FINAL REFLECTIONS

It no longer feels right to be writing a blog titled Life Under Lockdown as the period of strict confinement in Madrid is already beginning to feel like a distant memory. After documenting my life for over 100 days, it is time to tie the knot on this project in pursuit of new ones. As…

DAY 97

Saturday 20/06/2020 Apart from the sea of surgical masks everywhere you look, life is seemingly back to normal here. It is remarkable how the widespread fear about a second wave seems to have subsided as more and more freedoms have been granted to us in Madrid. The ebb and flow of normal life has once…

DAY 85

Monday 8/06/2020 Last week saw a big change of scene. After more than two months living with my best mate Flo I moved to another flat in the south of the city where I will ride out the heat of the summer. Leaving her after such a long time in each other’s company felt very…

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…