05/25/13
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Mallorca

Ivan, Lil Dave and I had to wake up early at 11:40 am on May 25, 2013.  We packed up really fast before leaving the great Airbnb apartment. 

We walked outside of Dalt Vila Castle to look for a taxicab.  We got lucky and found one shortly in the street. 

The driver took us to the airport which is only a 10 minute ride away.

The plane arrived late, so Ivan and I played our Candy Crush Saga game on our phones.  There was a beautiful view from the airport of the sea.

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We walked to the runway to the small Iberia plane.  Ivan and I noticed that we could see the men putting on the luggage onto the plane. 

Our plane left at 2:25 pm.  We arrived at 3:05 pm in Mallorca, Spain. 

We got a taxi to Puerto Portals which is located in Palma de Mallorca. It’s a beautiful place with lots of pretty big boats and yachts.  Ivan and I wanted to grab a bite to eat before meeting Lee and Louise. 

Ivan checked out the restaurants Flanigan and Wellie’s.  He thought Wellie’s looked too English and decided that we should go to Flanigan instead.  Lil Dave got a few banana tapas..  Ivan and I shared a few tapas: fried eggs with fried squids on top, squid croquettes and anchovies and tomatoes on bread.  We also pre-ordered the apple pie which takes 30 minutes to cook.  It looks like it’s one of their specialties.  Ivan thinks this because it’s the only dessert listed on the menu.  It better be good for 11 Euros! 

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I’m not really sure why the menu said that the use of mobile phones compromises the preparation of the apple pie.  I thought maybe they were using a special oven that is interrupted by cell phone signals.  But, I thought more about it and thought it was just to stop annoying people from having loud conversations that nobody wants to listen to.

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The food was so tasty.  The apple pie came and It looked more like a crepe than a pie. 

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It was simply delicious.

At 5 pm, we walked along the port to find Lee’s boat.  A few months ago, Ivan’s friend Lee invited us to stay on his big boat for a few nights.  Louise waved to us when we were near the Lee’s boat which is named Encore. 

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Lee’s big boat is beautiful.  It has 3 bedrooms and a BBQ on the sun deck.  It looks brand new!  Lee really keeps the boat super clean.  Lee showed us around the boat and our room. 

Ivan thought it was a yacht, but apparently it’s a big boat.  I’m not sure what the definition of a yacht is.  But, according to The Free Dictionary website, a yacht is “Any of various relatively small sailing or motor-driven vessels, generally with smart graceful lines, used for pleasure cruises or racing.”  It sure sounds like it would be a yacht. 

It’s so surreal to be staying on this cool big boat or yacht… just so freaking cool really. 

Lee and Louise served up champagne with raspberries and we made a toast.  The champagne tasted lovely while sitting on the top deck of the boat.  It was great to catch up with Lee and Louise.  Louise is Lee’s ex-girlfriend.  She’s such a sweetheart and very pretty.

Ivan was talking about Magaluf which is a tourist area on the island of Mallorca.  It’s a place that’s well known for young British kids to go party.  It has gained the nickname Shagaluf – I’m sure you can figure out why.  I’m was definitely curious to see it since the closest I’ve seen would be West End in San Antonio, Ibiza. 

Lil Dave made friends with a little bear named Encore in our room.  The bear’s real name is Reggie, but Lee insists it’s Encore since it matches the boat name.  We even got towels with Encore stitched in them.  Cool!

We chilled out on the boat for awhile.  Ivan and I bought some pirate gear and even bought rum (since pirates LOVE rum!) for Lee. 

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He loved the pirate gear which included a pirate’s hat, sword, telescope, earring, eye patch and a bag with rum inside.  Ivan and Lee are alike in many ways since they’re both really immature and love to play jokes.  I found out later that people called them the Terrible Twins on their African Oasis trip a few years ago which is very fitting.  I was thinking Double Trouble.. but the Terrible Twins has a ring to it.  The fake clip-on earring made Lee look gay… so it’s probably not best to wear that out unless he wants some unwanted attention from gay guys. 

