The best trips never really end

“Go where your best prayers take you,” says F. Buechner.

I was in Mallorca a couple of weeks ago but it’s only in these past days that I am able to reflect on my experience. My editor had asked about my travel article and so I had to sit down and reflect – what did Mallorca teach me?

Pico Iyer said that the best trips, like the best love affairs, never really end.

I realize that one can travel many places without connecting to any of those places. One can take the best photos and see many locals but never really came to a point of learning, of reflecting, or of being changed.

The best trips never really end because they stay within you. You carry the experience, you get educated by it. You are never the same.

I thought of how mesmerized I was inside Cathedral de Mallorca. I felt small, humbled but also assured. Coming from a Catholic country, I understand what the church symbolizes. It connected to me, its grandness made me think of art, love, heaven, kindness, generosity, humanity.

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The world has a lot of distractions that are almost always unneccessary. Cathedral de Mallorca reminded me to re-consider silence, and listen.

So these are what Mallorca taught me…

First, to stay true to who I am. Mallorcan villages of Soller, Deia, Banyalbufar and Fornalutx are impossibly charming yet totally Mallorcan. They carry Mallorcan history in their very core. I want that. I want to go back to my core – to writing, to reading loads of books, to being confident of my capacities, to not be scared, to stay true to myself.

Second, to take time to reflect and pray. I may not be a religious person but I believe in faith. The world has a lot of distractions that are almost always unneccessary. Cathedral de Mallorca reminded me to re-consider silence, and listen.

Lastly, to be thankful. “Gracias, senyor,” was what I said as I left the Cathedral. “Gracias, Mallorca,” I whispered as our plane left the island. Sometimes I forget how fortunate I am. Sometimes, I focus on what I lack instead of what I have.

Mallorca, through its enchanting villages and gorgeous beaches; through its winding roads and classic historical sites; through its mouth-watering sangria and delicious calderita…has taught me to remember life and live some more, and to go where my best prayers take me.

Written: 18 June 2017

Photography: Cathy Perez

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