Quarantine journal — one year later

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Was my 2020 all that bad?

  • I will learn Spanish. 2020 will be the year in which I learned to speak Spanish fluently — Done! I managed to receive training, pass my A2 exam, sell a moto, and buy another completely in Spanish. While I may not be Cervantes, I can get by and at the end of the day, that’s what’s important.
  • Once the regulations allow it, at least two weekends per month I will go out of the city and visit the Catalan countryside — Done! I visited a lot of Costa Brava, Girona (the province), and other historical and cultural landmarks.
  • I will pass my A2 license and buy a faster motorcycle. 2020 will be the year I will start my biker career — Done! After some initial hiccups, I passed the exam and bought a Kawasaki Z900. Which is an awesome bike by the way!
  • 2020 will also be the year I will see the Alhambra — Done! I drove to Granada with a couple of friends and we visited the Alhambra. Covid actually made it easy, since under normal circumstances tickets need to be purchased almost one month in advance. But due to the pandemic, we could get them on the same day.
  • I will spend at least 10 days driving across Spain — Done-ish :) It was 8, but still, 80% is a good number.
  • I will get my Advanced PADI license — Done! I got my PADI license and as a bonus, I also did the enriched air/nitrox training.
  • I will keep blogging. 2020 will be the year I restarted my blog — Fail! Keep reading about this one.
  • I will focus on my new position as an engineering manager. 2020 will be the year I have successfully changed my career Rescoped! Engineer vs engineering manager is for a different article
  • and since nobody I know was affected by the pandemic, I will be more grateful for what I have — I am focusing on the positives, so I’m counting this as a win

It seems that Virginia Woolf was right. Loneliness and creativity do go hand in hand.




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