The first month of the year is actually very nice on this latitude. The sun shines like mad nearly every day and temperatures reach as high as 20 degrees. At night it gets a lot colder, but we don’t mind, it’s still a hell of a lot warmer than it is during the day in Sweden. This is my main reason for moving to Mallorca, as I become a grumpy old miser when the climate is cold, dark and depressing.
But the weather was magnificent and even though none of us felt for a dip (not even the dog) we had a wonderful day!
I wonder what was going on in her head. Reminded me slightly of ”The French Lieutenant’s Woman” which is very very romantic (and sad) movie from 1981 with Meryl Streep, after a novel by John Fowles who is a great author! His book ”The Magus” is one of the best books I’ve ever read – and I read a lot!
This was on the 6th, a big day for the Spanish because that’s the day they give each other presents. In some small town we encountered a procession of gaily dressed people (with a truck full of gifts) on their way to some huge celebration. They all seemed full of anticipation.
Remember I mentioned a x-mas decoration in the form of a huge snowman? Well, this is what he looks like now that Christmas is over. Poor guy, I guess they have to get a new one for this year’s x-mas holidays (unless they fix him up with a bicycle tyre patch kit…).
Every car in Mallorca is full of scratches and dents. No wonder! The streets (streets? more like alleys) are so narrow there’s hardly space for ONE car, let alone two meeting cars! This little bugger is exactly the right size. Love it!
And this little bugger seems to be a favorite as well 🙁 At the local supermarket suckling pig can be bought in vacuum packs. Of course it tastes heavenly, but I would not feel at ease putting it on my bbq……naaaaaaw…
So for New Year’s Eve I made a wonderful shrimp salad instead. I was quite ill with my first Spanish flu, but still made it to the kitchen and the meal was divine! I managed to watch the zillions of fireworks around the mountains of Alaró before I crashed.
Our next door neighbors, Ferran from Mallorca & Arno from Berlin came over for a (well, more like a hundred) glass of wine on evening. We had a great time, and don’t you agree that Ferran looks fantastic in mink?????
As often as I can I have a Skype conversation (usually a really long one of course) with my lovely daughter Sofia. There is nobody more important in my life (not even Don Pelle, lo and behold!) and we have great time over the internet. She studies to be a environmental chemical engineer (????) in the grand old town of Uppsala and is as bright as they come. I love her madly! And fact is, now that I’ve moved to Spain we have more contact than we’ve had since she moves away from home. I know she’ll hate this picture…..
Love the way the sun sparkles in the palm trees, reminds me of the movie ”Apocalypse now”…. but thankfully these trees will not be doused with napalm……