Day 76

Friday 29/05/2020 This week has seen us enjoying the glories of phase one and life couldn’t feel any more normal on the streets of Madrid. Bars and restaurants have dusted off their tables and chairs, laying them out in the plazas for thirsty Madrileños to sit at and have a drink. Naturally most people have…

DAY 66

Monday 18/05/2020 I spoke to a student today who has spent the quarantine back at her parent’s house in the beautiful province of Galicia in north-west Spain. Like almost everywhere in the country apart from here, this region has already been in phase 1 for a week and so she gloated about the luxuries of…

DAY 63

Friday 15/05/2020 A week of drizzle in Madrid has meant that despite our freedom to roam, venturing out from the cosiness of the flat hasn’t been an attractive option. I’ve always been one for getting the right clobber on and getting out of the house regardless of the conditions, but I haven’t been tempted in…

DAY 58

Sunday 10/05/2020 Since being granted our new freedom to roam, my commitment to documenting my daily lockdown life through this blog has wavered, as most of my free time is now dedicated to making up for such a long sedentary period with morning runs and evening strolls. It is exciting to drift around the city…

DAY 52

Monday 04/05/2020 After the extraordinarily joyous trip out of the house on Saturday morning, the rest of the weekend passed in a sort of haze of happiness, as if both a lifetime of cobwebs has been blown away and a colony of ants have been well shaken out of pants in one outing. Having seen…

DAY 50

Saturday 02/05/2020 The day of emancipation has arrived. To prevent everyone flooding outside simultaneously and bounding joyfully through the streets arm in arm like some kind of Sound of Music dance – obviously a deserved way to celebrate such awaited freedom – the government have imposed ‘slots’ when different groups of the population can leave the house. Most…

DAY 49

Friday 01/05/2020 Under normal circumstances, many people should have been escaping Madrid last night for the bank holiday weekend while news outlets broadcasted images of traffic jams on motorways in what they call la gran salida. However, instead of escaping the city to lounge on beaches, families are tussling for the prime spots on the balconies…

DAY 48

Thursday 30/04/2020 With Netflix subscriptions, next day Amazon deliveries and Zoom group calls we have all cushioned our existences as much as possible for the last few weeks. However, fast approaching here in Spain is what everyone is referring to now as the ‘new normal’. While this will be welcomed, I don’t think it will…

DAY 47

Wednesday 29/04/2020 Since finally granting us the right to do exercise this coming weekend, the government have laid out the four stages that the country must go through in order to reach the ‘new normal’ by the end of June. Contrary to popular speculation in recent weeks, the government’s plan is to prioritise the re-opening…

DAY 46

Tuesday 28/04/2020 The last few weeks have been a prime opportunity to make a dent in my never-ending list of film recommendations and of course re-watch some of the old classics for the umpteenth time as well, most namely two timeless, family favourites; Groundhog Day and The Truman Show. The former is weirdly pertinent to the surreal situation…