The horror show is finally coming to an end! At least we hope so, but at this rate, anything can happen. Who could have predicted that the world would grind to a complete stop thanks to a teensy weensy virus?. Here is our wrap-up of the shiteshow called 2020, the year that broke the world!
Good Riddance To The Year And Its Bad Rubbish: Adios 2020
No report card this year! The year started out well enough, and we were geared for another year of travel, but like it or not, life has changed for everyone, we included.
It Started Out Great:
True to our predictions for 2020 based on our report card from last year, we set out to visit the northern part of Spain in our quest to see more of our own backyard.
We had a wonderful three week plus holiday visiting Bilbao, a place l fell in love with easily, Santander, Burgos (a pleasant surprise), Salamanca (another extremely pleasant surprise), and finished up in Toledo (l still have to write about that lovely city) before heading back to Valencia. We were itching for more.
The Mayhem Begins:
We had secured housesitters in March for another three-plus week trip to Italy, Sicily specifically. We were attending a conference for a few days and then we were going to explore the island as neither one of us had ever been.
I won’t go into the whole story again since l wrote about our grand escape through France in this post. Needless to say, we and pretty much everyone else was grounded. Some were stuck wherever they happened to be while some decided to move back to their home countries to weather the storm.
There was no doubt as to where we would stay. Valencia is our home now. We felt safe, and even though the lockdown was one of the strictest in the world, we survived it with minimal collateral damage for which we are thankful.
We had a cruise scheduled for the beginning of summer that was of course canceled (not that we would have gone at any rate). Every so often, I get a teaser email saying a refund will be forthcoming, but l am not holding my breath as the company went bankrupt.
Travel Blog With No Travel:
Travel writing in 2020 just seemed out of place for me, so to keep myself occupied, I picked up podcasting again after abandoning it four years ago. Having time to research further, I think the shows sound a lot cleaner now. I enjoy chatting with others about travel and life. Each story is unique and l hope very inspiring to others.
What’s in store for 2021?
Your guess is as good as mine. As far as the blog goes, I will stick with presenting the travel stories until l feel safe enough to travel again. I will throw in the updates every so often. As far as writing about Valencia, I am writing on that on my new Valencia site, so check it out if interested.
Truth be told, I seem to have lost my taste for travel. A lot of my friends are feeling the itch to travel, it’s in their blood, DNA, etc., etc. Me? If it happens, it happens. If not, I am not too fussed. I have also been a bit more active on our YouTube channel. We are quite happy to discover more of Valencia and the sorounding areas.
I’m especially happy because I’ve had the privilege of traveling to pretty much anywhere my heart has desired. That could be why l don’t have that rush or eagerness to get out there, especially with all the precautions and travel restrictions.
Italy and Nigeria in 2021?
According to the vaccine rollout schedule, we fall into the third quarter of the year as far as our turn to get vaccinated. This means more than likely towards August or September, or even later. After that is done, we will then see about visiting his family in Italy, and mine in Nigeria. If not, we will carry it into the following year. Even though we would like to visit the U.S since we canceled for this year, I still don’t see that happening in the next year.
Bugger Off 2020:
There is a special, or it might have simply been just been a commercial on television in Spanish that l saw an ad for. The title is “a la mierda 2020” which translates to “f**k 2020”, and the woman had on the sourest face ever. I ran to unmute the sound but was too late. The Spanish don’t mince words haha! I hope l find it again as l definitely want to watch to brush up on my swear words. So l say good riddance 2020, the year that was a pain in the butt for most people.
Federico and l would like to take this opportunity to wish each and every one of you compliments of the season. We hope you had a great Christmas. May 2021 be an amazing one for us all. Please stay safe and healthy.
What are your plans for the new year? Any trips on the calendar?