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9 posts from January 2012

01/30/2012

My time is almost up with CIEE Palma de Mallorca, by A Morgan, May 28 (Sp 11)

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Name: Andea Morgan

Semester: Spring 2011 Liberal Arts

School: Gustavus Adolfus College

This is coming so fast, I can´t believe it. I have two full weeks left in Palma before leaving for Edinburgh, then a few weeks of travelling, but then I´m home! I´m definitely excited to see everyone again, but it´s so weird to think that I´ll be leaving Palma so soon. I´m done with classes now, and only have one final left! Unfortunately, I haven´t been up to too much exciting adventures lately, because I´ve been frantically studying for my Literature class in the hopes of passing.

Thursday was soooo nice! I finished my last test until June, and then later, a few of us went to the beach for a midnight swim. It was so much fun, and so cool, because the water was black, and the sky was black, so it just felt like being in an abyss (which I guess it is, considering the Mediterranean sea doesn´t end for quiiite a long distance, and neither does the sky).  So that was really fun, but I was definitely a mess walking back, because my  clothes were wet, and I wasn´t really in the mood to put on my leggings, buut after walking by some drunk people on the beach, I decided I´d rather be wet than creeped on all the way home.

Friday, we had our goodbye meal with CIEE. Again, so weird to think that we´re all going to be leaving. I always think it´s awkward to say goodbye to people, knowing that you´ll probably never see them again, but the lunch was really nice. Two of our directors have little children who are both adorable, and they were playing and being awesome the entire time. Most people left early, but Chelsea, Brittany, and I stayed for a while, just hanging out, which was nice.

Today, Hannah and I went to Illetes (again) and swam to this little island a little off the coast. Then, I spent my Saturday laying in the sun and reading. God my life is rough. Seriously, I¨m gonna miss the ocean.

aaand That´s about all I´ve got for now- Rosario is having a party, so I´m gonna be heading out soon :)

01/27/2012

Mi Experiencia Cultural de Palma de Mallorca, by Bryanne Colby (CIEE Fall 2011)

BryanneName: Bryanne Colby

Semester: Fall 2011

School: George Washington University

Las cosas que más me sorprendieron cuando llegué a Mallorca fueron el número de celebraciones, tradiciones y días de fiesta –usualmente sin clase. Las tradiciones aquí son muy españolas, siempre con mucha familia y amigos y una historia católica. Al mismo tiempo, hay muchas celebraciones únicas en Mallorca. Las personas aquí aprovechan el sol y el buen tiempo para celebrar fuera de casa. 

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Un tipo de fiesta muy popular en Mallorca son las reuniones familiares. Aquí la familia está muy unida y cuando hay eventos importantes en la vida de uno, toda la familia comparte el honor. Ejemplos de esto son nacimientos, bautismos, comuniones y bodas. Muchos de estos eventos en España tienen una tradición católica muy arraigada. Yo asistí a un bautismo y fue muy divertido. Era la primera vez en mi vida, y tenía miedo porque no sabía las costumbres vividas, como qué regalo es necesario y de qué tipo. Por fin usé internet para decidir qué vestido llevar y qué regalo traer (un suéter pequeño). Entramos cinco personas en un coche muy pequeño y estábamos apretados. Más de veinte personas fueron a misa en una iglesia antigua con vistas al mar. Fue interesante ver la tradición católica porque es muy diferente de estas ocasiones en mi propia familia. Cuando mi familia y yo nos reunimos es en un salón de eventos en la iglesia o en una casa, y en lugar de misa hablamos, jugamos al bingo y comemos platos que cada persona trae. El bautismo era más formal, con ritos de ponerse de pie, sentarse y otra vez ponerse de pie. En este caso, después de la misa fuimos a un restaurante donde comimos paella y estuvimos muy tranquilos. Más de una persona observó que la paella estaba un poquito seca, explicándome que han comido miles de paellas y pueden hablar mucho sobre ella. A mí me encantó.

