Life During Coronavirus: An Update From Self-Isolation in Portugal

Life During Coronavirus: An Update From Self-Isolation in Portugal


This isn’t the kind of replace put up I used to be planning to write down at this level in our Europe trip. Since leaving Grenada in January, we had an unimaginable time travelling by means of a few of Europe’s prime romantic cities — Paris, Barcelona, Rome and Lisbon. 

Eating out at tasty eating places, sipping on wine at funky bars, wandering by means of architecturally-blessed streets, and studying concerning the historical past and tradition of those cities was pure bliss!

Our first journey to Paris didn’t disappoint!

It was a stark distinction to our peaceable Caribbean island home. The shock of metropolis life, full with a buzzing nightlife, entry to something and the whole lot we needed, and facilities proper on our doorstep, was simply what we would have liked.

We have been on a excessive! 

However… this is able to quickly come to a halt.

Residing in Rome – Our Pleased Place

After 5 days in Paris and per week in Barcelona, we flew to Rome the place we checked into our gorgeous condo within the Trastevere neighbourhood — a favorite amongst college students and youthful travellers.

This picturesque neighbourhood with cobbled streets, slim alleyways, and infinite eating places and bars could be our dwelling for three weeks. 

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Lovely Trastevere neighbourhood

Town has at all times been our comfortable place, and when the whole lot in our private and enterprise lives was spiraling on the end of 2019, we determined to go to Rome. All could be OK if we have been in Rome! 

Fortunately, it was the whole lot we have been in search of. 

The overwhelming sense of group, zest for all times, and significance Italians place on meals and happiness are what drew us again.

We embraced the Italian Dolce far Niente (the sweetness of doing nothing), and simply loved Rome this time round with no need to see all the principle sights and be a complete vacationer — we did that final time. 

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Can’t get sufficient gelato

This was all about merely experiencing town.

We walked throughout Rome day-after-day — getting in 20,00zero steps per day was the norm.

We walked alongside the river, explored quite a few neighbourhoods, visited markets, dined at unimaginable eating places, labored on our web site, and total, simply loved residing (briefly) within the Everlasting Metropolis.

However, it was time to maneuver on.

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Our day journey from Rome to Naples – strictly to eat pizza!

Leaving Rome

As we checked out of our condo and made our technique to the airport, we have been unhappy to say goodbye to Rome. It had been an exquisite three weeks.

Nevertheless, we have been positively trying ahead to studying about Lisbon and spending one other three weeks staying nonetheless, whereas actually getting underneath the pores and skin of town.

We had discovered a pleasant work/journey/life stability in Rome that we hoped to proceed in Lisbon. 

Throughout our time in Paris and Barcelona, we began to listen to concerning the coronavirus in our Fb feed and YouTube, however we just about tuned it out — it was in China, we have been all the way in which in France and Spain, and we don’t sometimes get wrapped up in media.

The Marcello Theatre rome
The Marcello Theatre

Once we have been in Rome we didn’t actually hear something (plus, we have been in a meals coma more often than not) so naturally, the virus didn’t actually concern us at this level.

On the Rome airport, we utilized our Priority Pass and headed into the lounge. There have been only a handful of individuals there, with tables for working, meals for consuming and booze for consuming.

The TV was on and despite the fact that the information was in Italian, I did see folks in hazmat fits and it was displaying hospitals and medical doctors.

That’s unusual, I assumed. 

Our TAP Portugal flight was delayed 2 hours, which was annoying, however it simply gave us extra time to do work within the lounge earlier than heading to our boarding gate. 

Unbenonsed to us, we left Rome when the virus in northern Italy really spiked. We boarded the airplane, and after a really loud journey (it appeared like the entire airplane was crammed with highschool college students from Italy), we landed secure and sound in Lisbon. 

Enjoying the wine bars in Rome
Having fun with the wine bars in Rome

Residing It Up in Lisbon – Type Of

This was our first time in Portugal and we have been going to benefit from it!

