Rick Steves, Mr. “Europe Through the Back Door,” is homebound in Edmonds, Washington, and it’s quite an adaptation, according to this GQ piece by Gabriella Paiella:
I got really busy before it hit. Then what did I do? Oh, I took two days of preparation for isolation. I went on what I called my “apocalypse shopping trip.” Celebrated a friend’s birthday on Zoom. Zoom meeting with my daughter and her boyfriend.* I watched the Edmonds City Council meeting on Zoom. Two Zoom parties in a row. The first one was less fun because we were just starting to drink, and by the second Zoom party, the alcohol was kicking in and it was a lot more fun, like we were all together. Then, big grocery run number two.
A few years ago we took the Edmonds ferry. It’s a lovely little town, and quite proud of their famous resident and entrepreneur. I’m looking forward to hearing what Rick finds when he’s finally able to explore Europe again. In the meantime, dozens of hours of Rick Steves’ Europe is on Hulu.
(Also don’t miss Rick’s unbelievable anecdote about the one substance he’s going to have to buy for the very first time.)