Mallorca Day Trips: How to Spend the Perfect Day in Cala d’Or

Mallorca has a crazy amount of fascinating places and experiences to offer for holidaymakers from all generations and all backgrounds. There is really something for everyone! One thing that everyone probably likes is a beautiful bay, good food, a wonderful sunset and a boat trip. Have you heard anyone ever say no to that!? Me neither….

So, today we’re exploring the East side of Mallorca. Whereas last time we visited Santanyi (see my other blog post) and the picturesque Cala Santanyi, today we’re visiting Cala Figuera and Cala d’Or. I want to show you how you can spend a perfect day in this part of the island, so that you are 100% holiday proof for your next trip!

In this post you will find out:

  • The top spots to visit near Cala d’Or
  • The best place to eat and have a drink in Cala d’Or
  • Why you should not miss out on Cala Figuera
  • Which is the best sunset boat trip in the area
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The 10 Best Hotels in Mallorca For Gypsy Souls

It is no longer a secret that I am a Gypsy Soul, I love to travel and I developed my nomadic soul definitely while living here on Mallorca. The past few months on this beautiful island have been a blessing and I have had the opportunity to visit many of its beautiful villages, beaches, restaurants and hotels. Today I want to share with you the hotels that I enjoyed most, based on the price, atmosphere, location, view, service, … you name it!

Time to explore some of the best hotels on Mallorca for Gypsy Souls!

This is my Top 10*:

  1. Cook’s Club, Palma Beach
  2. Hotel Mama, Palma de Mallorca
  3. Hotel Bella Colina, Paguera
  4. Hotel Sa Baronia, Banyalbufar
  5. Bikini Island & Mountain Resort, Port de Soller
  6. Hotel Dalt Muntanya, Orient
  7. Pension Bellavista, Port de Pollenca
  8. Boutique Hotel Jardi d’Arta, Arta
  9. Som Suret Cool Hotel, Portopetro
  10. Cal Reiet Holistic Retreats, Santanyi

*The hotels are not listed in order of preference.

1: Cook’s Club Palma Beach, Playa de Palma

OKAY, I work for Thomas Cook. That is no longer a secret. But… It is not because I work for Thomas Cook that I am going to list all Thomas Cook hotels here. No. I have carefully tested some of their branded hotels and resorts (such as this Cook’s Club Palma Beach), and this came out as my favorite one for gypsy souls (& digital nomads too, because it offers a co-working space!).

Cook’s Club is a new hotel chain with hotels opening all around the world for the new Millenial generation. It focuses on good music, street food on demand, great cocktails at the pool bar and chilled-out vibes. It also has a much more trendy and comfy vibes than any other typical holiday hotels that you will find in Playa de Palma (or tourist resorts), so if you’re looking for a beach holiday spot to crash, this is it! 

PS: Palma is only 1 bus ride of €1,50 away (so it’s also great for a city trip & beach getaway)!

2: Hotel Mama, Palma de Mallorca

If you want to stay in the city of Palma de Mallorca where the buzz is really going, then I completely understand. I am in LOVE with this city (ever since I started living here since March 2019). Although I do not need to sleep in hotels here (because I have a place to live), I do like to go check out other hotels, such as Hotel Mama, and particularly their rooftop terraces and pools. Yes, I am addicted to living a high-society life… 😉

One of the most chilled-out, highly From Julie With Love – styled design hotels in the city is Hotel Mama. That is: Artisan tiles, collector furniture, natural light and inspired by styles ranging from Art Deco to oriental influences! YES, make yourself at home here! Mama will take care of you, whether it is in one of the 6 different kind of prestigious room types, at the tapas bar or in the Grand Café, Hotel Mama is a pearl in the city (with great views over the cathedral and historic town)!

One more reason to visit Hotel Mama for me is the unique cinema experience that it offers with Cappucine: the hotel offers you to enjoy both vintage and contemporary films in a magical cinema inspired by some famous paintings that will brings you back to 1920s Paris. This is an extremely exclusive and comfortable movie theatre, that has screenings Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 5PM with only 30 seats. Original version with subtitles in Spanish. Bookings through the reception. 

