I have been meaning to write this post for sometime now, however life has been getting in the way.
|View from my window seat on the plane|
Here it goes! I went to Ibiza and it was amazing...once we sorted out all the issues. My friend and I went to work there through an agency. She got there a week before I did, and discovered the agent lied about being provided accommodation at a workers price by the club we would be working at. The club informed my friend that there was no such thing. Luckily my friend got to stay with someone she knew who already works in Ibiza as a DJ. The agent also lied about the price of the NIE (it's a Spanish NI), he said it was €60 but it turned out to be €100. This obviously added on to my limited budget. So knowing all this, I still decided to go meet my friend as the plane tickets were non-refundable.
I arrived in Ibiza at 10:30am, with no accommodation and no transfer to Sant Antoni de Portmany. Luckily I had met a lovely couple on the plane, and we shared a taxi. In retrospect, I should have just stuck to my original plan and got the bus, as the bus was €4 and the taxi was €10(for each of us). When I finally got to Sant Antoni de Portmany, the first thing I did was get a sangria whilst I waited for my friend. We ended up walking around from hostel to hostel looking for rooms, as someone told us they would be more affordable if we cut out the middle man (i.e. Booking online).
Accommodation wise over 7 days, we stayed at 3 different hostels: Hostal Rosalia, Hostal Adelino and Hotel Apartamentos Central City. They were all 1 or 2 star, but we hardly spent any time in the room so we didn't mind. One thing that we do regret is getting a room with air conditioning. Yes Spain is hot, and the AC was free, but on the 2nd day with AC - we got a horrible cold. I have had plenty of colds but this one was something else, and a local told us that people get ill because of going out in the sun then using the AC.
Our days consisted of pretty much what everyone does in San Antonio. Our days began with having some wonderful Spanish food by the beach. There were some really nice eateries on the sea front, as well as within the town. Then we would chill out on the beach or go sight seeing or go on boat trips. The boat trips ranged from €9 to €80+ but the more expensive they got the more incentive there was to go on them. For instance we went on a €50 cruise a few times and you got free fruit, unlimited free bar and a chance to go diving for those wanted to. These trips tended to be on smaller boats with the capacity of 40 people. The more expensive boats tended to be for either you book for the day or your typical booze cruise. I am really glad we didn't go on any boozes cruise as I feel as though my friend, and I would be out of place with the 18yr olds. So our days were pretty chill.
|Sant Antoni de Portmany Water Fountain|
|Us Leaving The Beach on the Boat|
Our evenings consisted of working for 4 hours selling shots at various bars and some clubs (not the super clubs), then we'd go out and spend our wages (which were a basic rate of €25 + unlimited commission). There was always after parties and I was amazed at we survived on 4-5hours of sleep a night. Unfortunately I did not get a chance to go to the super clubs that you see on the TV, due to the fact my shift was always at 10pm to 2am. Nonetheless, the strip and the after parties were perfect enough for me.
This working holiday was so fun, as we got to generate our wages once we got our NIEs. Additionally as workers, we got workers wrist bands which had many benefits, including but not limited to: offers on food; discounts on drinks; free entry to venues; and a multitude of other worker friends. Therefore I am really hoping that I will be go back in September.
|I have been meaning to write this post for sometime now, however life has been getting in the way.|
|A few essentials I got before the trip.|