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4 posts from April 2012

04/24/2012

Carnival in Palma, by Toni Vives (Professor at CIEE Palma de Mallorca, Spain)


Foto toni blogCarnival time is celebrated widely in February on Mallorca prior to the onset of spring and the Lent fast. All schools recognise the public holiday celebration of «Carnival Thursday,» or Dijous Llarder as it is known in the local Mallorquín language. Colouful parades are the order of the day with neighbourhoods taking dressing up and disguises as a serious challenge. Groups compete against one another for prizes for the most original and eye-catching outfits.

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On Menorca, and especially in the town of Ciutadella, the festival of San Juan is celebrated with intense fervour by local people and was recently presented to UNESCO as a candidate for a world heritage protection award. The celebrations held on days before and after 24th June, draw crowds from far afield. They centre around the importance of horses which race through the streets driven on by riders clad in 18th century attire.

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The climax of the ritual is the moment at which the horses charge through the thronged streets and rear up in the main square in front of the town hall. The onlookers in the front rows press forward as strongly as they can to touch the horses for luck, sparking an atmosphere which can be recreated nowhere else.

 

The main festivals held in Ibiza are those of San Ciriaco and Santa María de las Nieves. Both are fiestas which celebrate the sanctity of the land, commemorating the Catalan conquest of the Island on 8th August, 1235.

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SUMMER PROGRAMS:

https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/spain/palma-de-mallorca/summer-language-culture

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04/17/2012

Learning about Spanish and Mallorcan culture - Spring 2012 in Palma de Mallorca with CIEE

Our students visited a local elementary school and did activities with the children. US students talked about their culture and local students brought food, danced for us, and explained with passion their Mallorcan traditions.

Activity in a school in palma

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Guided tour historic palma
With professor Vives, we visited the least known corners of Palma.

Carnaval
Carnival in Palma

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Children in local school were very happy to have us visit their class

  Students showing local culture

We did a bike excursion along the coast of Palma with our Guardian Angel, David. Sorry, I have no pictures yet! We also visited Miró’s museum. Students participated in a Photo Marathon and took pictures of many historical places around Palma for Spanish language class.

This weekend we are going to the Gothic Castle Bellver of Palma, also to a concert, and to Valldemossa. I hope you enjoyed our adventures… We promise more stories and pictures in our third newsletter! 

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Mallorcan house in the mountains (thanks Kristen!)

Visit CIEE Palma de Mallorca facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/155911482876

And our official websites:

SEMESTER PROGRAMS:

https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/spain/palma-de-mallorca/liberal-arts

 https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/spain/palma-de-mallorca/business-tourism

SUMMER PROGRAMS:

https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/spain/palma-de-mallorca/summer-language-culture

https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/spain/palma-de-mallorca/summer-internship-program

04/10/2012

More on spring semester adventures

We have spent three days discovering Madrid. We visited Museo del Prado with professor Javier Blanco, the city and the Royal Palace; of course, we also tried chocolate con churros, the famous calamari sandwich, and went shopping to the outside market El Rastro. Bellow a view of the renowned symbol of Madrid, la Puerta de Alcalá.

Madrid puerta de alcala

Students are now enrolled in at least one regular university class taught in Spanish such as: Survey of Spanish Literature, Economy, development and cooperation, Spanish and World Economy, Philosophy of Language, and Hispanic American Literature; and the CIEE courses: Advanced Spanish Writing and Stylistics; Spanish Politics and Society; Spanish Cinema and Literature; Economy, Tourism and Environmental Issues: the case of Mallorca; and Introduction to Everyday Catalan. On top of this, as I mentioned before, we offer the Seminar on Living and Learning in Palma de Mallorca.

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Thanks to Joanna for letting me use her picture of UIB (university) campus!!

Visit CIEE Palma de Mallorca facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/155911482876

And our official websites:

SEMESTER PROGRAMS:

https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/spain/palma-de-mallorca/liberal-arts

 https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/spain/palma-de-mallorca/business-tourism

SUMMER PROGRAMS:

https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/spain/palma-de-mallorca/summer-language-culture

https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/spain/palma-de-mallorca/summer-internship-program

04/03/2012

Fairs, Festivals and Markets 6, by Toni Vives (Professor at CIEE Palma de Mallorca, Spain)

Foto toni blogNormally each of the towns and villages on Mallorca has its own winter festivities which are held on the date of the festival of the patron saint of animals – San Antonio Abad. Bonfires are lit in the streets and townspeople gather to prepare an open-air barbecue for the whole neighbourhood. This style of celebration has become particularly renowned in Artà, Muro, Manacor and above all in sa Pobla.  The occasion is also a special one for the people of Minorca where local people claim San Antonio as their patron saint.

In summer, when conditions are perfect for outdoor activities, each town and village in the Balearics is proud to hold its own particular festival, normally associated with a patron saint. Over the last few years, such festivities have become extended events due to new features and entertainment becoming part of the annual programme.

Moros y cristianos 3Some towns highlight aspects of their own jealously-guarded culture as part of their local festivities. These can sometimes prove to be a real tourist attraction, as is the case with a festival in Pollença in the north of Mallorca where every year on 2nd August - in honour of the town’s patron saint - a mock battle is staged, recreating an era centuries ago when Christians defeated invading Moors who attacked the coast on 30th May, 1550.

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Visit CIEE Palma de Mallorca facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/155911482876

And our official websites:

SEMESTER PROGRAMS:

https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/spain/palma-de-mallorca/liberal-arts

 https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/spain/palma-de-mallorca/business-tourism

SUMMER PROGRAMS:

https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/spain/palma-de-mallorca/summer-language-culture

https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/spain/palma-de-mallorca/summer-internship-program