Back to school, and back to normal. In the autumn, Mallorca is at its best.
Whether you have been away for holiday or other reasons, or whether you have stayed put in Mallorca, enjoying perhaps some family visits, grandchildren maybe, or had dear, and sometimes very dear, friends to stay, there is no way that you have not noticed now that Mallorca has changed. I would say: Mallorca has changed for the better.
Temperatures have dropped. No more sweaty nights. The usual autumn storms, even torrential rains, have come upon us. The air feels clearer, fresher. The island looks greener again. Thank you, rain. The harvest season is in full swing: figs, capers, almonds, carobs, grapes, you name it. If you happen to live in the country, you will witness it on a daily basis. Your neighbour’s family is out in the fields with their grandfather, the parents, the young ones, and the very young offspring too, all giving a hand. With the exception of the grandmothers. They will be at home, making sure that there is a hearty meal on the table when everybody returns home for lunch.
Of course, the younger ones, schoolchildren, can not help out on the land from now on. School has started this week in most primary and secondary schools all over the island, or will start any time now. Apparently there are 195,000 pupils in primary and secondary education in Mallorca. Of those youngsters, 4,350 had their first day at school ever in their lives.
University students have until the beginning October, in most cases, before their everyday reality hits them again, after nearly four months’ rest.
It is back to normal now for everybody, it would seem. Back to the real life (well, the real expats life, for us anyway). We love the autumn in Mallorca. Apart from May, now seems to be the best period of the year. Warm, pleasant, sometimes even hot, but not too hot. Still warm enough for a swim or two. A shower of rain now and then. Perfect weather for lovely walks. Most tourists have left the island. Our local butchers and greengrocers suddenly have more time for us again, and for smalltalk about who has died, and who did what. Or who didn’t.
The photo was taken in Palma de Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: September 14th, 2009. The time was 12:40:08.