There has been an exit restriction in Bavaria for a week. A drastic measure - sensible and appropriate. A completely new experience, especially if you are used to European freedom of movement. The exit restriction has also changed my everyday life. The balance of the first week.
I live in a small place in the pre-press style. A manageable street village, typical of the region, which is still dominated by agricultural businesses. With Aschaffenburg the next city is not far, and in principle it is just 10 minutes to the city center and only 5 minutes from my front door to the A3. The village nestles deep in a narrow valley, it is only thanks to its geographical situation that it has remained so original and has not been a victim of real estate speculation.
The exit restriction changes the environment
The exit restriction has also left its mark here. Where small groups were jogging through the forest a week ago and sneezing while having fun, there is now peace. No one would find sneezing really funny anymore, everyone is aware of the seriousness of the situation. The command to limit exit has arrived, distance announced. And above all, rest. This unusual, unreal calm and the missing background noise of civilization. That worries the first few days. The village street empty, almost no airplane in the sky. Pure nature, only the chirping of the birds can be heard. It triggers a mental cinema in me. Take me back to my childhood. In the summer vacation that I always spent in the country with electoral relatives. I, the city child, in a completely different world. I was just 10 when I first came to the farm. 14 then on my last big summer vacation. In between was an exciting time with the tractor and combine harvester, driving a moped, shooting an air rifle and the many other freedoms you had as a child in the country at that time. The calm in 2020, this unusual, difficult to classify silence, takes me back to that time. Country life is not a bit boring. It's interesting. More exciting than city dwellers imagine. Even in times of Covid-19. The pre-press style is a bit like Idaho. This American state whose slogan is “big potatoes”. Which said almost everything about Idaho. It's similar here, and a bit bizarre in between. It is normal for SUVs and pick-ups to board the country lanes. People who walk their pony don't ride it, too. It is more unusual to go for a walk with two mules. But only because of the limited availability of these animals in these latitudes.
Country life is anything but boring
If you walk across the fields in the late evening, a motocross machine may fly by. Which is not a problem. I put Frida on a leash as soon as I hear the bark of the two-stroke engine. The machine flies up, stops briefly, you recognize me, greetings, fly on. The driver has fun, shows a wheelie - and he is gone at dusk. The fact that the machine has no license plate and will never get it is of secondary importance. And nobody cares.
I admit that I'm settling in with the exit restriction as well as I can. Yes, it is an incision. Friends no longer see them, instead making calls. Shop consciously and as rarely as possible. Having more flexible working hours and, bottom line, more time. That slows down and the coming weeks will show what you can do with it. A profiteer of the situation is already certain. It is my bitch. You will enjoy more distance than a week ago. She can hardly believe her luck! The virus changes the world around me. Acquaintances have too little or no work at all. Future fears become concrete. Others are flexible and adapt quickly to the situation. My saddlery, preferred supplier for high quality steering wheels and restorations, has started to produce respiratory masks. Everyone reacts in their own way, the neighborhood moves closer together.
Freedom and normality
We are just beginning a story that is a tragedy. Human lives cost and future plans become waste over night. The longer it will last, the more it will determine our behavior in the future. Probably we'll see. But people are more resilient and flexible than you think. Crises are always new beginnings and opportunities. They also provide an opportunity to think about what might be important afterwards and what would be unnecessary. Of course there was also time for the Saab topic this week. Covid-19 changes our everyday life, but does not dictate it. Freedom and normality must remain, more than ever. Our in-house print shop has finished the new Saabblog stickers. The lettering, which has adorned the blog for months, was designed by a Hamburg designer. The Saab drives of course, whatever else. The stickers are available in two versions, one light and one dark, and they look good on Swedish metal. From next week you can order them if you like.
And please: # stay at home. Thank you!