We are slowly moving towards the new normal here in Valencia and as usual l will have the update. First, l have a conversation with Cheryl, a lifestyle blogger who had to get used to a new normal after her long term marriage dissolved. She found herself suddenly single while her deadbeat ex (her words) got pretty much everything and went into hiding. She talks to me about life as a mature older woman who struggles to find jobs in this youth obsessed culture, and thanks to covid-19 and the border closure, is currently jobless. These are just some of the things we talk about on the latest podcast.
Life In Canada with Cheryl Rhodes:
Indulging in her favorite passtime.
It is so easy in life to find people who are chronic whiners. Cheryl is not one of those. Instead l find her to be quite pragmatic. I have enjoyed reading her blog for the past two plus years because it is full of good advice. It is a true lifestyle blog because it deals with all aspects of life including saving for retirement, baking ( I have tried a few of her recipes with great success), books, travel, having an emergency fund and dealing with banks as a single woman (not fun).
Cheryl is also an avid horsewoman and dog lover which totally makes me love her sight unseen. I’ve always dreamt of riding, but have to contend with trail riding on holidays. She had three horses, but is down to one now and he’s got a good life on a farm.
Some of the podcast episode highlights:
What prompted her to start her blog and how she hopes to help others.
Finding herself with no financial support
Her past stint as an au pair in Madrid
Her fun job driving trucks across the border and losing it due to the border closure and hopes of being able to return if the company can hang tight.
How life is like in Cloverdale, a suburb of Vancouver during the lockdown.
The different financial aids she has been able to qualify for and how others can apply for it (requirements).
Investing the small inheritance from her parents.
Making do with what she has and being content.
Listen to Life in Canada with Cheryl Episode 9 podcast:
Life in Canada with Cheryl Rhodes: You can see the very visible joy she gets from her horse.
Valencia Covid-19 Update:
Along with all of Andalucia, the whole of Valencia province will move to phase 2 of the deescalation process on Monday. The numbers have stayed consistently good which is amazing and truly a joint effort.
What is included in Phase 2?
Groups of 15 can now meet. Previously the limit was 10.
Everyone can walk or exercise at all times except for between 10am-12pm and 7pm-8pm. These spots are reserved for kids and over 70 year old people.
Shopping centres can open at 40% capacity.
Restaurants are allowed to have people inside at a 40% capacity. (this is a biggie for a lot of cafes and restaurants who had remained shut because of very limited terrace space).
Beaches will be open but people are still to keep a distance, up to groups of 15 (not sure how enforceable that will be).
Churches and other places of worship to expand to 50% capacity.
Hotel common areas can open to 1/3 capacity.
Weddings and funerals are back on with a 50 person maximum for indoor affairs and 100 for outdoor ones.
Our daily life:
The streets are a bit more livelier than previously. As for us, we still do our morning walks early and have ventured out once or twice to visit friends and shop in grocery stores away from our usual one. So far, I have to say l am okay with this being the new normal. A friend mentioned the second coming of her inner hermit, and l sort of feel the same way. I have to find the balance :-).
My Spanish classes are still being conducted via Zoom and will likely be so for the rest of the term which ends the end of June. Funny, now… only 3-4 of the original 16 people attend the classes since being allowed to go out :-). I guess online is not as much fun. I intend to get every cent out of my 25 euro class fee… haha!, plus l want her to remember me next semester (it’s lottery placement but l’m sure she has the power to make your name magically appear on the list for the class).
Spain is supposed to open up tourism to the world by July 1, at which point quarantine will no longer be required. Prior to that, visitors are to self quarantine for 14 days. I haven’t been paying much attention because we are not going anywhere soon, and if we do, it will most likely be via train, and would be to resume our Spain travels to awesome places like we did in January to places such as Burgos and Bilbao.
My thoughts on what’s happening in the U.S. right now:
I don’t discuss politics on this blog but l have to say that l am disturbed by what is happening in the states. The brazen disregard for the lives of black people is truly shocking, not surprising mind you. The racists are out en masse, and when you have the grand wizard stoking the fires from the office of the one person that is supposed to protect ALL the citizens of the country, it’s become open season.
I feel terrible that people are rioting, but it’s a last resort as other methods have consistently failed. It keeps happening over and over again, decades and decades and more decades of the same old. That there are so many people that still think highly of this nonentity, this childish, vindictive great imposter makes me want to puke. We need more white people to speak up because unfortunately no one was listening to the black and brown voices. Be part of the solution. The country was literally built on violence starting with the tea party, so don’t absolve yourself by saying violence solves nothing.
How is life wherever you’re at? I hope everyone is hanging in there through these very trying times.
Kemkem Casinelli is a licensed pharmacist and published author of fiction, self-help Ebook and guide to settling in Malta. She is a freelance writer. Currently based in Spain with her husband and 2 adorable beagles. Their frequent travels and foodie experiences are focused on cultural immersion and discovery which is documented on the blog to inspire. Find her travel gear suggestions here. https://nextbiteoflife.com/recommendations/best-travel-gear/