At this level, we hardly checked our telephones and Fb apps once more and actually didn’t know the extent of what was happening in Italy for an additional week. And, there have been no journey restrictions or social distancing suggestions in place at this level. Every thing was operating as regular.

We joined a free strolling tour with Sandeman (they’ve free excursions throughout Europe), and partook in a number of Airbnb Experiences as effectively — a meals and wine class, a meals and cultural tour, and a road artwork strolling tour.

We wandered up and down the hilly metropolis whereas gawking on the spectacular and ornate structure.

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The road artwork in Lisbon is unimaginable

The foodie scene was wonderful with recent seafood, conventional Portuguese dishes, and all kinds of wholesome meals and worldwide delicacies as effectively.

There’s a big Indian, Bangladeshi, and Nepalese group right here — naturally, we have been consuming quite a lot of Sub-Continent meals!

The sunsets listed below are magical, with sailboats and ferries passing by. We sat alongside the water with a bottle of wine, and at one of many oceanfront cafes, whereas soaking within the vitamin D.

sunset by the water lisbon
A good way to finish the day

Evenings have been spent at secret rooftop bars, in small eating places with dwell music, or partying on the road.

We had plans to go to the close by magical city of Sintra, and a day spent with native buddies who we met when travelling in Raja Ampat

Every thing was excellent. However, that every one modified.

At the moment, the streets in Lisbon are empty. 

Colleges, museums, galleries, eating places, cafes, and bars are closed (or have restricted hours).

Gatherings of teams of individuals have all been cancelled — together with sports activities, dwell music venues and visiting properties throughout the nation.  

Purchasing facilities have restricted hours, and restrict the variety of folks.

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Empty road in Lisbon, which is often busy

The virus is effectively and really in Europe — there’s no denying that. The bordering nation with Portugal is Spain, which is placing its residents on lockdown, having virtually 8,00zero confirmed cases.

Naturally, Portugal is making an attempt to maintain the numbers low right here, so we utterly perceive the necessity to self-isolate at dwelling and apply social distancing. 

Shifting Journey Plans

Based mostly on the present state of affairs right here in Europe, we’ve determined to vary our journey plans. 

Proper now, we’re imagined to be in Eire exploring the gorgeous nation for a month. It will’ve been the primary time we’d travelled there and we have been actually trying ahead to celebrating St. Paddy’s Day in Dublin!

Nevertheless, these celebrations have been cancelled, and far of the nation is underneath restrictions like right here in Portugal. 

We felt prefer it made sense from a well being and logistical standpoint to only merely keep put. 

We have a look at the state of affairs in 3 ways. 

One, we don’t need to find yourself contracting the virus whereas we’re on the airports.

Two, we might very effectively have it proper now and never understand it, however move it alongside whereas we’re travelling. In reality, we self-isolated ourselves for per week earlier than the official lockdown simply to attempt to do our half.

Three, if we have now to be “caught” someplace in Europe, lovely Lisbon looks like a superb place to be.

Fortunately, the Airbnb we’re at the moment renting had a cancellation (not stunning) and we’re capable of keep in the identical condo. This was excellent news for each ourselves and our host who would’ve in any other case had an empty place.

waterfront resturant lisbon
Life exterior of our condo in Lisbon final week. And sure, Nick is having a Corona…

We all know town effectively, the climate is shiny and cheerful, and Uber Eats and grocery supply is offered if crucial (for now). We really feel extra comfy staying nonetheless in Lisbon and driving out this wave, moderately than taking a flight in the intervening time. 

So, Now What?

Effectively, now we simply wait and see!

With restricted motion and closures, and the potential to hurt others, there’s no level in making an attempt to journey round proper now. 

The state of affairs is altering quickly. Governments are advising residents to not leave the country, and different countries aren’t permitting in any flights from Europe. Many international locations in Europe which usually have open borders, at the moment don’t. 

We’re simply taking the whole lot daily, hour by hour. That’s all anybody can do at this level.

lisbon lookout point
Us at one of many many lookout factors right here in Lisbon

Religion in Humanity

It’s not all doom and gloom on the market!

