May 10, 2020

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The latest instalment of the lockdown chronicles is an interview with a full time practicing physician, best selling author, speaker and  successful luxury travel blogger. Fresh off her CNN appearance where she talked about the coronavirus back in March (post viral blog post on covid-19), and just before the whole world imploded, my interaction with Dr. Nadeen White  resulted in a very informative and fun podcast because of so many shared interests. Check out the interview and read also about how Valencia failed in our quest to move on to the next phase in the coronavirus containment government strategy.

Lockdown And Life Stories in Atlanta:

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Dr Nadeen and hubby in Paris.

I remember the first conversation l had with Dr. Nadeen about four months ago. It now seems like a lifetime ago. We had chatted about this new coronavirus that was devastating China at that point. She had sounded the alarm and was worried this was going to be an unmanageable predicament for the whole world. She was urging people not to travel. Truth be told, I didn’t agree with her at that point, despite the fact that one of my older sisters, another physician, agreed with her.
I considered them worriers. I had my conspiracy theory firmly in place :-). While she didn’t agree, we were able to discuss the matter in a civilized way. My advise then, and now still, is not to panic too much and listen to the expert advice rather than your relatives and Facebook friends. Of course the travel part is out of our hands for now.
I have admired the energy this woman possesses, not only for her full time job in the hospital, but also the time to run the blog, speak and moderate at conferences, write best selling wine guides for novices, and also manage to run a book club. Whew! Talk about me feeling like a slacker! It was a pleasure to speak with her about  just some of her passions, how she does it all, and her never ending craving for more.
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One of her favorite countries, South Africa.

Some of the lockdown and life stories podcast highlights:

  • Childhood and where she got the passion for travel.
  • Her grandmother prodding her towards her chosen profession.
  • Working as a full time physician.
  • Incorporating blogging into her life and expanding her online presence.
  • The best selling wine guides for beginners (wineries in the U.S.A) and her love for wine.
  • Her past travels and the ones she considers favorites, including one which surprised her.
  • Learning to slow down during travel.
  • The new role as an Oprah “O” ambassador.
  • Coronavirus. Separating the facts from the scams and false information.
  • Predictions for travel post covid-19.

Listen to the lockdown and life in Atlanta podcast here:

You can find Dr. Nadeen on these platforms:

Blog: The Sophisticated Life where she writes about travel life, guides and staying healthy while traveling.
Instagram: @thesophislife
Twitter: @thesophislife

If you’re enjoying these podcasts, please make sure to subscribe on your favourite platform (iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher etc.) for new episode notification.

Other podcast episodes in the series:

Lockdown in Valencia with Jane

Las Vegas with Eden

Episode 3 with Gabby

Australia lockdown with Glenn

Romania with Calin



 

 

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Lockdown and life stories podcast: Adventurous duo, Nadeen and her husband enjoy the desert in Dubai.

Life in Valencia Update During Lockdown:

Valencia got some bad news a couple of days ago. While most of the rest of the country has moved into a new phase which offers a bit more freedom, Valencia failed to advance, so unfortunately, our Phase 0 is still in effect.  Barcelona and Madrid were also held back. Feels like being back in school. :-)
It’s a bit puzzling to be honest, because compared to the other two cities, the numbers here in Valencia have been way lower. Most people think the reason is political, and that the citizens of the other two cities would have rebelled if Valencia had advanced to the next phase.
This has to be crushing news for shops. We had seen signs popping up at some of the smaller stores nearby saying they would be open, starting tomorrow. Now, that is no longer happening. Restaurants can’t open either. Shops with less than 400 square meters that had also been scheduled to start operation are also affected.
No church opening or gatherings at funerals for now.
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Enjoying scenic Sintra, Portugal.

Another thing that would have happened in the next phase was that private gatherings of up to 10 people would have been allowed. The meeting could take place on a terrace or in a private home. Needless to say, a lot of people are disappointed. I for one, don’t really care too much one way or the other.  The full list of phase 1 allowances can be found here.
Apparently though, the region does not have to wait the full two weeks before applying for a change in decision as the politicians in the Valencia province are completely pissed off at being left back. We continue to stay inside as much as possible. Since adults have been allowed out for one hour daily, the streets are a bit livelier. The first day was insane and it seemed nobody was obeying any rules. The past few days have been much calmer and a lot of people are wearing masks, and observing the social distancing.
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Adventure awaits in a new destination.

As l have said prior, this coronavirus has done something that was all but impossible to believe a little while ago. It has made people stop and smell the roses wether they like it or not. I am still so proud of the way most people are handling the crisis over here. All for the greater good. I am also discovering a new talent for making Chinese dishes… so yeah!
Hope everyone is healthy and keeping safe as we navigate new waters post Covid-19. How is life in your neck of the woods? If you have a lockdown chronicle story that you think would be of interest to others, please contact me. You don’t have to be a blogger either.