Stranded in Spain

RM of Alexander Councillor trying hard to get back home

By Don Norman

RM of Alexander Ward 2 Councillor Ken Danwich left for what he and his wife Carol (from Carol’s on Leon), thought would be a dream vacation. Now the two are stranded in Malaga, a city in the Andalsia region of southern Spain.

Councillor Ken Danwich and his wife Carol are stranded in Malaga, Spain. (Google Maps)

The Danwiches arrived in Spain on March 12. By March 14, the Spanish government activated a ‘state of alarm’ due to the spread of COVID-19 across Spain. Among the measures was a limitation of movement, meaning that citizens and residents of Spain should leave their homes only under very specific circumstances, such as to buy food and medicines. This also goes for hotel guests. “We are locked down. We got a letter under our door,” said Ken. The letter noted that aside from pharmacies, banks and grocery stores, all movement was forbidden and would be enforced with heavy fines.

When the Advocate first spoke to the Danwiches they were very concerned about how they were going to get home. They had booked their flight with Aeroplan miles and were having trouble getting through to them. They weren’t even allowed to go to the airport if they didn’t have a flight booked, so they couldn’t try to book one from the Malaga airport. Also, the Malaga airport is not international, so they would have had to make their way to Madrid However, we received a text this morning saying “Good news! If all goes well, we leave here Friday at noon and get home Saturday at midnight.” The couple will have to self-quarantine for 14 days once back to the province.

View from the Ken and Carol Danwich’s hotel.

In the meantime, Ken says they are holding up well. “We have a great view! It could be a worse spot.” He joked. “We can go to the bank, but we mainly have to stay in our building.” But he did say they have a grocery store in the hotel. However, much like we’re seeing here in Canada, some items are in short supply.

For exercise, they can only walk up and down the hallways in the hotel. “We’re coping quite well. The hotel is doing everything they can to accomodate us.”

All in all, their spirits seem to be high, considering the tough situation they’re in. “We’re in contact with the kids at home. We have books we have TV. We’re learning Spanish slowly,” Danwich said.

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