Hello, if there's anyone still reading! I've been such a bad blogger this year, I do apologise. Life just seems to be running away from me lately. August in particular was a very busy month, but in a good way, and I even managed to go away on holiday!
Irish Friend and I had a week away in Ibiza and it was pure bliss. Now, anyone who's not been to the White Isle before would be forgiven for thinking it's all hardcore clubbing and Brits Behaving Badly but that is actually only a tiny part of the place.
This was my second time in Ibiza (the first being a week in Santa Eularia des Riu, which I highly recommend) and Irish Friend's first. We stayed a short walk away from the island's capital Ibiza Town, which has a huge port and a beautiful old walled city, now buzzing with restaurants, bars and small boutiques.
We did take a very cheap bus west to San Antonio one evening, and the atmosphere changed tangibly - the area around the port was very much the domain of hen/stag dos and one-euro full Englishes. To our relief though, when we reached our destination of the fabled Sunset Strip, the ambiance was a bit more, well. A bit less, you know. It was brilliant actually, the heaving bars have live DJs and serve expensive cocktails (- but here's a tip if you're ever there, pop to the supermarket and grab a few beers and take them to sit on the rocks). I was amazed at just how many people gather each night to watch the sun go down, and it's ever so slightly bizarre to find yourself clapping at the sun basically doing what it does every evening, but it's definitely worth it - completely stunning.
We then popped into Ibiza Rocks to see Mark Ronson and Zane Lowe - because we felt we should attend some kind of club while we were there and this was the cheapest. But in all honesty it's not our scene at all - give me grubby boys with guitars any day! We soon exited this place and made the most of the cheap cocktails and free shots with the hens and stags til dawn - it was strangely reminiscent of our days in Newcastle (albeit a bit warmer, though neither involved coats).
Apart from that one evening though, we had a very relaxed time, with lots of lying in the sun reading...
Plenty of lovely Spanish food (jamon serrano, manchego, olivas - heaven!)...
And plenty to wash it down with too..!