April 5, 2020

podcast chronicles episode 1
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Podcasts are back! Yeah!!! I know you’ve been waiting for this for the longest time… Not! Here it is anyway. It’s been almost two years since the last podcast episode because time has just flown by. I had been thinking of reviving it, but l was too lazy to dig out my microphone from storage. Here is an interview with an expat here in Valencia. Hopefully it will be one in a series about life during the lockdown, both in Spain and other countries.

Podcast Chronicles: Episode 1

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Jane giving the thumbs up at one of our gatherings. A smashing success that day!

Jane is an Expat retiree here in Spain. She, and Frank, her husband of many years, chose Valencia as their retirement destination.  In this podcast chronicles interview, she discusses how decided on Valencia, and how they feel after two years. We also talk about life now as opposed to the pre virus breakdown, which even though seems like a lifetime ago, has only been a few short weeks.

  • Keeping busy to fill the day
  • Keeping close to her kids spread out all over the world
  • How lockdown in Spain feels
  • What she misses most about being indoors

It was awesome talking with her, even remotely. She is a good friend and it was a nice way for me to dip my toes in again. Jane,  along with another good friend and l run a monthly Foodie group. Sadly, last month, and this month’s meeting had to be cancelled as our lockdown has definitely been extended to April 26, 2020. It also feels good because believe it or not, I have been paying for the podcast hosting since that last one, and every month when l get the “payment successful” email, I curse myself silently for not pulling the plug :-). Using it feels good.

You can find the podcast chronicles episode here:

 

I would love feedback on this podcast. Is it okay? Is there anything l can do to make it sound better? Questions you would like asked in future interviews?. Just remember that l’m not a pro, so don’t suggest technical jargon that l wouldn’t know please :-). In my opinion, I think this recording sounds a little better than the previous podcasts, thanks to feedback from a podcast guru who was the producer of an interview l did about our Coronavirus escape from Italy.

I am bummed because l really loved my intro music and l lost it when the computer crashed. I have no idea how to get it back. Bah! I guess l will make a new one, but then l have to figure out how to edit it into the podcast without going to an upper tier which will result in charges l am not willing to pay :-).

Other related expat interviews you might find of interest include:

Clyde and Terry – Nomad Sitters

Nicole in Oman

Lockdown seems to be happening in every part of the world now, and borders are closed. No one has any idea when this will come to an end. In the meantime, please make sure you do your part by following the guidelines set out by the expats. Hard as it is to stay at home, we all must. At least for now. Stay safe.

You can find the latest statistics on Coronavirus here.

podcast chronicles with jane buck and husband seated in restaurant
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How are you doing mentally and physically during these trying times? Anything you can share with us to while away our time indoors?