I arrived in Jerez de la Frontera the day the Moroccan Govt closed the border with Spain
That was the end of the Morocco trip
I had booked into the alburgue in Jerez. I extended my booking a couple of days so I could think of the next move
In Jerez some sherry tasting a must
No tasting for this adventurer
I guess it was a sign of what was to come.
So I had to console myself with some garlic prawns and red wine
The was hardly any activity in the Square. Some locals and a few tourists, from the USA and UK by the accent
The cafe owners strangely subdued. Maybe they new something was about to happen
Maybe the lost income from the covid19 pandemic was weighing heavily on them
That Saturday night the lockdown was proclaimed for 15 days
Everything to shut except food stores, pharmacies and petrol station.
The streets of Jerez totally deserted on Sunday mid day
Initally I had thought Id sit out the lockdown in Jerez.
Sunday all seemed OK. A long term rate could be negotiated. Fix it up Monday morning
It was warm in Jerez, the alburgue was modern big grounds to exercise in and a pool. Perfect place to sit out the lockdown
Monday morning all had changed. Tuesday I had to be out.
Thinks change quickly during a pandemic!
Sunday France had declared a lockdown so travelling back through France was off the cards
Frantic work on the phone.
Booked a ferry spot from Santander to Portsmouth the next Saturday.
All the hotels were shut. Where to stay.
Thank you to the good hearted souls who have given me shelter via airbnb
It was a cold ride from Jerez to Valladolid where Im currently staying locked down
It had snowed the night before on the skifields south of Salamanca. But the sun was out
I pulled into a parking bay. Pulled out my little burner and made a coffee and had a snack of cheese, olives and manderine
And though Spain is beautiful even in the time of a lockdown
At 10pm at night in Jerez, in Valladolid and across Spain. People clap and cheer in appreciation of the health workers.
Cause they are on the front line of the pandemic
The Spanish are beautiful people