April 25, 2020

Lockdown in Australia
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Episode 4 of the podcast chronicles finds me chatting with Glenn, a nomad of several years with his wife Jacqueline. Having been on the go after a stupendous gap year, they had recently rented their home. Of course the coronavirus pandemic struck shortly after, leaving them with no place to ride it out. Read on to find out how they are coping down under.

Lockdown in Australia:

Glenn with arms outstretched in Mexico
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Glenn with arms outstretched in Mexico
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Here in France, another one of their many stops.

After a terrific gap year during which they discovered the house and pet sitting life, Glenn and his wife decided three years ago (2017) that the life of travel was for them. They rented out their home to try things out. Turned out they loved it chose to travel full time house sitting in some of the most gorgeous places on earth, including Thailand,  Scotland and Mexico.
We met them when they pet sat for us here in Valencia about three years ago, and have stayed friends since. Needless to say, the pets loved them, especially the big beagle. Jacqueline is one of the most energetic people l have ever met, and delighted in taking super, super, super long walks which the dog loved. Yeah… that wasn’t going to keep happening once we got back! :-), so he was disappointed. Like l always say, it’s been incredible how many wonderful people we have met through house sitting.
lockdown in Australia - 2 couples selfie in Valencia Spain
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lockdown in Australia - 2 couples selfie in Valencia Spain
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Us and them on our meetup when they cruised past Valencia about a year ago.

Glenn and Jacqueline absolutely adore bicycling. They actually travel with their helmets and gears and speak of biking 60 or more kilometres a day on their jaunts!!! Madness l tell you :-). We found them on Housesitmatch , a website l use exclusively to find our sitters because we absolutely love the woman who runs it. Very personal service and a smaller company that l highly recommend for your house or pet sitting needs. I’ve written about them before on this post.

 

Glenn and wife in Mexico
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Glenn and wife in Mexico
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Glenn and Jacqueline enjoying Mexico

Fast forward to the end of 2019 when they decided to sell their primary home and go traveling full time. Shortly after the sale, and having many house sits lined up at that point, they were raring to go. Enter Covid-19 and having to alter the plans, one of the many skill sets required to be a digital nomad, being able to change plans at the drop of a hat.
Luckily for them, they were at least in their home country of Australia on a house sit and taking the opportunity to visit family. However, no longer having a house of their own meant that they had to make alternate plans.

Some of the Lockdown in Australia show notes:

  • How long they have been traveling
  • Where they were when the pandemic struck (on a sit and the kindness of the homeowners)
  • Where they are now, about 2,000 km away from home.
  • The sits they had that have now being cancelled, including their bike tour through Europe that they had been looking forward to.
  • The struggle to get their son (who had also been on a multi year travel around the world) back on Australian soil when the s**t hit the fan.
  • What the lockdown in Australia is like, what they can and can not do.
  • Quarantine requirements
  • What their future plans look like for now.
A funny thing happened during the podcast which goes to show how serious the government is taking this whole pandemic.

Listen To Lockdown in Australia Episode 4

 

You can find Glenn and Jacqueline on the following platforms:
*Update*
Post interview, The Australian government has recently said that it is highly unlikely that citizens will be able to travel in or out of the country until 2021 which l suspect is going to be the same for pretty much most of the world. I know Spain is thinking Christmas time for travel to begin. It’s clear that we all have to settle in for the long haul.
couple in Croatia marina with boats but on lockdown in Australia
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couple in Croatia marina with boats but on lockdown in Australia
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Living the good life somewhere in Croatia.

Lockdown In Spain Update:

Truthfully, I’m okay with not being able to travel in the near future. Whenever travel starts up again, we had previously said we were going to discover our backyard so to speak. Earlier this year, we had traveled  up north to Bilbao, and worked our way down to four more cities including the magnificent Salamanca before returning. We have so much to discover in Spain still, and train travel makes it more relaxing. We are okay with spending our money to help our new homeland.
As we approach Day 41 of the lockdown, we are still hanging tough :-). Federico more than me, because he has always been more of a homebody. My Spanish professor still send us tons of homework to keep me busy. I continue to spend a bit more time in the kitchen cooking and baking. I wonder if that will become part of the new normal, or if l will just go back to being a lazy ass who hates cooking when this is all behind us. Only time will tell l guess.
As of the 26th of April, children will indeed be allowed to go out for short walks with one parent at a time. They have had it the roughest not being able to be outside. At all! More good news since the numbers keep improving, adults will also be allowed out for exercise starting May 2. The final announcement will be made in a couple of days, but l am optimistic that it will be a go. People have been going to extraordinary lengths to head out. One guy was “walking” his little goldfish in a jar :-).
Lockdown in Australia with Glenn seen here in Mexican sombrero in Mexico
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Lockdown in Australia with Glenn seen here in Mexican sombrero in Mexico
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Clowning around in mexico :-).

Other lockdown podcast episodes:

How are you holding up wherever you are? Is the lockdown getting you down? How do you pass the time?