Sundays are the days that all Palma residents descend on the beaches to unwind, so naturally I had to do the same. Yesterday my friends and I wanted to go somewhere completely new since we had the entire day free. We decided upon Cala d’Or, which is on the eastern side of the island. I hadn’t heard much about it (except that it’s secluded and beautiful…surprise surprise) but I was excited to explore a new part of the island.
The bus ride to Cala d’Or took an hour and a half from Palma, so I can see why it’s “secluded” and isn’t as frequented as the Illetas. We got off the bus and were surrounded by beautiful white buildings; I’ve never been to Greece, but I imagine Cala d’Or’s architecture is very similar. After stopping for fresh fruit at a small supermarket we wound through the back streets of Cala d’Or to the beach. It was breathtaking. The water looked like pool water–calm, clear, and perfectly turquoise. The sides of the beach were lined with rocky cliffs and huge gorgeous homes. Almost every house had a little stairway leading directly to the ocean. I hadn’t seriously thought about my retirement plans until seeing that beach.
Eating cherries by the beach.
The beautiful, secluded beach of Cala d’Or.
A woman relaxes in the ocean.
On monday we didn’t have class until 3, so we decided to check out the Cathedral. I live a five minute walk from the Cathedral but haven’t been inside yet–this was a much needed visit. The inside was much larger than I had imagined (71 ft-tall columns, almost as tall as the Milan Duomo’s columns!), and the stained glass windows were more brightly colored than any I have seen. I learned that a few of the windows have recently been created by Majorcan artist Miquel Barcelo. Actually, when I walked into the main section of the Cathedral I thought that someone had set up rainbow lights to shine on the opposite wall, but it was just the sunlight streaming through the stained glass. The effect was beautiful. The Cathedral was built in the early 13th century, which amazes me…and it took a casual three centuries to build.
I came home to a lunch of pasta with homemade pesto and one of those simple but delicious salads, which was perfect fuel for a three hour class. Today’s class was on the smaller marine organisms; we began with femtoplankton (the smallest marine organisms!) and worked our way up to small benthic organisms. I like Professor Mateu’s teaching style because he makes a conscious effort to ask us lots of questions. Instead of telling us the adaptations that plankton have acquired to be able to float, he will ask us. It makes the class much more interesting and interactive. Tomorrow’s lecture will continue with the discussion of larger marine organisms.
After class Sam and I took a long winding route home and stopped to souvenir shop. Overall a very productive day; can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings!
Sunlight streams into Catedral de Mallorca.
Morning light on the cathedral walls.
A small side street vendor sells postcards.
Exploring a handmade glass goods shop in central Palma.
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