I sit at our kitchen table, very old-fashioned, toiling digitally. I can’t concentrate on my work from behind my laptop. For the picture; opposite me is my roommate and office mate. He has a video meeting that lasts an hour and a half and is about cars. Upstairs, within earshot, our student is sitting neatly behind the computer in a suit. In front of the camera, my son has to present his vision of the water problem in the developing world in a representative manner. From the latest Lamborghini to the deforestation of the Comoros and sanitation in Africa; all possible subjects surround me.
“I miss the social chat with colleagues in the office”
According to the studies, we work harder at home than at the office. We will move mountains and will never stop. No one goes home at the end of the day, social talk is missing. Instead of the walk to the coffee corner, there is a pot of tea on the table and we have to be taken out of the home office when the evening comes. It will be, I especially long for my real workplace. I’m not complaining, I recently started living in the middle of a city with water at your doorstep, a nice terrace and lots of greenery. But it is precisely because of those nice outdoor spaces that we have made concessions to the surface inside. Of course, we had not foreseen that a year later we would be shackled at home and keep a cabin, mutje, office.
The magazine Eigen Huis recently reported that the Dutch live too large and would have to give up space to reduce the housing shortage.
I am ahead of my time. And that’s a bit of a shame in this case.
Chef VRIJ Babette Wieringa highlights the world of lifestyle every week. Follow her on Instagram: babettewieringa.
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