Making viewers travel from the sofa and showing how Spaniards living abroad are experiencing the pandemic in different countries are the objectives of the new season of ‘Spanish in the world’, which this Wednesday premieres on TVE.
“It seems to me a very good opportunity to see how the pandemic in the rest of the world. Sometimes we think that it is only us who are suffering and no, everyone is the same ”, Arantzazu Fuertes, one of the reporters of this program, told EFE on Tuesday, which has already become one of the most veteran spaces of public television.
In this edition, a team of five reporters has traveled more than 200,000 kilometers to get to know the Maldives, Kenya, the Faroe Islands, Mexico City, Malta, Madeira, Ghana, Occitania, Rome, Sweden, Bosnia, Turkey Aegean and Belgrade and show what life is like for some of the Spaniards who reside there.
And they have been able to experience, first-hand, the different policies to confront viruses that are being carried out by countries, so extreme from each other.
Thus, the season starts in the Maldives, a country where the pandemic is “not very noticeable”, Fuertes explained, since being an archipelago of islands “all are very controlled.” Most of the Spaniards who reside there do so because they are passionate about diving.
The experience in Maldives contrasts, for example, with the French Occitania and its strong restrictions, where many Spaniards “are fed up, they have a lot of exhaustion”. “Almost none have come to Spain for Christmas and they have not seen their families for a long time,” Fuertes added.
In the opinion of Laura Martí, who this year makes her debut as a reporter, “The fact of having recorded the program in a pandemic has been a success from a journalistic point of view” since it has allowed “to show the reality of these countries” in a complicated time at a global level.
“At times it has been uncertain because you did not know what could or could not be done in the countries and the rules were constantly changing,” said the journalist, who has witnessed “the shocking image of an empty Rome” and has also traveled to Ghana, where its president has “the policy of not transmitting fear but prudence.”
“I was surprised to see the Spanish quite calm despite being far from home. In Ghana they trust the measures a lot and act prudently ”, he assured.
The coronavirus pandemic, the reporter added, “connects us all.” “It is curious to travel to a country like Ghana and see that they are also there with masks. In this we are all in the same boat,” he pointed out.
According to RTVE and Secuoya Studios (producers of the program) in a statement, the recording was made throughout 2020 and the first months of 2021 and has been carried out “scrupulously maintaining all the security measures imposed by the pandemic of the coronavirus ”, such as periodic PCR tests and compliance with the health protocols of each country.
‘Spaniards in the world’, one of the oldest spaces in TVE, began its journey in 2009 and is now 11 years old. More than a decade in which more than 150 countries and more than 1,000 cities have been visited, with nearly five million kilometers traveled.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.