Whereas there are positively some fairly loopy bathroom paper hoarding and combat movies on-line, on the whole, individuals are good.

Right here in Lisbon, the grocery shops are calm and quiet. Individuals are buying a standard quantity of products — sufficient to get them by means of a few weeks at dwelling. I haven’t seen any hoarding or procuring carts full of bathroom paper.

Throughout the UFC match the opposite night time in Las Vegas, Chinese language blended martial artist Zhang Weili was competing. She acquired a spherical of applause from the gang and there was a hashtag operating throughout the combat: #ChinaStrong. 

In Italy, folks have been urged onto their balconies at a sure time of day to play music and sing collectively! This flash-mob was an effective way for residents to not really feel alone, and escape the monotony of the quarantine — particularly in a tradition the place group is so vital.

Yesterday in Italy, residents headed to their balconies as soon as once more. At 12:00 midday, throughout town of Rome, everybody stood on their balconies and applauded on the similar time to thank the medical doctors, nurses, and caregivers for his or her unimaginable efforts. That’s fairly wonderful.

Don’t panic and unfold worry, however be told and ready. Assist and assist each other, and we’ll all get by means of this collectively. There may be mild on the finish of the tunnel.

mosaic tiles lisbon
The gorgeous mosaic tiles are throughout Lisbon

Distant Work, Productiveness and Objectives

We’ve got quite a lot of time on our palms in the intervening time. And, I’m positive a lot of you do as effectively. In case your journey has been cancelled, you’re working from dwelling, otherwise you’re pressured into quarantine or lockdown, we’re with you and need to offer you some concepts on how one can bide the time.

What Are We Doing?

Aside from binge-watching Netflix and consuming copious quantities of crimson wine, we’ve been taking this further time to work on this web site and our YouTube channel.

As you possibly can think about, with all of the uncertainty concerning journey proper now, not many individuals are looking out this matter. And, if they’re, it’s almost definitely “The best way to get a refund for my journey to ___!” or “Variety of coronavirus circumstances in ____”. 

The journey visitors to our web site has tanked proper now, which is leaving us (and our fellow travel blogging colleagues) with some monetary and inventive uncertainty.

However, we’ve determined to nonetheless write about journey and create helpful movies on our YouTube channel.

In reality, Nick has been pumping out some superior movies currently! Like this one about sights to see in Paris, and this one about off-track issues to do in Paris, with many extra coming.

Journey planning and getting impressed about locations is one thing that may occur proper now — no matter journey bans. If we are able to’t journey proper now, we are able to nonetheless dream about and put together for our subsequent journey.

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Exploring El Born neighbourhood in Barcelona

We even have one other facet to our web site which is all about being a digital nomad. We’ve written quite a bit on Goats On The Street about this matter, together with how one can make money from home and work from anyplace on this planet.

We hope that these articles can assist you out and supply info on distant work. Click here for that part of our web site.

With so many people now in self-isolation at dwelling, why not begin a side hustle?!

With all this further time in your palms proper now and all of the monetary uncertainty on this planet, it’s a superb time to diversify. Begin new initiatives, and end up previous ones.

Listed below are some options.

Create a Web site

This is likely one of the best issues you may do proper now. What are you interested by? What are you knowledgable about? You can begin a web site on any matter. 

  • Gardening
  • Artwork
  • Sports activities 
  • Enterprise
  • Pets and Animals
  • Tenting
  • Carpentry
  • Style
  • Magnificence
  • Teaching
  • Journey
  • Finance
  • Residing Overseas
  • Health
  • Wholesome Residing
  • Eco-Way of life
  • Climbing
  • Minimalism
  • Veganism
  • Meals and Recipes

…the checklist goes on!

For those who begin a web site by means of this link, you’ll obtain our step-by-step course that will help you arrange a professional-looking web site (accurately) very quickly. Plus, you’ll obtain our Absolute Finest Blogging Suggestions e book, and be added to our Newbie Blogger Fb group. 

