After 7 weeks of the strictest lockdown in Europe, we were finally able to go outside for exercise and fresh air. I have never seen that many people out before 7am. This first walk was strange but felt so good. It screamed freedom!
It was blissful to watch the sun rising while listening to the sounds of the waves, along with people chatter and laughter.
I was so happy to finally be able to see our beautiful Cathedral again. La Seu is definitely my favourite spot. Seeing the flowers around the Cathedral made me realise how much we’ve missed while being locked inside. Spring has happened and we didn’t get a chance to enjoy it.
It was surreal to see the usually busy plazas and streets completely empty!
My mind was blown by seeing how much the trees have grown during the past weeks.
What a strange feeling, to be able to enjoy the beauty of our city again. Never ever taking that for granted, that’s for sure!
I hope you are all enjoying your daily walks by the sea and city strolls!
Gorgeous latte arts, tasty matcha, delicious panckaes and yummy cakes… Here are (some of) my favourite cafés and best brunch spots in Palma de Mallorca.
My number one! La Finca is located not far from Plaza España and Puerta de San Antoni, and it’s nice to have such a great café in this part of town. The owners are the sweetest guys you’ll meet, and they do great food and coffee. I love the cakes there, and their empanadas and quiches are to die for. I always go for a matcha or a chaï latte, but occasionally I get tempted by their pink latte: a coffee with beetroot.
Address: Carrer de l’Escola Graduada, 5, 07002 Palma, Illes Balears
A new location has opened in Carrer de l’Arxiduc, again, it’s great to have one of this trendy café opening in this part of town. The new location is quite big but gets quite busy in the mornings (it can also be a bit noisy, so it might not be the best place if you’re looking for a quiet place to work from or have a meeting with someone). That being said, La Molienda has a good breakfats selection. I’m a big fan of the simple ‘pan con tomate’ and the delicious cinnamon rolls. The other location, off La Rambla in Carrer del Bisbe Campins, is much smaller and cozier, but the best part of it is the outside terrace.
They are the masters of latte art! From hearts to swans, I always feel like it’s too pretty to drink! They have a great brunch selection. Located just off La Rambla, Cafè Riutort is where I start my Instagram tours of Palma, it can get quite busy as it’s a popular spot with only a few tables, but it’s worth the wait!
Address: Carrer del Carme, 25, 07003 Palma, Illes Balears
This is the place to be if you love amazing cakes. Rosevelvet Bakery always have a broad selection of cakes from brownie, to red velvet goodness. I’m also a fan of they ‘Sweet as hell’ neon sign!
Address: Carrer de la Missió, 15, Local 1, 07003 Palma, Balearic Islands
Café and Cycles
Located on the other side of the town, I love The Workshop Café and Cycles especially for their chia seeds and berries pancakes: they are the best pancakes I’ve tasted in Palma! They also do amazing toasts with poached eggs, and their juices are fresh and tasty.
If you’re looking for the best, tasty avocado toast, this is the place to go! Their avocado toast with cream cheese and toasted hazelnuts is so delicious, just writing about it makes me want to go there immediately! I also love the interior and ambiance of Mala the café.
For some simple but delicious tostadas, you can trust this place! Located in Plaça Llorenç Bisbal, this is a small and not to expensive, local café to enjoy breakfast with friends on their sunny terrace.
Address: Plaça Llorenç Bisbal, 3a, 07002 Palma, Illes Balears
Can Joan de s’Aigo
This one is quite typical of Mallorca. If you want to taste all the Mallorquin specialities, don’t hesitate, go there! From sweets with ensaimadas, coca de patata and their signature hot chocolate (literally melted chocolate, not mixed with milk or water!), or if you prefer savoury: coca de trampo, empanadas and more. They have a few locations around town, my favourite has to be the oldest one: I love the charm factor once you step inside. Perfect breakfast spot after a morning stroll around the old town.
Address: Carrer de Can Sanç, 10, 07001 Palma, Illes Balears
They do some delicious carrot cake and coca de patata, but let’s be honest, the best part of this Café/bakery is their glass floor as you come in! The first time I got quite surprised and thought I was falling, ahah. From the shop you can see the bakers making all the goodies below you and it’s quite fascinating to watch.
