Exeter, Devon UK • Feb 21, 2024 • VOL XII

Exeter, Devon UK • [date-today] • VOL XII
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Light at the end of the tunnel

Our lockdown pastimes have become a habit, repetitive, boring. Life seems to have started again since April 12th, but there is still a lot of uncertainty. Eleanor observes the good things we have the ability to do now, and discusses some other possibilities the future may hold, like going on holiday.
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Light at the end of the tunnel

Beer gardens are one of the many things we can return to
Image: Martin Falbisoner via Wikimedia Commons

Eleanor discusses all there is to look forward to for the UK from 12 April onwards, with lockdown ending and a chance of normality approaching.

As 12 April approaches us, it feels as though there is a light at the end of the tunnel. More people are getting vaccinated and the restrictions of the third lockdown in the UK are finally lifting. After what has been an incredibly hard year for everyone, we can begin to revert back to normality. 

The end of this lockdown couldn’t have come at a better time. Summer brings with it the promise of pleasant weather. You could almost say that the sunshine we’ve experienced over the last couple of weeks is a symbol of positivity as lockdown ends.

Lovely weather means that BBQs and drinks in the garden can go ahead. You can finally catch up with those that you haven’t been able to see for so long and not have to worry about freezing in the classic British climate – so long as you’re six at a time. The sunshine can tempt anyone into enjoying a drink at the pub and we’ll be able to do that from 12 April. What once seemed like a distant memory is finally going to be a reality again. Personally, I cannot wait to meet up with my friends for a G&T in a beer garden. 

we were not able to have a break last year. This year however, it feels incredibly well deserved

As a student, I know I’m not alone in saying that I am also eager with anticipation to go out clubbing again. Drinking in the comfort of your own home with your housemates is lovely, but I think we can all admit it has become slightly repetitive. The re-opening of clubs later this year is possibly the most exciting prospect of all as we will once again be able to dance the night away, VK in hand, on the TP dance floor, to stumble into the kebab shop after. 

These are not the only things we have to look forward to. Fewer restrictions mean that, hopefully, we will be able to go on holiday. For many people, including myself, we were not able to have a break last year. This year however, it feels incredibly well deserved. I can’t wait to be lying on a beach and getting some much needed relaxation.

However, I think the most exciting thing is that lockdown ending means we can see the people we love again. There is so much to look forward to as we move closer to normality and it truly feels as though there is a light at the end of the tunnel. 

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