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Day Thirty-One of ORCA in Switzerland — Plenty of Dust

Day Thirty-One of ORCA in Switzerland — Plenty of Dust

You build up plenty of dust as you plow the fields at the moment. The drought continues, as does the desire for this pandemic to be over. For now, the downward trend continues so we could feel optimistic. I’m still optimistic than in two or three weeks recycling centres will go back to normal. At the moment recycling centres remind me of something else. View this post on Instagram Pandemics are fantastic. You get that eurotunnel by train feeling simply…

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Day Twenty-eight of ORCA in Switzerland – A Photo Walk

Day Twenty-eight of ORCA in Switzerland – A Photo Walk

Today I went on a photo walk. Since walking far is now out of the question if you want to be consistently socially distanced it makes sense to go out with a different purpose. When the purpose of the walk is to take photos you can afford to walk up a hill, or between two people to avoid being too close. When I passed by the barn where cats love to spend time I found at least two of them…

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Day Twenty-Six of ORCA in Switzerland – Playing With 360 Video

Day Twenty-Six of ORCA in Switzerland – Playing With 360 Video

It’s Day 26 and today I was playing with 360 video. Specifically I went for a walk in the woods and placed the camera ahead of me to provide people with the opportunity to look around. Doing this is a risky strategy during the pandemic because if you cross paths with anyone there is nowhere to avoid them. I quickly went back to open space and retreated for home. One runner passed too close. It’s a cruel paradox of pandemics…

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Day Twenty-Four of ORCA in Switzerland – The Smell of Colza

Day Twenty-Four of ORCA in Switzerland – The Smell of Colza

Today I walked along roads that would be filled with non-stop traffic if we weren’t in a pandemic. As a result I could enjoy almost the entire walk without avoiding people. In the process I passed by colza fields, an open garden centre and more. The image above is of a colza field, looking towards the lake, the Alps and the Mont Blanc. I like that flower shops stayed open during the pandemic because it would have been a shame…

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Day Twenty-Three of ORCA in Switzerland – The Chernobyl Fire

Day Twenty-Three of ORCA in Switzerland – The Chernobyl Fire

In normal times a forest fire in the Chernobyl exlusion zone would attract attention and environmentalists would actively speak about it. The world would pay attention. Due to the pandemic the news story is low on the agenda. I mentioned that a coffee shop and a pet shop had reopened on Monday and this morning I read that markets would be allowed to take place. Instead of the usual 160 stands, there would be just 30. In articles When reading…

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Day Nineteen of ORCA in Switzerland – TGIF

Day Nineteen of ORCA in Switzerland – TGIF

Do you have that TGIF feeling like no one else does? In theory today is the day when people are happy, knowing that the weekend is about to start and they can do the things they love for the next two days. In this context though, that is unlikely. We’re meant to stay home. This weekend is going to be extra special because the temperature is meant to reach 20°c, i.e. summer temperatures and so people will go out like…

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Day Seventeen of ORCA in Switzerland – April Fool’s During Self Isolation

Day Seventeen of ORCA in Switzerland – April Fool’s During Self Isolation

April Fool’s during self isolation is not fun. People made jokes about how our freedoms would be limited even further. In ordinary situations those jokes would be detected but because we have the freedom to get food, go for walks, and sit at home we have no other rewards as such. One of the jokes was that bandwidth would be throttled. The second was that Strava would be used to track people and the third was that bikes with handlebars…

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Day Sixteen of ORCA in Switzerland – Pandemic Solitude

Day Sixteen of ORCA in Switzerland – Pandemic Solitude

I was writing a Facebook post when I thought of the term Pandemic Solitude and I love it so much that I wanted to use it as a title for today’s blog post. For most people during the pandemic the order is, stay with the people you live with but avoid being close to others. When you live with no one this means that you should avoid being close to anyone. Yesterday and today I exchanged words with petrol station…

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Day Fifteen of ORCA in Switzerland – Pandemic Fatigue

Day Fifteen of ORCA in Switzerland – Pandemic Fatigue

Now that we’re in week 5 of self-isolation and Day fifteen of ORCA I am getting pandemic fatigue. As it’s Monday I could make the effort of going to the shops to get fresh food rather than deplete the reserves I have but my motivation is not there. It has come cold and windy and the rate of infection is still high. I expect that by the end of today Vaud will hit the three thousand case mark. Yesterday I…

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Day ten of Orca in Switzerland – The New Normal

Day ten of Orca in Switzerland – The New Normal

Today I’m getting to grips with the new normal. The new normal is queuing like people did before self-checkout and other technology. We also need to queue to get into shops and you either need to take a trolley or a shopping bag if you want to buy things. No more baskets as they are harder to disinfect and keep clean. “Pardon me, miss, but you can’t use these trolleys, you need to use those trolleys. This is the column…

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