My name is Sebastian. I’m a German citizen, living in a small town in the southwest of my country. The sun is shining from a cloudless blue sky. The perfect weather for any kind of outdoor activity, but we stay home, just like everyone does – at least everyone who is able to do so!
My wife and I are in a rather happy situation since we own a house surrounded by a beautiful garden. So, of course, we get by.
In terms of our health care system, we aren’t afraid. The German government has done the right things almost right off the bat when the virus began to spread within our country. However, social distancing isn’t fun, that’s for sure! And I admit that Skype is not exactly an adequate surrogate to personal encounters.
Once the shutdown took place, we had a huge problem, though – my wife and I are teachers at a music school. She’s a singer, I’m a cellist. We never would have imagined to teach our students sort of “digitally”.
We’ve always seen our profession as one of the most “analogous” jobs – let alone the fact that “digital connectivity” here in Germany falls way short of what it should look like.
But then, just hours after the shutdown, our learning curve kicked off. We started to teach our students online, and now, after a few weeks, this is our experience. We are grateful to be able to work, our students are grateful for being taken care of. There is so much joy, fun, kindness and connectivity!
And so the bottom line of this is, at least for the two of us: Even if you’re unable to get in contact, you can feel connected!
– Visitor Sebastian Erlewein from Germany