Ibiza Holiday July 6 2007 to July 23 2007
A bit of adventure on the way, we arrived in London at Heathrow early in the afternoon and our flight to Ibiza departed from Stansted at 7:45. Plenty of time right? Not when British coach transport is involved. We bought our tickets and waited for over an hour. The person in the ticket office could actually SEE us waiting. Mike eventually went in to check on our bus which hadn't arrived. They told him it was coming. Then a bus driver on a different bus told us that there was an overturned lorry on the M11 that morning and traffic was backed up about 3 hours. Now certainly the people at National Express knew that but they said nary a word. Nice. The bus never did come, then they put us on another bus and sent us to the central station to get a bus to Stansted there. That also took time. Which we were running out of. There were about 7 of us trying to get to Stansted. Finally they got a bus to take us from Central to Stansted. Which broke down on the M25. We were quietly sitting on the bus waiting for a mechanic when we were boarded by traffic police who ushered us off the bus and set up protective cordons of cones and slant parked their police van to protect us. Apparently the M25 is the most dangerous highway in the world. They were quite serious about protecting us. Finally a mechanic showed up and then the bus that was originally supposed to pick us up at Heathrow. The police escorted us and helped carry luggage to the new bus. That bus we were told, would make no stops and go directly to Stansted. Other people had already missed their flights. Mike and I could still make it. The bus stopped in some tiny little college town to pick someone up who wasn't even GOING to Stansted. They never, at any time, expressed any urgency or concern that we get to the airport or even asked what time our flights were. The unnecessary diversion took about 20 minutes. Mike and I missed our check-in by 20 minutes costing us 75 pounds each to change our tickets to next morning and 100 pounds for a night at the Hilton and more money for dinner. The National Express Airport has heard from me oh yes they have.
our stupid broken bus and our gallant policemen
we woke at some Godawful hour the next morning and caught the morning flight, the beauty of the breaking day was nice
views from the plane
bigger every year and sweeter and smarter, Tess and Jordi
This year Bettina said she had a project for me, a small black kitten had turned up a couple of weeks beforehand and no one could touch it or get near it. The family wanted to keep it but couldn't get it to trust them. So, I went to work. By the time we left the kitten was sleeping in bed with us, running up to everyone, eating indoors, playing and laying on his back purring between Mike and I and looking at us over his belly. Oh he is so sweet and full of love. Also as he became more socialized, Tiger the older cat decided he might be worth playing with. Bettina sent me a text when I got home from India saying that he was sitting on the verandah of our casita waiting for us to come back. OH. Sadmaking. I told her to give him, Blackie (the kids named him) lots of love and he would stop waiting for us and transfer his affection to them.
portrait of a content kittylikes to lay on bellies
and he wanted to do everything Tiger did and to play with Tiger, Tiger finally consents
pictures from Sa Trinxa
every year a different girl is selling these
Vickie takes over Cecilia's shift on her day off
this guy is the resident violinist at Amnesia, he is under contract but he is allowed to play free with the dj on Sa Trinxa when he wants to, he was amazing and a pleasure to hear
the insaniacs from f*** me I'm famous come and do their capoiera and acrobatic magic on Salinas to advertise the night
score....free passes to Carl Cox at Space
we go to dinner with Bernhard and Gunther at Can Lluch, delicious and very special - Bettina is working there but joins us for a chat occasionally
the guy over my left shoulder is a sheik with his entourage
Traude's sixtieth birthday party
We had a little dinner party
tired babies after dinner
peek a boo Ishi
I have the worst time finding a bikini that fits me properly and I've been looking for a good leopard bikini for ages. This year...success!
Thomas cooks his famous schtecklefish (spelled wrong I'm sure) which Mike loves, I eat salad
Mike and I on our way to see Jon play at Spaceat our favorite cafe in the port
Jordi and his fauxhawk
the salt flats at Salinas
Now, strange things happen sometimes in Ibiza. A couple of years ago, my friend Bonnie introduced me to her friend Rochelle in Houston. Rochelle went to Ibiza in the early '70s via a British mail van and most of Europe with her kids. She has a shop there on the beach at Cala D'hort overlooking Es Vedra (the sleeping dragon) and lives in Houston part of the year and Ibiza part of the year. The island of Es Vedra is one of the most magnetic places on earth. Very magical. So, we were supposed to go see Rochelle last year but two weeks gets shorter when you're living them and we never managed. This year I met her again at my jewelry party in Houston. As our vacation wound down we started talking about going to see Rochelle. There were just a few days left. We came home at dawn one morning after seeing Ferry Corsten and just slept and then lounged around the house. In the afternoon Mike needed to go to the internet cafe to do a few work things. At the very last minute I decided to go with him just to get out of the house. He let me off at the cafe because there was no parking in sight and it took ages for him to park and walk back. I went in, ordered a juice and a tostada and sat down at a computer. I sensed someone walking by me and looked up, it was Rochelle. Until that moment I wasn't sure I'd remember what she looked like. But when I saw her I knew instantly. She didn't recognize me at all until I said who I was. She had just come in to use the bathroom. She almost didn't. That's the kind of thing that happens when you travel. A few seconds either way in either of our schedules and we would never have seen each other. I'm so glad I did. It was even more chancy because she had only just arrived on Ibiza and was heading out again very quickly as she is caring for her mother who has alzheimers. We joined her that evening at Cala D'hort on the beach and then went back to her house in the hills overlooking Es Vedra and drank some wine and watched the sun set and the moon rise. Another friend of hers joined and it was very very pleasant.
Beth and Rochelle on the beach at Cala D'hort with Es Vedra in the background
Es Vedra through Rochelle's Balinese window, strange match-up yes? That was pure accident. If there is such a thing.
sunset and moonrise
a moth joins us briefly
Taking Bettina out to Sundays at Space
On our last evening we pack, put the suitcases in the car and head to the Blue Marlin to meet Cecilia and watch Paco Fernandez play his flamenco fusion, joined by a rapper from NYC, his keyboard and percussion players and a dancer. What a great evening. He is fantastic, the crowd was wonderful consisting of hippies, rich folk off the yachts in the harbor (the Marlin is on the beach), locals and other visitors