A couple of days ago, Rebecca from Rebecca Goes Rendezvous posted a couple of lists of things which helped her getting through this current pandemic. It was full of inspiration so I thought I could give it a try.
4 Things That Have Been Getting Me Through Quarantine:
1. Sunny weather — We’ve been blessed with a fantastic early spring weather when France went into lockdown in March. April wasn’t as kind but by then, we were all beating our brains out trying to figure our lives out, so good weather didn’t seem so important after all.
2. The Internet/4G — Already feeling lonely as a cloud since we moved up here, quarantine was way out of my comfort zone! So I’m very grateful our internet connection has remained rather reliable. What would have I become without blogging, social medias Messengers or Netflix?
3. Wine & Bubbly — I mean… come on!
4. Yoga practice at 5pm — My daughter and I decided to attend a virtual yoga class every week day at 5pm. I highly recommend the sweet easy going personality of Yoga with Adriene whose 30-day challenges are perfect for beginners.
1 Blog That is Worth Checking Out:
1. Alexandra’s Blog — There, is a land of order, beauty, luxury, calm and sensuousness. Alex’s photos and short stories make me think of the French poet Baudelaire who wrote a supremely classic piece, studied by many French students in high school which goes like this:
“How sweet, my own,
Could we live alone
Over beyond the sea!
To love and to die
In the land that’s akin to thee!
Where the suns which rise
In the watery skies
Weave soft spells over my sight,
As thy false eyes do
When they flicker through
Their tears with a dim, strange light.
There all is beauty and symmetry,
Pleasure and calm and luxury.”
The Invitation to the Voyage, by Charles Baudelaire(trans. Jack Collings Squire, 1909)
If you’re not tempted to go and have a look after that…!
3 Foods That I Love:
1. Hubby’s Pad Tai — Citrusy, full of crunchy peanuts, and flavoured with our garden’s mint. Perfect!
2. Pasta — I love every kind of pasta, with every sort of ingredient combinations. But to me, nothing says comfort food like a huge plate of salted butter pasta. Full stop!
3. Breakfast — As I’ve said we’ve been so lucky with the weather. Which means we’ve been able to have breakfast outside very early this year. And an outdoor breakfast is far better than anything else! By the way, I’ve started a secondary blog to share my love for this particular meal. If you’re interested, it’s here.
3 Places I’m Dreaming of Going When It’s Safe to Travel Again:
1. Paris — which I’m obsessing about sometimes!
2. Sanremo, Italy — I wrote this post two years ago. There are probably many photos spread on this blog about this wonderful Italian city. This is one of my happy places.
3. Japan — I can’t wait to go back. I want to spend days, walking and getting lost in the narrow streets. Buying my morning coffee in a kombini shop. Greeting respectfully people with a bow. Eating fresh raw fish everyday.
4 Things I Need/Want to Come Back to Normal:
1. Traveling again. —
2. Working again —
3. Social closeness — I’m French. I do la bise to say hello. I have been mwah mwah amputated !
4. Freedom — it has been traumatizing to be forbidden to leave our homes without a permit during the lockdown. Citizens were not permitted to step outside their front door without completing the Attestation de déplacement dérogatoire form. We had to state our justification for being outdoors. You needed a reason. And you had to justify yourself. How could we have imagines that one day, we’d need a signed paper to go out and buy a baguette from the boulangerie…
1 Field which should benefit from the crisis:
1. Improved education system — I agree completely with Rebecca on that one. I too am jaded over how ineffective the French education system is. France is producing young adults who have never really learned to think for themselves and be independent or curious. Kids are taught to follow rules strictly. Don’t be creative. Don’t be different. Don’t Argue. Don’t do it your way. Leave the parents outside the school. There are no alternatives offered. Unless you have plenty of money to spend on your child’s education…
I also agree with the necessity of learning material that are applicable in real life, e.g. finances, home economics, understanding contracts…
And manual skills ought to be back. It has completely disappeared from our schools. As if we didn’t need to use our hands anymore. Just live it to the machines. Or the undereducated ones?!
And teachers in French have looooong holidays. Maybe some of this free time should be invested in training them with modern technologies. So that next time there is a pandemic, teaching from home doesn’t make much difference from teaching in a classroom. It could even be better!