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.

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  1. What an interesting question…
    I would like to go back to my home town… Hout Bay… It changed from being a farming – fishing community when I grew up to being such a popular destination that is hard to recognize. I would love to go back and visit post apocalyptic if I was the only one there. I would have a lot to explore.

    1. I was in Hout Bay in January! I had the best time ever! I was staying in an amazing mansion for my brothers wedding! I wouldn’t know of the “post apocalyptic” part but I would so go back there if I could pick anywhere right now. The views and sun is really what I miss the most. Never got tired. Stay blessed x

    2. Is it in South Africa? It looks beautiful! There is something fascinating about going back to our hometowns, all the memories flooding back especially if it has changed over time.

  2. I’ve been reluctant to go to Venice given the overtourism. Though I think it would be weird to be there when it’s completely devoid of people, I’d be willing to give it a go, otherwise I may never see it.

    1. I heard on the news that dolphins and other animals have been spotted in Venice now the pollution has reduced due to the lockdowns! Must be amazing to see.

      1. Oh wow! There are always winners and losers in every situation. I wish coronavirus weren’t happening, but I’m glad animals and the environment are winning. Just wish it could be permanent.

    1. Looking at it now on Google, looks lovely! However I guess if it is in Canada summer would be preferable for a beach trip for sure. Thanks for introducing me to this place!

  3. I’d like to go back home, Chicago. Go to the Art Institute, Field Museum, walk all through Grant Park enjoy the flowers, sculptures. Well basically see the whole city, no shouting, no traffic, no crowds. Just tour it at my own pace.

    1. Ah, Chicago, somewhere that I have wanted to go for years. It seems like a huge city so seeing it abandoned would be surreal!

      1. Actually a friend back home shared some photos of downtown, union station and other locations, no traffic, a single person walking down the street. Yes it is surreal, imagine every tourist location in London devoid of tourists and locals.

      2. Sam when all this is said and done perhaps you should visit there. Aside from what people say, it is beautiful I have always loved the lakefront and the architecture. Hope you visit one day. Great post Sam, take care. 🙃

      3. I only hear good things from the people that have visited. I guess you hear more of the negative press in US media as well as local stations, however we don’t have so much of that here unless we are looking for it. Same with London maybe for you! I am not sure.

  4. Well, since I always wanted to go to Tuscany and Ireland or Australia–and I never will–I think I’d go there, though Italy might be too sad, too sad. I imagine cities would be more different, but not sure I’d go there. I might go back to southern California where I lived for four years in my early twenties, walk the beach and bordwalk again–I lived on the beach there… I’ll have to think about that.

    1. Why won’t you be able to go to these places? Never been to Italy but would love to, and Ireland is only a short flight from me so I am surprised I haven’t been there yet. I do hope one day it is possible for you!

      Sounds like you must have some great memories of Cali 🙂 sounds like a great place for a stroll right now.

  5. I can imagine the scene in my head but it’s a survival of the fittest which is happening right now in reality. I do not know if I would like to revisit a place I love to see the destruction or isolation, it’s just so sad. You are not alone. Most of us get anxiety of what to happen and when will this end… but I am praying soon it will be over.

    1. As long as everyone is doing their bit to remain isolated (and not having mindless wanders!) it will be over sooner rather than later. I hope you are doing well and staying safe 🙂

    1. My dad really wanted to go here, and as he wasn’t able to I want to do it for him. It truly looks like an incredible sight, especially if you were all alone!

      Thanks for your comment 🙂

    1. Sorry to hear of the struggle Italy is currently facing, you were hit hard for sure. Much love to everyone in Italy, and I hope everything returns back to normal as soon as it can!

    1. Anywhere in India would be fascinating to see for me, it has such a huge population! A country I would love to visit for sure.

  6. We just did Hawaii for our honeymoon over the summer. I’d be fun to see Waikiki without the mobs of people, or just relax on the beach in peace. Then again, it turned out I was allergic to half the things on the islands, so… LOL

    1. Lovely! Happy honeymoon, I am sure you had a great time (apart from the allergies that is!) and I am pleased you were able to go without the disruption the pandemic is currently causing.

  7. I would love to see for myself all that aqua life that has returned in Venice’s canals. I’d love to spend more time in different parts of Italy (as I had planned this coming May), not only to see the gems dotting the cities and landscapes, but to help revive the fallen spirits of Italian citizens and to do my little part in injecting some funds into a sunken economy. Take care of yourself, Piccadilly Circus will still be there when hibernation ends.

