Honeymoon – Day 5 – Palma de Majorca, Spain

Written by Cornelius J. van Dyk on . Posted in Vacation

We visited Palma today.  A beautiful city indeed.  We chose to forego our excursion fees and do our own thing instead.  Mostly this was because we didn’t want to be herded like sheep again, but we also needed to find Jess some tennis shoes since she forgot hers at home.  From our cabin balcony, we could see the cathedral as well as a castle on the hill.  Jess and I have a thing for castles.  You could say its our theme.  We decided, given the timing of the arrival, to have lunch in Palma.  We went ashore with Wendy and Dale (new Scottish friends we made on the trip) and caught bus 31 to Centro de Palma.  Wendy and Dale split off and did their own thing while Jess and I had lunch at a sidewalk cafe.  We had also discovered that we docked right at the the start of siesta (2-5 PM daily) which the Spanish observe religiously.  Most shops and stores are closed during this time, but a few were open.  Definitely something to consider when planning your trip excursions.  Nonetheless, we found an open shoe store and Jess was able to get herself a nice pair of Nike shoes.

Observation of the day…

  • Europeans don’t really accept plastic (VISA, Mastercard etc.) that much.  They’re more about cash.  I’m not saying it’s a bad thing, but back home, you can drop me anywhere with my VISA and I’d be fine.  In Europe, you better plan to have cash on hand.
  • I really LOVE this siesta idea.  Taking a break (lunch + nap) from 2 PM to 5 PM sounds like an awesome plan to me.  I wonder if we could import that back into the USA with us? 😛

Time for pictures…




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Cornelius J. van Dyk

Born and raised in South Africa during the 70's I got my start in computers when a game on my Sinclair ZX Spectrum crashed, revealing it's BASIC source code. The ZX had a whopping 48K of memory which was considered to be a lot in the Commodore Vic20 era, but more importantly, it had BASIC built into the soft touch keyboard. Teaching myself to program, I coded my first commercial program at age 15.

After graduating high school at 17, I joined the South African Air Force, graduating the Academy and becoming a Pilot with the rank of First Lieutenant by age 20. After serving my country for six years, I made my way back into computer software.

Continuing my education, I graduated Suma Cum Laude from the Computer Training Institute before joining First National Bank where my work won the Smithsonian Award for Technological Innovation in the field of Banking and Insurance. Soon I met Will Coleman from Amdahl SA, who introduced me to a little known programming language named Huron/ObjectStar. As fate would have it, this unknown language and Y2K brought me to the USA in 1998.

I got involved with SharePoint after playing around with the Beta for SharePoint Portal Server 2003. Leaving my career at Rexnord to become a consultant in 2004, I was first awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Award for SharePoint in 2005, becoming only the 9th MVP for WSS at the time. I fulfilled a life long dream by pledging allegiance to the Flag as a US citizen in 2006. I met the love of my life and became a private consultant in 2008. I was honored to receive my ninth MVP award for SharePoint Server in 2013.

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