3: Hotel Bella Colina, Paguera

A bit more to the West side of Mallorca, not particularly my favorite part of the island with party places for English and German tourists, there are some exceptions to the rule. Luckily! The reopened Bella Colina Vintage Hotel est. 1953 is one of those places that magically sets new standards and belongs to the most beautiful houses in the region.

It is located on a privileged hill-site in Paguera and therefore has a panoramic view of the Mediterranean Sea and the surrounding mountains. I am absolutely amazed by the happy and colorful vintage design of the lounge and the restaurant. Hotel Bella Colina So colorful that I cannot resist… Who would not love to spend some time there?! This is a place that will make you happy!

All rooms have airconditioning and there is also a swimming pool, a lounge and a pool bar with cocktails, snacks and relaxed music. Hammock spotted as well! Gosh, what a place!

4: Pension Sa Baronia, Banyalbufar

If you are looking for a place to relax and enjoy one of the best sunsets on the island, in my opinion, there is no better place than Pension Sa Baronia. For a really affordable price (I paid only 90 euros for a double room for 2 persons including breakfast in high season), you get to unwind completely and forget about all your sorrows.

My friends called me crazy when I said I was going to Banyalbufar – a really small village in the Sierra de Tramuntana – but I turned out to be right: it is an ideal place to relax after hiking or cycling, and there are some places to visit nearby, such as Torre del Verger (one of my Top 10 Instagram Spots on the island).

An absolutely gorgeous swimming pool located on the hill-side edge offers stunning views over the rural terraces and Mediterranean Sea whereas the hotel Sa Baronia itself is located in a 17thcentury old stately home.

5: Bikini Island & Mountain Hotel, Port de Soller

LIFE IS BETTER IN BIKINI, they say at Bikini Island & Mountain Hotel. Okay, this might not be the cheapest option of this hotel list, but it is on my ultimate Mallorca Bucket List ever since I got to the island and discovered the happy rainbow staircase of this hotel in Port de Soller.

One obligation: “If you’re going to Bikini, be sure to wear flowers in your hair.You’re going to meet some gentle people there!” it reads on the ground before entering the staircase. So, don’t break the rule and go 100% for your GIPSY SOUL outfit and mindset. Well yeah, after all… There are nice places, great places and there’s the Bikini Island & Mountain Hotel Port de Sóller

PS: Make sure to eat at the incredible NENI Mallorca restaurant and enjoy the views over the port of Port de Soller. And oh yeah… of course, they also organize yoga retreats here!

6: Hotel Dalt Muntanya, Orient

Sometimes all you have to do is get away from it all. Go OFF THE BEATEN TRACK and head into the heart of the Serra de Tramuntana, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. to discover Hotel Dalt Muntanya. It is the home of tranquillity itself in perfect harmony with nature. Few hotels will feel so cosy and personal as this one. 

Relax at the beautiful pool and enjoy some of the best hidden restaurants of the island, such as Restaurant Mandala, or go for a degustation menu in the neighboring hotel Son Palau. Jummie! And romantic (even if you don’t have a boyfriend, but just bring a friend, like I did).

7: Pension Bellvista, Port de Pollenca

Pension Bellavista is an oasis for budget-lovers on Mallorca, located in the heart of Puerto Pollensa. I challenge you to propose a better hotel than this one for this price-quality on the island. This place is the best of the best deal! It has no swimming pool, but it has an on-site vegan and vegetarian restaurant (and that is unique for Spanish meatlovers) with tested and approved meals by From Julie with Love. 

Pension Bella Vista is a family-run pension and the owners has a big heart for animals. They are active in animal shelters on the island and therefore only accept animal-loving-guests. Yes, one cat accidentally jumped into my room from the balcony and decided to sleep next to me. I just enjoyed my one-night stand! 😀 

PS: As it is located right by the bus stop, it is a perfect base to explore the North of Mallorca with beautiful beaches like Playa de Muro, the famous Cap de Formentor, the historic city of Alcudia, and a direct connection to the airport… all by bus! 

8: Hotel Jardi d’Arta, Arta

Voltaire once said: “The paradise on earth is where I am”. Well, maybe he was at Hotel Jardi d’Arta, a hotel with a stunning Arabic garden and still enough Mallorcan soul to feed your hunger for Mediterranean flavours. This is one of the most charming town hotels on the island, and conveniently located in the heart of the town of Arta but also a short ride away from many beaches in the North East.

