family life in Majorca

June in Mallorca 2018

Every Tuesday from now on you can find the group FlaMallorca performing Flamenco in the Alcudia Bull Ring.

There’s a show for the little ones on Saturday and Sunday at 5pm at The Auditorium with Nanny and Pippi and their theatrical music show “Travelling around the world” It’s for children from 1 to 7.

This weekend coming Selva hosts its Herb Fair, with a mixture of agricultural and traditional events taking place during the day and the evening. You can enjoy exhibitions, cooking demonstrations and tastings of all things herbal. Sunday sees a  procession of the ‘myrtle’ plant when the shrub is harvested in lands adjacent to the village and is brought into the village square accompanied by Mallorcan bagpipes at 10:00. The plant is then distilled to produce a liqueur. The fair finishes at 15:00.

Also this weekend on Saturday 9th June you can join an Active Meditation Workshop to try out different types of meditation and learn techniques to relax. No previous experience is required, only desire to learn. Place: Lucky Bodies C/ Caro, Santa Catalina Bookings: 653 207963 or at sarjanbiodinamica@gmail.com

You can also catch the Son Servera Nit de L’Art this weekend as they  celebrate diverse cultural and artistic methods, featuring exhibitions of paintings and sculpture, live music, dance, and poetry  In addition, there will be food trucks, workshops and talks. The festival runs through the day and night.

If you’re in the know you will have heard about the new and mysterious international DJ Claptone who will be appearing at SoCial on Saturday evening. He always wears a strange mask and  nobody knows who he is! Then on 14th June BH Mallorca opens its summer season with one of the world’s biggest DJs Steve Aoki playing electro house.

The Irish community in the Balearics are meeting on Friday June 15 at 4.00 PM in Can Pastilla for their monthly meet up. More details available via the Facebook group ‘Irish community in the Balearics’. There is no fee and no need to book.

June 15th You can take part in an Urban Mindfulness tour through Palma. On the walk they practice several mindfulness techniques that will help you to reconnect to yourself in your urban environment and shift your sensations from feeling stressed to feeling calm in the present moment. To book your spot email: mindfulmallorca@gmail.com

The First Mallorca WTA Grass Court Open Tournament is at Santa Ponsa Tennis Club from June 17 to 24. With five natural grass courts the competition is set to be high and will bring some of the biggest names in international tennis to Mallorca, ahead of Wimbledon.

Last year the tournament saw Garbiñe Muguruza, Ana Ivanovic, Eugenie Bouchard and Jelena Jankovic.  Toni Nadal, Rafa Nadal’s uncle and trainer, is the Tournament Director for the event.

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Also on Sunday June 17th from 11am there will be a march for animal rights starting in Placa Espana in Palma

From the 19th to 23rd June Palma will host The Superyacht Cup  and on the 21st and 28th June you can enjoy the Deia International Music Festival with classical music concerts at Son Marroig

Then there is the fiesta of Sant Pere 22 – 29 June in Puerto Alcudia Port d’Alcúdia with over a week of entertainments, music, parties, dancing and events. The origins of this festival can be traced back to the maritime past of some of the towns in which it is celebrated. Processions at sea, parades, street parties and gastronomic events such as the popular ‘sardinada’ (sardine fest) are the festive elements that usher in the Mallorcan summer. The day of Sant Pere (29th June) starts with a sea and land procession and finishes with a fireworks display at midnight. The boats are festooned for this special occasion, and they accompany the image of the patron saint on its passage through the tranquil bay of Alcúdia. During the preceding week, the Port hosts all kinds of cultural and leisure-related events including cercaviles (parades) featuring the Gegants (Giants) of Alcúdia, and various musical and gastronomic events.

The International Singles Club Mallorca are meeting in bar Gin Tabla in Can Pastilla at 7.30 PM every Thursday in June. More details from the *Facebook Group ‘International Singles Group Mallorca”. There is no fee for this event and no need to book.

Friday 22nd June at the observatory in Costix there will be an Open Night starts at 8pm, you need to reserve iaamallorca@gmail.com Looking at planets, meteorites, asteroids, and check out Mars, and Jupiter.

If you are interested in a crazy obstacle race then come along and watch the Brutatlo on the evening of 23rd June in Andratx.

Saturday 23 June The Nit de Foc is a one of the biggest parties in Palma. Celebrated on the eve of Sant Joan fiesta, it includes street parties, bonfires, fireworks, pop concerts, devils & demons and the infamous ‘correfoc’ – the fire run, where the ‘devils’ run through the streets with firecrackers and fireworks – not for the faint hearted!  The main action is in the Parc de Mar by the cathedral. Bring your dancing shoes and be ready to party! From around 22:00.

Finally for June you must wear white  for the fiesta of Sant Joan, celebrated across the island on June 24th Most towns and villages will have some celebrations. In Deià, Mancor de la Vall, Muro and Son Servera, Sant Joan Baptista is the patron saint so their fiestas usually last over a week and showcase a variety of activities.

May in Mallorca


This is a quickie upload, sorry no photos! Rushing around today.

Thursday 10th May. ESRA Craft and flower show in the Cloisters, Pollenca starting at noon.

Over in Sa Coma you can join Delaney’s opening party on Thursday evening where Angel Flukes will be singing.

Meanwhile, back in Palma at Cine Ciutat there will be a special showing of a documentary entitled The Worldwide Tribe featuring Jaz O’Hara, a United Nations speaker and founder of the Worldwide Tribe who will be speaking on the refugee crisis.  

Finally, starting on Thursday May 10th the Deià International Music Festival. Almost every artist from the islands has been given the opportunity to take part, performing at the Son Marroig Country House. Those attending have also had the pleasure of listening to well-known guest artists from many locations around the world. The concerts begin at 20:30 or, in July and August, slightly later at 21:00. Please see their website  for the full summer programme.

