Popping to the shops pandemic-style

London’s weather is getting mild! I am counting down the days until I can finally retire this winter coat that you have probably seen too much of already. And I think that day will be coming soon.

As much as I wanted to stay in for a second day I really couldn’t as I needed to buy some things. It is funny how fast a food stock can diminish when there is little to do but stay inside. I found the appropriate socks for the occasion and made my way.

*warning- strong but relatable language*

That same blue crane is still there from a recent post, does it really take that long to install the flowers or did they just share the same feeling as the guy on my socks?!

On my adrenaline fueled walk there didn’t seem to be too much panic and the streets weren’t as empty as I was expecting. The coffee shops had a load more take outs (the two cafes I walked by were empty, I only saw one customer sitting at a table) but the roads were busy and still a fair few pedestrians of all ages.

The picture above is a little blurrier now I look at it on my laptop screen, sorry about that. However I am situated right underneath the M by Montcalm boutique hotel, it is best known for being somewhat of an optical illusion when walking towards it. You can see it below in the shots I have taken from the roundabout (basically walking right down the road you can see above and turning 180), the first shot was a few days ago, the second taken today and you can see it is a little quieter in comparison.

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Googling the optical illusion building I found a Reddit forum with a bunch of mixed reviews. What do you think of it? For me it is a little uneasy on the eye as my brain is trying to make sense of it as I walk, but I don’t mind it. And I am sure it is very nice on the inside.

Below, queues in the local pharmacy. I am in central London though so I don’t think this it too different to the norm.

The main difference being hand sanitizers are now kept behind the till and a limit of two per person is in effect, however I am sure there are similar measures around the world too.

I might keep growing my beard until this is all over, yay or nay? I wonder how long it would get. My hair might keep greying too, we shall see. The mask in the featured image was just a GIF I found on Instagram, but I’m sure you could tell anyways. I was a little more exposed to the elements in real life.

Shelves are empty though… I was trying to get the ingredients to make a chili that would last me a few days, it took me four shops to get it all.

Toilet paper was well stocked though.

I walked a fair bit between the stores. The thing I like about Old Street is that it is a mish-mash of all kinds of architecture. Some old and new, some dull and boring and others full of colour. If I had to describe this area in one word, I don’t think I could. I can’t really describe it… it’s dirty and full of construction however some areas are very bright and clean. Old buildings situated next to new ones. Thankfully street art really helps and reflects the exciting and vibrant side to it.

Below is a bar called Bounce, located right next to the local fire station. It offers food and drink, but most importantly ping pong. I have heard it is really good and seems to be very popular. I am looking forward to giving it a try.

Don’t be fooled, these bars are still open. Boris (our PM) hasn’t put us in lockdown but has urged us to stay away from bars and restaurants and avoid unnecessary travel. He is giving us daily updates live on TV with the help of experts and today announced that schools are finally closing. The hospitality industry is on it’s knees but is still operating.

I made my way to the final store, all out. On my way back I decided to fancy my chances in the small grocery store on the corner. On the same street as the two comparison photos above, a little closer to the hotel. What I have realised is that the shelves are emptying in the chain supermarkets, but the local grocery shops still seem to be fully stocked. Where the shelves were empty of tins in Sainsbury’s and Tesco, they look like they have hardly been touched here. How long will this last? Hopefully a long time!! When I thought I was going to have to try again tomorrow I struck gold. There’s me sorted for the next week.

 

That is all for now from me. Have a good evening, eat well and stay safe.

Bye for now!

Sam


 

 

Travel updates on social media will be delayed until further notice, but thank you to those that have followed me on Instagram and the like in the mean time. I can’t wait to be back at it!

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40 Comments

  1. Here where I live in states Tennessee, schools are closed, restaurants closed for in dining, only take out. See trump said there is no need to panic a month ago, now it’s a panic. People grabbing as many packages of toilet paper as they can carry (I don’t get it) of course wet wipes, hand sanitizers anything like that is sold out. I’m waiting for everyone to buyout all the vodka next lol I love those socks! Did you buy them from BlueQ ? I love their stuff, if not check them out in line. As for your beard well it’s your face! Although I like a clean shaven face. Yes we’d all like to shed those winter clothes. Here it’s been unusually rainy (have you guys been sending it across the pond?) although the temp has been up and down. However for this time of year normal is 60’s. Be safe and will be looking to see how the chili came out, no not that end 😂

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    • Haha maybe we have been sending the rain your way, and I will update you on how good the chili tastes! I have no idea where the socks are from, I think I got them as a present.

      Panic seems to be the norm at the minute everywhere sadly… But I am sending love over to Tennessee!

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  2. That building kind of gives me an eerie feeling, but with seeing it only in photo, it’s hard to know what to think.

    I haven’t been shopping since last pension day but my husband says the grocery store is berserk now, & I need fresh fruit & veg, but will have to call to see if they have arrangements for seniors as some larger cities are doing. Very pleased you got what you needed, & sometimes smaller is much better.

    Nice tour by the way.

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  3. I’m still not convinced most of this is hysteria. The virus spreads fast, but the damage has been minimal compared to many other diseases. We’re over 6000 deaths worldwide now. TB killed 1.5 million people in 2018 alone. 80,000 deaths in the US last year from seasonal flu. 116 COVID deaths as of today in the US.

    It’s dangerous enough to take seriously and take some precautions (as I’ve stated in my own blog). This blind panic is insane though. At least you have baked beans on the shelves there. None here, and Californians turn their nose up at baked beans as redneck food too.

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    • I was thinking like that, how so many other things kill so many more, but I keep thinking of family members that could be in danger or are vulnerable and how easy and fast it is spreading.

      The panic buying is really annoying though. And after living in the States I realised baked beans aren’t very popular there… and shocked people if I had it for breakfast xD

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  4. Ditch the beard. One of the first things they said was the virus (and other germs) cling to beards. This disease is completely new to humans–none of us who haven’t had it yet have antibodies to it. There are a lot of underlying conditions (everything from smoking to diabetes to asthma to high blood pressure) that can all lead to hospitalization. This is why hospitals in Italy are overwhelmed and they’re having to make horrific decisions about who gets one of the limited number of ventilators. Now it’s coming out that younger people (30 to 50) are being hit hard, probably because so many of them thought all this “hysteria” was a bit silly. Better to overreact now and get this contained so hospitals can handle it, rather than sit around debating about what other diseases have killed more people.

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    • Some stores at least haha, the chains seem to run out the quickest. Thanks for the beard complement! Although it is getting a little too long now… a trim is in order.

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