05/30/13
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Gaudí Tapas

Ivan, Lil Dave and I woke up at 11 am on May 30, 2013.  We used the internet while we waited for our laundry to finish.

We left at 2 pm.  I asked Ivan if he had the key and he said yes, but he didn’t check.. so I closed the door.  It turned out he didn’t have the key.  I guess I should have hesitated more while he actually checked.  He called the lady with the Airbnb apartment.  He was going to meet somebody to get the key in 30 minutes.

It was time for lunch and we walked to Irati for tapas.  Lil Dave had to make his own bananas with some bread.  Ivan and I shared a bunch of tapas: crab meat with egg, anchovies, smoked salmon, goat cheese with quince and cabbage.

We went on the Runner Bean Gaudí Free Walking Tour.  I asked Ivan if we could take a Gaudí tour and he found this one online.  Our meeting point was at my favorite square in Barcelona Plaça Reial.

The tour was 10 people and 1 monkey.  Our guide was named Miguel.  It was cool to hear about the history of Gaudí.  He was Catalan and refused to speak Spanish.

Our first stop was Palau Guelle with the colored chimneys – one looks like ice cream.  Gaudí broke the tiles and put them back together.

The group took the Metro and then walked to Casa Batlló which is definitely my favorite Gaudí building.  It looks quite gothic and cool.  I love the skulls outside of the windows.

The cool Casa Batlló

It has aptly gained the nickname The House of Bones.  I really love the style of this building.  It’s very unique and looks like something out of a dark Gothic movie.  The Chupa Chups inventor currently owns the Casa Battló.  Miguel told us that people still live here and their rent is really cheap since they’ve lived there for ages.  Imagine living in this cool building.

Gaudí was a madman and a genius.  He was very creative and loved putting color in his work. He was over way over budget with his projects.  He didn’t seem to eat much. He was either working or he was at church.   I love Gaudí’s Park Guell, but sadly the tour doesn’t go there.

We walked shortly down the street to our next stop which was Casa Milà or better known as La Pedrera (The Quarry).

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Roser Segimon and Pere Milà i Camps, the owners, thought that it would look like Casa Batlló, but it didn’t turn out that way.   Miguel said that women would cover their children’s eyes when passing by this building since they thought it was so ugly.  It’s not the prettiest of buildings.  I’ve heard the statues on the roof are really worth looking at.  It was a troubled commission with Gaudí fighting with the owner and putting in vengeful things in the balcony.

I’m not too fond of this building.  From afar it looks awful.  Up close, the balconies do look interesting though.  I would love to see the roof though.  Statues on the roof have inspired George Lucas’ Stormtroopers in Star Wars.  I could see how he could have gotten inspiration from the statues’ helmets.

Statues on the La Pedrera's roof

Picture is from Gage Academy of Art.

The owners didn’t actually give Gaudi his all his payment in the end.  He ended up taking Milà to court and ended up winning 105,000 pesetas.

Our guide Miguel reminded everybody that we would be on the Metro and it’s full of pickpockets.  You should watch all your belongings and not have any loose items visible.  He said if you have a backpack put it on your front, so you can see it at all times.  Of course, somebody didn’t listen.

We took the Metro and we came out and an Asian girl got her wallet knicked (stolen).  Miguel went back to see what was going on.  Ivan didn’t know what was going on, so we walked on.  I guess they were trying to see if they could find it.  I’m sure it was long gone by now since the train had already left.  She thought that she’d be able to feel it if somebody tried to take something.  Really?! A pickpocket is not going to make it obvious he’s taking your stuff.

The last stop was of course the huge Sagrada Familia.

The huge Sagrada Familia

It’s a massive building that still isn’t finished and it’s been 131 years.  It’s sad that the originals model was broken since vandals decided to smash it.  But, they did somehow manage to put it back together.  I know it would be a big undertaking to try to copy what Gaudi was trying to create.  But, I seriously don’t know what’s taking too long.  Ivan and I think it’s because the Spanish are lazy and they take too many siestas.  Ivan says if the Sagrada Familia was in Las Vegas, it’d be done in 2 years just like the big hotels that are built.  The estimated date of completion is 2026.  I would love to see it once it’s done.

This side shows the death of Christ

Gaudí wanted it as a church since he was so religious.  One side is the birth of Christ which is the more popular side.  The other side is the death of Christ which isn’t meant to be nice.  The fruit’s meaning on the building means abundance while the chalice represent the blood of Christ and the wheat and bread are the body of Christ.

This is a great tour if you would love to find out more about Antoni Gaudí and a few of his greatest works.

