Since we’re all forced to live a sedentary existence these days I wondered how you were dealing with the lockdown, my nomadic friends. Have we all become lifestyle bloggers instead, sharing your best sourdough tips now? Or should we all revisit previous episodes from a previous seasons of previous trips?
I confess I admire those of you who manage to keep the energy to take us around the globe with old photos and stories, challenge posts and bucket lists.
I have been unable to do so. Or read. Or finish a single DIY project.
All I manage to do is cook. Listen to music. Skim through magazines. Text friends.
I’ve thought of travels quite a lot though. The one I took. The one I still have on my wish list. Each time I listen to a scenic piece of piano, I’m transported…
It’s all about the cities I grew fond of. The places which made me think I wonder what it’s like to live here. The trips which are still to be taken engage less space in my imagination right now. The virus situation has stopped the time for me and there is more past than future. Or at least the past is something I can rely on.
What’s ahead of us is so irrationally inconceivable!
All about the NOW isn’t really exciting or motivating. I hear some of my friends rejoicing because working from home has been such an upgrade from their usual professional routine. Or because slowing down has allowed parents and children to pause the vicious circle of frantically going from one commitment to the next… Bravo to you!
“Improvise, adapt, overcome…“
All the elements around us structure our life and our reality. Without this practicality, all we’re left with are virtual interactions. Visiting a museum, eating in a restaurant, or travelling is something which cannot be adapted to this current lifestyle.
Being a contemplative spirit, I fuel on visual stimuli to be happy. I need details to photograph. I need scenes which resemble a set from film or a stage around me. A woman passing by with an outfit I like. An inspiring shopwindow decor. A conversation to pick up in the streets. People kissing or greeting each other. Real people.
So what do you think our travel blogs will become? Will we still recommend adresses of quirky cafes ? Will we post photos of our hotel breakfast buffets? Will we still exchange tips on airline companies? Are you team CONFIDENT and have already planned your next flight? Or are you team CLUELESS like me, wandering aimlessly between Netflix and your kitchen, trying to make some sense out of it all?
Will there be other bike-rides to Barceloneta, coastal treks in Sydney, lunches in the East Village, food markets in London, sunny winter morning walks down to St Michel, evening drinks in Yanaka Ginza, gelati in Sanremo?….Will your next sangria be served by a masked waiter? Will you take a double decker bus in London and use the handrail to go and seat on the upper level?
How do you envisage travelling in a post-Coronavirus world where social distancing will prevent you from hugging friends you haven’t seen in ages or rethink using the metro?
Cartoons/ illustrations by Demitri Martin.I recommend his film Dean (available on Netflix)