Falling in Love: Ibiza, Spain


“I want to dance by the water beneath a Mexican sky. Drink some margaritas by a string of blue lights. Listen to the Mariachi play at midnight. Are you with me? Are you with me?” -Lost Frequencies

This song played over and over in my head and on the radio in Ibiza. Every time I hear that song it takes me back to paradise, even if only for a moment.

How we met:

Jenny’s version

{Summer 2012} I had been working in the ICU in North Carolina for over two years and we were short staffed that night. Dan had just graduated the new RN program and obviously picked the short straw on his unit because he was the one that floated to help us out. We gave him the most hemodynamically stable patients on the unit (yet he was still anxious to hear the alarms constantly going off for one thing or another). It was kind of sweet he was so nervous… I too remembered what it was like to be brand new to the ICU and it can be a little overwhelming.

On the other hand, I had already gotten my patients mostly settled and the majority of my initial charting complete. I had a few moments and after chatting with a good friend I worked with (Amanda, Miss you so much girl!) I was looking for a new pair of boots online. If you know me well, shoes are an addiction of mine… I don’t discriminate but I especially love leather boots. In walks Dan… the newbie. He was so friendly and extremely hilarious, he made me laugh all night (and teased me mercilessly for online shopping). At the time I was in a serious relationship and completely friend zoned him. However, I had a few hot single friends that I immediately thought of… and this says a lot because I don’t set my friends up with just anyone. There was a mixed group of 15-20 people going to Savannah, Georgia and Tybee Island for a long weekend at the beach. That first day I met Dan, I invited him to come with us… so he could meet my friends (that I attempted to set him up with). Luckily, things didn’t workout with my good friends but he did end up meeting someone and I was sincerely happy for him.

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Sweet sunrise. Tybee Island, Georgia 2012
{Fast forward a few years}

As the years passed, both of our relationships didn’t work out. Thank God for that! I had moved from North Carolina to Texas and eventually to Georgia. I was very fortunate and got the opportunity to move and take a position in the ICU in Germany. MANNNNNN I was nervous to move internationally with just my puppies. I was leaving my wonderful adopted southern family (the Loughmans) and friends I had made in Georgia behind. It was such a bittersweet and tearful goodbye. {To this day I still miss the peaches and the sweet tea. Laurie, JB, Yoko, Lori and friends drink a glass for me!}

The realization hit me that I didn’t know anyone that was currently working in Germany. Hhmmm so I did a little research just to make sure and BAM…. Dan popped up on my Facebook with pictures from Ireland. We started chatting as friends and he helped me tremendously with organizing my international move. The day I got here I was super jet lagged. Rachel picked me up from the airport and got me settled into my hotel. I took a five hour nap (aghhh jet lag is awful!) and I woke up to a few texts from Dan. He basically said “Are you alive? I haven’t heard from you.”  I assumed I would see him eventually when I got here but he was motivated to see me that day.

So I got dressed in the only thing I had that wasn’t wrinkled… a summer dress. He met me with a welcome package: Harbro gummy bears, Milka chocolate bars and Magnum Ice cream bars. He showed me around his little village and I had my first German beer and döner with him. It was delicious and it was really cool to catch up on life with him. He dropped me off at my hotel and I fell asleep for a few hours until I abruptly woke up STARVING. (Little did I know that I would eat chocolate and gummy bears for breakfast at 4 am because nothing else was open). Dan would always joke that we were perfect for each other. I on the other hand told him that things would never work out between us. I knew we were both incredibly independent, driven, active, stubborn  and funny individuals. Ironically, he ended up being right about this one. When I first got here I watched him play a LOT of softball while I learned how to use my Nikon. Heres a few favs I snapped of him. We ended up spending a lot of time together and he saved me from the mini hotel room I was given until I could find a house.

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A week later we went on our first trip to Ibiza, Spain. The beauty of this island took my breath away. Never in my life had I ever seen such a beautiful place. At that moment… I knew without a doubt I had made the right decision moving to Europe. I didn’t know it then but looking back on our trip to Ibiza I was falling for him (even if I didn’t want to admit it).

Our Ibiza Trip!

We started by checking into our hotel which was located half a mile from the beach in Sant Antoni de Portamy. We stayed in a minimalist hotel (70 euro a person for three nights!) and I’m so glad we did because we spent the majority of the time at the beach anyway! I asked the owner in Spanish (finally using that second language I spent so many years learning) if she could recommend her favorite restaurant in the area. This is something I do frequently when we travel because the locals usually recommend far better places than we find online. It was still early so we rushed down to the water for a quick swim and a drink from the beach side bar.

ibiza sunsetThe restaurant she recommended was tucked away in a secluded alley and we drank Sangria as the sun went down. We ate freshly caught fish from the area (just kidding I had fish… Dan had steak or something) but he did actually try mine. I am always the adventurous one when it comes to food where as Dan will play it safe EVERY.TIME… if given the option. For example, I had to try paella that weekend and Dan refused :). 

The next morning we woke up early and put on our expensive sunblock on (I insisted on buying it at the airport…. Dan was right about this one too… it was much cheaper on the island).

Cala Conta

Cala Conta was the first beach we went to and by far my favorite. This is why: we couldn’t keep these cheesy smiles off our faces. A lot of my friends here have told me the sparks between Dan and I were obvious from the start… even when I insisted that we were “just friends.” haha DSC_0027

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They used to have a zoo on the island but it closed down. The interesting part is that they turned it into a massive techno bar. Each of the areas that previously housed animals became a new bar/techno dance area. They called it the “Zoo project.” It was so much fun, everyone was painted like animals (pretty sure this was Dan’s favorite night) and there were a lot of entertainers and musicians.

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Cala Salada

I spent most of the weekend with an Island girl in my hand (coconut rum and a splash of sprite/pineapple juice) and relaxing on the beach. However, we also spent a LOT of time cliff diving and swimming with the fish. This place was perfect to cliff dive for the brave at heart. The water is outrageously clear and looks shallow but I promise it’s not!

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So that’s how our love story began. I’ve suckered Dan into writing the second half… So come back to visit for the next post with his version. 🙂 Thanks for reading!

Love,

Jenny

 

 

 

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