Today, I should have been in Bukhara enjoying the first International Festival of Gold embroidery and Jewelery. Instead, I have been in isolation for the past 11 days as I was down with Covid. I finally tested negative this morning. For the past two years, I and my husband have been careful not to contract nor spread the virus. We got ourselves vaccinated as quickly as possible and we stuck to the rules concerning distance and hygiene. We continue to wear our masks voluntarily in shops and other public spaces. Unfortunately for us, we live in an area with a low vaccination rate and many people give a fig about the rules. We always suspected the virus would get us someday. The timing was just very wrong.
This lovely chap waited in vain for me at Tashkent airport. The bitter part about it all? It turned out that the virus was circulating in the extended family we live with. They did not warn us. Some did not go for a test (they are free in Germany!). Instead, they kept coming into our apartment for a chat or to hand over the mail. We were only informed when my husband informed them that we had Covid and needed to go into isolation. They never asked if we needed any help (luckily I have a well-stocked pantry) or if we were physically okay (we were only really ill for a couple of days). We have put up with their ludicrous anti-vax stories for two years, but this amount of egoism is very hard to stomach.
Luckily, I can still enjoy a bit of the festival as Alison Cole very sweetly keeps me informed. Head over to her Facebook page to see beautiful pictures of ethnic goldwork embroidery. Let's hope the Uzbek government invites me again in 2024 for the second edition of the festival!
Jessica I am so sorry to hear your news.
I am very sorry that you are sick and I hope that you recover quickly without any side effects. We are fully vaccinated and masked only going out when necessary. I have had similar experiences. People are foolish and some deny the existence of COVID19 and these are the educated ones. There have been many deaths. My husband was terminally ill, so I was extremely protective. Hoping this pandemic stops.
So very sorry to read this, people can be very stupid and selfish about Covid, I hope they realise the distress they have caused. I hope you are able to get to Uzbekistan in the future, I was lucky enough to go 3 years ago and would dearly love to go again.
What a shame, I‘m very sorry to hear that things didn’t work out, and all due to people being selfish. These people always claim to be so concerned with the health of others along with their own (in my experience) but when it comes to deeds… it tends to work out like in your case.
Hope you feel better soon . 💐x
What a shame! Take care of you and yours.
Well, that really takes the biscuit. Grrr. I'm just so sorry that you missed this opportunity (and that Bukhara missed you, too, come to that). I hope the govt does invite you for the second festival -- utterly not your fault you got the plague. And Alison's FB page is a delight -- thanks!
So sorry to hear this - I was so looking forward to hearing all about it.
Luckily the NSW Goldwork Festival is a virtual event for me :)!
Dear Jessica, I am so sorry but glad that you and your husband are on the mend. Of course they will invite you again, you have so much to offer. Thinking healing thoughts for you.
Hi Jessica, I’m absolutely astounded by the selfishness/stupidity of your neighbours!! You must be bitterly disappointed to have missed your trip. Glad you are both on the mend & am really looking forward to meeting in a couple of weeks time. Xx
I am so sorry to hear your tale. Your neighbors sound dreadful and totally thoughtless. Glad you are recovering. Keep wearing those masks and
Dear, Jessica, I'm so sorry to read about you catching COVID and your cancelled trip... but the most important thing is that you are well now. There will be other opportunities! Big hug!
Gah! That sucks. Glad you weren't badly ill for a long time, but oh the timing.
Jessica - What rotten luck! (And such rotten neighbors too!)
Oh Jessica wat erg voor jullie en het is echt vreselijk dat mensen niet willen testen en je ook niet waarschuwen als er iets mis is.
Jessica - my deepest sympathies for this disappointment. You have not had a really good time in the past few years, have you? You must be longing to have your own property - or trustworthy neighbours! My best wishes to both you and your husband.
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