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The Palma Breadline


In case you are hungry and don’t have the means to feed yourself, do not despair. The good people of the Convent dels Caputxins in Palma de Mallorca, frares (monks) in fact, will feed the hungry, the desolate, the homeless and the destitute, every morning from Monday to Saturday (09h00 to 10h30). The convent has a door in Carrer Bastió d’en Sanoguera where the Pa de Sant Antoni (a bocadillo and a bit of Ensaïmada) will be handed out for free without any questions asked bar your name.

Should you be hungry on a Sunday, however, heaven help.

It is my guess that a good one hundred souls solicit this charitable service every weekday. In case you wondered, the convent is situated halfway between the Mercat de l’Olivar and the Plaça d’Espanya.


In the pursuit of investigative journalism, I joined the ranks of the food seekers one day last week. I applaud the kind gesture and I appreciated the sustenance. Whilst the free offer was not a bocadillo for the discerning palate, I certainly felt nourished for a good couple of hours. Moltes gràcies.

The photos were taken in Palma de Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The dates: August 21st, 2009 (top) and July 10th, 2009 (bottom). The time was 10:01:11 and 15:15:23, respectively.

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