European Mass Tourism
Trip Start Apr 18, 2010
47Trip End Jul 07, 2010
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The place with the WiFi finally got their internet up and running so I can now use my laptop, but it's almost a mile walk each way lugging my computer so I hope everyone is enjoying reading my travel blog
After the sun went down I headed out to explore the nightlife. My first stop was a British Restaurant which honestly was the only place with any people in it at all. The menu was also reasonably priced so I enjoyed a nice grilled Swordfish dinner while I watched the tourists sing karaoke. After dinner I stopped by another local pub for a quick beer and met the Swedish owner. He told me about the seasonal grand opening of a popular nightclub happening just down the street, so we both headed over there to check it out.
Peppers 2 is your typical small tourist bar with a dance floor and DJ. Just one of hundreds in town all opening up within the next couple of weeks. There are also 3 of the largest clubs in the world located here that will open up for the season at the end of May. One club holds 10,000 people! Most of you know I'm not a big club goer so I could care less about a club holding 10 people, much less one that holds 10,000
This bar owner I was hanging with has been coming here for over 30 years since he was a kid with his parents, and was a wealth of information about the island. OK here's the scoop. Ibiza, just like the other tourist hotspots of southern Portugal, France, Italy, and Greece, all operate the same way which he dubbed European Mass Tourism. Each Summer tens of thousands of young people ages 15-25 come to the beach cities to party in the bars and dance to hip hop and rap music. Yes, that's right, nobody checks IDs here so girls as young as 15 years old who are here on vacation with their parents sneak out or are actually given permission from their parents to go drinking and dancing in the clubs. Unbelievable!
And these kids don't have a lot of money so the bars serve them the cheapest booze you can possibly imagine. As I mentioned in an earlier entry, all the popular brands have been ripped off and are being sold in similar bottles with similar labels
So you would assume all the young people who come here to work would make good money over the summer season, right? Wrong! The average wage for a bartender here is about 1,500€ a month! Factor in rent, food, and the money they spend partying after work and they basically end up with nothing. They all just come here to drink, do drugs, and get laid. But at least the worker kids get days off. The bar owners and managers work nonstop 15 hours a day, seven days a week, for 7 months!
So, to sum it all up, in my opinion European Mass Tourism = Crap! (Sigh!) Maybe I'm just getting old…..