Two years ago this Swedish couple left everything they knew to seek new adventures in Mallorca. Several odd jobs later, hours on a scooter between Palma and Portals, cold aching feet and late nights, they finally settled down in Palma and put their heart into running a new venue.
What’s the story?
Tove: I was born and raised in Helsingborg, a town in south of Sweden. I lived there pretty much all of my life, except from a rather long visit to Australia, but that was not my cup of tea.
Emil: I am also from Helsingborg, but I spent several years living in Copenhagen working as a chef at different venues.
Why did you choose Mallorca?
Tove: We met four years ago in Helsingborg, and after two years we said to each other “this is it, we need to get out of here.”
Emil: We were speaking about Berlin and Copenhagen but then Tove realized that she had some connections in Mallorca. We made some phone calls and four months later we’d left our jobs and our apartment and were on a flight to the island.
What is the best thing about Mallorca?
Tove: It’s much less stressful than in Sweden. The entire pace is much slower, and of course the weather is great.
Emil: The quality of life, less stress, good weather.
What advice do you have for others thinking of moving here?
Tove: You have to be prepared for the fact that things in general take longer, from daily errands to dealing with bureaucracy. Also get a contact/friend on the island, someone that knows his or her way around.
Emil: Learn some Spanish before coming. Not all speak English here and without the language it can be quite hard to get around. And also prepare yourself that the life in general is much more social.
What are your plans for the future?
Tove: No more Sweden that I know of! But then I don’t know if we will stay in Mallorca our whole life either. We are enjoying our life here now, but we will see what the future brings.
Emil: We have done it once, and we can do it again. I mean quitting our jobs and leaving our apartment, but now we like it here, so one day at time.