We spend around 12 weeks every year at your beautiful island. So far, November this year has been great. Lonely, quiet beaches with water temperatures around 20 degrees. Coming from Norway, we especially enjoy hiking in your mountains with the well organized trails, spectacular views and challenging peaks. The other day we did a trip from Deya to Valldemossa - four and a half ours - in bright sunshine, no wind and 20 degrees at almost 1000 metres.
Most of the restaurants around Illetas are closed. But we enjoy shopping for food, fruits and wine in many of the fine shops in the area at prices half of those in our own country. We like to participate in the cultural life at the island - which is flourishing also in November. The Balearic Symphony Orchestra is certainly high quality. Some days ago we were happy to hear them with their outgoing conductor Josep Vicent playing Dvorak, Tschaikovsky and Beethoven. It was a great performance. We happened to be seated on the balcony with a good view of the orchestra and enjoying the fine acoustics. However, close around us there were at least five people using their cell phones during the concert - texting, e-mailing, using the torch-light of the phone to read the program and whatever else. The sound naturally was turned off. But we still found the glare of the phones very disturbing.
During the intermission we asked the person with a phone close to us, to please turn it off during the concert. In Norway the audience is always reminded to turn off any phones before the performance starts. However, here the person we talked to became quite irritated. She approached us after the concert and said: -Remember, you are in Spain now.
So our question would be whether it is accepted in Palma - or in Spain - to use a cell phone during a classical concert?
This coming Saturday - the 16 - we hope to get tickets to the next concert at the Theatre Principal. We assume that Mozart would be annoyed, perhaps shocked, if people sent and received mails instead of listening with all their senses to his beautiful piano concert No 23!
In any case we will continue to enjoy Majorca a few more November weeks. The other day we received a mail from Norway:
Keep enjoying Majorca and stay on, - here it is already snowing!
Wenche and Bjorn Erik Sandsten
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