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05/31/2016

''SAILING'' By Cristina Gomila: CIEE Palma de Mallorca Spring 2016

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Name: Cristina Gomila

CIEE Intern

 

Today I would like to show you a list of places to go if you are interested in sailing, fishing, in diving and also in doing coastal trips for Mallorca. The Island offers a lot of information regarding sailing activities.

Here I suggest you the ones that you can enjoy!

On the one hand, there are full day sailing trips offered in Pollença, which are sailing trips offered around the northern shores of Mallorca for a full day or longer!

 

 

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There are also coastal sailing trips from Port de Sóller, Sunset Sails in Cala d’Or, Boat Trips to Sa Foradada and other Sailing Excursions made in Paguera and in Puerto de Andratx.

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Coastal trips with catamarans for the Colonia de Sant Jordi, Magaluf, la Bahía de Palma and Puerto de Alcudia are also a good option for those who want to spend a day in a boat party having fun with friends.

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Excursions to the Island of Cabrera are the most demandied ones in which you spend a day visiting the Island departing from la Colonia de Sant Jordi. For further information visit www.marcabrera.com

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For those interested in Scuba Diving excursions, there are options that you can find in ‘’ Mar  Balear Dive Center’’, in ‘’Scuba Activa’’ in Sant Elm, El Toro, Port de Pollença , Port de Sóller, Alcúdia, Cala Bona , Porto Petro, Puerto de Andratx.

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Marinas can also provide you information if you are interested in hiring a boat, here I give you some examples :

Real Club Náutico de Palma - Marina,

Puerto Adriano - Marina,

Puerto de Calanova – Marina,

Club de Vela Puerto de Andratx – Marina,

Club de Mar – Marina Palma,

Club Marítimo San Antonio de la Playa

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Visit CIEE Palma de Mallorca:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cieepalma 

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/netherlands/groningen/groningen-to-palma-summer-environmental-issues

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

 

05/29/2016

''Beaches, and Mountains, and Markets, Oh My'' By Sara Prust : CIEE Palma de Mallorca, Spring 2016

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Name : Sara Prust

University : University of Purdue

This weekend was a blast! I took advantage of every aspect of the island: beach, mountains, and markets!

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I woke up early in the morning and went to my only Friday class, environmental economics in tourism spaces. After class, I explored the city while on my way to Mercado Pere Garau. By “explored while on my way to the market” I mean that I got lost trying to get to the market haha! But no pasa nada and I got there eventually and really did get to see a part of the city I hadn’t exploded before. I purchased some cheese made in Mallorca, this amazing bread, traditional sobresada, an empanada, and the best strawberries I have ever eaten in my life. I then walked to the beach and had a picnic and watched the waves crash against the rocks below my feet.

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Pork Empanada

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Worlds Greatest Strawberries

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Mallorca in one picture

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 The Mediterranean Sea

Saturday was so relaxing. My friends and I took the bus to Arenal, a beach about a 30 minute bus ride from Palma. It was a warm day, 60-65 degrees, and we just laid and talked. We kept saying how we felt like we were on a mini vacation! It was a great day and I loved it… if you couldn’t tell by the HUGE smile on my face!

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The sea and the mountains… I just can’t believe how stunning they are!

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Nan & Mich – They are way too cool!

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What a great day!

Sunday my friend Erinn and I had signed up to go on a hike with a local hiking group. Unfortunately, it was cancelled due to the weather forecast. But Erinn and I had already woken up and gotten all ready before we received the call. So, we decided we were going to go on our own adventure. We headed to the bus station, picked a spot on the map, and left! We chose Alcudía, a city in the North of the island. The bus ride was about an hour and the bus dropped us at the city center where we saw that there was a market happening. We first stopped at the tourism office to get some information about hiking. The woman who worked there was so sweet and showed us all the options and recommended a route for us. Then we wandered through the market. We tried some cheese from Minorca, some marmalade, and purchased some bread. We ended up going to a coffee shop to get some coffee and enjoy our fresh bread. Then we started off on our adventure!

