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7 posts from December 2012

12/24/2012

FormenWHAT?! by Hannah Johnson, CIEE Palma de Mallorca Spain

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School: University of Iowa

Semester: Fall 2012

Follow my blog: http://onewomanseeking.com 

Formentor, also know as one of the most epic places… ever.

Several weekends ago CIEE, my study abroad program, brought us to Formentor a lookout peak about 800 feet in the air overlooking the sea. One of the great benefits of this program, and programs like it, are excursions like this. The point is breathtakingly beautiful, but hard to reach without transportation. Fortunately for me CIEE took me there and it was SOOOOOO worth it. But you don’t want to hear me talk, here are the pictures.

Looking norht

Looking North


Loves rocks
Loves Rocks

Crystal clear
Crystal clear waters provides a views of under sea rocks from our position in the sky

Ancient watch
An ancient watch tower above Formentor

Looking back
Looking back from the peak.

In the distance you can see the bay of the northern most tip of Mallorca

Dark and beautiful
When the weather changed it was dark and beautiful

Dropping into infinity
Dropping into infinity

Coas looking north
Coast looking North

I was there

The obligatory see I WAS there shot

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

And our official websites:

SEMESTER PROGRAMS:

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

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

SUMMER PROGRAMS:

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

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



12/21/2012

When the night whispers, by Hannah Johnson, CIEE Palma de Mallorca, Spain

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School: University of Iowa

Semester: Fall 2012

Follow my blog: http://onewomanseeking.com 

Every night there are different sounds slipping in through my open window from the city beyond. Sometimes it is the wailing cry of the ambulance or the hum of late night traffic. Sometimes it is the murmur of chatter below or the errant verse of song, found somewhere in the bottle of a young troup. Tonight however I thought the sounds was a fantom. Some creation of my imagination. But as I sit and listen to the night outside the sweet whistle of the irish flute is singing through my window. Somewhere out in the twinkling lights of the city someone is playing the sweet sad melodies of Ireland. I will dream of rain and the lush green land of the melody tonight.

Night whispers

The traffic does not stop even at night. It just whispers below my window


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

And our official websites:

SEMESTER PROGRAMS:

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

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

SUMMER PROGRAMS:

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

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


12/18/2012

Monday Morning sunset, by Hannah Johnson, CIEE Palma de Mallorca Spain

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School: University of Iowa

Semester: Fall 2012

Follow my blog: http://onewomanseeking.com 

I love the morning and I am not afraid to say it. I also love watching the sunrise and set, especially when it is a spectacular thing to behold. Well here in Palma my apartment, the parts I have access to in the morning at least, all face west. So every monday morning from now on (so it will be closer to midnight where you are, but that’s good too) I am going to create my own spectacular sunrise. How you ask. Well I am going to share one of the many breathtaking photographs of the sun setting I have taken since I have been here and I hope many more that I will take. So enjoy. My first morning sunset.

Sunset 2
Taken just a few days after I moved into my apartment in Palma this was the first sunset I saw that took my breath away. I was out snapping pictures and my host sister, Lola, asked to give the panorama thing a go. My camera makes lots of fun snappy noises when it takes a panorama, so who can blame her. Anyway… she took the best picture of the night so I thought I would share it with you.

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

And our official websites:

SEMESTER PROGRAMS:

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

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

SUMMER PROGRAMS:

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

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

 

12/14/2012

T-2 Hours, by Hannah Johnson, CIEE Palma de Mallorca Spain

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School: University of Iowa

Semester: Fall 2012

Follow my blog: http://onewomanseeking.com 

I can’t remember the last time I felt this way on the first day of school. Maybe it was the first day of kindergarten, or the first day of high school, I know I was certainly better at hiding my nervous stomach on the first day of college, but not today. Today in T-2 hours I start my first university class in Spain and I am beyond words nervous. The strange mix of adrenaline, excitement, apprehension and pure dread running through my system made it hard to eat this morning. This morning I think I tried on 4 outfit already and I am still on the fence about this one.

Why all the nerves? Because in T-2 hours I find out if I can do this. In T-2 hours I learn if I will sink or float as I learn how to swim. In T-2 hours I will be sitting next to people who speak no English and probably don’t care who I am or where I am from. In T-2 hours the study part of study abroad becomes real, the part vacation atmosphere will begin to fade, as it must, and reality will begin to set in. In T-10 hours it will be over and I will relax, but for now the T-2 monster, my unknown monster, is growling behind a curtain of doubt and I’m giddy and nervous at the same time.

Until next time, what was the last time you had a T-2 hour monster hiding in your shadows? Do you have any advice?

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

And our official websites:

SEMESTER PROGRAMS:

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

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

SUMMER PROGRAMS:

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

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

12/11/2012

My first Spanish night out, by Hannah Johnson Fall 2012, CIEE Palma de Mallorca Spain

Hannah johnson perfilSchool: University of Iowa

Semester: Fall 2012

Follow my blog: http://onewomanseeking.com 

So for anyone who knows me at all back in the states, you might be surprised that last night I danced and drank (I was safe Dad I promise) until five in the morning, like a true Spaniard. There was a great deal for ERASMUS students (the international student group) at their welcome party last night, for 10 euros you got in and 3 cocktails of your choice. Now they under poured all the drinks, but since most big clubs in Palma have a 10 or 20 euro cover, it was OK. I am not really a club goer but one of the men in my program is, hence my vast (eye roll) knowledge)

Nightlife

A little sweaty from dancing the night away, but unable to stop smiling.

