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Corona virus in Croatia & our life in lockdown

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beach in my hometown in Croatia

At the moment of publishing this post there are 1,343 corona virus cases and 19 deaths in Croatia. First case of corona virus in Croatia was confirmed on 25th February. I originally wrote this post for a fellow travel blogger (check here) but I have decided to add some more personal content and to post it here on my blog as well.

I live in a seaside town in Croatia with my husband and two small children. Our life has changed dramatically and we are now practically in a complete lockdown. As everyone else in the world we heard about corona virus in China but didn’t think too much about it. After all, China is far, far away from our small country. In the meantime our small country wasn’t that far away anymore from the virus because the virus came to Italy. Oh, that’s too close! And yet the government didn’t think about closing the borders with Italy and the first confirmed corona virus patient in Croatia was a guy who returned from a trip to Milan, Italy. And then there were other people who got back from holidays/ski trips/business trips and had corona virus.

So, things happened fast from then on. Everyone who got back from abroad had to be in self-isolation for 14 days and report to a doctor. If they had severe symptoms they got tested for corona virus. Then, the government decided to cancel/postpone all events that gathered more than 1000 people, than that got reduced to a 100 people. Schools, kindergartens and universities were ordered to close for 14 days. Then, all restaurants, cafes and shops and some other businesses got closed for 30 days which meant that all education facilities were also going to be closed for longer (this is valid until 19 April, further decisions are awaited).

What is left open you might ask? Food shops, supermarkets, petrol stations and pharmacies. When everything got closed people fled to the beaches and mountains to be outside. But that was a problem again so that was banned too. For the same reason all children’s playgrounds were closed too. Public transport was cancelled, travel between cities banned, borders practically closed. You need a permit to leave your town and you can get it if you have a valid reason to go to another town e.g work. People are advised to stay at home at all times and to leave their house only to go to work and to buy food. Just to go for a walk outside is discouraged.

Croatia relies heavily on tourism and since a lot of people who work in tourism and hospitality industry already lost their jobs (and a lot of other private businesses will suffer greatly) I wonder what the economic and social consequences will be for us all. But at the moment we have to #stayathome and save lives.

Amidst all this virus threat and the rising number of corona virus patients a major earthquake (5.3) hit our capital Zagreb on 22 March. There’s one image I can’t get out of my head. Women with newborn babies standing in their robes in the streets after the earthquake because their hospital got severely damaged. One 15 year old girl died in the earthquake.

What about our little family? We are fine. We didn’t buy 10 kg of flour or the entire shelf of the toilet paper. Yes, there’s a queue to enter the shop and you can’t always find what you want but shelves get replenished. We are all at home and luckily have a garden where our toddler can let out some steam. He doesn’t seem to mind being at home so much. He can’t see his friends and he can’t go to the playgrounds. He didn’t see his grandparents for over 2 weeks. So far we went out with our kids only once, we managed to find an empty beach. Our baby girl is fine too but she can’t sleep well during the day because her brother (who was at the daycare usually at the time of her day naps) keeps waking her up. Also, she likes being in the garden and often cries when we get in the house. It’s been very sunny and warm and for me personally, it’s very hard to be just inside. I went out for a walk a couple of times by myself because I needed to get away from everyone. I practically saw no one and just had a quick walk around our neighbourhood. Yes, there are still people who go out daily and spend a lot of time outdoors but they are in minority. We are repeatedly told to stay at home, despite the allure of the spring weather. I miss my friends. I miss my travel plans. I hate this uncertainty and the inability to plan anything in my life because who knows for how long this situation will last. I also despise all those learn a new language, spring clean your home and binge watch TV series ideas popping up everywhere like we are all on some kind of prolonged holiday and now have nothing better to do with our time than to be creative and productive. You know what, some people have children and don’t have the luxury of free time ( I’m on maternity leave and my husband can’t work from home, I have no idea how on earth would we pull out working from home and taking care of our children like many people have to do). Our jobs? Who knows what will happen after all this passes. And it will pass.

Will things go back to normal? That’s the million dollars question. The lock-down measures might go on until June. At least that’s what has been implied several times in the press. But recently there’s been a talk about relaxing some of the measures depending on the number of new cases after Easter. But who knows what can happen tomorrow….

Don’t ask me anything. Don’t expect me to come out of this with some newfound wisdom. I just try to survive each day at home with a baby and a toddler and a husband and no wine.

What is the situation in your country? Has your life changed much?

Stay safe! Stay at home!

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Life & blog update: March 2020

out&about with my baby girl at the beginning of March

Life & blog update: March 2020…what to say? You know what, I’ll write about corona virus and our life in lock-down in a separate post. Here I’ll write only about the first part of March when everything still had some semblance of normality.