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Gorgeous Erinn

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Fresh Market Bread & Cafe Americano

We just followed the signs and began walking. First we walked along the road, passing farms and sheep. Then it became very rocky along the mountains. As we were hiking, Erinn and I turned a corner and saw the coolest thing! Right in front of us was a field filled with rocks, yet the rocks were all stacked up, each one strategically placed upon the other. I had seen these before, they are called Cairns and are used to mark the correct path. Yet this was a whole field with them. It was really cool. I added a stone to one of the stacks to leave my mark.

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We later found ourselves in the valley between two mountains with an incredible view of the sea. We climbed a big rock in the valley and decided to eat our lunch here. It was an awesome spot, perfect for a picnic, and had a terrific view.

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After lunch, we continued following the trail and it led us to a small campsite. Though the trees we could sea the water and decided to wander over to enjoy the view. What we found was unreal! We descended the slope, crossed a small road, and discovered a small cove. It was breathtaking! The jagged rocks created a deep crescent holding crystal clear water, the clearest I have ever seen. We carefully climbed down the wall of the rock into the cove. The water was an incredible shade of turquoise. I was in disbelief of how clear this water was! I looked like it had come straight from the faucet. As soon as I could, I slipped off my chacos and waded into the water. It was cold but it felt refreshing after hours of hiking. I waded through the rocks, feeling the waves raise and lower. I was so happy, loving every second of this adventure! It was just so cool!!! The rocks, the water, the views… unreal.

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Before climbing into the cove

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View from the top

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The rock we climbed down

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The cove!!! Look at that water!

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I didn’t care how cold the water was… I was getting in!

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After an exhausting Sunday, we walked about 15 miles, I got to sleep in Monday morning and decided to treat myself. I went to Ca’n Joan S’aigo, a cafe right around the corner from my home in Palma. This cafe is very old and has preserved the traditional style. My neighbor, Mariajo, took my friend Kate and I here about a month ago and I have been dying to come back. The coffee is good but they are best known for their pastries and ice cream that is made in house. Today I indulged in an ensaimada filled with chocolate, so rich and delicious, and of course a cafe americano. What a sweet way to wrap up a weekend of enjoying all the best things of the island culture!

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Traditional Mallorcan Pastries

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Ensaimada con Chocolate

Besos! ~Señorita Sara

Visit CIEE Palma de Mallorca:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cieepalma 

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/netherlands/groningen/groningen-to-palma-summer-environmental-issues

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

05/27/2016

'' The adventure begins'' By Emily Williams : Palma de Mallorca, Spring 2016

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Name : Emily Williams

University : University of Massachusetts Amherst

 

getting lost. new friends. exploring.

This week was full of fun activities- from getting to meet my host mom María to hiking a mountain. We started off at Hostel Fleming for our orientation to Palma. Then we met our host families and they took us to our new home. I live in an apartment on the 7th floor with María and her two cats. After orientation and getting settled, my new friends and I got to explore the city. It is a city surrounded by the mountains, farmland, and beaches so there is a little bit of everything here. I have been walking at least 7 miles (record of 14 miles so far!) a day here getting to know Palma.

My favorite part of the week was hiking La Trapa en Sant Elm. The hike was for all international students studying here so I got to meet a lot of new people from all over the world. It was quite a long, difficult hike but the views were well worth it. I still can’t believe that I am here!

Another highlight from the week was seeing Castillo de Bellver. It is the oldest circular structure in Europe and one of the biggest attractions on the island because of its incredible views. We went with our Spanish teacher to learn about the castle in Spanish (I understood about 50% of what she was saying haha I have a lot to learn).

Saturday night was discoteca night! My friends and I had fun dancing the night away together. Spanish nights start late and end early so Sunday was a nice day to catch up on some much needed sleep!

We also went to Carnival, which was like a Halloween parade through the city. It was cool to see all of their costumes and how they celebrate.

My friends and I are starting to book trips during our free weekends while we are here! It is exciting to make travel plans- so far I have booked a trip to Amsterdam and Brussels in March and a trip for St. Patrick’s Day weekend in Dublin!

Struggles of the week: not understanding/speaking Spanish well, getting lost, cold showers, Spanish keys/locks, not having wifi in my house (we are supposed to get it on Tuesday- thank goodness!)

Food highlights of the week: croquetas, amazing clementines, wine toast with cream cheese and tomato jelly, chocolate covered pretzels for breakfast, café con leche, and finding a classy food court with all sorts of delicious foods.

I get to start classes tomorrow, which should be interesting- how hard can a Mediterranean food and wine class be, right?

