Pure blood Ibizans and our adopted brethren: In honour of our immense love for this island, we’ve put together this list documenting a few basic Ibizan idiosyncrasies. Speaking plainly: things you’ll only understand if you live in Ibiza or have ever lived a time.
Any of this things for live in Ibiza sounds familiar to you?
1.You DO NOT DRINK the tap water under any circumstances, especially if you’re living in Sant Jordi: in that case you’d be using bottled water for everything, even brushing your teeth.
2.The chances of meeting an Ibizan with 4 grandparents from the island are almost none. Long live the mix, and long live the ‘guiricencos’.
guiricencos: a term used to describe someone with one parent from Ibiza and another from a different country.
3.During the summer your house becomes a stopgap of sorts. You find yourself getting calls from friends that you haven’t seen since play school, all looking for a floor to sleep on for a week or 10.
4.This is when you find yourself bragging to all your friends from back home about your ‘contacts’ and ‘VIP lists’ which get you into all the best parties for free.
5.You hate the travel show specials which only focus on that one aspect of Ibiza (its parties). You never get sick of telling people that, just by chance, there’s another side to Ibiza.
6.You also get sick of explaining to family and friends back home that you’re not spending every night in Amnesia or Privilege, nor do you spend every morning sunning yourself on the beach.
7.It never once crossed your mind to go near “Cala Saladeta” in August (or Salinas, Cala Bassa, Cala Compta…)
8.The hope of renting a house or apartment at a reasonable price faded long ago. You always end up accepting to pay double what you thought you could afford, while at the same time feeling like a true ‘champion’
9.In summer your ego can’t help but swell a little. “Jesus!! They’re really eating that, and they think its Paella? They pay €80 to get into a nightclub? Idiots! They’re going to that beach? There won’t be enough space to roll out a face cloth”. In the end you almost feel sorry for them “the poor fools, if only they knew”.
10.The desire you have in September for the season to end is directly proportional to the desire you have in April for the party to kick off again!
11.You know perfectly well that the GPS won’t work right when you need it to.
12.The same thing will happen with your phone coverage. You’re left with nothing right at that critical moment, but you learn to live with it.
13.The few rainy days that the island gets causes total chaos.
14.You’ve seen your favourite bar be redesigned (or reinvented altogether), change owner time and time again, ‘til it’s just not your favourite bar anymore.
15.You feel like a real winner when you find a bar that charges reasonable prices for drinks. You’re eyes might even fill with tears of joy, if they go as far as to serve a tapa, even if it’s just a few measly olives.
16.You know the name of all the best DJs even if you don’t like Electronic music.
17.When you travel, even if it’s to the Caribbean or south east Asia, you always come to the same conclusion ‘there are no beaches out there like those in Ibiza’
18.You know that this is the best view in the world.
19.You simply dodge or maybe haggle with the PR and flyer guys on d’En Bossa beach like a pro…
20.You were utterly disgusted that they closed the Serra cinema.
21.You never get tired of explaining to tourist the difference between “seaweed and posidonia”
22.The meaning of success is having work for more than 10 months of the year.
23.You get really pissed off circling around Ibiza city centre trying to find a parking space in the summer.
24.Ibiza has a special energy and you can actually feel it, but you’ve decided to stop mentioning it to your friends back home who look at you like you’ve gone mad.
Have we left out anything? Feel free to add more suggestions to the comments below to continue with this list of things you’ll only understand if you live in Ibiza
Original text by: Alba Garcia