Everybody got ready to head out to Magaluf.  Ivan, Lee, Louise and I left in a taxi around 11:15 pm.  We dropped off Lil Dave and Reggie to the monkey area in Magaluf.  I hope Reggie keeps an eye on Lil Dave. 

Lee and Louise said it was a lot busier in Magaluf last weekend.  We got drinks at Stereo.  in Stereo, you buy one drink which gives you a free drink, a WKD drink and a shot.  The drinks were very watered down – no wonder it was so cheap! 

The WKD drink was a nice Smurf blue color. 

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If you want to know what the color blue tastes like, drink a WKD.

I saw a few hen parties (bachelorette parties) getting drinks at the bar and groups of British guys having fun. 

We headed up the street and it reminded me of a carnival since I saw a carnival ride up ahead. 

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It kind of looks like a poor man’s Vegas with the neon lights everywhere on the bars.. 

We ended up at Alex’s Bar which had go-go dancers.  I’m not sure how they dance outside in those skimpy outfits – it was so chilly out. 

There was a boxing match on against a British guy vs. a Finnish guy.  I think that’s why it was so quiet in Magaluf. 

I really liked the décor in the bar area.  It was very colorful and unique. 

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One British guy kept patting me on my head because he thought I was cute.  I do seem to attract attention since I’m super short (not even 5 feet tall!) and Asian.  There are not many Asian tourists in Spain. 

Ivan, Louise and I were hungry since we only had some chips earlier for a snack.  Lee wasn’t hungry for some reason.  Lee went to go visit his friends at the bar while we went to KFC for some grub.  Ivan and I each got a chicken wrap.  We definitely needed that.

A few minutes later, we got a taxi cab to Puerto Portales.  Lee went to go change.  He changes more than any girl I know.  Wow, it’s like he’s changing outfits for the Miss America pageant.  Lee said the bar we’re going to, everybody dresses up. 

We walked to Ritzi Bar Lounge.  Louise was right that it was pretentious in there.  Most people were dressed like they were headed to the nightclub.  The music was decent dance music. 

Ivan wanted to head back to the boat to get changed since he felt way underdressed.  He put on a nice dress shirt and I changed into a black v-neck.  Ivan thought my white t-shirt was too bright.  I wasn’t too bothered about what people thought about my outfit. 

We chatted, danced and had more drinks.  The DJ was drunk or something… he played the new Daft Punk song three times.  That’s not right!!  He did play most of REM’s song Losing My Religion.  I was happy since I remembered all the words (How does our brain keep all our favorite song lyrics?) and it reminded me of high school. 

Louise and I wanted to head back to the boat.  We all walked back to the boat at 4 am.  We had a great day, but now it was time to get some sleep.  Ivan and I watched a cheesy episode of The Wright Way before heading to sleep.

05/24/13
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Beach Trance

Ivan, Lil Dave and I had lunch at Mar A Vila again on May 24, 2013.  Lil Dave got the chef to make a variety of banana pintxos like bananas and goat cheese and bananas empanada.  Ivan and I got goat cheese with vegetables, a tuna stuffed pepper, empanada with cheese and mussels and a new one a ravioli with octopus and tomato.  It was tasty food again.. this time enjoyed with a nice light beer.

We walked down to the beach in the Figueretas area.  It was such a lovey day out.  It’s always nice to have the sun shining with a lovely blue sky.

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We walked along the Figueretas Beach until it ended and then walked to Fusion to get a drink.  Ivan and I each got a mojito.  Lil Dave opted for a banana smoothie.  This restaurant is a great place to people watch.  Ivan and I chilled out for awhile while enjoying the tasty mojitos.  I wrote a message on the funny postcards that I bought yesterday. 

Stopped at an art gallery called Mad Dog Gallery.  The art work was really cool inside.  My favorite was definitely the Pink Panther with boobs.

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Ivan, Lil Dave and I walked back to the apartment.  Ivan used the internet while I worked on the blog. 

Later that night, Ivan and I walked to Formentera Restaurant for dinner.  Lil Dave decided to go have a banana pizza at a nearby pizza joint.  Ivan and I shared the tasty Padron peppers and the seafood paella with calamari (also, comes with shrimp and mussels). 