 

Visit CIEE Palma de Mallorca:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cieepalma 

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/netherlands/groningen/groningen-to-palma-summer-environmental-issues

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

05/24/2016

''Deià to Puerto de Sóller'' By Sara Prust : CIEE Palma de Mallorca. Spring 2016

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 Name : Sara Prust

University : University of Purdue

This island rocks & I’m having the time of my life!

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This past weekend we went took a bus to the northern part of the island to a village called Deiá. We arrived in the afternoon, dropped our bags at the Refuge, and headed out to Cala Deiá. Cala in catalan means cove. This was a short hike but it was lots of fun to explore. We climbed some rocks and marveled at the gorgeous Mediterranean! The sea was rough but that only made it more beautiful.

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Our donkey friends // Nuestros amigos burros

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Happy as a clam because Chacos & Exploring

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The beautiful Casey!

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From there, we walked up to the cemetery on a hill in the Village. It was a small cemetery but you could tell that the ones who resided there were well loved because the graves were covered in flowers. The views from here were incredible!

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Em & Me

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The Village

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Cemetery Views

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Serra de Tramuntana Mountains

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Cracking up like usual.

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Olive Trees

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Mountain Village of Deià

After this, we hiked back and had some free time to explore the village of Deiá in the Serra de Tramuntana Mountains. It is such an adorable little town. The homes, restaurants, and cafes are quaint. There are lots of plants surrounding the stone streets. There weren’t many people the night we stayed and honestly that may be the norm because it is a calm, slow paced village full of culture and frequented by hikers. It has some tourist spots but is not as commercial as the port would be because it doesn’t have a beach.

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This cat and his home

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Drinkable water

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Cactus

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Sunday was hike day! We got up, ate breakfast, and left for the Port of Soller. The hike was about three hours in the mountains along the coast. The weather was perfect and sunny. Along our walk we saw olive trees, sheep, donkeys, mountain views, and the mediterranean sea. Once we arrived at the port, the views were unrivaled. Absolutely stunning! The water was an incredible shade of blue and the rocky cove surrounding the port such a stark contrast.

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Lemon & Orange Trees

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I think this is what heaven looks like.

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Puerto de Sóller

We continued on down the mountain into the port. There were tons of little shops and restaurants. The port was full of boats and tourists. I spent my time eating some gelato, meandering through the port, and collecting sea glass. The water is cold but it felt nice to dip my feet in. ANDDDDDD I got to hang my hammock so I was thrilled!!! It was a great way to spend the weekend with mis amigos hiking and enjoy the scenery.

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Unreal

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Sea Glass

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One of my favorite parts of the day!

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Paradise

Until Next Time // Hasta Luego

Besos, Señorita Sara

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Visit CIEE Palma de Mallorca:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cieepalma 

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/netherlands/groningen/groningen-to-palma-summer-environmental-issues

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

05/21/2016

''Beach Mornings, Arab Baths, & Cookies from Nuns'' By Sara Prust : CIEE Palma de Mallorca Spring 2016

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Name : Sara Prust

University : University of Purdue

There is so much to do in Palma! I don’t know how you could ever be bored. You have the beach, the mountains, the city, the port, amazing food, historical sites, and the list continues!

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I took advantage of being a five minutes walk from the beach the other day and spent my morning there. The water of the Mediterranean Sea is incredibly blue and clear! I walked to the end of the pier and read my book, then strolled with my feet in the waves, collecting sea glass, and watching sailboats. It is still low season for Mallorca so the beach in Palma is uncrowded. Listening to the sound the waves make washing over the shells, an almost jingle like noise, I was overwhelmed with gratitude for having the opportunity to spend a semester on the island.

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Later in the day, we visited the preserved Arab Baths in the city. It’s funny how I had no idea these existed and they are located just minutes from my home. The history of Mallorca is very rich. The Arab’s lived on the island before it was conquered by the Christians. There were several baths, yet only a few have been discovered and the one we visited is the best preserved. Before we visited, I pictured the baths as several large, long pool like structures covered by arched ceilings with a garden outside. But man was I wrong! The bath was not much bigger than a hot tub and the garden outside it was much more of a focus. Thinking more critically, the smaller bath makes much more sense because the Arab slaves had to heat the water themselves to fill the bath and if the “tub” was any larger, it would take eons to fill and would never stay warm. Toni, one of the CIEE professors and our guide for the day, shared that there were three types of baths: hot, cold, and room temperature. The day we visited was a bit chilly and he said that on a day like today the Arabs would have asked their slaves to draw a hot bath for the. He showed us how the slaves would heat the water above and then pour it into an aqueduct type system that flowed into the bath. It is so cool to think that the history here extends so far back, before America was even a thing!

