Because of self-isolation I felt extremely jealous of people with big houses in the countryside, which have yards filled with green grass and trees blossoming in the spring sun. I was jealous for something as little as a balcony, where you could put a table out and enjoy a coffee in the morning.
Several people I know have admitted that the lack of other memorable activities during the day is causing them to open the door of the fridge way more often. The fact that many are trying to learn how to cook during the confinement has probably also contributed to people running out of food faster.
However, when you go to the grocery store every once in a while, it turns out some goods are hard to find. After it was announced, that things with COVID-19 got out of control, a lot of people started to panic and buy goods in huge quantities as if the apocalypse is coming. Toilet paper became especially popular with frightened buyers around the world, while in Russia another surprising item has joined it in this category – buckwheat. The reason why these brown grains have gained sudden recognition is still a mystery to me.
While in self-isolation I try to maintain a connection with my friends and family through messages and video calls, but it still doesn’t replace their physical presence. It’s weird realizing how long ago it was when I arrived in Moscow, and still haven’t visited my loved ones. Usually, there is the distance between Russia and Switzerland, that separates us, but now we still can’t see each other, even if we’re in the same town.
What really brings me joy during self-isolation are those rare moments of going outside to the grocery store or pharmacy. How nice it is to finally be on the move and filling your lungs with fresh air. Although the town surrounding me is the exact opposite, very depressing. Once full of loud voices, the streets are now empty and silent, with posters on the walls calling for people to stay home, the rare pedestrians wearing medical masks, moving aside when you approach them. The atmosphere reminds me of an apocalyptic movie and it’s weird to think that it’s all really happening.