While we’re spending so much time at home, it can be easy to feel slightly disconnected from the world. Fortunately, there are a number of ways you can bring international destinations into your very own living room.
Take a walk through the world’s galleries and museums
Interested in art and history? There are over 2,500 galleries and museums around the world offering online exhibits, including Rijksmuseum, the Musée d’Orsay and the Acropolis Museum in Athens. You could even explore Ancient Rome through a free online course. Closer to home, you might like to explore or help to digitise Australia’s natural history collections through the DigiVol Project.
Cook up an international feast
There has never been a better time to try out new and intriguing recipes from around the world to bring international flavours to your dining table. SBS Food has a wonderful range of international recipes to try, whether you’re tempted to whip up some martabak manis, masoor dal or Romanian sponge cake. To really mix things up you might theme a dinner around a different cuisine each weekend, or host a virtual dinner party with friends and family over video.
Get lost in a destination-based book
With plenty of free time, we now have a chance to escape reality and dive into some classic destination-based books. Choose On the Road to traipse across the United States with Jack Kerouac, explore Saint Petersburg in Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment, or take a deep dive into Colombian history with One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez. Project Gutenberg is a wonderful resource for free e-books.
Tune into musical and theatrical performances online
You can experience a world of virtual concerts and performances from your living room in 2020. You can stay tuned to JamBase for virtual live music announcements, visit the Metropolitan Opera’s website for nightly opera streams, and watch timeless classics at Shakespeare’s Globe. There are also podcasts aplenty, including a wonderful series from BBC Radio 4 about the history of the world in 100 objects.
Visit your favourite global destinations via video
Just because we can’t venture far from our front doorstep, it doesn’t mean we can’t still visit our favourite destinations around the globe. You might wish to visit the beach via a live webcam in Koh Samui, experience the famously busy Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo at some of its quietest times in recent history, or even gaze at Earth itself from the International Space Station.
Explore international architecture
If you’re fortunate enough to live at a Crown Group development, then you may have your own international architecture to enjoy right at home. Arc by Crown Group offers Manhattan-style apartment accommodation in Sydney’s CBD set within two glass steel towers, while the new Green Square apartments for sale at Infinity by Crown Group reimagine city living amidst a sustainable new town centre. Waterfall by Crown Group offers contemporary Waterloo apartments in Sydney amidst a tropical urban landscape, complete with a 22 metre waterfall. The stunning apartments at Mastery by Crown Group are set to offer an infusion of modern Japanese styling in collaboration between acclaimed architects Kengo Kuma, Koichi Takada and Silvester Fuller. With this world-class development scheduled for completion in 2021, apartments are now available for sale.
In 2020, we can truly venture around the world without leaving the comfort of home.