Postcards from Home is a series of audio postcards from people around the world to document life during the Coronavirus pandemic. DM me to take part (@mscrow on Twitter)
23 - Sabine Eichbauer “We just hit a wall with our usual lifestyle, everything changed”
“We just hit a wall with our usual lifestyle…everything changed.”
Today’s postcard, recorded on 17 July, is from Sabine Eichbauer. The episode is longer to accommodate the fact that she lives in both Italy and Germany.
Sabine handles multiple businesses including wine growing at her vineyard, Podere Salicutti in Tuscany, managing restaurant Tantris in Munich with her husband, and she continues to practise architecture. She is mother to two young girls.
When we spoke, Sabine had trouble pinning down where home was. The panic of lockdown has prompted a reassessment of what home and happiness means to her. She shares some of that reflection in this postcard.
22 - Higor Boconcelo "It's now a physical solitary life but digitally crowded. I miss human touch"
“It’s now more the physical solitary life but very digitally crowded. I miss human touch”
Today’s postcard, recorded on 15 July, is from Higor Boconcelo who lives in São Paulo, Brazil. Higor is a user experience designer for a large tech company.
Unlike daily-wage workers in Brazil, he’s been able to work from home during lockdown. In this postcard, Higor describes life in solitude during the pandemic that has also led to burst of creativity.
21 - Nunu Kaller "I was sitting in my bed unable to stop crying. I thought, I have to do something"
“I remember sitting in my bed and I was not able to stop crying…I thought about one of my closest friends who does costumes at two different theatres and sold upcycling fashion at a market, but everything was closed down. She has three kids and raising them on her own.
I thought, I have to do something.”
Today’s postcard, sent on 7 July, is from Nunu Kaller who lives in Vienna, Austria. Nunu is an author and activist who focuses on sustainable living, feminism and body positivity.
In this postcard, Nunu talks about the book she’s been writing during lockdown that addresses consumerism and shopping more intelligently to achieve meaningful sustainability.
20 - Pankkara Larrea "I haven't kissed anyone hello in three months"
“In Latin America, we kiss when we say hello, and I haven’t said hello to anyone with a kiss in three months”
Pankkara Larrea is a wedding and family photographer who lives with her husband and two Yorkshire terriers in Bolivia. She recorded her postcard on 2 July.
Pankkara revels in the joy and love that comes with photographing big life events so the shift to lockdown, curtailing of work, and sudden sharing of her home workspace, was significant.
In this postcard she talks about how her vigorous pace of creative activity hasn’t let up and why she believes there’s no going back to an old normal.
19 - Shagufta Siddhi "I have missed seeing people so badly"
“I missed seeing human beings during this time…I’m a people person and I didn’t see anyone on the road or the street outside our house, and I wanted to see people so badly.”
Shagufta is an educator and also director of an intercultural learning project called Ganga Jamuni. She lives in Delhi, India, with her husband and four year old daughter. She recorded her postcard on 23 June.
Shagufta set up Ganga Jamuni to connect young people with their vibrant and diverse cultural heritage; a response to the current populist political climate in India. You can access information about the initiative on Facebook and Instagram.
In this postcard, Shagufta talks about shifting learning online during lockdown, a period that brought family closeness but also financial stresses and emotional hardship.
18 - Lucy Graney "the Coronavirus, it’s just pushed us over the edge"
“We’ve both been left unemployed…before, we were hanging on and now we’ve just fallen…the Coronavirus, it’s just pushed us over the edge”
Lucy Graney lives with her husband Will and their two young children in Salford, U.K. Before the pandemic she was a sling librarian, consultant and a prolific content creator publishing on Facebook and Instagram.
Both Lucy and Will recently made the move to self-employment which meant they weren’t eligible for any government grants to sustain their businesses through lockdown.
In this postcard, sent on 11th June, she reflects on family life in isolation, being Autistic and the challenges that their current situation presents as lockdown is lifted.