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Copacabana Bars

Ivan, Lil Dave and I woke up at 9:45 am on December 29, 2012.  We had the free breakfast and chatted with Mauricio and Stuart. 

It was great staying at their lovely home Casa Verde with the friendly Mauricio and Stuart and their cute dogs. 

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The only downside is that the location is far from the beach.  It’s a 45 minute drive by bus (plus wait time for the bus) to the beach.  We said good-bye to Mauricio and Stuart.

We waited a few minutes for the bus to Copacabana.  It was another hot day out.  I fell asleep on the bus even though it was hot and humid.

Ivan, Lil Dave and I arrived at the new apartment at 1:20 pm.  The apartment is in a great location – about a block away from Copacabana Beach.  We met Elizabeth and her husband who were really nice.  Ivan asked about restaurants nearby and she told us about a few per kilo buffet places.  She mentioned a natural one and Ivan said yes that sounds good.  He asked where it was and she said she could show us.

About 15 minutes later, we left the apartment with Elizabeth to Restaurante Natural Beterraba.  Ivan and I picked food from the buffet selection which did have chicken, salmon and lots of vegetarian foods.  It’s priced R$3.49 per kilogram.  We filled up our plates and then sat down to eat.  The food was pretty good.

We back to the apartment and used the internet. 

At 4:45 pm, we walked to Copacabana Beach.  It was now overcast and not as humid.  The tide went out far onto the beach, so we got wet.. some areas my shorts would get wet.  The water was really cold since the sun had gone in. 

We walked for a long time.  Loud music was playing from a big stage, but then it stopped when we came closer to it.  Near the stage, we saw HUGE waves that would break by the beach.  The waves could really knock you out. 

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Ivan noticed sand art with Santa Claus and girls in bikinis.  It was really quite good.

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We walked further and saw more sand art.  Then, we started walking back to the apartment.

Ivan nipped out to grab sorbet popsicles at Delicias do Cerrado across the street – we had these passion fruit popsicles at the bird park and thought they were delicious.  Ivan got two banana popsicles for him and Lil Dave and an avocado one for me.  They have a big selection of fruit popsicles.  I want to try mango next.

Ivan and I took showers before heading out at 7:15 pm.

We walked to General Osorio’s Square which is outside General Osorio Metro Station for the Rio Walks’ Bar to Bar tour.  We met our tour guide Beatrice and the two older Brazilian ladies who were also doing the tour.  There was supposed to be 7 Spanish people joining us, but they never showed up.  It was nice that it was only four of us since it feels like a personalized tour.

Beatrice was going to take us around bars in the South Zone of Rio.

Our first stop was at the bar Belmonte.  Beatrice recommended the empada which is a pie, sounds similar to en empanada but it’s not even close to one.  Ivan and I got a camarao (shrimp) fechada empada and a bacalhau (cod) aberta empada.  The cod empada looked more like a fish ball. 

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The shrimp empada was my favorite which looked like a muffin, but they both tasted good.  Ivan and I also shared a strawberry caipirinha.  Caipirinha is the Brazilian cocktail made from sugar, rum and lime.  The caiprinha was strong and had lots of strawberries in it. 

We started walking by the beach.  Bea told us that there are certain posts (areas) on Ipanema Beach where different personalities hang out.  Post 9 is where the young hip crowd hangs out.  Between Posts 8 and 9 is the gay spot and Post 10 is for the wealthy people.  Post 11 is where you go to see celebrities and Post 12 is where families with young kids hang out.  Find out more about the posts here.

Beatrice told us how one part of Brazil didn’t want to become independent from Portuguese rule.  One man helped Brazil become independent by playing the trumpet to cheer on the soldiers to keep fighting.  We saw the statue of this man in the street.

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The group went to Garota de Impanema bar which means Girl of Impanema.  The Girl of Impanema lived down the street from this bar.  The song was written at this bar.  Beatrice was planning on taking us here, but it was so busy at the bar that there weren’t any seats available  She told us that the shrimps with marinara and herbs and the crab served in a shell were great dishes at this bar.

