Little Things We Miss on Lockdown in Valencia

We love living in Valencia and we want you to love it too. At the moment though events have overtaken us and we cannot even offer to take you to look at properties you may like here and we don’t even know how long the situation will last and cannot yet begin to imagine how it will affect the country of Spain, the Continent of Europe and the whole World over the next few months and years.

Just so you get an idea of what life is like here in lockdown I thought it time to write something for you. However, the majority of this post will be the little things we miss, the day to day that has currently disappeared which hopefully will return when this collective nightmare is over…

First though, life in lockdown in Valencia

Little Things We Miss On Lockdown in Valencia
Little Things We Miss On Lockdown in Valencia

It has been nine days of lockdown so far for us here in Spain and every day the news coming in has been getting worse of the number of cases, the number of deaths and the heartache it is causing for many. We are lucky in the sense that our house is quite spacious for four people living together on top of each other. Others are having to do this trapped in 40m2 apartments in Madrid having to deal with infants driving them up the wall and their normal day to day life cannot continue. We can go out only to the supermarket, chemists, doctors or to get money from banks. If you have a dog you can walk it up to 250m away from the house but then return. Our tortoises don’t count for taking them for a walk. Videos have circulated of people taking goats, stuffed toys and even a radiator on wheels for walks. That was fun to start with but now fines of 600 Euros are in place. No walks, no biking, no unnecessary trips out of the house. The streets are deserted.

You go out now with rubber gloves and most people either have masks or improvise a face covering. You are no longer suspected to be a robber when walking into a shop or bank like this…

Schools are back in Valencia now after the Fallas holidays but it is homeschool for all. Teachers are having to work out how to give classes, set work, mark work and keep children interested as well as getting to grips with the new technology all from home. Having a wife who is a teacher shows me how dedicated and seriously they take this work for “their” children.

Activities at home include card games, sharing viral meme videos, lots of cooking, and cleaning (the house has never been so spotless) films, music, reading and exercise. Again we are lucky to have exercise equipment in the garage which is now actually getting used and I cannot imagine what this is like for those without internet in their house. Anecdotally neighbours are sharing internet connections and passwords so those without can do something online.

And all the time the situation around the World gets worse and we watch the mistakes the UK and USA governments are making with horror.

But, this post is about what we miss because that is the normal day to day life in Valencia. Because once all of this is over these are the things we must continue to enjoy…

That beach…

Fantastic Sports Facilities Abound in Valencia

That coffee with a friend…

Italian Style Restaurant in La Eliana

Those visits to the villages…

The community…

Dancing at the Patasur by Night

The Palm Fringed Streets…

That riverbed…

The surprises around each corner…

Those sunsets…

El Palmar In The Albufera at Sunset

The facades…

Some hidden art deco buildings are scattered through Valencia. This one on Calle Castellon is particularly interesting
Some hidden art deco buildings are scattered through Valencia. This one on Calle Castellon is particularly interesting

And the fiestas…

Fallas Museum Where One Fallas Model Each Year is Rescued And Kept

The Light…

Street Scene In La Xerea Valencia
Street Scene In La Xerea Valencia

and the night…

The architecture…

Valencia's Central market Dome and Ceiling
Valencia’s Central Market Dome and Ceiling. The Food Is Great but the Building is Even Better

The tastes

Eating out in Valencia

The Street Art…

The warmth…

Those bike rides…

Those Walks…

And so much more…

When this is over we will still be here, Valencia will still be here and we may all look at our lives in a different way. We are only here on this Earth for a short time so you might want to do something your future self will thank you for and join us here in Valencia.

We hope to see you soon… (To be continued)

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