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Emilia & Ryan Are Self-Isolating at His Parents' Lake House in New Hampshire

The MDLNY couple left the city during this uncertain time.

By Hannah Chambers
Ryan Serhant Family New Hampshire

Amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, people around the world are staying at home to prevent the spread of the virus. For a change of scenery and a little more room, Emilia Bechrakis and Ryan Serhant from Million Dollar Listing New York (along with her mother, and their daughter, Zena) have headed to his parents’ home in New Hampshire. 

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“I finally convinced Ryan to leave for a little bit, and come out to New Hampshire to his parents,” Emilia explained in a phone interview with “They have a lake house out here, and then it started to snow. I thought that I would be able to have the baby run outside a little bit, but that’s not happening. But we’re good. I’m thankful.” 

Temporarily relocating to a bigger house has been extremely helpful, especially considering that Emilia and Ryan are both working from home. 

“Ryan is currently in one room on work calls, and I am in the other. Zena’s doing laps in the living room because there’s a little bit more space for her here than our apartment. It’s all so new for her,” said Emilia. “Anything, even new cabinets are exciting for her. Just the fresh air and stuff, right now, we have beautiful snow out, so that is nice, too.” 

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So... what did Emilia do to prepare her family to practice social distancing? She tried to stay as calm as possible. 

“I mean, I definitely didn’t hoard toilet paper. I always have toilet paper and paper towels,” she said. “Although I did try to at one point, and I realized there was nothing there. I did get things that I could freeze. Whatever things that I wouldn’t be able to easily find later if they weren’t fresh, like frozen fruits and vegetables. Eggs, milk, basic things. Pasta, stuff like that that oddly enough we don’t eat that much of, but somehow we miraculously want to eat all of it now that we’re inside.”

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This feels like a slow motion car crash. One that we could sense might happen, because it’s dark out and the roads are icy. But we weren’t afraid, because we’re in our big SUV and a little ice far down the road can’t hurt us. But then the road started to feel slick under our tires and we got that feeling in our stomach - you know the feeling you get before you fall? And then the back tire skids out to the right, but it’s OK! We took ice driving classes and it will all be fine if we just turn the steering wheel into the skid. But then we hit a bump and we’re airborne. Hurtling through the air. And we don’t know when we’re going to land, or how. Will our car be totaled? Or will we be lucky and just have a few scratches? Will anyone inside be hurt? And if so, how bad, and how will we call for help with no cell service? — That’s the best analogy I have for what we’re going through. I wasn’t sure what to post for the last couple of days, because nothing felt right to post when people are sick and dying, the market has sold off 10,000 points and 4 years of gains in less than 15 days, and service workers around the world are losing their jobs. But I know we will all be ok. There’s no other choice. And there’s an amazing new global community, full of energy, that’s coming out of this ‘car crash’. — Through social media, we are all connected at every second to what our friends in China, Italy, and Spain are doing and how they’re coping. And for the first time, everyone actually cares! We are laughing together, watching how people are managing their quarantines all over the planet. We’re crying together, reading the stories of lost loved ones to a virus none of us saw coming (other than Bill Gates in his ominous 2015 Ted Talk). And we are staying strong together in a time of complete uncertainty. This new strength, that none of us knew we had, will soon transition into the positive energy we will need to land us on our feet when this is all over. And once that day comes, that energy will not only make us happier and more successful than ever before - it will keep us safe, and better prepared for the next car crash. So hold your loved ones tight. We will beat this.

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There’s also one thing Ryan was sure to get before spending some more time at home. Emilia revealed that he wanted chips because he thought they would have time to watch tons of movies. 

“We didn’t really go crazy,” she said. 

For the latest, most accurate information on coronavirus, go to the World Health Organization (WHO) website.

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