Making Pizza - Neya Patel

在新冠肺炎疫情期间重新和失去联络的朋友联络

新的疫情生活比想象中的还有趣
United Kingdom, Northern Europe

Story by Neya Patel. Translated by 柯亭伃
Published on November 1, 2020.

This story is also available in GB tw



英国已经在疫情的笼罩下六个月了,但是我还是对这个一直不停变化的事就感到很惊奇。我回忆起之前在二月的一个下午,我去朋友家吃晚餐,和朋友们讨论著我们即将出发的旅行:伊比萨岛、开曼群岛,还有加拿大。我其中一个朋友刚从中国回来,他告诉了我们关于武汉的病毒,我当时对武汉的死亡人数感到很惊讶,我从来都没想过疫情会蔓延至英国,我也无法想像我不能给我家人和朋友拥抱。

一个月后,这成为了残酷的事实。鲍里斯强森[1]下达了英国的封城令,人们被要求待家中以及遵守社交距离规则。「我曾经的正常生活变成了奇怪的未知。」我对此感到讶异。在封城的一开始,我就像很多人一样,感到压力很大,加上我担心我的家人和朋友们。在疫情还未来到英国之前,我的生活总是非常忙绿,总是被无限量的工作和社交资讯轰炸。

这病毒改观了我的观点,且重新定义了那些我认为的「必要」。新的政府政策禁止我们和朋友和亲戚见面,所以我找到了一个新的沟通方式: 每周Zoom通话!因此,我和在世界各国、失去联络的朋友重新有了联络,在每周Zoom通话中包含了问答比赛、生日庆祝,还有卡拉ok晚会(尽管我唱歌很难听),还有一次下午,我们办了以海滩为主题的Zoom派对,我吃著烤肉和朋友线上聊天。这样新的疫情生活比想像中的还有趣,Zoom一开始是用来开会议的,现在生出了新的日常。

六月开始,六人以下、保持两公尺安全距离可以聚会[2],受《Come Dine with Me》的启发[3],我的Zoom朋友圈接受了挑战,举办了聚会活动。每个朋友每个星期在他们的花园,举办以不同国家的菜肴为主题的晚宴,我举办了以地中海为主题的晚宴,从塔帕斯到果仁蜜饼一系列的菜肴,我们发挥创意随每周的晚宴准备了娱乐项目,包括宾果和皮纳塔。一开始我对于和彭朋友们重新团聚感到担心不安,因为可以见到他们而感到兴奋,但是我怕我会社交尴尬,还好我的朋友们也是相同的感觉,我们其实可以不用感到担心。维持安全距离没有想像中的难,我坐离大家两公尺,而且我可能用太多干洗手!

疫情让我保持、增长,和建立友谊,也扩展了我的味蕾,我走出了舒适圈,适应了这种新颖的生活方式。多年之后,我会回忆起这非凡的2020年,我不只会记得疫情的重创,但我也会记得疫情如何使我和失去联络的朋友重新联络,我虽然不能拥抱我的家人和朋友,但我没有失去希望,我祈祷这团结的友谊会继续茁壮,远于这史无前例力艰苦的日子。


注脚

[1] 鲍里斯・强森是英国的首相,2020年三月23日首相对新冠肺炎(COVID-19)的报告。 资料从https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/pm-address-to-the-nation-on-coronavirus-23-march-2020

[2] 新冠肺炎:从六月1日开放六人聚会。 资料从https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-52841999/coronavirus-gatherings-of-six-people-allowed-from-1-june

[3] 《Come Dine with Me》是英国的电视节日,关于四个陌生人轮流举办晚宴给彼此,并且依据食物和整体经验给予分数。


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Hi! I am a 23-year-old psychology graduate from the United Kingdom. I have a strong interest in human rights and the ever-changing world we now live in. I love meeting new people, experiencing different cultures and travelling to exotic destinations around the world.

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