As just over a week has passed now things are starting to feel a lot more normal here in France.
Everyone has now definitely settled in to the habit of limiting their movements and exterior contact.
Spirits are still high and people are getting a lot more friendly with one another. I have probably spent more time talking to neighbors in the last week than I had in the last 6 months. A couple nights ago we even had “corona drinks” with my neighbors where we all sat 2 meters apart in the stair well, had some music and nice lights on and got to know each other a little more than we did.
As I have worked from home since before the corona virus outbreak happened not much has changed there really, I can still do my 9 to 5 with no issues. I make the most of my one hour allowed outside by going for a quick walk around where I live after work.
There is a little shop just behind my flat so we can always nip there to get essentials. Yesterday though a bigger shop was needed, I made the trip to our local supermarket that is less than 10 minutes away. The isles seemed very well stocked upon entry and they were for the most part, only the bread and meat sections had been depleted. Being an expat living abroad I was overjoyed when I saw that the British isle was still full, and I managed to get my hands on some chocolate digestives and some golden syrup. Keeping the 1 meter distance was also not an issue as it only seemed like there were about 6 of us in the whole shop. The biggest and nicest surprise was when I tried to give cash to the lady on the till and she informed me that they are only taking card payments to avoid the spread of germs, what a great move!
On the drive back I ran in to some police officers checking that everyone driving past had a good reason to do so. Thanks to my “attestation” I had no problem and cruised on home with some music on and enjoying the sights of outside for a little bit longer than usual at the moment.
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