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5 posts from July 2015

07/30/2015

Newsletter II, CIEE Palma de Mallorca, Summer 2015 Session II

GUARDIAN ANGELS ACTIVITIES

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- Night of “San Juan”                                                                                                                                         The second night of our students in Palma was 23rd of June, that means no other thing but what we call night of “San Juan”, the shortest night of the year.                                                                    
This is a magical night where we say goodbye to the old and welcome the new. It is a festival of sun worship by the lengthening of the day in the summer solstice, where the main ritual is to light fire to give more power to the sun and bathe in the sea at midnight. In Palma people celebrate it either going to the beach and lighting a fire or going to “Parc de la Mar” (our choice) to dance with fire demons, enjoy the fireworks and attend a concert from a great local band.

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- Beach games                                                                                                                                                   After their first day of classes, our students went to “Illetas” beach with their Guardian Angels (Spanish students). This is a local beach of Palma easily accessible where they had the chance to play beach games, snorkel and soak up the sun.

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- Biking Palma Bay                                                                                                                                          After such a week in Palma and before starting their first free weekend, our students couldn’t miss the “Biking Palma Bay” activity with their Guardian Angels. Departing from “Passeig del Born”, they went biking along the beach of Palma to “Ca’n Pastilla”, where they had free time to discover the place, one of the most touristic ones in Mallorca

- Ruta Martiana                                                                                                                                                  The second Tuesday in Mallorca (the first relaxed one) couldn’t be missed without a very typical Spanish activity: the “Ruta Martiana”. From 8pm people from all over Palma gather in the same area of bars and have a tapa plus drink for a very cheap price. Our students really enjoyed the activity discovering this (unknown for them) Spanish tradition. 

EXCURSION TO SANTANYÍ, CALA FIGUERA AND CALA MONDRAGÓ

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Right after the night of “San Juan”, we went on an excursion to the very south of the island. 
First of all, we went to Santanyí, where our students could discover the local market full of fruits and vegetables grown in Mallorca as well as other handworks. They really enjoyed this traditional way to talk to the farmer and buy local products. 

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Then, we headed to Cala Figuera. This is a traditional fishermen area but nowadays its houses are mostly used as a summer residences.
It’s the opposite to what anyone can expect when they think of Mallorca because mass tourism is a
total foreign concept in this place.

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The final spot we visited was Cala Mondragó. This is a natural park since 1992, which means it is protected by the government given to its privileged flora and fauna.
There, our students had the chance to spend the rest of the day relaxing at its beach, one of the most beautiful ones of the island.

EXCURSION TO SIERRA DE TRAMUNTANA

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Before finishing their second week in Palma our students went on an excursion to the “Sierra de Tramuntana”, denominated World Heritage by UNESCO in 2012. 
First of all we stopped in Valldemossa. Valldemossa is a wellknown town of Mallorca because of Chopin and its beauty.

The musician had lived in this village in 1938 and had composed important music pieces, so our students could see first-hand the gardens that inspired him, as well as ”La Cartuja” of Valldemossa, where he lived. Also, some of them had a “coca de patata” and almond smoothie with shaved ice (such a typical snack) in the most traditional bar of the town “Ca’n Molinas”.

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After the cultural visit to Valldemossa, we went hiking from Deià (the town) to “Cala Deià”, one of the most beautiful coves of Mallorca. We had the chance to soak up the sun, snorkel, relax and have lunch enjoying the views.7

Afterwards, we headed to “Torre de ses ànimes” (Tower of Souls), a lookout tower (used in the 16th century to prevent Turkish pirates’ attacks) located in Banyalbufar, where our students climbed the tower from where they could see the whole north coast of Mallorca, one of the most breath-taking views ever.
Adventures will continue for one more week!

