Wow what a week. I can't believe it's already Sunday and we're looking back at the events of the past week. Last weekend it was announced that our area on the Costa Blanca would enter phase one of the de-escalation plan. So excited for a little bit of freedom and see the little part of the world we live in after being housebound for eight weeks.
During the eight week lockdown I only ventured out twice. The first time was on the very first Monday in week one when I had to take Mumma Bear to the vets for her booster, her appointment was already in place so it was fine for that to be honored. The second time I ventured out was about week three or four when I popped out to do some groceries. I went to one of the local supermarkets in the village which is literally a three minute drive from our house. Well, when I got there I came over all panicky and flustered. Walking around the shop was all a bit of a blur and I just couldn't find anything on my list. I just grabbed a few bits, nervously paid and walked quickly back to my car. On the way home I was in such a tizz I even drove past the turning to our road. I was fine once I got home, it was so weird what came over me, but we decided that Mark would do the grocery shopping for the rest of lockdown.
Last Sunday night was exciting though in a very bizarre way, that the next day we would be allowed out again and actually leave the house together. Here in Spain we haven't even been able to go out in the car together at all. I think the lockdown has been quite strict here compared to other countries. But I am pleased with how they've done it actually.
Monday morning was like Christmas. We woke up early, bounced out of bed and got ready to venture out. It was great just to be in the car together and drive out of our village. We had to go over to our old house to check on it as it had been left on it's own for the whole of lockdown. Luckily no issues and then we headed over to one of the big supermarkets Al Campo and did a huge grocery shop.
Tuesday was even more exciting as after accepting an offer on our house back in December and we were due to complete the week we went into lockdown, which never happened because of the lockdown. Then many other delays along the way we were starting to get very worried and stressed if the sale would actually go through. Then Monday lunchtime we had notification that we had an appointment at the notary on Tuesday to finally complete on the house. Happy days.
The rest of the week has been lovely, re-exploring our area (with masks on and social distancing of course) and reminding ourselves why we moved to Spain in the first place.
Coffee at La Mirada in La Zenia before we went to the Notary
The sun was shining on Wednesday so we went back to La Mirada for a breakfast coffee and croissant
Still buzzing from the house sale and it slowly sinking in the old house was sold, we popped to Torre de la Horadada for an afternoon glass of Cava
Saturday we went to Mil Palmeras for a drink and some halloumi at the the Greek restaurant, Isla Mediterranea
We have another week of phase one and then if all is still going in the right direction we go into phase two, which they've announced the beaches and swimming pools will also be opening. All with reduced capacity like the restaurants, but to be honest we're loving the spaced out tables and the quietness here on the Costa.