Today from Spain!

While sitting literally on the outside of my windowsill in a makeshift version of a balcony, I used to go write in cafes in the sun but now I’m confined to this small spot. The foal at the bottom of my street is going through halter breaking and he/she is not liking it. It’s balmy out now and warm with breeze.

Better than T.V.

There’s a little white cat that sneaks up the street everyday. I’ve seen him napping in the neighbors’ yard. I’d go introduce myself to the horse trainers but there are children with parents and that plus social distancing would not be okay. It is nice though just to sit ‘outside’ and hear nature. I don’t know how I would handle this if I were in Madrid capital.

In Cercedilla, I’ve really seen the community come together. Yesterday an older couple brought a wrapped gift to a kid that lives next door and the street sang happy birthday through the window. It’s nice to see but it also breaks my heart.

I moved here for the small-town community that I was just starting to integrate into, the beautiful nature, the tranquility, poolside days and no-heat nights.

Unlike what I see in the U.S., or even with restaurants in Italy, who have maintained delivery and curbside service, here everything is completely shut down. In the Sierra, the people depend on seasonal (local) tourism and that season would be starting right now. People from Madrid wanting to cool off in the mountains and sports enthusiasts would be making the bars’ terrace space a hot commodity. But now, when I venture out for my groceries, it feels like a ghost town.

COVID-19 Grocery Line, 5/4/2020

Unlike in Madrid, where businesses are beginning to open up – here’s an article by Daniel Welsch that lists some people who are mobilizing again – even if businesses here opened, there would be nobody to frequent them.

This is one of the areas of Madrid that has been hardest hit by the virus and people are scared to go out. Everyone wears masks. And peoples’ loved ones have been passing away. In such a small community, where everyone knows each other, that hits hard. How will these towns come back from this? I am worried for these precious places. I encourage everyone when this is over to visit the Sierra de Guadarrama because although I’m a beach person, from the time I first set foot here (x years ago!!) I know I would be back to stay.

On the bright side, we got to enjoy the terraces in the winter due to the weirdest weather ever. For the first time I was more tan in February than in May. I hope the bars and small shops were able to save a little then.

I don’t really have a cute sign off here. I’m glad kids can go outside. I wish I could run at a normal hour. The government is debating whether to prolong the emergency still. I’m a better cook than I’ve ever been and have been writing again so that’s positive. How are you coping?

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