Address: Carrer del Sindicat, 66, 07001 Palma, Illes Balears
Tell me what are your favourite brunch spots and best cafés in Palma de Mallorca!
Stuck at home during the COVID-19 quarantine and I discovered that one of my flatmates had never played Monopoly before! This was unacceptable! But what to do – we didn’t have Monopoly at home and the shops were all closed; the only solution was, of course, to make our own one!
Maybe you’re stuck at home during the lockdown, maybe the virus is over and you just want a crafty project to do – whatever the reason, here is a tutorial for you to follow to create your own personalised Monopoly game: Palma de Mallorca edition!
1 – The theme
The first and most important step is to think of a theme for your game. Maybe it will be based on your family’s hometown, or where you grew up, or even your favourite movie or series (i.e. Harry Potter, Game of Thrones etc.). Whatever you decide, keep in mind that you will have almost 30 property and chance/community chest cards to create, and so you’ll need to choose something with enough options for all of these.
2 – The Board
The second most important part of the game is to get yourself some cardboard for the game board. A good, big, flat piece is ideal, if you don’t have anything at home you can scour the local supermarket for empty boxes. A standard Monopoly board is about 50x50cm (20×20 inches) and that’s just the actual playing area. If you struggle to find a piece of cardboard big enough, that’s ok, but ideally you want it as big as possible, otherwise you’ll run into trouble when it’s time to fit all the properties on the board. Once you have the board, you need to cut it to size. I drew the outline and then used a sharp knife to score along the lines, then folded the board and used a serrated knife to finish (remember, we were short on options here!) If you’re going to want to fold the board for storage later, then you will need to score lines dividing the board into 4 quarters, cut one of the lines just to the middle, and then carefully fold the board along the scored lines so it folds as you like. Store it under something heavy for a few hours to really embed the folds. The next
step is to decide how you’d like to decorate the background. This could be with
decoupage (our choice), paints, stickers, drawings, whatever your heart
desires! Get creative and make it personalised to the theme of your game.
3 – Show me the money!
So we decided to do the money right at the beginning, because – honestly – it’s the longest and most mind-numbing part of the whole project. We decided to scrap the 1 Euro bills for this game (everyone hates them!) and made 30 of every other note (500, 100, 50, 20, 10, 5) by cutting them out of plain white paper. Decorate them as you like, but remember you will have a LOT of notes to decorate so don’t go too overboard!
4 – Properties
Now you just need to decide the names you’re going to give your properties, what the stations and utilities will be, and, if you’ve decided not to use 1 Euro bills, adjust the rent costs accordingly. There are 28 property cards, with 8 different colour groups, plus stations and utilities. See below the excel table for a list of each of the properties for Palma de Mallorca and pricing.
names are decided, it’s time to make the cards. Ideally using heavy paper/thin
card, cut out 28 property cards (maybe with a few extra just in case!). When
you’re deciding on the size, write out one or two test cards to make sure
you’re happy with them and can fit all the information on there. Choose your
colour theme and make sure you can tell which group each property belongs to!
With the stations, get creative! Choose four local beaches, or parks, or
something related to your theme.
5 – Chance/Community Chest
where you can really get funny and creative! There are 17 Community Chest cards
and 16 Chance cards. For me, I felt that the cards tend to be similar, and so I
just went with one pile of 32 Chance cards all mixed together. You can keep
these as similar or as different as you like, and get creative with linking
them to your theme. You can cut these cards out of heavy paper/thin card, and
remember to decorate the backs of the cards as they will sit face down on the
board. The cards should be about the same size as the property cards.