There are only 9 lovingly designed rooms and 3 suites in this boutique hotel, so each of them have their own unique character. I can’t help but dream away when looking at its pool by sunset. Isn’t this a piece of heaven on earth? Yes, sometimes dreams come true.

9: Som Suret Cool Hotel, Portopetro

On the east side of the island of Mallorca, you will find tons of hotel resorts that are packed with tourists on crowded beaches. The Som Suret Cool Hotel, also known as the former Varadero Hotel is a break of that trend on the east coast. It is Adults Only (yes, sorry, but if you’re on a holiday without children, you most likely prefer also not to be surrounded by children, especially at the pool). 

Hotel Som Suret is situated just a few meters from a traditional maritime port and offers a bit of a different and exclusive holiday experience for a short escape or a holiday with its incredible rooftop Ibiza-style white lounge, beautiful views and comfortable beds. And all of this at very affordable prices, which is probably one of my main reasons to choose for this hotel: price according to quality!

10: Cal Reiet Holistic Retreats, Santanyi 

If it can be a little bit more, and if you are looking for a holistic wellbeing retreat instead of a ‘normal’ holiday as a gypsy soul, then Cal Reiet is maybe something for you! I would actually not really call this a hotel, as the idea is to come here to restore yourself in a special environment with treatments, massages and special body, mind and spirit offerings on the menu. 

For Cal Reiet, holistic living is all about the lifestyle, and the property breaths that ideology. Whether you come as an individual or in a group retreat, you will be pampered for sure here. Cal Reiet is an oasis away from everyday life where you can rejuvenate, grow and reconnect with your true-self. Its aim is to create a magical place, where guests can find inspiration, joy and harmony within.

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If you book through this link via Booking.com, you get 15 euros discount (after your stay) and me too! So please, use it wisely… and let me know how your trip to Mallorca was. Or if you have another hotel tip to share.

Have a nice time in Mallorca, you gypsy soul!

x x x From Julie with Love x x x

Romantic Sailing in Mallorca (Even If You Don’t Have A Boyfriend)

There’s nothing more romantic than a sailing boat trip on the ocean with a privately chartered yacht. Well, there’s nothing more romantic than a romance, of course. Unless you don’t have a romantic partner, then there’s nothing more romantic than a boat trip with friends (and even strangers).

Joern from Romantic Sailing Mallorca, an adventurous German captain with a big heart for the ocean, invited me to come and see it myself: Romantic Sailing can be fun, even if you don’t have a boyfriend (or girlfriend)! Check out my little boat travelogue here…

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The 10 Most Instagrammable Places in Mallorca

Mallorca is filled with the most beautiful Instagram places and photographic opportunities. Just take a look at my Instagram profile and you’ll immediately see that I can continue to take photos FOREVER on this amazing island. From small villages to rocky bays and fancy restaurants…. Mallorca has it all!

This blog post is all about the best places to Instagram in Mallorca. I will show you my favorite shot spots on the island: some are popular places, others are off the beaten track. Up to you to discover them yourself now. And Psssss….. let me know what your Top 10 looks like (in a comment below)!

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Fridamania: The Influence of Frida Kahlo Today

Frida Kahlo is one of the most celebrated artists in the world nowadays. She is literally everywhere: in musea, iPhone covers, restaurants, bags, decorations and yes, even in underwear. Like many of her fans, I admire Frida Kahlo, but – to be honest – I sometimes feel like I am one of the happy few who really knows who she is.

Almost everyone admires the looks and appearance of Frida Kahlo, as well as her paintings and her ideology, but who is she really and why did she become so popular? Let me figure it out for you.

Keep on reading if you want to know more about…

  • Frida Kahlo and the dramatic story of her life
  • the popularity of Frida Kahlo today in fashion, food and fun
  • and what we can learn from Frida Kahlo today
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7 Reasons Why Enotourism is the New Travel Trend for Wine Lovers

Admit it. You like to drink a good glass of wine, especially when you are on a holiday, on a day off, or after work. With fish, with desert, with BBQ, … There is always an appropriate wine and an appropriate occasion to drink wine, unless you are pregnant, religious, or a member of the AA.