Friday 11th May Reds, whites, roses and even sweet wines will be offered up for tasting in the centre of Palma, at the Pati de la Misericordia at the most important event for Mallorca’s small wineries, the Wine Evening which is the perfect chance to taste lots of different local wines. Tickets cost 10€ and can be purchased in advance at one of the wineries. All proceeds go to charity. You also need to pay a 3€ deposit on your wine glass.

Friday and Saturday 11th and 12th May With 3 simultaneous stages, the Mallorca Live Festival integrates some of the most powerful international artists of indie rock, world music, reggae, electronic music and hip-hop. You can expect more than 16 hours of live music spread over two days, plus street food, street art and a design market. The line-up includes: The Prodigy and Primal Scream and loads of other acts.

Just down the road from the festival Radio One Mallorca based in Magaluf will be hosting its annual Radiothon this weekend, from Friday to Saturday. They will be raising money for local charities on the island so good luck to them.

Saturday 12th One of Europe’s most popular Ironman competitions takes place in the beautiful town of Alcúdia. The swim course, 1.9 km, will take place in the city’s harbour. The bike track of 90 km, follows a challenging route mixed with hills and flat stretches. Finally, for the run, athletes will return to Alcudia’s picturesque beach after more than 21 km.

Saturday 12th May at Il Carpaccio in Santa Ponsa there will be special night organised by Diamante Events featuring a 6 course menu, live music from the Syndicate and I guess a lot of dancing to shift those extra calories! You can get your tickets by calling Cleo on 642 071 577

It’s Europe Day this Sunday. It’s a huge event in Palma Nova featuring stalls, live events and entertainment, loads of street food, and lots and lots of networking!  

And over in Campanet you will find their Spring Fair on the same day.

Sunday 13th there’s a Western Horse Riding competition at the Club Hipic Es Raiguer on the Ctra Vella de Lloseta. It starts at 10am with Pole Bending, Barrel racing and a Pony Express!

Monday 14th May One of the biggest festivals of the year in Mallorca and definitely one of the noisiest will be coming to its finale in Sóller and Port de Sóller. The main event is the re-enactment of the battle between the people of Sóller and the invading “Moors”. Black face paint, lots of fireworks and a fairly Mallorcan disregard for health and safety make this one of the best days of the year to visit Port de Sóller. The famous beach battle takes place on the Monday afternoon/evening. Beware though as you will need a wristband to access the square so if you want to get in make sure you visit the local council beforehand to pick one up.

Something a lot calmer, every Monday evening you can join the Paseo Margarita at 19:00-20:00 starting out from Club Náutico Portixol, coaching walk and talk to uncover your essence and achieve lasting change.

On Wednesday 16th May there will be a seminar entitled, “Journey of the Soul, The Process of Death” hosted by the author of “The Interior Woman” Zulma Reyo. It will be held at the Centre of Metaphysical Studies in Palma from 8.30 to 9.30pm

On Friday 18th May there will be an evening for the marine conservation organisation, Ondine. Entitled, The Sea Soiree, it will be a night of fun AND fundraising. Drinks and entertainment start at 7pm, with dinner at 8pm followed by live music and dancing, all at Coast in Port Adriano. Contact alice@asociacionondine.org

From May 18th to the 20th there will be the Calvia Six Points Charity Cycling Challenge. It is a ride around the whole of the island touching the four compass extremities of the island and the highest and lowest points over 3 days. You can get more information www.sixpointsmallorca.com and still join up if you fancy it.

Or if bikes aren’t your thing, then why not go to a meditation retreat from Friday 18 to Sunday 20 May. The two-day residential retreat is designed to help you reconnect with your essence, deepen your observation of yourself. You will be able to practice different meditation techniques, active meditations, guided meditations, a conscious dance session, silent states. and exercises. The event will be held at Finca Son Durí, surrounded by nature where we will enjoy spaces of silence, fun in the pool and delicious vegetarian meals. INFORMATION & BOOKINGS: 653207963 / sondurimallorca@gmail.com

The next Life Clubs Mallorca workshop is on Saturday 19 May from 10 am to 1pm in a private room at the Es Pontet restaurant in Sa Indioteria. Life Clubs workshops are for people who want to explore their lives, their goals and the transformative steps they can take to achieve them – for everyone who wants to understand themselves and make lasting, constructive changes to their lives. The restaurant offers great fish, seafood and rice dishes so workshop attendees might like to stay on for lunch (with the group and/or with their families and friends).

On Saturday May 19th there will be a Paella and Spanish lesson in Manacor organised by Isabel from BJLanguages. They will talk about the different types of rice, broth, wines, traditions and origins of the dish whilst cooking it, and then sit and eat it. The class will be practical with food, drinks and notes included. Should you bring your own apron!

Vegan Day Out May 26th will be held at the Loft Otel Canet in Esporles, and after the Day Out they are doing their first evening event as well.

Also on May 26th there will be a talk about Buddhism at the Wohaby Coworking space in Manacor at 5pm focusing on how you can improve your relationships. Contact the Asociacion Potala Hospice for more information on aphospice@yahoo.es or visit www.potalahospiceluzclara.org

Three day photography course starting on May 31st. Go to https://www.photoclasses.eu/ to book your spot.

