09 November 2020

09 November 2020

Great Journey ๐Ÿ Day 67

Many of you have asked what the lockdown in Greece looks like. But in advance: a new podcast episode has been uploaded!

So, lockdown in Greece:
Everything public is closed until the end of November 2020. Exceptions: grocery shops, pharmacies and primary schools. (Which our landlady's three children find completely stupid - understandably).

There is a kind of curfew. Anyone who wants to go out between 5 and 9 p.m. has to send an SMS to a government number with his or her data and the reason for his or her "having to go out". Then you get an SMS back with the confirmation (permission?). Here there are only 6 valid reasons for an OK:

1. you urgently need to go to the doctor or the pharmacy
2. people want to buy groceries when no shipping is available
3. you have to go to the bank if you don't have the option of online banking.
4. you have to help / care for people in need
5. one has to go to a ceremony like baptism, marriage or funeral (under the distance rule conditions etc.)
6. you need exercise (no team sports!) or have to go out with the dog.

Okay, so far so good (you can argue about "so good", we're not doing that right now, we're guests in this country and we abide by the rules).
Only: the sms service only works via a Greek mobile phone number, which we don't have. Solution: "Carry a completed form with you." Only: we don't have a printer. Solution: "Write the details on a piece of paper and carry it around with you." Now we carry around our two filled-in Post-It's (we don't have any other paper) and that's it. We have not been checked yet.

Now we do point 2 (buy at least 2-3 oranges, sometimes even a little more) and point 6 (exercise) every day. For us, point 6 naturally includes walking through the almost deserted town, hiking over the hills or strolling through olive groves, jogging along the beach, filling up on vitamin D, swimming (or like Gerd: splashing in the waves). That's how we keep ourselves healthy and strengthen our immune system.

All in all, quite passable for us. Let's see how we feel after 3 weeks. Whether we'll still be relaxed about it then or whether I won't be able to stand losing every single evening at this SkipBo!

#lockdown #this is how we do it

 

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