This blog post is for the wine lovers who want to indulge even more in their obsession with wine. Imagine that you could not only taste wines, but also learn about its consumption and purchase wine while you travel at or near its source. Imagine that you could visit wineries, make vineyard walks or even participate in harvesting the grapes. Well, imagine that is nowadays called enotourism, or wine tourism.

Keep reading to find out WHY enotourism is the new travel trend!

“I’ve never owned a vineyard, but I’m pretty sure I’ve drunk one”.

– From Julie With Love

This week I tried out Enotourism in Mallorca, because, you know… I am getting a bit spoilt… When you spend a lot of time on an island, you kind of want something else than beaches, hikes, city trips and boat rides all the time. I was looking for a different experience on the island, and that’s how I bumped into this wine experience! Here follow 7 reasons why it is the new travel trend!

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10 of My Favorite Hot Spots in Palma de Mallorca (For Foodies)

Time flies when you’re having fun! I’m already one month in Palma de Mallorca and it feels like I’ve arrived here yesterday. It’s a good sign, I guess! I also realized I’ve spent quite a lot of time in the city before and after work, which is good news. Even better: I’ve made a list of my 10 favorite spots in Palma de Mallorca so far (for eating, drinking and chilling out).

Prepare yourself for the 10 best bars and restaurants in Palma de Mallorca, according to my one-month foodie experience here! Oh My God… This city is amazing and has so much to offer! Heaven for food lovers and foodstagrammers!

Continue to read if you want to know where to eat, drink and chill out in Palma de Mallorca!
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Mallorca Day Trips: Hiking at Parque Natural Sa Dragonera

Mallorca is an amazing island with countless day trip opportunities. For those who are interested in seeing a bit more of Mallorca than the typical tourist destinations, and for those who like some physical activity, this day trip to Sa Dragonera might be something for you!

Sa Dragonera is an island located in the South West of Mallorca, and geographically seen it is like an extension of the Sierra de Tramuntana, the mountain complex of Mallorca. Since 1995 it is declared as a Natural Park by the Balearic government.

I recently went on a day trip with my German friend, Stephanie, who lives on the island since a few years. I met her back in 2015 when I stayed at her beautiful AirBnB and ever since we stayed in touch. Now that I’m back, Stephanie invited me to go out and explore some more of the island.

With my friend Stephanie who has an amazing boat excursion website for those of you who understand German.
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The Spanish Dream: “Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Happiness”

Dear friends, Lieve vrienden,

It’s been a month since I returned from Spain. My five months abroad have flown by, but when I see how fast this month July in Belgium has passed … I can only conclude that the older you get, the faster time flies. Perhaps the time – though together with love – is one of the most precious things in life. You can impossibly buy it, even not if you are rich or wise or powerful. So the only thing you can do, is cherish the time and make the best out of every moment …

Het is alweer een maand geleden dat ik terugkeerde uit Spanje. Mijn vijf maanden in het buitenland zijn voorbijgevlogen, maar als ik zie hoe snel deze maand juli in België voorbij is gegaan… Kan ik alleen maar concluderen dat hoe ouder je wordt, hoe sneller de tijd vliegt. Misschien is de tijd wel – samen met de liefde – één van de kostbaarste dingen in het leven. Je kan het onmogelijk kopen, hoe rijk of wijs of machtig je ook bent. Dus het enige dat je maar best kan doen, is de tijd koesteren en van elk moment het beste maken…

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I remember as if it were yesterday one of my first Facebook posts from Spain: “I’m getting to know the true meaning of Spanish Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness”. Actually, that’s what it was all about… I might as well use the initial quote of my adventure, as the final quote for my adventure … Only it was perhaps easier said than done, and I really got the hang of the sentence after all these months abroad.

