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Monday, April 17, 2006

When the going gets tough ...

The Germans go to Mallorca.

I have spent more time on planes in the last five weeks than I would have imagined. But this was a planned trip with the Partnerin so that she could see a little sunshine and warmth on the tail of the Easter break. So we are off to Mallorca.

Sounds exotic to my American friends and family. In fact, before I moved to Europe, Mallorca was little more than a lyric in the Ringo Starr "No No" song ("No, No, No, No, I don't take it no more, I'm tired of waking up on the floor"). Ask an American where to find Mallorca, and you might hear "My Orca, I don't have an Orca, but you can see one at Seaworld." Actually, you won't get much more than a dumb stare.

But it is beloved to Germans and Brits alike. In fact, half of the fun is getting to pool-side early so you can watch them fight over the lounge chairs. Germans like to reserve their chairs by hanging towels over them and then disappear to heaven-knows-where ... the Brits seem to believe possession is nine-tenths of the law, and often toss the towels aside. As John Lennon said, and Germans tend to believe, possession is nine-tenths of the problem. Great fun to watch, but I'm with the Brits on the possession bit.

Mallorca is one of the two places where I probably cannot do much blogging (I have gone from Frankfurt to New York to Singapore via Frankfurt to Seattle via Frankfurt to the middle-US to Frankfurt to London via Frankfurt to Northern Germany and back to Frankfurt in the past five weeks, and the only place I have not had total access in all of that was in Northern Germany), but I will see what I can do ... especially since I have a few good easter stories to blab on about.

'Til then, Hasta la vista, Tierra del fuego, or whatever!

6 Comments:

Blogger Just another American Expat said...

Well, belated Easter Greetings and have fun on the beach.

5:38 AM, April 17, 2006  
Blogger Claire said...

What, northern Germany?? I live here and most of the time it is not a problem.

Mallocra is the one place on earth I have no desire to visit. It makes me think of Daytona Beach during spring break. Something I also never did. The German keeps bringing it up and I keep using my veto rights.

12:45 PM, April 17, 2006  
Blogger christina said...

Hope you guys have a great time!
I know it's a great location, but Mallorca is also on the bottom of my list of places to visit - too many Germans. ;-)

4:48 PM, April 17, 2006  
Blogger Haddock said...

Enjoy Mallorca and the sun. Steal a few German towels and pretend you are English! :)

12:51 PM, April 18, 2006  
Anonymous megan said...

Better yet, switch the towels around and watch the chaos.

Alles muss in Ordnung sein!

When trying to describe Mallorca to Americans I always find myself switching between Palm Springs and Hawaii for comparison. It's not quite right, but still it's such a classic vacation spot my fiance wouldn't take me there if I begged.

Maybe Tiajuana? Hmm...

8:00 PM, April 20, 2006  
Blogger Mike B said...

Thanks for the suggestions for fun. Not enough tourists around this time around to make it worth the effort, but I will keep it in mind for the next visit.

1:03 PM, April 24, 2006  

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