Jesler in Freiburg
It almost seems impossible to have a ‘perfect’ day in these times of frustration, restrictions and isolation. In a way, it even seems wrong. But the truth is, the Corona Virus is no longer the first topic I talk about to friends when I ‘see’ them. A close second, that’s for sure, but the focus seems to have shifted from “I will refuse human contact for the rest of my life if I need to” to “how can we make the best out of the situation?”. And this question resulted in me having the perfect lock-down Sunday.
It all started when I got up in the morning to go for a socially distanced hike through the black forest. The plan was to go with six people. One didn’t have any means to get to the meeting point because of the adapted public transport timetables. Another decided to self-isolate because her flatmate’s mother might have Corona. The third simply overslept. And me, the fourth, plummeted into an existential crisis while getting ready. What was I doing? Meeting two people? Is it really possible to have a social distance hike? Who am I endangering? Is it worth the risk? And so, finally, I cancelled as well.
Instead, I got on my bike, drove over to the bakery, bought two chocolate croissants and drove over to Kimmy, my closest friend here in Freiburg, to surprise her with a croissant breakfast. I’ve spent almost every day in Freiburg with Kimmy: keeping the circle small but fun. It was only when we were sitting on her balcony, a hot milk tea and the croissants in front of us that I realised that neither of us usually eat breakfast. But this was the perfect Sunday - the perfect time to mix things up!
The breakfast was followed by a good old Netflix afternoon. So much about mixing things up, I guess. Once the big hiker who overslept in the morning decided to fall out of bed, the three of us went for a small hike in the forest close by the city centre after all. Careful to show more interest in the numerous tadpoles than in the fellow hikers, of course. The day was topped off by delicious ice cream in a cone and beer on the steps of a closed church - the perfect spot to watch children ride their bikes, grandparents show off their old-timers and businessmen go for their weekend jog.
Corona makes us realise that happiness comes in the form of social interaction. All you need for a perfect day is a good friend, some delicious food and the sun to sizzle in. Consumerism doesn’t have a place in this equation - we don’t need to buy anything to be happy. Well, except for ice cream, that is.
Jesler van Houdt