Maria Tampouratzi (diary)


Maria Tampouratzi
Maria Tampouratzi
Seventh day at home... I think that drinking camomile keeps me a little bit relaxed...
Maria Tampouratzi
Maria Tampouratzi
View from my balcony. I want colours and light! Spring is here and I can't enjoy it... 21th March
Maria Tampouratzi
Maria Tampouratzi
Exploring the rooftop...
23rd March
23rd March
Rooftop is where I am having my walks these days. [Maria Tampouratzi]
Exploring rooftop
Exploring rooftop
If I get in the tube will it be spring on the other side? [Maria Tampouratzi]
Clouds
Clouds
Always loved them now even more. From my walks on the rooftop. [Maria Tampouratzi]
Work out
Work out
I try to work out every day. It releases energy and I also like to do things for myself. [Maria Tampouratzi]
Click to shop
Click to shop
I love going to the market to buy my food, to choose fruits and vegetables. Now I do it online, click to shop... [Maria Tampouratzi]
View from balcony
View from balcony
Chasing sun light from the balcony. Lucky to have one even if it is small. [Maria Tampouratzi]
The city belongs to cats.
The city belongs to cats.
Today was the third time in 16 days I went out. Sunday morning...most of the streets were empty of people. Only cats are free. [Maria Tampouratzi]
Sun
Sun
Leaving jackets and clothes in the balcony under the sun is a new habit I have adopted. [Maria Tampouratzi]
Distance
Distance
A close friend called saying he is out to buy food, passing from my street and asked me to go out and "meet". We met just outside my home for a few minutes standing on the opposite sides of the road chatting. I felt so nice! Being alone all these days is hard...I miss a touch... [Maria Tampouratzi]
April fools'day
April fools' day
Playing with shadows and light at the balcony. Wish all these were lies like the ones Pinocchio says... [Maria Tampouratzi]
No playing ground
No playing ground
A playground in which noone plays is just a ground. [Maria Tampouratzi]
Balcony
Balcony
Balcony above mine. They hung old cds to keep birds aways. Wish it was that easy with viruses too. [Maria Tampouratzi]
My own prison.
My own prison.
I am free and I am not free. It is like I am surrounded by walls that I can only see. [Maria Tampouratzi]
Opportunity
Opportunity
Time to rethink, evalute, recognize, accept. Time to make space only for the important things. [Maria Tampouratzi]
Me
Me
I am 24 days inside, alone, no family no friends just videocalls and a few walks. In a way all you have become friends and family. Seeing people from around the world going through the same thing as you and try to keep sane, safe and healthy gives you strength. A smile for all of you my friends. Stay strong! [Maria Tampouratzi]
Masks
Masks
New dish on the menu, masks. Exept from food masks are being boiled too. [Maria Tampouratzi]
Strays
Strays
She was looking at me like saying "Where have you all gone? I am waiting for my food" Do not forget the strays of your neighbourhood. [Maria Tampouratzi]
No 16
No 16
Entrance card for the super market. We are given numbers in order to enter since a spesific number of consumers are allowed. First time I went shopping in 27 days. [Maria Tampouratzi]
What else?
What else?