For all the details visit www.mallorcamatters.com

April events for Mallorca

During the day tomorrow, Wednesday April 11th, there is an Open Day at Palma College for any young person interested in studying there. In the afternoon there will be a fundraising event organised by Inquisitive Crew at Galibos Bar in Astilleros de Mallorca. This event starts at 5.30pm. It is to raise money for cancer charities and is for women by women.  Finally for tomorrow in the evening there will be a Charity Jazz Night organised by the Rotary Club of Calvia starting with dinner at 8pm at the Hotel Saratoga and followed by live music. You can book by emailing info@kate.es

The Road Bike Festival also kicks off tomorrow  and continues for four days. It’s a festival is dedicated to road cycling. You will find it on the road linking Playa de Muro and Alcudia, and will feature parties, live music and stalls with the latest road cycling gear, workshops with experts, test rides, cycling races and lots more.

On Thu 12th Apr the Mallorca Walking Event starts in Peguera. Over four days hundreds of people will hike along paths and trails in Peguera. Different routes will take participants along nature paths through charming villages, and beautiful beaches taking in the Mallorcan coast and the impressive Tramuntana mountain range. There are routes of 30, 20 or 12.5 kilometres each day. You can register at http://www.mallorcawalkingevent.com

Over the coming weekend of April 13, 14 and 15th up in Alcudia you will get the chance you’ve been waiting for to try cuttlefish, it’s not just for your budgie! Alcudia will be hosting its annual cuttlefish fair and there will be an exhibition, a craft market, a boat show, children’s parties and a playground, and a food market.

On Saturday the 14th you can watch the final day of cycling racing of the Six Day Series.
Having competed in London, Berlin and Copenhagen the final is in Mallorca with a party like atmosphere on the Palma Arena track.  www.sixday.com/mallorca/ On Saturday April 14th there will be a Violin and Piano concert at the Teatro Municipal at 8pm. The duo will perform Vivaldi, Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, Paganini and Malte Kahler.

Also on the 14th the Lions Club of Palma will be present an evening of music at the Shamrock in Palma. You can book by emailing singen@lionsclubpalma.com the price is 40€ per person and includes a welcome drink, finger food and a donation to their charity.

Over the weekend of April 20th, 21st and 2nd there will be a comedy performed by the Anglican Church Drama Club, called Murdered to Death. I understand that is a very clever Agathat Christie / Miss Marple spoof. Tickets go really fast for these events so get your as soon as you can. Call 971 510 587, 634 200 242 or email rns@psi-mail.com

On Saturday April 21st there will be an open day at Fit Club in Son Caliu, they will have a DJ, a healthy food tasting including smoothies and the menu from Fitness Kitchen Mallorca. There will also be a competition to win a month’s training at the gym.  On Sunday April 22nd there will be a Wim Hof Method day held at Finca s’Almudaina. The WimHof method has been proved to strengthen your immune system, you learn a unique breathing technique during the day. It is also a fantastic challenge because at the end of the day you sit in a bath of ice! You can get more information on my site.

If you are an early bird then you can go to business networking events in Calvia on Wednesday mornings at 7.30am, for more information please visit http://www.mallorcamatters.com. You have to request an invitation and the email address is on my site. john@kavanaghconsulting.com

The Palma Boat Show starts on April 27th and goes through the weekend. At the same time, on the other side of the road the Palma Beer Festival will be doing its best to keep us all hydrated with 200 beer brands on offer.

On Saturday 28th April the roads of Mallorca will be filled (even more so than usual) with cyclists doing the 312 when they attempt to cycle around the island.

On Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th there will be a dog training course organised by Heather Whitehouse featuring  John McGuigan, also known as “The Glasgow Dog Trainer”. Based in Glasgow, Scotland, John has been dedicated to behavioural modification for many years in an evolutionary way, constantly training and refining his knowledge. After many years combining his work with the police service he retired four years ago and is now focused on offering education.  His specialty is the “difficult” cases, many times being dogs that have already passed through several educators with wrong or ineffective ways.  He believes that when dogs do not do what we ask, there are simple explanations – They either do not understand  or they are not motivated to do it. For info and reservations: info @ forcefreedt.com

The International Day of Jazz is on April 30th, there will be several events and concerts on the Saturday the 28th and Monday the 30th to celebrate this. The organisers have not yet released details but look out for them on my website after April 19th.

MARCH EVENTS FOR MALLORCA

Tomorrow evening, Tuesday the 13th March there will be a “Mad for Mutts” Palma Dog Quiz Fundraiser. It starts at 7pm at The Boathouse in Palma. There will be loads of prizes on offer and it’s a big support for animals which need rehoming. DETAILS HERE: Mad For Mutts

On Thursday March 15th there will be a book launch for Samantha Meade-Newman Whittington, her first book “Rosamunda y las Montanas del Norte” will be  Biblioteca Can Sales in Placa Porta de Santa Catalina from 7pm.  Also that same evening Club Ultima Hora has organised a conference with Chris Sharma, a famous climber from California who will talk about sports climbing in Mallorca. The event is free and starts at 8pm at the Trui Theatre. You have to pick up an invitation from the Palau de la Premsa in Palma beforehand. DETAILS HERE

On Friday March 16th at 8pm you can join the Mood Singers for The Rhythm of Life concert in aid of Cala Nova Cancer Care. The event will be at the Anglican Church in Son Armadans Palma. Tickets are 10€ per person including a drink and nibbles.

Also on Friday evening it’s the opening night of Stereo in Magaluf, marking the beginning of their season. DETAILS HERE

From the 16th to the 18th of March you can try out the island’s best craft beers and live music at the Bierkonig Centre in S’Arenal.

On Saturday 17th March there will be a mindfulness workshop. Designed as an entry level to mindful meditation you will practice meditation, mindful waking and eating and talk about the health benefits. DETAILS HERE

On Saturday evening at MariSol Yoga in Placa del Progreso in Palma there will be a women’s circle event from 8pm to 9pm. It’s an open event and all women are invited to join.  DETAILS HERE

Sunday the 18th of March will feature the St Patrick’s Festival in Santa Ponca, there’s plenty of market stalls, entertainments, and the Guinness will be flowing!