Ivan wanted to find a place for espresso.  We went into one café, but it was already closed.  Beatrice knew of a place, so we walked on.

Bea told us that the best ice cream place was Italia.  Ivan thought we should stop and get some.  Ivan and I shared a delicious Belgian chocolate ice cream in a cup.

It was off to our next bar at the bar Devassa.  Devassa means naughty girl.  Devassa is known for the beer that they brew. 

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Ivan and I ordered a caipirante (a special caipirinha) which was supposed to have strawberries, bananas and a touch of cinnamon.. but it came with bananas and mangoes instead.  We also shared the casquinha de siri which is like the crab in Garota de Impanema bar, but it’s not served in a shell. 

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The crab was really tasty.  It came with farofa which is toasted manioc flour mixture.  I thought the farofa tasted like what I think sawdust would taste like – not good at all.  We also drank an espresso to wake up a bit.

The group started walking to the Leblon neighorhood which is the wealthiest neighborhood in Rio. 

I asked Beatrice why people wore white for New Year’s Eve. She said that white means peace. People wear the clothing to represent what they want in the New Year. Pink and Red means you want love and Yellow means you want money. Lingerie stores like Loungerie sell packages that include underwear for what you want in the new year like all red or pink lingerie.

The next bar was Bracarense which was voted the best bar in Brazil in 2001.  I’m not really sure why it won since it wasn’t anything special.  The bar is known for the draft beer which is Brahma.  Ivan and I each got a beer – mine was mini sized. 

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Ivan and I shared a cod ball and enjoyed it with the bar’s own pepper sauce.  The sauce was a little spicy.

The group walked to Jobi Bar which is a bar that’s open very late til 5 am.  It’s a bar where lots of people flirt.  It wasn’t anything special and Ivan and I shared a beer.

The next bar was Chico & Alaíde

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Ivan and I shared a tasty passion fruit caipirinha here.

Our last bar was Hipódromo which is located in Gávea.  Ivan and I decided just to get a sparkling water. 

This walking bar tour was fantastic.  Beatrice is so friendly and she’s always smiling.  I highly recommend taking this tour to try some new foods and check out the bars in Rio.  The bars weren’t the fanciest bars, but it’s nice to see the bar culture, try the caipirinha and beer and learn some Rio history.

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Secret Mousse

On August 8, 2012, Ivan, Lil Dave and I woke up at 8:30 am since we were going on the The Secret Hvar Tour today.  Sinisa (nickname is Simon since it’s easier for us tourists to say) was our guide with a green SUV.  Ivan and I got inside and thought there might be more people, but it was only us. 

The views were lovely during our off road tour.  It was a little bumpy with lots of great scenery all around us.  Simon stopped and let us smell something and try to guess what it was.  One was rosemary (which we didn’t guess) and the other was oregano (this we did guess). 

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Our first stop was up a hill with a gorgeous view.  Simon said they usually don’t stop here if there’s a lot of people.  I’m glad we were able to stop since the view was amazing.

Ivan thought we should go to Stari Grad.  It was nice to have a private tour where we could customize it. 

We passed a village where only 7 people live, in the summer 20-25 people live there.  We saw another village which was hidden from the sea, so they pirates wouldn’t find them.  This village was abandoned.. we got to peek inside one of them.

Simon was nice and said we could ask him to stop the car at anytime if we wanted to take a photo of something. 

Simon showed us a snow shelter which was a dome shelter.  The entrance faces the west, so that when the sun comes down at night it brings in light.  It was a lot cooler inside the snow shelter than outside.   The shelter was put together by placing rocks on top of another without any adhesive. 

There are many stone walls along the mountains in Hvar.  These were built a long time ago to make grapes and other fruits grow better since the walls created humidity. 

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Ivan asked if we were stopping at a winery and Simon said no, unless you want to.  So, later one we’d be doing a winery tour instead of going to Stari Grad.

The tour stopped at the highest point on Hvar island. 

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We started headed towards the place for lunch.  There was lots of trees missing since there was a big fire on the island.

