Last weekend, there were about 20.000 people contaminated with the coronavirus here in Spain; now there are more than 70.000. Scary numbers, indeed. Needless to say that the number of deaths has increased as well. And that is, of course, the reason that we are now in lockdown until 11 April…

So, how are the magnificent Viking and yours truly doing? On a physical level, we are certainly doing fine. Maybe it’s because we have changed certain habits; for example, we include a lot more vegetables and fruit in our diet. Come to think of it, ever since we moved to Spain about 2 years ago, I haven’t been ill at all. And I intend to keep it that way.

On a mental level… Let’s say we have our ups and downs. Lars is better off than I am and that is mainly because he can still go outside. The Spanish still stick to the rule of 1 person per car and the police (and even the military in touristic places) really keep a close eye on us. It’s actually still eerie here with the almost deserted streets…

Anyway, other travel bloggers will confirm this: it’s really a bad time for us! I am not going to lie, I miss the excursions and the trips and I haven’t used my camera in more than 2 weeks now. But I do my best not to think about this and to concentrate on the things that I still can do: blog, plan our future trips, come up with new ideas, ameliorating my blogging skills, read, watch movies, and so on. And I don’t know about you, but we follow the news a lot less than we used to. Yes, we stay informed, but we don’t feel the need to read hourly updates of the number of people dying here… I still struggle with depression and I don’t want it to get worse.

So, what weird stuff have we noticed this week?

  • Going to the supermarket is still a challenge and now they have come up with an additional rule. They only allow a limited number of people inside at a time and the rest has to wait outside. However, Lars avoids this by going grocery shopping during the time of siesta. And the hoarding still goes on by the way…
  • The mystery of the lack of coconut milk still continues… And now things have become even worse because my substitute – cream – is nowhere to be found either…
  • The Spanish have some weird watching habits on Netflix. Movies like Pandemic, Contagion, and Virus have become really popular! Is this the case in other countries as well? Isn’t reality scary enough? And if you really want to watch something scary, watch The Platform, one of the best movies of this year so far. Check out my movie website, link in the sidebar.
  • Oh, and… Meat has come back to the shops!

What are the first things we are going to do when this nightmare is over? I am talking about “normal” things here, not excursions:

  • Going shopping together.
  • Have a haircut. My hair grows very fast not only in length but also in volume! You really don’t want to know what I look like now.
  • Going out for a beer and… tapas!
Yes, still dreaming about tapas…

Anyway, if everything goes well, tomorrow I will publish the last episode of our series about Vlad the Impaler. Then, there are still a couple of bonus posts about this illustrious man and afterward, we will take you to another corner of Europe!

Stay safe! Stay at home! And… stop hoarding!


  1. Good to read your update and that you’re staying safe and well. We’re not far behind in the UK and stringent measures were introduced a week ago. I’ve stopped taking my camera out, it seems a bit frivolous. There’s always photography to be had, though… I’m working on something now! Keep your spirits up!

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