Another rainy daySeptember 2 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C
I woke up to thunder, clouds and rain today. Such weird weather for August. After checking out of my hotel I was actually able to check in to the new hotel before noon. Initially I planned to go back to Mallorca today since my flight to Frankfurt is out of Mallorca but Ibiza is so nice and relaxing I decided to stay. There’s plenty of flights to Mallorca.
The new hotel has a spa which is why I booked it specifically. It’s also on the marina so a beautiful location and I have a nice view of the marina. When I checked in they actually upgraded me to a room with a view!
Since it was still cloudy I decided to go to the spa. There was a cold pool, sauna, steam room and I think an oxygen room. They also had massage services but I’m saving massage for Cape Town. For the most part it was relaxing.
But Of course everyone and their brother was staring at me. The staring I have encountered this trip is the most intense staring I have experienced in Europe! I’m not sure why. But it’s definitely a cultural difference that is difficult to get over. Apparently this is normal behavior. But for someone painfully shy who suffers from severe social anxiety, this is pretty intense. I feel like a zoo animal. A celebrity. I prefer to blend in and not have any attention drawn towards me. Im also an Introvert so tuning out any excess energy is exhausting for me. My every move is watched by someone. I have to be on my best behavior AT ALL TIMES. Normally I am but sometimes I just want to relax in peace without 9 million eyes on me. Luckily I haven’t done too many stupid things so that they can’t really say “stupid American”. Sometimes I “stare” right back at the person and then they quickly look away. Or else I just put my headphones on and tune them out which I prefer not to do so I can just listen to the sounds.
After researching this it’s definitely a fact that Americans see everyone and everything as a threat, whereas Europeans are just friendly and dont have issues with personal space. Americans are more all about themselves whereas Europeans are more interactive. Understanding and realizing this definitely has helped but when I’m in a spa I prefer to not be stared at and just relax. Lol Traveling is a learning experience and a good way to find different perspectives of yourself and other cultures.
But anyways, after the spa, it was actually a bit warm out And the rain and clouds blew off so I relaxed by the pool. They had techno music playing and again a beautiful view of the marina.
This evening I decided to walk along the marina and went to have dinner at a nice restaurant, Trattoria de Ibiza. I ordered what I thought was fish (rocket fillet) but turns out it was steak! Oops!!! Was pretty bummed I didn’t order fish seeing as it was a fish restaurant and on the marina. Oh well. I know some Spanish but apparently not rocket fillet. I forced myself to eat it, seeing as I’m anemic and probably need the iron now more than ever. This is the first real meal I have had that’s not a hotel breakfast or my own cooking. 🤣 It was actually the best steak I have ever tasted, from the rare bite of someone else’s dinner. I have never actually ordered a steak so definitely a new experience. Hopefully I don’t get sick!! Sadly this is my last night in Ibiza, and hoping I return again soon!Read more