The Rain in Spain

I researched our destination before we left. I like to be prepared. Google told me that Mallorca has a sub-tropical-Mediterranean climate with an average daily temperature of 64.4 degrees. Palm trees are commonplace and, if you're lucky, you might spot a wintering flock of flamingos. Visitors can expect an average of 7 hours per day …

Playing Favorites

I am team Federer for GOAT: on this Swiss hill, I will die.  HOWEVER We are in Mallorca and, as everyone knows, Rafael Nadal is from Mallorca. What everyone may not know is that Mallorca is ALSO home of the Rafa Nadal Sports Center, Tennis Academy, International School, Wellness Spa, Restaurant, Museum Experience and HOTEL. …

Learning to Speak

We’re spending the month at an Airbnb apartment in the pocket-sized northern town of Pollenca. Our landlord’s name is Jaume. The name Jaume is the Catalan version of “James”. It’s a popular name in Mallorca–ever since 1230 when King Jaume I “The Conqueror”, brought 15,000 soldiers and hundreds of cocky Knights of Templar to the …

New Terms

Sometime last snowy December, Guy paused in the kitchen and mentioned that he planned to spend the month of March riding his bike in Spain, on the island of Mallorca. A few beats later, he said that I could come, too, if I were so inclined. I thought about it. I sat in my pandemic …

Economy and Indulgence

Stikkisholmur Iceland is expensive.  Everyday products, like a chicken fillet, or a toothbrush, cost an average of 56 times higher here than in Europe or the US. In layman’s terms, this means that a pint of tap Viking beer, which is just a normal, pilsner beer, in a neighborhood bar with wooden seats and creaky …

What It Takes

  Well now we know the answer to the question: How lonely does Kristie have to get before she turns friendly? 7 days worth of lonely. Lionel wasn’t impressed. “My God,” he said. “You don’t know his name? You never asked?” “Did YOU ask him his name?” I countered. ‘You were there, too.” “All you …

Memory

The air is so damp that everything is melting. I put my long sleeved shirt in my backpack when I got hot, and a piece of gum melted onto the elbow, sticking the sleeve closed. I keep picking it at but every time I put the shirt on I have to shove my arm past …