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This time we shared a jug of sangria which was sweet and tasted lovely.  It was another delicious meal here.  If you love paella, definitely check out this place.  Their paella is one of the best I’ve ever tasted in Spain.

It was time to walk up to the Dalt Vila Castle stage area at 10:30 pm.  It was a lot more crowded in Ibiza today since it was a Friday.  I had forgotten what day it was until Ivan mentioned it earlier.  The guy at the door recognized us, but he still asked for Ivan’s ID.  He said that there was no re-entry which was different than last night.  Also, they didn’t check IDs yesterday. 

Ivan guided us to the front of the stage.  Sven Väth was playing who is a trance DJ. 

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I was dancing around and the deep trance music made me feel like a zombie.. kind of drunk and drowsy.  I know that’s the point of trance.. but it wasn’t the best trance music I’ve heard.  Ivan wasn’t into it, so we left around 11:15 pm.  We definitely prefer house music that’s more fun.  Trance can be good, but it’s better with some lyrics every now and then… otherwise, it’s a bit repetitive. 

Ivan wanted to walk around Dalt Vila before we headed back.  This area is simply beautiful. 

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The white buildings, the colored doors and window coverings and the peeling walls are quite charming.  I’m going to miss walking around this beautiful part of Ibiza.

Back at the apartment, we used the internet.  Lil Dave was already sleeping.  It was time for bed at 5 am.  Hopefully, we’ll return to a normal sleeping schedule soon.

05/23/13
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Tapas & House Music

Ivan, Lil Dave and I had a really late lunch on May 23, 2013 at Bar Restaurant Vara De Rey.  Ivan and I shared a few tapas: anchovies, Spanish omelet, potatoes with octopus and squid.

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Lil Dave got a banana stuffed chicken.  It was tasty food once again.

We walked up to the stage in Dalt Vila Castle where Fatboy Slim and other DJs will be playing later tonight.  It was already busy since the website said that people should arrive by 6:30 pm.  Ivan figured it was a mistake and found out that you could arrive later.  Ivan was surprised to see so many people in shorts.  Sure, it’s warm during the day.. but the nights get chilly.

We chilled out in the room for awhile.  Lil Dave decided to head out into Ibiza Town while we went to hear some great house music. 

At 8:40 pm, we walked up to the stage to see Idris Elba.  He’s an actor who’s known for being in the tv shows The Wire and Luther.  His DJ name is Driis.   Ivan and I were curious to see what kind of music he would play. 

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He was good, but not amazing.  He’s getting popular as a DJ, but I think he needs to practice more.  He messed up and stopped the music altogether twice.  He apologized the second time saying that I’m gonna tell you the truth…I played the wrong f’ing song.  At least he admitted his mistake.. he’s only human.  He did have a weird sudden music change which I thought didn’t really make sense.. also, a build-up that wasn’t exactly perfect.. think he put in a beat in too fast.  I also think he has too many build-ups.. where the music escalates up and goes nuts.  I’m not sure of the actual name.. but that’s what I call it.  His music was funky music with some deep house.  Ivan said his music reminded him of house music played during the 1990’s.  I think in a year or so, he’s going to be wonderful.  I loved that he was dancing around and really into the music.  You can tell he’s enjoying being a DJ.  I’m sure it’s an amazing feeling making people dance and getting that lovey energy from the crowd.

There was a massive queue (line) for the port-a-potties.  We just walked outside of the stage area and walked to a bar nearby.  Ivan and I each got a glass of red wine and used the loo (toilet).  It was quick and easy unlike the long port-a-potty line.

We went back to the stage to see Pete Tong.  He played great funky house music.  Ivan and I love dancing to good house music.  You seem to lose yourself in the music.  I’m happy there was room to dance in the front.  It’s great to feel the music up close and see the DJ as well.

Ivan and I walked back to the bar to use the toilet again.  We shared a red wine before heading back.