On Wednesday 21st March there will be the grand opening of a new handmade ice cream shop in Palma, called Bo Bom Gelato. They will be offering “true” Gelato, gelato cakes, Italian hot chocolate, Easter Eggs, and freshly made Italian Easter cakes called Colomba, and plenty of Prosecco as well!  DETAILS HERE

Also on Wednesday 21st March from 10am to 1pm there will be a Spring Equinox inspired session, the Sacred Chant Awakening the Divine Femine. It will be at Peopletree in Alaro and led by yoga teacher Jeanne Lurie. It will include a gong deep relaxation session.

On the evening of the 21st of March you can catch the Moscow Ballet at Palma Auditorium performing Swan Lake.

On the weekend of the 24th and 25th of March there will be the Sheep and Goat fair in Calvia village. There’s always loads going on, including plenty of animals to go and see, pony rides for children, market stalls and plenty of fun and games.

On Saturday March 24th there will be a  Car Boot Sale at the BIC school in Magaluf from 1.30 to 4.30pm. Anyone who wants a pitch should contact the school in advance.  Also on the same day you can catch the Fiesta de la Primavera at Port Adriano, El Toro where they promise to offer loads of family friendly activities.

Also over the weekend of the 24th and 25th there is a theatre event called Spring In The Magic Forest. It’s aimed at kids and will be performed at the Palma Auditorium. The show is in Spanish and English and the kids will be invited up on to stage so make sure they wear their animal costumes. DETAILS HERE

Also on Saturday March 24th there will be a March For Our Lives event held in Palma. This is a protest in support of the kids and families in America who are marching all over the country on this day in an attempt to change the gun laws. The march organisers are asking for everyone to come and join them in the peaceful protest to send a message from across the world to the US government.  Meet in Plaza La Lonja at 10am, wear a white shirt with red or blue, bring friends, family, neighbours and anyone who cherishes peace and life.     DETAILS HERE

28th March art exhibition opening at the Century 21 Palm Beach offices in Paseo de Mallorca. The artist Sebastian Bispo will be showing his most recent works.

On Saturday 31st March the next edition of the Vegan Day Out will be hosted at the Son Alegre Vinyard in Calogne. It starts at 1pm and will feature live music, yoga, meditation, cooking workshops, an organic wine bar and more. DETAILS HERE

If you like fun fairs then you have until the 15th of April to go along to the Fira del Ram. It’s down beside the Son Castello industrial estate in Palma and is open every day.

Looking into April, there will be an training event for entrepreneurs on the 13th to the 15th April called Woha.  DETAILS HERE

Events in Mallorca, January 2018

11230863_10153554291537025_8774810223230386098_oYou may think that Christmas, and New Year AND the Three Kings are over, and that therefore everything is back to normal in Mallorca, but you would be wrong as we still have two more fiestas to go this month, and we love them!
First up we have St Antoni this coming weekend. You will be able to join in at outdoor barbecues all over the island on Saturday evening. Some of the best ones are in my neck of the woods which is Andratx and S’Arraco, but you will also have places like Sa Pobla, Felanitx, Muro, Santanyi, Sencelles, Son Servera, Pollensa and Binissalem to check out as well. They are spread out over the weekend with some happening on Friday evening as well. The fiesta is split into two halves: you have the barbecue where everyone steals everyone elses’ sausages and gets drunk, followed by the Corre Foc, the fire run where recently inebriated people are invited to participate with people dressed up in really scary devil costumes and play with fireworks. What could possibly go wrong? Then on Sunday you have to make your way to the church with your pet cat, dog, sheep, goat, hamster, whatever you have you should take along to be blessed. There are blessings in Biniali, Cala D’Or, Santanyi, Soller, and Andratx. Look out for the celebrations as well in Alaro with a parade, bonfires and a correfoc in the evening. You can also go along to Deya, Maria de la Salut, Muro, Sa Coma, Santa Maria del Cami, Soller, Son Carrio and more action in Sa Pobla.
Then all attention is focused on Palma for the big San Sebastian parties. The Fiesta Sant Sebastia is one of the biggest festivals in Mallorca and celebrates the Patron Saint of the capital. The big nights are around the 18th, 19th and 20th (the day of Saint Sebastian), with the main parties and concerts being held on the 19th. Various squares in Palma become the venues for different types of music, for example Plaza Cort will become the stage for electronic music and Porta Santa Catalina will be the Jazz Stage whilst Placa Rei Joan Carles 1 will be the ska and reggae stage. Other entertainments such as the Castellers de Mallorca and the fire runs (Correfoc – wear long sleeves!) are on the 20th January. There will be exhibitions, music and parades for the duration of the festival and you’ll find all the details in the Official Programme (available about a week before the event).
From January 12th to the 14th there is a very special opportunity for men to get involved with yoga. Run by David Lurey it is spread out over three days at Earth Yoga in Palma: Friday evening, all day Saturday and then Sunday morning. The programme is for men of ALL shapes, sizes, flexibility and health levels and is designed for men to introduce the body, mind and life changing practice of Yoga. During the weekend you explore yoga poses for Increased flexibility and health and lean into your edge as a man to learn about the body, mind, spirit connection

On the 16th of January you can have fun and raise money for animals at the first Bow Wow Bingo event. It´s being held at The Boathouse in Palma from 7pm so get down there and get dabbing!

On Friday the 19th if you don’t fancy the concerts in Palma you can hop over to Finca Can Corem in Campos where there will be a disco for people 40 plus.

