A PEEK AT MY WEEK NO. 5: DIGITAL DETOX
It has been so good to escape to Spain for a few days and disconnect from the world.
This summer is going to be pretty crazy as I’m taking on a few new projects so I wanted to take a little time out to put everything on pause just for a while.
I’m staying in the house where I grew up, not far from Marbella in southern Spain. There’s no wifi connection here so it really forces me to stop working and put my bloody phone down. It’s so easy to get wound up in everything, even when you’re on holiday.
A couple of days ago, I visited Frigiliana for the first time and it was absolutely stunning. I couldn’t not share this spot with you. Frigiliana is one of Andalucía’s “pueblos blancos” (white villages) not far from Compéta, the village where I was born. It’s a small town and isn’t flooded with tourists like most of the other towns around here.
Except for me. Because I do make a pretty good tourist with this little hat on.
To me, coming back to a remote village like this acts as a sort of reminder of what is really important in life. In Switzerland, I feel like we so often get so wrapped up in work, professional objectives and being so self-critical.
For some reason, just being in Spain feeds me with this relaxed energy and a feeling of content. It reminds me to focus on the good stuff, that there is more to life than work and how important it is to take a second to stop and recognise how far we have all come.
You can so easily get wound up in wanting more, wanting to go further, wanting to do something better. This online world we live in hardly helps as we are constantly comparing ourselves to others or living vicariously through someone else’s Instagram or Snapchat feeds.
It’s crazy what good a little getaway and a forced digital detox can do to put all of that into perspective.
I think we are all so over all the rain and grey skies back home in Switzerland – although I have heard that summer may have finally arrived!
Also, if you’re stuck somewhere rainy feeling miserable, book yourself a holiday because rain and grey skies are certainly not helping!
And, if you happen to be in Andalucía sometime soon, Frigiliana really is worth seeing. I don’t really have any recommendations of places to go or restaurants to eat at but there are cute little shops dotted around the town and it’s just lovely to walk around the narrow streets and spot the most colourful windows and doors.
My own 100% DIYed little Spanish village house.
Before I shoot off to barbecue some meat and veggies by the pool, here’s my petit résumé of today’s mind-mess:
- Although wanting to do better is what takes us onto better things, it’s so important to stop and recognise what we’ve got or already achieved
- Take time to disconnect from the online world, it’ll give you a second to realise how pretty damn good things already are!
- And lastly, let’s all up and move somewhere sunny because seriously, sun = happiness
Thanks for stopping by! As always, if you can relate, I’d love to hear from you.
Big bisous. xS