Pete Tong was finishing up his set.  I was getting excited that Fatboy Slim was going to come on.  He’s definitely our favorite DJ.  He’s just so fun.  As usual, Fatboy Slim had awesome visuals with funny pictures of him like a big yellow smiley face.  There was even smiley faces projected onto the castle. 

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We danced non-stop for an hour to Fatboy Slim.  He seems to throw in cool songs that he loves.  The vocals are always fun.  I love his funky style.  If you want to dance to awesome house music.. you have to see Fatboy Slim.

We had a wonderful time dancing for almost 3 hours.  I love dancing.  It makes me so happy.

We left early so we could avoid the crowd.  Ivan always thinks ahead.  He’s so smart.

We went to eat at Tentazione right near the stage area.  Ivan and I shared cod ravioli and tuna and onion pizza. 

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The meal was delicious. 

Ivan and I wanted to see if we could get in to Fatboy Slim’s other show at Cipriani Downtown Ibiza right next to Ibiza Gran Hotel.  We couldn’t find a taxi that would take passengers on the street.  There was a long queue for the taxi rank and ALL taxis went there.  I guess it’s the law that the taxis are only allowed to pick-up passengers in a taxi rank.  We walked to the Gran Hotel which was only a 10 minute walk.

We went to Cipriani Downtown Ibiza and Ivan found out that it was 40 Euros per person for the entrance fee.  I thought was a bit steep.  I wasn’t chuffed if we didn’t see him since we just saw him perform a wonderful set.  Ivan and I saw the restaurant and it looked really small.  It would get crowded very quickly.  Ivan told me later that Fatboy Slim was supposed to perform at the new club Bomba that is close by which hasn’t even opened yet.  Since that didn’t happen, the owner of Bomba who also owns Cipriani Downtown Ibiza moved the event to the restaurant.  Ivan told me earlier that a lot of people from the International Music Summit would be at Pacha instead.  He was right since when we left in a cab later.. there was big crowd outside Pacha. 

We were back at the apartment and yet again.. we had jetlag and couldn’t sleep until 6 am.

05/22/13
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Sunny Ibiza

On May 22, 2013, Ivan and I woke up really late at 3:30 pm.  Lil Dave was awake already.  It seems his jetlag is slowly disappearing compared to ours.  Lucky monkey!

We all used the internet before heading out at 5 pm.  I’m glad that the weather was once again sunny.  Ivan found a place that has good pintxos, so we walked to Mar A Vila

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Ivan picked a good variety of pintxos like tuna stuffed pepper, Spanish omelet and empanada with cheese and vegetables.  Some were tastier than others.  Our favorite was the goat cheese on top of a vegetable.  The food was good, but we prefer the pintxos in San Sebastian, Spain. 

We walked to Ibiza Gran Hotel along the waterfront.

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Ivan went to find out if there was more tickets for the Fatboy Slim & Pete Tong dinner which is one of the events at the Ibiza International Music Summit.  Unfortunately, it was already sold out.  We walked around the hotel and outside where the pool is located. 

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It’s a pretty hotel that’s modern and cool. 

We went in search of the restaurant where Fatboy Slim would be playing late tomorrow night.  It’s a small place since it’s inside a restaurant. 

We started walking back to Old Town.  I saw Ikea and wanted to stop in – I’ve never been inside one. 

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Inside, the store was filled as much as possible with furniture and home décor.  It was so small which disappointed me.  But, we did find some cool things that we might get later for our loft.  I’ll have to go to a huge store sometime in California.

We walked back to Old Town and walked around.  Ivan and I had a Solero popsicle which is quite tasty on a warm day.  Ivan bought me two funny t-shirts at Atlantis.  I love finding cool t-shirts while we’re traveling. 

Ivan wanted to stop and chill by the water with a drink.  Lil Dave got a banana juice while Ivan and I each had a white wine.  Lil Dave was excited when the waiter put his juice in a wine glass. 

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The funny part was when Lil Dave acted like he was drunk after drinking his juice.  I kept telling him that it was JUST banana juice.  But, he insisted that the waiter put in wine since he thought he was a cute monkey.  What a silly monkey!

