School: Cornell University
El tiempo me ha pasado volando! At risk of sounding, cliché, time flies! The good news is I finished my last final and presentation today. The bad news is I only have four days left to say goodbye to some of my favorite places, people, and memories. This past weekend and the week ahead have been and will be full of goodbyes with some last minute sites and excursions around the island.
This Saturday, our group headed off to a “bodega” or winery about thirty minutes outside of Palma. Drinking wine at 11am may only be acceptable in Spain. We spent a few hours getting a Spanish tour of the processing facilities and then sitting down and enjoying a tasting of some great wines and Mallorquín snacks from everything from cheese with a spicy honey to olive tapenade and various olive oils. ¡Qué ricos! Later that night, we enjoyed a huge Italian dinner to say goodbye to some of our favorite professors and mentors in the program. Definitely a day full of delicious food and great Spanish conversations!
Sunday was another morning full of Mallorquín delicacies, as we went to a market in the small town of Santa María for my Catalan class. We had a lot of fun attempting to ask for different fruits and vegetables in Catalan and joking around with the vendors in a mix of Castellano and Catalan.
As it comes closer to my departure, the days seem to be getting shorter and shorter. There are so many things I’ll miss about Mallorca and España from the morning café con leches to the wonderful friends from all over the world I’ve made here. Tonight I went for about a two hour walk around Palma with a friend, enjoying the Christmas lights, people watching, and as always finding new places to explore. The week ahead will include some last-minute Christmas shopping, visits to some of our favorite bars and sites throughout the city, and of course sad goodbyes.
Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad, y Bon Nadal!
Y a España, hasta luego!
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