Books, photos, music and films. Art is all I have while staying inside. [Maria Tampouratzi]
Chatting
Chatting
Sometimes people living in my building stand on their doorstep and talk to each other for a little while. I opened the door to greet them. She was wondering what will happen. [Maria Tampouratzi]
My neighbourhood
My neighbourhood
I went for a little walk around my place. I saw this nice little house from 1936. The sign above the door says "this too shall pass". I smiled... [Maria Tampouratzi]
Distance
Distance
At the bakery, "Please keep your distance". [Maria Tampouratzi]
Neighbour
Neighbour
Everytime I take the garbage out I stay for a little while. Since it is an out of house activity I try to extend it. I heard a voice and I turned my head up. Nice to chat even for five minutes. [Maria Tampouratzi]
Light
Light
Observing light is a great way to spend time. [Maria Tampouratzi]
Birthday
Birthday
Really hard to choose only one photo foe my birthday! Cutting my vegan homemade cake with my close friends via video call was so great. One of them suprised me afterwards coming with her boyfriend on my doorstep. All of them made my birthday special. I only wish I could hug them... [Maria Tampouratzi]
Strange feeling
Strange feeling
This is or at least was the busiest road in my area, full of shops and people. Now all the shops are closed and the few people passing by just walk quicly. Still I can not get used to see this. [Maria Tampouratzi]
Final clearence
Final clearence
Who is in and who is out? Not clear... [Maria Tampouratzi]
Easter Sunday
Easter Sunday
Spending easter day at the balcony taking photos of the way light plays with flowers. Most peaceful easter I ever had. [Maria Tampouratzi]
Mirror
Mirror
I am not alone, I have me... [Maria Tampouratzi]
Flags
Flags
During this period I see more flags on the balconies than usual. [Maria Tampouratzi]
Shadow
Shadow
Playing wih my shadow at the balcony. I have to go out tomorrow! [Maria Tampouratzi]
Ruins
Ruins
I went for a walk around my house. There are still places like this. I always wonder about the story behind them and the people who used to live there. [Maria Tampouratzi]
Antifa
Antifa
Things I like in my neighbourhood. Even when in quarantine we never forget that fascism is worse and bigger pandemic than covid-19. [Maria Tampouratzi]
Haircut
Haircut
Second time during the quarantine that I had to cut my bangs. I am becoming expeeienced! [Maria Tampouratzi]
Films
Films
Watching "the lighthouse". Another film night in quarantine. [Maria Tampouratzi]
Washinhg
Washinhg
Masks washing day. I have to iron too and I hate it. [Maria Tampouratzi]
Broom
Broom
Shadows at the balcony is a kind of a new hobby. [Maria Tampouratzi]
Pinapple
Pinapple
Today after 48 days I met a friend. Not hugging, not touching, not kissing, we just went for a walk keeping a distance. On our walk we saw this pinapple and we thought how strange and sureal it is, just like the situation we live. [Maria Tampouratzi]
Bubble wrap
Bubble wrap
Today they delivered to me something I have ordered. When I opened the box I saw the bubble wrap. First thought was to start popping it but second one was that I have to do it either wearing gloves or dicinfect it first. Even the simpliest joys have gone or changed. [Maria Tampouratzi]
Cemetery
Cemetery
So many people were out today so I went for my walk to the cemetery. So quite, only me and the birds. [Maria Tampouratzi]
Mannequin
Mannequin
Shops will open on Monday and owners are getting ready, taking off the winter clothes and putting on the ones for spring. I have no sense of the time that has passed except from when I am counting the days of my isolation. [Maria Tampouratzi]
Abandoned house
Abandoned house
More and more people are out every day so I choose more quite places for my walks. [Maria Tampouratzi]
Pearls
Pearls
First day we could go out without having to send a message also shops are starting to open gradually. I preffered to stay in. [Maria Tampouratzi]
Walk
Walk
Going for a walk with a friend to less crowded neighbourhoods.[Maria Tampouratzi]
Antifa part 2
Antifa part 2
The walls have mouths and they speak. This one says "corona virus to fascism". [Maria Tampouratzi]
Window
Window
The window of a cafe close to my home. We use to spend a lot of time at cafes with friends. I do not know if this will change when they open. [Maria Tampouratzi]
Candlight
Candlight
Candles always keep me company during the night. [Maria Tampouratzi]
Throne
Throne
I so enjoy my afternoon walks! [Maria Tampouratzi]
Sea
Sea
Today after 57 days, I met with my brother. He took me to the sea. I was so happy, I felt like a child. Still strange though not to hug or kiss the people I love or to keep a distance. [Maria Tampouratzi]
Bad mood
Bad mood
Not in a good mood today. I hope this will change tomorrow. [Maria Tampouratzi]
