So the virus has spread globally and most of us are sitting in voluntary isolation to help #flattenthecurve. How has your life changed in the last few weeks?
Mine is relatively peaceful and I am totally gratefull for the luxury of being in a salaried position, for the luxury of not having to entertain children at home, for the luxury of not really lacking anything but frivolous things like being able to go out for a cup of coffee or meeting a friend for lunch.
I still go to the office on the three days that I work in Duesseldorf. It's only me and one colleague, the rest of the (small) staff has been working from home and I am able to safely drive door to door from my home to the office. Haven't been on public transportation for a while as I need to be extra careful to keep my 88-year-old mom safe whom I sharing my German home with.
I try to get outside every day, not just to enjoy the fine sun we've been having (even though the temps are loooooow) but also to get some movement. Oh, I forgot that I miss my regular sports dearly ... I find I cannot get up the discipline to work out by myself at home (except for yoga, but more about that below). So in the lunchbreaks I stroll through the deserted city, every day it seems to get more quiet. Practically all shops and restaurants are closed, only a few people in the streets. I see much discipline when people are waiting at bakeries and takeouts, and of course in the supermarkets, too - they really stand far apart.
These images above are impression from a very sunny lunchbreak in Duesseldorf. Koenigsalle, the main fancy avenue in town is deserted (normally the roadside cafés would be throbbing with guests) and on the promenade along the Rhine river there a very few folks to be seen.
One sunny morning I decided to go to Duesseldorf's "central park", our Hofgarten - but it was quite freezing as the sun hadn't hit that part of town yet. It was chilly even though I was nicely bundled up in my heavy coat.
Tulips bring cheer
After switching to my Dutch home on Wednesday the weather didn't get much warmer either. I decided that I needed to increase my radius a bit after almost two weeks of isolation and got on the bicycle to check on the center of town there. Just as deserted as Duesseldorf! A sad feeling. But on the way back I found a TULIP FIELD RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF TOWN:
And the tulips were certainly a good cheerer-upper! I would have loved to take armfulls home but enjoyed an extended photo session instead.
Beata, all-round encourager:: of art and artists of Nepal, of a preschool in Kathmandu, of the great work of encouragement based on Adlerian psychology and the Theo Schoenaker's concept!