These series of posts come from currently onsite students’ blogs. Listen to what they have to say about excursions done with CIEE.
I have been pretty busy over here in Spain! This past week, I got to see old Arab Baths here in Palma, The Santa Clara Convent, go to a wine tasting, and participate in “English Day” at an elementary school.
On Wednesday my study abroad group walked throughout an older part of Palma and went to see the Santa Clara Convent and the old Arab Baths. Both places were so unique and interesting. At the convent, there is a place to go in and buy sweets from the nuns. But the nuns cannot be seen, as the live inside and get their food/necessities delivered to them. The money from selling sweets helps them too. It was the strangest thing to me, because I have never seeing anything like it before. We went in, rang a doorbell and talked through the wall with the woman to order our cookies. The purchase was complete without seeing the woman at all. She used a lazy susan type of device. We put our money down and one spin later, there were our cookies. This was a really neat experience.
After that we went to the Arab Baths, “These 10th century baths are virtually all that remain of the Arab city of Medina Mayurqa (now known as Palma).” Mallorca has so much history, it is amazing!