Wow, 2020 is off to a crazy start. Long story short, Spain became a hotbed for COVID-19 after Italy, and as of the 10th they shut down all schools in Madrid, La Rioja, and parts of País Vasco. My school is included in the shut down, so now I suddenly have two weeks off.
Logroño is prepping, though people aren't going crazy. Yes, the stores have been almost bought out, but people are still outside and nobody is wearing masks. We have a few streets in quarantine and I've seen the Guardia Civil in the white protective suits carrying things into quarantined areas. Small shops and restaurants have begun closing, partially I think to take care of kids who have no place to go since they are out of school. So things are changing, but life still feels pretty normal. There isn't mass panic, though it's true that the atmosphere in the city has changed a bit.
The good news is that my roommates and I are healthy and there are no quarantines on our street (for now). We're just planning to hole up here in our apartment, keep trying new recipes (like falafel, hummus, salads, and sushi) and wait it out.
Honestly I think fear and racism are doing more damage than the actual virus at this point, it's so ridiculous.
While I'm not worried, I am taking precautions (washing hands, not meeting up with lots of people, etc). I do have food stores in the house, but I didn't stock up for the zombie apocalypse like it seems some people are doing. ;)
Today I'm planning out my time off and structuring my life some, while limiting going out/spending money. The good news is I have a huge stack of books I've been wanting to read, and now I finally have the time! :) Woohoo!
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