Visit CIEE Palma de Mallorca:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/cieepalmademallorca

Blog: https://study-abroad-blog-palma.ciee.org

Twitter: https://twitter.com/cieepalma

SEMESTER PROGRAMS:

https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/spain/palma-de-mallorca/liberal-arts

https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/spain/palma-de-mallorca/business-tourism

SUMMER PROGRAMS:

https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/spain/palma-de-mallorca/summer-language-culture

https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/spain/palma-de-mallorca/summer-internship-program

https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/ireland/dublin/dublin-to-palma-summer-tourism-in-europe

https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/spain/palma-de-mallorca/palma-to-kralendijk-summer-marine-science

07/23/2015

Newsletter I, CIEE Palma de Mallorca, Summer 2015 Session II

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This is our newsletter about Summer Session II 2015 in Palma de Mallorca. During this session, our students are studying the following topics:

  • Palma in the Mediterranean: History, Traditions, Economy and Society (Spanish)
  • Mediterranean Marine Environment (Biology) (English)
  • Tourism and Sustainable Development in Europe (English)

ORIENTATION

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During the orientation our students learnt about Spanish manners as well as the history and culture of Palma. Furthermore, they were also explained about the activities (excursions, field visits…) they were going to take during their session in Palma and safety tips to move around the city as locals and not like tourists.
Also, after the orientation each student was told about their host families so they could have an idea of what to expect when they arrive to their new home. They were even given a tailored map with the students that live the closest to them so they can be more connected.  3Some of our students waiting to meet their host families

 FIELD VISITS

All our summer classes have a hands-on component and put students in contact with relevant local examples related to the content of each particular subject.

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- Dragonera Island: Our marine students started their second week in Mallorca going to Dragonera. In this activity they visited a Natural Park  and identified the human impacts on the coast.  They also studied the diversity of flora and fauna and its management, as well as analyzed the different species and the fund management.

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- Natural Sciene Museum, Sóller:  during this visit  our Marine students went to the Balearic museum of natural sciences, where they studied the living foraminifera collection and also  had the chance to dissect fishes.

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- Miró museum: During their second Monday in Palma our Palma in the Mediterranean students went to the Miró museum, where their teacher guided them all around the foundation and explained the history and life of this famous catalan artist. They also had the chance to have a class in a classroom of the foundation to really feel the essence of Miró.

- Cooking: Our Palma in the Mediterranean  students had on  Wednesday their first practical session, during which they learned to cook conejo con cebolla, tumbet  and apricot cake. These dishes are typical in the Mediterranean cuisine so there is no better way to know Mallorcan gastronomy than learning to cook these recipes.

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- Historic centre of Palma: our Tourism and Sustainable Development students spend their second day of class going to the old town, where they discovered the historical background of the city and the tourist industry developed around Palma’s cultural heritage.

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- Hotel Saint Regis Mardavall: During their second week of classes, our Tourism students visited the Hotel St. Regis Mardavall with their professor. In this visit the Human Resources Director guided our students around the hotel showing them their everyday work and how they do it to be one of the most successful and luxurious hotels in the island.

Visit CIEE Palma de Mallorca:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/cieepalmademallorca

Blog: https://study-abroad-blog-palma.ciee.org

Twitter: https://twitter.com/cieepalma

SEMESTER PROGRAMS:

https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/spain/palma-de-mallorca/liberal-arts

https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/spain/palma-de-mallorca/business-tourism

SUMMER PROGRAMS:

https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/spain/palma-de-mallorca/summer-language-culture

https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/spain/palma-de-mallorca/summer-internship-program

https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/ireland/dublin/dublin-to-palma-summer-tourism-in-europe

https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/spain/palma-de-mallorca/palma-to-kralendijk-summer-marine-science

 

07/16/2015

Living like a local, by Naomi Pohl - Summer with CIEE Palma de Mallorca, Spain

NAOMI POHL

Today was the first day I really felt like a local. I woke up, ate my light breakfast of yogurt, granola, fruit and toast with almond butter, and walked through the winding streets to my 9:30 class with my friend Sam. Sam and I really lucked out with our home stay locations; we’re in the old part of the city closest to the beaches. The streets are quaint and confusing but are so beautiful and unique that I don’t even mind getting lost.

