Mallorca - Tourist Haven

Trip Start Sep 07, 2004
Trip End Ongoing

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Sunday, September 24, 2006

We finally decided to brave the hour bus ride and make our way to the main city on the island, Palma for a day of shopping. The weather was supposed to be overcast on our part of the island, and Palma was just beautiful and sunny. We shopped and explored and walked everywhere. The temperature was pleasant and luckily we timed ourselves well in relation to the siesta. Many businesses close in the afternoons (between 2 and 5ish or so) for the siesta, and then reopen into the evening. It takes a little getting used to, but one adjusts as needed. We were able to see the castle and cathedral at the top of the hill, as well as find a place to have a cappuccino and rest.

It was nice to be somewhere more urban. One could definitely feel the people here more than in the wasteland of a town we were staying in. Here there were book stores, movie theaters and coffee shops and places for people to have intellectual discussions. Where we were had none of that. 50 pseudo English Pubs, 100 different Paella restaurants (which we finally had some on the last day and it was delicious), and 3 night clubs that always harassed us to go in (we never did, no matter how many free drinks we were offered). In fact, it was so nice to be somewhere urban that we went back two days later and soaked in more culture.

On the last two days of our trip we had a bit of crazy weather. A really strong storm blew through (you can see the video in my album here) and the remnants of the storm left showers and unsettled thunderstorms in the area. We braved the last day by renting a trolley bike thing, but ended up riding part of it in the rain. Luckily we dried off before we needed to fly home...
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