IMG_2606fotos del cementerio (por Matt Mantikas)

Otra ocasión interesante aunque un poco triste es el Día de Todos los Santos. También es muy familiar. Es el día después de Halloween, pero es muy diferente de la tradición americana. Los dos tratan del tema de la muerte, pero el Día de Todos los Santos es cuando recuerdan a las personas muertas. Esta tradición se debe a que las personas son nombradas por Santos, así que este día se homenajea a todas las personas con nombres de todos los santos. Los católicos aquí creen que hay mucha relación entre las personas vivas y las muertas. Vi que todas las tiendas estaban cerradas excepto las tiendas de flores y restaurantes donde podía ver a familias de 10 o 15 personas comiendo y hablando juntos. La gente compra flores y va a limpiar la tumba. Es algo muy trágico, diferente de México donde el día de los muertos es más como una fiesta. Esto significa que en España los muertos están presentes y los recuerdan con mucha emoción. Hay comidas típicas de ese día como los dulces llamados “huesos de Santo.” Hay una obra de teatro típica del Día de Todos los Santos que se llama Don Juan Tenorio sobre la vida de Don Juan.

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                También hay muchas fiestas locales divertidas durante el año. Dimecres bo y Dijous bo (Miércoles bueno y Jueves bueno en castellano) son celebraciones en Noviembre. Esta fiesta sólo existe en Mallorca. El primer día, los trenes tienen horarios durante toda la noche. La gente a las 23:00 o 24:00 va a Inca donde hay bares, música y comida en la calles. Este día es para los jóvenes. Fui con amigos de CIEE y Erasmus y fue muy divertido. Las discos estaban abiertas para todos sin pagar. Mi parte favorita fue la música, que era una mezcla de la música típica americana y música más española. Al día siguiente es más para las familias. Hay un mercado donde venden muchas cosas hechas a mano en todas las calles de Inca. Este día tradicionalmente los estudiantes de la UIB no van a clases, aunque no sea un día festivo.

Bryanne 1campus de la UIB en Palma de Mallorca

Bryanne 2Campus de la UIB donde estudio con CIEE Palma de Mallorca

             He disfrutado mucho y estoy feliz porque he podido ver cada experiencia cultural. Es un poco incómodo ir a lugares nuevos, haciendo cosas nuevas, con personas que hablan otra lengua. Sin embargo, cuando regrese a los EEUU, echaré de menos cada experiencia cultural y cada día de fiesta.

01/23/2012

Illetes, by A Morgan (Sp 11)

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Name: Andea Morgan

Semester: Spring 2011 Liberal Arts

School: Gustavus Adolfus College


Saturday, Chelsea and I went to our favorite Illetes beach, and the weather was perfect, although  I got a really obscure burn on my shins...hmmm. Being super white skinned doesn´t work with the Mediterranean sun. Here is a picture:

 


 

01/20/2012

Festivals, holidays and celebrations in Palma, by Toni Vives (Professor at CIEE Palma de Mallorca)

Toni 2Name: Antoni Vives Reus

Professor at CIEE Palma de Mallorca

Today is a perfect day to talk about celebrations in Palma, because just today, every January 20th, we celebrate the festival of Sant Sebastià, one of the most important and crowded festivals in Palma, given its official nature as the saint patron of the city and its wide variety of events. Its origin goes back to the year 1523, when the plague hit the island. That same year Manuel Suriavisqui, the archdeacon of the church of San Juan de Coladie in Rhodes, reached Palma carrying one bone from the arm of Saint Sebastian. That was interpreted as a sign of God, the relic was donated to the Cathedral and the plague disappeared. To honor the saint a brotherhood was set up, and he was declared patron of the city in 1643. Today the religious holyday goes together with barbecues in several squares and streets, animated with musical concerts, as well as cultural and sport activities.

IMG_2539During the year, several holidays are celebrated in Palma, some of them interest the whole city others are confined each to their neigborhood.

