When we agreed to take a last minute charter flight from New York to Tashkent in middle of a pandemic, we knew a hotel quarantine was waiting for us at the other end. But we were so eager to get started with the next chapter of our lives that it didn’t really phase us.
After a flustered farewell to Mexico, we waited in limbo for several months in California. Finally, news came that we were on a charter flight from New York to Tashkent, Uzbekistan. We had five days to pack, say goodbye to family, purchase last minute flights from San Francisco to New York, and uproot the kids with minimal notice. And then take a twelve hour flight to move to an obscure country in a part of the world we have never visited.