Life in the time of Corona – Captain’s log: Day 206

Saturday sewing is probably even better than Tuesday night sewing. Why you ask?

Because working with delicate fabrics in daylight is just so much more fun.

I still love up skilling with my hobbies and working with pretty things.

Afterwards I met up with a friend for lunch and a stroll through the touristy part of Amsterdam. After a while though, the rain soaked through our jackets and shoes and it was time to go home and warm up. And apply the waterproof spray to my boots for the next wet season.

Be kind. Stay safe

Life in the time of Corona – Captain’s log: Day 205

I had a haircut this week. It wasn’t my first Corona haircut, but by the sounds of things, I’m not sure if the salons are going to stay open, so I donned a mask and got my hair sorted out, just in case.

The effect of this haircut was immediate and impressive. Today I had a few video calls and a few colleagues remarked on my hair. Even my neighbours complimented me when we did the odd 1,5m dance at the front door.

Suddenly I want to make a bit more effort than tossing my hair in a bun and wearing a cleanish sweater for the work day.

Suddenly I realised that sometimes it is still necessary to get up, dress up and show up : even if it’s only for a virtual meeting.

Aside: if you do have a glass of wine with dinner, it is recommended to leave the half empty glass in the kitchen or at least out of the camera shot. In general, it might be good to check your surroundings for surprising background clutter like laundry or weird stuff #justsaying

Be kind. Stay safe

Life in the time of Corona – Captain’s log: Day 204

Today my music interest reached a new level of nerd… I learnt to play a new song on the guitar, and my first thought was “ooh, I need to analyse the chords on this piece” and thus gave myself homework in the form of music theory.

I know, I know, it’s really odd, but I know also that it’s awesome to do something that makes me want to delve deeper.

Be kind. Stay safe.

Life in the time of Corona – Captain’s log:Day 202

This evening after work I packed my handbag, took my bekjassje, got on a train and went to the airport.

I didn’t travel anywhere else this time. Instead I went to the airport to meet up with a friend who has a long layover.

We became friends in Peru while we worked on the same project. We even had some fun travel adventures together. So I was so glad to meet up with her, a year since we last saw each other.

Of course I had planned to visit her in London this year, but then a lot of travel plans changed a bit.

I was just lucky to spend a lovely evening seeing my old friend. Sharing stories of shared memories, and making new ones!

When we meet new people, it’s not always easy to tell if they will be a part of this your life until much later. But in my experience everyone we met helps us define the person we end up being.

I for one am lucky to have met some pretty awesome people in my life so far.

Be kind. Stay safe.

Life in the time of Corona – Captain’s log: Day 201

Today was noise day. I’ve known this day was coming for a few months already. The building that I live in is switching out the single glass for double glass and today the work started in my apartment.

I had to move all the furniture to one side and cover it with plastic, so as to protect it from the dust and general mess.

I also had to move my home office from my cosy desk in the lounge to a tiny replacement desk in my bedroom. It feels a bit like my student days, but I’m happy it’s just a temporary fix.

Hopefully the disruption will be worth it. Last winter I recall having warm legs and cold arms when sitting by the window, so hopefully this year will be more moderate. I won’t complain about a reduction in heating bill either!

Be kind. Stay safe.

Life in the time of Corona – Captain’s log: Day 200

Today’s festivities started out with home made Dutch pancakes, lovingly prepared by Marinus. I wanted to add a pic but it seems they were eaten before they could be pictured.

It was a double win, actually, because in South African terms rainy weather means pancakes and although its slightly different, its still a treat!

What’s the difference you ask?

Well, South African pancakes are somewhat flatter than these models. Rolled and eaten with cinnamon sugar traditionally, perhaps with some lemon.

Marinus’s pancakes were fluffier and thicker, although still rollable, in a way. What really sets them apart though, is the fact that he managed to add a couple of slices of bacon to it, which gives it an absolute amazing touch. It is then drizzled with pouring syrup and rolled. Yummy!

I think this may have solved the mystery why the bacon is sliced so thin here.

The afternoon held another adventure. I went with some friends to a performance of medieval music and story telling. Well, the performers were dressed in a modern way and cleaner than in medieval times, as far as I could judge from my socially distant seat. Nevertheless, while the musicians and storyteller shared the story of Reynard the Fox, I was momentarily imagining myself back in time, listening to the stories in the old dialect and listening to the music.

Add to it a stroll through a crisp autumn Amsterdam, and I am reminded that there is a lot in this world to wonder at, even in this time of Corona.

Be kind. Stay safe.

Life in the time of Corona – Captain’s log: Day 199

I think it’s fair to say that autumn is underway in all honesty. The weather is a bit is crisp and wet, and the leaves are turning all the beautiful shades of yellow and gold.

We decided to use the Saturday to do some more sightseeing; this time in Alkmaar.

I don’t know what I expected, but somehow it wasn’t this. Every time I see an old city or town in the Netherlands I’m somehow still surprised.

Due to the ongoing pandemic the famous cheese market isn’t open, but the normal Saturday Market was, and it was lovely to see the local people going about their business.

We picked up some really special chocolates as a gift, and then we walked by an old sweet shop/museum that claims to have been open since the job 16th century!

Either way it was a charming experience and I truly enjoyed it.

Be kind. Stay safe

Life in the time of Corona – Captain’s log: Day 198

In the rest of the world October is when you start hearing Christmas music in shops.

Over here it is when you can start buying Sinterklaas treats (Snoepen) in the shops.

Based on past experience, I resolved to only buy it when December arrives. But then life happened and we thought of getting the new flavour candies that my friends recommended.

Kruidnoten is one of those irresistible things. It’s basically a tiny cookie made of delicious spicy stuff, covered in chocolate and other good stuff. The new flavour this year is white chocolate with coconut.

I had the best intentions to have just one or two. And that’s what I did. Throughout the day, multiple times, until I looked again and realised I had just taken out the last one!

Suffice it to say, until further notice I wouldn’t be buying kruidnoten until much later this year.

Be kind. Stay safe.