Here is a list of our Chance cards, Quarantine edition: – Get out of paying rent (keep card until needed). (x2) -Get out of Quarantine (keep card until needed). (x2) – GO TO QUARANTINE! Go directly to Quarantine. Do not pas GO, do not collect 200€. (x2) – Payday! Advance to GO, collect 200€. (x2) – Advance to nearest beach. If unowned, you may buy it. If owned, pay the owner double their entitled rent. – Advance to nearest utility. If unowned, you may buy it. If owned, throw dice and payowner 10x amount thrown. – Take a walk down Calle Oms. If you pass GO, collect 200€. – Take a walk down Paseo Maritimo. If you pass GO, collect 200€. – Beach Day! Take a trip to Playa de Palma. If you pass GO, collect 200€. – Police fines you for being outdoors. Pay 150€. (x2) – General Home Repairs. Pay 40€ per house and 100€ per hotel. (x2) – Government subsidy package. Collect 150€. – Gym membership refund. Receive 25€. – Happy Days! You find money blowing down the deserted street. Collect 100€. – Communal household dinner. Collect 50€ from each player. – You receive rent assistance. Collect 150€. – You’re infected – GAME OVER! Just kidding. Roll 1 dice. If it’s even, collect 100€. If it’s odd, pay 100€. – Holiday cancelled. Receive refund of 100€. – You sell your old vacuum. Collect 50€. – You avoided getting coughed on at the supermarket. Collect 10€. – Quarantined with full pay. Collect 200€. – Good deed! Go shopping for a neighbour. Collect 10€. – You forgot to sanitise! Pay 50€ to each player. – Get tested for Coronavirus. Pay Doctor 50€. – Stock up on toilet paper. Pay 15€.
6 – Houses/Hotels/Tokens
This is where you can let your imagination go wild, and go as simple or as detailed as you want! The original Monopoly has: – 32 houses – 12 hotels – 8 playing pieces/game tokens
Think about the theme of your game, and what you have lying around the house that you can use. Some ideas are buttons, coins, beer bottle lids, pebbles, or even homemade clay you can bake in the oven and then paint/decorate. Just remember that the houses need to be small enough to fit four at a time on each property space on the game board. We decided to use pieces of sea glass that we had collected at our local beach; small ones for houses, bigger ones for hotels, and we glued 8 different pieces on coins to make the game tokens.
7 – Finishing the Board
Now that all the cards and pieces
are ready, you must be getting excited to finally finish! For the final part of
the Game Board there are three main parts;
Measure the game board and cut out
four strips of paper to make the playing area.
Draw the borders of all the playing
spaces and decorate
Glue the strips to the board and
finalise the decorations
When measuring the paper for the
playing area, make sure you do this carefully ensuring that all the strips fit
together, you have enough room to write all the properties, and that you leave
enough space in the middle (and outside, if you choose) for decorating.
The next step is to carefully measure the spacing and draw the borders for each playing space. The four corners are taken up with “GO”, “Jail” (replaced by “Quarantine”), “Free Parking” (replaced by “Free Delivery”) and “Go to Jail” (replaced by “Go to Quarantine”) and there are 10 spaces between each corner. Once you’ve drawn all the borders, it’s time to fill in all of the spaces with the property names, stations, and other details – really personalise it to link in with your chosen theme!
The very last task is to carefully
glue, or decoupage the strips to the Board (making sure you put them in the
right order!) and finish off any other decorating you want to include. Maybe
put a fun title, or you may want to draw an outline of where your
Chance/Community Chest cards will go.
Finally, once everything is dried and decorated and you’re happy, all you need is a couple of dice (unless you’re super keen and decide to handmake these too!) and you are ready to enjoy your masterpiece!
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We are entering the third week of lockdown in Mallorca. At the moment, we are supposed to get out on April 12nd, but let’s see how the situation evolves in the next couple of weeks.
Some photos of Palma empty streets during the lockdown, taken when I go to the shops:
This second week has been SO MUCH BETTER than the first one. For several reasons. Firstly, I’ve really decreased the time spent on social media. I tried my best to not check my phone before 12pm, and focus on other things in the mornings. Secondly, I’ve given myself tasks and goals for each day. Thirdly, I’ve made myself available for work and clients only between 1 and 6pm so I don’t have to be online all day long. So what do I do the rest of the time ??
I’ve kept on doing workout bootcamp on our roof terrace every mornings with my flatmates: it’s really amazing to get some fresh air and exercise in first thing.
Doing some over due cleaning tasks in the house (you know like cleaning the shower tile joints with a tooth-brush.. SO SATISFYING!) Who else is becoming a cleaning freak ?
Cooking, of course. This week I’ve made: a veggie curry, a leek and cauliflower fondue, quinoa and brocolis balls, sweet potatoes fries; and crêpes. We’re taking turns to cook with my flatmates so I’ve also eaten a tofu and veggie stir fry, chocolate mousses, lime mousses, an apple and cinnamon cake…
Writing blog posts, editing photos and drafting the new landing pages I need on my website.
