March 14th 2021, this exact day one year ago we started this “new normal” kind of lifestyle here in Spain. On this day last year we began the unknown lockdown with the strictest rules of any European country as the Covid-19 pandemic was racing everywhere and no one knew what we were heading into. I know we all have different experiences with the different lockdowns but we certainly had no idea here in Spain that our freedom was no going to be taken away from us and this home confinement would last over the coming 6 weeks.
It was such a surreal time last year, I remember taking it quite easy and thinking it was just like a 2 week semi-vacation working from home and relaxing but never had I ever imagined the strict home confinement would be prolonged again and again. As some of you probably heard our home became a prison, like an inmate serving a sentence in home confinement. We were not even allowed to go outside just for a walk on the street, it was literally something out of an armageddon I never in my life would ever expect to live through. Gosh, how I now remember sitting by the window looking out on the world thinking to myself what on earth is happening, this virus has taken over the world and I’m stuck inside my home not allowed to go out even for a walk on the street.
I remember my 2 weekly walks to the grocery store to pick up groceries as that was the only “excuse” that allowed us here in Spain to leave our home. It was so random walking down the empty street which before always was a busy road with lot’s of traffic but now just dead silence like the world has disappeared and was going under. Then coming inside the grocery store, first guards standing outside making us line up with social distance before even allowed inside to pick up groceries. I still remember thinking as I stood there outside in line, when will this ever end! Even more bizarre was being inside the grocery store, first it was nearly empty as hardly anyone was allowed inside at a time and walking down an isle and suddenly some one coming towards me from the other end and I would stop and turn to go around to avoid getting near any persons, thinking if they have that virus I certainly need to get away. Such bizarre behaviour trying to avoid getting near anyone because of the scariness of getting the virus if they had it…..
I can certainly say now looking back at this past year, that the way the Spanish government managed to scare the living hell out of the majority of us was so overrated and not needed at all. These insane home confinement putting people into home prisons not even allowed to go for a walk alone on the street was absolutely insanity and something I hope will never ever happen again. Since I am from Denmark during this time last year I would have done anything to have been back there with my family instead and at least having some sort of freedom to go for a walk on the street.
Any way, here we are one year later and thank God I still have not contracted the covid-19 and neither have any of my family members. I do have both friends, co-workers and know of other people as well who have had covid in both mild and very severe cases, so I have been very close to it but so far I’ve gotten a free pass. Just glad we have the vaccine and it’s being rolled out because we all just want to get back to some kind of normal life again without all these restrictions and yes, we still have many restrictions here in this region of Spain. I honestly miss going out in the evening, last time that was allowed was back in October 2020. Once this day comes I will probably blog about that too 🙂
I took this gorgeous picture of our Marbella mountain called La Concha this morning when I was out on my 9k beach walk remembering how this wasn’t possible one year ago. I guess if you have to be in any kind of confinement or lockdown or still having restrictions living in this beautiful place isn’t so bad. I wish you all health and hopefully things around our world will start to look better after Summer 2021!AndalusiabeachBlogbloggerbodycostadelsolcovidfreedomhealthlifestylelockdownMarbellamindmountainspositivitypowerwalkrestrictionssoulSpainsundayweekend