We walked around and Ivan put the coordinates for Hector in his phone, so I checked out their pink boots. The price is €190. I couldn’t believe they were so expensive. I know they’re leather made in Italy.. but that’s way too much money. I know I could buy plenty of shoes with €190.

Later that night, Lil Dave went out to meet up with his cousin Senor Dave for dinner.

Ivan and I had dinner at Bohèmic.  This was a cute modern tapas restaurant run by a family.  Ivan and I ordered bread and tomato, sweet tuna, patata bravas, cod fish fritters, crab salad with the crab from Alaska and red wine.  For dessert, we got a chocolate cake with ice cream.  It was served in a cute jar.

Me with a spoon & dessert

The meal was delicious except the sweet tuna was rather boring.

I really wanted to check out the cool music bar I saw yesterday.  The Sin Copa Music Bar is cool since there’s a fake band on the ceiling hanging down.

Sin Copa band on the ceiling

Ivan and I each got a Kir Royal drink which was champagne and something else.. but, not sure what it was.  It was tasty and had a nice reddish color though.  I love Barcelona. It’s filled with many unique bars, restaurants and shops.  I could definitely live here.

Ivan was still hungry, so we walked around.  We stopped at Tapas Royale.  He had a fish and an eggplant tapa.

We went back at midnight since our feet were so tired from walking a lot during the tour.

05/29/13
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Sailing Barcelona

Ivan, Lil Dave and I woke up at 11 am on May 29, 2013.  We used the internet for awhile.

Ivan and I packed everything up and checked out shortly after noon.

We had to walk around to find a taxi which took a few minutes.  We hopped in and were off to Puerto Portals.

Lee was at the marina waiting for us.  I guess we had to hurry since we were late already.  He was mad that we brought our luggage.  He thought we would leave it in the storage room at the hotel.  He never relayed that to Ivan though.

It was another overcast day, but hopefully it’ll clear up later.

Headed out of Puerto Portal

It was great to go sailing on the boat.  I love how the wind goes through my hair and how the lovely blue water sparkles.

We drove to one place and it was really great.

Cool spot to stop in

Lee and Louise kept looking for a good place to anchor down and we did.  The restaurant in the distance looked good.  Everybody wanted to stop and go explore, but Lee didn’t think it was that nice.  Plus, the yacht had turned completely around and we almost hit this really cute boat that was next to us.  Loads of boats had stopped and parked.. so I’m not sure what the problem was.  But, you gotta do what the Captain says or he might make you walk the plank.

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There was a cool cave I wanted to explore here.  I wonder what’s in there.

Lee thought we should just head to Magaluf.  Ivan thought he’d give driving the yacht a go.

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We saw some really cool houses while we sailed on the sea.

Cool houses right by the sea

Lee parked the yacht in the middle of the sea.

Lee driving with his first mate Louise by his side

Louise was at the front of the yacht making sure the anchor went down alright.

Lil Dave was excited to see Reggie the bear again, so he decided to share some of his bananas with Reggie and chat about traveling and Spain.

Louise, the first mate of the Encore, took the cover off the rib (rigid inflatable boat).

We piled on to the rib.  I’m glad I got to take a good picture of the yacht from the rib.

The lovely Encore

Lee asked Louise if the anchor was tight enough.  She thought it was fine.  Lee drove us to the dock and we got out.  The beach was a lot busier than yesterday.

It was time to find a restaurant for lunch.  Lee thought Godfather’s was good.  We were too hungry to make an effort to find something else, so we went to sit down.

Ivan ordered a veggie burger while I got the grilled sole.  Ivan and I got sparkling water since I had a big headache from all that drinking yesterday.

Lee kept looking at the boat to see if it was moving.  He couldn’t relax at all.  He rushed off a few minutes later since he swore the boat had moved a lot.

Our food came and Lee was moving the boat and putting the anchor down.  The food was so good.  I’m glad I got the sole this time since it was so much better than the chicken breast.

Lee came back when we were eating.  He said the boat had actually moved.  Goodness, it seems like so much stress owning a boat.

Lee went to grab our luggage while we went to grab a popsicle. We found the best popsicles which are Magnum No. 1 Kiss – Crème Brulee.

We gathered our luggage and Lil Dave.  It was time to say good-bye.  We hugged and said bye to Lee and Louise.  I was sad because they’re both so cool.  It’s great to be able to hang out with people who you love chatting to and you have lots of fun with them.  I hope we can meet up with them later in our trip in London.

Ivan and I walked to find a place to use the internet since we had time to spare.  Chi Lounge was a perfect place to grab a rosé with free wi-fi.

We got a taxi to the airport at 5:15 pm.  Check in and Security were pretty quiet so we got through at 5:45 PM.