I asked Simon about the Dalmatian dogs.  Apparently, a long time ago in the Dalmatia region.. a monk found a Dalmatian dog.  But, a lot of people think the dog originates from Egypt.  Hard to say, but the dog is a symbol on postcards.  If you’re American you know the Dalmatian dog is a popular firehouse dog

Simon took us to Human which is an ethno-eco village (whatever that means!).  It had lovely views and horses for kids to ride.  Our table was outside which had a great view.  We got octopus cooked in a clay pot which was delicious.  The pan was covered with a dome lid and coals were placed on top.

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The octopus were cooked with potatoes – the best potatoes were the crunchy ones. 

Next, we drove a short time to get to the Vina Tomić.  We were going to take a winery tour.  Simon told us earlier that the wine god might be there – it’s Andro Tomić the owner of the winery and quite famous in Hvar.  I was hoping we’d get to meet them since it’s not every day that you meet a wine god.

A guy showed us around the winery.  We saw a funny picture of the wine god.. you could tell he has a sense of humor. 

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Ivan and I saw the vats the wine is made in.  Simon told us that the wine god was in the building since we saw him although we didn’t know it was him.  Next, we saw the barrels.  Then, we were taken to the beautiful wine cellar for the wine tasting.  We paid extra for the wine tour… think it was 150 kn per person. 

We enjoyed the four wines.  We grade our wines out of 10 and describe what we think of it when we do wine tastings.

The best were the Opolo Nobile 2011 which smelled like strawberries and Ivan quoted it as being cheeky.  Another favorite was the award winning wine called Plavac Mali 2007which was 14.3% (wow!!).  Ivan thought it was like dark chocolate and I thought it was velvety.  The dessert wine Prosek Hectorovich was delicious and scored the most with 9 out of 10.  Simon says it tastes like honey.  I thought it was very sweet and oh, so good while Ivan thought it was naughty.  The wine came with cheese, anchovies and more cheese that went well with the wines.  Simon told us a funny story about drinking a lot of Prosek which will make you do funny things… isn’t that most alcohol if you drink enough?!  Simon told us that fathers will keep a bottle of Prosek and keep it until their son or daughter gets married.  The guy who gave us the tour said that his dad’s Prosek would REALLY be like honey (from aging so long) since it’ll be awhile until he gets married.  I’m not sure why though.. since the guy was cute.

Oh yah, we got to meet the wine god!  We took a few photos with him.

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He thought I was Spanish coz he said Hola.  Simon said I was American.  I told him I was Filipino.  Ivan said Merci to him.  He’s Croatian, but he knows French since he studied how to create wine there.

It was time to go on the road again.  I wanted to buy a bottle of the Prosek, but it’s too heavy and we have too much stuff as it is. 

Simon took us to the beach next.  We had an hour to chill out.  Ivan was really tired.  He took a nap while I went in search of the nude beach.  I’ve never seen one so I was curious.  I forgot to grab water before heading out in the path covered with trees… I never made it to the nude beach since I got tired. I decided to stop among the rocky beach and go in the water.  I’m glad Lil Dave was there to keep me company.  He doesn’t like water though.. but he chatted with me while I was in the water.  I had my Northface sandals one which was good since the rocks were slippery.

I read my Needful Things book while sitting on a rock with part of my legs in the water.  It was lovely.

Simon took us back into Hvar.  We said good-bye and thanks.  If you want to take a cool tour, you should take a Secret Hvar tour.

That night, we went to The Park restaurant for dinner.  Ivan and I shared lobster soup, fish pate, mussels and grilled squid with a great white house wine.  Lil Dave got banana stuffed squids and a banana dip with pita.  The food was wonderful.  Ivan and I shared crème caramel (which is like a flan) and a lovely white chocolate and lavender mousse.

We walked downstairs and heard music.  I thought it was a record, but Ivan went to check it out.  It was a Frank Sinatra or Dean Martin (I get those two confused sometimes) song.  It turned out to be a great cover band.  The guy sounded spot on.  We sat down and right after the band was going on a break.  This happens to us a lot!!  We decided to walk around and then come back to listen to more.

