M.A., a teen in Jesolo, Italy

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Sudden Change in Italy

Jesolo, Italy:

It was very sudden.

I couldn’t even say goodbye to the high school professors, and my friends, who unfortunately live a bit far from my house, because we don’t all live in the same place and every day I commute about 40 minutes by bus to school.

I live in a quiet place, in the middle of the countryside, so I could at least go for a walk… I live in a pretty big house, but it was hard to stay at home with my mom, my dad and my two brothers… at first it seemed like a little vacation, it’s true… my brother who hates going to school was happy too, but then we realized we couldn’t even go to soccer and dance, so many things started to be missing. The professors were good at keeping us busy, studying in the end was the only thing I could do given that my big brother started to occupy the kitchen to kill time.

People here have followed the rules properly… but in the end we are used to staying at home a lot anyway, and we have a nice garden with lots of plants and grandmother lives near us, so sometimes we would go to visit her and do small stuff for her… Dad always went to the supermarket, the only problem is that in theory it is in a different municipality from ours and we couldn’t go there, so in that sense we broke the rules, but our supermarket here in town is small and costs more than the one we usually go to. Since there are so many of us, it was convenient and we avoided different shops for fruit, vegetables and so on.

[submitted on 6/4/2020]

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