The viking / El vikingo

La versión en español está después de la versión en inglés.

SORRY. WE’RE CLOSED. THE BORDERS of the Spanish region of Andalucía, where we live, have been closed until 9 November. Except for justifiable reasons, no one will be permitted to leave or enter Andalucía. We join many other regions of the country in closing our borders. In addition, we’re observing a nationwide curfew between the hours of 11 at night and 6 in the morning. Strange times that just keep getting stranger.

San Geraldo is fine staying home. He’s finding it challenging tolerating the frigid October temperatures. Yesterday, when he waited inside a cafe while I had my teeth cleaned, it was only 62°F (17C)! Can you imagine?

It crept up to a mere 68F (20C) later in the day. You can see in the photos below how well he coped when he went out at 9 last night to pick up our take-away dinner. The temperature had dropped to an Arctic 61 (16C). And to think he grew up in South Dakota with two Norwegian grandparents (and a strong dose of Viking).

Meanwhile, I was out and about in the early evening in a short-sleeve shirt, and got together for a stroll around the nearby Roman ruins with Pedro, Kathleen, Luke, and Beckett. That was enough to warm up even the chilliest of days (which Thursday was not).


LO SIENTO. ESTAMOS CERRADOS. LAS fronteras de la región española de Andalucía, donde vivimos, han estado cerradas hasta el 9 de noviembre. Salvo por motivos justificados, no se permitirá la salida ni la entrada de nadie de Andalucía. Nos unimos a muchas otras regiones del país para cerrar nuestras fronteras. Además, estamos observando un toque de queda a nivel nacional entre las 11 de la noche y las 6 de la mañana. Tiempos extraños que se vuelven cada vez más extraños.

San Geraldo está bien quedarse en casa. Le resulta difícil hacer frente a las gélidas temperaturas de octubre. Ayer, cuando esperó dentro de un café mientras me limpiaban los dientes, ¡solo hacía 17C (62F)! ¿Puedes imaginar?

Se arrastró hasta un mero 20C (68F) más tarde en el día. Puedes ver en las fotos a continuación lo bien que se las arregló cuando salió a las 9 de anoche a recoger nuestra cena para llevar. La temperatura había bajado a un Ártico 16C (61F). Y pensar que creció en Dakota del Sur con dos abuelos noruegos (y una fuerte dosis de vikingo).

Mientras tanto, yo estaba fuera de casa por la tarde con una camisa de manga corta y me reuní para dar un paseo por las ruinas romanas cercanas con Pedro, Kathleen, Luke y Beckett. Eso fue suficiente para calentar incluso los días más fríos (que el jueves no lo fue).

At the moment the below photo was taken.
Por el momento se hizo la foto de abajo.
On our terrace.
En nuestra terraza.

Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

32 thoughts on “The viking / El vikingo”

  1. Dave has very thin blood too, and he grew up in Michigan. I think it comes from living in a place where you run the heater all the time. In Florida, we rarely ran the heat and consequently I’m more comfortable with chillier temperatures. Go figure!

    1. Steve:
      I think you’re right. SG grew up sleeping under layer upon layer of blankets. A lightweight, super-warm comforter or an electric blanket are of no use on a colder winter night. He needs about 100 pounds of blankets on top of him. I used to feel like my chest would be crushed under the weight.

  2. Find a way to keep him warm, enjoy the views, sounds like wise public health in a time when one major country can’t figure out how to do that. Stay safe,

    1. David:
      “Find a way to keep him warm”… Do you know how hot (and not in a good way) it gets under blankets with him?

  3. I remember when I moved to MN back in the early 1970s. It was snowing. On May 6th. Funnily enough, by the time it was deep into winter, I discovered that 22 degrees (F) was sweater weather–having spent most of that winter near and below zero (F). But I left the northern climes a long time ago and my adaptability to cold weather has waned, so I would probably be more like Dave these days–wearing a fleece..

