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COVID-19

As you may have noticed then in the past couple of weeks the world has changed into something that only recently seemed like a plot of a dystopian film. A film we rather would have enjoyed watching but now we have to face living through ourselves.

With COVID-19 spreading around the globe and strict quarantines being put in place in one country after the other all of the citizens of the globe now have to do their part which is called “social distancing”. In order to fight the spread of the virus we need to isolate ourselves from the society around and thus slow down the spread of our invisible enemy.

For some locking themselves indoors seem like an impossible challenge while for others it’s a cake walk. It all depends on the person. Moreover what differs between people is how they choose to spend their free time while between their four walls and what things they’ve chosen to isolate themselves with.

Nobody has a definite list of how to live in the times that are now but this is what our team has done in order to cope with the situation:

How long have you been isolated already?

Daina:

Today (24th of March) is the fourteenth day since I’m working from home. However, since I haven’t travelled or met any travellers lately, I wouldn’t exactly call this an isolation, it’s more like social distancing. I’ve been grocery shopping and had some walks and bicycle rides.

Kristīna:

On Wednesday, 25th of March it will be the 11th day of my solitude.

Pauls:

Almost 27 years. Wait, you meant physically not emotionally? Well, then 12 days.

Nikita:

Since 16.03. I have spent my time on a countryside house in a village surrounded by forests and fields.

Ģirts:

Staying mostly at home and being cautious about what’s happening outside from 13th March.

Current routine of your day?

Kristīna:

Waking up, existential thoughts, morning meditation, shower, nice coffee and breakfast (the quick composition of my breakfast and sending a photo of it to my loved one). Listening to Dzhovanni Bokkachcho’s “Decameron” online readings while I prepare and eat. Existential thoughts again.

Then to the home office – calls to colleagues, making agenda for my working day. Existential thoughts. Skype calls to my friends. Long and late lunch. More Skype calls. Everyday call to my family before going to sleep. More thoughts.

(Existential thoughts = measuring my temperature. And NO – still the old East European way, in a case someone has naughty imagination).

Daina:

The chronology of these tasks depends on the situation, but sleeping, showering, cooking, working and exercising is on my list for sure.

Ģirts:

Breakfast, work, lunch, work, dinner, work.

Kristians:

Wake up, eat, work and try to go outside at night for a walk.

Ismayil:

Waking up, bathroom, back to the room. My wife leaves my breakfast on a chair in front of my door. While eating I read news, then briefly check what has to be done for today. Usually we have a call with Kristina around 11-12. I started watching a video course about basics of coding. Then some Italian and driving theory tests. Some funny stuff in youtube in between, meditation. Looking at the empty street trough the window that definitely needs to be cleaned when all is over. Lunch and dinner the same way as breakfast. Video call with the family which is just behind the wall. (until a couple of days ago, before i started going out of the room.) Shower, sleep.

How do you entertain yourself?

Daina:

I’ve downloaded several books and I’ve become a complete addict of one of the Netflix series (for your own benefit – I’m not gonna share the title of this show).
Also, I have two dogs who in spite of the situation are in need of daily walks. My husband and I are going for some bicycle rides as well. We are very blessed to have a forest not far from our house and a car track open for public use in the middle of it. Hopefully, I’m gonna win my fight with the injury soon and I’ll be able to run again. In the worst-case scenario (total lockdown) – I’m already measuring the “stadium lap” of my garden.
Baking some cakes is an entertainment for me as well.

Pauls:

Apart from telling jokes to myself in the mirror I do enjoy videoconferencing with friends. A tip I can suggest is playing the Catana board-game online while talking to your friends on either Discord or Zoom.

Ismayil:

It depends. Sometimes it is a movie, sometimes an interview, sometimes a video game.

Nikita:

compose music, rehearse covers of my favourite artists, tai chi and meditation, kung fu training

From where do you work?

Pauls:

Bed, couch, kitchen, floor and behind the couch. Places yet to try out – under the bed, on a kitchen counter, in the bathtub, while on the toilet.

Nikita:

From everywhere: use walk through forest to get my mind clear, use terrace for working from a laptop, use a self built studio from doing repetitive and all kind of work where you need to concentrate, use a self built home office with a desk and monitors, use bathroom for creative ideas (usually the best), use kitchen for phone calls and corridors for putting all kind of sticky notes…

Daina:

We’ve turned our living room into the office and I’m moving to the bedroom (don’t get me wrong but you probably already did) in case we are having a video call with the team.

Ismayil:

The kid’s room is my headquarter now. I work, eat and sleep here. (Airbeds are not that bad actually)

Ģirts:

My apartment and office at Cēsis.

What is your favourite outfit now?

Nikita:

Kung fu training outfit – wide trousers that you need to bind in a special way, held by a training belt. A shirt, a sword (in case of a zombie invasion) and plectrum on a chain around my neck (in case there is a guitar on my way to somewhere).

Kristīna:

Definitely all of those that I do not get to wear. Still believe, that one day we need a posh Skype meeting where everyone is sitting at their home in suits and nice dresses.

Kristians:

Sweat pants and a hoodie

Daina:

Hoodies, leggings, chunky sweaters and oversized dresses are my favourites now.

What supplies have you stacked up
and what is the weirdest (but important to you)
item in your stock?

Kristīna:

I did not prepare the stock, it was prepared for me as a survival kit from someone’s point of view of what I need/use/eat when I came back from a business trip from Germany. So now I have shampoo and hair condition for a at least a year and probably too many zucchinis that I could eat in 2 weeks. But really happy for having good coffee+Italian moka pot +plant based organic milk. We do not life in the Middle Ages, you know.

Nikita:

Since I escaped from Berlin to the countryside, I took almost everything that could fit into my car (except for horses – those I needed to ride to the place after I brought the rest of the stuff there) – my music instruments, training stuff, books, electronic devises, cables etc. Well, most useful thing I managed to buy before the shut down was a wifi repeater, a lot of cigarettes and 3 bottles of scotch whiskey and 2 bottles of Moldavian cognac. I guess the weirdest supplies would be my collection of weapons like swords, sables, nun-chucks and speaks – all from the age of kung fu training. Again – you never know if zombies will surprise you…

Kristians:

Rice, pasta, toilet paper (don’t judge), meat, canned goods. Nothing that weird.

Daina:

We are used to shopping for the whole week so nothing much has changed about that. However, I’ve bought some cleaning products so not only all of our doorknobs are clean but I’ve washed all the windows, as well. Spring cleaning came early this year.

Ismayil:

I really don’t know. As I do not go out, shopping is done by my wife.

Ģirts:

I don’t stack anything up. When going shopping I just buy more products at once to skip shopping everyday.

Pauls:

Oatmeal, potatoes, onions, pasta, garlic, jam and ketchup. No idea why but the first time I went shopping for that survival kit a sudden craving for mayo kicked in and I bought a bit too much of it. No idea what I’ll do with it.

As you can see after reading this then everyone has their own versions of how to live in these dire times but some things though are universal. From what we do take the things you find most useful but the main takeaway is this: help our civilization and STAY THE FUCK HOME!

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