So Long, Yellow Brick Road

Looking back on it, I’m shocked that it has been 13 months since I posted anything to this blog! But let’s face it, 2020 is something we’d all rather forget. My last blog entry was posted just a couple of months before we went into the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown in Mexico, and what happened from that point onward was pretty much restricted to events within the four walls of my home in Querétaro, Mexico.

The pandemic mode in Mexico has been a bit different than elsewhere, to be sure. Here in Mexico, so many people rely on having a daily income to put food on the table, that the response to the crisis was handled very differently than Canada or USA. Here, most people couldn’t avoid going in to work, if in fact they still had a job. The economic impact of the pandemic was felt quickly and acutely here. Since Mexico relies so heavily on foreign investment, when buying patterns in the rest of the world changed, Mexico felt the pain immediately. Manufacturing shut down within weeks of the start of lockdowns in other countries, with workers left in limbo. It is a sad reality that the majority of people in Mexico were left with the uncomfortable choice between risking contracting a potentially deadly virus, or letting their family go hungry. It really wasn’t much of a choice.

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