These last weeks of 2016 are really the dark days before Christmas if we look at the weather. Even on Ibiza. Dark grey skies, wind, hardly any sun. It rained cats and dogs this past week. Thunder and lightning. A loud bang in the air. The bad weather kept many people mostly inside their houses, just like us. Quite nice actually. Enough time to endlessly read on the sofa when I finished work. But today I really had to do some shopping as we hardly had anything to eat in the house. I went to the market where I always go for our veggies and fruit. Tomorrow I need to do the Christmas-shopping, buy nice wine and veggies to roast, because I can’t carry too much on the bike (no, I’m definitely not a prepared shopper). While I was biking it started raining again, the wind blew and the deserted beaches in San Antonio looked a bit sad with big parts of sandy beach flushed away by the heavy rain these past days. This is our third winter now on Ibiza and this time I lost count of the days it has been raining. Before I could count the number of rainy days on the fingers of one hand. Quite remarkable this difference, but not something to move back for. The trees, the plants, it all looks so green now. We’ll have a green, fresh Christmas here!
It’s funny, if you don’t make special plans with Christmas, there is always someone who invites you for Christmas-dinner here on Ibiza. Many people on the island who have families abroad are gone these days to see their families or are traveling to escape “winter”. The ones who are left on Ibiza are inviting each other to get together; that happens to be on a sunny beach for example. Sweet how that goes. So yes, on Christmas Eve we are invited by a friend to have dinner. Christmas Day we are home, the two of us with our good friend. And it seems we have the sun back then. Plans have changed, like it always seem to happen on Ibiza. Actually we were supposed to look after an idyllic boutique hotel and some great dogs in the countryside this Christmas, but that has been cancelled now. All just fine.
This year went extremely fast, don’t you think? Can’t believe we’re already in the last days of the year. I live these December-days to reflect on the past years. To all what happened, to the lessons learned, to things I’m happy with or not so happy and I’d like to change in my life. I always look back this time of year to cherish the memories. Especially those of my deceased dad, my family and close friends. Slowly I’m starting to think of the new year ahead of us. What will 2017 give the world? Will it be a good year or will it bring more violence upon the people who have been through so much already this year? Like many of us, I have troubles to witness men’s, women’s and children’s despair in warzones through the media and wished I could do something to help. What lies in my own hands I can work on. And what doesn’t, I need to let go? Not sure about that.
I’m 100% sure to try to make 2017 a beautiful year for us. It will start off even better this time since after almost 3 years I nearly stopped feeling quilty about our simple life and the choices we’ve made till so far. Yaayy. The only way is up! Have a lovely Christmas y’all.