I dropped second born off yesterday for his end of year school trip! Whilst lots of kids in Mallorca have been nipping over to the mainland to stay in hotels and enjoy adventure parks, the kids at his school are on an adventure of another sort!
As you may know, second born goes to an independent, alternative school called Sa Llavor. It’s an eco-school which means that they base their education on the main principals of sustainability within an holistic educational setting, integrating nature and character amongst other fine practises.
Yesterday should have started for him first thing with departure from school up to the UNESCO recognised World Heritage Site of the Serra mountain range of the north west of Mallorca. Unfortunately he woke up at 6am with stomach ache which turned into vomitting quickly! Nerves were beginning, after all 4 days without wi-fi was a daunting thought! He asked for rescue remedy but as first born had needed it for a performance the previous week, I didn’t have any to hand!
I sent him back to sleep knowing he would feel fine later and knowing that he would go on this once-a-year adventure that the school organises for the last year primary kids and the older secondary children. I was already down for the car pool later in the afternoon to pick up from the excursion and take them back to the hostal so I knew he would be joining them, come hell or high water!
We set off in a hurry when we suddenly got a call bringing the time forward as the rain had been torrential up there and everyone was soaked. Off we went in a caravan of cars, dad in the van at the end of it. We arrived with the sun coming back out and a cheer from the kids and two adults when they saw that second born was there. Happy faces, albeit soaked bodies, were taken up to the refuge that was to be their home for the first and second nights and wow, what luxury! If you are going to stay there with a school apparently you don’t pay!
At this point the five lucky parents who got to be part of the end of the first day were pointedly shown the door and there we left them! Their itinerary looks wonderful, we were sorry to leave! They’ll take in two more days of Puig de Tomir, Sa Calobra and Torrent de Pareis and on the third day take the boat to the port of Soller to stay their last night in another refuge. The last day they’ll catch trams and trains home and I’m sure that second born will be more than happy to kick off his walking boots and share his stories of this special school trip with us!
Sa Llavor eco school http://www.sallavor.es
Serra mountain range www.serradetramuntana.net
Walking & refuges www.conselldemallorca.net