I arrived in Belgrade (Serbia) last January. I saw winter turning into spring, the cold slowly making place for warm sunbeams and blossoming trees. 🌸 When the first cases of the COVID-19 Pandamic became public, I decided to - after a few sleepless nights with countless options to consider - not travel to my home country but to stay in Serbia. 🇳🇱 ❌ - 🇷🇸 ✔
The National State of Emergency in Serbia was declared at March 15. A total lockdown, with closed borders, curfews and a quarantine centre 😰 I stayed at home during numerous evenings of curfew, did my groceries only once every 10 days. I stood in very long lines for the supermarket and never in my life did I wash my hands this thoroughly before. 👐 After about 6 weeks, the SoE got lifted and people slowly started to pick up their normal lives.
Last week most of the remaining restrictions got lifted too. People are outside enjoying the sun & fresh air again like nobody is suffering. ☀️ I'm hesitant... Serbia will have Presidential Elections in June, and the numbers of new cases might not be what it seem 🤔
Things have been difficult during this time, being in a country where I don't speak the language. 😶 I'm far from friends and family. But I can spent my time with the man I love ❤, I rent a lovely house, I'm in good health, I have enough food, I have drinking water, I have WI-FI 💯 [Insert the newest version of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs here], and so far I don't have any financial struggles yet. I am in a good place and I'm very grateful. 🙏
Was this the best decision? I don't know. Time will tell. I'm impatiently waiting for surrounding countries to open up their borders so I can travel to a new destination. I got a few panic attacks here and there 😅, like the moment I discovered I was overstaying my visa for 40 days (still counting). But I'm not complaining, this is my fulltime traveller's life. 💕🌍 Home is where I unpack my bag.
"Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth and faithfulness the best relationship." ~ Buddha