I filmed a walk through London during lockdown (video in post)

Today I spent the afternoon chopping/editing some footage I collected on my GoPro on Saturday. It was a video of my walk to the shops that I posted about here. Usually this isn’t the most exciting thing to capture on film, but during a pandemic this might be footage I show to my grandkids in decades to come. I was going for groceries and made a couple of stops, so it was allowed.

I have marked Old Street on the map below, so you can get an idea of where I am in London. Very central on the border of the boroughs of Hackney and Islington. From my starting point I face south and head down beneath the roundabout, then turning west and coming back up onto Old Street Road. The whole walk pretty much takes place in the little highlighted circle below.

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At the start of the video I walk through Old Street Underground station, it is almost empty. Over 20 million people head through the ticket barriers annually, however in the video it looks more like an abandoned station. An announcement can be heard advising those that aren’t key workers to stay at home, and all the businesses that trade down there are closed. A simple message of Stay Home, Don’t Travel, Save Lives. A huge contrast to how it looked when I took this shot earlier in the year.

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I head a little further, you will notice I say a few words to those I engage with on the walk. Yes, I do speak sometimes!! For anyone curious as to what I sound like, here it is. I speak to two homeless people, a couple of shoppers and the shop assistants. One day I may do a video where I speak to viewers directly, however I am still way too shy for that. And also this video was made purely to document what London is currently like during this lockdown.

I hope you like the footage, it was filmed on a GoPro Hero 7 Silver in 4K. I am so new to uploading videos (this is only my second upload on my YouTube channel) I have no idea how to upload with the best quality. The same during editing. So this is practice more than anything… it isn’t as crisp right now, but maybe it is still processing. We shall see.

I thought this would be my blog post for today, a little insight as to where I live and what London life is currently like.

I hope you enjoy!

 


 

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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How do you deal with a disrupted routine?

Since things have changed for us recently I have been thinking a lot about how to adapt to it. It isn’t easy especially with a daily routine in place. I’ve had nine whole days off work now with our new skeleton rota and despite catching up with housework and cooking, I haven’t done a lot with the days.

I have spent way too much of my free time simply thinking about how to spend my time. And today is my first day back at work. The free time ran out.

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This was Old Street station in February. It is located underneath the (then) busy Old Street roundabout above. Now the underground station is empty, the local flower shop and cafes that operate down here are closed and only key workers walk through the station barriers.

I wonder if everyone in this shot are managing their free time better than I am. I am being a bit harsh on myself though, after all I did do the cleaning that I was putting off for ages, a couple of washes, and caught up with family daily over video chat. What’s frustrating is trying to think of a new daily routine and not achieving this. Lots of ideas ran through my head but none that developed into more than just a thought. Like a fisherman with his bait in the river, everything swims by without a single catch. It feels like a wasted day to me when reflecting.

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My plan before the pandemic was to let readers vote for the places they would like me to visit in London. This would be done on Instagram using the poll feature on IG stories. I would put two popular London sights into the vote, 24 hours would be enough time to see the results and I would spend my next day off exploring and blogging my experience. I managed to go to Covent Garden (I blogged about this here and on Instagram) before having to take a pause for the foreseeable future.

So frustrating!!!!!

But what’s more frustrating would be to lose a family member to the virus, so I’ll end my whining there. I did take a bunch of photos before the lockdowns and you are currently seeing them in my recent posts. So at least this will keep me busy as I play with lighting and get more familiar with photography software. I have a long way to go to improving my shots so that’s something to keep me occupied.

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And I need to remind myself that routine doesn’t just happen overnight. It is something that takes time and instead of getting wound up over indecision, let time take its course and eventually a new path will form. A river carves its way gradually and this is no different. Just let things fall into place one by one without rushing things. So I will try to be patient. Patience was never my strongpoint…

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I have more pictures coming at least, some from around the London Eye, the Shard and Piccadilly Circus to name a few. Just quick shots passing through as I take mindless strolls. Sometimes these shots work out to be the best as a glorious photo opportunity comes our way, so plans aren’t always needed anyways. Not that I’m promising that sadly, just hopeful for the future!

And I hope you have managed to keep yourself occupied with things to get you through. Are you someone that needs to create a new routine to keep you sane? Or someone that is more free flowing and happy to just sit it out with a nice book and wait for things to get back to normal and carry on as you were?

I’d like to hear how you manage when the path ahead is blocked.

For now at least.

 


 

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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Where I live in London

This is Old Street, the area in Central London I now get to call home.

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I am quickly learning to love this area. It has a great buzz and Shoreditch, the wider district, has a lot of cool bars and restaurants making it a pretty fun place to be. I live and work very close to Old Street roundabout, the busiest area of Old Street with Old Street Underground directly underneath it, so my location is great for getting around the whole of London.

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In fact, I remember when I first got to London asking for directions to Kings Cross. I was the idiot dragging a whole suitcase onto the tube making my way from City Airport to King’s Cross, and for some reason I got off at this station. I remember the roundabout well and the two people I approached that were just as clueless as I was about the area, ensuring I had a mental breakdown on route. I assume I was just stressed on the tube and wanted to get off a couple stops earlier (Kings Cross is just two stops away from Old Street) and misjudged how long it would take to walk.

Now, I am used to the tube a lot more and not taking such large items with me makes it a lot more tolerable. That and I don’t have to get transport to work as I am a five minute walk away. It really is the dream. I get the tube when I am wanting to visit people or do a little exploring, and with this I can choose to avoid the rush hour.

But saying that, as the advert above states I have found myself tutting at people in London. Not out of a dislike for them but being stuck when all I want is to be as far away from the crowds as possible. The city is filled with tourists wanting to take their time appreciating the sights, it is also filled with workers rushing around trying to get to work on time. It isn’t a good mix and from time to time I try to remind myself that I am both of these people. I am sure I have angered a few Londoners when I swap my suit for a camera and wander around with my eyes on everything other than the path ahead. And I am sure that the impatient bunch in the rush hour annoy the locals when on their own holidays outside of London. It is just the way of the world and it helps to realise that despite being annoyed, we too are just as annoying. We simply don’t see it as much as other people do.

And escaping the crowds is my main focus right now with all of this Coronavirus malarkey affecting the world, crowded places are places I want to avoid. In and around work I am seeing more and more people wearing masks, people from all over the world. I work in a luxury residential building with many nationalities, and if I am honest I am really happy not to be working in a hotel as I was just over a month ago. I am mainly interacting with the same few people daily, and many residents have been told to stay at home until further notice. As with many other countries toilet paper is as valuable as gold and hand sanitizer can only be found on the deep web. That being said the streets are a little quieter, a bonus for sure.

And for those that read my recent post, the lighty-up cone now has a friend. Someone caught onto the idea that you can whack a traffic cone onto a ground light and magic things happen. It is the kind of joy I need in a world full of depressing news.

But I am happy, I am settled and I am now feeling the motivation to blog again. The motivation to do a lot more in general really, I have joined a gym nearby as getting fit is my main priority this year and I am hoping that helps to motivate me further in all kinds of ways.

But tell me about you, has the virus affected you where you are? I know Europe is getting hit pretty hard right now and in fact yesterday most views to my website came from Italy. Due to the lockdown? I would assume so, however if it was just one reader I thank you dearly for making your way through my posts. Stay safe over there! And stay safe wherever you may be.

Love you all, thanks for reading and I will speak to you all soon.