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Arab Bath Gardens

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Under the containers is where the bath used to be.

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The arches around the bath.

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The Garden

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After seeing the baths, Toni took us to the Monasterio de Santa Clara. He wanted to show us the Christianismo (Christian) History of the island. This monastery is inhabited by 14 or so sisters who have taken a vow of silence and never leave the convent. We visited the church and saw some of the nuns praying. The coolest part was that you could purchase cookies that the nuns had made. So here is how it worked, you enter into a small room with a doorbell and a window-like contraption. Next to the window is a list of all the cookies you can order, many traditional to Mallorca. You ring the bell and wait for a sister to come assists you. But the catch, you never get to see her. You order by talking though the blocked window and she turns the rotary to reveal a shelf where you place your money. She then turns it another time to collect the money and sends back the cookies! And these weren’t just ordinary cookies. I got some Crespells which are traditional Easter cookies in Mallorca. She also gave us some bonus chocolates!!! They were so good!!! This is definitely not something everyone can say they have done but it was pretty cool!

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Ornate Church

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The Cookies!!!

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 Crespells

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 It was a good day in Mallorca!!! Lot’s of good food, history, beach, and amigos!

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Until Next Time, Besos!

Señorita Sara

Visit CIEE Palma de Mallorca:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cieepalma 

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/netherlands/groningen/groningen-to-palma-summer-environmental-issues

