It’s been exactly six months since lockdown began. Well, some say it was officially declared on the 16th of March, but in fact by Saturday the 14th here schools, offices, shops, bars and restaurants had all been ordered to shut and people were told to stay at home. As with, I think, all of us, it took a while for it all to sink in. What it would mean to us, our lives, the world. I remember the “good ol’ days” when my main concern, chatting with friends, was that all my tapas tours for the spring had been cancelled and I was going to lose the high season trade. Back then everyone was sure this would all be over by summertime. Ha.
Has anyone tried these? Yet another “discovery” made while scrolling through Twitter in the wee hours. The face bracket! Apparently it makes mask-wearing much more comfortable, giving you more space to breath. Washable and reusable. I’ve looked at a few on Amazon and the silicon ones seem best, five in a package for about 12 euros. Might give them a go, especially for my long river walks, unless someone tells me they’ve tried them and they’re crap. 🙂
According to the WHO, people should stop using the elbow bump greeting and switch to the more distancing-friendly hand on heart gesture. What do you think? I guess it makes sense because even though bumping elbows cuts down on direct contact transference of the virus, it still brings you closer than 1 metre and those pesky droplets. Though to be honest, most people I see don’t really pay much attention to this when amongst friends. Me? I’m still skittish around pretty much everybody.
I actually think the hand on heart gesture is quite elegant and hope it catches on. And when you are extra happy to see someone you can put both hands on your heart, which is something I find I do spontaneously at times already. ❤️
My lovely friend Esteban has not only reopened his inimitable vermouth bar Vermutería Yo Soy Tu Padre today, he has also moved location. I stopped in to see the new place and it’s great. Cosy and friendly like the previous place, though I am a bit sad to now have to walk a full ten minutes from home instead of three. 😉
Same great vermouths, made by Esteban from a base of finos and manzanillas en rama, as well as the usual selection of exquisite small-production wines and E’s killer negronis. Tapas are also available. Only open in the evenings for now. Go show him some love guys!
Vermutería Yo Soy Tu Padre
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