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16 June 2020

Week 24: yet more reopening, first lunch with my co-workers in 3 months

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This was a week to enjoy the good weather and our newly recovered freedoms–and although we continue to work from home, my little team got together for lunch at Moments, for the first time since February. And of course I continued to cycle every morning, taking advantage of the flexibility allowed by teleworking.

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I start with a couple of pictures of morning light. A tree in our garden:
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Inside the house, on my wife’s piano:
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On Sunday, I cycled south to Elche and Santa Pola for the first time since the shutdown began in March. I enjoyed the sights of Santa Pola’s harbour again:
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The nicest part of the 80 km ride is between km. 50 and 65 or so, on a lovely coastal road:
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When I look to my left, I see the rock face:
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When I look to my right, I can see the island of Tabarca:
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Another cyclist, perhaps about to take a dip:
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Next are several images from my immediate neighbourhood.

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One day, driving home from the supermarket, I happened upon this man on a beautiful 1958 BMW motorcycle. I almost caused an accident when I stopped and backed up a few meters to take the pic without getting out of the car:
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Colourful balcony:
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Industrial-scale window cleaning on a building being renovated:
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The beach is being prepared for full reopening, and so the structure designed to provide shade for wheelchair users is being renovated:
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Volleyball:
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One day I went down to the beach with a 9mm fisheye lens:
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One day Monica and I drove to the centre to shop at the Chinese grocery and to have a drink at one of the outdoor bars:
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This summer, Monica has been enjoying the paddle board she got for her birthday a month ago:
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Last week, I posted a photo of a concrete structure near Aigües, decorated by local artists. This week, I stopped by their place in the village, decorated with their paintings:
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This week, about 70 volunteers (out of a workforce of about 1000) went back to the office. The rest of us will continue to work from home until early September. One of those 70 pioneers is our Polish secretary Kasia, and on Friday some of us invited her for lunch at Moments. The terrace and the view were as we all remember it, but the waiter’s attire has a slight enhancement:
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The beach at Urbanova also had some corona enhancements:
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But it was great to be on the terrace in the sunshine, with Carolina and my other co-workers:
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Urbanova belongs to a municipality that does not yet allow bathing in the sea, and the police are patrolling to enforce the rules:
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But you can be in the sand, keeping the appropriate distance between groups:
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Windsurfing is OK too:
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After lunch, Kasia and Carolina chatting before we go to our respective workplaces (i.e. at home):
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Facemasks are de rigeur these days:
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Carolina had a fancy one, made by a friend:
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I finish with a couple of cycling photos. This is a ruin between Aigües and Relleu, or to be more precise, a house that was started but never finished:
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Cycling to this spot is a ride of about 30 km each way, with lots of climbing, but in a wonderful landscape that is also enjoyed by motorised two-wheelers:
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