We headed back to the apartment to chill for awhile.

Later that night at 10 pm, we walked to Formentera Restaurant.  Ivan read that this place is known for their paella.  Ivan and I shared Padron peppers, mushrooms with garlic and parsley and a seafood paella. 

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Our Spanish meal was lovely with a glass of red wine.  The food was delicious.  The paella was amazing.  Ivan says the paellas we make at home pale in comparison.  I said Of course it does.. we’re in Spain!

We walked around after dinner.  Ivan was hoping to get a frozen yogurt, but it was already closed. 

We got back to the apartment and used the internet since we were once again jetlagged.  Lil Dave was snoring away.  Bedtime was really late again at 6 am.

05/21/13
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Chilly Shopping

I woke up on at 2 pm on May 21, 2013 to find Ivan and Lil Dave already awake.  It was lucky that we slept through all the heavy rain.  Gerard said last night that it was odd for rainy weather to occur during May in Ibiza.  It was still overcast outside though.

Ivan and I used the internet before we headed out at 3 pm.  Lil Dave decided to go explore Old Town by himself.  I think he wanted to try to see if he could find any cool monkeys to hang out with.

We went to Bar Restaurant Vara de Rey for lunch.  Ivan picked out a few tapas at the counter. 

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Ivan and I shared anchovies, bacalao (cod), squid and a Spanish omelet.  Lil Dave got a banana omelet.

It was a chilly day in Ibiza.  Ivan and I forgot to bring jackets, so we decided to go shopping.  I needed to find a summer dress or a swimsuit cover-up anyway.  We spent hours shopping at many stores like Jack Jones, Inside, Zara and United Colors of Benetton. 

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Ivan bought socks, boxers and a sweater at Jack Jones.  I found a cute white cover-up and a dark blue summer dress at Inside.

Later on, I found a pink jacket at La Sirena.  Ivan liked the jackets better here, so he decided to return his sweater at Jack Jones.  But, he remembered that he had a long sleeve shirt and that might do for now.  He doesn’t get as cold as I do probably since he grew up in England.

It was time to rest at the apartment after our long day of shopping.  I worked on the blog while Ivan used the internet. 

Ivan, Lil Dave and I went out to dinner at La Bodega which was a busy restaurant we saw earlier.  The restaurant has interesting and cool décor. 

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Lil Dave got a banana stuffed pepper and a banana tagliatelle.  Ivan and I shared whitebait in vinegar, small Padron peppers, patatas bravas, cod fish la bodega, vegetable croquettes and Manchego cheese.    The meal was delicious!  The food came out really fast too. 

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We walked back to the Dalt Vila Castle and to our apartment.  Ivan, Lil Dave and I used the internet for awhile.  Jetlag is such an annoyance.  I can’t wait until we’re back on a normal schedule.  Ivan and I went to bed at 6 am.

05/20/13
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Off to Ibiza via London

I did sleep for many hours on our plane ride from San Diego to London… really not sure how long though. I kept waking up because my butt hurt. It’s hard to get comfortable in a seat on a plane. I woke up 2 1/2 hours before we were due to land on May 20, 2013. My eyes were really dry. I put my eye drops in and tried to go back to sleep, but couldn’t. I just rested with my eyes closed.  I was jealous because Ivan was happily sleeping next to me.

It was time for breakfast about an hour before we were about to land.  We got a muffin, yogurt, raisins and a little cookie.  It was strange that we didn’t get a spoon for the yogurt.  I’ve never had to drink my yogurt before. 

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Ivan, Lil Dave and I arrived at 2:40 pm at London Heathrow.  I was feeling jetlagged and felt like a zombie.  I’m glad I didn’t have the sudden urge to start eating brains.

I was thinking positive thoughts since I had to deal with Immigration.  I usually get mean people at the Immigration counters.  I had Ivan’s green card and his driver’s license so I could prove that we were married.  He’s English and I’m American.. but we live in the USA.  I put on the landing card that I was in transit to Spain and I was going to be in London for only 5 hours.

