Look – I’m bored of talking about it now, but he who cannot be named (cause you to know this damn Virus is probs a white tory man/Voldemort) has shaken our lives in more ways than one.
Schools have shut, universities are now online, most flights CANCELLED, work temporarily suspended, rent struggles and even worse (!) people are getting seriously affected by this infectious lil’ sh*t. Sooooo, I guess it’s hard to avoid.
For me, I was living in Barcelona, teaching and getting ready for my last few months in Spain and suddenly – nationwide lockdown. Flights to and from England were getting turned around and apparently the police were stopping people from leaving their towns. After 4 days in a weird situational-comedy-style quarantine with my host family who barely spoke English, I made the tricky choice of leaving while I still could. Most of the friends I’d made had left the city well before that and it felt like the most unexpected bye-bye, only, I didn’t get to say goodbye to anyone.
For sure, no one knows what’s happening. Maybe it will all blow over soon as, but I was back in the UK for 5 days before Boris just demanded a lockdown here too!
Like I said at the beginning, I don’t even want to talk about this. There’s enough coverage already.
Instead, I thought I’d talk about my best hits in Barcelona and Co all the way up to the unexpected in photo diary form.
From September – March, it wasn’t always a dream but I made the loveliest of friends, cherished memories and had a whole load of L’s. But really, this whole crazzzy time has forced me to learn a really important lesson: that you never know when something will end. I thought I had 3 months left in Spain and for sure put some things off, left some words unsaid, ignored a few texts from potential loves and now I feel silly – not regretful, just a lil’ silly that I did that. Luckily, I have had a wild ride that makes up for not going to the beach town I wanted to visit, and not replying to an inevitable F*ck boy, but still, the lesson still stands.
Go on the trips you want to, get silly drunk, eat all the Spanish omelette you can! (when we’re outta this lockdown phase !!!!)
Imagine a really dramatic ABBA song like ‘When All Is Said Is Done’ is playing —
There you have it: my Barcelona best hits, the subidas y bajadas!
*Loads of love to everyone in these surprising, challenging times. Remember that not every day has to be as productive as what we’re used to normally, despite what insta is pushing at the min. Sleep in, watch a movie, catch up with mates. If you don’t do anything particularly spectacular, that’s all okay. No one is watching you for once – just exist. Live day by day and look forward to more fun days as seen above to come!
Whether inside or outside, offline or online, at home or on the other side of the globe – we’ll be back, and better.
Adéu for now Barcelona!