Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Spain 1

Our journey to Majorca was long, but thankfully uneventful. We left Squamish around 5:00 am for a 9:00 am departure from Vancouver, and flew first to Toronto (4.5 hours) then on to Barcelona (7.5 hours). After a three-hour layover, we took a very short domestic flight to Palma de Majorca, arriving at our destination in the midday heat.

We picked up our car, and on our way out of Palma stopped and bought groceries at a large supermarket. Afterwards, we drove on to Campanet and found our small village house, which is very nice. We spent the next couple of hours unpacking and then headed to a sandy beach near Alcudia for the late afternoon.

Elise endured the journey to Spain well, and was giddy with excitement at the beach. We snorkeled in the shallow waters, built a sandcastle and jumped in the waves. It was a great way to end a long journey.

The next day was a little "bumpy" and started with a $100 Euro parking ticket! (The parking situation in this small village is beyond complex). After picking our jaws up off the cobbles, we enjoyed a nice day at the cliff, but it ended brutally and abruptly when I literally ripped half my finger tip off getting my skin pinched between two carabiners. This is not how I wanted to start my climbing trip. Regardless, we salvaged the evening by driving an incredible (!) mountain road down to Sa Colobra and playing in some large waves in a beautiful cove. Again, Elise was giddy with excitement and loved bobbing in the choppy surf wearing her shorty wetsuit, life preserver and swim goggles! The sunset from the mountain highway was wonderful and we drove home in the dark.

Our second day has dawned rainy, but I'm sure we'll manage to find something interesting to do, like playing "Friv" games on the computer!. More rain is in the forecast, unfortunately. Ironically, the sun continues to shine back in Squamish, after one of the most beautiful Septembers I can remember. Roll with the punches...

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