    1. Mary:
      You know it’s cold in South Dakota when SG’s sister replaces her Capris with long pants and socks. It usually has to drop below zero for that.

  4. Oh don’t get me started!!! But it did just give us our morning chuckle….thanks.
    We woke up to an invigorating 3C and the prospect of it climbing to a balmy 9C! lol
    Now that hibiscus will warm anyone up.

    1. Jim:
      A balmy 9C?!? You can keep it. We got as low as 4C overnight in Sevilla a few times when we lived there. Hat, gloves, winter coat, long underwear!

  5. jerry would be hating life here right now. the temps have been in the 50s with near constant rain.

    look how big luke is getting! I remember when he was just a baby. such a handsome boy!

    1. Anne Marie:
      You may remember we had two days of intermittent rain recently and SG never stopped complaining about the weather. In Palm Springs, we had a day and a half of clouds and, if you listened to SG, you would have thought the world had come to an end.

      Luke will be 5 in less than a month. And he is still the sweetest kid. Beckett is already over a year old, getting into everything, and starting to talk. Time flies!

    1. Bob:
      Wishing we were ALL safe from a lot more than covid! I think I’ll stop reading the news for the day. As for staying warm, it’s ONLY 60 right now and heading up to low 70s today. I have to change out of my sweaty clothes after every walk. You stay safe and warm, too!

    1. wickedhamster:
      I knew the word and still looked it up again to confirm, convinced it couldn’t possibly be correct. It sounds like something SG would say. He likes to add “O” to the ends of words and call them Spanish. It often works.

  6. Im sure by winter…most of the globe will be in some form of lock down again. Here it’s almost getting more worst then the initial outbreak. That with regular flu is Not going to be good. I plan to just stay in again with a few outings as possible.

    1. Mistress Maddie:
      Just read that France and Germany have gone back to lockdowns. Like you, we’re already staying in more. Sorry we have to wait almost 2 weeks for our flu shots. Vaccine is in short supply here.

  7. It is a cool 77F here this morning after a fierce storm blew through last night and cooled things off. I would be right there with SG, huddling in my fleece, If I still had any fleece.

    1. Wilma:
      SG still has his entire winter wardrobe… and they still get use. Going up to 72 here today and gloriously sunny again. He’ll wear a sweatshirt.

  8. We have been in the 90’s then a cold front zoomed in and we dipped to below freezing. for 2 nights. Will warm up again but what an interesting 2 days. We are back to the high 80’s.
    Be safe . . .

    1. Parsnip:
      Those wild swings in temperature are astounding. Stay warm AND stay cool, I guess!

  9. I think San Geraldo is not a real viking or Norwegian, probably from Southern Greece which explains this reaction of we are freezing at 17C. LOL! OR he is getting soft in his old age and needs a shawl for all weather.

    1. larrymuffin:
      As far as I know, there’s no Greek in SG. But he was actually worse when we first met. We lived in Boston and I had to go get the heat blasting in the car before he would get in. We have lots of fleece throws and he HAS used them as shawls.

  10. Favorite Young Man has gone native, too. He thinks he’ll freeze to death during the winter. I wish it would cool off a bit in The Sunshine State. It’s warm and humid, even overnight. I’m glad someone’s government is doing the right thing. We still have to listen to that idiot say masks aren’t necessary and quarantine is stupid. DUMP DA TRUMP!


    1. Janie:
      We laughed when we moved to San Diego in March ’93. Department stores were displaying sweaters and winter clothes. By March ’95, we were WEARING sweaters and winter clothes. Read this morning that France and Germany returned to lockdown. I wonder if we’ll be next. It’s said that people can’t be counted on to make the right choices without strict controls, thanks in part to the idiocy and doubt being spread. Oh, please let this be the last of Trump until the name is splashed all over the headlines when they go to jail.

    1. Kirk:
      The 40s? I won’t even tell him. The thought alone would send him back under the covers.

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