The Global Nine: Stories you should be reading right now (Ed. #4)

There’s no doubt we’re living in strange and difficult times, and the rapid spread of COVID-19 is changing life for all of us, in both big and small ways. Whether you’ve had to cancel travel plans, are living in quarantine or lockdown, are no longer able to attend your workplace, university or school, or have just had to change the way you socialise and connect with other people, things are different right now for us all.

But that doesn’t mean we have to stop dreaming, reading, exploring and connecting - even if it does have to be largely digital for the time being.

With that in mind, our team at Cloud Nine Global are going to keep the interesting conversations and inspiration flowing as much as we can right now! We will continue our Global Nine round ups of curated articles we think you might enjoy reading, and this week our suggestions have a distinct COVID-19 slant…

First up, we’ve been thinking a lot about what things we can and can’t do during this time of social distancing and one of the areas worst hit is the arts. But it turns out you don’t have to go and sit in a theatre with hundreds of other people to go to the opera. The Metropolitan Opera in NYC has decided to start streaming operas for FREE, so you can enjoy some of the best operatic performances in the world from the comfort of your sofa without spending a cent, starting from today. Never seen an opera? This is a fantastic way to start. You can check out the program here (which includes our personal favourites La Boheme and Lucia di Lamermoor).

We found this guide to the dos and don’ts of social distancing to be an interesting read and loved their breakdown on how to behave in different scenarios. Of course, there are many places around the world that have gone into lockdown, leaving residents with no choice about how to behave (staying home being the only option) but if you still have some freedom, this article is quite helpful. This one from The Guardian is quite good too!

If you’ve returned to Australia from overseas recently, it’s likely you’ll have to undertake a period of self isolation. How do you survive 14 days or more of the hermit life? The Telegraph (UK) has some fantastic light-hearted suggestions in this article written by a journalist who has worked from home for years (and is therefore an expert in self isolation;).

On a more serious note, for many people the COVID-19 pandemic means shifting to working from home (if you’re lucky enough to have a job that allows for this). So it has raised the question of what this means for the internet? Can it handle the load? The NY Times  drilled down into this topic and came out with this great article that we think you’ll enjoy.

And what if your whole family is stuck at home together? We’d like to think the family that self isolates together, stays together. And you might not have much of a choice in the matter! But it’s still undoubtedly a challenge that many families particularly in Europe are facing right now, and this piece does a great job of offering some ideas that will help you maintain sanity.

But not everything has to be about the virus these days, and we have some other articles we think you’ll enjoy reading. Like this terrific piece from Afar that looks at why the renovation on LaGuardia Airport in NYC is so fantastic (especially the loos). Anyone who has flown in or out of La Guardia in the past will know that it has long been recognised as truly one of the world major airports in the world - until now. A massive renovation (which is still on-going) is transforming this former horror into a desirable destination airport. Who’d have thought it??

On a totally different note, did you catch the viral (in the good way;) short story in the New Yorker a couple of years ago called ‘Cat Person’. It’s an interesting piece and if you’ve not read it before (or fancy a re-read) then there’s no time like the present.

Finally, we want to end with a bit of travel inspiration because we know you love exploring this glorious world as much as we do. And while we maybe can’t go on any big overseas jaunts right now, there are lots of great things to see and do around Australia - and this lovely article from Qantas full of local Aussie spots to check out including places like the glorious Hyam's beach in NSW (pictured above). Even if you can't getaway right now, it’s always nice to dream, right?