I waited for about 15 minutes in line.  I went to the counter and it was a man.  I said Hello to be polite.  I saw him yawn and he smiled at me, so I smiled back.  He said you’ll only be in London for 6 hours.  I said 5 hours.. I’m flying to Ibiza.  He said that’s fine.  He stamped it and I was on my way.  I don’t know how I got so lucky.  Usually they ask for a flight ticket which I did have handy in case.  I think it was because he was tired or he just wanted get through the rest of the Non EU passengers… or maybe he had to use the loo and he just wanted to get rid of me as soon as possible.

Ivan was waiting for me at baggage claim since the EU line is always a lot faster. 

We grabbed our luggage and then exited the baggage claim.  Since we were in Terminal 5, we tried to find out where the Sofitel Hotel was.  Ivan got a letter delivered there, so he wanted to pick it up.

Ivan picked up his letter and sat down in the lobby.  I started working on the blog since there was free internet for 24 hours in the lobby.  Ivan called the car service to see if they could pick us up earlier. 

We waited for 20 minutes and were off in the car to London Luton Airport in North London. 

It was my first time at this airport and it wasn’t anything special since it seemed to have an industrial feel to it.

Ivan and I each had a healthy salad from M&S for lunch.  Lil Dave had a banana stir fry. 

I didn’t really think about what shirt I was wearing yesterday morning in San Diego.  I noticed that it was really bright and said Boobies on it. 

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It made me look like really American which I am.. just made me stand out a lot.  Plus, my blue and aqua highlights are pretty noticeable too. 

We tried to check in, but we were too early.  So, we had to wait an hour.  We checked in at 6 pm.

Unfortunately, London Luton Airport doesn’t have free wi-fi.  I’m glad I had my phone so I could play my Candy Crush Saga game.  Ivan bought some Boing internet and we used that while waiting in the lounge.  The flight gate doesn’t come up on the screen until an hour before your flight, so you have to wait in the lounge. 

Our Easyjet plane left London headed to Ibiza at 8:55 pm.  Ivan and I were so tired that we don’t remember taking off at all.  It was nice to get a good long nap.  We both needed it.  Most of the plane was filled with young Brits who are planning on working in Ibiza for the summer.  We arrived in Ibiza at 12:50 am.  A lot of people on the plane cheered when the plane hit the ground.  Not many people actually cheer when landing.. except sometimes when headed to Las Vegas or when that stupid horse finishing line music plays on Ryanair.

Ivan and I grabbed our luggage and headed out.  Gerard was waiting for us.  Ivan booked an apartment through Airbnb in Dalt Vila which is a castle in Ibiza.  Gerard stays at the apartment and takes care of the Airbnb guests.  He told us that the apartment is new and has a kitchen and a terrace. 

Gerard helped me with my luggage while we were walking up the stairs headed to the apartment.  He showed us our bedroom and around the apartment.  It has a nice terrace overlooking Dalt Vila.  The apartment is very clean and lovely.  It’s fairly new on Airbnb.  Ivan thinks once it gets more reviews, it will be a popular place with the great location and how lovely it is.

Ivan and I were really hungry.  Thank goodness we were in Ibiza.. since we figured we could find something open late.  We walked outside of Dalt Vila to Old Town to find a restaurant.  We found one, but Ivan thought we’d try another for more options.  He ran around and came back.  He only found one other restaurant and it was expensive.  I also noticed a pizza place open. 

We sat down at Il Gatto e la Volpe.  Ivan and I ordered fried octopus, Spanish omelet, artichokes in oil and bruschetta. 

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We enjoyed our meal with a glass of red wine.  Lil Dave got a banana pizza.  The food was tasty especially the bruschetta. 

It was time to head back to the apartment in Dalt Vila. 

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Dalt Vila is so pretty.  I’m glad Ivan picked this place to get over our jetlag and relax in Ibiza.

We used the internet for awhile.  So much for our plan.. Ivan, Lil Dave and I were still jetlagged.  Ivan and I watched an episode of the funny tv show Not Going Out before going to sleep at 5 am.

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