We managed to have a couple of board game nights with our friends. We had several play-dates with our friend’s kids. My husband made some beer with his cousin (they have done that before too, their beer is all right). We went to the beach several times. We saw the grandparents. Our toddler had fun at the kindergarten. I managed to go on a friend’s birthday lunch and went out for a walk by myself. How all this seems surreal now!

My baby girl turned 6 months old in March and I blogged about her. We went to meet my friend in a cafe in the city center and that was the first time that we went to a cafe without the rest of our family. She’s growing all the time. Call me a bad mum if you want but I finally got to see her turn from back to tummy (previously something or someone else distracted me and I’d just find her in a different position). She’s reaching out to grab toys when she’s on her tummy and moving her legs and arms but she’s not crawling yet. She likes to eat (it seems that enjoying good food runs in our family, even our cat eats loads 🙂 ). Unfortunately, since her brother’s at home due to corona virus (all kindergartens and schools closed in mid March) she can’t sleep during the day because he keeps waking her up. She’s teething and I’m looking forward to her first tooth because then she won’t be in so much pain anymore. 

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If I could travel now….

mona lisa with face mask

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If I could travel now…I’d explore a castle with my family

If I could travel now… I’d go to London with my best friend and have a drink at our favourite pub

If I could travel now…I’d visit Finland for the first time and meet up with my blogger friend from Helsinki

If I could travel now…I’d enjoy a weekend trip just with my husband

If I could travel now….I’d go on a work trip to the same places I usually go and love it as if I’d never been there before

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Life & blog update: February 2020

Life & blog update: February 2020

sometimes all you need to feel better is a cake:)

Life & blog update: February 2020….was a short month, what a surprise! Nevertheless, we managed to have some fun and to meet up with friends. I’m not a very adventurous eater but as I grow older I tend to try more new foods. We went out for Valentine’s Day with friends and I tried sushi for the first time. Now, I’m not a big sea food fan despite living by the sea so I didn’t expect to like sushi but at least I can say now that I have tried it and that I didn’t hate it. 🙂 I liked mochi for dessert though.

My hometown Rijeka is the European capital of culture for 2020 together with Galway in Ireland. Throughout the year there will be many interesting cultural events. The grand opening was on 1st February but we didn’t attend it because it was a bit impractical to be among the crowd in downpour with two small children. Luckily, it was sunny for the children’s carnival parade which we went to see and our boy loved it. He was too young last year to really enjoy it but this year he liked it and we also went to the children’s costumed dance (he wore a tiger costume and our baby girl was a Christmas reindeer).

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Life & blog update: January 2020

one sunny Saturday in Kostrena, Croatia

Life & blog update: January 2020…was a slow month. A beginning of a new year, a new decade but ultimately it was quite a boring month compared to December. Though, we had a great New Year’s party with a couple of friends playing board games.

Again, for the most part of the month our household fought unsuccessfully with various children’s illnesses. At one point I felt very low and full of self-pity. When will this end? The toddler gets sick (because he has to get used to the germs at the daycare), then we all get sick and the baby girl coughs often too. We had to cancel many plans for outings and had to stay in instead. But we are all healthy and to moan about this is so wrong when there are people who deal with real health issues in their lives.

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2019 on the Red Phone Box travels

Brandenburg Gate

Berlin

I feel like I could just copy & paste the blog overview post from 2017 about my blog in the past year. I got pregnant and I gave birth. 🙂 In 2017 we got our boy and in 2019 we got our girl. But that’s were all similarities end. I actually blogged quite a lot in 2017 (78 posts) unlike last year (43 posts). Of course, my traffic decreased but that’s what happens when you don’t blog (and travel) regularly because you’re too busy raising a toddler and looking after a baby. I know, I know, excuses, excuses… so jealous of other mummy bloggers who travel across the globe with their little ones. However, we did travel last year but just not as much as I had wanted. Read more

Life & blog update: December 2019

Life & blog update: December 2019…was a great month filled with all sorts of Christmas activities. I’d decided to do something festive each Advent weekend (four weekends to Christmas). The first weekend we went to island Krk for a seaside walk and came across Santa’s house and took pretty photos as a family. On Sunday we went to the park in the neighbourhood which was decorated with Christmas lights and had free bouncy castle for the kids.

We attended a play on St.Nicholas’ Day and our boy got some presents from St. Nicholas. It was his first play ever and he was very attentive. It was also time to check out the big Christmas tree in the city center. My boy surely loves Christmas trees. Every time he saw a Christmas tree, be it in the streets or in the shop windows, he exclaimed excitedly Christmas tree, Christmas tree and rushed to it. That second Advent weekend was extra busy because we also visited Opatija and went to the chocolate festival. I must say the festival this year was a bit disappointing because there weren’t free samples 🙂

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