MADRID, May 5 (Xinhua) — Spanish travelers, Carlos Miro Mancebo and his wife Charo Conde Baruque, have spent almost two months since Spain was placed under lockdown to stop the spread of the coronavirus in their mobile home parked in an industrial estate in the town of Talavera de la Reina in central Spain.
The couple, who gave up their jobs to travel and publish a blog called “La Gaviota Viajera” (The travelling seagull), were in Talavera de la Reina when the lockdown was declared in mid-March and, unable to continue their journey, they parked opposite the local fire station and have spent seven and a half weeks in the same spot.
“It’s not been a problem for us as we travel a lot and we are used to the three square meters we live in, but we are used to having the street at the door and spending a lot of time in the street, so having it there and not being able to go outside was difficult,” Charo told Xinhua.
However, they explained that the police and emergency services had been kind to them after seeing their predicament.
“One day I was filming the firemen arriving back at the fire station, as every day they go into town to sound their sirens and try to cheer people up and I saw they did something unexpected. They came towards us with their sirens on, then they got out of their wagons and started to applaud us,” said Carlos, recalling that with one fire engine on either side of their mobile home, it felt as if they were “being hugged.”
Spain on Monday began to lift its stringent coronavirus lockdown as the first step in its four-stage plan to return to a “new normal”.
Despite their experience, they insist that “as nomads” they won’t stop travelling, but will be altering their plans for this summer.
“We know we are not going to travel in Europe this year because the borders are closed and likely to stay closed until September or October. We will have to adapt and travel in Spain, because there is a lot to see here,” said Charo. Enditem
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