Creating a web site is straightforward and simple. Plus, having a artistic outlet and one thing that’s yours is a good feeling. The earnings you possibly can generate doesn’t harm both. Running a blog is our favourite digital nomad job for a motive. 

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Begin a web site and earn cash for journey (or no matter you need!). Picture taken throughout our keep in Barcelona

Educate On-line

Whether or not you’re a local English speaker or a speaker of one other language, you possibly can earn an important residing educating on-line. Work from the consolation of dwelling, and make your individual schedule — all whereas working in your pajama pants!

There are quite a few corporations you possibly can select to work for. However, should you’re from Canada and the USA (other than California), VIPKID is the most suitable choice, and should you’re from the UK, Education First is an efficient guess.

Take a look at our full checklist of 10 Online English Teaching Companies. A lot of them pay $22 / hour or extra.  

Study extra about VIPKID in this insider’s evaluate, and find out how a lot a web based English trainer wage is in this post.

Do Your TEFL Course

Talking of educating English on-line, most corporations (whether or not on-line or in-country), would require you to have a TEFL certification, which you’ll full on-line. 

Having a TEFL will enable you be higher ready to show lessons, and offer you a greater probability of being employed. There are quite a few corporations to select from, take a look at this checklist of the best TEFL companies

Write an E-book, or End One

All of us have that half-written e book on our laptop that we “by no means have time to complete” — or, is that simply me?

Creating an e book a couple of topic that you just’re educated and captivated with is a good concept. Or, perhaps you need to write extra within the model of a biography, or a fiction novel. Both approach, now’s the time. Packages like Canva are nice for designing a e book.

Get Match

Have you ever been pondering you may lose a number of further kilos? Nick and I are positively going to make use of a few of this time for exercising. 

Take this time to tug up a Yoga channel on YouTube and stretch it out. Head to the basement and mud off your treadmill. Do sit-ups and push-ups in your front room. Open that exercise app in your telephone and really do one of many routines!

Figuring out at house is an effective way to get match and move the time. 

food in lisbon
After consuming our approach by means of Paris, Barcelona, Rome and Lisbon, it’s time to get match

Study a New Talent

E-learning was already well-liked and now I’m fairly positive it’s going to surge.

Have you ever needed to be taught a language, rock at social media, prepare dinner new meals, renovate your kitchen, construct a treehouse, discover ways to paint, edit movies, and many others.? 

Take a look on YouTube for tutorial movies, or take a look at platforms like Skillshare and Teachable. And, should you’re curious to be taught extra about web optimization (search engine marketing), take a look at our free one-hour tutorial.

Nick’s already lined up a bunch of programs he needs to take on-line. With further time, why not construct your information base? 

Different at House Concepts

Relating to facet hustles, many individuals are opting to do extra freelance writing, turn out to be virtual assistants for corporations, or taking paid online surveys. All of those jobs might be executed remotely.

For extra, there’s an important web site known as Flex Jobs which lists lots of of distant jobs by class. And, the gigs are siphoned by means of with a fine-toothed comb to make sure that solely legit jobs are posted.

Proper now they’ve a deal operating — use code SPRING at take a look at and obtain 50% off for one month, 40% off for three months, or 30% off for a yr. 

One other nice technique to spend time at house is to easily chill out, watch a film, get pleasure from time with your loved ones, take a shower, or learn a e book!

In Conclusion

There you have got it. An replace from us Goats in self-isolation.

To this point, we’ve been in our condo for round 2 weeks. We’ve got a fridge stuffed with meals to eat, wine to drink, on-line companies to run, Netflix to look at, and train to do. 

fridge food lisbon
We’re stocked up and prepared!

We’ve got one another, a roof over our heads and meals obtainable. That’s all we want for now. 

We all know that there are folks on the market who’ve been affected a lot worse than us and our ideas are with them. We hope that this passes prior to later and that folks can come collectively to get by means of this.

Enhance your immune system, deal with your family members and help companies the place you continue to can — each on-line and in particular person. Secure, wholesome and comfortable moments to you all. 

The place on this planet are you in the intervening time? How have you ever been affected? Share with us within the feedback.

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