Spring, Summer, and Social Distancing

Over the past several months of being stuck at home, time has really been blurring together. I only sometimes know what day of the week it is. I haven’t worn hard pants since B.C. (before Covid). I haven’t spoken to friends in forever. I’m just here, floating through life in a haze. And so I was shocked when I actually thought about it for a second and realized that this quarantine has been going on for nearly six months (possibly longer by the time I actually post this). Whaaaaaat. Crazy.

So what exactly have I been up to since March in this time of strife and social distancing? For that, we’ll have to consult my camera roll! Turns out, I’ve been taking quite a few pictures and going on quite a few walks. So let’s take a look.

Here’s some flowers, some from the sidewalk and some from a grocery store in a vase on the kitchen island. Pretty!

It’s been extremely hot for the past few weeks, but for a while there, the weather in Michigan was absolutely lovely. So there have been a lot of walks. And the thing about walks is, I see a lot of deer. I have a problem, you see – if I see a deer, I must take a picture. Also a chipmunk. And frogs.

Aside from pictures of small animals, I’ve been doing a lot of cooking. Lots of bread, of course – have I mentioned that my starter’s name is Jane Dough because my friends didn’t think Rye of Sour-on was funny? – but also coconut milk pasta, rice bowls, pizza, pesto (from the basil growing on the deck), and a lot more. Here are pictures of some of that:

Oooh, here’s something new and exciting – for the first time in forever a few days ago, I picked up my camera! And took pictures with not my phone! That’s nice. I think they came out pretty well!

These past few months have been a lot. Every day feels like it’s had about ten insane news stories at once, and March simultaneously feels like five minutes ago and ten years ago. I barely know what’s happening anymore. I was supposed to be moving to Texas about now, but that’s been delayed for obvious reasons. But hey – I have food, fresh air, pretty places around me, and a very comfortable bed, so I can’t complain at all.

Italy in the Summer

I took these in Italy in the summer of 2012. We went to Rome, Florence, and Venice, and while it’s tough for me to pick favourite vacations, Rome has to be one of my favourite cities in the world. Great food, sunshine, history, art – it’s unbelievably beautiful.

I’ve been pretty busy the past couple of years, what with school and work, and that hasn’t left me much time to travel. It’s unlikely that I’ll be able to go anywhere until after I finish university. Hopefully, I’ll have a little time between graduating and starting work to take a trip somewhere. I’ve been to the three big destinations in Italy, so if I ever do go back, I’d like to go visit some other countries first, but I’d love to see Rome again, or go to the countryside or the Amalfi Coast. I wasn’t all that taken with Venice, so I’d be fine giving that a pass. It felt too much like one massive tourist trap to me.

My family’s Europe trips tend to be to cities and historical sites. That’s fine, there’s nothing wrong with it at all. I like cities and history as much as the next girl. But it would be nice to do something different – visit some less popular destinations or smaller towns; have a more relaxed, less strictly planned vacation. That sounds like a great plan for the summer after university, just taking a week and lounging around somewhere gorgeous.

Rajasthan

Pictures from when I went to India last winter. I’ve been there repeatedly since I was little, but this is the first time I can remember ever going to the tourist sites, aside from once when we went to Agra in I think 2006 or 2007. I took these in/around Jaipur.

It was interesting to see because of how lively it was and how many people were there, but it didn’t strike me as anywhere near one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. It was a bit grimy for my tastes. Chennai looked a lot cleaner and prettier to me.

Canadian Rockies

Continuing to go through old pictures – I took these in Banff maybe eight or nine years ago, and I’m still amazed at how beautiful it was. It was even more spectacular in person, but I’m impressed by how easy it was to take a good picture. You could point your camera in any direction and click – it was so picturesque that pretty much every shot came out reasonably nicely.

I really would love to go back some time. I was planning on going hiking with some friends this summer, but seeing as I’m interning, I don’t have the time. Sometimes, I agree with the principle that there is too much to see in the world to go to the same place twice. Then I see places like this and I change my mind.

Safari

I was looking through old pictures of mine, and I remembered – Tanzania is possibly the most gorgeous place on the planet.

My parents, sister, and I went a couple years ago, and it was one of the best vacations I’ve ever had. There were so many animals and so much to see. It was incredible.