#2442 – Hard Lockdown Lyfe

ENGLISH Earlier this week I mentioned that the hard lockdown has been extended for, at least, another three weeks in the Netherlands. And here are some current daily life situations here under this lockdown. Delivery Service Thus far, I feel like the delivery/courier service here has been quite overwhelmed during the lockdown. I actually already…

#2441 – Hard Lockdown Extension

ENGLISH When it was introduced, the current hard lockdown was announced to last for, at least, five weeks. Well, the five weeks mark will come this Tuesday but unfortunately last week the Dutch government had announced the decision to extend it by, at least, three more weeks! This decision is understandable, given the still relatively…

#2439 – Winter Lockdown Diary

ENGLISH It is now week four of the hard lockdown here in the Netherlands, and I can tell you that it has been … tough! Yep, much tougher than the intelligent lockdown in the spring earlier in the pandemic, haha. The biggest factor to this, to me, is definitely the climate and weather. The days…

#2435 – A New Lockdown

ENGLISH Starting from today, a hard lockdown is imposed in the Netherlands. This is due to the increasing trend of the number of COVID-19 infections in the past two weeks or so, despite the initial (premature) promising sign of the effect of the partial lockdown restrictions which has been in place since mid-October. This hard…

#2433 – Hello December

ENGLISH Yeay it’s December, the last month of 2020! I am quite sure that many of us couldn’t wait for 2020 to end and for 2021 to be a much brighter year, haha. Speaking of December, as of today in the Netherlands masks are mandatory to be worn in indoor spaces (there are exceptions, of…

#2429 – This Weekend

ENGLISH This September I mentioned that at that point, I had had two trips (within Europe) planned. The first one was my long weekend trip to Porto, Portugal last month. And the second one should have taken place this weekend, where I would have travelled on a weekend trip to Rome, Italy. Yep, third conditional,…

#2414 – The “New Normal” Reality

ENGLISH I have mentioned a little bit earlier that the “new normal” WTF setup, aside from all the plus-es, does come with other “new” costs. The most obvious one is utility, where naturally my electricity and water consumption increases significantly. For instance, my July 2020 electricity bill indicated that I consumed almost 60% more than…

#2411 – This Summer

ENGLISH Now that we are almost halfway through this year’s summer, I have to say that this summer has been (and is) a “slow” one, in terms of travelling, of course, haha. Of course (most of) the internal Schengen borders have been opened for well over a month now, and indeed I went on a…