A Museum Fan in the Time of Social Distance – Introduction

I had a hiatus from publishing during which I wrote some texts without posting them. Then I got confused in the situation of coronavirus COVID-19 lockdowns and travel restriction in European countries, including Croatia, questioning whether should I post anything or not.

But here I come now, this article is just a beginning of my series of posts from social distance.

Everything will be fine!

I am not a globe trotter who has visited all the continents and who spends months in a row, thousands of kilometres away from home.

Instead, I am a museum-goer and a local explorer. The fact is, my definition of home is just not centralised to one place. I will explain it in my next article that will come out during this upcoming weekend, so stay tuned.

A Museum Fan Guide to Self Isolation - Illustration picture
Last year I spent in total 3 months in beautiful Italy. I feel for Italy almost as it was my country. Here comes a little memory from the city of Ancona, where I lived several weeks in the city centre, making a lot of drawing.

Since the start of this outbreak in China, I have felt slightly anxious, because I understood that mass quarantines might come to any place where the number of local cases of infection grows. I couldn’t imagine pictures of empty, deserted European cities. But here we are, these pictures are circulating thought the social media.

People who used to travel, explore, visit museums, attend conferences, go to bars and cafes, hang out with a lot of other people, all of them are now stuck in their homes waiting for the situation to get better.

That slight anxiety turned out to be a reality we need to deal with before our advanced science and unity eventually find the way to end the outbreak(s). Crisis happen and pass, it is up to us how we deal with them.

Humans in crisis: these wooden structures and chains have a clear function. The remote village of Montemonaco in the Italian region of Marche was heavily affected by the earthquakes in 2016. In mid-2019, some buildings still needed support while waiting for restorations.

Learn the empathy first

As difficult as it sounds, now it’s time to learn how to spend quality time. I will not say too much about the importance of social distance because scientists and institutions have explained everything. It is not necessary for your health, but the health of the most vulnerable ones and our systems. Today in the morning, I heard about an elderly lady from my close circles who got sick with something utterly different than COVID-19, and she needs urgent surgery.

I live in the Northern region of the Croatian coast, and as of now (March 20) there are 11 active confirmed cases in my province (plus two recovered). So at the moment, everything will be fine for all the people who need medical assistance, but if the number of cases grows, it will become way more complicated.

That is another crucial aspect we often overlook. If there are too many cases of this virus, there could be way more victims from other issues due to an overwhelmed health system.

So the purpose of social distance is mostly in learning empathy and community feeling. Isn’t it a fair way to start the conversation about the “community feeling” when it comes to museums?

“A Museum is a state of mind.” – A museum fan social distance thought

A Museum is a state of mind, that is a phrase that came to my mind a few days ago when I was creating sam tweets. Most museums in Europe have temporarily closed now, and in some countries even walking around cities and towns is restricted. However, many resources help museum fans enjoying museums, even in the absence of a real museum experience.

As I didn’t want to write an article that would be too long, I decided to make this little introduction, while a complete guide to the times of social distance follows very soon.

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