Behind the street door to the townhouse there is a small, lush garden. Geraniums in pink, red and white tiny pansies and deep green ivy encircling the small lot.
-I love flowers and to potter in the garden, Barbara Wiik says.
Bought a townhouse
Barbara bought her townhouse in Portals Nous 14 years ago and would not trade it for anything.
– I feel so incredibly good living here. Portals Nous has everything I need, and I have three different places where I can go swimming, all of them within walking distance. Both large beaches and small coves.
Barbara used to work as a dermatologist and had her own clinic in Mallorca, but now she has retired and can not imagine a better place to be than right here.
A small oasis near the sea
Portals Nous has a very diverse population. In Barbara’s neighborhood there are Mallorquins, Irish, Italians and Swedes, among others.
– I have very nice neighbors, she says with a smile.
There are several townhouses along the street, but every house looks different from the other. From the nearby trees you can hear the birds singing and a slight whistling sound in the wind.
– It’s so incredibly quiet and peaceful here, and yet it is only 10 minutes from Palma by car.
Barbara’s grandchild Elsa, helps her grandmother to water the flowers. “Flower” and “look” she says as she points to the colorful geraniums. Elsa spends every afternoon with her grandmother.
Small house with a garden
The garden consists of a small lawn, a barbecue and lots of beautiful flowers and plants. On the terrace there is a mosaic table, chairs and a lamp with colorful prisms and pendants.
– I made it myself. Everything I find that I think is pretty, I hang in the lamp.
It is not hard to see that it is a creative person who lives here. Beautiful pots, self-made sofa cushions, crocheted bedspreads and walls decorated with flowers. Barbara even has a room upstairs entirely dedicated to her hobbies. A whole room filled with fabrics, yarn, beads, paper and sequins in beautiful colors.
-I love to sew and create different things. I always have new ideas and projects I want to start with, she says and shows some of the bags she made.
-I like to buy pretty, embroidered motives on the flea market and then use them to sew bags.
Easy to move abroad and relocate
Altogether Barbara has lived in Mallorca for 22 years. It started with her visiting a relative in the 90’s and she immediately fell in love with the island.
-Back then it was considerably more difficult to move abroad. Now that Spain is a part of the EU, it is so much easier to move here. Much has changed since then.
Barbara has two daughters, one who lives in Stockholm and one who lives in Mallorca. Both were born in Sweden, but the family moved to Mallorca when the children were small.
-People thought we were crazy when we decided to move overseas with kids, but I have never regretted it. On the contrary, I am so happy I did, says Barbara and helps her granddaughter get in the stroller.
An afternoon stroll down to the bay in Portals Nous awaits. Before Barbara opens the door out to the small street, she turns around and says with a smile;
-I am thankful every day for living here.