cyprus

Cyprus Day 19. Lockdown Day 5.

Message from Cyprus Edition Two

Note – this will now be a regular update, possibly weekly, in an effort to answer so many questions we are getting and the extreme fluid situation. Love you all.

Cyprus Musings – things are happening quickly now and all indications from where I sit is the world is in this for a very long haul. We are now receiving notices of flight cancellations we have in the future. We are seeing a lot of activity and messages from the US State Department and embassies we have in our itinerary in the months ahead. We received a notice from the embassy of Cyprus that they are trying to secure a flight for US Citizens. I am normally very decisive but now vacillate over this issue because reports here say Cyprus is nearing its peak in virus cases (approaching 200 cases) and I feel safe here. I feel any movement right now, particularly to the USA; on planes; through airports; with other humans; puts us at high risk. But I also feel we might be in Cyprus for months….three, six, more if we don’t take the last plane out. What to do?

Getting home would be a comfort…but if I get sick trying to get there it will create a burden for ourselves and those we love. But if we stay in Cyprus we are useless to my family if they need us. And if we get sick here it could be a financial nightmare (yes we have insurance but it still could be costly). 

Mostly I’m no longer worried about the loss of travel money. It’s irrelevant at this point. 

When I compare the governments responses between the USA and Cyprus starting when we arrived here 19 days ago I am convinced Cyprus’ quick, decisive and egalitarian approach has saved lives, even though the tight restrictions are causing strife. Nineteen days since we arrived in Cyprus and the USA is still chatting about what to do and state by state mandates are clearly not effective enough for a country the size of the USA. The freedom of assembly will kill us…

Although surreal, watching the world melt down from here is like a giant movie screen. A horror film. With no end in sight and real people at risk. Any one read Station Eleven? It’s happening.

Time to think long term my friends…it’s gonna be a long long time until we have anything resembling the old normalcy. Definitely not Easter. Acceptance of the new normal is the healthiest thing we can do now. It’s okay to grieve. But also prepare. Stay safe. Breathe. Don’t stick your head in the sand…we can be kind and compassionate and try to stay positive while distancing and being ready for a long journey.

We wait.

Read Cyprus Message Edition One Here.


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  • Reply Amy

    Thanks for the update. Life on the other side (Northeast US) is pretty scary so you might do well to stay in Cyprus. We are well and able to get out for short walks or bike rides, but the incompetence at the top is killing people.

    March 29, 2020 at 8:14 am
    • Reply Laureen

      Glad you guys are safe. Thanks for following. Be well.

      March 29, 2020 at 9:21 am
  • Reply Carol

    Good to see you’re staying safe and that it’s improving. It’s such a dilemma of whether to come home or not. Your points are all valid and I would struggle with the choice. Washington is still hot. Blessings sent for making the best decision for you.

    March 29, 2020 at 10:04 am
    • Reply Laureen

      Thank you so much Carol. Be safe.

      March 29, 2020 at 10:49 am
  • Reply Patti Vincent

    I understand your concern and worry but to avoid all the interaction it would take to get home, you are better off where you are. Don’t even think you can get into the States. You know you have a place to stay where you are and what happens if you get stuck some place along the way. Hang in there.

    March 29, 2020 at 11:00 am
    • Reply Laureen

      Thank you Patti. Be well.

      March 29, 2020 at 11:06 am
  • Reply Carla Wesson

    What a difficult situation, Laureen. You are looking at this from many angles which is good. Things are pretty chaotic in the US thanks to the lack of real leadership. Staying put might be the safest—becoming temporary citizens of Cyprus. So confusing….stay well.

    March 29, 2020 at 1:46 pm
    • Reply Laureen

      Hang in there Carla. Be safe.

      March 29, 2020 at 9:19 pm
  • Reply Dennis White

    Another entertaining and informative post!
    You two stay healthy. I know it’s difficult to make decisions under the circumstances, but I stand by whatever you choose!

    March 29, 2020 at 3:54 pm
    • Reply Laureen

      Thank you so much Dennis.

      March 29, 2020 at 9:19 pm

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