Trying
Trying
At the dentist. It feels weird to start doing things again. [Maria Tampouratzi]
Angel
Angel
I love the light that gets in my bedroom in the afternoon. [Maria Tampouratzi]
Blue jeans
Blue jeans
Blue jeans under the sun on the balcony. They reminded me of waves. I guess I miss the sea. [Maria Tampouratzi]
Balcony
Balcony
Heat is a plus reason not to leave the house. This will be a very hard summer. [Maria Tampouratzi]
Smoking
Smoking
Me, my lamp, and my cigarettes and that's it. Another night inside alone. [Maria Tampouratzi]
Emotional
Emotional
Meeting my mother after 64 days. [Maria Tampouratzi]
In search of lost time
In search of lost time
Some of the shops still have not opened and have things for easter, kind of surrealistic and sad at the aame time. [Maria Tampouratzi]
Balcony
Balcony
It was so hot the last few days that I could not spend time at the balcony. Today temperature finally fall a little bit. [Maria Tampouratzi]
Scools
Scools
Scools reopened this week. There was a lot of arguing about this. I guess time will tell. [Maria Tampouratzi]
Monsters in my balcony
Monsters in my balcony
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Sea day
Sea day
Visiting the sea makes me so happy. It is not so far from my place but I do not drive and I do not want to use the bus yet. My brother takes me there. [Maria Tampouratzi]
Metro
Metro
A new metro station will open in my area soon. They have not stop working during the lockdown. People are curious. I have not used metro or bus for about 2,5 months... [Maria Tampouratzi]
Sun
Sun
When there is no sun I make one on my own. My balcony has become my shelter. [Maria Tampouratzi]
Shops
Shops
Most of the shops have sanitizer and gloves by the entrance. [Maria Tampouratzi]
Blossoms
Blossoms
It has been raining the last three days and roads and sidewalks are full of the blossoms of the trees. [Maria Tampouratzi]
Nobody wants to play with me any more.
Nobody wants to play with me any more.
On my walk today I met this guy. Thrown away toys always make me sad. [Maria Tampouratzi]
Sea
Sea
Today after 77 days I used the bus. Where else should I choose to go but the sea? [Maria Tampouratzi]
Cat
Cat
I am so lucky my balcony is in the inside part of the building next to yards and gardens of the block. All the cats pay a daily visit. [Maria Tampouratzi]
Celebrating
Celebrating
Celebrating my mother's birthday at a reastaurant. First time dining out after all this time. How much I have missed this! [Maria Tampouratzi]
Shadows
Shadows
Shadows keeping distance. [Maria Tampouratzi]
Clouds
Clouds
The sky after the rain. The last three weeks we have experienced all four seasons. [Maria Tampouratzi]
Moon
Moon
I always loved the moon more than the sun. It makes me dream. Now I have more time to enjoy it. [Maria Tampouratzi]
Centre
Centre
First time after three months I went down town. I walked in the most touristic area of the centre. This time of the year it was always crowded by hordes of tourists but today I only saw locals walking by. Such a strange feeling. I enjoyed my walk though. [Maria Tampouratzi]
Metro station
Metro station
It is like re-introducing to myself everything. [Maria Tampouratzi]
Normal day
Normal day
Today was the first absolute normal day. I visited a couple who are very good friends of mine. We went for a drive, a nice walk and then we had a dinner at a restaurant. First time I felt relaxed doing things with other people. This is their lovely cat. [Maria Tampouratzi]
Bus
Bus
On the bus. Some people wear a mask only for not having to pay the fine. [Maria Tampouratzi]
Doctor's office
Doctor's office
A sharp and intense pain in my right arm the last few days made me visit an orthopaedic doctor. Nice to see it empty. [Maria Tampouratzi]
Pigeon
Pigeon
Nice sunny but not hot days. Great for long walks. [Maria Tampouratzi]
Taxi
Taxi
Taking a taxi is a whole new experience. [Maria Tampouratzi]
Ancient agora
Ancient agora
Museums are opening tomorrow so it will be first day to work for me. Today I visited some friends who work at the archeological site of Athens' ancient agora since sites have opened on the 1st of June. [Maria Tampouratzi]
First day at work
First day at work
There is a a very small park just outside my workplace. As I was waiting to get in the automatic waterting started [Maria Tampouratzi]
At work
At work
Happy to work again and being around masterpieces like this. Sad to see the biggest museum of the country almost empty of visitors. [Maria Tampouratzi]
Museum
Museum
Empty museum is a lifeless museum. [Maria Tampouratzi]
Light and shadows
Light and shadows
I love the way light plays with statues. Plenty of time to observe this. [Maria Tampouratzi]
At work
At work
Coffee break in the garden. Light makes me forget everything. [Maria Tampouratzi]

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