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6 posts from October 2012

10/30/2012

Fun-Filled Saturday, by Emily Southmayd (CIEE Summer Palma de Mallorca)

Emily bajo el agua

Name: Emily Southmayd
School: The Pennsylavnia State University
Semester: Summer program Language and Culture

Yesterday, we had an excursion to Colonia de Sant Jordi where we kayaked and then spent a few hours on the beach.  We kayaked for a few hours total, stopping at a beach for a bit then moving on to a small rocky island, where we saw a few lizards that were endemic to that area, just like the ones we saw at Dragonera were endemic to that island.  We also saw some of the molluscs and gastropods-such nerds for noticing these things!

Cayaks
The kayaking was definitely a workout, but it was really fun and a great way to spend the Saturday.  Plus when we got back to the mainland we got to eat the bocadillos from our madres, then spend a few hours laying out on the beach...quite the field trip if you ask me.  There wasn't a single one of us in our group of 17 that didn't sleep on the bus back to Palma, we were all so exhausted. 

Kayaking 1
But not even a long day could keep us in on a Saturday night!  We went to Tito's, which is a very popular disctoteca (club) in Palma de Mallorca.  It was pretty awesome, and indescribable.  It's so crazy how music that's popular in America is also the music that's popular here...kind of comforting as well since we're familiar with it.

Cayaks group1
Overall it was definitely a great day, but I was quite happy to be able to sleep in a bit then relax on the beach all afternoon today.  Sunday's are the perfect day to rest up, because I'm sure the week ahead will be just as adventurous! 

10/23/2012

Dragonera Natural Park, by Emily Southmayd (CIEE Palma de Mallorca)

Emily bajo el aguaName: Emily Southmayd

 School: The Pennsylavnia State University

Semester: Summer program Language and Culture 

 Today's trip with my class was amazing!  We went to Dragonera, which is an Island off the coast of Mallorca.  It got its name because it the shape of a dragon.

Dragonera 1
We took about a ten minute ferry a ten minute ferry ride out to the island and when we got there, we chose a path to hike.  The one we chose led out to the lighthouse "Far de Tramuntana," which was built in the early 20th century, but was often not useful for boats because it gets blocked by the clouds when the sky isn't clear (luckily it was a beautiful sunny day today).

Dragonera 2
We ate lunch out by the lighthouse (the bocadillos our madres packed for us, yummm) and then hiked back down to the docks.  The whole venture took a couple hours and there were so many opportunities for amazing photos.  Once we got back to the beginning, we were ready to put on our snorkeling gear and hit the water!  It was a bit chilly, but we just jumped in and it was easy to get used to.  It was so awesome to see all of the life under there, and our profesora pointed out a bunch of the stuff that we've been talking about in class, like the different types of algae and sea grass and fish.  We even saw an octopus!! We had to be careful to look out for jellyfish, or medusas en español, because there were a bunch out today. 

Dragonera 3
Unfortunately, I did end up getting stung on my hand, but it was worth the pain because snorkeling was so awesome and I got a bunch of good pictures.  The fact that this was a field trip and I'm getting credit for doing it seems so unreal.  Afterwards, we went back on the ferry to the mainlands and then got to go to yet another beautiful beach and lay out for about a half hour...that was after getting some delicious gelato of course (there is SO much gelato here! A store like every 5 feet...most of it is homemade and all of it is absolutely phenomenal.  Today I had chocolate and coconut..so good.  And I've decided that since I can't read the nutrition facts here because they're in a different language, the calories don't count).  Anyways, this day as a whole was amazing and tomorrow should be just as good...we're going kayaking and to Colonia de Sant Jordi, which on google looks like the most gorgeous place I've ever seen.  Hasta luego!

Dragonera 4
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https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/spain/palma-de-mallorca/liberal-arts

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10/16/2012

La playa de Ses Illetes by Emily Southmayd (Summer CIEE Palma de Mallorca)

Emily bajo el aguaName: Emily Southmayd

School: The Pennsylavnia State University
Semester: Summer program Language and Culture 

This will be a short one, I'm just waiting for my friends to be ready so that we can go out for the night.  Today, after class, we went to Ses Illetes, which beach that our guardian angels took us to on Monday.  Its a small beach but the sand is so white and water is clear, so its definitely worth the 15 minute bus ride. It was a gorgeous day so laying out in the sun was perfect.  Then, a few of us decided to swim out to the a little rocky island (that's whats in the second picture).  It was about a quarter mile away but the salt makes swimming/floating there pretty easy.  Once we got out there we climbed up onto the island to explore and despite the sharp rocks and pointy plants, the beautiful view made the trip so worth it.  I wish I had brought my camera out, but maybe I'll go back with it another day.

