First CoronaMelder notification

I just received my very first alert from the corona app detecting whether I was in the vicinity of a contagious person for longer than 15 minutes. As I haven’t been in any other place for that long other than my own home, I’m 100% certain the app is telling me I have someone carrying COVID-19 in my home. The app is correct. That person is called the Man on this digital log. He’s been trying to infect me for a week now (supported by Daughter) and still unsuccessful. And indeed he was marked as Covid-19 positive by the GGD after a PCR test.


Door |2021-11-24T15:43:28+02:0024 november 2021|deze dag|2 Reacties

Taking it slow

I took a slow walk this afternoon, just to enjoy regained freedom after staying indoors since Wednesday. Daughter’s back in school. The Man on his way to recovery. I still healthy and negative. As in PCR negative. Breathing in the chilly Autumn air. Aaaahhhh!


Door |2021-11-23T17:41:22+02:0023 november 2021|deze dag|0 Reacties


After two days of Daughter feeling discomfort (raised temperature but no fever, headache, belly ache) she woke up with a fever this morning.
Corona alarm bells were ringing since covid-19 is all around us, especially at elementary schools (housing the one age group completely unvaccinated without constraints).
As Daughter was already a bit under the weather we helped Daughter to take a nose swap (self-control is key to get her tested at all) on Monday morning, which came out negative. This morning we did another test and the line at T turned red almost immediately when the liquid spread through the test surface. Covid-19 is here.


As corona cases are through the roof in this country, it took me quite a while to get in touch with the GGD to make appointments for PCR tests for the whole family. During the morning both I and the Man tried calling the line especially for kids, but it was so busy we were not even accepted to wait in line.

After lunch I tried a different number, the one for those who have been in touch with someone testing positive. This time I got in the waiting room immediately and after some minutes I got connected to an employee.

As Daughter’s last PCR test was rather stressful, I discussed with the employee whether Daughter really needed to take an official test. She agreed with me that it was not necessary and that it was possible to have her case registered by hand for the team that deals with contact tracing. I did make an appointment for myself and the Man for next Monday, five days after first known contact with our positive house mate.

Of course I already contacted those who have been in contact with Daughter the past few days.

I’m curious to see whether I or the Man will fall ill as well. We’re both fully vaccinated, so I don’t worry about serious consequences.

Until next Monday we will stay at home. And perhaps longer when either the Man or I test positive by then. I guess it’s time to use that treadmill a bit more the coming days.

Door |2021-11-17T19:40:29+02:0017 november 2021|deze dag|0 Reacties

Post academic blues

I had no idea how exhausted I was. September 10 I had my official graduation ceremony party and I wasn’t able to do a lot since. Without the need to study, take care of Daughter during the day, or client work, for the first time since…January (or even longer ago?) I had so many hours to fill during the day. It felt really uncomfortable. The first half of 2021 was mainly about being as efficient as I could be, every minute of the day. This month, without many obligations, I could feel the toll that period took on my body and mind. I felt tired so I often slept in the afternoons. I felt restless, unable to enjoy the quiet hours I longed for in previous months. Nevertheless, I clearly needed a few weeks of idle time. C’est la vie.

Then I started reading again. I started making appointments with people. The Man connected me to some people he knows that work in/on/with data. I had several pleasant conversations. Spent some time in the city centre on my own. Had lunch with a friend. I even wrote a new story for Daughter. Slowly my energy levels went up. And now I’m eager to do tackle some of the projects that I had to postpone. Like finding new professionals to interview for my podcast. Or editing that wedding video. Or landing a new client. I’m back and open for business.

Door |2021-09-30T15:27:37+02:0030 september 2021|flow|1 Reactie

Covid Confessions

My previous Confessions were rather gloomy. I wrote it with the prospect of not being able to travel and ‘celebrate’ a staycation instead. Luckily that didn’t happen. I was able to travel and I took great advantage of that privilege. I went to Copenhagen as planned. I went to a wedding as planned. I went to Versailles (and Paris), as a last-minute decision.

Other than the hoops the Man and I had to jump through when travelling to Denmark (one test home, one test in Copenhagen, as we were still a week away from being fully vaccinated), it was a close to normal experience to cross European borders. Luckily, I’m of the generation that still remembers border controls, so I wasn’t taken by surprise by the border control on our way to Denmark. I can imagine that for younger people, who were born within EU after the borders opened up, it might feel very weird to encounter custom officers on the high way.

In Denmark, most regulations were already loosened. Danish distance keeping was at a different level than I was used back home so the first few days I felt very uncomfortable with people entering my personal space. Masks were not necessary, so I sometimes felt a bit bare when walking in shops ‘unprotected’. However, as I biked and walked around town more, I started to relax. Knowing that I was (at last) fully vaccinated as well, it felt good to experience a city where covid-19 wasn’t in the foreground any more. Of course there were places where my covid-pass was scanned, but as the weather was mostly nice we just sat somewhere outside and didn’t even need a pass.

How different that was when visiting Paris. Parisian waiters made sure to ask for and scan your covid-pass as soon as you asked to be seated, either outside or inside. Even for entering Galleries Lafayette, you needed a pass. While the Danish government announced to let go of all regulations, France made the covid-pass compulsory and extends its restrictions. What I found most notable was that Copenhagen seemed busy, and Paris seemed empty. Shopping streets in Copenhagen were full of life and at some places I sometimes felt uneasy with the amount of people standing close to me, like I would have felt pre-covid. In Paris, walking about and using the metro felt very relaxed. Something I had not experienced before in Paris. The Man and I had no issue finding seats to have lunch. There was always a table available, even at the more popular (filled with locals) restaurants. The metro platforms were never crowded, instead they were mostly empty. I got a glimpse of what Paris would be without mass tourism. I liked it. I do realize that it’s an economic nightmare for a city like Paris. Still, I would visit Paris more often if it stays like this. That might compensate a little bit 😉

I’m really happy I spent Summer holidays partly abroad. It was good to experience a few weeks of carefree life. I needed that after spending every minute of the day as efficiently as possible during the first half of 2021.

With Daughter back in school, regulated life commences. And that feels good too.

Door |2021-09-01T12:02:53+02:001 september 2021|flow|0 Reacties
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