On Saturday the 20th there will be a Surya Soma yoga class which includes dancing, singing, and meditating at the Pramu Yoga centre at Estudi Ciutat Antigua in Palma. Contact Claudia on 609063327.–

From January 24th onwards a local designer, Eli, is running Make Your Own Yoga Wear workshops where you will learn how to make your own leggings, leotard and top! You learn how to use an overlock and coating machine, how to scale a pattern to fit your own size, and at the end of the course you will have your own unique clothes and the skills to make more!  Find out more at http://www.sunvibes.com

From Thursday 25th to the 28th there is the 27th Vuelta of Mallorca which normally attracts several professional cycling teams to the island. On each day they race through different parts of the island with the final race on the Sunday being from the Playa de Palma to the finish line on the Paseo Maritimo in Palma.  You can get more information at http://vueltamallorca.com/challenge-mallorca

On Friday the 26th there will be another in the series of group discussions run by Glynis German about death. It will be in Verdeteja in Alcudia. There will be another workshop in the same place on the 31st run by Anna Digon about relationships.  And on the 27th at Son Barrina finca which is between Inca and Llubi there will be an introduction to Permaculture.

Then on the weekend of the 26th a great musician, Luis Paniagua, will be visiting Palma, firstly to accompany a yoga class at Earth Yoga with Mirjam Wagner on the Friday evening 7 to 9pm and then on Saturday 27th January he will present his Sacred Music Concert from 7pm to 9pm.
Finally on Saturday January 27th you will be able to visit the Tira’m Els Trastos which is a second hand and vintage market. It is open from 10.30 to 2.30pm and you can find it in front of the PAC in Santa Catalina, on Glorieta Pau Casals.

 

Christmas Tip Pick and Mix

I asked my real and online friends what their tips would be for Christmas: to enjoy it, get through it, or get around it. Whichever way you look at it Christmas is a time of year when we can feel overwhelmed by our own expectations of the day or our fears of how it may be different from previous ones. Take a breath, make a cup of tea, or pour yourself a glass of cava and enjoy these tips from this selection of wise folk who have all been there, and done that in one way or another.

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Be proactive

Maria van Boxtel: As many people I always miss my family and friends this time of the year a bit more than any other period. So I decided to do something different this year and make an open invitation to everyone to celebrate Christmas together. I believe when you are celebrating together it makes it easier to handle the feeling of missing your loved ones. I’m looking forward to meet people who I have never met before and have fun instead of being at home feeling miserable.

Sandra Piddock: Focus on the good memories from previous years – celebrate them and talk about them, because that’s a great way to get into the Christmas spirit, even if you don’t feel like it. And invite someone who would otherwise be alone. But make it someone you like, so you have a good chance of enjoying the day. It works – I’ve done it several times, and never regretted it.

Julie Brogan:  If you’re alone try asking around your social group if anyone wants to join you for the day. I did it last year we had a great time: 14 of us in total so we had a very merry and fun time.

Remember the Christmas story

Anne Kay: Don’t give up on the original religious reason.

Don’t max out your credit card

Sandi Oakley: Don’t overspend…it’s the thought that counts! Just do your best, no more should be expected of you or others!

Sue Carmichael: Keep to budget…..never overspend or you’ll start New Year depressed ’cause of debt!

Mara RV: Don’t give so much importance to giving presents, we don’t need more things, we need more love.

Saskia Griffiths: Presence vs Presents.

Melody Fennell: B R E A T H E….and Love.

 Pick up the phone

Graham Wilding: For expats being remote from family is upsetting, especially for those without the ability to use today’s technology…messenger, SKYPE etc.

Sandi Oakley: If you can’t get to be with friends and family make sure you talk on the phone over the Christmas – especially to young grandchildren – it will cheer you up and the children will make you laugh!

Take control of your emotions

Patricia Hartland: Decide to be happy.

Keep it in perspective

Lesley Keith: I’d tell those who dread it that it’s just one day and will soon pass.

Rachel Nicholson:  I do think it’s good to remember it’s just one day, and before you know it it’ll be here and gone. It can be, and is, a very difficult time for a lot of people. I lost my Mum not long before Christmas 2014, my Mum Loved Christmas..the only way I know how to get through it is to try and enjoy it, that is what she would have wanted.

Philip Rogan:  It’s something really important that you are addressing because for many it really is the worst time of the year. I think that some people like some of the above make an effort to put people together and that makes a big difference. In your own head try not to give it all too much importance and know that the “festivities” will come to an end soon enough and that normality will return. Obviously, for some people, it’s simply the “best” time of the year and they love it. Avoid these people at all costs!! I do think that it’s an important issue that you are writing about, a tip, take it easy and focus on work or your regular hobbies as per normal as much as possible. Give or allow yourself one day to enjoy it, treat yourself and a friend to something nice.

Make contact

Cassian Edward: I think the most important tip you can add, if it hasn’t been suggested already, is some sort of helpline and/or communication avenue for those that find themselves on their own at this time of year, helping to put them in touch with others who understand their predicament and with whom they can talk to and enable spirits to be raised. There are so many out there that have no family; are on their own in some way; and for whom Christmas is a time of isolation. A means to allow people who are lonely at this time of year to communicate or be with others is something that can make life so much more liveable and bearable.

Michelle Whenman: Visit people you know who will be alone. Loneliness affects all ages.

Do something else

Laura Anne-Marie:  I would advise if you are feeling upset that you don’t put on a bunch of Christmas feel good movies, maybe get some fresh air and do some exercise or distract yourself with a project like sorting out your clothes, what you don’t wear you can donate to Allen Graham Charity.

Helen Comben: Remember it really is only another day in the year .. and the world will not fall apart if you opt out of all the trimmings or even work the day.