Illetas 2

Tomorrow, my Mediterranean Marine Environment class is taking a trip to Dragonera Natural Park where we will go snorkeling and try to see some of the things that we've been learning about so I bet that's going to be amazing as well...and I will definitely post a few pictures!  The weather for the next 10 days looks just about perfect so I'm looking forward to more beach, excursions, etc!

Illetas

Visit CIEE Palma de Mallorca facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/155911482876 & blog: https://study-palma-all.ciee.org

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


10/10/2012

It's always sunny, by Emily Southmayd (CIEE Summer Palma de Mallorca)

Emily bajo el agua

Name: Emily Southmayd
School: The Pennsylavnia State University
Semester: Summer program Language and Culture 

These past two days have been very eventful but lots of fun.  Yesterday, we had the morning free, and I think we all slept until the afternoon.  How long is jet lag supposed to last?  Then in the afternoon we rented bikes and rode about 10 km along until we finally decided to stop and enjoy the beach.  The views of the sea were all beautiful and I'm beginning to wonder how many pictures of palm trees I can take before they become monotonous.  At this point I think I could still take pictures all day long and still find them all perfect.  When we stopped at the beach, we layed out and went in the water for a bit, which was much warmer than mi madre led me to believe.  It was about as warm as the later summer months on the east coast, which is fine by me!  But the weather here has been unseasonably cold (70s, which to me is just fine, but to the locals seems muy frio).  But the sun is almost always shining and the forecast continues to show 70s, 80s, and mucho sol, so I'm happy.  

Beach
Today was the first day of classes, which was also nice.  I'm ready to have a daily routine again...especially if it consists of class then the beach.  I'm taking Mediterranean Marine Environment, which will consist of lectures about marine biology and oceanography (in English thank goodness) and more importantly, several field trips.  We are going to visit a few labs, a natural park, and an aquarium.  And my professor mentioned snorkeling, so we should be getting to do that soon!  Hopefully the 3 hour classes won't seem too long, especially since the content is pretty interesting.

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Then this afternoon after classes, we went with our group and our guardian angels (Spanish students from the university) on a bus to a beach that was a bit further away but DEFINITELY worth the trip.  It was beautiful--clear water, white sand, a small cove that was not crowded at all (well maybe not until the 17 of us showed up).  The water was a bit colder today, but laying in the sun was perfect.  I could definitely get used to that.

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Estoy muy cansada, but everything has been a good time so far and I'm looking forward to the rest of my time here...hasta luego!

Visit CIEE Palma de Mallorca facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/155911482876 & blog: https://study-palma-all.ciee.org

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

 

10/04/2012

Great Video of CIEE students in Palma de Mallorca, by Guardian Angel Andrea Monzani

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqTd4TpD91s&feature=plcp

 

Visit CIEE Palma de Mallorca facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/155911482876 & blog: https://study-palma-all.ciee.org

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

 

10/02/2012

The adventure Begins, by Emily Southmayd (Summer CIEE Palma de Mallorca)

Emily bajo el agua 

Name: Emily Southmayd

School: The Pennsylavnia State University

Semester: Summer program Language and Culture

After a long day/night/morning flying from JFK to Dusseldorf to Palma de Mallorca, Spain, I arrived yesterday (Friday) afternoon on this beautiful island.  I took a taxi from the airport to the hotel, Hotel Jaime III, then met with the other students from the group and had lunch.  Once everyone from our group arrived (16 students total), we did introductions and then spent time walking around the city, exploring, seeing the sights, and trying to orient ourselves.Then, we ate dinner at a restaurant...not surprisingly, several of us ordered different variations of cheeseburgers.  We were all very tired and jet-lagged, so we weren't exactly in the best shape to try to decipher Spanish menus.  Afterwards, we went back to the hotel, which was very nice by the way, and went to sleep...quite easily after so much traveling.

In front of the cathedralIn front of the Cathedral during orientation

This morning, we had breakfast at the hotel, then met up with our "Guardian Angels," Spanish students from the university here, and walked around some more.  Several people purchased cell phones, then we just explored some more.  Later, we met up with our Resident Directors for lunch, where I had a version of Paella made with noodles, Pollo Croquettes, and Flan...todos fueron muy delicioso.  Then, after a couple hours of information sessions, we met our host families and moved in!  Mi madre is very nice, and luckily she speaks some English so if I'm every REALLY confused, she'll be able to help me out.  The view from my room is absolutely breathtaking, and the rest of the city is beautiful as well, so be expecting lots and lots of pictures!  So overall, so far so good!  Tomorrow, our first activity isn't until 4 pm, so I'm looking forward to the downtime (and sleeping in!)  And our activity of the day is a biking tour of Palma so rest before will be very important.  Until next time, adios :)   
Orientation first picture together
Our first picture together in Plaza Mayor