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It’s crazy how fast everything has changed. Just two weeks ago, we were still talking about whether or not March Madness would be played. It has felt like a lot longer than two weeks. Now the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo have been postponed until next year.

Two weeks ago I was still thinking about attending a conference in Colorado next month. Now it looks like I will be flying back to Canada next month to spend time with my parents for a bit. My plans to spend the summer in Europe aren’t going to happen and now I am in the process of deciding where to settle down for the summer. Maybe I’ll go back to Medellin, Colombia.

The government reaction to the coronavirus in Mexico varies depending on your location. Nationally, the Mexican president seemed to be unfazed by this virus but regionally, the Governor of Jalisco, Enrique Alfaro is taking it seriously. On Friday, he announced a five-day voluntary stay-at-home measure beginning the following day. That ended last night but he made another announcement for the continuation of this measure for five more days ending Monday. Another assessment will be made after that. I am glad the regional government here is being proactive.

I have been playing it safe by keeping myself in a self-quarantine since last Tuesday which was before any measures had been announced. I did go outside for a walk once (last Friday) and was surprised to see so many people outside but now I hear the streets are empty. The big parks in Guadalajara were already closed on Friday and I heard two nightclubs here had their licenses revoked for staying open on Friday night and not complying with the new protocols. I plan to go to the supermarket sometime in the next day or two to grab some more groceries to get me through the couple weeks.

With people at home now, there has been a spike in the usage of many different things. Facebook, Instagram, Zoom and of course Netflix. It seems like the hot thing to watch on Netflix right now is ‘Tiger King’, which is a seven-episode documentary about the life of Joseph Maldonado-Passage who goes by the name Joe Exotic.

What habits have changed for you in the last two weeks? Have you watched Tiger King? Reading books? Exercising at home? Watching and reading the news more? Let’s hear about it in the comments section. Anyways onto Flakes...

Frosted Flakes

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When the Stanley Cup Final was Cancelled Because of a Pandemic | Sports | Smithsonian

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Travel

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How Major Cities Around the World Look Under Lockdown | Travel | Lonely Planet

There are no steady streams of traffic in front of major landmarks. No rush hour. No queues for coffee. No packed subway platforms. Restaurants and bars are shuttered. Pigeons and seagulls have free rein over our plazas. And neon billboards blink onto deserted streets. But above the empty public spaces are signs that life goes on in our homes.

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Will My Airline Give Me a Refund Due to the Coronavirus? | Travel | Lonely Planet

Similar list to the guide above but there are a few airlines on this list which aren’t on the Conde Nast list.

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6 Flight Attendants On How Their Jobs Have Changed Since Coronavirus | Travel | Conde Nast Traveler

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Though frightening, Italians have still, somehow, given the world hope through sharing their community spirit in songs, supporting their medical personnel by nightly clapping, and sharing their words right here with us.

How Biscoff Cookies Became An Iconic Plane Snack | Travel | Conde Nast Traveler

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Travel Shows to Watch Right Now On Netflix | Travel | Conde Nast Traveler

Most of us can’t be on the road 365 days a year, but that doesn’t mean we have to stop exploring. With streaming networks like Netflix, we have the world at our fingertips, thanks to travel and food shows that take us from markets in Mexico to hawker stalls in Singapore to the farthest reaches of the Arctic, back home to BBQ joints in Kansas City.

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Feeling the travel itch but stuck at home? Here are a few simple tricks to satisfy that sense of wanderlust and better prepare for your next big trip.

The Travel ‘Ache’ You Can’t Translate | Travel | BBC

For all of us trapped inside our homes during coronavirus who long to travel, the Germans have a word for that: fernweh, or a pain to see far-flung places beyond our doorstep.

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More Great Reading Material

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How 3M Used Surge Capacity to Double Production of N95 Masks | Health | Bloomberg

Practically overnight, the company increased its manufacturing capacity to help fight the pandemic. Localized supply chains are a secret weapon, too.

What To Do If You’re Drinking More Alcohol During Self-Isolation | Health | VICE

No one is saying you can’t kill a six-pack while you’re stuck at home because of COVID-19, but you might want to pay attention to self-moderation, too.

The Doctor Who Helped Defeat Smallpox Explains What’s Coming | Science | WIRED

Larry Brilliant says he doesn’t have a crystal ball. But 14 years ago, Brilliant, the epidemiologist who helped eradicate smallpox, spoke to a TED audience and described what the next pandemic would look like. At the time, it sounded almost too horrible to take seriously.

Stuck In a Cramped Space? This Astronaut Has Some Advice | Science | National Geographic

Chris Cassidy is going into quarantine—but for a NASA astronaut preparing to launch to the International Space Station, that’s just part of the routine. Pandemic or not, NASA astronauts are always isolated for two weeks before launch to ensure they don’t carry any unwanted bugs to the space station, a process NASA calls “health stabilization.”

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At the North Pole, 24 time zones collide at a single point, rendering them meaningless. It’s simultaneously all of Earth’s time zones and none of them. There are no boundaries of any kind in this abyss, in part because there is no land and no people. The sun rises and sets just once per year, so “time of day” is irrelevant as well.

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Last But Not Least

Speaking of animals...

What a wonderful gesture!

Don’t you love birthday surprises?!