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These are strange times. Lockdowns made us appreciate morning coffee with colleagues, check-in queues at the airport, in person dates, hanging out with friends worry-free. They made us appreciate how much we mean to each other. Here we anonymously share our stories, struggles, triumphs and secrets.

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My RyanAir flight was cancelled last summer due to Covid and I...

Travel

United Kingdom

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29.06.2021

My RyanAir flight was cancelled last summer due to Covid and I received a travel voucher. Trying to use it now but the process has to go through their customer service. Just a mention of RyanAir customer service gives me goose bumps! So I choose a live chat instead. After been kindly dismissed by a bot within 10 sec, I'm placed in a queue to chat to a live person. My number in the queue is 798. I mean... I mean... for real???!!! Speechless. Left it patiently to count down slowly (thinking I'll beat the system) only to find an hour after the system simply locks me out if I haven't reached the bottom of the queue in that hour (they basically clear all people in the queue above a certain threshold). What's a customer I supposed to do?? I think I'll give up my vouchers. What a waste of time...

Remote working in lockdown

Work

United Kingdom

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29.06.2021

Just read super interesting Guardian article about changing the office practices. I'm juggling thoughts in my head around my company and my boss that has never before been keen on working from home. Until... late last year. So Guardian asks: "Do we need to go to offices? Work 9 to 5? At this unique moment in history, employers can rethink everything. In essence, we need to stop designing work around location, and start designing work around human behaviour. This is what we should be asking ourselves: if 9-5 had never been invented; if “office” were a foreign term; if the concept of a meeting sounded like gibberish – in short, if today were day one of the history of work – how would you design how you work?" Here's the article if you're keen on reading further: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jun/21/remote-working-office-based-practices-offices-employers?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Other

Holiday finally

Work

Greece

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26.06.2021

We are in Greece as well. See and the Sun 🌞 great. Not so many constraints cause by Corona, same as at home..So happy 😊

A year and a half of what??

Mental health

United Kingdom

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25.06.2021

A year and a half with bottles of wine, beer, snacks, binge-watching (we started calling it netflixing), both of us put some weight on and when I read the news it still feels like we didn't get that far in general. People got their jabs, but numbers are still going up, governments are announcing a third wave in the autumn, so what the f**k? I am starting to think I am slowly getting depressed with this, it's time to open a new bottle of wine and wait for the storm to pass. And make popcorns for kids...

Finally Greek summer

Work

Greece

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25.06.2021

We've been properly prepared, vaccination done not because of trip, weeks before we have decided to go. For children we made PCR as required but procedure on the border was fast and easy, just show documentation and in 10 min we were driving toward Sani Beach. Weather was perfect, temperature both air and Sea, nothing to add. Some procedures in restorans but basic one, quite relaxed. At the end of the day we had perfect summer holiday, Corona didn't destroyed one Year more of our life's. 😊.

Hidden Blessings

Other

United States

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23.06.2021

As difficult as the last year+ has been (very), I will also always remember this year as one in which I have met and connected with and deeply bonded with some amazing and beautiful souls through online trainings and webinars and symposiums. As much as I don't like spending a lot of time online, I am so grateful for the gifts I've received from it!

If vaccine is a cure for covid-19, then what is the cure for a...

Mental health

United Kingdom

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23.06.2021

If vaccine is a cure for covid-19, then what is the cure for a negative impact lockdowns have had on people's mental health? Because I definitely need one :(

Before the lockdown I used to drink with colleagues on Fridays after...

Mental health

United Kingdom

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11.06.2021

Before the lockdown I used to drink with colleagues on Fridays after work. One year later I am getting closer to having a pint or two almost every day. And no one around me is happy with that. It's going to be f*****g hard to get out of this s**t...

I really miss travelling... Last time I was abroad it was back in...

Travel

United Kingdom

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09.06.2021

I really miss travelling... Last time I was abroad it was back in December 2019. and I still don't know when we will be able to travel again so easily as we used to. Now I need to spend half of my holidays money only for all the tests wherever I would go plus rules are changing so often that I could easily get stuck somewhere abroad like a friend of mine who had to spent 2 months in India (instead of 2 weeks) before she was allowed to travel back to UK. Now the government is saying that even on June 21 it's not 100% sure restrictions will be lifted. Is this going to ever end, it's so depressing and frustrating... ?

Live retreat planned for the autumn and they are announcing that most...

Travel

United Kingdom

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07.06.2021

Live retreat planned for the autumn and they are announcing that most likely attendees will be required to all be vaccinated to attend. Masks won't be worn. I have mixed feelings about this...

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I like sleeping. I could sleep 12 or 16 hours without any issues. I could even sleep more than this. Today I read an article that lie-in at weekends keeps you away from depressed. I lie-in coz I'm depressed.

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This is a place where we share what we miss the most, we embrace the grief over our losses, we open up about our feelings of isolation, we laugh at our hilarious moments, drop the odd insights gained, recognise hidden blessings, see through the eyes of people who are looking through different lenses. How will we look back at this peculiar time 20 years from now?

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