From the end of July to the beginning of August I spend two very sunny/sweaty weeks in Mallorca. It must have been one of the most relaxing and luxurious trips I have ever take. Due to the heat wave that arrive the same day we did, there wasn't much we could do but stay by the pool and sunbath. Not that I'm complaining!
The first week we stayed in a house located in a very small village that I couldn't even remember the name of a week after we left. The village was unspectacular but the house was marvellous! I shit you not... when I saw this house I was flabbergasted (fun fact: thats the first time I've ever been able to use that word). The architecture was just so different from anything that I had seen before. It was a very modern house with wooden beams and window frames but stone flours. That doesn't sound so special but to add to the modern look the house was also build very majestically into a hill. It had almost no standard 'walls' and instead it was very pointy, with lots of huge windows that gave us the feeling of being free! Cheesy description I know but I can't help it. I would put pictures below but there are none. I really tried, I promise... but to no success. Therefore, you'll just have to use your imagination. Along with having this beautiful interior the house also had a huge outside area with countless sitting and sunbathing spots. We had our own private pool with a view of cute Mallorca houses and the Palma skyline. I think the only downside to the house was the AC, or should I say the lack of AC. I think we could have managed without it, if we hadn't been stuck in a 40°C heat wave. But because of the heat wave there was a lot of suffering, especially at night! For some that may not sound so hot but for us weak 'nordic' Germans it was light being cooked in an oven.
In the beginning of the trip, Tilman and I tried to go along with the others to sight see, but after just one day of being stuck in the midday sun we realised that we would rather stay at home by the pool. Instead of joining the others for their midday 'walk through fire', Tilman and I only came along for the evening trips and the dinner outings. This is pretty much how the whole two weeks went:
- Get up at 10 am
- Have breakfast till 11-12pm
- Lounge by the pool till around 4pm
- Go out to a small village at around 5pm
- Have dinner at around 9pm
- Go to bed at 1am
The only change from our routine was in what house we were staying because after one week of staying in the village that I can't remember the name of, we moved to a new house in Genova, which is 15 minutes from Palma de Mallorca. The new house was even better than the first. I mean... the architecture of the first house was more impressive but the new house had a really strong greek feeling to it, with white walls everywhere and turquoise coloured pool water. Also, all the rooms in the new house had air conditioning, which meant that there was overall less suffering. In that house we mostly chilled by the impressive pool and read our books. I read the first part of the Millenium Trilogie called "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" by Stieg Larsson. I then also started and have about 100 pages left of the world famous novel "1984" by George Orwell.
One difference to our daily routine was that we went out twice. The first time we went out was to a small little town by the ocean. There we went into different bars to drink, smoke shisha and play billiard. Sadly the town was filled mostly with Spanish speaking locals, which meant that it was really hard for us to meet nice people to hang out with. It was still a nice night but not compared to the second night when we went out was to Palma de Mallorca. Here we spend the entire night in only one pub and met so many english speaking tourists to play billiard with. We met people from all across the world: Italy, New Zealand, Austria, South Africa. It was a really great night, which is proven by the fact that we only went home at 6am that night.
All in all it was a really nice trip. It gave Tilman and me a lot of time to relax before the next couple of months where we will be traveling non-stop. The trip also gave me a lot of time to focus on what I wanted to achieve in this gap year and the rest of my life! But I won't bore you with all that teenage philosophy because I've already annoyed my diary with that enough.
A great start to my adventurous next year!