Tuesday 7 July, 2020

Stuck in lockdown: 10 things Caribbean people miss the most

"Sorry we're closed due to COVID-19" read a sign outside a popular watering hole. (iStock Photo)

"Sorry we're closed due to COVID-19" read a sign outside a popular watering hole. (iStock Photo)

Since COVID-19 was labelled a pandemic, lockdowns started to become the norm real quick!

Some may see the impact of COVID-19 as a cloud with a silver lining, while for others, it’s like living their worst nightmare.

Many people's dials are often tilted to the brighter side of things. However, notwithstanding, Loop sympathises with those who share another point of view (POV), and may not be doing so well in lockdown.

We ask that by the time you get to the end of this list, you don’t dwell on the things you miss the most about being outside so much.

Instead, head outside and try to reconnect with nature and your environment.

Think of the brighter days ahead when social distancing, curfews, and face masks no longer flood your thoughts just before you head out.

The Loop JA Lifestyle team asked around and the response was overwhelming.

The items listed are at the top of the lists. Here are 10 things you guys said you miss the most while stuck in lockdown:

1 Street food. From patties to jerked chicken (all parts: neck, back, and/or kidney). Many miss the cow’s skin soup from the lady ’round the corner or a homestyle lunch from the hole in the wall you can’t seem to walk/drive past.

2 The beach! Beaches still closed in some islands, but in Barbados beaches have reopened from 5 am to 6.30 pm as of June 2.

Remember when planning a trip to the beach was as easy as gathering a few friends, or grabbing the essentials to backpack to some coast?

3 Social life. It’s been a chore having very little connection to friends, loved ones, or even the people you can’t stand but happen to share the same circles.

Fear not social butterflies for there’s hope. Though it may be an uncomfortably new experience the next time you link up with friends, it’ll be worth it.

4 Dining in! Isn't it strange thinking of the last time you had a meal in a public setting, either at your favourite restaurant or even at a family gathering? It's soon back in Barbados but the protocols are still being sorted.

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5 Freedom. We empathise with the nomads on this one, as many miss being able to go about as they please. Excursions, private getaways, being able to explore and enjoy Barbados or the freedom to purchase a ticket, book a flight and wake up tomorrow in another country.

6 The little things. The ability to run to your nearest 24-hour pharmacy or to stop at the corner shop to pick up a box juice, a pack of chips or to grab BBQ pigtails on Friday nights…the little things.

7 Having options. Many miss the freedom of choice in deciding where we dine, lounge, or go to escape reality.

The ability to move without thought, make stops, park out and watch planes, go visit or leave work late.

8 The office. Working from home has for many been quite the chore as personal issues interfere with work or parents are frustrated by their children's constant needs.

9 Our livelihood. The very thing that makes Jamaicans unique, that “No Problem, mon” spirit, has been overshadowed by the impact of COVID-19. For Barbadians, it's the ability to stop and chat and catch up in the street. Do you miss walking Swan Street and avoiding the DVD and oil men?

10 Traffic. Believe it or not, respondees mentioned missing seeing other vehicles on the road. Whether this means they miss the snaking, heavy morning and evening traffic or just seeing more vehicles along the streets, especially at night, is still unclear.

What are some of the things you miss while on lockdown?

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