Being quarantined isn’t fun, I know that and you know that. Though we must admit: people living in the village have it easier and better than those living in the city.
Why? Well, for one, you can actually safely go outside because villages are not crowded like the cities and social distancing is easy. There’s plenty of other reasons why you might actually enjoy being quarantined in a Lebanese village, and here’s a list of them all:
#1 Social distancing at its best
This picture is in El Qammouaa, Akkar. Villagers can take advantage of social distancing and use it as an opportunity to bond with mother nature.
There are a ton of activities you can do in the wilderness while staying safe and cautious, like solo-picnics, hiking, camping, meditating, enjoying a warm bonfire, or just simply having a peaceful walk around.
#2 Nature is always a safe place
This picture is in Taanayel, Bekaa. Now we know that you must stay home and never go outside unless necessary. But there are some lucky people out there who have houses surrounded by trees and nothing else. They are social distancing any other day of the year, so they get to carry on with 80% of their daily routines.
#3 The world is never closing up on you
Even if you feel the safest between four walls; in the village, these walls won’t be closing up on you. It is enough for you to have windows and see the horizon to feel calm and serene for the rest of the day.
#4 There’s never a dull moment
The second picture is in Batroun, Lebanon. The amazing fact about Lebanese villages is that each one has its own heritage, history, and hidden gems. So there’s no time like the present to discover them, as long as they are in a safe space and far from any potential danger.
#5 You can use your free time to get inspired
These pictures are in Breeh, Mount Lebanon. Paint, take pictures, daydream, stargaze, write, contemplate, in short, put your free time to good use. Nature is all around you in Lebanese villages, so let it inspire you.
#6 You always got company
The first picture is in Aana, Bekaa, and the second in Touairi village, Tyre. Who needs people, anyway? You already know all your neighbors, but there is a wide variety of creatures that you haven’t met yet. Announce that you come in peace, and they’ll welcome you right into their world.
#7 You never run out of anything
The first picture is in Bcharre, North Lebanon, the second in Hasbaya. While city people are constantly worrying about running out of essentials, you, a villager (or a temporary one), have everything right outside your front door.
#8 Things didn’t change all that much
This picture is in the beautiful village of Douma, North Lebanon. If your house is a few miles away from civilization, then life isn’t really that different for you during quarantines. You are used to the silence and the quietness of the streets.
#9 People are still productive
This picture is in the friendly village of Hasroun, north of Lebanon. Villagers are still growing food, taking care of animals and farming spaces around their houses. They can’t stop, there are many people relying on them, especially now. They are keeping themselves busy and they are keeping others fed.
#10 Villagers’ lifestyle has them prepared for this
Villagers are the ones who discovered the delivery service long before modern times did. This brilliant technique to get condiments and household supplies easier into your home was never so useful and needed than right now when safety is at stake. This is a survival skill they never knew they had until now.
We’re sorry to show off on city people like this, but life in Beirut and other Lebanese cities has always had its perks. Even now, you get to sing on your balconies and play instruments and do other fun stuff.
Quarantining in Lebanese villages, however, is the best thing ever because it doesn’t really feel like you are quarantining even if you are.
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