Time travel is possible: „The current situation seems to bring people together in a totally new way” – Birte Coppers, Germany

Time travel is possible: „The current situation seems to bring people together in a totally new way” – Birte Coppers, Germany

📌 Dupa ce in ultimele articole ne-am apropiat tot mai tare de granitele tarii, astazi iti propun sa mergem ceva mai departe pe harta povestilor, in Germania. Mai exact, in Karlsruhe.

Aici locuieste, de aproape doi ani, Birte, impreuna cu iubitul sau brazilian, Vinicius. 

Sunt la master, Stiinta sportului, la o specializare numita “Miscare si tehnologie”. Carantina, sau hai sa spunem “restrictiile” – pentru ca noi suntem norocosi sa avem dreptul de a iesi (singuri sau impreuna cu persoana cu care locuim) oricand si oriunde dorim – a inceput cand am terminat ultimul examen la master. Trist este faptul ca acum ar fi trebuit sa fiu in Brazilia, impreuna cu prietenul meu, sa vizitam familia si prietenii acestuia si sa calatorim in acest loc minunat.

Pe Birte am cunoscut-o in 2014, in timpul unui proiect Erasmus +, Leader of change. Initial m-am imprietenit cu Clarissa, colega sa, cea cu care si imparteam camera si pe care o rugam tot timpul sa stinga lumina. Asa am ajuns sa o alint „Mein Licht” , asta insemnand „Lumina mea”.  Birte are 25 de ani, este copilaroasa si, asa cum vei descoperi daca vei parcuge si celelalte articole din cadrul acestui proiect, este si cea mai romantica. ❤️

Ce ma linisteste si ma face fericita in aceasta perioada este sentimentul ca nu sunt singura. In plus, am privilegiul de a locui cu persoana iubita si de a ne incepe fiecare zi impreuna.

Am reluat legatura cu multe rude si prieteni. Cu unii dintre acestia chiar nu vorbisem de multa vreme. Situatia aceasta pare ca apropie oamenii intr-un mod nou, inedit – cu totii am fost afectati intr-o masura mai mare sau mai mica si incercam sa ne intelegem si sa ne ajutam.

Am inceput, in sfarsit, sa fac cu regularitate excursii cu bicicleta pe munte, cu un prieten caruia ii promisesem asta de mai bine de un an. Dintr-o data, imi pare ca am mai mult timp, astfel ca am reusit sa ne si sincronizam si ma bucur tare mult de asta!

Mi-a placut dintotdeauna sa petrec timp in natura si sa fac sport, insa de cand a inceput epidemia, pretuiesc asta si mai tare. Nu am explorat niciodata atat de mult imprejurimile cu bicicleta, pe role sau pe jos, precum am facut-o in ultimele patru saptamani. Inainte nu imi placea sa fac sport acasa. Insa acum ma bucur chiar si de asta.

Planuiesc sa merg in Basel, Elvetia, pentru lucrarea de disertatie. Acolo sper sa incep lucrul, din 01 iunie, in “Laboratorul de biomecanica functionala”, la Universitatea Spitalului Basel. Cel mai important pas de realizat va fi sa trec granita. Dar supervisorii mei lucreaza la asta si sper ca va fi posibil! 

Faptul ca sunt afectata in mod direct si ca depind de regulile pe care tarile si le stabilesc in perioada aceasta, m-a facut sa realizat ce impact mare au granitele, chiar si aceste “vremuri moderne” pe care le traim.

Apropo de granite, uite o poza multiculturala. 😊

In Germania, restrictiile nu au fost atat de dure comparativ cu alte tari, dar s-au luat masuri din timp. Astfel ca suntem norocosi ca nu avem probleme in sistemul de sanatate. 

Toate magazinele, restaurantele, scolile si spatiile publice au fost inchise de la jumatatea lunii martie, iar acum incep treptat sa se redeschida. 

Nu ai voie sa te intalnesti cu alte persoane in afara celor cu care locuiesti, insa poti iesi din locuinta pentru a-ti face cumparaturile, a face sport sau pur si simplu pentru a te bucura de soare. 

Cele mai afectate sunt persoanele ale caror job-uri s-au “inchis” din senin, precum artistii. 

Aproape toate persoanele pe care le cunosc au avut schimbari la locul de munca, mai ales in privinta salariului. 

Familiile cu copii au avut nevoie de multa energie si creativitate pentru a gestiona homeschooling-ul  si lucratul de acasa, ambele desfasurandu-se in acelasi timp.

Care este primul loc in care iti doresti sa mergi dupa ce va trece perioada aceasta?

