You and Me and Everyone We Know is an audio diary made by everyday people living through the Covid-19 pandemic. In today’s episode, we talk about one man’s experience of the pandemic in Jordan and how a London grocer has changed her business to provide the food people need in the crisis. We talk about moving flats during the quarantine and how a mom in Minnesota has turned to ice to relieve some family anxiety. Press play below to listen to the latest episode (or find it on Apple Podcasts and Spotify):
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In the first part of this episode we’re talking to Ramzi. Ramzi and I met when I traveled to Jordan for work. Ramzi lives on a family farm outside Amman in a multigenerational household. He spends his days working remotely with the team at Questscope, a nonprofit in Jordan committed to serving youth around the country. After helping his own kids with homework and getting them to bed, Ramzi spends a little time at night sitting outside among the olive trees reflecting on what’s happening in our world now, and how close to home it really feels…
In the second part of this episode we’re talking to Kelly. Kelly and I studied abroad together in Oxford, England. Kelly and her husband Andrew met in Austin, Texas, and live in on London where, last fall, they opened a neighborhood food shoppe called Middle Lane Market. They’ve been working non-stop since the virus hit the UK delivering eggs, milk and grocery essentials to London customers, and when we talked, Kelly said that when they first opened the shop they never imagined the kind of work they’re doing now…
In the last part of this episode we’re talking to Tanya. Tanya works at HAUS Salon in Minneapolis which temporarily closed a few weeks ago when Minnesota Governor Tim Walz ordered non essential businesses to shut their doors. Tanya has since been home with her kids and her husband. She said it’s been non-stop, with a completely new routine and a few very creative ways to work out some built up anxiety….
Here’s some of the things we talked about in this episode:
-Informal Education in Jordan
-Hiding toys in ice blocks
-What we’re missing about hair salons
-Post Covid-19 hair trends
-Instagram pictures of bread and cats during quarantine
-Grocery deliveries on the other side of London
-Selling a lot of wine
-Moving apartments during Covid19
-Eating so much leftover pasta
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And thank you to Ramzi, Kelly and Tanya for coming on the podcast and for connecting with all of us.
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