Top 5 pros of living in Majorca
I’ve wanted to live in Spain since the age of about 10. Don’t ask why because I’m not entirely sure myself. My guess in terms of reasoning is probably 40% weather, 5% paella and, more recently, 55% Boris. Just kidding, I don’t pretend to know much about politics, but I might get kicked out of this country because of him, and that will make me 100% livid.
When the opportunity to move to Majorca arose, I snapped it up without a second thought. I didn’t even consider any potential negatives of leaving the UK, and thankfully I have discovered that there are practically none. I miss my friends and family of course, but they are only a 2-hour plane journey away. I also have a close connection to EasyJet, so flights are cheap, and I visit the UK regularly.
There are a few cons of living here, but my New Year’s resolution was to focus on the positives in life! So, in true Rachel fashion, I will now summarise the top 5 pros in bullet points so that I (hopefully) maintain your interest:
1. Glorious weather
With the exception of a couple of rainy days and a tornado or two (I do not exaggerate, please ask me for a photo if required), the sun is always shining. Put quite simply, sunshine = serotonin = happiness.
2. Slower pace of life
Living here has made me realise how rushed and busy life is in the UK. Out here people practically float around seeming to have not a care in the world. I appreciate that I have transitioned from 9-5 office life to remote working, however feeling much calmer can definitely be attributed to the environment here as well.
3. Food quality
Compared to the UK, most of the food is grown in the same country (often just around the corner!), so it doesn’t travel as far to hit the supermarket shelves. This means that everything is much fresher and also quite a lot cheaper, making it easier to have a healthy diet.
4. Easier to learn another language
I spent a fair amount of time re-learning Spanish on Duolingo and Rosetta Stone in the UK, but living in Spain means that I’m constantly exposed to the language and therefore learning every single day without having to open an app. There are also occasions where I have no choice but to speak the language, unless I want to sacrifice a cerveza!
5. Sense of community
Prior to moving here, I was quite concerned that I’d be a bit of a loner. As much as I love remote working, it can be a bit isolating when you live in a country where you know just one other person. Initially I struggled, especially when my partner was at work, but I quickly discovered that there is a great expat community in Majorca. As much as I rant about Facebook, I’ve got to give it most of the credit. Joining a Facebook group is easy. Joining a table at a bar and saying ‘Hello, can I be your friend?’ is not.