Better Late Than Never!
So I have been participating in the internship for about two weeks now, and this is my first post. This isn’t because of laziness, it’s because I have been doing so many different things that I just haven’t had the time to sit down and write about them. I’m going to try to condense the past two weeks into a coherent post that doesn’t ramble all over the place.
First of all, I’m living with another CIEE student, Conrad. We share an apartment-style room and have our own bedrooms, a small stove-top, fridge, and a TV. I work as a waiter and Conrad works in the kitchen. We have two other friends working at a different hotel who work in reception and entertainment, so the jobs are pretty varied. The hotels also try to be as flexible as possible in putting each person in the position that they prefer. The owner of Hotel Brasilia (the hotel that we live in) also owns other hotels throughout the island, so Conrad and I work at a rural hotel called Son Manera some days if they need more help there. (The pictures with this post are of Son Manera. Eventually I will post some pictures of Brasilia too.) This is a nice way to get to see some different parts of the island. We work six hours a day and then have free time to work on our project that is part of the internship, go to the beach, go back into the city, or hang out with friends. We also have free days that we can go on excursions with the entire group to different cool parts of the island.
For me, the work is the kind of work that you would expect to have as an intern that is here for only three and a half weeks. The enjoyment that you get out of the work really does depend on your interests. I know that Conrad is really enjoying his work in the kitchen, since he eventually wants to open his own restaurants. What I have found is that the people that you work with and the place really make the experience worthwhile, not so much the actual work you do. I don’t want anyone to misunderstand me, I am learning a lot and gaining a lot of valuable experience, but that isn’t what makes the internship fun. The other employees have really taken Conrad and me in like we are all one big family. That may sound corny, but it’s the way it is. I know that the guys working at the other hotel feel the same way. Occasionally we will even go out with our coworkers which is always an awesome time.
I think that the combination of classes in Session 1 and internship in Session 2 really gives you a great chance to experience the area from two very different perspectives. It’s hard to describe exactly what I mean, but once you come here and experience it, you will know.
Now I will try to describe a typical work day. I either work breakfast or lunch for 3 hours. Then I have a break in the afternoon when I can go to the beach, go to lunch, take a siesta, or get on the computer. I then go back and work dinner for another 3 hours. After that I’m free for the night. There are tons of bars and discotecas around in the area that are awesome, but sometimes it’s also nice to go and hang out on the beach at night and just relax. Just a side note here: if you come to Palma and don’t really like techno and would prefer to have bars like there are in the US then you are the same as I was when I first got here. But, after a week or so, you’ll love everything about them! I promise!
I have a feeling that this post may have rambled more than I wanted, but I guess that is what you get for trying to put two weeks into one blog post. I hope you have enjoyed it so far and there will be more to come soon!