Yup, this is what my office looks like right now. And no, it’s not glamorous. We’re still living without electricity, and it’s been 10 days now. It’s not as hard as I thought it would be, but it’s freezing washing ourselves with cold water and I hate not being able to work. Both my husband and I need computers and internet to work, so we’re trying to take this experience as a little unplanned holiday.
It’s been a bit of a rough patch for us lately. First, the electricity supply has been cut off for our building without any warning and god knows how much longer we’ll have to wait. Then, my mum and sister were supposed to come for a visit, but my mum started feeling bad in the Barcelona airport where she had to change planes and they missed the flight. There were no plane tickets left for the next few days, so they went back home.
I was gutted. I haven’t seen my mum and sister for more than a year, and it was going to be my mum’s first visit to Tenerife, so I literally lived and breathed that visit every single day. There was a lot of crying and a lot of feelings of emptiness, but well, life goes on.
We’ve also had an interesting experience where we realized that complete strangers are more willing to help than friends. It’s not the first time it happened to us, and it keeps me wondering every time. Do we really choose our friends so badly? Are we expecting too much much from them? All I needed was a tiny space in the fridge for my most valuable organic royal jelly and a couple of other things that I really couldn’t throw away when my fridge stopped working due to this electricity nightmare.
Someone I thought was a friend said no without even asking how much space I needed, while so many strangers went out of their way to help us during this challenging time. An Italian owner of a pizzeria where we go sometimes lent us a gas BBQ, which has literally saved us.
At least we can cook warm food and make warm tea. The most amazing thing is we didn’t even ask him for anything. We simply went to get a pizza on the first night when the electricity went off and we had nothing to eat. That guy is a saint!
Then, the owner of the health shop where I shop all the time, offered his WiFi and plug for my husband to come and work there whenever he has work to do. He also keeps our ice blocks in his freezer. We have two sets for our DIY fridge that we made from a polystyrene box that the same guy gave us. The other set is kept in the freezer of our veterinarian. It’s amazing how much good will we’ve seen in these last 10 days. I could hug all those people!
Anyway, we’ve been trying to enjoy our life no matter what. We went for a little hike to a hippie beach where people have been living for decades in makeshift sheds made of palm leaves and pieces of wood. It was amazing seeing a totally different kind of life and enjoying wild nature at the same time.
We’ve also been enjoying roasting chestnuts on our gas BBQ.
Making dinner on it is fun, too. I don’t know what we would do without it.
Our pets have been putting a smile on our faces all the time, too. The other day Giulietta found a face coming out of the street and she went crazy. It was absolutely hilarious! 🙂
I guess I just wanted to give you all a little update. I’m still here, I haven’t forgotten you, I miss you lots, and I’ll be back as soon as I can.
Lots of love,