Undeva de unde sa pot simti mirosul oceanului – dintotdeauna, pentru mine, a reprezentat un simbol al libertatii.

Ce iti lipseste cel mai tare? Sau cine?

Imi este dor de o zi normala, sa imi vad prietenii si familia. Imi este dor de universitate, de clubul de fotbal, o zi de nastere, un mic dejun….de noptile impreuna, povestile la o bere rece si o muzica buna. 

Articolul face parte din proiectul Travel me a story, pe care l-am inceput pentru a arata ca „impreuna” nu este numai un cuvant care a fost folosit prea des in ultima vreme. Luptam impreuna impotriva acestui virus, dar avem de spus propriile povesti. Ne-am explorat pasiunile, am inceput cursuri online, am practicat tot felul de activitati fizice sau pur si simplu am lenevit in pat. Si este perfect in regula! Pentru ca suntem diferiti si avem propriul mod de a ramane calmi si de a „supravietui” acestei perioade. 

Este un proiect prin care am incercat sa ma reconectez cu oamenii cu care am pierdut legatura, din diferite tari, si sa arat cum se simt ei si cum este privit virusul acolo. 

English translation below

📌 Because in the last articles we’ve been traveling near the Romanian borders, today I purpose you to go far away on our story map, in Germany. More specifically, in Karlsruhe.

Here lives, for almost 2 years, Birte with her Brasilian boyfriend, Vinicius. 

I am doing my master in sport science with a specialization called „Movement and technology”. The quarantine, or let’s say the restrictions – as we, in Germany, were lucky to have the right to go out (alone or with the persons you are living with) whenever we want – just started when I was finishing my last exam of my master. What makes me sad the most is that now I would have spent two months in Brasil visiting my boyfriend’s family and friends and traveling in that stunning country. 

I met her in France, in 2014, during an Erasmus + project,  „Leader of change”. In the first place I become friend with Clarissa, her colleague, the one I was sharing the room with and that I was asking all the time to turn off the light. That how I ended up caressing her „Mein Licht”, meaning „My light”.

Birte is 25 years old, is childish and as you will discover if you will read the other articles from this project, she is the most romantic. ❤️

What makes me very happy in this time is that I am not feeling alone in this. Besides that I have the privilege to live with a beloved person and start everyday together. I got contacted by a lot of friends and relatives as well. Some I didn`t hear for a long time. The current situation seems to bring people together in a totally new way – there is nobody not affected in somehow and everybody is trying to understand and help in the situation the other person is. I finally started to do regular mountainbike trips with a friend I promised to do this for more than one year. Suddenly, I had so much more time that this was possible and I am enjoying it so much!! I’ve always loved to be outdoors and do sports but in this period I am starting to give even more value to it. I would have never explored my close surrounding with bikes, inline skates or by foot so much as I did in the last four weeks. I never liked so much to do sport at home. Right now I am starting to enjoy even this.

My next step will be in Basel (Switzerland) for my master thesis. There I will hopefully start to work at 1th of June in a „Laboratory of functional biomechanics” at the University Hospital Basel. The biggest step to take to realise this plan is to cross the border, which isn`t this easy these days.. But my supervisors are working on it and hopefully it will be possible! As I am personally affected and dependent on the regulations according different countries, made me realise how much impact borders still have in our „modern world”.

In Germany the restrictions were less hard compared to other countries, but they were taking quite early, so we were really lucky not to have a breakdown in our health system. All stores, restaurants, schools or any public places were closed since middle of March and now starting slowly to open since this week. You are not allowed to meet with one other person you are not living with, but you can go outside for shopping, sport, enjoy the sun. Most affected are people whose jobs were cancelled from one day to the other, like artists. Nearly every person I know had some changes in the work connected to less salary. Especially families with kids needed a lot of energy and creativity to manage home schooling and home office in the same time.

Where is the first place you want to go after the lockdown?

Somewhere I can the and smell the ocean – it is and always was a symbol of freedom for me.

What did you miss the most? Or who?

Just a normal day, meeting or just seeing friends and family, in the university, my football club, a birthday party, a breakfast… or staying together the night with good music, talking and a cold beer.

 This article is part of Travel me a story, a project that I started to show that „together” is not just a word that has been used a lot in these times. We are fighting together with this virus and we have different stories to tell about this. Some of us have explored their passions, have started online courses, practicing sports or laid in bed. But is perfectly alright! Because we are so different and we have our personal ways of remaining calm and „survive” this. 

Is a project that helps me reconnect with people I lost contact with, from different countries, and to show how they feel and what’s the face of the virus where they live.

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