My time in Spain looked like a near-death experience: I’ve woken up from a deep sleep, and I thought: make sure that every day you wake up again is a fantastic day, because you never know when the last one can be. That sounds so dramatic, I know, but… Why do people live to work? People should work to live… I learned that in Spain! 😉 And that is so easy to say, but I did start to apply it…

I was not even two days back from Spain, and I retook the routine of my old life: start over where it all ended half a year ago: somewhere between Antwerp and Berchem at a travel agency … Full time from 9AM to 6PM. And as if that was not bad enough: live by myself again and come home every day alone, with only the cats there waiting for me. It sounded so depressing, and I would have done everything to never have to return. I never wanted this life back! I wished I could wrap my Spanish my lifestyle in my suitcase to Belgium! I only wanted to cry…

Ik herinner me nog alsof het gisteren was één van mijn eerste Facebook-postjes uit Spanje: “I’m getting to know the true meaning of Spanish Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.” Eigenlijk is dat waar het allemaal om draaide… De begin-quote van mijn avontuur kan ik misschien wel gebruiken als de eind-quote van mijn avontuur… Alleen was het misschien makkelijker gezegd dan gedaan, en heb ik het zinnetje pas écht onder de knie gekregen na al die maanden in het buitenland.

Mijn tijd in Spanje leek wel op een bijna-dood-ervaring: ik ben wakker geworden uit een diepe slaap, en heb gedacht: zorg ervoor dat elke dag die je nog wakker wordt een fantastische dag wordt, want je weet nooit wanneer het de laatste kan zijn. Dat klinkt weer zo dramatisch, ik weet het, maar… Waarom leven mensen om te werken? Mensen zouden moeten werken om te leven… Bedacht ik in Spanje! 😉 En ook dat is zo makkelijk gezegd, maar ik ben het gaan toepassen…

Ik was nog geen twee dagen terug uit Spanje, en ik zou de draad weer oppikken: verder gaan waar het allemaal geeïndigd was: ergens tussen Antwerpen en Berchem op een reisbureau’tje… Fulltime van 9 tot 18u. Én alsof het niet erg genoeg was: weer alleen gaan wonen en elke dag eenzaam thuis komen, met enkel de katten daar die op je wachten. Het klonk zo deprimerend in de oren, en ik had er alles aan willen doen om nooit te hoeven terug te keren. Ik wilde dit leven nooit meer terug! Ik wenste dat ik mijn Spaanse levensstijl in mijn koffer richting België had kunnen steken! Ik kon wel huilen…

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What I did not figure out that moment of sheer desperation, was that you actually do not necessarily have to change what your  physical situation in life, what helps already enough is how you deal with the life you have. What I’m saying is … After a month of being here in Belgium I still have the same job, same apartment, and I still live alone. Only every day at the office already flown by because I’m putting my energy on a new and exciting project (which makes the time fly), and I haven’t felt lonely for a second because I ‘m constantly meeting old and new friends … It is even so busy that I sometimes think: ‘Oh dear, when I have a free night doing nothing at all but relaxing?’. Moreover, I am taking driving lessons leaving me with a driving instructor driving around some evenings per week, and usually once more with a friend to practice. On a quieter weeknight I try to encourage myself to go to the municipal pool to swim, and that – so far – succeeded a few times. And the weekends are now filled with nightlife: never before I explored the Antwerp nightlife as exuberant and enthusiastic as now! And what it feels good, I have to say! I did not know that we have such lovely spots here. And with the beautiful weather of the past month here, I imagine myself almost in Spain. Or maybe the weather gods want to tell me something: “Do not be so Belgium-hating, we are doing pretty well here(sometimes)!” 😉

