martes, 17 de marzo de 2020

Life as we don't know it.

We are living a different situation in our lives. Coronavirus has given us an opportunity to test our resilience.  How are you coping? What do you worry about? What do you miss the most in your confinement? Please leave your comments on the answer box.

15 comentarios:

Unknown dijo...

The most difficult thing for me is the continuous stream of news we're receiving because of the mass media. News programmes are rammed full of covid19 news, nothing else is happening in the world right now, it's crazy. For me it's more mentally damaging than the confinement. Being bombarded with news 24/7 it's, in my opinion, far worse than whithstanding 15 , 30 or even 50 days of confinement, like the Chinese did

The teacher dijo...

I agree ;)
Who are you, by the way?

Juan de la Cruz Sánchez Domínguez dijo...

The funny thing is, you know me personally. I'm Juan, a student of Portuguese, Susana knows me too. We have had dinner together at least twice, you, her, and my classmates, remember? Haven't seen you in a while, hope this quarantine thingy is going well for you

José Luis León dijo...

To be completely honest, I don't really mind the confinement. As my life is right now, I have a lot of work to do and hobbies to catch up to (like books, series, videogames, ...). However, I really miss meeting my friends. Not being able to walk around with them actually annoys me.

As for the disease itself I feel scientists will find something to prevent it pretty soon, as they usually do. Honestly, I feel "relieved" because this pandemic is happening in the 21st century, where medical advances are top notch. Had this happened 60 years ago, I cannot imagine the damage it would have caused. Or maybe 60 years ago people would have mistaken this new virus for some kind of flu (since their symptoms are pretty similar). Anyways, this kind of puts my mind at ease.

Manuel Padín dijo...

This is a strange and weird situation, the one we are living now. Last Friday I came back home from a school trip, and out of a sudden everything changed dramatically. We were to be confined in our homes for two weeks. I am a teacher myself, and despite the recomendations, fears and preassure I felt upon me, I simply decided that I was living in the year 2020, and I would't start sending paper work to my students, quite the contrary, I downloaded a video chat app, invited my students on, and started my vitual lessons on a regular timetable. I began on Monday, and it has been pretty good so far. It's a nice thing to chat and see them as if we were in class, and they also enjoy being with their peers online.

Maria J Pajuelo dijo...

Thank you for your sensible comments. Since the idea is to share how we are doing, I will tell you that so far, so good. I agree with Juan that the overload of scaring pieces of news can be off-putting. However, that's much better than not having news at all.
This situation has given me some food for thought about stuff like Human Rights, I admit I felt my stomach churned when I heard people could'nt travel. I have a daughter confined in a different town. The more something is forbidden, the more you long for it. But that's the way the cookie crumbles.
It is an excellent opportunity for personal growth. So let's make the most of it.

Juan de la Cruz Sánchez Domínguez dijo...

I totally agree with you, but there surely is a middle point between overloading and not telling anything at all, don't you think? Of course, keeping the population informed is a vital task for the governments and media in times like these, but I for one dislike wholeheartedly switching on the TV and being bombarded with coronavirus. I didn't watch much TV before this, and I'll end up watching no TV at all. Thank God I have some other kinds of entertainment... But with that said, I agree that we're living exceptional times and as such exceptional measures are required. But still, urgh.


To be honest, if you have got school aged kids like me... you will understand that I don't feel trapped physically as much as trapped emotionally, in a big part for homework at home.
I am limiting technology until everything is done! I'am picking fights with my kids because they don’t want to do math.
But the thing is that they have never experienced anything like this before, and they need we make them feel more confident instead of making them feel even more trapped.
If I can leave you with one thing, it’s this: at the end of all of this, kids’ mental health will be more important than their academic skills. We are all in this boat and we need to be more sensible, because we need to end this situation up feeling strong enough to cope with the new panorama we will have.

Unknown dijo...

