Calin, wife and son in Valencia
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This interview features Calin, who discusses what life is like under lockdown in his city, just outside of Bucharest. This is episode 5 of the ongoing series of lockdown chronicles. Find out how he and his wife are making the adjustment to lockdown in Romania, including homeschooling, and the toll on earnings.

Lockdown In Romania Episode: Podcast with Calin

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Calin and family off on another adventure via his preferred mode of transportation. The train.

 

I’ve known Calin for several years. He is actually one of the very first bloggers l encountered when l waded into the online world. At that point, his blog was focused on financial independence, something that l had been working towards since before the 2008 crash, but which really accelerated after the crash.
As you might have guessed if you’re a longtime reader, I abandoned the idea of making my blog about FIRE (Financial Independence Retire Early) and made it all about travel. I just wasn’t too comfortable with disclosing my numbers, plus it was insanely hard to do it anonymously. Calin had also started out as a FIRE blogger, but switched to mainly writing about Romania. Somehow, our online friendship stuck.
It’s always wonderful when online friends become real life friends. We finally met a few years ago when we visited Romania, a country that l never thought l would visit in my lifetime, but one we enjoyed so much. It definitely helped having someone local to show us around and the fact that he, and his family turned out to be awesome, made the trip a beautiful one with great memories.
3 people posing in Valencia Spain
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3 people posing in Valencia Spain
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During their month long visit to Valencia.

They in turn visited Valencia the following year, and l think they had a good time despite the fact that the Spanish siesta meant they couldn’t do a lot of kiddie activities. While their son was awake, everything was shut, and when they opened back up, he had to be put to bed :-) .

Some of the lockdown in Romania episode highlights:

  • His jump into the digital nomad world
  • Cost of living and the exaggeration by big publications
  • Hearing about the coronavirus and preparing for it
  • Adjusting to the new normal
  • Keeping their child entertained
  • How the coronavirus has disrupted his online work, and the horrendous toll on his earnings
  • What life is like in lockdown (rules and fines)
  • Predictions for the nomad living movement.
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Man sitting on a motorcycle in a museum
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Posing on a low rider :-). Dreaming perhaps?

Listen to the Lockdown in Romania episode:

 

You can find Calin  on these blogs:

Romania Experience Blog  (covers everything about Romania, including coronavirus stats)

Nomad Not Mad Blog (other travels)


Lockdown update: Valencia

The restrictions have eased a bit. As of May 2nd, adults are also allowed to leave their homes ( kids were finally allowed out the week prior). The time slots for venturing out are as follows:
Adults can go out from 6am – 10am and again from 8pm – 11pm for walks and other forms of exercise within a kilometre from home and two people can walk together.
Older people (over 70) and those that need caregivers have the time slots of 10am- 12 noon and again from 7pm-8pm slots.
Parents with children have the noon to 7pm slot.
The number of deaths continue the downward trend which is quite promising. Restaurants will start opening in the next few days at 30% capacity (May 11), and they are allowed to put tables outside to increase the numbers served.
We are required to wear masks on public transport as of May 4 to prevent further outbreaks.

Phase 2:

Table service only at bars and restaurants.
Cinemas, museums and theatres and places of worship at 50% capacity.

Phase 3 : The third and last phase (at least for now) will be the new normal they say, and will involve:

Restaurants opening at 50% or higher capacity.
Masks recommended, but not required.
All schools will resume in September. I wonder if that means l have to repeat my beginner Spanish class? She has been unofficially schooling us.
Calin, wife and son in Valencia in Lockdown in Romania episode
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What a gorgeous looking family!
What amazes me and continues to do so, is that people have this “we’re all in this together” attitude which is fantastic. When l look at the protests going on in various states in the U.S., I can’t help but shake my head at the glaring difference and wonder what it is that causes such vehement actions.
There have been a small minority complaining here too, but they abide by the rules for the collective good, which is commendable. All we can ask of the government is that they continue to make decisions based on expert opinions, and not on false information. The first day out was of course a bit chaotic and it seemed few people were following the rules, but it got way better the second day. Let’s hope it holds. I don’t want a repeat of the full on quarantine.

Other episodes of the lockdown series:

Episode 1 Expat Jane

Episode 2 Nomad Eden

Episode 3 Expat Gabby

How are you faring in these strange times? I hope you are all hanging in there with relatively few problems. Hopefully, the longest March and April in history will make way for a happier rest of the year.