Wat ik nog niet doorhad op die moment van pure wanhoop, was dat je eigenlijk je fysieke levenssituatie niet per se hoeft te veranderen, wat al genoeg helpt is hoe je omgaat met het leven dat je hebt. Wat ik wil zeggen is… Na één maand hier in België te zijn, heb ik nog altijd diezelfde job, datzelfde appartement, en woon ik nog steeds alleen. Alleen is elke dag op kantoor al voorbijgevlogen omdat ik mijn tanden in een nieuw en spannend project heb gezet (waardoor de tijd zo voorbijvliegt), en ik heb me nog geen seconde alleen gevoeld omdat ik nu veel meer mensen over de vloer krijg en afspreek met oude en nieuwe vriendinnen… Het is zelfs zo leuk dat ik soms denk: ‘Oh jee, wanneer heb ik eens een avondje niets te doen?!’. Bovendien ben ik rijlessen gaan volgen waardoor ik ook enkele avonden per week met een rijbegeleider ga rondrijden, en meestal nog een keer met een kennis om te oefenen. Op een rustigere weekavond probeer ik mezelf ertoe aan te zetten om eens in het gemeentelijk zwembad wat baantjes te gaan zwemmen, en dat is tot op heden al een aantal keer gelukt. En de weekends worden vanaf nu gevuld met uitgaan: nog nooit eerder verkende in het Antwerpse nachtleven zo uitbundig en enthousiast! En wat voelt dat goed, zeg! Ik wist niet dat wij ook nog zulke leuke plekjes hadden hier. En met het mooie weer van de afgelopen maand hier, waan ik me haast in Spanje. Of misschien willen de weergoden me wel iets vertellen: ‘Wees niet zo België-hatend, we hebben het hier best wel goed (soms)!’ 😉

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So I can conclude that my life has become a nice follow up of my Erasmus period, thanks to all kinds of elements (such as the good weather and my sweet friends). But … I need to face the truth, and I’m so glad being able to say: “I’ve learned the true meaning of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.” Yes! After all these months!! Thanks Erasmus!!

Ik kan dus besluiten dat mijn leven hier een mooi vervolg op mijn Erasmus-periode heeft gekregen, dankzij allerlei randelementen (zoals het goede weer en mijn lieve vriendinnen). Maar… Ik moet de waarheid inzien, en ben zo blij om het te kunnen zeggen: “I’ve learned the true meaning of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.” Yes! Na al die maanden!!! Dankjewel Erasmus!!!

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Dear people, it does not matter whether you’re in Belgium or Spain, whether you have to work or have a time off, whether you have a beach next door or a car park in front of your house, whether you have a lot of strangers next to you or your best friends, whether you live alone or together, whether you have a lot of money or just a little. We must all learn to be grateful with what is given to us, strive for something better, but never forget that today might be good enough already. And most importantly: do not wait until tomorrow to enjoy, because only today is given to you. Appreciate the small things in life and the great things in life will suddenly look much closer to you.

Ultimately, we decide what our lives look like, simply by the glasses that we put on. I hope you start seeing ‘la vie en rose’ with me from now on…

Lieve mensen, het maakt niet uit of je nu in België of in Spanje bent, of je nu moet werken of vrijaf hebt, of je nu een strand naast je deur hebt of een parkeerterrein, of je nu een hoop vreemde mensen naast je hebt of je allerbeste vrienden, of je nu alleen woont of in gezelschap, of je nu veel geld hebt of maar een beetje. We moeten met z’n allen leren voldoening te nemen met wat ons is gegeven, streven naar iets dat beter is, maar nooit vergeten dat vandaag al goed genoeg kan zijn. En nog belangrijker: wacht niet met genieten tot morgen, want enkel vandaag is je gegeven. Apprecieer de kleine dingen in het leven en de grootse dingen des leven zullen plots veel dichter bij je staan.

Uiteindelijk bepalen wij zelf hoe ons leven eruit ziet, simpelweg door het brilletje dat we opzetten. Ik hoop dat jullie vanaf nu met me mee ‘la vie en rose’ zien.

vie en roseBig love, Heel veel liefs,

Julie

100 Things I will miss from Spain

My Erasmus time is almost over. It’s time to pack my bags and leave all the good things and wonderful people behind. The only thing that’s left is sugar sweet memories… These past 5 months were without any doubt the best months of my life. And because I want to cherish every moment in my heart, I decided to make a top 100 list of things I will miss of my Erasmus experience. To make sure I will never forget the small but exciting details of my life here. I want to thank everybody that’s part of this, you’re definetely in my heart forever, and I hope that some of you can recognise some things and feelings here. Enjoy it, and pink a tear away with me… Love you Love you Love you!!! And… I WILL MISS YOU!!! 😉

1. I’ll miss going to sleep more often after 6AM than waking up at 6AM.

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2. I’ll miss having classes most of the time only from 3PM to 5PM.

3. I’ll miss ‘Pan con Tomate y Aioli’.

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4. I’ll miss studying near the swimming pool.

