I arrived at the house in Spain to find I had no electricity so presumed a fuse had blown. I knew the fuse box was in the kitchen so I went in there and flicked all the switches off and then put the main switches back on – nothing, or should that be 'nada'?
I wondered if maybe the whole street was having a power cut so I went round to my neighbours, where I discovered that the week before the area had been hit by a massive electrical storm resulting in a huge bang and many houses experiencing loss of power. At least I then knew what the problem was.
With the help of my neighbour, we tried the fuse box again but still nothing. Then I remembered that the downstairs of the house had a seperate fuse box and when we flicked that master switch, the power came on downstairs.
I only speak a little Spanish so communicating with my non-English speaking electrician was a little tricky! But bless him, he came to the house late Saturday afternoon and discovered that, such was the severity of the lightening strike, it had actually blown two huge fuses out on the street, which was why my upstairs fuse box wasn't working.
It was an uncomfortable couple of days in the semi darkness as the motorised blinds were stuck down as a result of the strike, and I had no telephone, internet or television . Fortunately I had my writing to keep me occupied and my mobile phone for communication, although the signal is always a bit patchy.
Monday morning dawned and I turned on my mobile to make the necessary calls to tradespeople… nothing happened! My touchscreen had ceased to function!! My neighbours came to my rescue again by letting me use their phone. Talk about it never rains but it pours, and it did that afternoon!!
I have to say everyone was so kind and helpful and efficient. The electrician came back Monday to check the damage and managed to raise a couple of the blinds so that I had light. He even spoke to the insurance company for me to explain the severity of the strike. The telephone man arrived to fix the phone and the internet on Monday afternoon and gave me his mobile number in case it went off again.
Even the sun managed to put in an appearance on Tuesday and Wednesday!So it was not quite the few days I had planned but it all turned out alright in the end!
See you later, Julia x