Madrid Late Pandemic

Madrid Late Pandemic

Madrid’s subway is now sometimes crowded. Not as crowded as before the pandemic, true; I haven’t wriggled aboard a stuffed-to-the-stanchions car since early 2020, never now see riders forced to disembark to allow others to get off, as described in my first pandemic post. Official stats claim only 61.2% of pre-pandemic ridership. But, sometimes, crowded.…

I have a Covid-19 vaccine appointment in Madrid

(First, huge thanks to fellow expat Jim Forbes for passing along this information. I had given up hope.) Comunidad.Madrid now permits elderly vaccine seekers to book appointments online! Here’s how: (♦) Go to https://www.comunidad.madrid/covid-19 (♦) Scroll past the likely-familiar text on this page until you discover an unfamiliar gray rectangular box: (Para colectivos especificos means ‘for…

Spain expats: will we get a Covid vaccine?

5/4/2021: Please see the unhappy update at post end.  I’ll update again if I learn more. 5/27/2021:  I have an appointment!  Please see:  https://transitophile.com/chango/covid-19-vaccine-for-expats-in-madrid/ I write to share the little I know. Or think I know. Will your embassy help? Mine won’t. Neither will the UK, Australia or New Zealand embassies, if it’s any consolation.…

Europe’s Many Lingoes

Europe’s Many Lingoes

“My God, these people are speaking Gallego!” These were the thoughts that ran through this not-entirely-acculturated Yankee’s noggin while waiting my turn at the Día Basquiños supermarket in Santiago de Compostela. I hadn’t eaten since morning, had wandered far from the tourist quarter in search of a vendor that would sell staples to lug back…

Madrid Mid-Pandemic

Madrid Mid-Pandemic

Ironically, the Madrid Metro I ride during the pandemic is the best I have used since my move here in 2016. Some travelers fear the subway now, have sought alternatives. Public transit ridership in Spain fell forty percent this summer; sales of polluting old cars rose. I reap a dividend: the commuter now gridlocked on…

International Online Language Exchange

Thanks to Covid-19, the in-person language exchange I last hosted at Madrid’s VIPs Velásquez has become a not-in-person international event online, with regular log-ins from three continents. Every weekend I greet familiar faces signing in from Madrid, Barcelona, London, Toronto, New York, Santiago, Buenos Aires, Houston, Chicago, Mexico City, Los Angeles. One faithful user joins…