(CNN)When Larry Ginsberg began working from his New Jersey home last week due to the coronavirus pandemic, he never expected a faint smell of smoke and the sound of a roaring locomotive to emanate from his basement.
The long lost hobbies people around the world are revisiting during the coronavirus pandemic
The sound and smell were from a beloved model train set passed down through generations that Ginsberg's son had found and erected for the first time in a decade.
This train set belongs to one of the forgotten hobbies people around the world have revisited during this health crisis, thanks to self-quarantine orders confining millions at home. For people like Ginsberg, these hobbies have been a respite from the grim reality of the coronavirus and a reminder of life before the outbreak.
"In that moment, despite all the uncertainty and fear about Covid-19 and the world, I smiled as the best moments of my childhood with my grandfather and memories of wonderful times with my son flowed back to me," Ginsberg told CNN in an email. "It was calming and wonderful. Somehow, something that was so special to me was there and I shared a wonderful 15 minutes with my son reminiscing and enjoying this simple pleasure. It was warm and nostalgic."
Ginsberg joins other home-bound Americans like Trevor Dieterle, in Monterey Peninsula, California, who has picked up origami, and Brittany Boen, of Phoenix, Arizona, who has started juggling soccer balls on her knees, a hobby she developed when she was 4.
Dieterle is not home by choice, though. As a personal trainer and yoga instructor, Dieterle is effectively unemployed after his studio shut down, he told CNN in an email.
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