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Mallorca

8 Sep

I really didn’t know what to expect going into this trip. I knew that we were going to have fun but little did I know how much fun we were really going to have.

Let me just start off by saying this: Jan, a man from my company who was in charge of planning everything for the trip, flew down to Mallorca a few months ago (on his own time) to check out all the places we were going and to make sure they were “on point.” That being said…every single thing we did literally took my breath away.

I’ll let the pictures do most of the talking but let me say this: the hotel we stayed at was owned by a Swede so we got the royal treatment (free drinks, partied with the owner, was dubbed the honorary bar tender for a bit during the last night, etc.).

Also, an adorable Spanish family consisting of a husband and wife and their daughter owned the vineyard we toured. I was so impressed by their vineyard and villa that at the end of the tour I asked if they did weddings. Don’t worry, Joachim and I are not at that point yet, but I just wanted to know for future reference. (By the way, the answer was no, but there was another villa/vineyard that looked like theirs 20 minutes up the road that does weddings. I’ll keep this in mind). This was my first trip to a vineyard and now I am a bit scared that every one I ever go to will never live up to this one. After the tour we had tapas and a wine tasting in their garden with flowers and leaves canopying over us. Pure bliss. Oh, and did I mention the old man who owned the vineyard was ADORABLE?!

Attended a local beach after the wine tour that was blasting house music out of multiple speakers and had the quintessential tiki bar located just steps from the water.

We also went to an Argentinean restaurant located on a hill about 15 minutes from our hotel. As most of you know I’m not the biggest meat eater in the world but this meat was literally cooked so well I barely needed my knife. Great conversation and amazing wine were of course accompanied with the food.

Some of us decided that we needed to see more of the inner city so our last day there we walked toward the center of town where there is a beautiful cathedral built by a king back in the day that took 100 years to build! He built it so he could be buried in it, but it took too long to build it and he died before it was finished. What a bummer. It was breathtakingly beautiful and was perched atop a hill overlooking the ocean. We wandered around the small streets and went window-shopping for quite some time. The city was very clean and very “livable.” I seriously think I could live in Mallorca for a few years. No joke.

For our last night in town we went to the most beautiful Italian restaurant that was situated on the edge of a cliff, overlooking the ocean. I think it was probably the most beautiful restaurant I have ever been to and I couldn’t stop saying to myself “is this real?!” The food was to die for and the conversation that night was wonderful. I finally got over the hump of only drinking white wine and now consider myself an all-around wine drinker. Yippee!

I feel truly blessed to work for such an amazing company with equally amazing people. I left this trip thinking to myself “how am I so lucky to be here and have this amazing opportunity to grow and find new things in life?” I also realized that while I was in Mallorca, it happened to be the one-year anniversary of the day I actually moved to Sweden. I could’ve never imagined that a year later I would be sitting with my coworkers from the best advertising agency in Sweden on the most beautiful island I’ve ever been on. Life is truly amazing.

And now I realize, above I said I was going to let the pictures do most of the talking but that didn’t happen. Sorry I wrote so much but I really wanted you guys to understand what went on while we were there. I hope you all some day plan on going to Mallorca and experiencing it for yourselves.

Adios!

1 Sep

I’m brushing up on my Spanish skills (again) because I’m headed off to Palma de Mallorca from Saturday until Tuesday night with my company! It’s an island off the eastern coast of Spain, in the Mediterranean. If you aren’t sure about where it is, check out the map below (it’s to the right, above Ibiza):

Every year, my company takes all of the employees on a trip (last year it was to Barcelona) for a conference/excursion. Every morning we will have a meeting from 8:30-1:00 and then we have little things planned for the afternoons. The agenda is as follows:

Saturday: arrive in Palma around 6 p.m., head to the hotel, cocktails at the rooftop bar and dinner to follow.

Sunday: meeting from 8:30-1:00, then off to a Spanish restaurant in the countryside where we will “enjoy a good tapas lunch.” After lunch, we will go to a family-owned winery where we will take a tour and have a lovely wine tasting ending at the Puerto Andratx. We then arrive back to the hotel and have some more cocktails at the rooftop bar and then head off to dinner at an Argentinean restaurant “La Rueda I Genova” in a little mountain village above Palma.

Monday: meeting from 8:30-1:00, and then we have free time (beach, shopping, exploring, etc.) until 8:00 when we will meet again for cocktails at the rooftop bar. Dinner follows at an Italian restaurant “Il Paradiso” around 8:30 then it’s out to the local “discotecas.”

Tuesday: transfer back to the airport around 10:30 a.m. and then arrive back in Helsingborg around 5pm.

I am really looking forward to spending some more time with my colleagues outside of work. From what I’ve heard about past company trips, they can be pretty fun and people tend to really “let their hair down.”

I’ll make sure to take pictures of, what I’ve heard, is a very beautiful island.

Adios amigos!