Starting with the oldest, we would like to mention the Estendard festival, each 31st of December in the Plaza de Cort, commemorating the entrance of King James I in the city; the Angel Sunday, held on the first Sunday after Easter originated as an act of solidarity to the needed; the magic night of Sant Joan each 23rd of June, the summer solstice (here you can see pictures of CIEE students dressing in white and dancing in Sant Joan night inside the fire)

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1214323628_0Sant Antoni Festival each 17th of January: people fills the streets and get the blessing for their pets;

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Fiestas de la beatathe Sant Sebastià (patron of the city) festival on January 20th; the pilgrimage of San Bernat each 19th of August and the Rua, the carnival celebration with children and adults wearing costumes before the spiritual withdrawal of Lent.

In the life of Palma in 19th and 20th century one should not forget to mention the Spring festivals as well as the debuts of the Círculo Mallorquín, with its elitist touch. Parents took advantage of these debuts in order to show off their daughters and introduce them to adulthood. At the same time the suitors had the perfect opportunity to ask to dance the girl of their desire. Another event worth to mention was the Salón de Otoño organized by the Círculo de Bellas Artes, whose cultural goal was to publicize the best artists of the moment. This initiative would contribute to creating an art environment quite favorable to the city.

01/16/2012

Formentor in Mallorca with CIEE Palma, by A Morgan, May 18 (Sp 11)

Andrea 1Name: Andea Morgan

Semester: Spring 2011 Liberal Arts

School: Gustavus Adolfus College

Ever since I knew I was coming to Mallorca, I´ve read and heard everyone talk about how great Formentor is. It´s a beach in the far northeast of the island, and apparently it´s better because you can´t get there by public transportation, so there´re less tourists there.  So, clearly I was very excited when CIEE planned to take us there :)

We started off in Alcudia, where I had been before, to see the market and the Roman ruins. The market was really great (again) but if no one had told me, I probably would have thought they were just an abandoned construction site. The theater was kinda cool though.

 

From there we headed to the Cap de Formentor, which is the set of mountains up in the little town. Driving up and down these mountains was very reminiscent of Scotland, and part of the reason that I decided to go back! (although I could have done without the carsickness). This was absolutely breathtaking. The waters were really agitated this day, so the waves were awesome, and the mountain range was goregeous.

 

 

From there, we drove a little higher to go see the lighthouse. There was a goat walking around which was pretty fun :)

 

Then we went to another beach, Playa de Muro, and it was really cool too. The waves were so extreme, I´ve never seen anything like it! The water is so blue, and then the waves crashing down was so sweet. A few of us sat in a restaurant for a while before it was time to head back to Palma.

 

01/13/2012

Palma, a city with a long history 7, by Toni Vives (Professor at CIEE Palma de Mallorca)

Toni 2Name: Antoni Vives Reus

Professor at CIEE Palma de Mallorca

The tram was the means of transportation that marked this beginning of the 20th century of the city. Believe it or not, in a few years a true network of transportation based on this means developed. Its span covered not only downtown but reached also the outer neighborhoods. Some of the lines bore a genuine tourist interest for visitors, such as the one directed to the Coliseo Balear, where a short stop allowed passengers to admire and take pictures of the Plaza de Toros; or the line following the shoreline route of Es Molinar, overlooking the old bath cabins of Ciudad Jardin. Another line that visitors loved went from Porto Pí, through the fishermen neighborhood of Santa Catalina, the privileged area of el Terreno, the panoramic views of Porto Pí to end up into the Cas Català area. Some of the current city neighborhoods blessed with the arrival of the tram were Son Roca (1921), Génova (1922), La Soledad (1922) and Establiments (1926).