Glenda Stirling-Langan: If you are not up for crimbo for whatever reason and are not wanting to do the social thing, avoid all media, start a good Netflix series and, or book trilogy and get those rainy days jobs sorted. Achieve. If you are up for crimbo embrace it, avoid negative media, plan your Christmas to include seeing everyone you want to. Keep an eye on your spending. Overall remember, it only really lasts a couple o days.

Get out and about

Angie Wallace: Foster a dog.

 Alternatively, stay in

Caroline Trevill: Another thought for those on their own is to say embrace it! You can spend the day in your pjs, eat as many mince pies as you want without judgement and don’t have to put up with annoying family members.

Eva Marie Burns: Stay in bed.

Lilly Rose: Stay in bed ear plugs and sleep from 24th till 26th December.

Birgitta Nilsson: Going to bed and stay in bed 3 days . Just a normal weekend mode.

 Do what makes you happy

Belinda Shaw: Be with the people that you want to be with (if you can) and if that is yourself then whatever keeps you happy – I am one of those people who goes with the flow – but am as happy having a Marmite sandwich at home in front of the tv or an Xmas meal with friends – depends on how I am feeling. I have had people invite me to join them because they cannot imagine spending the holidays alone – but to me it is a day like any other day just with a few presents to open if I am lucky!!

Lesley Harris: Don’t force old traditions on your new lifestyle (expats) embrace your local restaurateurs, neighbours, co-workers, and those who are present at this time. If you’ve chosen to live differently, snag a few buddies here and do it differently!

Val Eyckmans Godbehear: I don’t live an expat lifestyle but we always celebrate Christmas in the typical British way and all the Spanish and other nationalities in the family love it and wouldn’t have it any other way. I don’t think it’s a matter of just taking on the Spanish way of living but of sharing our way with them too.

Sean Herdman-Low: Do what makes you happy- don’t feel pressured into attending events or things that you can’t face. It can be a busy time of year and it’s important to put it into perspective.

Be realistic

Roberta Longo: Manage your expectations against your reality.

Embrace gratitude

Joyce Checketts: Just be thankful you made it to Christmas 2017 as many we know didn’t – happy Christmas.

Nicola Jane Grieve: There’s always someone worse off than you!!!

Take a dip

Belinda Shaw: Come to El Toro Beach on Xmas morning and watch the mad dogs and Englishmen taking a dip… That is always fun and free. There’s usually mulled wine or some other beverage being shared as well as laughs.

Take the opportunity to disconnect

Humphrey Carter: Throw the TV out of the window and enjoy some quality time with friends and family.

Caroline Trevill: Focus less on perfect and more on fun. If you’re fortunate enough to have people you love to spend Christmas with, then don’t spend your energy worrying about whether your tree is wonky or whether you mince pies are from Waitrose. Plan some games and make some fun memories.

Take it easy on the turkey

Claire Jeffery: Don’t eat animals. Be lovely to people.

Do your prep beforehand

Laura Stadler: I find best to prepare as much as possible the day before, not to be too ambitious and warn everyone not to expect me to be a domestic goddess… I’m definitely NOT!!

Keep your sense of humour

Fiona Pitt-Kethley: I once said Xmas is a four-letter word in an article and the Telegraph altered it to Christmas, which isn´t…

Escape

Lucy Dundas: We have cut our expenditure on gifts in favour of a holiday together..the memories of those last much longer than the gifts nobody remembers a few days after. Time together and experiences are priceless.

Fiona Hanks: When I was running expeditions I often happened to be in non Christian countries in December … that makes Christmas pretty uneventful and easy!

Sharon Grange: Get on a plane and go on holiday, better than spending money on presents!

Daniella Melanie B: Go away on holiday!!! Somewhere far away and just ignore Christmas!

Keep calm

James B Rieley:  In times of stress or chaotic things all around, perhaps the best thing to do is follow the red-poster’s advice from the war….Keep Calm and Carry On.

Julie Waller: Use insight timer to find a meditation or two that you like. Be fully present and enjoy the season.

Take some time out alone

Heather Donahue: Solitude is solid food.

Be prepared for the Christmas hangover

Saskia Griffiths: Apple cider vinegar for hangovers!

Offer help to others

Rosemary Grainge: Yes….don’t just enjoy yourself… Get out and about and help others less fortunate… Volunteer.

Caroline Trevill: Instinctively it feels like the best cure for loneliness might be to help others somehow. Whether volunteering somewhere or reaching out to other people who might be on their own. I’d like to think other people would be aware of people on their own and invite them in, but I suspect that’s just wishful thinking.

Gem Alexander: If you know any single mums, volunteer to watch their kids for a few hours at some point during the festive season just so they can get their Xmas wrapping done.

Tracy Courtney-Wills: if you are lonely at Christmas, best thing you can do is volunteer with a charitable organization helping to feed the homeless or needy. You get to be part of a great team of people for the day, feel needed and part of something, realise there are people worse off than yourself, hopefully have a genuinely good time in the process and go home feeling a warm glow inside.

Illustrated Christmas Plants Twitter Post

So, with all of this in mind, good luck, I hope you have fun, stay true to how you want to celebrate or not, and I will see you on the other side. Merry Christmas, Vicki xxx

What’s on in November 2017

So, let’s start with some free curry! Tomorrow evening at Bindi’s in Santa Catalina in Palma from 7pm they will be serving complimentary Indian street food, playing good music and welcoming everyone. It sounds like a great chance to get to meet some new people.

On Thursday 9th from 5 to 7pm you can hang out and enjoy music and drinks at the Estudio 3 Christmas preview in Portals Nous village.  

On Friday the 10th there will be a soul, funk, rock and blues night featuring the saxophonist Norbert Fimpel at Finca Can Corem in Campos. The night starts at 9pm and entrance is 12 euros. Finca Can Corem is also the venue for a flea market on this coming Sunday, November 12th from 10am. And the following Friday, November 17th there will be a disco night.

