How to survive lockdown...the Mediterranean way

Updated: Apr 1, 2020

5 Mediterranean rituals to help get you through isolation

1. If you had planned to visit the Med and are now sulking at the unlikelihood of this going ahead this year (let alone this summer!), then it turns out the best way to travel without leaving the house is through food (that's if you can get your hands on some pasta). And maybe a Rick Stein video in the background.

2. Join a language exchange app. A good one is the Tandem app which allows you to practice languages with native speakers. The format is slightly tinder-esque in that it links through your Facebook, but users are approved by a staff member before being allowed to join which is reassuring.

3. Get some Spanish balcony activity going. Check the hashtag #BalconingMarcaEspaña for hilarious ideas including bingo, singing, workouts and of course the daily clap for health workers. If you don't have a balcony, there are other ways to get inventive. In the village where I live, neighbours are displaying rainbow images in their windows to brighten up your daily exercise allowance.

4. Learn to salsa from home! are launching online programme of dance classes to help get you through quarantine.

5. Have an aperitivo with your friends over Skype each day at 18.30. Need I say any more?