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Beach day

Class today covered the basics of marine biology. Our professor is Dr. Guillem Mateu of the University of the Balearic Islands. He’s soft-spoken but passionate about ocean life. We started with a review of the properties of water and cells (I’m now convinced that every biology class, no matter which type or how advanced, will begin with these two topics…) We quickly got into more interesting topics, like the Ekman spiral, Coriolis effect, and global conveyor belt currents. I found the Ekman spiral particularly interesting; it’s the idea that water flows in a different direction than the prevailing wind because the water column spirals downwards as wind blows over it. I have never learned about the Ekman spiral before, but have definitely seen its effects as I have swum in the ocean. Today in class we also received an exciting packet called “Recommended Activities in Palma de Mallorca” that I am eager to start exploring (hint: hidden beaches, caves, and hikes).

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Alongside the beach

After class I went with a few friends to the Corte Ingles, the Spanish mall, to do some grocery shopping and buy more sunscreen (aaaand I’ll probably need more next week). I went home, took a serious siesta, then went exploring the beaches near my house with Sam. The beaches are–surprise surprise–gorgeous. These beaches are not as clean or secluded as the Illetas or Cala Figuera but were the perfect place to sit and relax for a few hours before dinner.

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Route to the beach

Marisa wasn’t home when I returned, but she left me dinner in the fridge. Tonight’s dinner was roasted red peppers stuffed with a creamy vegetable filling of carrots, onions, corn, mushrooms and squash all on a bed of sliced cooked potatoes.

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tonight's dinner

Every night Marisa also makes me the most simple, delicious side salad of fresh greens and cherry tomatoes dressed with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, coarse sea salt and fresh cracked pepper. Every meal is so healthy and delicious; I truly look forward to her cooking.

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Palmy view of Palma de Mallorca’s cathedral

I’m currently sitting on my bed with the windows open listening to Spanish television, guitar strums, and Jason Mraz echo through the courtyard. I can definitely get used to this.

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View from the kitchen

 

07/09/2015

Newsletter II, CIEE Palma de Mallorca, Summer 2015 Session I

GUARDIAN ANGELS ACTIVITIES

Imagen1- Beach games: During their first day completely installed in Palma, our students went to “Illetas” with their Guardian Angels. This is a local beach of Palm where they had the chance to play beach games, snorkeling and soaking up the sun. This activity also helped them to know better each other as well as their host home.

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- Biking Palma Bay:After such a week in Palma and before starting their first free weekend, our students couldn’t miss the “Biking Palma Bay” activity with their Guardian Angels. Departing from “Passeig del Born” they went biking along the beach of Palma to Ca’n Pastilla, where they had free time to discover the place, one of the most touristic ones in Mallorca.

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- Ruta Martiana: The second Tuesday in Mallorca (the first relaxed one) couldn’t be missed without a very typical Spanish activity: the “Ruta Martiana”. From 8pm people all over Palma gather in the same area of bars and have a tapa plus drink for a very cheap price. Our students really enjoyed the activity discovering this (unknown for them) Spanish tradition.

Excursions: Boat from Sóller to Torrent de Pareis

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Our students’ first Thursday in Mallorca was spent the best way possible, on an excursion. First of all our students went to Sóller, a small town located in the north of the island. They walked by its harbour and then took a boat to “Torrent de Pareis”, a must excursion in Mallorca.

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From the boat they could see all the wonders of this island as well as one of our top beaches “Sa Calobra”, where we stayed. While some of them decided to relax in the beach, others dared to go hiking from the mouth of the torrent and exploring such place.

Excursions: Pollensa, Formentor & Ca’n Picafort

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Mike and Reilly in Pollensa

During their second weekend, our students went on an excursion to the North-West of Mallorca.  First of all they visited “Pollensa”, one of the first Christian towns of Mallorca. From there they walked to a scenic viewpoint through a staircase of 365 steps, representing the Calvary of Christ each day of the year.

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After this tour we headed to “Formentor”, one of the most incredible sceneries of the island where our students pictured every corner of the place. And then, we stopped at its beach, one of the most pristine ones of Mallorca.

