Cristian, 25, Italian, currently in Sidney (Australia) – Live: From The Pandemic

How did the COVID-19 pandemic affect you the most?

I came to Australia at the end of January; I’ve always wanted to visit this country and it took me a lot of courage to finally take that flight. I started to work as soon as I arrived in Sydney and I was planning to travel the East coast later on. Then COVID-19 happened and now I’m staying constantly at home, it’s been almost four weeks that I’m not working anymore; I am a chef and unfortunately, the hospitality industry has been hit really hard. I need to be careful with my savings: I can’t buy any kind of food I want right now, I have a rent to pay too and a possible flight to purchase earlier than expected so I’m paying attention to money more than ever and I am trying to be very organized. I think it’s really important to stay positive and keep yourself busy but unfortunately, it is not always that easy so it’s okay if you are sad too. There are days, in fact, where I am feeling very active and I work out a little or focus on learning how to play the ukulele; on other days I am just laying in my bad, watching the TV and doing nothing. It can be hard but we are going through this together and there will be better times!

What is your wish for the future? 

I would like to say that I wish for everything to be back to normal but it’s what we considered normal that brought us to this situation. I hope though, that we are not going to forget this. I believe that there will be changes, that people will be more understanding and that humanity will be better as long as we don’t forget what happened, the sacrifice and the loss that we went through.

What would you like to be doing right now?  

I would rent a van and travel around the beautiful Australian East-coast, visit the most amazing places and do scuba diving! But also having a lovely breakfast in a bar, eating a fresh croissant with my best friends would be enough!

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