Cleaning my computer storage, ordering photos and transferring them onto my hard-drive because I’m tired of the Cloud telling me it’s too full! Never enough space…
Making a Monopoly, Palma de Mallorca edition. This is my flatmate amazing idea. It’s been our project for the past two weeks and are hoping to be done soon to be able to play! We are making everything by hand from cards to bills, and even the board. The tokens are a 2 cents coin with a piece of sea glass glued on top. I hope next week I can show you the final result! It’s been so fun. Work in progress… Edit: Palmapoly is now done and you can get all the details to make your own here: www.yellothere.com/palmapoly
Watching The Handmaid’s Tale (you can watch it on HBO, there is a 2-weeks free trial). We’ve finished Season 2 and are loving it! We’ve also watched Self Made on Netflix.
Reading! I’ve finished ‘Snowing in Bali: The Incredible Inside Account of Bali’s Hidden Drug’ by Kathryn Bonella. A very interesting book. And I’ve also read ‘The Secret Life of a Slummy Mummy’ by Fiona McNeill. Super fun and easy to read.
Painting… I’m definitely not a good painter but having fun just doing some water colour paintings, and it made me able to decorate my bedroom a little bit more. I’ve also added travel memories and postcards to escape a little during the lockdown.
Small Accomplishments and Happy Moments
I’ve put on jeans for the first time in two weeks, and it still fits! Just the time to go to the shops but still… Quarantine Fashion on point! Thank God for pajamas.
Hearing everyone clapping every night at 8pm and seeing thank you messages around when going on the streets to go food shopping.
Kids finding new ways to communicate and play together: they’ve sending paper planes and balls from one building to the other (well most ending up in the streets ahah) and having so much fun doing so!
I hope you all add a good week! Remember that it’s okay to feel sad, to feel overwhelmed and to feel lazy! It’s good to have a routine, keep yourself busy and be productive but the most important thing is to keep sane! So if that means spending hours reading on the couch, then let it be!
Disclaimer: photos of the city taken on Saturday March 14th, before the lockdown.
A week has passed since we got the news of Spain entering the state of emergency due to the current COVID-19 situation. It wasn’t a shocking news as we were looking at what was happening in Italy and we knew the lockdown was the only way to prevent spreading the virus more and more.
On Saturday night, knowing that we wouldn’t be allowed outside for a long time, I went on one last walk by the sea to watch the sunset. It felt very strange, many people were outside enjoying their last moments of ‘freedom’. Who knows when we will be able to go to the beach again? …
Sunday was quite a weird day. Many people were still going out as they understood the lockdown was starting on Monday, so the police already started to go around and tell people to go home. There was no running by the sea or exercising on the beach allowed anymore. That was it: everyone inside!
official lockdown announcement, people went a bit crazy and did some panic
buying, clearing the toilet paper shelves of the shops (we are all still
wondering WHY TOILET PAPER ?!). Quickly, the shops became empty as everyone was
stocking up on food. But a few days after the state of emergency announcement,
it was almost back to normal.
Adjusting to the current situation
It took me time to adjust to this surreal situation: working from home most of the time, the idea of having to stay home and work remotely didn’t scare me as it’s already part of my daily routine. My main concern was not to be able to go outside for my daily walk by the sea, to get some fresh air and get my 10 000 steps in after spending the whole day sitting and working on the computer. Thankfully, I’m lucky to live with a former personal trainer so she’s keeping us fit during the lockdown as we can’t go to the gym. Every morning at 7.30am my flatmates and I are on the rooftop terrace to do our daily bootcamp: best way to start the day (even if some days I am grumpy and not really into it, let’s be honest!)
As the days
went by, we noticed more and more policemen around our square, controlling the
whereabouts of people walking: if you have to go to work, you should present your
work contract or a certificate from your boss; if you are coming back from the
shops, you have to present your receipts to make sure you really went food
shopping. If you’re walking your dog, they might ask you the document of the
animal to make sure it’s yours, as some dog owners are now renting their dog so
people can go on a walk!!! No jokes!
