After umming and ahhing for about 6 months we finally decided to commit to the idea of leaving the country and moving to the warmer climate of Mallorca. Mauro came up with the idea after we visited a friend who had recently moved there. I wasn’t initially up for it as I was planning to complete my teacher training in the UK however that plan changed, thankfully!
We gave ourselves a year to save some money, booked an AirBnb apartment for our first month and begrudgingly began to sift through our stuff; For those of you who know him won’t be surprised that Mauro has a ‘thing’ for shoes.
We arrived on Valentine’s Day in February 2017 with 4 large hold bags and a small suitcase each. Our taxi squeezed down the narrow streets to our one bedroom AirBnB apartment right in the centre of Palma, a short walk from the Cathedral. We hadn’t been to the island that early in the year before and we were pleasantly surprised by the temperature. The mornings were clear, the sun was warm but the evenings very crisp. We spent the first few weeks getting to know our new home.
We walked to Santa Catalina and tried out the different cuisines available at the many restaurants. We enjoyed a caña on the sea front at Anima Beach Club. We checked out the local Salsa clubs and danced until 3am. We even became proud bike owners and rode the cycle path to Portixol for ice cream on the beach.
The three biggest highlights of our first year on the island include our very first Sabor Mallorca Latin weekend, our beautiful wedding by the sea and our Salsa & Spa Mallorca Holiday!
In May 168 people joined us for a long weekend to dance the days and nights away. Our guests enjoyed stunning views from the hotel, dancing on the beach and visits to local clubs in the evenings. We couldn't be happier with how friendly everyone was and we can't wait to welcome everyone back for 2018!
Just a month later in June, we welcomed our nearest and dearest to the island to celebrate our wedding day. We found a small but stunning venue on the sea front in Paguera where we had a quiet ceremony, a lovely meal and watched the sunset.
With such great weather and lots to do, it didn’t take long for us to fall in love with our new home. Living in Palma does however come with its struggles and surprises, for example most business are closed on Sundays. It has taken me a while to get used to not being able to pop out and grab some milk on a Sunday morning.
The language; although my Spanish still needs a GREAT deal of work, I can usually figure out what’s being said to me by a Spanish speaker, however, on this island that’s not the case! Mallorcan Spanish is a lot more difficult for me to understand, even Mauro who’s Spanish is WAY more advanced than mine struggles from time to time. Hiring a local Spanish tutor will hopefully make this part of Mallorca life a bit easier.
The biggest hurdle we had living here was finding a more permanent place to live. We extended our stay in the AirBnb apartment for an extra month because we really struggled to find a decent apartment to rent long time. This was a mixture of availability and being self-employed. Due to the increase of tourism in the last few years long term lets are great deal harder to get your hands on as landlords want to save their properties for summer lets. Anyway, we found our new apartment in Palma and managed to get moved in by April just before our very first Sabor Mallorca Latin Weekend.
Regardless of the difficulties we have experienced, nothing can tarnish our new way of life in the sunshine. With just a short bike ride we are on the beach and we still have so much more to explore. We couldn’t think of a better place to share our passion and organise our new dance holidays.
Thank you for all the support you have given us and we hope to welcome you to the island soon!
Keoni & Mauro