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5.  I’ll miss enjoying the Spanish celebrations throughout all the year.

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6. I’ll miss being too lazy / having too much fun for cleaning the house.

7.  I’ll miss living only 20 footsteps away from the beach.

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8. I’ll miss coming home from the party in my sweaty party clothes at 7AM.

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9. I’ll miss using “I’m Erasmus” as an excuse for almost everything. (Watch this and understand)

 10. I’ll miss playing drinking games that I’ve never played before.

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11. I’ll miss going out to the pub zone, Tikibar, Cocoloco and Eclipse… Only after 4AM. Spanish nightlife rules!

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12. I’ll miss the feeling of going to a Spanish hairdresser with a scared feeling she will not understand what has to happen.

13. I’ll miss Churros con Chocolate whenever I feel like eating and drinking it.

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14. I’ll miss chilling out in the pool.

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15. I’ll miss my own surprised face, every time I realize that I think way too far / deep about pages, tasks, projects, … Remember: Spanish level of education: EASIER!

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16. I’ll miss checking Facebook group to check where the next botellon / flat party is.

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17. I’ll miss sitting on a table, talking with people from all different nationalities.

18. I’ll miss going to the ATM to withdraw cash and thinking: “Oh no, crap, again?”

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19. I’ll miss singing “La vida Erasmus, la vida major! Sin estudiar, sin trabajar! Con mi botella de ron.”

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20. I’ll miss being always late at least 10 minutes, just because it’s allowed.

21. I’ll miss the days we went photographing, just for fun.

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22. I’ll miss living together with other students.

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23. I’ll miss living close to the other Erasmus students (small community atmosphere).

24. I’ll miss having to walk max. 10 minutes to everything instead of being waiting for hours for trains.

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25. I’ll miss having my family and friends coming over for a visit.

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26. I’ll miss using “Tranquila” and “No pasa nada” at least 20 times a day.

27. I’ll miss having a swimming pool.

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28. I’ll going out for dinner at least twice a week, just because it is twice times cheaper than in Belgium.

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29. I’ll miss speaking so much languages at the same time that I start mixing them.

30. I’ll miss having Mc Donalds and Burger King at 2 footsteps away, because they have Mc Flurry.

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31.  I’ll miss catching cockroaches in the flat.

32. I’ll miss DON SIMON juices and ‘tinto de verano’.

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33. I’ll miss small cucumbers and huge peppers! So useful!

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34. I’ll miss seeing the sea when I wake up and look from my balcony.

35. I’ll miss ESN Trips!

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36.  I’ll miss going to the beach every day, whenever the sun is out!

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37. I’ll miss explaining that I’m from Belgium and that I speak Dutch, not French, or even worse: ‘Belgian’, even though I’m not from Holland.

38. I’ll miss being surrounded by strong characters, all international minded.

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39. I’ll miss meeting so much new people.

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40. I’ll miss noticing somebody is in the house or not, just by the way the door is locked: 1x Andrea, 2x Me, 0x Katy.

41.  I’ll miss watching the sunrise after coming from a party around 7 in the morning.

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42. I’ll miss sitting on the balcony at night, listening to the violinist that always plays around my corner.

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43.  I’ll miss Spanish coffee at university.

44.  I’ll miss the lovely sound of the waves.

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45. I’ll miss Spanish economy and cheap prices.

46. I’ll miss preparties at Wiebke’s flat.

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47. I’ll miss being the only one to clean the flat. (SARCASM)

48. I’ll miss the thin walls. (ALSO SARCASM) 😉

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49. I’ll miss talking to the woman from the tobacco shop.

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50. I’ll miss having to much pictures that I don’t know which ones to publish on Facebook first.

51. I’ll miss the salads, burgers and carajillo at Barracuda.

barracuda52. I’ll miss all my crazy Spanish teachers.

53. I’ll miss feeding the poor street cats on my way to school.

DSC_065154. I’ll miss saying ‘hasta luego’ like I burned my tongue and overuse it.

55. I’ll miss siesta time (even more than fiesta time).

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56. I’ll miss passing by a group of men staring at me and saying ‘guapa’ (beautiful girl).

