Ines, Spanish, studies the classics and has a great passion for the Arts, tell her story as to why she decided after various study and work experiences, to move away and live on Menorca, one of the most beautiful islands in the Mediterranean.
I’m writing from Minorca, where I arrived 9 years ago. I’m from Barcelona, a beautiful city by the sea, full of life and all kinds of activity. My studies of the History of Fine Arts (my passion), allowed me to travel to many cities all over the world, not only to study but also to work, until I finally accepted a position in the marketing department of a company in my hometown of Barcelona. I combined work and collaborating with various cultural organisations, and it was through one of these projects that I got involved with a project on Ciutadella- which was once the capital of Minorca but is now the second most important city on the island. My trips to Ciutadella were fairly frequent and slowly slowly I became more and more attracted to its beauty, the nature surrounding it, the sea and the quality of life enjoyed by its inhabitants who got to live and appreciate it every day.
And so I decided to change. I left my job and moved to Ciutadella, and with an ex-colleague, set up a company working in Art and Culture. It was a difficult time, to start a new business in a sector that didn’t have an important role like tourism on a small island like Minorca, was very hard. We worked on various cultural and educational projects until, exhausted by the dificulty of it all, I decided to return to Barcelona. I needed to be in a big city again, I missed the people, the chaos, and wanted to leave behind me the tranquility that covers Minorca in the winter months.
Three months were enough, I wanted to go back, and so once again I left everything and headed for the ‘windy island’!!
I had realised that I couldn’t even do the simple things that on Minorca I could, like long walks on the beach, days spent sunbathing, travelling around by bike, trips into the forests and along the coast. But also during the three winter months, whipped by the northerly wind, I learnt to appeciate the quiet life where mushroom picking alternated with afternoons spent in bars with friends.
I have now enrolled on a Masters course in Cultural Managament, so as not to abandon my first passion- Art, and one of the projects I have presented during the course is to create an itinerary for the less-visited parts of Minorca, which you can see here:-
To finish off, I want to emphasise that this island is a unique place to live, but I also realise that nothing lasts forever. I am happy here, and the more I get to know the island the more I fall in love with it, but I’ll never forget my hometown of Barcelona.
A last piece of advice, if you have the opportunity to choose when to visit Minorca, avoid August. Spring and autumn are the best times to enjoy Minorca in peace and quiet.