This morning I was looking through a window and watching exotic foliage swaying in the breeze in a garden in India. Then I went to look at the Paris rooftops. I moved on to the German countryside view from Elmar’s window. My next stop was to watch the world going by in a Brixton street courtesy of Ashleigh.

I went to plenty of other places too and it cost me nothing. I saw activity in urban streets, beautiful scenery, carefully tended gardens and much more. And if you too have been cooped up in your home for weeks adhering to the pandemic instructions, then you’ll be able to imagine what it’s like to be able to look through someone else’s window for a change rather than your own.

So yes, Window Swap is ‘merely’ a website that enables us to see the world – in ten-minute chunks – from someone else’s window, somewhere in the world.

It was set up by a couple who, like many people, were heartily fed up of seeing only the view from their own window.

You can travel the world on the website, seeing other people’s views but you can also upload your own views for other people to enjoy. All you need to do is set up your own camera in front of your window to make a ten-minute video. It might simply show the view or at the other end of the scale, a busy street scene.

Whatever it is, for someone somewhere in the world, it will make a refreshing change.

The site is mildly addictive as you travel around the world. Try it out here.

Window Swap is here to fill that deep void in our wanderlust hearts by allowing us to look through someone else’s window, somewhere in the world, for a while.

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