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This week, I’ve looked out of the window of a high-rise apartment in Tyumen, Russia, through a skylight in Trorod, Denmark, and out a balcony in Toulouse, France.
Not physically, unfortunately.
A few lockdowns ago, a friend introduced me to a website called WindowSwap, which plays you videos taken from other people’s windows. The content is crowdsourced, and anyone, from anywhere, can upload a video. I’ve been going on it a lot recently.
Before the pandemic, I traveled pretty regularly, a natural side effect of the fact that half my family lived in a different country. Like many Australians, I had long taken for granted our easy access to the rest of the world.
Now, my world has narrowed down largely to my home and the view outside my window: a driveway, a fence and the apartment block next door. It’s pretty boring, which I don’t usually mind. But this week, with the news of the latest extension of Melbourne’s lockdown and the prospect of continuing restrictions stretching into next month, the dullness has taken on a certain malevolence in my mind.