My love for Ibiza by Anneke
Ibiza Inside Guest Blogger Anneke Keuken is just about ready to turn her dreams into reality and make the big move to Ibiza. Read how the love affair started and what she does to gear up for taking the plunge.
My first love
The things I remember from my first visit to Ibiza are quite obvious; daytime parties at Bora Bora, drinking cocktails in Eivissa, dancing ‘till daylight in Pacha, light breakfast at The Croissant Show and off to Space. For two weeks I was Eat, Sleep, Rave, Repeat, with little sleep and a lot of repeat. My day started and ended at Playa d’en Bossa and I didn’t even realize the island had anything else to offer.
My summer love
The next year I had the opportunity to work a full summer on the beautiful island. I enjoyed more daytime parties at Bora Bora, drank more cocktails in Eivissa, danced the night away in every club on the island, enjoyed breakfast with sunglasses on and went off to Space. But I also visited some of the beautiful little bays with crystal clear water, made trips through the campo, and spent relaxed nights at home with new friends. I enjoyed the whole of the island, from Ses Salines in the south to the bay of Portinatx in the north, from the beautiful sunsets at Cala Gracio to the hippy market at Punta Arabí. Ibiza turned out to be much larger and more relaxed than I had experienced the year before.
The following years I did not visit the island and I didn’t really miss it. I got a degree, got into a relationship, started my career and life went on..
Ten years after my initial visit I returned to Ibiza. And within a second all the memories came back, and I felt like I had never left the island. The air had the exact same smell as I remembered from years ago. And I could almost feel a sense of freedom in the breeze.
For the last five years I have been able to pay Ibiza an annual visit. I enjoy the atmosphere so much. The warmth of the sun and the people you meet is just amazing. It feels like I’m coming home every time. How would it be if Ibiza became my actual home?
My eternal love
What started as a daydream is slowly starting to take form. For the past three years I’ve been spending my Thursday evenings in class learning Spanish. Of course I am nowhere near fluent, but I can handle myself in Spanish now. Giving someone directions in Spanish for the first time was a thankful experience.
I also followed the advice to start saving money. If it comes to making the move I would love to start my own store. I am still indecisive whether I would like sell clothes or interior decorations or if I would like to run a coffee or juice bar, or..
At this point I am unsure whether I will make the move or if I will remain a regular visitor. Just thinking of potentially making the move to Ibiza makes me happy. And in the meantime I can sing along perfectly well with those legendary summer tunes.. ‘Vamos a la playa’!