Pestilence and Perspective

I set out for northern Vietnam on the brink of a pandemic.

How it began

5 days before I would be departing on a week-long reprieve from nothing, I was summoned to the police station.

After being found bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, I was set free to scamper off into the wilderness…only to be called back the next day.

Things got strange

I got to Hanoi on the 5th of March. They identified the first positive case of Covid-19 in Hanoi on the 6th.

An unavoidable sense of dread was settling over the city. It was as if the panic and pollution emulsified. The air was thick with it. You breathed it in and it settled on your skin.

Many language centres had closed their doors permanently.

Things are not the same

Things are not the same.

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