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    • We went out for breakfast this morning and there weren't too many people there. When we went there before on a Sunday we usually had to wait for a table to sit at. I mentioned this to my family and commented that I wonder if, because of COVID-19, people don't want to go out to restaurants. Cindy thought that it might be because the service wasn't that good or because the restaurant isn't really that good.

      So I would like to ask someone. But who to ask? Before I could walk into class at my old high school, ask if anyone had been out to a restaurant lately, and if anyone had noticed the same thing. I could then talk to them and speculate with them as to why and what is going on.

      I can't do that at my new school. The students there are either not interested in that, capable of talking about it, or both.

      I really miss having someone to talk to, having someone to discuss things with.

    • You're in Taiwan? Are other places empty as well? There are no restaurants still open for dining-in right now where I live (Oregon), but my husband was eating out for Restaurant Month just a week ago in Portland. How quickly things have changed.

      I'm seeing Taiwan in the news quite a bit for the ideal way they are handling the pandemic, and it sounds like that doesn't involve closures of restaurants. Interesting!

    • Greetings, @zorxique. I’m happy to learn that you and your wife are staying healthy. Last I remember, you were dividing your teaching time between a high school and an adult night school. Is the new school teaching English to adults or high school students? I do hope the new school is an improvement for you.

      I would think that being a “mid-year replacement” teacher, you lost the honeymoon period of getting to know your students that new teachers get during the beginning of the school year. In addition, the other teachers are probably too busy to socialize much during second semester: they either have too much work to do or they’re too exhausted at the end of the day to go out for drinks.

      Truly sorry that you’re feeling less socially connected as a result. I think that’s going to become a challenge for a lot of people in the coming months. And for that reason I think it’s important to look for and to take advantage of opportunities to talk with other adults every day. I talked to @Chris yesterday on the phone and he shared a wonderful story of going for a walk nearby during their community’s “shelter in place” order. He came across someone coming from the opposite direction on the trail and, keeping a safe distance, ended up in a long and enjoyable conversation with a stranger. My suggestion, FWIW, is to get out of the house as much as possible: serendipity favors those who set themselves up for success. My second suggestion is to do more walking and hiking than your normal amount of cycling activity: you flyby too quickly on a bike to start those random conversations with strangers.

    • Things are pretty much normal here. Nothing is closed and people might be staying at home more often, but they're still going out. I keep reading about things over in North America and Europe and wondering what it must be like.

    • Sorry for the confusion, but there hasn't been any change in my work places. By "old school" I am referring to the school I left last June and had been working at for twelve years. My "new school" is the school I have been working at since July. Both are high schools.

      While having conversations with adults would be nice, what I miss is having those discussions with my students.

      Going out for walks might not help, however. One of the disadvantages to living here is that it's really hard to meet people. Most people – for various reasons – don't want to talk to the foreigner.

      Thank you for your concern and suggestions!

    • We have a community thread on the virus with daily updates from users in the United States, Malaysia, Ireland and Spain.

      Here’s @JazliAziz’s incredible update on Malaysia. Feel free to contribute to the conversation or to follow the thread.

    • The exact same thing happened to me today we went to Taichung to visit Ikea and it was around one or 1 PM and then we we could still find parking in Ikea's parking there's like 63 parking spaces and then we went the restaurant. There was so many seats open. Normally on a Sunday when you go to Ikea, if you're not there when they open you don't get space and the restaurant. You have to wait at least 30 to 45 minutes to get a seat

    • This article explains how Taiwan has managed to flatten their curve - basically by controlling their border early and using cell-phone tracking data to monitor arrivals from abroad. They also jumped early on making sure medical staff were well equipped.

    • I started following the thread, but I see no way to comment on it. I can reply to other people's replies, but I see no way to reply to the OP's post.

      Here’s a link to the original post.

      Click the pink POST button at the bottom of the screen and add your comment.

      You can do this for any conversation where you want to add a new comment to a conversation, rather than replying to a specific subsequent response. Let me know if you have further questions: you know the drill as a teacher; if the above isn’t crystal clear then I’ve done a poor job of explaining and will try again.🤞