Ivan and I checked out a store with cool arty decorations.

It was time to hear some music.  The band was called Just in Time.  The lead singer said it was an artificial name.. maybe they couldn’t decide on a good name yet. 

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The band played Lenny Kravitz’s Are you Gonna Go My Way?, Steve Wonder’s Superstitious, The Beatles, U2 and Sting’s Englishman in New York.  The leader singer had such a beautiful soulful voice.  Wow! Ivan and I could listen to this band for hours and hours.  The band finished and we left.

Ivan wanted to check out Club Veneranda.  It’s the club that Prince Harry went to when he visited Hvar.  He said if it’s good enough for Prince Harry, it’s good enough for him.  It was way too much to get in which probably wouldn’t have been worth it since we could hear the lame music being played.

 

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Rocky Calzone

On August 7, 2012, Ivan, Lil Dave and I got the 6 am ferry from Korčula to Hvar – it was WAAY too early to be up.  I was a zombie.  Ivan and I watched a few episodes of Episodes on the ferry.

We arrived on Hvar island at 7:30 am and a lady met us – we were staying at her apartment which Ivan booked through Airbnb.  Unfortunately, the room wouldn’t be ready until 10:30 am.  She let us store her luggage in her clothing store.

We found a bar called Cambrinus that had free wifi.  Thank goodness for free wi-fi and espresso! I really needed it.  People seem to smoke sooo much here in the Balkans.  I think that’s why Ivan and I have coughs.  I also still have mucus from being sick since Spain.  I have been taking medicine, but I don’t think it’s very strong.

We checked in to the room at 10:30 am.  Our room has a weird ceiling and didn’t have much ventilation at all.

Ivan and I got ready and then went to eat at Pizzeria Mama Leona.  This place was right next to a Vita juice bar, so you could order from both menus.  Ivan and I shared a good tuna and mushroom calzone and a salad with eggs, beets, peppers, cucumbers and chickpeas.

I was so knackered (tired), so I went back to the room for a much needed nap.  It was really hot in the room even with the window and the fan right one me, but I managed to fall asleep.  Ivan went exploring the Old Town while I slept.

Later, we got a small boat to Stipanska for the Carpe Diem beach.  This place has parties with cool house DJs like Roger Sanchez or Boy George.

Ivan got a fruity drink (which was alright) while I got a delicious mango mojito. 

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Lil Dave watched our bags while Ivan and I swam around in the water.  People were jumping into the water.  The water was salty since we were in the sea.  It’s nice to swim in, but not so nice when it gets in your eyes! 

I floated around on my back.. which feels like floating on a cloud.  It’s very lovely, you should try it sometime. 

This rocky beach is beautiful.

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Ivan thought we should order something to eat.  We shared a salad with tuna and sardines. 

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Lil Dave got a banana kebab.

We got the last boat back at 7 pm back to Hvar island. 

We walked around the lovely island.  Ivan picked up some pear Somersby cider which we enjoyed during an episode of Episodes.

For dinner, we went to Dordota Vartal for dinner.  We started off with a boring fish soup which had more rice than fish in it.  Lil Dave got a banana soup and a banana lasagna.  Ivan and I shared a boring squid black ink risotto and a good smoked tuna.  It’s a shame that all meals can’t be good.

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Kiwi Scooter

On August 6, 2012, Ivan, Lil Dave and I woke up at 10 am. 

We had breakfast at Kolenda.  Ivan and I shared a berry shake and a tuna sandwich since the breakfast menu was very limited.  Lil Dave got a banana and strawberry shake and a banana sandwich…but the important thing was…they had free wifi!!! And we used that free wifi for much longer than it took to eat the sandwich and drink the shake!

After getting our internet stuff done, we headed to the scooter rental place and rented a scooter, then set off driving around the island with some cool music playing from the iPod. 

The views were beautiful everywhere and there was hardly any traffic.

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Ivan had done his research and found that one of the top restaurants on Tripadvisor for this island was just a few miles away and so that was where we decided to head off to for lunch. It was located in this very, very small village which looked like the restaurant was the main business…and probably only business.

