Follow the hashtag #islandlife on Instagram and you’ll find almost ten million posts depicting the picture perfect life surrounded by sun, sea, sand and clear blue skies (and probably a perfectly placed beautiful girl in a designer bikini). There are sunsets and boat days and old towns and beaches; there are cocktails and dreams; there are no worries in the world. Island life is simple, uncomplicated and you don’t need material things to be happy (aside from your phone in order to use the aforementioned hashtag).
Except, as most of us have all come to realise, Instagram is not real life, and as such #islandlife is not #realislandlife (a hashtag that is yet to reach 500 posts). Real island life – just like real life anywhere in the world – comes with its own trials, tribulations and triumphs that are not always Instagram-worthy, but are indeed a big part of island life on a day to day basis. I believe island life teaches you patience. Don’t even get me started on the concept of ‘island time’. Combine that with the Spanish mañana mañana mentality (which I can assure you is very real) and you spend half your time wondering whether your meetings or appointments are real or figments of your imagination.