Tamara 012Funny to say, it was the Génova neighborhood making itself a name for cuisine starting in the 1950s, both for tourists and locals. Stories tell of tens of trucks full of passengers piling up in its streets and causing awe. The views of the na Burguesa mountain range, of Cas Català and the Bellver Castle, together with the visit to its small but pretty caves and with the savory recipes of Majorcan cuisine, made this neighborhood of Palma the target or pilgrimage for the lovers of good cuisine.

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01/09/2012

Hike in Palma de Mallorca mountains, CIEE, by A Morgan, May 14 (Sp 11)

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Name: Andea Morgan

Semester: Spring 2011 Liberal Arts

School: Gustavus Adolfus College

My CIEE Palma de Mallorca group had done a hike from Soller to Deia a few months back, and I couldn´t go, so we decided to do this one with a couple of friends. It was amazing. So much better than the one last week. There were actually trails, and we were legit up in the mountains with a view of the water the entire time. A very nice way to spend a few hours. It was also really cool with the coloring, because you couldn´t tell where the ocean ended and the sky started-they kind of blurred so I felt like I was on the edge of the world (so much more realistic than the one at Gustavus :) ). It was extremely hot and sunny, so that was slightly unpleasant, added to the fact that we ran the last 15 minutes  because we thought we were gonna miss the bus, which we did not. We came back to Palma, and I was so much more exhausted than I expected, so I took a nice nap.

 

 

 

 

 

 

01/06/2012

Palma, a city with a long history 6, by Toni Vives (Professor at CIEE Palma de Mallorca)

Toni 2Name: Antoni Vives Reus

Professor at CIEE Palma de Mallorca

Paseo del Borne is a distinguished location in Palma because of its ambience, crowd, events or as a meeting point. Many older guys still remember their walk up and down while the girls, sitting together, whispered to each other. We can say that some sort of ranking existed, given that well off family girls will get together one day of the week while maids, wet nurses and housekeepers met the other. Those were the rules of the game. Some state that in the Paseo one could rent chairs in order to enjoy the show.

S5000739Easily understood why cinema reached the island first in the Paseo del Borne where most of the social life concentrated. Palma was one of the first cities of Spain, together with Barcelona and Valencia, to get hypnotized with the first cinematic projections. While the Lumière brothers showed their first public projection in a cafe in Paris on December 28, 1895, Palma's Teatro Principal held its first projections on January 27, 1897. They had to be repeated for a few days given the interest shown by Majorcan society. As years went by cinemas grew in number in the city, up to experiencing a great expansion in the 1920s and 30s. Some of the most important theaters in Palma in the 1920s were the Teatro Principal, the Teatro Lírico, the Teatro Balear, the Cine de la Asistencia Palmesana, the Teatro Victoria, the Cine Moderno, the Cine La Protectora, the Cine Oriental, the Cine Palace and the Sala Rialto. The Sala Rivoli was the last theater opening up in this period, namely in 1929, and it is still open. Trafalgar, the first sound film shown in Palma, was projected in 1930 at the Cine Moderno. Moreover, starting with 1933 the Plaza de Toros held summer movie projections. By that time many neighborhoods in Palma had their own cinema theater.

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01/02/2012

Caves in Palma de Mallorca, CIEE, by A Morgan, May 13 (Sp 11)

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Name: Andea Morgan

Semester: Spring 2011 Liberal Arts

School: Gustavus Adolfus College

On Friday, we decided to go visit the caves in Genova. You would seriously never know what is underneath here if you weren´t told beforehand. It´s a random restaurant in a field, but you pay them and then you get a tour of these fabulous caves! So worth it. First of all, the guide asked us what language we speak, and we answered English or Spanish. He then proceeded to conduct the entire tour in a mixture of Catalan, Italian, Spanish and very poor English. Hmmm.

Anyway, the caves are super cool, and aparently all the water down there is potable, because somehow the stalactites/mites are filters (totally don´t understand this, but it´s cool anyway). And also, some of them are hollow, so the guide played some "music" by hitting the rocks! It was amazing. I think that some musicians should go down there with mallets and just go crazy, because the acoustics would be so cool.