It was called Konoba Mate and we grabbed a table under the beautiful terrace which was surrounded by olive vines. We had goat cheese ravioli in a sage sauce and seafield (maybe it was supposed to be seafood since it had monkfish, prawns, zucchini and saffron in it?) pasta.  The meal was lovely and we decided to buy some of their home made dried apple rakia also.

We then decided to head to Pupnatska Luka Beach which was described on the map as ‘the most beautiful bay on the island’. With a description like that, we were sold!

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The views down to the bay were simply incredible as we rode down the winding mountain road.

Once at the beach, we grabbed a chair and enjoyed the water and chilled on our seat. It was not too busy at all (unlike some other beaches we had seen in Croatia) and the water was beautiful.

The ride back was just as pleasant, and after grabbing some gas from what appeared to be the only gas station on the island, we returned the bike and then brought some more yogurt and cherry gelato from Kiwi because…well..because it’s so good that’s why!

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We took pictures with the Old Town in the background.

We then headed to the sunset bar Bar Massimo, which was a lot quieter than the night beforehand.  This bar is in a turret and you have to climb up a ladder.  The drinks are brought to the top by pulley.

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We got a seat right by the side of the turret and drank a very badly made mojito while enjoying the view nice sunset.

After the sun said goodbye, we headed back through the old town to our apartment to chill for a bit.

For dinner, we decided to head to U Maje i Tonke again seeing as the meal was so good the night before hand.  We enjoyed onion marmalade, aurbergine rolls and smoked tuna.

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Donkey Class

Ivan, Lil Dave and I had breakfast at 10:20 am on July 26, 2012.  

We came down at 11 am for our cooking class with Anita.  Vegetable soup and stuffed peppers were the two things we’d be making.  I wrote down the recipe, so we could make it at home.  Whether my writings will make it back to Vegas in one piece or without lost, is another story!

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We chopped up lots of vegetables and stuffed peppers with the rice mixture.  Anita is such a friendly person and a good teacher.  I felt comfortable with her like she was my sister or aunt.

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We got to eat the vegetable soup and rice stuffed peppers.  It was so tasty especially the peppers.

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After lunch, we walked down to the lake and the  beach which took about 25 minutes.  It was a lovely warm day out.  There’s no sand, just stones.  Ivan and I went in to the cold water.  Lil Dave watched us – he doesn’t really like water. 

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A bar at the end of the beach was playing reggae.  Tables were in the water, so you could drink while in the water.  It was nice to walk around in the water.

It was time to head back.  The bus would be coming soon.  I spotted a taxi dropping off people.  I rushed to see if he was waiting for a new fare.  He was, I asked if he was free.  He said yes.  I said Can we go to Risto’s?  He didn’t understand.  Ivan pointed to the Risto’s Guest House sign.  The driver said Oh, Risto’s. That’s what I said!  We hopped in and it was a short drive up.  Risto’s has many signs pointing to where their guest house is.  Very smart!

Next up was a donkey ride!.  The guides were named Cleme and Trianka.  Ivan’s horse named his horse Marco and he said mine looked like a Gary. 

Anita said that we had to balance ourselves.  I felt like I was going too much to the right.  My guide Cleme kept telling me to balance, balance!  I kept calling my donkey Gary or Gaz.  My donkey had a habit of running into plants and trees. 

We rode for about 1.5 hours up the mountain. It was very relaxing, and there was amazing views along the way. 

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My guide Cleme thought I was Japanese. I told him I was Filipino. Cleme taught me some Macedonian words, he wanted to hear the word in Filipino.. but I told him I was American. Instead I gave him the Spanish translation (I don’t know much Spanish even though I took years of it at school!).  I found out how to say good which is Dobro.  So, Good Night is Dobro veče and Hello is Dravo.

I found out through my guide that Ivan’s donkey’s name was Marco and mine was a girl named Milka.  Nobody she was running me into plants and trees! She didn’t like the name Gary or Gaz!  I got all cut up with Milka running me into a thorny bush.