Pray for clear skies this Saturday morning as it is the EL FENÓMENO at 8am in Palma Cathedral. The sun shines through the 12m eastern window and lights up the back western wall above the western round window, to form a perfect 8. It only happens twice a year.

This weekend coming there will be a big Wedding Fair at Finca Son Termes in Bunyola. It runs daily from about midday to 9pm. There will be exhibitors for everything bridal on Mallorca so if you’re thinking of getting hitched or you work in the industry it is a must see. There will be a fashion show on the Saturday evening featuring many of the dress shops in Mallorca.

Next week is TaPalma which is a fun food event in Mallorca.  You can try out tapas and cocktails on various routes around the city from November 15 to 19 . on Monday, November 13, two days before the start of the tapas and cocktails route, the 2017 TaPalma Contest will take place at the Escola d’Hoteleria de les Illes Balears. A professional fair aimed at professionals in the sector and the general public will be held in the same venue. You can get more info on my website.

If you want to support a local artist then please go along and see “Tramuntana Lines” by Lesley Woodward which is at the Aina Pastor Art gallery on Costa de Santa Creu in Palma.  The exhibition is on until November 18th.

Thursday 16th Mallorca has its biggest fair of the year. Dijous Bo in Inca. It is enormous and features a great range of different agricultural supplies, animals, crafts, foods, and much more. You can get the train to Inca for the day which might be better than trying to park.

Every Saturday there is a car boot fair at the Jolly Roger in Alcudia

The first of the Christmas Fairs will be at the Anglican Church in Palma on November 18th from 10.30am to 1.30pm. There will be plenty of gift options to purchase, like handmade items, candles, and jewellery. This may also be your first mince pie of the season. There will also be games and a raffle to take part in. Christmas songs will be performed by the British International College choir and Father Christmas will be there as well!

18th of November A ma Maison Restaurant in Santa Catalina will be celebrating their 6 year anniversary. Tickets are on sell at the restaurant. Price is 45 euros include drinks food and entertainment. Places are limited.

This is also the weekend for the Caimari Olive Fair  which runs over Saturday and Sunday. It’s in Caimari which is one of Mallorca’s prettiest villages.  There will be displays of olive oil making, local products, a wide range of market stalls, folk performances, pony rides and loads of things for children.

On Sunday the 19th there is the Honey fair in Llubi, and the following weekend on Sunday November 26th there is the Mushroom fair at Mancor de la Vall.

On Wednesday 22nd November I am organising a friend making networking event in Palma, go and join the Mallorca Matters Meet Up Facebook group for more information.

On the evening of Wednesday 22nd November at the Boathouse from 7.30pm there will be a fundraising pub quiz for the Palma Dogs group organised by Caroline Stapley.

And finally, at Thursday 23rd the Christmas lights go on in Palma. Get to the Borne about 5.30pm for the warm up fun with circus performers.

Rotary Walk Success

748A1522“Walking Works Wonders” was the theme of this year’s Charity Walk organised by the Rotary club of Calvia International and over 350 people turned out on Saturday 21 October to make sure that it does. There were over many schoolchildren from the eight International Schools taking part as well as adults, not overlooking a large contingent of canines who joined in too.

748A1553The walk was planned by the Rotary Club with very close collaboration from the Ajuntament of Calvia, the police and an army of volunteers from the Club and other associations on the island. There was a 10km walk for the older children and the fitter adults (and the more energetic dogs) from the Sports Centre in Magaluf to the Agora School in Portals and back. The less young and children and some dog walkers did the 2km walk from the same starting point went but went down through Magaluf and back. All of those walking enjoyed the warm sunshine weather and the social atmosphere.

748A1531The aim was to raise a substantial sum of money for three charities – RANA which focuses on help to prevent child abuse of any description, JoyRon, which raises money for children in the Balearic Islands and in this case, money will go to help meet the cost of constructing and fitting out a cinema in Son Espases for children who are undergoing palliative care. Last but by no means least, money raised will also go to Association Ondine which is trying to preserve the marine environment in the Balearics for the benefit of future generations. Three very worthwhile causes.

748A1527This year too, in association with Association Ondine the Rotary Club Calvia International sought to discourage the use of single use plastic bottles and promoted the use of reusable bottles by providing free water at the start/finish and mid-point of the walk: another positive step by the Club to help others and the environment.

748A1521The International Schools are the main contributors to the walk, not only from their participation on the day of the walk itself but through the young children in the infant schools of some of the schools walking in the grounds of the Schools. Money was raised not only by the Rotary Club charging a registration fee to enter the walk (the fee included some food and refreshments on completion) but a lot of the walkers were sponsored by parents, friends and colleagues.

748A1493After the walk, everyone enjoyed the refreshments and entertainment provided by Izzy Newman and children from BIC as well as a belly dancer. Some even joined in the performance! Casa Corazon a beautiful luxury property development in Son Gual sponsored the after walk refreshments  (www.casascorazon.es), Generali, the insurance company covered the walk’s public liability insurance as they do every year (www.generali.com), Spectrum IFA (www.spectrum-ifa.com) sponsored the water, and Nice Price donated chocolately treats (www.niceprice-mallorca.com).  The Town Hall in Calvia provided their full support for the event.

748A1470Club President thanked all participants for generously giving up their time and the various sponsors for their contribution. It will take time to determine how much money has been raised, currently they have received 5000€ but it is likely that the three charities which are to benefit will not be disappointed.

