|Last night’s sunset over the Arabian Sea from the hotel pool area.|
It was a bad sign this morning when we went to breakfast that there was no buffet. Only five rooms in this 120 room hotel are occupied and in made no sense for them to continue to offer a buffet. Beside, buffets are breeding grounds for germs.
The hotel is no longer allowed to accept new reservations. In a matter of days, we could be the only guests here. That’s kind of freaky. It won’t be the first time we were the only guests in a hotel.
On Christmas Eve and Christmas day in 2017, we were the only guests in a boutique hotel in Palermo, Buenos Aires. We ended up having a great time after all. See this link here.
But, those circumstances were entirely different. It was a fluke there were no guests in the small hotel. In this case, as you all so well know, the circumstances are entirely different, the Covid-19 is the cause of many businesses, now including hotels worldwide, closing their doors.
|Each night, to get out of our hotel room and enjoy the sunset.|
Of course, I was searching for holiday homes that may be available in Mumbai, when this hotel closes. And, although we’d have been willing to wait here for as long as necessary, we are certain it will be closing in the next week.
The hotel manager assured us, if that is the case, they will assist us in relocating, hoping that at least one hotel will be allowed to stay open in Mumbai to facilitate others like us, who can’t leave the city with a population of 18,400,000.
But, we have to be realistic and prepare ourselves for the worst that no hotels will be open and we’ll have nowhere to go. It’s a frightening thought. Many of our readers still write to us asking us why we didn’t return to the US a week ago.
|We sat comfortably at a table with an umbrella by the pool, sipping on a cold beer, attempting to make the best of the situation.|
As we mentioned in an earlier post, for several reasons, one, we don’t have adequate health insurance in the US (but excellent coverage outside the US) and two, I am in the high-risk group: my age, cardiovascular disease, and asthma.
Based on the number of fast-growing cases in the US. As of today’s news, there are 19,522 cases, most of which we a result of travel or being in contact with someone who has traveled internationally. Why would we want to go to any US airport?
As of today, there are a reported 271 cases in India. Sure, there may be many unreported cases, here and in the US. But even if India’s situation is 10 times, even 100 times worse, that’s still considerably less than in the US, relative to the US population of 331 million as compared to India’s 1.3 billion.
|The hotel pools are inviting, but the government has forbidden swimming in any public pools.|
Our goal for our time here, regardless of how long this period lasts, is to stay in self-isolation in a hotel with as little contact with people as possible. The only people we come in contact with are the restaurant servers and cleaning staff and we stay as distant as possible.
We’ve chatted with a few other hotel guests, at a distance, and it seems most of them are getting out today, mainly on the last few flights out of Mumbai before the Mumbai airport closes tomorrow, to fly back to the UK which has almost 4,000 cases as of this morning.
For this small of an area, that’s a lot of cases. A few weeks ago we’d canceled a holiday home in England for this very reason.
|The pretty view of the evening sky.|
As residents of South Africa, our friends Linda and Ken managed to make their flight from Australia to South Africa. Linda and I communicated via text messages in the middle of the night (I was wide awake) when they were about to board their flight. I’m sure we’ll hear from them later today.
What will we do when this is over, whenever that might be possible? Our goal is to get into South Africa. Moments ago, Tom read a new article to me that states no foreign nationals will be allowed into South Africa until after May 31st. Hmm, it looks as if we’ll be here in Mumbai for quite a while, after all.
Well, folks, we hope all of you are staying safe. Thanks for hanging in there with us as we work our way through this difficult time, with the same hopefulness and spirit that we strive to possess as each day passes.
Photo from one year ago today, March 21, 2019:
|Such an adorable face. For more photos, please click here.|