We stopped by a church that had an interesting cemetery with the crosses that were placed crooked on the headstone.

Everyone had a rest here, and Trianka decided it would be a good time to have a dance! She grabbed my hand and started leading me in some (no doubt famous) Macedonian dance.

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She was really enjoying herself! And so was I! Trianka kept talking to me in Macedonian and I had no clue what she was saying.  I would nod and laugh.  However she seemed to slap my face a lot! It wasn’t in anger – she would laugh (after I laughed) and then give me a slap. It was hilarious!

After plenty of dancing, we hopped back on the donkeys and headed back down again. We stopped briefly at this house that looked like it had been bombed , or more likely just very shoddily built. Cleme and Trianka did a little bit of looting, looking pleased with their find of a thing that use to make clothes (if our interpretation of Trianka pointing to her socks and Ivan’s shorts were right!).

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The views going back down were even more amazing!

After the ride my butt hurt quite a bit! And I think the donkeys backs hurt quite a bit also from the way they were groaning and moaning! 

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We took some pictures with our guides and I said Falla (not sure on the spelling) which means Thank You and said Good-bye in Macedonian.

That evening we headed into Ohrid town. There were tons of tourists here and it made us glad to be staying where we were staying.

For dinner, we went to MoMir.  Ivan really wanted to try the fish soup, but they were out.  It was rather late.  Lil Dave got a banana soup and fried bananas with a yogurt sauce. 

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Ivan and I shared a MoMir appetizer (beans, pindjur, makalo-garlic, urda, olives – ewww! and lutenka), fried small fish and fried Belvica fish.  Ivan and I also had a smooth Antika brandy which is aged 5 years.  The fried small fish was delicious!!  Everything was very tasty!  Ivan and I chatted about traveling and did some acting by throwing emotions we had to act out.  Ivan’s way better than me. 

We got a taxi back to the guest house and got there at midnight.

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Foam Beach

On July 11, 2012, Ivan, Charisse, Noelle and I had breakfast in the hotel before heading out on a taxi to the old town.

We got sandwiches at a restaurant, but I didn’t eat much of my anchovy and tuna mix sandwich since my stomach wasn’t feeling so good.

We got the boat to Formentera.  Ivan and Noelle rented scooters. 

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Charisse forgot to bring her drivers license, so she couldn’t rent one.  It was Noelle’s first time riding the scooter – so she practiced driving the scooter alone and then with Charisse.  She let Charisse drive the scooter but it was Charisses first time also and she crashed it – so we all decided maybe getting a scooter for Noelle and Charisse wasn’t the best idea so they returned the scotter, telling a little white lie that of ‘course we didn’t crash it – we are seasoned scooter drivers!’

Ivan thought they should rent a quad bike instead since it’s a lot easier to drive.  We had to wait a few minutes to get it.

Then, we were off to Mitjorn beach.  The part we stopped at was El Arenal.   It was such a beautiful beach, and this picture does NOT do it justice!

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The waves were a little rough.  The weather was quite warm, so it was great swimming in the water.

Ivan was told by the rental company that helmets were optional.  So, Ivan and I didn’t wear our helmets.  Ivan drove the scooter with Charisse on the back.  I drove the quad with Noelle and Lil Dave behind me.  We started headed to another beach.  We saw cops pull over Ivan and then pull me over.  The two dirty cops told us that we weren’t wearing our helmets, which we knew allready…I think he thought he was a genius cop or something for pointing out the BLIMMIN OBVIOUS!.  He asked for Ivan and my drivers license.  Ivan didn’t have his.  I showed him mine.  He said I needed an International driver’s license.  He said Ivan’s would have been fine.  He wanted to fine us 320 Euros for not wearing helmets and for the driver’s license issue.  We thought this was ridiculous.  The cops were really mean.  Ivan said we didn’t have any money on us (a lie).  The cop said you can pull some out from the ATM.  He said that we’ve pulled out our limit from our ATM cards (another lie-oh boy, there goes our express pass into heaven!).  They just wanted our money to put in their own pockets.  Ivan told him that we were staying in San Antonio…..which was the truth, but he would have said that regardless of what the truth had been as San Antonio was quite far from where we were standing with the cops at that moment. 

