Semester: Fall 2013
School: Cornell University
Well it finally happened. I finally experienced cold weather in Mallorca. Or around 55 degree weather, which is still pretty cold by our standards.
Yesterday, we left the sunny familiarity of Palma, for an overnight hiking excursion with our group. We started our Saturday afternoon in the Puerto de Sóller right on the water. From there we hiked for a few hours and arrived at a refuge right next to a lighthouse. The views were spectacular and we had a great night of chatting, playing card games, and star gazing while dreaming of hot tubs and hot chocolate. The wind and cold were pretty harsh since we were right on the water, but it was a welcome change from the heat.
After a good night of sleep (sleeping on the top bunk in a room full of about 20 people), we left the next morning to complete our hike to Deiá. We ate lunch in the town of Deiá, grabbed a hot coffee at a café, and jumped on the bus to head back to Palma. We were all pretty exhausted and had a large cloud of homework looming over our heads.
It’s been a pretty jam packed weekend. Friday I went on a field trip with my Entrepreneurship and Innovation class to a waste management facility of all places! I expected to hate it, but it was probably one of the most interesting companies I’ve ever visited. Named Tirme, the company was one of the first “zero waste” garbage facilities in the world. Because of the tourism Mallorca sees during the summer, they generate a huge amount of waste during those peak months. Tirme focuses on separating all this garbage and converting it all to something reusable. It was incredible to see a company on a small isolated island in Spain value sustainability this much.
So much basura at Tirme!!
A view of Sóller from above and the lighthouse next to our refugio for the night
Definitely an exciting weekend!