The View from a Drawbridge

The random musings of a bridgetender with entirely too much time on her hands.

I don’t know about you, but I’m experiencing a serious case of cabin fever. I have good days and bad days, but today I’m restless and irritable. While I love where I live and where I work, and I realize I’m pretty stinkin’ lucky to have a job and a home to go to these days, I am heartily sick of these being the only windows I get to look out of.

I long to check into a hotel and gaze out a window upon heretofore unseen vistas. I want to peek into foreign apartments across cobblestone alleys. I want to be a voyeur. I want to see street life and identify new daily routines. I want to observe the comings and goings of people I do not know.

Travel always has been my reason for being, but COVID-19 has put paid to that. There are days when I feel like I’m in prison. Anybody who thinks that this new reality isn’t going to be with us for at least a few more years is deluded. So if I’m on the verge of pulling my hair out now, I can’t even imagine the creature who will be gazing back at me from the mirror 6, 8, or 10 months from now.

But there’s really no point in struggling against these shackles. They’re here to stay for the foreseeable future. But for now, at least, I refuse to completely give up and get fetal. No. I’ve still got an inner life, and it is still free to roam.

So imagine my utter joy when I heard about a website called It’s a brilliant concept. People all over the world submit 10 minute videos of the view from their windows. It gives you a virtual change of scenery at the very least.

While writing this post, I have gazed at a courtyard in Milan, with a mesmerizing whirligig in the foreground. From there I went to Bangalore and watched two beautiful dogs wandering around on a lushly planted balcony while listening to cars tooting their horns and birds chirping their chirps. Then I went to Sauerland, Germany and watched the rain fall on a flowery back yard with a beautiful, elaborate outdoor fireplace. In Brooklyn, I had a stunning view of the Brooklyn Bridge, but that view was rivaled by another stunning water/bridge view in South Queensferry, Scotland.

I suspect that I’ll be visiting this site often. And although I am not very tech-savvy, I vow to figure out how to submit views of my own. Perhaps one from work of my gorgeous waterway when it’s busy with boat traffic, or one of my drawbridge opening, and maybe my back yard with my dogs running around. We’ll see.

This website can feel a little bittersweet. So many of us are relegated to one view right now, which can become monotonous even if that view is spectacular. Now, more than ever, the grass seems to be greener in other people’s yards, and window-swap is making it possible to see this for yourself.

It’s also a great source of comfort. It brings tears to my eyes. It’s a relief, seeing that there are still other places out there. On days like today, it’s helping me hang onto my sanity.

A view from Menorca Spain

A view from Menorca, Spain

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8 thoughts on “A Much-Needed Change of Scenery

  1. Angiportus Librarysaver says:

    I would love a couple of views from your bridge!

    1. I’ll have to work on that, for sure. One from each direction on the waterway, and one of a bridge opening in progress. Maybe one of just the comings and goings on the bridge. Hmmm…

      1. Lyn says:

        Yes! Sounds would really add to the atmosphere. Special requests for sunset and rainy day window views of your bridge. Please and thank you.

      2. I’ll keep that in mind. 🙂

  2. Lyn says:

    Thanks for the new addiction. Travel the world one window at a time. If only they were portals to those locations… They’re only missing the smells, sounds of natives conversing and the physical atmosphere on your skin. Best ways to remember and put foreign places into context. Wish there was a way to thank those posting their views so they know they’re appreciated.

    1. Yes! And I wish there was a way to mark favorites, because some I’d like to visit again and again. This site is only just getting started, so I hope they’ll make some improvements like that in the future.

  3. Lyn says:

    Speaking on importance of smells and sounds giving context to a place, this article, I ran across in Atlas Obscura, underscores the significance of sensory heritage…

    1. Interesting.
      Love Atlas Obscura!

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