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How Covid Actually Helped Me.!
Monday, September 26, 2022 @ 8:10 PM

I'm aware of how devastating Covid has been for so many people, losing family and friends and suffering much pain both physicaly and mentally and of course the huge amount of inconvenience caused when travelling and trying to visit family and friends.

Early on when the Covid problem started I decided to lay low, keep out of the way and just to try and get on with life as best as I could.

I knew that we would have to keep occupied and at first I thought no problem for me, I've got so many hobbies and my wife loves cooking and reading, so we will be OK.

Of course we didn't expect Covid to drag on for so long and after 6 months I decided that we must do something more positive, and that is when I decided to organise and open a Museum, easy I thought.

But my new lifestyle wouldn't have happened if we hadn't been shut down with the pandemic,so something does sometimes happen from otherwise bad situations, methinks ?

Well not as easy as expected, but I plodded on, often burning the 'midnight oil ', hard work however I was really enjoying myself and didn't let Covid stand in the way.

We went out most days ,early in the morning and late at night, long walks with virtually no contact with other humans, and we actually didn't leave our village for over 12 months.

17 years ago when we decided to move to a different part of Spain we were quite determined to find a place where we could walk out of the house and have shops, bars, medical centre etc all close by and the 'shut down' really proved how lucky we had been with our choice.

I know that we've been very lucky to avoid any real complications with Covid , but I'm constantly wondering how other people coped during this dire situation, not just the physical side , but the long term mental stress etc.

What does amaze me is how quickly Covid seemed to disappear from the news and how the focus suddenly switched to the war in Ukraine etc.

The situation of the past few years really does highlight how important it is to choose the right place to live and that's quite difficult when moving from another country, and how  to switch from holiday mode to permanent living in Spain mode.

Spain really is a wonderful place to live however it does require a lot of thought and planning about housing , location  and how to cope with extreme weather conditions etc. and  keeping occupied after the 'honeymoon' period which for most seems to last for about 12 months.

So many questions, which require so many thoughtful answers.

I do urge newcomers to really 'think outside the box ' when choosing their new home, very important to think ahead and remember that we don't know what is around the corner.

I'm sure that many long term residents in Spain could tell so many happy and sad stories

I send my Best Wishes to everyone..



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Stinkey said:
Saturday, October 1, 2022 @ 9:27 AM

Like you I researched the place I wanted to be in Spain but not having lived in the country before I was relying on instinct?
So we purchased our tiny campo (off grid) house..we actually moved out to Spain October 2019, after taking 2 and half years to sell our UK home..we believe my wife had covid in January/Feb of 2020 ,because she was very poorly..but stuck up in the mountains we managed to avoid others, rebuilding kept us extremely busy so luckily covid didn't effect us to much, we felt sorry for the millions stuck in big cities, but knew how lucky were..

pegeen said:
Saturday, October 1, 2022 @ 11:26 AM

Hi I liked your article but you haven't actually said what happened with your idea of an open museum or what was good about Covid.

Museo-Gordon said:
Saturday, October 1, 2022 @ 12:39 PM

Hello Stinkey,
Thank you for your interesting response.
Sorry to hear that your wife was ill with Covid and I hope that she is fully recovered now.
It's good to hear that you were kept busy during the shut down, and as I mentioned in my article keeping busy is important in my opinion, with or without pandemics.
I hope that you've found your lovely home at the end of your rainbow.
May I wish you a long and lovely life in Spain.
Best wishes,

Museo-Gordon said:
Saturday, October 1, 2022 @ 12:55 PM

Hello Pegeen,
Thank you for your kind comment.
And to reply to your observations.
Well the Museum is up and running and we've had well over 1000 visitors since we opened, and the only adverse comment that I've received was that I give too much information.!!
Wow I thought ,I know that I'm a bit of a chatterbox when it comes to history and my collections so perhaps I'll have to calm down a bit...
As to what was good about Covid, well of course as I mentioned it must have been terrible for so many people.
But maybe it was also a real 'wake up call ' for many people. ?
Many of my friends have changed their lifestyles because of it, and for the better, I hope.
Certainly for me it made me realise the fragility of life and how precious every moment is .
I've been married 56 years and probably I'd got a bit lax at showing enough love and affection to my wife,
but that has now changed and I love every minute with her.
I wonder how many other people have been affected in a positive way. ?

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