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6 posts from May 2015

05/28/2015

CIEE Palma de Mallorca Spring 2015: About CIEE Palma’s Cultural Snapshots

These series of posts come from currently onsite students’ blogs. Listen to what they have to say about excursions done with CIEE.

Angie: https://angieineurope.tumblr.com

Emily: https://emiliaenmallorca.tumblr.com

Jordan: https://raverjordan.weebly.com/blog

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.

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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.

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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!

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05/21/2015

CIEE Palma de Mallorca: Spring 2015 About CIEE 3-day trip to Madrid

These series of posts come from currently onsite students’ blogs. Listen to what they have to say about CIEE trip to Madrid for three days.

Angie: https://angieineurope.tumblr.com

Emily: https://emiliaenmallorca.tumblr.com

Jordan: https://raverjordan.weebly.com/blog

On Saturday, Antonia gave us a walking tour of the city. I would say my favorite thing that I saw on this day was the statue of a bear and a madroño tree. The bear and tree can be seen on many different things and can be considered symbolic to the city of Madrid.

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We also went to Templo de Debod. This is an ancient Egyptian temple that was dismantled and rebuilt in Madrid, Spain.

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Saturday afternoon we went to Chocolatería San Ginés, a famous churros con chocolate place!! The line was unbelievably long, but fortunately it went by really quick!! This was a pretty neat place and had tasty churros con chocolate.

Camarero

 

And some pictures at the hostal, lovely and trendy place to spend time with friends!

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05/15/2015

CIEE Palma de Mallorca: Spring 2015 About CIEE Field Class Study Visits

These series of posts come from currently onsite students’ blogs. Listen to what they have to say about field study visits done with CIEE classes.

Angie: https://angieineurope.tumblr.com

Emily: https://emiliaenmallorca.tumblr.com

Jordan: https://raverjordan.weebly.com/blog

At the end of this month, I visited two different markets. The first one was Mercado Pere Garau. This one was a local market in which they have local farmers (from all the small towns in Mallorca) come in and sell their fruits, vegetables, meats, seafoods, fishes, flowers, and even clothes! What intrigued me about this market was seeing live snails for sale in a bucket. They were so big too…

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On Sunday, I went to a Medieval Market. This market was only there for this weekend to celebrate El Día de Las Baleares dedicated to all the 4 Balearic Islands including Palma de Mallorca.

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There were a lot of “tiendas” (stands) of sausage and cheese from all around Spain, and local merchandises such as caramel almonds, jewelries, candies, candle holders, natural soaps, etc.

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The best part of this was that I got free samples of sausages and cheeses!

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Also, I had an Ebora Mediterráneo (a gold ale beer made in Spain) to go with my food. It was really refreshing. At the end of the day, I was able to appreciate all the local performances and shows!

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05/14/2015

CIEE Palma de Mallorca: Spring 2015 Video by LA student Amber Higgins

https://youtu.be/pWSOzJi-aVA

05/07/2015

CIEE Palma de Mallorca: Spring 2015 About CIEE Excursions (II)

These series of posts come from currently onsite students’ blogs. Listen to what they have to say about excursions done with CIEE (second part).

Angie: https://angieineurope.tumblr.com

Emily: https://emiliaenmallorca.tumblr.com

Jordan: https://raverjordan.weebly.com/blog

We have been to Valldemossa. This was by far one of my favorite excursions. I really enjoyed the town and the area.

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Valldemossa is one of the most popular and beautiful villages to visit in the surrounding area of Palma.

Valldemossa is home to a pastry called coca de patata. This pastry is more of a sweet bread made out of potatoes and covered with powdered sugar.

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The first thing we did when we stepped off of the bus was have coca de patatas with chocolate caliente (hot chocolate). The hot chocolate here in Spain is pretty much liquid chocolate.

After we finished our pastries and hot chocolate, we walked around the village. On our walk we saw Real Cartuja de Valldemossa (a 13th century monastery that was originally a royal residence until it was changed in 1399). Many different artists, musicians, and writers found inspiration here. Among them was the composer, Frederic Chopin.

We also saw a cute little market that was taking place at the time when we were in the village. I enjoyed this one much more than the others that I have visited. I sampled some candied almonds and they were so good! Ten times better than any other ones that I've had.

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I will definitely have to go back to check out some more of the shops that were there before I leave.

We also went on a short fifteen minute hike up to la ermita (the hermitage, shrine, chapel) of Valldemossa. Here we looked out over the water and had our picnic lunch.

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05/01/2015

CIEE Palma de Mallorca: Spring 2015 About CIEE Excursions (I)

These series of posts come from currently onsite students’ blogs. Listen to what they have to say about excursions done with CIEE.

Angie: https://angieineurope.tumblr.com

Emily: https://emiliaenmallorca.tumblr.com

Jordan: https://raverjordan.weebly.com/blog

 

We have visited Pollensa, Formentor, and Alcudia.

Pollensa is a traditional town in Mallorca. We climbed 365 stairs, each representing every day of the year and at the end of the staircase, you could see the entire town. It was breathtaking!

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Afterwards, we visited the mirador of Formentor. It was on top of the mountain and the road was really rocky and unstable. I was so scared I was going to fall into the ocean because it was so windy…This place was so beautiful to look at!

Pollensa

We also visited the Playa de Formentor.

Last but not least, Alcudia. This town is surrounded by a city wall like the Great Wall of China but a smaller version of that.

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My group and I went for a cup of coffee in town to end our day. Coffee is everything to me right now. I’m SO obsessed with it and can’t start my day without drinking it first!

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Hiking is huge here in Spain! It's so peaceful to just be surrounded by nature for a couple of hours. It really gives you time to think and clear your mind.

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On Saturday we left around mid-afternoon to go by bus to Puerto de Soller. From there, we began our two hour hike up to the shelter. It was super rocky and very hilly, but the weather was perfect so there was absolutely no way I could complain. We definitely got our work outs in for both days with hiking.

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Once we reached Refugi Muleta, we walked around the grounds a bit. There was this cute little lighthouse there. This hike was three hours. Along the way we saw goats, sheep, gorgeous views, Cala de Deía (a beach that was nestled away), and many trees nd the grounds a bit.

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There was this cute little lighthouse there. This hike was three hours. Along the way we saw goats, sheep, gorgeous views, Cala de Deía (a beach that was nestled away), and many trees.

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