Hi everyone,

I have been living this situation through my family life as in Italy the pandemia spread out last February.
My mother bought tickets flight some months ago to spend the Easter break here in Spain for the joy of her grandchildren but unfortunately as you all know the flights from Italy and back are cancelled.
My mother usually fills her suitcases with many stuff, some Italian food, lots of surprises above all for the children. It seems to experience a second Christmas time when she arrives. But we are all isolated but near thanks to the technology. Of course it is not the same but better living in 2020 than two centuries ago!!!

Now I am here at home sharing some thoughts with you while my daughter is crying because she wants me to play with her. Another thing, when my children go to school wake up on time to leave but since the confinement started, they get up earlier than usual, may be because they are not so tired as they use to!!!

Finally I want to send a big hug to our teacher who has a daughter in another city and I can imagine the feeling of powerlessness.

keep in touch!

Juan de la Cruz Sánchez Domínguez dijo...

First of all, a big hug to your teacher. Secondly, I totally agree with all of you. Technology is making both our lives easier and the disease less mortal.

Stela Bolaños dijo...

Despite being a home-lover person sometimes having nothing to do could be considerably tedious hence I always try to find things to do at home. Since this situation has forced us to be confined at home (but I have faith this situation will get better soon) , I try to keep my mind busy and to take care of my health at the same time. My relatives’ health is all that matters to me. My brother is living in Madrid and he is coping with the confinement alone. Love you teacher! Take care. Your student Stela Bolaños.

Aprender e ensinar português de Portugal dijo...

Hello, Good morning, I'm Liliana. I'm Portuguese. I'm from Guarda, a city near Ciudad Rodrigo, Salamanca.
I've finally decided to share with you my resilience.
For me last week was much worse than this one because I was "temporally" fired as it has been told, but there’s no certainty about it anyway. I had to solve some issues that came with it and decided to stay in Badajoz instead of going to my hometown. Besides, two weeks ago I went working as an interpreter in Merida and met a lot of people from different countries and parts of Spain: Poland, Irland, Netherlands, Portugal, Center and South America, Madrid, Cáceres and so on.
Furthermore, I've been living with two nursing assistants and one x-ray technician. Portugal is a little better than Spain right now and I have a lot of old and sick people for other reasons moreover coronavirus there and I don't know if I'm ok or not and don't want to take the risk because of them.
Before having decided to stay in Badajoz, I asked to a cousin of mine who is a doctor in Lisbon what I should do and she recomended me to not go there. For all these reasons I'm still here and I'm more positive this week now. I'm sure things will get better soon after these two weeks.
The good thing is that I have already managed to recover some of the classes that I had to give in the morning online and I'm learning a lot about it and I finally decoded to entertain myself starting with a brand new project of how to learn and teach Portuguese on YouTube.

David Vidarte Bermejo dijo...

March 28th, two weeks since quarantine begun.
How long will last this "lockdown" is the main question in my head.
Meanwhile, life in a little town as mine flows not like habitually but like almost always.
People keep feeding the animals, cultivating the field and so on.
However, the frequency of going out has decreased, particularly in my case.
Hobbies are being rediscovered. Chess is on of them, darts as well. They are quite distracted and keep your mind safe and sound.
Needless to say, the reading habit has been increased
even in an e-book.
Hope you all are dealing satisfactorily this situation.
Big hug!!

Maria J Pajuelo dijo...

Thank you very much for your kind comments.

Alicia GC dijo...

Hey people! How are you?
I am living this confinement with calm and a possitive atittude. I am aware that my situation is good: I keep my job, I don´t have any relative who are sick (fingers crossed) and, besides this, I am allowed to go out to work. What really pisses me off is people who are all day long complaining about evertything, blaming other people, taking advantage of the situation to critize the gonverment (come on, we will have plenty of time to clarify responsabilities), saying "I knew it" (seriously? Nobody expected this) and spreading fake news. For goodness sake... stop it! I don´t know if you share my vision, but I am afraid if we don´t change this behavior we will learn nothing about this.