The cops took my drivers license and took forever filling out paperwork.  It was like they were writing their life memoirs. They asked for our scooter and quad bike contracts.  They called a tow truck to get the scooter and quad bike.  It was taking forever.  It was quite hot out.  Thank goodness Noelle had some water left.  Ivan said this was the helmet and International Driver’s License scam where the dirty cops try to scare tourists.  They end up paying them on the spot.  They gave us our 3 tickets and my license back.  They told us we’d have to go to the police office and pay the fine in order to get the bikes back. That we definitely weren’t intending on doing. But we made it sound like going to the police station with the money was right at the top of our ‘things to do while in Formentera’ list!

30 minutes later, the tow truck came and put the scooter and the quad bike onto the truck.  The cops left and didn’t say anything else.  In the USA, the cops would have given us a ride at least. 

We put our our thumbs and tried to hitch a ride with no luck.  A few minutes passed and a cab passed by.  We hopped into the cab and got a ride to the port.

We didn’t go to the bike places as its not very likely they would have welcomed us with open arms, seeing as their bikes were currently at the police station!  We walked with our heads down and headed to a ferry boat. Ha Ha – we escaped!

The boat took us back and then we walked to Dalt Vila which is the Old Town of Ibiza.  We walked around Dalt Vila and saw a guy floating.  It was amazing since it looked like he was floating.  But, Ivan figured it out and filled us out on the secret. 

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Do you know how it’s done?  They could have hid the way they did it better. 

Dalt Vila is really pretty with white buildings, plants hanging and colored doors.

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We headed to the fortress that has cannons and beautiful views of the city.

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Inside the fortress there’s restaurants and hotels.  We looked around to find a good place to eat.  Ivan thought La Aceituna looked nice.  It was a cute restaurant with lots of tapas on the menu.  Ivan and I shared the goats cheese with walnuts and honey on toast, apple & cheese salad and smoked sardines.  Lil Dave got a banana and cheese salad and bananas and honey on toast.

It was time to head back to hotel for a long nap.  Ivan and I used the internet and worked on the blog.  Then, we took a short nap.

Ivan, Noelle, Charisse and I headed out at 1:40 am.  Ivan got the tickets for Amnesia.  We sat down at a bar at Ibiza Rocks and drank caipirinhas. 

There’s a free bus headed to Amnesia, but we didn’t see it coming.  Cabs were stopping near Es Paradis – so we waited for a cab there.

The cab took us to Amnesia.  We were going to Espuma – the one and only foam party.  The club has two rooms.  There was La Troya which is the gay event in the main room and Espuma in the other room.  We stayed in the main room and danced with the gay people.  There was a fashion show with guys dressed in dresses and girls in interesting outfits.  I wanted to see Boy George, but he still wasn’t on. 

At 4 am, we went to the other room for the foam party.  There’s a huge dance floor.  Ivan and I have been to this event before, so I knew how much form there is.  It’s way too much for me since I’m really short.  The foam is soapy and stings your eyes.  My throat has been hurting, so I didn’t think getting foam all over me would help my throat.  Ivan and Noelle were on the dance floor while Charisse and I chilled on a side stage which is raised from the dance floor.  They kept teasing the audience on the dance floor by blowing cold air.  The music was pretty good. 

We saw somebody up above and it was Paris Hilton.  She was dancing among the sexy dancers up on one of the balconies.  She was wearing a flower headband and a long blue and white flowy dress.  Ivan thought she looked really drunk.  She kept taking weird pictures of people in the crowd.  She even grabbed people’s hands in the audience.  I saw her lay down on the floor and put her hands out to the crowd. 

Finally at 6 am, the foam started coming down – so much was coming down.  It filled the dance floor.  At one point, it was over Ivan’s head.  Noelle had her goggles on, so I think that helped out. 