What I should have done differently
I think my biggest mistake during this first week was to spend way too much time on social media: as many people found themselves without jobs, they were so much more active on Facebook and Instagram. I’m a bit addicted to YouTube and watching stories all day long, so content creator and influencers posting twice as much as usual didn’t help me to put my phone down. One week in, I’ve decided to not turn on my phone before 12pm every day, so I can concentrate on other things in the morning without watching the news nor everyone’s accomplishments during the quarantine.
I don’t know how you felt when you started seeing everyone planning to make the most of it and taking the opportunity to do things they never have the time to do, but it made me feel super anxious, overwhelmed and sad.
Well yes: my life isn’t really different because I still have to work online part-time for my clients, and the other part of the time to work on my business, so really no more time than usual to start learning how to sew or learn a new language. I was feeling frustrated because I also wanted to be home and not work and have so much time in my hands to do so many different things.
And then I realized the problem wasn’t not having the time, but more not managing my time wisely. As every bit of ‘free’ time I had, I was spending it on social media looking at everyone living their best lockdown lives (because of course, most people are posting about the benefits and what they are achieving, no one talk about their mental breakdowns or their 3-days in a raw in the same pajamas ahah).
Learning from my mistakes
My goal now is to work on my business in the mornings (writing blog posts, editing photos, planning my social media posts and do some online courses), work for my clients in the afternoon, watch a few episodes of The Handmaid’s Tales with my flatmates (we started it yesterday and omg it’s so good!), and read before going to sleep. And let’s not forget our daily morning flatmates rooftop bootcamp.
Focus on the positive
One thing I really love about being stuck at home is that it gives us the opportunity to spend quality time together: playing games, doing crafts and having home-cooked dinners. Food has become the thing we look forward to the most as we can’t go outside, so cooking and eating is becoming our number one activity. So far, we’ve made French toasts, cinnamon rolls, an orange cake, veggie lasagna, Brazilian risoles, beetroot humus, red pepper and Parmesan dip, veggie curry and fish cakes.
I’ve also loved noticing a rise of solidarity during this difficult first week: at 8pm, every night, people go out on their balconies and clap for all the medical staff and other professions doing such a hard job. As we are young and healthy, our elderly neighbour has been asking us to do her shopping and pharmacy runs as she’s scared to go out at all; and it makes us feel useful.
How did your first week of lockdown go ? How are you feeling ? I’ll leave you with an Instagram post that I really needed to see when I was feeling low and unproductive. Hope it helps!
Oh, I love
December in Palma: the sun is still warming us up most of the days, the sunrises
and sunsets are colourful and the streets are magical as soon as the Christmas
Lights are turned on.
Here are my favourite spots around Palma during the holiday season.
Passeig des Born: delightful during the day and magical at night; it was quite crowded on the night they were switching the lights on.
I love the stars on Plaza de la Reina.
I don’t know why, palm trees and Christmas lights make my heart jump: I feel so luck to live on this beautiful island.
Another of my favourite corner: Jaume III
There’s something so special about La Rambla during the holiday, I love seeing the flower shops along with the Christmas lights.
I love walking through Plaza Mayor at night, the yellow – my favourite colour – plaza is even more special all lighten up.
Last but not least, Plaza Cort and its sky full of lights.
I’m going away for the holidays so I’m taking all the Christmas spirit I can get before that! I still have a few Christmas events to go to: Santa Lucia at Palma Cathedral on Friday Dec 13th, the Countryside Christmas Fair organised by my beautiful friends at Spoon Full O’Moon on Sunday Dec 15th and a few Christmas drinks with my friends.
Twice a year, on 02/02 and 11/11, the reflection of the Roseta is perfectly aligned with the one on the opposite wall, creating the illusion of the number 8. You can find more information about this phenomenon here.
The first time I went, a big cloud appeared just before it was supposed to happen so I couldn’t see it. This year I didn’t believe it would happen as the day was not a sunny one but, miracle, just for 30 minutes, the sun was shining and we were able to witness the light show.
It was truly magical, the reflection of the lights on the wall of the cathedral made me feel so happy and lucky to be able to see such beauty.
Doors of the Cathedral open at 7.30am and this happens between 8am and 9am.