    1. I heard about this! Certainly a positive to come from this difficult time. I am sorry to hear you weren’t able to visit Italy due to the pandemic, but I am sure you will when this is all over. It looks like a beautiful country for sure and it will be great to have people visiting again.

  8. Hi Sam! I have really enjoyed reading you’re blog! I have only started my blog recently during this quarantine period and can relate with you on how much I really want to go out and explore my city. Tbh now more than ever as it’s so derelict and quiet. We are used to the noise and I want to secretly feel the opposite. Weird I know. But stay positive, keep blogging

    1. Thank you! All the best with your blog and thank you so much for taking a look at mine. I am hoping we can be out and about soon!

  9. Angkor Wat – I went there in 2008… And really struggled with the amount of need – the kids, trying to buy a little something from each, but there was just so many. About half way through I just had to leave – I was a fragile state of mind myself back then and it was overwhelming, even though I’d grown up in IC surrounded by the exact same thing. The place is huge – and I’d just love to walk alone around it all for days and let the magnitude sink in…

    1. It is such a shame to see people struggling, I can imagine being in two minds, trying to take it all in. To be able to visit all alone must truly be something I would imagine.

    1. I haven’t got any plans to leave London, but I do plan on seeing as many of London’s well known spots as I can. I have only seen a couple so far (and only blogged about Covent Garden so far) so pretty much the whole of London basically!

      1. Sounds like a plan. There’s lots to see and do in London. I remember many years ago going to Richmond Park and seeing the deers roaming around. 😊

      2. Seeing wildlife would be great right now, living right in the city center all I see is people and a few pet dogs on their walks… and of course pigeons. I might have to get out and see some more wildlife!

      3. Oh I know, city life just doesn’t seem to have much going on in terms of wildlife. Kind of makes you miss the days in Australia keeping an eye out for snakes and other creatures 🙂

  10. The only place Id go is New York City. I live 50 minutes away by train. The trains are for the most part empty. The streets are about the same. Id go and take a look firsthand but I’m afraid that I might get caught up in a quarantine situation for 2 weeks.

    1. NYC is a city I have always associated with being full of life. It would be so strange to see it in a different light. But yes, don’t get stuck anywhere other than home!

  11. I’d LOVE to see Central London now as well. It must feel haunting but also peaceful. I love your genuine words. Keep creating. and yes to LIGHTROOM

    1. I agree it would be strangely haunting and peaceful. I am so close, I need to have a walk down there at some point (if we are still allowed out for exercise for the time being) to see for myself.

      Thank you for the kind words, much appreciated!!

  12. Hi Sam!
    I would love to be at Disneyworld in Florida to venture everywhere & just check out all the stuff that was there & be looking around using a camera to take pictures of it all. I would hope to see a few of the life like cartoon characters & other life like characters everywhere there. I love to enjoy what is there & also be sitting to see what I could envision that would finally become real even when not real. There are times of places like this I would wish to bring others back & use an anti–viral bunch of remedies to get rid of this virus the world has become less than happy about. Have a great day & be safe!

    1. How amazing would it be to have the whole park to yourself, with only the characters walking around? It would seem so strange but so cool! Disneyworld is a magical place.

      Hopefully we get something that can treat the virus soon. Thank you so much for the comments here, stay safe and have a great weekend 🙂

  13. I would like to visit any of the most popular Indian heritage monuments. They’re always teeming with people… So this would be a good time to go & have the place all to myself!

  14. I would like to visit any of the most popular Indian heritage monuments. They’re always teeming with people… So this would be a good time to go & have the place all to myself!

    (Please ignore above comment; it went as anonymous for some strange reason.)

    1. That is a good example of somewhere to visit whilst it’s quiet, I can imagine they get a lot of footfall usually!! I would love to visit these myself and visit India in general. An amazing country 🙂

      Thanks for the comment!

      1. Oh most of the major heritage spots in India can be crazy, specially in the winter. Please do visit India, & let me know if you need any help in planning & thereafter.

  15. Assuming there was nobody around I’d love to wander through Central London and places like Westminster. It’d be strange to see it so empty given how it normally is.

    1. I will put a blog post up soon of my walks around the Gherkin and this skyscraper district as it was much quieter than any park… I felt better about getting a walk in there! Westminster is a little too far for me as I don’t want to push my luck, however I can imagine that is strange to see without people. Especially if Big Ben is still ringing (I am not sure about this as it is currently under construction).

      Thanks for commenting on this post Jason!

      1. I look forward to reading about it! Poor Ben is still a way off being finished sadly, I imagine this has slowed down the timeline too.

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