Life so far

Today is the fifth day of the lockdown and Hubbie and I are getting on with our “STAY AT HOME” life.

At the beginning, I was worried about Hubbie, who was a workaholic, would not cope well with being idle. However, he has been snowed under with a sudden influx of new and existing projects since last Tuesday and therefore very busy. I am secretly relieved to see him hunching over the desk and having Skype conferences with his staffs and clients.

So how am I getting on with this holing up? I’m keeping myself as busy as possible by extra housekeeping and exercises.

Even though I miss hockey like crazy, I don’t want to dwell on my present situation and be depressed. Instead, I want to use this seclusion as an opportunity. The opportunity to be a better player. I am going to be fitter, stronger and more skilled. It’s like an NHL player working off-season before joining the camp. I’m so excited about the prospect!

Stay strong, stay positive and stay home. It’s my mantra until this corona business is over…

I took Bella out to our local park and she enjoyed her freedom enormously!

Where is a car park?!@Lyon

I am feeling very good after finishing practicing stick-handling drills, shooting pucks and riding an exercise bike. Now, I’ve completed stretching and I am ready to update my blog!

After passing Laragne-Montéglin, we traveled along A51 northwestward. At Grenoble, we took A43 and continued another 112km towards Lyon.

Lyon was the largest city we planned to visit during the road trip (we omitted Paris because we visited numerous times already), so we were duly excited.

Lyon, on y va!

We reached the outskirts of Lyon around 13:00.

Traffic was getting busier…

We continued towards the city centre and crossed the Rhône.

The Rhône! Beautiful!!

Once crossing the river, our sight was filled with tall buildings and trees.

So where is our street?

For the road trip, I booked all of our hotels through Booking.com and one of my criteria when I came to choose lodging was how easy it was to park our car. Mum had a bad knee and we weren’t exactly light travellers – our baggage snowballed as we continued the journey! – so I wanted a public parking to be near the hotels if they couldn’t provide a private one.

Lyon!

Navigating through a large European city on foot would be confusing if you were new to the place. And the task would be even harder if you were behind the wheel and negotiating one-way streets in an unfamiliar city. I tried my hardest not to smash anyone’s side mirror as well as any pedestrian while desperately looking for a sign “P”!

All parking bays are taken!
Our street but no parking!

On Google map, there were a couple of parkings but one was only open for limited period and another one was closed except contract parkings. Eventually, we managed to find a spot in the car park which was more than a few large blocks away…

Sorry mum!

I promised mum that I would bring a car near the hotel when we were leaving the city so she would have to walk a minimum distance next day…

Stay at home, EVERY ONE!

Regarding this COVID-19 pandemic, the situation is getting scarier by the day, isn’t it? Over the night, my sister in Southern California messaged me that there were two colleagues in her office who tested positive for the virus. I will most likely to Skype with her later today so I can find out more about her predicament (I’m 100% sure that she and her husband will have to self-quarantine for two weeks) and offer her my sympathy and support.

The outside of our windows, the sun is shining brightly and the atmosphere is like a long-awaited spring. It isn’t easy for anyone to turn down a temptation, such as having a picnic in a park. However, we all have to realise this government ordered time-off is not a bonus spring break but our fight against a virus which we have no effective way to eliminate so far.

Scenes which have been streamed from a TV screen since Boris declared the national crisis resemble a nightmarish vision of the post-nuclear holocaust or the world-wide zombies domination. The image makes me wonder if the life was like this when the Chernobyl disaster happened. Everything appeared so normal yet life-threatening dangers were larking all over the place.

It is only our third day of the lockdown and I am still not entirely with it. It is not that I want to escape back to my pre-coronavirus life or I am depressed about the situation. It is more like I am still stunned and haven’t processed it properly. Like many people, I feel this whole COVID-19 business is like a really bad nightmare which I am still hoping foolishly to wake up from. I am sure one day I will have this definite resignation in me and I will be in a different place in peace.

In the mean time, let’s stay at home and be safe. Let’s take precautions and ride this crisis out together!

So far, I’m in the clear!

Pom’Alpes

As I promised yesterday, I have restarted a chronicle of my French escapade with my mom.

After leaving behind the dynamic backdrop of Sisteron, we headed to our next destination, Lyon, which was about 260km away.

As you can see from the satellite map, the area we drove through was very close to French Alps and the landscape was mainly occupied by forests and boulders.

Amazing, huh?
I wished if I knew more about geology…

At Laragne-Montéglin, we came across this…

Winking apple!

The area was famous for their delicious apples – Vita-Pom, Saint Pétrus and Altess. Mum and I were especially cheered by the apple because our hometown, Nagano, was also famous for being one of the largest producers of the fruit too. ‘I would have love to taste their apples if the season was right!’, mum uttered.

We also agreed their apple tree blossoming must have been a beautiful sight to behold.

Beautiful Parc National des Écrins. Hope to see you again!

At Monestier-de-Clermont, we took A51 and sped towards Lyon…

Sweet remedy

Are you thinking what I am thinking? Longing for the freedom? Feeling like your wings have been clipped? It is only my first day of the lockdown and I am already suffering from boredom and helplessness. How pathetic is that?

I urged Hubbie to check on our local corner shop and to shop some treats if they were open.

Sweet remedy…

He brought back a few packets of baked treats, a pint of milk and a pack of eggs. Well done, you! At a time like this, a small treat like jam round with tea helps us enormously.

Needless to say it but we intend to eat as healthily as possible during the lockdown. However, having some sweet treats once a day will cheer us up and therefore it will help us to keep our morale high.

Oh, how I long for a day I can stroll in to a bakery and have a pastry with latte without care in the world…

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