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

05/17/2016

'' Palabras y Comida'' By Katelyn Noyes : CIEE Palma de Mallorca, Spring 2016

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Name : Katelyn Noyes

University : University of Massachusetts Amherst

Good Morning people! I have been so so busy & to be honest I'm not a huge fan of writing so these posts are gonna be pretty sporadic (that's a word right? spell check's telling me it's not..weird). But anyways here we go:
I have been learning so many new words here its great. I talk for hours over dinner with my madre and she tells me a bunch of words, mainly vegetables since thats basically all she makes here (which is the absolute best) and there's some random words here and there that come up in conversation. If you're curious, the list is below! I need to be able to look back and remember all of them too. About the food though, she makes the most incredibly delicious food for every meal. I've been keeping a list of all the different meals so that I can recreate them when I get home. That list is below too, feel free to ask me how to make any of them! She doesn't use many ingredients or spices but somehow the food turns out absolutely delicious. She used a lit of olive oil, classic Mediterranean move, but it makes the food taste soo good. 
There's a bunch of pictures too, we've been constantly busy over the past couple weeks but busy in the best way possible. A couple things we've done (w/ photos below):
-Biking Excursion; we biked along the coast for a couple hours and stopped by a couple beaches along the way. One of the girls fell over the bike and broke her palm so that was super unfortunate, but she's getting better! We're gonna rent bikes more often (& vespas too) since that was wicked fun. 
-Carnival; they celebrate this holiday in February and its basically like Halloween but everyone was wearing animal costumes... the put on a huge parade through the streets and it was cool but kinda odd at the same time.
-Ruta Maritima (Tapas Tuesday); we go out every Tuesday night for tapas & drinks here. It feels like the whole city goes out since its so busy at a bunch of the tapas bars. Tuesday's and Saturday's are big here, but every other day the streets are basically empty and only a couple of the bars are full.
-Playa Illetes; we took a bus to the other side of the island to go to a beach in a little cove and it was super cool. We walked around and found garden paths with incredible views. We stopped at a oceanfront cafe and had pina coladas and fruit and such, and got hit by the massive waves a couple times haha
-Mercados (Markets); theres a bunch of markets here (think local farmstands where you can buy fruits, vegetables, cheese, meats, etc.) and we toured one of them with our cooking class. You can get literally anything at these places and its all super cheap. We got a kilo of strawberries for 1 euro! There were even live animals on one side in case you felt the need to buy a chicken or rabbit that day. Theres another market close to my house where we get sushi <3
-Tortilla de Patata; my madre taught me how to make this and I'm in love with it. It's one of my favorite foods here and you can eat it literally anytime of the day. You bake potatoes so they soften, in the meantime sauté onions then add eggs to the pan, then add the potatoes, then you're done! Its kinda like a round quiche but with no breading. You can eat it solo or you can add pimientos or have it on bread and oh my goodness its so delicious. 
-Valldemossa; this adorable little town is in the north of Mallorca. Imagine a quaint little village with tan stone houses, green shutters, and flower pots on the walls. We walked through the cobblestone streets for a couple hours and went to a car on the top of the hill with 360 views of the town. Its situated in a valley so you can see huge mountains all around. We snuck into the museum and I got pictures with some lemon trees wearing my lemon scarf (thanks for that mom). We also met a bunch of older couples that had arrived for the day from a cruise ship. The ones we met were from Philadelphia, New York, and DC, and they were so chatty and friendly. One woman said "oh you're here to study Spanish? That's so great, were leaning a little Spanish too! Frank, what words did we learn today? Oh, HOLA (fully pronounced the H, classic american) and BIEN." She was so proud haha it was the cutest thing. Such a lovely place.
-Kebabs; we eat kebabs here pretty much every weekend from this one place on the coast that has wicked good kabobs. Not your typical kabob on a stick though.. picture a turkish burrito kinda. Its a tortilla filled with pollo (that they shave off the rotating stick thing) then he adds this wicked good garlic mayo sauce and something spicy, then lettuce, corn, tomatoes, onions, and its a masterpiece. We're regulars there now haha and we all chat overtime we go. We FaceTimed with his brother the last time we went haha he was like "these people are always here!" it was shameful/awesome at the same time.
-Museo del Catedral; this museum was gorgeous. It's the Alhambra of Mallorca, and its the inside of the huge cathedral/castle on the coast of Palma. There are countless rooms that are all filled with beautiful paintings and rugs and dressers and such, and theres a massive courtyard with incredible views. After that we climbed the Palma sign (struggles to climb that one) and got pizza and pina coladas and mojitos at the cute little restaurant, Enco. Later we got gelato in the shape of a flower. Heavenly.
-Hotel Java; I started my internship today! I'm working at this hotel on the coast of Mallorca as a Front Desk Receptionist! Today they told me all about the hotel and gave me a tour (all in spanish eep but I can understand everything and communicate with them so it's going well!) So after a couple of hours the lady that was training me left for a bit so I was at the Front Desk solo for a little while aaand that was slightly traumatic. All the guests that came were like "do you speak german?" "do you speak french?" & the ones that did speak spanish had such a strong accent so that was just as much of a struggle. I did understand and help a couple people though so that was good (progress wooop!). Then when i was leaving I was standing at the bus stop and a lady asked me in spanish which bus she should take if she wants to get to the center and I explained it and we have a mini convo relatively fluently and it made my day (: Day 2 tomorrow, maybe I'll learn a little german/french this time haha

Thats about all for now! Here are the lists of words and food:
Palabras
alcachofas  artichokes
espinaca  spinach
zanahoria  carrot
calabacin zucchini 
colroja cabbage
espina  bones
gracioso  funny person
listo  ready/inteligente
lista  list of things 
vuelvo come back
berehena eggplant
sano Es un cosa de salud
huele bien/ a que huele smell
holer to smell
champiñon   mushroom
picante  spicy
postre  dessert
sopa soup
llena full, es enformal
empresa business 
nos encontramos  we met up with 
tormenta storm
humedo y seco, wet and dry
limpio y sucio, dirty and clean
*desayuno, almuerzo (opcional y pequeño), comida, medienda (opcional) y cena y resopon (midnight snack)
me gustaría tomar  I would like
me pone un café
yo tomaré
ayyy amante  hola
tengo agujetas  I am sore 
chancletas  sandals
afuera outside
puerro leek
no me acuerdo
no acordarse
mis tacones my heels
Clan destino restaurants en las montanas
asi esta bien (cafe) esta bien asi (it's good like this (like a plate of food or a dish))

