Hi, everyone! Welcome to another month of our Int’l Bloggers Club Challenge! I look forward to this post every month because it is so funny to see the different things my bloggers’ friends do! If you remember, I teamed up three lovely ladies and each month we share different traditions, last month we talked about “furniture makeovers“, the previous one was “shopping” and this month is about summer activities. Yay!! I love summer so much!!
Living in Mallorca, our summer starts way before the 21st June. We are in short sleeves and flip flops around mid-April, May for sure, so we have a lot of time to spend and enjoy outdoors. I really admire people who are able to live in cold climates, I would die there!
I have to warn you this will be a long post, so feel free to grab a cup of tea, put yourself comfortable and join us in our summer craziness.
Welcome to our Summer Activities!
As you will see, our life is mostly outdoors. There are plenty of things to do and places to visit, and we have astonishing beaches to discover.
Kids finish school or extracurricular activities in June. Both the girls do multiples activities all year round, and some of them also run during summer.
Dancing lessons finished mid-June so there was a show for parents, family, and friends. Miss A does ballet, flamenco and modern, which is kind of a mix of funky, hip-hop and other modern styles.
Little Miss S does theater and modern. She tried ballet for some months but quit; she was bored to dead with it. She’s pure energy so she needs something to express herself, she is really talented!
We also found a circus. It’s not a traveling circus anymore, but it was some years ago. We remember going to see the show twice when we moved to Mallorca some years ago, and they used to have animals too. Now they don’t have animals, but they still do shows and train kids. Of course the girls tried it and loved it!! You can see some of their work through their page, Duo Voyage.
Sandro masters the trampoline. I am amazed how he makes something difficult seems easy to do. Before the girls attended the circus I thought the trampoline was only jumping up and down, silly me! There are plenty of exercises and sequences to do the jumps. The girls are fear-free, so they are learning somersault back and forth among other things.
Sandro’s partner, Valya, is amazing too. She masters trapeze, the big metal ring, that red fabric, and she’s nearly a contortionist.
We are so fortunate to have found this wonderful couple! They are loving and caring and give the best of themselves to teach the kids. I don’t need to say the girls love them so much!!
They also have horses and lots of chickens in the field where the circus tent is installed.The parents wait outside while the kids train; we sit, chat and prepare healthy snacks for them to eat when they finish.
We bring always breadcrumbs for the chicken; kids love to see how many of them come to eat, and they even try to catch some. Isn’t this trap cool?
I felt in love with this car the first time I saw it.
Living on an island we can’t miss the sea. Anytime is good to go sailing! Paula, a close friend, invited us to go sailing and we accepted happily.
Palma’s cathedral, also know as “La Seu” is more impressive seen from the sea.
My daughters were so excited when Paula let them took the helm! I lost my sunglasses on that trip too, not everything can be perfect.
There are also places you can visit on hot days, as this visit we did to Tirme. It is an Environmental Technology Park where waste management is dealt. They achieved the zero waste goal and they have guided tours for groups. It was a fun and interesting visit where we learned why it is important to recycle.
One of the exterior walls was made from Coca Cola tin cans. Yes, they are yellow because of its exposure to the sun and other elements.
There was a lounge made from old barrels of oil. Another cool recycle!!
A railroad showed us the facilities, next time we’ll bring a clothespin for our nose just for the area where they mix the waste with water. This picture below shows the area where the plastic is sorted out.
For those of you having kids, do you realize how busy their social life can be ? There is at least one birthday party each month in summer. During winter the amount rises dramatically! But we love having parties anywhere, anytime.
One of Miss S closest friends celebrated hers at home. We had a wonderful time, parents included.
Another birthday party; believe me I was serious about the number of parties we have. Thankfully, the girls and I always make some special DIY gift, so not only they receive a present made from the heart but we save a lot of money too.
Summer is pretty crowded here, and there are lots of music festivals and alternative things to do with kids. This day the girls enjoyed a day with music (they were going from one stage to the other), crafts, painting, body painting, and many other activities.
Do you remember I told you my girls are both high-energy? They love to dance, to run, to swim and of course to climb over things. Trees are their favorites! Not to talk about zip lines, that’s heaven!
If it was up to them, they would go there daily. It is a big park with different things, sorted by difficulty and size. The older/taller kids can do all of them, while the little ones can do only a part of it. There is another park from the same company designed for adults, but I haven’t tried it yet. Maybe if I skip a birthday party I can go one day…
When I hear summer, my mind automatically thinks about sun, beach, time outdoor and “fiestas”. It is a tradition here in Spain for each town to has its own “fiesta mayor” and it normally takes place within the three months of summer. It is like a local summer festival and lasts from 5-7 days depending on the town. You could be all summer long from fiesta to fiesta! There are different activities through all the day, and for all the people.
