Aaah, January in Leeds. It’s nighttime all the time; when it rains, it snows; and the wind whistles through the cracks in your student housing. Exam season is in full swing, and each day you waste at least an hour in the library trying to squeeze yourself between all the other under-nourished and over-caffeinated students. You leave your house when it’s dark and you return to your house when it’s dark, and all the while you can’t help but stare up at the grey clouds and drift off into some blue sky thinking.
Yesterday, as I was walking back from the gym in a regrettable choice of hoodie for zero-degree weather, the sky I was thinking about in particular was the one that hangs over the Spanish island of Ibiza. You may remember me mentioning that lil’ party isle here.
Except it’s more than just a party island. Obviously, that’s part of its charm, and something I would recommend to anyone looking to hit up the world’s best party scenes, but it’s not what first drew me to Ibiza, and it’s not what keeps drawing me back.
It’s the best sunsets in Europe that keep drawing me back; the inspiration behind Madonna’s iconic La Isla Bonita (so say the Ibizans). It’s the walk along the only river in the Balearics; starting from the sea and walking up, passing traditional farms and hilltop churches. It’s travelling around the island by boat, wandering through the cobbled streets of Dalt Vila, haggling at the hippy market in Es Canar, and eating your way around Santa Eulalia.
It’s the best gelato you’ll get outside of Italy
If you’ve yet to visit the white isle, make it a summer priority. If you’re looking for a holiday destination where you can really let your hair down, head to San Antonio or Playa D’en Bossa. If you’re put off by the idea of being swarmed with typical, drunken Brits Abroad™️, get yourself to Santa Eulalia, and try your best not to leave.
And if you find yourself somewhere cold, grey and miserable right now, look up at the clouds and try some blue sky thinking.
Leave your go-to blue sky destinations in the comments!