Like many island based people I love this time of year. The sting has gone out of the sun and usually (yes usually!) most tourists have gone home and it would be just the ‘empty-nesters’ still grimly clinging-on to the last vestiges of a balmy late summer. But not this year! No, indeed not, however there is one pleasurable activity that a pandemic can’t interrupt - and that is walking on this wonderful island. We went out for our first proper walk of the autumn on Sunday and I was astonished how many other people had the same idea. Out first properly organised ‘yomp’ of the season from the outskirts of S’Arraco to Sant Elmo on Sunday was really enjoyable for our small group of friends, as was the light tapas lunch with some liquid refreshment at the end of it. However, what struck me most was just how many people had the same idea, because as we walked we came across scores of other people doing the same thing as us and it seemed that most of our fellow walkers were young people and families. Perhaps I should clarify that statement somewhat - this is because nowadays anyone under the age of fifty, is in my mind, practically a teenager. I have to say that on reflection last weekend’s ‘warm-up’ amble was not the first serious walk of the season, because during September we took advantage of some of the cooler days and rediscovered some seaside walks in our resort towns. For instance, one afternoon we walked along the seafront from the Nikki Beach Hotel at the top end of Magalluf (Calvia Beach?) to the marina on the eastern end of Palma Nova - there and back, almost 8 kilometres with hardly a person to be seen. Enjoyable, if slightly spooky, if you see what I mean?
The hills are alive with the sound of... Walking!
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