We don’t miss water activities, they are fun and refreshing.
There are attractions for kids as well, mine love this one.
One of the funniest things is the foam party. Kids and grown-ups love to be buried in foam. Having the sea really close also helps.
Early mornings are great to spend some time in one of our favorite coves. Then around noon we go back home because it gets too crowded and noisy. We use to enjoy little coves more from September to November, and then again from April to beginning of June.
Another day we planned a visit with some other friends to an amazing place called “Raixa“. On 2011 it was declared as Heritage of Humanity by the Unesco. It has centuries of history and the place is stunning.
Orange trees, cypresses, romantic gardens… and the visit to the upper round tower is a must.
The upper gardens were structured around the monumental staircase dedicated to the god Apollo and to four muses linked with poetry and mythology.
One day my friend Ruty, which is the owner of the lovely rural hotel Sant Blai, phoned me to tell me that Sandro and Valya (the circus couple) were performing a show there, and she thought we might want to join them. What do you think? Of course we wanted, we don’t miss an opportunity!
We arrived early so the girls had time to play with their friends and spend time with the animals. I tell you this little hotel is a piece of paradise!
They have horses and guests can take a ride. Kids can feed and brush them too.
There are also sheeps and bunnies.
The show started and Valya was performing her show. Can you see her? I took the picture with my phone, but you can see better pictures of that day here.
Kids (and adults) enjoyed the show very much. Seeing it help them understand why they have to repeat the exercices when they are training at the circus, practice makes perfection.
Some other days we just stay at home. We play cards, board games, swim in the pool, walk the dog and discover our new neighborhood… We do lots of crafts too, and the girls help me with some projects or make some of their own.
Don’t pay too much attention at the craft room because I was working on several projects at the same time and it was like an explosion. The kids don’t care too much, they are used to my chaos.
A friend of us let us know there was a place called “Botanicactus” and we organized together a trip there. It was A-MA-ZING! It was created by a french man who bought the plot and started a Mediterranean and cacti garden there 26 years ago. There are specimens brought from various parts of the world, and he also removed thousands of tons of soil to create a fake lake, and that soil was moved to create fake mountains to stop the wind and where he planted the cacti. He personally did the tour for us and we loved the story of that place.
It seemed we were in Arizona! I had never seen so many cacti together!
Summer is not summer without sleepovers!
Or enjoying nights out
Or playing sports with friends
The north and the south of the island are totally different. The north is wilder, the blue of the sea is darker but it has pretty shades of blue. There is much more vegetation and it’s greener. It rains more and it’s more windy, but is really really beautiful. On our way to visit one of my sisters in law, we say these guys doing kite surf at the Pollença Bay. Another place where people from around the island come to make kite surf is Son Serra de Marina, paradise for kitesurfers.
The night of the 23rd June we celebrate “San Juan”, which is a mix between a pagan and a catholic tradition where there are bonfires and people take a bath in the sea.
People normally come early to prepare their spot with towels, candles, some wear white clothes… We bring food to eat, the kids can play and swim while we wait for the sun to dawn and light the candles. Some people bring musical instruments such as guitars to play music around the bonfires
Some people bring tents and they sleep at the beach, others just bring an air bed and some go back home to sleep in their comfy bed. I’m in the last group.
My sister in law visited us some days later and told me there was an upcoming event in a town not too far from us called “Fashion Night”. It’s done every year and it consists of volunteers showing clothes provided by some selected shops in the town, and some designers showing their new collections. She asked us if we wanted to join and the girls said yes. I said no because I would be the camera 😉
Apart from my daughters, my two nieces were participating too, my son and my sister in law.
My nephew Martin was there too.
My niece Monica helped as well with the makeup.
It was fun to see the family in the catwalk!! Sorry daddy was out and he missed it, but we sent him all the pictures and videos.
Now that I’m almost done with some big projects I’m working on, we have plans to discover new beaches. We don’t like to go where all the tourists go, and there’s a Facebook group where people from the island share their favorite hidden beaches. This one is Cala Mondragó, located on the southeast.
We also enjoy having play dates with friends, more if they have a lovely tree house like this. They spend hours playing inside, then the parents can refresh ourselves at the pool.
And these are our summer activities for now, but there are still many days to do interesting things. Now I’m heading to my friends’ blogs to see how they are spending their summer.
Thanks so much for visiting and don’t forget to stop by to see what the other ladies have to share!!
If you click on the pictures below you will get their summer activities posts, have fun with them
Have a wonderful week!
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