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It's Been A Time

October 13th, 2020 at 03:24 pm

Well, I'm not even sure where to begin with our Scottish adventure. And I'm not sure how I feel about what's happened. But here goes.

Our DD and I left on September 9 and had a long multi-stop, but mostly uneventful series of flights. We landed in Edinburgh, found a cab, and got to the airbnb without incident. And the airbnb--well out of the city center--was lovely. The wonderful landlady/hostess had picked up groceries so we could self-isolate. DD and I did take long walks along the Firth of Forth and to parks, and along the Waters of Leith, but no interactions with people. We had another grocery delivery, and I taught online successfully. We really enjoyed our two weeks together.

Then DD moved into her dorm room after a bit of shopping. Since it was the week following "freshers week," there was, as could be I guess be expected, a lot of mingling and an outbreak of COVID. I was due to stay in the airbnb for another week so we could get her settled, and because she had not been exposed, she came back to stay with me. She began her online studies, met all her instructors, bought books, joined her tutorials, and we did more sightseeing in our spare time. We climbed Calton Hill, went to Edinburgh Castle, art museums, and walked and walked all over town--the Old Town, New Town, the Meadows, everywhere.

We got her settled again back in the dorms, and the next day, two people on her floor tested positive. The entire floor was locked down (as were a huge number of other buildings and other floors) and they were not allowed out of their floor. Food delivery (sort of) began as they were not allowed into the cafeteria.

Two of those days, she received no food delivery at all. One day, she received two apples and a box of juice for breakfast. No one was allowed anywhere except the shared pantry, and they moved the positive cases elsewhere. After 10 days of this, she was due to come out of lockdown. Then someone else on the floor tested positive, and it began all over again. So at that point, the poor kid was locked into her 10x12 room with no human contact for 12 days.

She was pretty darn strong, but so unhappy. Student groups were calling it the Pollock Prison (the name of the dorm complex). It was apparent that this couldn't go on for her--as it threatened to keep happening.

So, we pulled her out. I rearranged her flights, made provisions for her to continue the rest of the year online, cancelled the housing contract, and brought her home.

We are all sad she had to come home, but it was clear the university was unprepared for this. The academic side of things is going really well; she's been doing online live tutorials, and she met people and has made arrangements to flat share next year. It's just not right to ask an 18-year-old to be locked in for weeks at a time. The university's food service has been overwhelmed, and the company who handled some of it has quit. They even asked for students, suited up in PPE, to deliver food to the hundreds of them locked down.

So, we're all home, all studying and working, and sad,glad, relieved, and disappointed. We both LOVED Scotland, and we can't wait to go back. More on the financial side of this when I sort things out.

8 Responses to “It's Been A Time”

  1. Wink Says:

    Wow! What a challenging time. Your daughter sounds amazing, to be able to handle all of that with so much maturity and strength! I cannot imagine how hard that was for her. I'm so sorry things turned out this way. I'm sure you are relieved to have her home, healthy, and making the best of a terrible situation.

  2. Thrifty Ray Says:

    Well, the sightseeing sounds incredible! That was such a great bonding time for the two of you! But it is understandable the rest has been so frustrating. These are certainly challenging times, hopefully the online experience will be a good one for your girl, and eventually she can look back on this as a most unusual college experience!

  3. mumof2 Says:

    well she has a college experience to remember LOL...not the one she wanted!! So glad that you got to see some of the sights...hope everything goes smoothly for her studies now

  4. crazyliblady Says:

    I'm so sorry. That's terrible. I am thrilled you were able to make such a wonderful trip, but sad for your daughter. I hope she can go back when it is safe to do so. Is it possible that someone did bring her food but someone else stole it?

  5. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    Wow. I am so sorry to hear that. I am glad you were able to get her to come home safe and sound.

  6. My English Castle Says:

    We wondered about the food theft too, but they were instructed to knock when food arrived. There was quite a upset when one of the COVID-positive guys had his soup taken, Then when the food did arrive it was problematic. Many food allergies and religious stipulations were ignored, even when noted on the food slips. The university acknowledged the issues and issued food vouchers, but by then she'd already left. And really, a lot of food one week doesn't make up for the lack the week before.

  7. CB in the City Says:

    That does sound like a really challenging time. I'm sorry your daughter had to pull out. But at least it sounds like you had some fun sightseeing and bonding beforehand!

  8. rob62521 Says:

    Oh, my! No, I would agree, the university was il prepared. I think you did the right thing bringing her home.

    Glad you did have some fun sightseeing.

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