Comida
Dinner: 
*squash/pumpkin soup w/almonds, veggie quiche
*rice and veggie balls with roasted onions and pepper
*broccoli/veggie soup 
*hamburger with roasted eggplant, mushrooms, and zucchini 
*fish with carrots, artichokes, and mushrooms
*Lasagna Layers 1-5
(1)spinach y onions y garlic
(2) peppers, beef, garlic, tomato sauce, bechamel sauce 
(3) pasta
(4) tomato sauce, bechamel,
(5) cheese Gouda 
*un plato de lentejas con verdura (lentil soup)
*steak with potatoes carrots green beans
*ham and cheese quiche
*white fish with baked fries and veggies
*stir fry with chicken broth noodle soup 

breakfast:
*egg over easy, ham & cheese, bread, fruit
*egg with mushrooms
*english muffin, mallorcan sausage spread, egg over easy, fresh squeezed OJ, pomegranate, fresas

lunch: 
*salmon, broccoli, quinoa, peppers (roasted, from northern Spain), queso, pan
*sandwiches of jamon y tomato aaand avocado, tomato, lettuce, mayo, balsamic, also brownie clementines and cafe
*wide pasta with vodka sauce and shrimp and mussels
*chicken with sautéed spinach and chick peas
*sautéed spinach, oil, leek, onions, ajo fresco, spinach, in poco crema

dessert: 
*piña y strawberries in a sauce made from jalapeños and brown sugar <3
*almond lemon cake
*brownie walnut cake
*tiramisu to go cups
*fruit tiramisu sin cafe, solo cocoa on top with fruit, sponge cake soaked in lemon mandarin orange juice
 

05/11/2016

''MERCAT PERE GARAU'' BY SARA PRUST : CIEE PALMA DE MALLORCA SPRING 2016

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Name : Sara Prust

University : University of Purdue

Saturday was field trip day to the Market!

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We accidentally matched!

I am taking a Mediterranean Cuisine class and learning lots about the evolution of food in the Mediterranean region. Our class visited Mercat Pere Garau on Saturday to see what it was all about. Our professor, Magdalena, chose this market in particular because it is the most authentic. She said it portrayed Mallorquin locals at their most raw. 

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This guy is literally just throwin around an octopus… it’s not everyday you see that kids.

The first section we visited was the fish market. You can’t live on an island and not have loads of fresh fish! And let me tell you, these babies were fresh. There were crabs displayed on a table still moving around. I was afraid they were going to fall off and crawl away!  There were so many different varieties but contrary to popular belief, the Mediterranean diet is not so focused on fish. Unfortunately, the mediterranean sea is not the correct temperature that many fish need to survive and when this is combined with the fact that the sea is surrounded by land and therefore overfished, the quantity is much smaller than I first imagined.

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As we continued to browse we saw lots of grains and beans too! These grains are turned into delicious bread, which can also be bought at the market for pretty inexpensive. There were also nuts, candy, and dried fruit. Most surprising, you could purchase live animals to take home and butcher yourself… I can not even imagine. I would end up keeping the chicken, bunny, etc. that I bought as a pet!

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And of course, the Mallorquin specialty: La Ensaimada!

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Oranges, pears, and bananas, Oh my! There was so much incredible fruit at Pere Garau. Mallorca is known for their oranges, which are amazing! It is interesting to see that bananas are not as popular here on the island and also a bit more expensive. The grapes and strawberries are also delicious! Fruit is often bought at a Fruiteria which is a small store that sells fresh fruits and vegetables. Large supermarkets are much less popular. The supermarkets on the island are called Mercadona and Carrefour. Both are fun to explore because almost all the products are different from the USA and the brands are never the same. It’s definitely an adventure.

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My absolute favorite part of  Mercat Pere Garau were those two vendors in the picture above. They made my day! Two of my friends and I went up to their booth, Francisca Mestre Charcuteria, to purchase some cheese. We weren’t really sure what to get so we asked to try some. There was one called “Mallorca” so without a doubt we went for that one! It was so delicious! As we were trying to figure out how many kilograms to ask for and converting pounds to kilograms, the gentleman came around the corner and offered us crackers with heaps of sobrasada, mallorquin sausage spread. We thanked him generously. He quickly returned with more crackers and napkins for all of us. Hands full already, we ordered our cheese. As we are walking away, the gentleman gives us traditional Mallorquin hard sausage. Overwhelmed by generosity and not having enough hands to hold all of this incredible food, we hurried away to find a place to eat.