It’s funny how people don’t know how much foam comes out and they don’t put their bags in the cloak room.  I saw a few people put their bags and purses in a speaker.  It was still getting soaked with water, since the foam comes from the balconies above.  If you’ve never been to a foam party this is the one to go to.  It’s crazy and lots of fun!

We stored our bags in the cloak room.  Everybody dried themselves off.  Ivan and Noelle changed their clothes.  I didn’t have to since I didn’t really get much foam on me.

I bought a cool fan in the Amnesia store.  They have really cool fans there.  I bought one two years ago since my friend told me I HAD to get one.  I bought a gold and red one – although, I think the one I bought before was much nicer.

We got a taxi back to the hotel.

Ivan packed everything up while I took a nap.  My throat was killing me.  I caught whatever Ivan got the day before. That’s the price I pay I guess for being married to such an amazing fantastic guy! (Ivan wrote this late sentence).

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Sunset Space

I woke up at noon on July 8, 2012.  Ivan and Lil Dave were both up already.  Ivan, Lil Dave, Charisse, Noelle and I had breakfast at 12:15 pm at our hotel Sol Bahia Apartamentos.  My scrambled eggs were runny.

It was an overcast day.  Ivan was told that if you walk 5 minutes to the right of the hotel (facing the bay) you’ll reach a beautiful beach.  We started walking on the rocks.  It was definitely a lot farther than 5 minutes.  It turned out to be 20 minutes away.  We did have lovely views walking there though.

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The beach was lovely with beautiful aquamarine waters.

We had lunch at the restaurant on the beach.  Ivan and I shared fresh salmon and tuna.  The tuna was very meaty and tasty!  Lil Dave got a banana salad.

The sun had come out and the sky had cleared.  Hurray!  Ivan and I love sunny blue skies.  We sat down on the beach. 

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We brought the inner tubes that we got from Elrow last night.  They were perfect as a pillow.  Ivan, Noelle and I took a short nap.  Charisse went to nap under the shade.

We swam around in the water.  It was so hot out that you HAD to jump in the water to cool off. 

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I love chilling and swimming at the beach.  We saw lots of girls with no tops on, some of them shouldn’t have gone topless though – especially the big pregnant lady. 

We started walking back on the road towards the hotel at 4:30 pm.  This way was a lot quicker.  Maybe this was the way that the guy thought was 5 minutes away.

Ivan has been having problems with his ears – they’re both filled with ear wax.  He hasn’t been able to hear very well.  Ivan and Noelle went to get stuff at the pharmacy.  Noelle was there to speak in Spanish if needed.

We all got showered and dressed for the boat party.

We rushed over to Lineker’s to meet for the Garlands boat party.  We got our free drink at the bar while watching the Federer vs. Murray Wimbledon match.  Ivan and I were hoping that Murray would win.  We left before the match finished.

A big group of about 150 people boarded the Garlands boat.  We sailed out at 6:20 pm.  The boat was advertised as having games, but we didn’t play any.  I would have liked to play something fun like a cool drinking game.  But, the boat was filled with mostly British people and the Brits don’t need any assistance in getting drunk. 

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We danced to funk house music and drank Strawberry-Lime cider. 

The sunset turned out quite nice.

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The boat arrived back at 9:45 pm.  The bus was leaving at 9:45 pm goin to Space.. but we figured it would be a few minutes late since all the boats arrived late.  We grabbed sandwiches at a store nearby and rushed to the bus.

We made it just in time.  The bus was full and left at 10:05 pm headed to Space.  The Garlands boat party included free entrance to the event We Love Space at the nightclub Space.  I understand why they call it Space since it’s quite spacious. 

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Our favorite room was the lounge one with the red lights and the buddha on the wall. 

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We had fun dancing to hard trance in the main room – Hot Chip were on.  You could feel the bass go through your body. 

One of the coolest things about Space is that the roof is mesh in some of the rooms, so you can see and hear the airplanes fly above the club. 

We left the club around 3:30 am and went in search for food.  We found a good pizza place down the street called Pizza Piadina.  Ivan and I each had a slice of mushroom pizza – it was really good.  We got a taxi back to the hotel at 4 am.

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