The final destination of the excursion day was “Ca’n Picafort”, a beach located in the bay of Alcudia belonging to Santa Margalida, where they had the chance to relax after such exploring day.

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Visit CIEE Palma de Mallorca:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/cieepalmademallorca

Blog: https://study-abroad-blog-palma.ciee.org

Twitter: https://twitter.com/cieepalma

SEMESTER PROGRAMS:

https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/spain/palma-de-mallorca/liberal-arts

https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/spain/palma-de-mallorca/business-tourism

SUMMER PROGRAMS:

https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/spain/palma-de-mallorca/summer-language-culture

https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/spain/palma-de-mallorca/summer-internship-program

https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/ireland/dublin/dublin-to-palma-summer-tourism-in-europe

 

07/02/2015

Newsletter I, CIEE Palma de Mallorca, Summer 2015 Session I

Imagen1This is our newsletter about Summer Session I 2015 in Palma de Mallorca. During this session, our students can study the following topics:

  • Beginning Spanish
  • Spanish for Business and Tourism: An introduction to Tourism in Mallorca
  • Mediterranean Marine Environment
  • Mediterranean Cuisine in Spain: Cooking and Wine Tasting

ORIENTATION

Imagen2During the orientation our students learnt about the history and culture of Palma, as well as the Mediterranean gastronomy, Spanish customs and the basics to move around the city as Spaniards. They were also explained about the activities (excursions, field visits…) they were going to take during their Session in Palma.

Also, during the orientation each student was told about their host families, so their first impression was not so shocking.

Our students could even see which other students live by their surroundings through a map we made up for them so they could be more connected, something they really appreciated.

IMG_5887 (2)Courtney meeting her host family

FIELD VISITS

All our summer classes have a hands-on component and put students in contact with relevant local examples related to the content of each particular subject. Imagen3

- Field Trip to Dragonera Island: Our marine students started their second week in Mallorca going to Dragonera. In this activity they visited a Natural Park  and identified the human impacts on the coast.  They also studied the diversity of flora and fauna and its management, as well as analyzing the different species and the fund management.

Imagen4- Mercado Pedro Garau:  Our cooking students during their second week in Palma also had the chance to see first-hand typical products of Mallorca at one of the most emblematic markets of Palma: Pedro Garau. During this session they discovered the most common products used in the Mediterranean cuisine, such as “snails” a typical Spanish dish they did not expect at all.

Imagen5- Field Visit to Natural Sciene Museum, Sóller: during this visit  our Marine students went to the Balearic museum of natural sciences, where they studied the living foraminifera collection and also  had the chance to dissect fishes.

Imagen6- Bellver Castle: Our language students visited the Bellver Castle last week, where they had to practise their language skills. Among the linguistic activities organised for them during the excursion one of them consisted on searching for clues in order to find a treasure. They really enjoyed the activity as well as the views of the city of Palma from the top of the castle.      Imagen7

Natalia showing her cooking skills

- Cooking: first day of practicum: Our cooking students had on Tuesday their first practical session, during which they learned to cook gazpacho, tortilla de patata and gató of almonds with vanilla ice cream. In further classes they’ll also learn other Spanish recipes such as paella, sangria, tapas and many others. This class includes 15 hours of practical lessons, plus the theoretical ones. 

Visit CIEE Palma de Mallorca:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/cieepalmademallorca

Blog: https://study-abroad-blog-palma.ciee.org

Twitter: https://twitter.com/cieepalma

SEMESTER PROGRAMS:

https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/spain/palma-de-mallorca/liberal-arts

https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/spain/palma-de-mallorca/business-tourism

SUMMER PROGRAMS:

https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/spain/palma-de-mallorca/summer-language-culture

https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/spain/palma-de-mallorca/summer-internship-program

https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/ireland/dublin/dublin-to-palma-summer-tourism-in-europe

https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/spain/palma-de-mallorca/palma-to-kralendijk-summer-marine-science