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Above is the feast, shared around the table with lots of good friends. The market was loads of fun and I left very full. I will definitely be back for more delicious eats.

Besos, Señorita Sara

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05/07/2016

''FINALLY IN MALLORCA'' BY KATELYN NOYES : CIEE PALMA DE MALLORCA , SPRING 2016

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 Name : Katelyn Noyes

University : University of Massachusetts Amherst

 

I LOVE IT HERE!
ok just had to get that out (: Palma is amaaazing in every way. I've been here for a week and there's oh so much to write about so I'm just gonna ramble for a little bit. ahh ok so where to start... I was here for a couple days with barb (miss you already mom!) and we walked around the city, did a double decker bus tour, and found some amazing restaurants. One was CanTerra, basque style restaurant with delicious pinchos, and the other was TRUiTALIA, the most adorably amazingly delicious Italian restaurant with the best lamb I've ever had in my life. We spent barb's last day on the beach soaking up the sun and enjoying the warm ish weather, then she left early Monday morning. So now it's Monday and the first day of my program! I spent a couple hours at a cafe before the whole crew arrived from the airport, then everyone got here and we hung out in the cafe a little longer. There's about 15 of us in the program and everyones great! We're all planning trips to take together and miscellaneous adventures to go on. Also already booked two trips, one to Amsterdam and Brussels for a long weekend and one to Ireland for St. Patrick's Day! We're also planning a trip for Semana Santa, our 12 day spring break, to go to Nice, Monaco, Florence, Rome, Santorini and the Amalfi Coast (so so excited). Also side note I'm sitting in mi casa on a cozy chaise lounge, looking out the window to the adorable little city of Palma, with a clementine & cafe by my side, and I'm on cloud 9 (: This island is so great and the pictures really don't do it justice. My house is in the historical district so it's tucked back in little side roads between the Cathedral, Plaza Mayor, and the coast. It's just a 5 minute walk to the beach, 10 minute walk to the center, and a short walk to all of the shops/bars/cafe's. The trip to school is about an hour though, since I have to walk to the center, take the metro, then walk to class, but the first walk is through the city and the second walk is through the mountains so it's not too bad (: Also I got my internship information and location! I'll be working at Hotel Java, which is this gorgeous hotel right on the beach, about 20 minutes away from my house. I'll be working at the Front Desk a couple days a week, and I am beyond excited. There's a lot of  english speaking guests from London, Germany, etc, but I'll be speaking Spanish with some of the guests and all the coworkers so that'll be super helpful. And speaking of speaking Spanish, things are going really well! I speak only Spanish with my Madre here, Mariajo, and I love it. I'm starting to think in Spanish too so when I'm writing I keep putting Spanish words in and having to correct them haha. And my Madre here is so sweet and so so funny and we talk for at least a couple hours every day at dinner. She cooks the most amazing food every day and it's all delicious. She cooks everything with fruits and vegetables and always with olive oil, and it's so healthy and so delicious. I've been keeping a list so that I can make everything when I'm back home. So far...
Breakfast: Eggs over easy (everyday!) with toast and ham and cheese orrr with sautéed mushrooms and tomatoes. Pure bliss. 
Lunch: (1) Salmon with broccoli, quinoa, roasted peppers, cheese, bread. (2) Sandwiches of jam, cheese, and tomato and of avocado, tomato, lettuce, mayo, balsamic. Everything always with a side of fruit and dessert. 
Dinner: (1) Fish, with the spine and bones and everything still in it, with carrots, artichokes, and mushrooms. (2) Pumpkin soup with almonds and Veggie Quiche. (3) Rice and Veggie balls, roasted in the oven with onions and peppers. (4) Broccoli Cream Soup (5) Hamburger with roasted zucchini, mushrooms, and eggplant. She made this one today, one week in, and she said she made it cause she's sure I'm missing American food haha how cute is that. 
Dessert: (1) Strawberries, sauté on a stove with a little bit of olive oil, then carmelized with brown sugar, then add in tiny pieces of jalapeño. It is to dieee for. She serves it with pineapples on the side or some vanilla pudding cake. (2) Almond cake with a little bit of lemon, its a classic Mallorcan cake. (3) Sliced brownie cake with almonds and chocolate chips. 
Everything is so delicious and my madre is absolutely amazing, and it's only been a week so I can't wait to see what more she makes! We also go out with friends pretty much every night to get tapas and drinks and that's been wicked fun and delicious, and we've found some pretty great spots. Ok I'm going out now so I need to stop rambling. Also the posts are going to be much shorter from now on I think, I'll just have little stories and tell about the places I go (: ​
 
