I am 100% sure I am not alone here: I am tired of this pandemic. All I wanted to do is to pack my bags and go travel somewhere, meet new people, try different foods, ride a rollercoaster, or even swim with sharks – at this point, I do not care. I just want to go out and do stuff. However, as much as I want to be out and about, it would be really selfish of me if I listen only to my own wishes and forget about how serious this situation really is.
It has been a year since we have faced the first death due to the Corona Virus
and the amazing meme Cardi B has given us all, but we are still facing tragedies every day. I know a lot of people who caught it and made out of it alive, and a lot of people who caught it, and I will only see them again after I reach my divine timing. It’s hurtful to see your loved ones go and feel unable to do anything about it. But if you are reading this, it’s a good sign you might be safe and well – I hope! So let’s take care of each other to make this go away as soon as we can.
Although not recommended, during the summer in Europe we had a little more freedom to travel, as long as we followed the safety guidelines. Now, it seems like we are, once again, back in the lockdown life. The United Kingdom is charging for offenses up to £6,400 if you leave your house without a reasonable excuse. I actually find this concept (⚠️former lawyer alert⚠️) way too wide, which makes it a little fragile, but common sense plays a role here: going to the hair salon isn’t reasonable. Going to the supermarket might be (if you don’t go every day or just to buy ice cream), and so on.
France, on the other hand, refuses to go under another lockdown. The French Health Minister seeks to avoid this annoying, yet needed, confinement and the closure of business for now, but do not dismiss the possibility in the future. But it’s not like they are living on the YOLO (You Only Live Once) philosophy, like Brazil is (and if they don’t wake up soon, they might be able to tell us how is the afterlife like). The French people are under a curfew to diminish the damage in an attempt of controlling the situation without a lockdown. The hours vary from 6 pm to 8 pm, depending on the area, and go up to 6 am. Besides that, entertainment businesses, such as bars, restaurants, nightclubs, and public places remain closed until further notice.
In Spain, mother nature seems to be sending a message for people to stay home. After a harsh blizzard, one sad news hit the Spanish: the number of infections passed the two million mark after the Christmas holidays. Spain had a prominent position on the numbers of COVID-19 infections in 2020, which is definitely not a nice medal to hold. Yet, the country hasn’t decided to place another lockdown just yet. Salvador Illa, the current health minister, recognizes that the pandemic is getting worse, but the economic situation is in the way of this tough decision.
Meanwhile, in Germany, the strict rules of the new lockdown are already on. Determined to take control of the situation, Germany maintained the moderate restrictions announced last December and extended them, and they also added up other tight restrictions to the list. Portugal, where I am currently at, announced another lockdown starting this week. The restrictions are quite similar to the ones set in March/April of 2020 and shall last for, at least, a month.
I am tired and I know you are too. But we have to stay strong and keep faith on better days. The vaccines are already here, we just need to be more patient to wait for our turns to take those shots, which I will be celebrating with another shot: tequila.
Soon, we shall be embracing the world once again.
Stay home and safe 🙂 And wear a mask!