Massive presentation day. Thesis Review no1! I got up at 5:30 this morning, started my online teaching job early. My friend is doing her PHD defend in Groningen. I’m gutted I can’t attend. She flew all the way from South Africa and battled inter-continental Corona bureaucracy to make it to the Netherlands. And then my class schedule gets filled up with this important presentation. I did manage to watch the whole defence online! She did great. So inspiring.
It’s also the day the Netherlands imposes a travel ban on South Africa. I’m supposed to travel home in two weeks for my birthday. I haven’t seen my family for two years. I learn I may not be able to go. My heart is broken into a million pieces.