"I'm ever so grateful to be able to explore
Welcome back to the blog, I know I've had a week or so off but I have a very valid reason! As some of you may know, I flew off to Ibiza,Spain on the 1st October 2017 with my boyfriend Calum, we managed to get a last minute deal for such an amazing price. Mum's condition hadn't seemed to change for the couple of weeks running up to the date we'd be going away, so we decided to take the chance and go. When I went away I decided I'd love to both vlog and put together a blog post for our Ibiza trip, as my dream has always been to travel so why not start here?
My vlog actually went up on my YouTube channel on Monday, if you haven't already given that a watch you can do so here; www.youtube.com/watch?v=ty6vUWNZEPg Please do go ahead and give this a watch if you haven't already, as this is the first ever vlog I've given ago, which to be honest I'm seriously pleased with how it came out. Also don't forget to leave a like so I know if you enjoyed it and if you haven't already then please hit the subscribe button.
Without further ado lets crack on, we flew out on the Sunday night arriving in Ibiza at 2am their time, we'd booked a transfer coach to get us to our hotel in Cala Tarida. Thankfully this coach journey took no longer than half an hour as it's such a small island, as we had booked our hotel deal so last minute we were really worried the hotel/room wouldn't look as it did in the photographs. A worry I'm sure you've all been through when travelling away on holiday, especially
So as we arrived we checked in, which was nice and quick, we then headed straight to the room in such anticipation! To our surprise our room was much better than we could have expected, the room was enormous with so much space. As you came in the front door there was a sliding door leading into the bathroom; with a waterfall shower, standard sink and loo, as you leave you then head into the spacious open plan bedroom, with desk, mirror and bedside tables, which then lead through to a little sofa area before you reached the terrace balcony. From the balcony we had a lovely view of the pool area, terraced seating area upstairs - I completely forgot to get any photos so I have taken a screen shot from my video, I do apologise if the quality isn't so good.
After we'd checked out our room, put our bags away and got changed we then decided to head out on a hunt for food. which as you can imagine at 2am on a Sunday absolutely nothing was open, so instead we opted for a packed lunch from reception. On our hunt around we found the stairs that lead down to the beach, I can't even tell you how many stairs
Our first day - San Antonio
Our hotel had a bus stop outside which was brilliant for us to visit other areas of Ibiza, so for our first day we decided we'd take the bus into San Antonio. We had heard from friends that this was a good place to visit, we arrived at 10am but the shops didn't open until 11am so we decided to have a walk around to get a feel of the place and can I just say the views were absolutely stunning! After a walk around we headed to Yog Good, which is a self service frozen yoghurt place; you could choose which ever flavour ice cream you fancied and there was so many toppings and chocolate sauce to add on top - honestly I haven't stopped thinking of this place since leaving.
We then spent the rest of the day exploring and walking around, before heading back to Cala Tarida ready for lunch and a siesta as they like to call it out in Spain. Our hotel had the little amusement shows on that most hotels have in the evenings so we sat by the pool on the lounge chairs to watch, until heading off to bed ready for our second day.
We we woke up the next day we headed straight to the stairs before catching a bus, to have a look at the view in the daytime, this view is something I greatly miss, you could see so much from this little area and the sunshine lit up the beach perfectly. I can't believe the weather, it was boiling reaching about 27-30 degrees which was a pleasant surprise as you can imagine in October you can never be sure if it'll be hot.
Second day - Old Town Ibiza
This was our most exciting day as we wanted to explore the history around the cathedral and have a feel for this place, what's lovely about The Old Town is the real difference between the old and the new, its divided perfectly. The modern part doesn't at all feel out of place nor the other way round, we decided to head straight for the track up to the cathedral as we knew we'd get beautiful views up there.