It was a good night at Lunita, Luna being the main club. The club music was a strange mix between the best of 80′s and 90′s pop hits and euro club music. For example in the space of an hour they played the chorus to Grease Lightning, We will rock you and thriller, along with the Spanish pop hit takata, which is a song about the booty pop. While the music was a little all over the board, I danced for almost 2.5 hours with people from Spain, Italy, Germany, and GB to name a few.

I can say that it is a night I will never forget. It is moments like these which remind me how much of what makes study abroad so important is steping out of the box we all live in. I FRIGGIN danced until it was hard to walk home with people from around the world. I am blessed every day to be here, to meet people with so many interesting stories who are brought together by these joint experiences. I am blessed to be able to party like a Spaniard, except maybe not so much with the drinking, they can really hold their alcohol.

Oh and before I go. One more picture of the strange hired dancer who we named lady dead eyes. And until next time tell me this, if you could step out of one of your boxes for a day what would it be?

Nightlife 2

Lady Dead Eyes

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

And our official websites:

SEMESTER PROGRAMS:

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

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

SUMMER PROGRAMS:

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

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

 

 

12/07/2012

Triple S Day: Surf Sea Sun, by Hannah Johnson Fall 2012 CIEE Palma de Mallorca, Spain

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School: University of Iowa

Semester: Fall 2012

Follow my blog: http://onewomanseeking.com 

 

Plaza-de-illetes-1
Sea: A small cove overlooking the sea in Mallorca, Spain

The sea was beautiful at Illetes Beach, just south west of Palma de Mallorca, Spain. The beach is not overcrowded with tourists as it is not very close to any major hotels. There were two islands that were in swimming distance on a quiet day. Well, we probably could have walked most of the way, but about half way out the sea is filled with seaweed and sharp rocks.

Illetes 3

This was my first day at a beach in Spain and I have to say that not much else compares. I had my three s’s. Surf, sun and see. All in all an idealistic kind of day.

Illetes 4
Sun: Put your hands in the air like you just don’t care!

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

And our official websites:

SEMESTER PROGRAMS:

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

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

SUMMER PROGRAMS:

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

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


12/03/2012

A dog named cat and another named whiskey and other new things about my Spanish home, Hannah Johnson, CIEE Palma de Mallorca, Spain

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School: University of Iowa

Semester: Fall 2012

Follow my blog: http://onewomanseeking.com 

When I left for Spain my dad told me he had a feeling that I would be with a family with kids and a really good cook. Well I bought presents for kids just in case and it was a good thing that I did, mostly because everyone is enjoying the magic growing moose a lot, but also because mi madre española has a daughter. She might be a little old for kids toys at 15, Lola, is a bundle of fun and hormones, just like 15 year olds all over the world. The four people who live with me are loud and full of life. They argue at the kitchen table and scold each other, they poke fun and sing made up songs while they cook, they are kind and above all things patient when I say one more time “explicame mas no oye rapido” (explain it to me again, I did not hear you fast enough). I cannot pass too many judgments as these are all early observations after only living in their home, in my new home, for a few days, but I think I am going to like it here a lot. These people remind me of my own family, but, you know, Spanish.

Homestay
So there is this fancy and formal picture of the three of this, but when Nuria, my host mom, threw her arms around her daughter and told me to “take a picture with my fancy camera" and it turned out like this,I thought it was worth a thousands words or solo, "me encanta"

My apartment is on Avenida Alejandro Rosello (Alejandro Rosello Ave.), a main street in the old town of Palma. We are on the ninth of ten floors, which for Palma is about as tall as it gets. I have a small bedroom off of the front hall, the other bedrooms are in the back of the apartment. It is perfect for me. I have more than enough space and the most amazing view, EVER! but more on that later. There is a snug and warm kitchen and a moderately sized and well used living room. There is a large balcony attached to the living room which has the same view as my room.

Views

A stagnant view from my room

The VIEW! Can you see it there?! SEE ^^^^ Enlarge it if you dare! Ok enough of that… I call the view stagnant because each time you move it changes what you can see. There was no way to get it all in one shot so here it is, in and outside of the pic, from left to right. At the sky line on the left you can see the Mediteranian ocean. My sight lines include the route into the harbor so I often get to see big ships (I have seen four so far). As you move right you can see the buildings of old town. Notably there is a Gothic cathedral and then THE Gothic cathedral, La Catedral de Palma. Behind that large white glaring building (visible when you shift left or right) is a view of Spain’s only round castle (yup a castle), called Belver (which means beautiful view). Starting mid view and getting larger as you move right are the Tramatura Mountains (they tell me they might have snow on them in the winter). Finally, not visible in the pic is a great view of the street below my as it pours into the Plaza Espana, Palmas most bustling plaza. FEW! a lot of information. Seriously there are more than 600 words in this post so I will stop. Is there anything YOU want to know about where I live? Digame (TELL ME)! Me da. ( I will tell you).

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

And our official websites:

SEMESTER PROGRAMS:

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

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

SUMMER PROGRAMS:

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

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