Mr. Boyfriend and I have been looking for the perfect holiday spot – a place to read, relax, eat food, drink wine, and go for walks. Like a Danish summerhouse – just not in Denmark, because of the lousy weather. Mr. Boyfriend believed that Palma may be it. I was a bit skeptical at first: To me, Mallorca rings tourist-hell! And my first impression wasn’t that great: On the first day we accidentally walked into a crowded tourist area, and were all of a certain surrounded by people with cameras, Disney characters making balloon animals and people trying to sell us crap.
But we got smarter after that first day: we learned which areas to avoid, and now I agree with Mr. Boyfriend in that Palma may be the perfect substitute for a summer house: it’s easy and cheap to get there for us who don’t drive, the food is excellent, the weather’s fab, and if you go out of season and avoid certain parts of the city, there are almost no other tourists. We had a great week: we took long walks in the city, along the harbor and the beach, we had amazing tapas and wine, and we read a ton of books (at least I did).
Instead of staying at a hotel, we rented an apartment, which made our vacation even more relaxing. We could make our own breakfast (i.e. Mr. Boyfriend made breakfast) and could have a really easy and relaxing start to the day.
Here are some of the books I brought with me:
I love these narrow Spanish streets:
We had dinner twice at a restaurant where they had drinks, wine, pasta and amazing tapas – and then they had this beautiful bookshelf – I was completely sold!
I didn’t do any shopping as the Spanish style is so not me! But I came upon an English book store, where I found a first edition of Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath in Danish! I wonder how it got there! I didn’t buy it, though – too expensive.
The bookstore had a great English paperback section:
I had some very good news from Denmark during our holiday: I’ve been working on a project all summer, and last Monday it won an award! I was so excited! My project had actually won! You can read about it here.
Palma’s graffiti is so much cooler than what you see in Copenhagen: