Where would you go?

All this free time has got me thinking. Thinking more than doing actually. I would usually kill for this amount of time off and now I have it, I feel lost at sea. I don’t have the small windows of free time in the day before or after work. Before the virus hit I could manage what free time I have that day and decide what to do in that time. I have 30 minutes free? Write a quick blog post. An hour? Cook. Now I have all day and I am crippled by indecision.

I should let you know about my work situation before anything. I work in a luxury residential building and as I have to be present at work for fire checks and security in general, I am still required to go to work. I have been provided a letter by my company to show the police if they ask why I am outside. It is classed as essential/key work as someone needs to be in at all times. I work with a team of about 15 or so, however due to the outbreak we have put a skeleton rota out and limited the amount of people working at any one time. So I worked four shifts in a row, and now I am off for nine days. This will be the case for the foreseeable future.

I feel fortunate, I don’t mind working as it keeps me from constant isolation. I am not getting transport to work so human interaction is minimal. I probably walk past three or four people on my way to my shift, even before the lockdown. Most of the residents have either went back to their home country for a few months or are self isolating, so I have minimal contact at work with people. I have gloves and masks if I choose to use them.

Everyday is seeming more like a Sunday. In and out of work. The photos I took in January and February couldn’t be further from what the areas must look like now. Busy tourist areas are just a memory now.

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After sitting down and (finally) deciding on my activity for today, I tried to get a little more savvy on Lightroom from Adobe. For those that don’t know, Lightroom is a piece of software that allows you to enhance your images. Change the lighting, shadows, colours etc. You can also set your preferences to keep a certain theme for photos, making sure a collection of photos has the same lighting and colour schemes, great for platforms such as Instagram. It keeps a portfolio consistent and gives your photos an identity. I am still working on that identity.

I really like the above photo, I saw a girl directly in front of me and centered her right in the middle of the shot. Piccadilly Circus provides the backdrop with a street performer in between. Street performers will be feeling a little lost right now I am sure. As will everyone in the shot. I really want to visit Piccadilly Circus during lockdown though, it is London’s little version of Times Square and a place known for bright lights and constant activity. The complete opposite of what it is now.

If I had to choose a place to visit during a lockdown, it would probably be Times Square. It would be so eerie to walk the abandoned streets, car horns replaced with quiet bird song. My footsteps being the only human intervention in an area known for being full of life. The huge advertisement boards flashing without anyone to gaze up at them. I have always loved abandoned places purely because they had a history which is a complete contrast to what they have become.

If you had to choose, where would you like to visit in a post-apocalyptic style scenario? Knowing you would be the only one there to take it all in. I would love to know.

Speak to you all soon,

Sam

 


 

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak I am somewhat limited as to what I can do in London, but I aim to post as much as I can during this time. I promise to have some great posts coming your way once this is all over as I continue to explore London.

Stay home, stay safe and happy blogging!

Sam


 

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Hmmmm…

Literally the only thing left in the noodle/tin section are these ‘be good to yourself- chicken noodle soup in a cup‘ sachets. I bought a bunch of these to last me if the apocalypse truly hit as they were cheap. It seems like I am the only one buying them and now wonder if this was worse than going hungry.

I love how the population has collectively decided to buy everything but these. It actually hurts me a little to think I am the only one that bought some, what do they know that I don’t? It has ‘be good to yourself’ on the box, it was a no-brainer surely?

I’m the no-brainer apparently.

 


 

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak I am somewhat limited to what I can do in London, but I aim to post as much as I can during this time. I promise to have some great posts coming your way once this is all over and stay well during this difficult period.

Stay home, stay safe and happy blogging!

Sam

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The start of a new normal

I walked by this little cafe/restaurant/bar on the way back from the shops today. I would usually walk by such a place without turning my head as London is crammed with so many places to eat and drink, it is hard for something in such a crazy busy city to catch my attention. But tonight it did, as our PM has requested bars and restaurants to close this evening and not open tomorrow. We are entering crazy times.

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And when I say ‘we’ I am referring to the world, not just my little corner of it. That is the strangest thing to me. It isn’t like I am texting family and friends asking why that police helicopter is hovering above our streets or something. I have had friends in Brazil and the US reach out to me and we have talked about how we are all being affected. It really is a small world and I am feeling it more than ever right now.

For good and bad reasons. Bad as many people are being affected, the good to come from it (hopefully) is that we all ride this out together. We forget our differences and see how we are the same. I am hoping so anyway.

Will this be the last time that little cafe will be open this month? This year? Forever!? I saw people hugging inside, it could just be friends a little intoxicated, it could be the owners saying goodbye to regulars. You never know. But it made me sad thinking of how many businesses are going through trouble right now, how many lives are being affected, how our lives are being disrupted. I know it could always be worse, but it doesn’t stop me being sad when life could always be better.

Such a crazy time for all of us. We can only see what comes of it and where this virus takes us. But thankfully we can all see this through together.

Have the best weekend possible everyone.

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