Global Quarantine Diaries – Majelle

The Global Quarantine Diaries

A Traveller’s Struggles in Quarantine

I’m located in a very small, epically boring town in Northern Ontario. When I moved back home from University I told myself I would be escaping my small town as soon as possible. But like it always does, life happens. I got a job in my field. A job I love. The ‘one summer’ window of being back in my town turned into a year. But I had a plan. I was going to escape. I was going to move as far away as possible. But then Queen Rona took reign.

I’ve always been a traveller. When I was 18, my sister and I took our first backpacking trip around Europe. God it’s insane to look at 18-year-olds now and think about how young I really was when I did that. We blew all of our money in our first country, England, by going to Harry Potter attractions. I remember e-mailing my dad something along the lines of “Send money or we starve” one night in Italy after staying in a hostel in the middle of nowhere that gave my sister bedbugs. 

But since that trip I’ve never really stopped travelling. In 2018, I moved to the UK to study abroad at the University of Lincoln. I’d love to say since my first trip to Europe I’d learn to spend my travel budget better, but I’d be lying. While there I booked a week long trip to Greece simply because I was up late with jetlag listening to ABBA songs. Then a girls trip to Norway not long afterwards.

And ever since I lived there I had a burning desire to go back. And so the plan formed in my mind. I’d save enough money with the job I had and move back to the UK the second I felt like it was enough. I was going to escape.

But, like almost everyone’s plans in 2020, that will have to wait.

So here I am, quarantining in a town I despise waiting for the day the borders open up again. 

It’s a hard time for travellers.

But I have to say, this time has given me reason to see the best in my town. Being in Canada during this pandemic is already a thing to be grateful for. Though I’m one of the few lucky ones who has been able to keep her job but work remotely, Canada has been good to its citizens by providing so many subsidies and financial aid to those in need. 

And there’s an even better part about being in this small town in Canada that quarantine has made me understand: just how beautiful it is. I’m able to hike every single day. My small town probably has around 30 known hiking trails in it, and being able to be out in the fresh air has kept me sane. There’s lakes my dog can swim in. Rivers to canoe in. Sun to soak up.

In the end, it may be a hard time in life to be a traveller, but what’s helped is to act like a traveller in my hometown. It’s the time to explore what’s around you and gain a new appreciation for things. I may adore Europe, but I can think of no other place I’d want to be in quarantine than in Canada with my family.

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The Global Quarantine Diaries – Abbie

Quarantine in Canada / Abbie!

If we are to take anything away from all of this chaos, I hope it’s a better understanding of the unpredictability of life. It’s always a good thing to have a plan but, with that said, without flexibility, you’re setting yourself up for heartbreak. 

“Quarantine Where I’m From” 

I live in Southern Ontario, Canada (Toronto/Niagara Falls), where we are currently in “Stage 1” of reopening. From what I’ve seen, I don’t think quarantine in Ontario is too outrageously different from quarantine in the states or the UK. Social distancing rules have been enforced which, of course, include staying at home, not visiting with friends, and avoiding any non-essential outings. Although it looks like some of the rules are letting up and we may be on the road to re-opening, I am bit worried about the ominous second wave that many are predicting. Collectively, universally, we would all love for COVID-19 to be over, to see our friends, and engage in the social activities we miss, but I hope these steps to reopen don’t cost us more casualties than necessary. 

“How I Keep Busy” 

Personally, Netflix has consumed my life, Grey’s Anatomy more specifically. Apart from that I’ve been doing a lot of baking, and art, or whatever comes to me really. I make lots of plans to be productive and take this time to work on my future, but that all just seems unnecessary considering the end of quarantine is not yet in sight. Stress management was something I needed to focus on before we even knew about COVID-19, so I think taking this time to focus on different management strategies would be the most useful way to spend my time and improve life after quarantine. 

“What I Miss” 

Around this time I would usually be getting together with my friends from my hometown, welcoming summer and celebrating our survival of the previous school year. This year I graduated from university so naturally I had some plans for celebrating. I did have plans to travel so I am missing the airport and my travel buddies. Turns out the travel bug never goes away. There’s plenty to be missed but most of all, it’s not being able to see my friends and family that gets me down. I love my alone time but it is a difficult change not being able to visit and chat in person with those I care about. 

“First Thing I’ll Do When Lockdown is Over” 

Look into plane tickets. I hate to say it because I know there’s lots of other important things I should be thinking about in regards to my future, my career, and life as a university graduate, but I am just so excited to travel again. I think once life goes back to the way it was I will be more than eager to plan a trip and see more of the world. 

This situation is not ideal, our lives have been uprooted and it feels like the solid ground we all stand on has been ripped from under us. However, we are healing. This is a hard reset, it is time to rebuild, start thinking about the life you are living/want to live, and focus on healing.

You can find Abbie on her socials below!

Twitter: @AbbsLemay

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Global Quarantine Diaries – Becca

My Time in Iso!

Where in the world are you located? 

