Sunday was sweltering in Mallorca…98 and humid (so it felt like 105 according to the Weather Channel). Nonetheless, I had a good red clay 90 minute training session, and hopefully am ready for the tournament in Barcelona, which starts today (Monday), though I don’t play today.
After tennis I went to a nearby laundromat to wash my clothes. A nice lady helped me figure out how to work the machines. In Spain, interestingly, all the laundromats dispense detergent automatically. And the machines I have used all have about a 30-35 minute wash cycle. While the clothes were washing, I got a cold drink and sat in the shade (the laundromat was not air conditioned). I took my clothes back wet and hung them out…it was so hot they dried almost as soon as I hung them up! And parking karma struck again…I got a spot just a few doors down from my apartment, which was good since I was leaving early the next morning. (FYI, there are two washers and dryers at Beach Club Font de sa Cala..for a fee.)
Today I had an 8am flight, but did not realize that the car rental company (Wiber) did not open till 7am and was told the shuttle didn’t start till 7:10. I did get my car returned before 7 (and still had to get to the airport), but had changed my flight already to 1pm…other flights were selling out quickly so I made a decision. I didn’t quite make it to the airport in time for the 8 am flight as it turned out (though if I was going carry-on only I would have made it). Lesson learned, check the time the car rental company opens before booking flights (or vice-versa). The going carry-on only is never going to happen for me while playing tennis!
Below: this rooster was crowing vigorously when I arrived at the car rental agency. the sweet roll and Jamon Iberico are Mallorcan specialities.
The Palma de Mallorca airport at 7:30 am was again packed with people. It is a very popular place. I travelled her during 2021 and 2022 and it’s much busier now I think.
More on the tournament tomorrow after I visit the site this afternoon.