The gate wasn’t listed yet, so we just sat down and played our Candy Crush Saga games. No free wi-fi at this airport which is such a shame.

Our flight was leaving at 6:55 pm, but boarding was late at 6:35 pm.

Ivan and I were sat in different seats (a few rows apart) since it was two different booking and it was a busy flight.  Somehow, Ivan ended up in first class with a bit more leg room.

I don’t even remember taking off since I was tired for some reason and fell asleep.. probably since I was still hungover.  The flight was only an hour.

We grabbed our luggage and went to the Aerobús.  It was a 30 minute ride to La Rambla.

We arrived at the Airbnb apartment at 9 pm.  It was 15 flights of stairs to reach the 3rd floor.  In Barcelona, there’s a ground floor, a principal and then it starts with the first floor.  At times like this, I wish we had our big backpacks again.  We’re actually not backpacking this time, like we usually do, since we bought two pink rolling suitcases.  I did my best with carrying the suitcase most of the way.  Ivan was sweet and helped me for a few flights since I was struggling.

Dinner was at Quimet & Quimet.  Ivan read about this restaurant online and Anthony Bourdain visited it… so, it’s very popular.  It probably doesn’t help that the bar is really small.  It was super crowded when we went.  Ivan and I squeezed ourselves inside.  I found a spot for us to eat, so I saved it while Ivan went to the long line to order tapas.

Can you spot Ivan?

The place has so many bottles of wine gracing the walls around the bar.  The prices were quite reasonable.  I love checking out wine bottle labels.  I will buy a wine based on it’s label alone.  The cute or more creative ones really stand out for me.

Lil Dave brought his own bananas to make his own tapas.  It’s hard to find banana tapas anywhere. Ivan purchased a bunch of pescetarian tapas like squid stuffed with tuna, shrimp with caviar on top, cod and goat cheese with fish.

Tapas & Wine

I love the goat cheese ones because they’re almost always good – how can you go wrong with goat cheese?  I love these tapa bars that have unique tapas.  It just makes you want to try all the different ones!  The food was so very tasty here.  It was cheap and tasted great with a glass of red wine.

Ivan and me at Quimet & Quimet

I highly recommend this place.. but be aware that they’ll probably be a crowd of people inside.

We started walking to a bar that we tried to go to the last time we were in Barcelona, but it was way too crowded to get in since it was the weekend.

Espit Chupitos was pretty quiet when we walked in.  I read that the bar can only hold 33 people at one time.  No wonder it gets so busy really fast.

Only part of the 200 chupitos list

This bar has a big list of over 200 chupitos (shots) with cool names for only €2 each.  I wrote down some of my favorite names: Tarantino, Terminator, Harry Potter, Kremlin, Creep Show, Baby Gum, Exorcista, Wasabi, Orgasmo, Johnnie Cool, Snoopy, Gonzo, Ivana, Sex, 69, Furby, Kangaroo, Tarzan, Pepino, Vampiro, Bin Laden, Coca Loca, Willy Wonka, Dracula, Bob Marley, Pulp Fiction and Playa Banana (Lil Dave’s favorite name).

Ivan asked for Antorcha since he read about it on the internet.  The lady put alcohol in a shot glass which I believe may be 151 according to a blog I read.  On a side note: I also read that some shots involve sex toys – Hmm, I wonder which ones.  A hollowed out half of an orange is then placed on top of the shot glass and sugared and alcohol added to it.

Anthorcha chupito

The orange is then lit on fire which I thought was really cool.  The lady gave us each a straw and we drank the sugary mixture.

Me and the Antorcha chupito

After that, we weren’t sure what to do. Ivan asked the lady. She said we had to squeeze the orange into the shot glass which gave it a sugary mixture.  It was quite tasty!

I was excited to try another shot or two since the list was so long.  I HAD to try the Harry Potter since I’m a big fan.  I told Ivan he should try the Creep Show.  The Harry Potter also was lit on fire, but the Creep Show wasn’t.  The Harry Potter came with a round lemon slice and it was sweet and tasted good. The Creep Show was red and super strong.  We only took a few sips of it.  I gave it away in the end to a French group since I don’t like wasting alcohol.

Ivan told me that a popular chupito is The Boy Scout.  A marshmallow is roasted over an open flame during the shot.  How cool is that!?  Unfortunately, they were out… maybe they ran out of marshmallows.  Too bad.

Ivan wanted to walk around some.  I would have been happy just trying more shots.

We saw some cool bars like Soda and Sin Copa Music Bar.  We looked inside both, but we didn’t go stay for a drink.  I also saw a cool leather boot shop called Hector that I thought we should check out tomorrow since I saw some hot pink boots that looked cool.

It was time to head back to the apartment to get some rest.

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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