 

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Halloween

It’s the spooky Halloween edition of the Grapevine. It seems like Halloween gets bigger and crazier every year on the island. This year I was asked to photograph the Pirates Adventure show which is always hugely popular. I arrived early to capture Sade and Nikki creating some very creepy makeup looks for the cast. And then roamed around taking photos of as many people as I could. The show was a mixture of the acts from the family friendly Pirates Adventure and the much more risque Reloaded with some extra special additions such as the excellent violinist who performed reworked versions of pop hits. The show was a great way to finish the season, and I hope the cast and crew enjoy their time off before they restart next year.

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After the glitter had settled at Pirates I was off into Palma for the next part of my Halloween evening which was taking photos at SoCial, a new club on the Paseo Maritimo opposite Titos. Fire breathers, contortions, dancing girls, acrobats, creepy doctors and a sword swallower entertained the big crowd of revellers. I had a quick chat with the Great Bendini (the contortionist and sword swallower). I asked him when he had realised that he could swallow swords and he looked at me as if that was the dumbest question he’d ever been asked, “I had to learn how to do it” he replied, err, yeah, Vicki, of course. Doh. He really does swallow swords, they weren’t trick ones! And they go all the way down to his stomach. Yuck!

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Walking Works Wonders

What are you doing on the morning of Saturday October 21st? Fancy a stroll for charity? Yep, it’s that time of year already, and it’s time to get your walking boots on and step out.

Mike, Jan, Rosa, Geoff and KateOrganised by the Calvia International branch of the Rotary Club the charity walk has been going for more than thirty years. And it’s raised thousands for local associations and causes. This year’s slogan is “Walking Works Wonders” and if you are a walker then you will already know that. Physical activity doesn’t need to be complicated. Something as simple as a daily brisk walk can help you live a healthier life.

Regular brisk walking can help you:

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Prevent or manage various conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes
  • Strengthen your bones and muscles
  • Improve your mood
  • Improve your balance and coordination

The faster, farther and more frequently you walk, the greater the benefits. So why not join in the walk, enjoy getting fitter and raise some money for charity? The Rotary Club Calvia International is hoping to attract some of the established walking groups on the Island to take part in the walk but anyone who has an interest in just doing a walk in the company of others – there are no prizes to be won or records to be broken – whilst at the same time making a contribution to three worthwhile Charities can take part.   Sponsors would be very welcome too, they already have Casa Corazon a beautiful luxury property development in Son Gual will sponsor the after walk refreshments  (www.casascorazon.es), Generali, the insurance company who covers the walk’s public liability insurance yearly (www.generali.com), Spectrum IFA (www.spectrum-ifa.com) will sponsor the water, plus Nice Price are donating chocolate treats (www.niceprice-mallorca.com).  The Town Hall in Calvia are also providing their full support for the event.

This year’s charities which stand to benefit are RANA  (fundacionrana.org.es) a Majorca based charity which aims to prevent child abuse. JoyRon (joyronfoundation.org)  which helps needy children in the Balearics. Our contribution will go towards the cost of providing a children’s cinema in Son Espases Hospital, and Asociacion Ondine (asociacionondine.org) which is dedicated to environmental and marine conservation in the Balearic Islands.

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So why are we at Es Generador looking at countless posters designed by local school children? Because every year the poster advertising the walk comes from an art competition that they can enter. Despite local public schools being invited to attend it’s just some of the private and international schools which have entered: Queens College, Bellver, Baleares International College, Agora and The Academy.  I know that the Rotary Club would love to have more schools join in (both in the forthcoming walk and in next year’s art competition and walk) so get in touch with them if you represent a school or college. After much deliberation the judges chose the entry from Lotta Cabello from Queens College with the Junior runners up being Zahara Vazquez (Agora) and Roberto Mercadal (Agora) and the Senior runners up being Elsa (Queens College) and Alina Vera (Queens College) with a Special Mention for  Electa Schaller (The Academy).

Mike with the special mention entry.It takes quite a bit of effort, patience and dedication to coordinate the walk, and this year the job has fallen to Jan Siegl (for any questions you can contact her via janet.siegl@gmail.com). It’s Jan who tells me about a new initiative, to make the walk “plastic free”.

“This year, for the first time, the Club is aiming to abolish the need for single use plastic bottles reflecting our wish to work with Asociacion Ondine, one of the Charities we are supporting and which campaigns against the indiscriminate use and disposal of plastic items. We’re seeking to not only serve the local community and reflect the aim of Rotary International, which is Service above Self but also to save the environment for the future. It’s a very important issue for all of us. All participants will be asked to bring along a reusable water bottle which they will be able to fill for free from a large tank, called The Rocket and which will be provided by CleanWave.org, a non governmental organisation which provides solutions to the single use plastic bottle issue. Further water will be available along the route. ”

As in other years there will be a choice of two walks this year they will both start and finish at the Polideportivo de Magaluf on c/Minyo. The 10 km route will go to the municipal car park next to Agora International School in Costa d’en Blanes and back and the 2 km route will go down to the promenade at Magaluf. The walks will be marshalled and supervised by members of the Rotary Club and other voluntary organisations, as well as having both a Guardia and medical presence. When the walkers return they will be awarded a medal and will be provided with light refreshments. There will also be stalls selling items from other Charitable organisations and stalls from sponsors.

The 10 Km walk will start at 10.00am and the 2 Km walk at 10.15.   If you want to take part then you should turn up for registration between 9.00 and 9.45am.  Walkers of all ages and abilities can take part. The cost of taking part will be €10 for adults and €5 for children. There is no charge for any committed to taking part in the walk and their contribution to the event, and of course to the sums raised, is significant and very much appreciated. But the Rotary Club Calvia International is still seeking more participants, so, what are you waiting for? Get involved!  

For more information about the Rotary Club visit www.rotary-calvia.weebly.com