|my crazy 8-year-old cousins|
and a Baptism:
|first of the "next generation" on this side of the pond!|
in which we actively participated:
(thankfully we sound much better live than recorded, even with as little practice as we got recently!)
and to spend time with these crazies:
|my "three guys"... what nutty fun we had one summer climbing trees and breaking rocks and driving our grandfather crazy...|
|sister to two of the above|
|the "second batch" of dangerous cuteness|
We figured in between family events we might treat our eyes to some of the local sights, along the towns and mountainous western coast -la Tramuntana- of the island for example:
|looking south from a watchtower|
|Na Foradada (also called "the turtle" by my cousin)|
|church in picturesque town of Soller|
|fishing cove in Cala Estallencs|
The original plan called for a Sunday post-Baptism-lunch departure on an Air Berlin flight from Palma to Alicante. Well, just as my sister couldn't make it from London due to a certain volcanic ash cloud... our flight got cancelled as well!
The Palma airport only closed for half a day on Sunday, but that was enough to cancel most of the flights (particularly those like ours which depended on airplanes arriving from Germany!). Only 40 (out of 400) left that evening... and we were rebooked for 2 days later!
What to do with our time? Well, more sightseeing in town:
|"restored" windmills from the "old industrial" neighbourhood of Palma (now all residential)|
|Palacio de la Almudaina (Arab) and Cathedral|
|inside the Cathedral|
go for a swim...
|baby swimming lessons!|
|she LOVES the water! definitely related to me, lol!|
but especially to spend play around with this:
We were actually crossing our fingers at the airport this afternoon hoping for another delay, but no such luck! ;o)
We tried to keep an eye out for "the cloud"... but other than the haze:
I did notice that we flew a lot lower than usual... could make out houses on Ibiza, details along the coast of Benidorm, and (even though you can't see it through this hazy-dirty-window-photo) the castle in Alicante and my apartment building!
|Alicante from above|
But once we touched down we knew things weren't back to normal yet... the only thing on the tarmac were some Ryanair planes collecting dust!
I feel bad for the people stranded all over the place due to this Volcanic Ash Cloud, but better safe than sorry! I've read some tests with military planes didn't turn out so well... (melted glass from the particles in the engines, ouch!) One of my English students left Thursday morning with his parents for a 4-day weekend in London and I just found out they managed to leave the island 2 days late thanks to a BUS organised by the Spanish embassy that will get them to the north of Spain, then they still have to make it over here. Another friend is stranded in Boston... this whole thing is CRAZY!!! Good luck to anyone else who's out there in the middle of it!
It's going to take me around to catching up on the blog-reading that I missed while playing with my cousins... work has piled up as well... so sorry if I can't manage to get around to visiting your blogs that soon! If you wrote anything special let me know and I'll start there!