Write2Camp in Europe

Come and literally join me on my literary journey!


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The Mediterranean Light Phenomena

Is Mallorca in the twilight zone?

How do I explain this question?  My husband and I have been experiencing a strange phenomena while here.  If it’s not pouring rain, we usually hike a few hours per day. Often we hike without a plan, since Mallorca is an island, and as long as you can see the coastline, you will find your way back. When we look in the distance, we usually choose a landmark: either a lighthouse, yacht club or a rugged peninsula.  Then we estimate how long it will take to the designated landmark … and now here’s the phenomenon:

Without fail, we miscalculated every time. Every land mark looks so far away… but in reality it was closer than we ever imagined it could be. For example… when estimating a good half hour to reach our goal, it turns out to be only ten minutes!! It’s freaky. Does anyone have an explanation for this, other than telling us we have lost our marbles? Can it be that the Mediterranean light is playing tricks on our eyes?

I’ve chosen photos taken in this Mediterranean light.  Just follow that man in the red jacket. Hope you enjoy… and believe me… the photos are a lot closer than you think!

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Mallorca’s Pretty Bizaare Trees

Most folks are proclaimed tree lovers, and I’m no exception.  Not only Palm trees grow here… but….well, you’ll see. I never expected to see so many wacky looking trees on the island. You could say I’ve going berserk over the bizarre.

Mallorca is famous for its almonds…and naturally the Almond trees.  Almond cake is THE cake of Mallorca, and it’s truly delicious.  Almond trees are pretty… the most bizarre trees are the Olive trees .… each one a unique piece of modern art. Take a look at the ones that caught my eye… and my camera.

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As a child I used to love to climb our huge pine tree in our backyard, so I guess I’m partial to pine trees. What about you? Do you have a favorite tree? 


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Mallorca in February

Hola my friends!

This time we traveled by plane… since crossing over to Mallorca Island  in our caravan could be hazardous. 🙂 Mallorca has no campsites anyway… so we decided to rent an apartment. I found a great deal,  because February and March are off season. Even renting a (new) car for two months and 4 days cost only 340,00 Euros!

Just click on photos  to enlarge.

Because good deals are sometimes booked years ahead, I booked last April. We were really excited, since we have never spent a vacation in one spot so long… in other words, we decided to test the snow bird thingy.  We checked the temperatures for this time of year.  The temps were always  between 60 and 75 degrees. So you can imagine the shock when  the first 8 days were just above freezing, rainy, and hurricane winds. When speaking with folks around us, they looked surprised at our naive trust, confirming  that the cold temperatures are absolutely normal for this time of year. So what does this tell us?  Don’t trust those temperature sites… they are often sponsored by travel  online sites….. need I say more?

To be honest with you, I love it when it’s stormy outside, especially when we can see the Mediterranean sea churning like a washing machine, right outside of our glass sliding doors.  Perfect weather to hammer away at my lap top and work on my second novel, (more about that another time. 🙂 ) Hubby reads the newspaper, watches  soccer, and meanwhile the Olympic games… shhh… don’t tell him… but I welcome this weather.

When a sunny day does come, like yesterday, all the more we rejoice, and OOO and AAA at all the glorious scenery sparkling in the sunlight .  Take a look… the following  shots were from our outing yesterday.

 

Hope you enjoyed the photos! If so please share and or leave a comment…. I love to hear from you too!

Waving to you from Mallorca,
Angelika

 


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Vacationing with Friends and Family

Do you vacation with friends and/or family… or do you prefer going on your own or as a couple?

We’ve  gone on many a vacation with my brother, and it has always been wonderful. This time we were six folks, and it was even better. I dare say it was the big H vacation!

Harmonious, Humorous, and Happy … of course we enjoyed Heavenly views, not to mention….. Hiking up Hills, Horsing around and drinking plenty of delicious French wine…Hic.

Well, just to make a sweet story short… exactly – four minutes short… I put a little video together. … It might just get you into the mood of traveling with others … cause it’s really true; … the more the merrier.


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MY LAST ROSE

My  Last Rose

While on a stroll in my windswept yard,

I searched for plants that weren’t hit too hard.

For rain, hail and winds stripped and cropped,

Dainty rose pedals till they dropped.

But then a sun ray shone down from the sky,

And something pink and shiny caught my eye.

 

I pushed back the fern and lifted a branch,

To see sparkly rain drops twinkle and dance,

Upon a single rose – spread in full blossom, 

A delicate beauty – quietly awesome.

For nothing is quite as lovely or shines much brighter,

Than when frail life morphs into a damn good Fighter.


 

My pink rose.

by Angelika Schwarz

More of my poems and short stories  are available in my series: Brighten a Senior’s Day I, II, III. 

Uplifting, entertaining and fun reading from the ages of 9 to 99.  

If you enjoyed this little poem,  

please do let me know, and if you like: share  

Thanks!