As you can imagine the walk really was hard work; I mean I'm not particularly fit nor unhealthy but it really was a struggle with so many slopes and stairs. What made this walk so so special though was the effort they'd put into this tourist part of Ibiza, in every single tunnel they had a musician sat inside. So before even reaching the tunnel you could hear the beautiful sounds echoing through the tunnels, some sang, some played instruments; it really was so lovely to stumble across. There were beautiful Spanish streets tucked away with little terraced houses, sweet gift shops and plenty of places to stop for an ice cream or drink of water - deffo needed!
After the historic part was over we headed back down on a hunt for food, as by this time we'd been walking for 2-3 hours and this gal was hangry. We ended up settling for pizza tucked away in a little corner; in case you don't know pizza is my favourite of all time! We sat for a while with pizza and a San Miguel in the beautiful sunshine enjoying each others company and the chairs beneath our butts.
Another thing about Ibiza that I absolutely loved was that wherever you went you were sure to find some graffiti, but not the graffiti you can't appreciate it was beautiful or meaningful even up in the old town there was plenty to look at and see. By the time we we're done here and ready to head back to the hotel it was roughly 4pm, so we headed back into where the bus dropped us off to wait for the next one home to Cala Tarida.
However this wait turned into 3-4 hours sat on a step outside some apartments for a bus that never turned up! Eventually we stumbled across a taxi rank, which set us back around $30 - an extortionate amount considering the buses are $2..90, but hey sometimes things happen. We where just thankful that we didn't ended up stranded in the old town!
Day 3 & 4 - Relaxing
On day 3 it's safe to say we were both feeling exhausted, from our exploring and so we decided it would be best to have a chilled day by the pool with a book. It's funny because I do love to set specific days to lounge by the pool for my mental state, as I really do feel it makes a holiday feel like you're taking a break away from stresses at home. When I went on holiday I knew I needed a break as I'm so bad at dealing with stressful situations, it for some reason brings on more migraines than normal. Everyone needs a holiday at times just to escape normal life!
Also of course a day by the pool means you're dedicating time to tan.. but shh don't tell Cal that, he hates lounging by a pool on holidays - but hey sometimes you have to compromise right? The other good thing about pool days is the fact you get all the meals included, we always opt for all inclusive so we never have to worry about food and drinks, so its great to take full use of this.
Later this night around 12am we received a call from my sister to say that mums condition has worsened by quite a lot in the 4 days and so they wanted us home in case anything was to happen. Obviously as you can imagine this was a shock because it was hard to work out what the problem actually was over the phone, but we decided to let them book us flights for the next day at 12am, as it was the right thing to do and family has to come first.
For our final day we took it easy, lounging by the pool and going down to the beach as we hadn't yet spent a day at the beach in the sea etc. I bought a lilo the day before we knew we were coming home and so I wanted to make use of this in the pools and the sea. All though we only had 4 days in Ibiza for some reason it did feel like we'd been there a while and so when leaving it still felt like we'd had a lovely holiday.
The flight home wasn't nice at all as the whole way home I felt extremely anxious about mum and what I would be coming home to, luckily things seemed to have improved slightly with the medication she is on now. However it's still a long road, we're now having to care for mum 24 hours a day, which we do in shifts so we can ensure no one gets over tired (although that's impossible). We're now giving mum her medication and we've managed to get a bed downstairs as she can no longer walk unaided. Things aren't great right now, but we're making the most out of a hard situation, it's for this reason that I'm late on getting this post up. We don't have much time to ourselves and so I worked over a few days to get this done don't take that as me moaning because I ensure you I'm grateful to have the time to be caring for mum.
Despite situations I'm ever so grateful to be able to explore another country I've never been to before, with my favourite person in the world. It's made me more sure that exploring and travelling is something I really want to do more of and incorporate onto both my YouTube channel and my blog.
I have to be completely honest by saying, going forward I can't promise I'm going to make my weekly Thursday uploads, which will be the same with my Monday uploads to my YouTube channel. It's going to have to be a hit and miss thing really, I'm going to try my hardest to ensure I'm putting posts and videos out when possible but it's very unlikely to be a weekly thing for the time being. I hope you can understand this and I'm sorry there isn't more I can do but right now mum needs 100% of my time.
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