57. I’ll miss having dinner at 10PM (or later).

DSC_0080 DSC_016458. I’ll miss working on projects with Spanish students (on the Spanish rhythm).

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59. I’ll miss making camp fires on the beach in hot summer nights and playing guitar and Ukelele.

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60. I’ll miss the sound of cars passing the street while playing reggeaton with windows open.

61. I’ll miss being frustrated to see how dirty my / our flat looks…

Benidorm 04262. I’ll miss the beach parties!

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63. I’ll miss Wednesday night beach botellons and parties at Varadero.

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64. I’ll miss never being hurried.

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65. I’ll miss Spanish school trips: obligatory, fun and cheap (for free).

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66. I’ll miss going to Mare Nostrum real estate agency to pay rent and being surprised every time again of how simple things works here.

67. I’ll miss joking about Spanish teachers their way of talking.

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68. I’ll miss living without ironing, vacuum cleaner, …

69. I’ll miss the dinners in my flat.

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70. I’ll miss watching Callejeros Viajeros with my Spanish roommate, Andrea.

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71. I’ll miss not having to work but still receiving money: long live the Erasmus Sholarship!

72. I’ll miss sitting and talking on the balcony at night.

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73. I’ll miss Valencian oranges and everything made of it, and that smells like it (fresh blossoms in summer).

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74. I’ll miss the 55-minute train trip between Valencia and Gandia, watching the beautiful landscapes and feel blessed to live there.

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75. I’ll miss going for a walk at night and seeing the sunset behind the mountains.

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76. I’ll miss walking to the end of the peer at the port and sitting down at the ‘forbidden part’ where I feel one with the ocean, surrounded by the sea.

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77. I’ll miss buying postcards of every destination I even visited without ever sending them to anyone.

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78. I’ll miss living without cellphone, post box, …

79. I’ll miss the terrible smell of ‘jamón’ in the supermarket. Something I’ll never get used to but now is part of my supermarket image.

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80. I’ll miss ‘Turron’ icecream flavor.

81. I’ll miss the Spanish Ultratop 50 music list, being played everywhere, all the time.

spotifu82. I’ll miss smelling freshly smoked marihuana at the school cafeteria, and me being the only are finding it weird that that happens in public at school.

83. I’ll miss ‘platos combinados’ and paella at university cafetaria.

photo-184. I’ll miss going to the copycenter at school and saying: “doble cara / una hoja / 2 diapositivas por hoja”.

85. I’ll miss free entrance to Eclipse before 2.30 AM.

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86. I’ll miss the fact that we never dry our dishes with towels, but let them dry by itself in a “rack”.

87. I’ll miss Spanish ‘servilletas’: always available everywhere, for free, and always too thin and rough.

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89. I’ll miss the taste of Spanish Fanta, which is also very different coloured.

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90. I’ll miss the lower education level, once I have to adapt again to the Belgian one.

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91. I’ll miss the temperatures, always being +10° warmer than at home.

92. I’ll miss the school excursions with Pau, Joan and Maryland.

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93. I’ll miss home being so close to everything that I can always come back quickly: for example to change shoes when going home from the one party to the other at night.

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94. I’ll miss Skyping with my mommy and my cats.

95. I’ll miss traveling through Spain with Ula, my friend from Poland.

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96. I’ll miss having to bring the garbage to the container on the street myself, ànd that the garbage truck comes by the house at 3 at night. (NOT!)

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97. I’ll miss the sound of the Montaditos cashier who calls our name when tapas are ready. “Holanda, por favor!”

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98. I’ll miss my face / expression when somebody (especially teacher) says something and I don’t understand it at all. “Si, si, …” So worth a million euro.

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99. I’ll miss going out and meeting all the bachelors party people: dressed up in funny clothes.

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100. I’ll miss the finish air of the sea and the breeze and never needing to use my inhalator (astma-patient).

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I’ll miss the way Spain and Erasmus have changed my whole life and how it turned my world upside down. I’ll never forget how grateful I am to live this amazing life here. I’ll miss every part and person of it and take it in my heart!! I am amazingly thankful and if I could turn back the hands of time, I would do it all over again. If there is one thing in my life I didn’t regret, it is for sure going on Erasmus. The best decision ever!!! ❤

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