 


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I LOVE my E-bike!

I have never before mentioned a product I use, but this time I can’t help myself.

If you should ever consider buying an electric bicycle, you might just be overwhelmed by all the choices that are on the market. I was.  I try to support local stores, so I set off visiting one bike shop after the other. All of them offered e-bikes, but not one of them had a folding e-bike in their itinerary. The sales person usually began to leaf through his catalog to present me a folding e-bike starting off with about 2000 Euros ($ 2232.90). Wow… that was out of my league.

Although I was skeptical about buying a bike before I could test ride it, I decided to check the internet.

In my search, I listed:  compact fold, maximum loading, minimum mileage/kilometer range and price. The E-bike Xia was the only one that showed up.

And amazingly enough … the price was right! https://www.germanxia.de/

Since we camp a lot, I needed a bike that could easily fold and be stored in the back of our Nissan. The maximum weight was important, since I’m not exactly a light weight and I do carry heavy camera equipment with me. A big added plus is when the battery is fully charged… the e-bike runs up to 138 kilometers!

I love LOVE my e-bike. For the first time in years, I have no knee pain after a bike tour. The comfortable upright position, without having to lean on my wrists is perfect.  And it’s easy to get off and on the saddle, because of the low slung bar.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT E-BIKES

Yes, There Are Age Limits: At least 40 US states and Canadian provinces have a minimum operator age for e-bikes, typically 14 or 16 years of age. In Alberta, 12 year olds can operate an e-bike, but in Quebec, you must be 18.

Speedy Enough: Think cars are that much faster than an e-bike? Think again. The average car speed for around-town driving is 18 mph. Average e-bike speed? A very respectable 15 mph.

Yes, They Still Count as Exercise: Though they’re pedal assist, an e-bike can still give you a workout, improving your cardiovascular health, fitness, and aerobic capacity.

Here are a few photos of my Stallion… Ah… s’cuse me, my e-bike. I call him Silver, as in the Long Ranger’s horse … Hi Yo Silver! My boomer friends will surely know what I’m talking about.

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GOT WINE — GET FRIENDS!

“Earth Rocket to Mars, we are now approaching Planet Earth.”

A translucent light blinked, “Mars to Earth Rocket, good luck! And bring back living species!

Three green Martians stepped out from their flying saucer. They overlooked a stone fortress surrounded by acres of vineyards. Near the fortress, groups of living creatures gathered around tables drinking and spitting.

“Looks like we found our living specimens!” the tallest Martian said. “What a bizarre way of consumption.”

“The sign over there is in Spanish! It just so happens – Spanish is one of the 1000 languages I learned for this trip!” The shortest Martian slowly read out loud;

“Private wine tours in Rioja!”

“They go on ‘whine’ tours? Now that is really weird!” The middle Martian said. “Let’s observe them!”

In a flash, they beamed their bodies behind large oak barrels by the fortress walls. Their ears grew as they listened to the living specimens communicate.

“We stayed overnight in Barcelona.” A female homo sapien gushed.

“Oh how lovely! And we visited the oldest tavern in Madrid,” another creature squealed.

“Got to give it to ‘em,” a deep voice drawled. “I’ve never tasted the likes of this in Texas! It’s way too dandy to spit out! Sure wish humans would get better with age too!”

The group began to sputter and giggle, when suddenly one of the human specimens tripped and tumbled against the wine barrels.

“Well, well, what do we have here?” he exclaimed.

Three tall green Martians slowly emerged from behind the barrels.

The mesmerized group returned the Martians’ shocked stares …  till a male human raised a glass and slurred, “You guys sure look like you need a drink!”

Before the Martians could protest, each one was handed a glass of fizzy red wine.

“We like sparkles.” the middle Martian said and sniffed the wine, swirling it in his glass till he finally dared to taste it.

“Mmmm good … more MORE!” the three exclaimed. (After all they had just completed an exhausting 125 year long trip).

Suddenly a voice boomed out of a Martian’s finger-ring. “Soooo? What shape is Planet Earth in?”

The Martian took a long swallow, before answering. “This sun filled planet is like one big fermenting grape – enticingly sweet – but irresistibly naughty.”

“Have you found any living specimens yet?” The voice sounded impatient. “You know that you must return before night fall!”

The three Martians giggled. “Return? Are you out of your extra-terrestrial mind?”

The leader tossed the blinking ring into the vineyard and winked his forehead eye at their new found friends. “Here’s to this day, we’ll never remember, with the friends we’ll never forget.”

“Cheers!” They all raised their glasses in salute.

“Here’s to galaxies and aliens,

Martians and Homo sapiens.

Rich soil and Spanish sunshine!

Sniff, swirl and savor – sweetly we favor,

A glass of Rioja wine!”


ROAD TRIPS TO SPAIN

https://winetourismspain.com/road-trips/