Name: Kathleen Davin
School: Cornell University
I can’t believe it’s been a week here! I can’t decide if it’s gone fast or if I feel like I’ve been here for months, but it feels strange! These last few days have thankfully been less hectic. I have two Tuesday classes that don’t start until next week and a Thursday class that doesn’t start until mid-October, so I’ve had Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday off. Lucky me!
I’ve mostly been taking advantage of my days off to explore and find my way around the city. I always start out with a plan, but I usually just walk around until I discover something interesting. Tuesday I went to a museum close to my house, called la Fundación Juan March. I spent a few hours looking at some great works by Dalí, Picasso, Miró, and a few more famous Spanish artists. I also headed over to los Banys Árabes or the Arab Baths that date back to the 10th century and are one of the only remaining structures of Muslim culture in Palma. The baths are believed to have been part of a nobleman’s house, but today only a piece of them remains.
I spent this morning exploring a different part of the city. I went down to La Catedral and took a few pictures of the exterior, but the massive tour groups made me not want to stay too long. I ended up stumbling on a fantastic museum that my host mother had told me about called Palau March. The upper floors were a restored palace and the lower floors housed a huge Dalí exhibition, and my personal favorite, a Nativity exhibition.
All in all, I’d call that a successful first week in Spain! Hasta luego!
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