The fall semester is halfway through, so this week students are taking midterms for most of their classes. After exams, this coming weekend we are travelling to Alicante to visit its beautiful city and castle, to learn about its history, as well as to discover the surrounding villages and traditions.
Our first October outing was a two-day Hiking adventure from Deià to Soller, spending the night at Can Boi refuge, surrounded by beautiful stone houses and mountains. We spent Saturday in Deià, a village with Moorish origins in the North Coast of the Island, named Sierra de Tramuntana, and recently declared World Heritage Site. We had time to walk down to Deià’s Cove and swim, but also to go up the hill to visit the cemetery where the poet Robert Graves is buried. On Sunday, we walked for five hours to Port de Soller. Students commented that the landscape was absolutely gorgeous, despite the extenuating walk.
Our second excursion in October was taking a one-hour boat ride from Port de Soller (where we learned the history of this town of Modernist architecture and exclusive historical commercial relationship with France, to Sa Calobra, an impressive cove formed by the river mouth of Torrent de Pareis, with walls higher than 200 meters. It was a cold rainy day and from the boat ride we could see all the way outstanding views of Sierra de Tramuntana, the sea and the sky.
With our Spanish classes, students have visited the Palace of Almudaina. This is a fortress built originally by the Romans (123BC), later rebuilt by the Muslims (10th century) and in the end rebuilt again by the Christian occupation, by James II, first king of Mallorca (14th century). This is probably the building in Palma which better tells the history of occupations and cultures living in Mallorca over the centuries.
CIEE Palma students enrolled in International Tourism: Trends of the 21st century enjoyed their 2nd field visit to 3 Meliá Hotels in Magaluf: Me Mallorca, Sol Katmandu, and Sol Wave House, three very diverse styles, themes and clients of the same hotel chain, located in one touristic resort. Afterwards, students shared in class their learning intakes from this experience.
Some university classes include as well field visits, such as the class International Marketing which visited the company Dingus with Doctor Professor Miguel Trías. Three of our students are enrolled in this class, Rui, Zijing and Matt.
Our students continue working at their internships at Hotel Caballero, Hotel Java, Outlining Innovation, Brújula, and Mar Hotels. And the semester continues, so we will share with you in a month what will come next: Alicante trip, Valldemossa, and more.
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