Hi! My name is Becca and I’m writing to you from Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada

 

What are the quarantine regulations like there? 

Because Canada is such a big country, the regulations vary per province, which each one deciding how it handles the current situation. Where I live, things have begun reopening over the past couple of weeks and regulations appear be (slowly) loosening up a teeny bit, particularly in the grocery stores. We are not required to be wearing masks in public and are able to go outside freely but must keep a safe distance from others. At the moment we are not permitted to hangout in groups yet, but soon will be allowed to gather in small groups with some restrictions. 

How are you keeping busy? 

My time in isolation started 2 months ago and I’ve been spending my time doing things that I previously didn’t have time to do or prioritize with my overloaded work & school schedule. As the weeks have gone by, I’ve inadvertently created a new daily routine to fit my new social isolation reality that focuses on both my education and activities that bring me joy. Pre-quarantine, I was learning a lot about balance, it was an element that was severely lacking from my life and it’s crazy to see my situation being turned upside down into a position where I have profuse amounts of time. I’m naturally the kind of person who’s constantly running a million miles a minute and I have a really deep need to be productive and accomplish tasks throughout my day. Truthfully, I believe this has helped me to not only take advantage of my time in quarantine but to reconnect with myself and (re)discover new interests, hobbies and passions. 

With that, let’s get into what I’ve been up to: 

· During iso I’ve been loving just being active whether it’s a long walk with a podcast or a sweaty home workout. My love of fitness has really come out to shine and plays an integral role in my new routine. I make sure to start my day with movement and have been living for a variety of yoga, running, home workouts, Sarah’s Day’s eBook and my newfound love of yoga sculpt (a hybrid of yoga, cardio and strength training) 

· I recently started an online spring semester with my uni so I have a few classes a week that take up my afternoons 

· I also completed an online course in nutrition and have been brushing up on my Spanish with some classes on YouTube 

· Quarantine has given me the opportunity to shift my focus on my side project and begin to transition it into my side-hustle. I have an Instagram account that I use as a mini blog where I share my plant-based recipes and share some tips towards living a healthy and environmentally friendly lifestyle 

· Lottttss of baking! This is something I had given up for a long time, without meaning to I just lost contact with that side of me, but Sunday baking has become one of my favourite parts of the week 

· I’ve been setting myself fun goals both big and small (including teaching myself to hold a handstand) 

· Spending time with my partner and calling my friends and family over zoom and facetime 

· I’ve definitely watched my fair share of Netflix too.

What do you miss the most? 

The small and material things have become adjustments that I’ve simply gotten used to because they were never that important to begin with. However, there are aspects of this situation that are still a strange reality, such as seeing a friend (from a safe social distance) for the first time in months and not being able to give them a hug. Moreover, I miss my home province of British Columbia and my family and friends who live there because with the current situation, it’s slightly more challenging to make my way back there for a visit. In all, I’d say that the things I miss are the personal elements of life rather than the more physically recognizable aspects. 

What is the first thing you’ll do once lockdown is over? 

The first thing I’m doing is going for a HIKE, I can’t even begin to explain how much I’m been craving it as its one of my favourite things to do. In light of Coronavirus, the government shut down lots of the parks that served for outdoor activities and while there are still a few options available, I’m really looking forward to spending my time in the great Canadian outdoors. The second biggest plan of my agenda is to explore this side of the continent, and believe me I have a loooong list of places to check off – and a Pinterest board to go with it. I can’t wait to explore Québec the eastern side of Canada and the U.S.,there’s just so many destinations to explore but my top ones have to be the Fjords along the Saguenay, Boston and New York, Les Iles des Madeleine, la Gaspésie, Cape Breton and well actually there’s too many to pick favourites. 

Summit of Mt. Garibaldi
Summit of Mont Orford

 Where you can find me: 

· Personal Instagram: @beccastruss 

· Food Insta: @naturally.becs 

· I’m also Beccastruss on VSCO and Pinterest

 

The Global Quarantine Diaries – An Introduction

So as we are all aware the Covid-19 Pandemic that is upon us all quickly spread global. Countries were put into quarantine, lockdown and isolation, shops, restaurants, all non essential businesses were closed, no unessential travel, the list goes on. With all this in mind I decided to reach out to some of my girlfriends in Canada and America to ask how their quarantine and isolation was wherever they are!

In this blog collaboration we will hear from 5 girls (including myself) and how they have been keeping busy, what the rules and regulations are like where they are and what they girls miss most and will do first when this all comes to an end! I ask the girlies 5 questions to expand on and then go from there with their own creative minds!

So let me introduce you to the lovely ladies in question and their post links will be on The Global Quarantine Diaries tab underneath Blog Collaborations! I will also be sharing their socials in their posts so if you want to follow the girls you are more than welcome too!

Becca

Abbie

Majelle

Myself (Jessie!)

Lulu

These beautiful girls have each guest written a post for this collaboration and I will be posting each of their instalments over the next week! So stay tuned to hear about how these girls have found their quarantine and isolation in the Global Quarantine Diaries!