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…

DAY 45

Monday 27/04/2020 Donald Trump absolutely outdid himself at the end of last week with a comment that, along with a catalogue of other equally as gobsmacking slip ups, he is never going to live down. The oversized Oompa Loompa’s mindboggling lack of tact is a constant source of humour and at the same time total…

DAY 44

Sunday 26/04/2020 Pure and utter elation today as the government announce that starting from next weekend, we will be allowed out, not only to walk freely in the streets with our lockdown buddies but also to exercise how and when we please. Coincidently – or perhaps not – the day of these freedoms will fall…

DAY 43

Saturday 25/04/2020 This morning my best mate and I made a long overdue call to our Chinese friend Yix living in Chengdu, a city about 2000km west of Wuhan. Much to our surprise he answered the video call while out and about in the streets. As he is seven hours ahead of us in Spain,…

DAY 42

Friday 24/04/2020 Possibly the biggest day of quarantine so far and definitely not one to forget. With a couple of classes conveniently cancelled this morning, I was free to indulge in a lengthy champagne and pancake breakfast on the sunny terrace to celebrate my flatmate Flo’s birthday. This sumptuous affair was followed by the unveiling…

DAY 41

Thursday 23/04/2020 Due to my flatmate’s upcoming birthday, a steady stream of Amazon packages has been arriving all week sent from her various family members. This has meant sprinting down five flights of stairs every morning to meet the delivery drivers and post carriers who understandably refuse to walk up all of the flats without…

DAY 40

Wednesday 22/04/2020 Forty days and forty nights. I wonder if Jesus felt that his own stretch in the desert flew past as quickly as this quarantine has done for us so far. He was fasting and resisting incessant temptations from Satan himself throughout which makes me think we’ve had a bit of an easier ride…