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In Praise Of Slowness

Living in Mallorca can sometimes lead to the unexpected discovery of slowness. It all depends on who you are, of course and, perhaps, where you choose to make your home.

Take Son Servera, for example, the pueblo to the East of the island. The municipality is home to some 12,000 inhabitants, all told, but that figure would include the seaside resorts of Cala Millor, Cala Bona and Costa dels Pins. You would only choose to make Son Servera your domicile if you were not in a hurry. The PMI airport is some 60 km away which, as far as Mallorca is concerned, is probably as far as you can get away from Birmingham or Camden, Aberdeen or Leeds, or anywhere else. The town has an air of calmness and placidity about it which may or may not be what you want.

The process of slowness is perhaps best illustrated by the town’s two fine church buildings: the parish church of Sant Joan Baptista was begun in 1622 but was not finished until 1832. The nearby and majestic new church, Esglèsia Nova, was built in a Neo-Gothic style in 1905 but halted, half-finished, in 1929 and is still not completed to this day. Somehow, perhaps, funds ran out or the social web changed or the Guerra Civil interfered, who knows? Considering that Mallorca’s La Seu Cathedral in Palma took over 300 years to be completed, there is still time for the people of Son Servera, isn’t there? Time has a different meaning here, or so it seems.

Esglèsia Nova is open and can be visited every Saturday afternoon between 15h00 and 16h30 when children are taught the Catechism there, or at special occasions throughout the year, such as festes, open-air concerts, ball de bots, exhibitions and such like.

The photo was taken in Son Servera, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: January 21st, 2010. The time was 17:35:31.

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