 
 

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05/05/2016

''La Molienda'' By Sara Prust: Ciee Palma de Mallorca Spring 2016

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Name: Sara Prust

University: University of Purdue

 

 

La Molienda

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When you know, you know. And woah do I know! I only took me two and a half months but I have finally found the coffee shop that I will become a regular at during my time on the Island. It is called La Molienda and I love it!

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The Best Coffee in Palma... and they don't lie

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I found out about La Molienda when searching cool restaurants and places to check out around Palma. I am just so enamored with this little cafe. It is the perfect blend of hipster and modern with all the right menu items.

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Just some light reading of the Wallpaper City Guide to Palma.

I was basically hooked the moment I crossed the threshold. Eclectic interior, cozy, they have a chemex, and they have almond milk. I pretty  much walked straight into my dreams.

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The Kitchen

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Coffee and Plants… what more could I ask for?

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Anatomy of a Coffee Cherry

The first time I ventured to La Molienda, I went with my friend Emily. Emily is from Colorado, where they deal with their fair share of hipsters, and the coffee culture is pretty rich, so she could appreciate this place and all its charms as well. I ordered an almond milk cappuccino and a piece of chocolate chip banana bread. Emily ordered a cappuccino and a poached egg on toast. Mine was incredible and Emily’s looked like a culinary masterpiece and she said it tasted like one too!

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Me&Emily Gallegos

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The second time I visited my new favorite spot, I stopped by before class. This time I decided to indulge in a throwback to when I lived in America and drank fancy coffee by ordering a chemex. This was definitely the move. It was hot and full of flavor! For breakfast, I ordered a tostada con aguacate (toast with avocado). This blew my mind! It was a grain toast toasted perfectly, with sliced avocado placed delicately on top. Then, lemon was squeezed over it, olive oil drizzled, and finished with lemon zest and sesame seeds. Let me just tell you that I was literally in my own world, in disbelief that I am living on an island and living my cafe dreams. If I ever open a cafe, it will be very similar to La Molienda because whatever they are doing, they are doing it right.

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// Tostada con aguacate, limon, y aceite de oliva //

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{Chemex}

How many times is acceptable for me to frequent this place? Actually don’t answer that. I think they might even have barista classes… Any who, stay tuned for more coffee adventures. 

Besos y Café Señorita Sara

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''THE BEAUTY OF VALLDEMOSSA'' BY KATHRYN MALONEY : CIEE PALMA DE MALLORCA SPRING 2016

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Name : Kathryn Maloney

University : Providence College

 

This past weekend we had our Saturday free to explore the island. Immediately that morning, we got together and hopped on the next bus to Valldemossa, a little mountain town on the West coast of Mallorca. We took the bus up through the windy hills and came upon a beautiful and quaint little town. Once we got off the bus it began to rain, but this place was so beautiful that it really didn’t matter, we were just so excited to explore! We walked around, stopped in some cafes for local Mallorcan treats & bought some snacks for the day. We sat outside of a tiny little cafe, overlooking the town and eating bread, sopressata, local cheese and of course, ensaimada! After eating till our stomachs were absolutely filled, we began to walk around and take pictures. We travelled through the tiny little streets with flower pots hanging everywhere, soaking up the sun. Eventually, we came across this gorgeous church in the heart of the tiny town. We then walked just a little bit further and came up to an overlook of the entire town and the mountain range. It was absolutely stunning! We could look out over the buildings and see the gorgeous, huge mountains sitting in the background— it was unbelievable. We then went into a small cafe next to the overlook and drank from cafe con leche; a necessity everyday in Spain. Once we finished our coffee, we ended our trip with a little more exploring and then headed to the bus to go back to Palma. There’s so much beauty in Valldemossa that I can’t even put into words. I must’ve taken over 300 photos just that day alone and I still couldn’t capture the beauty. Valldemossa is a must see for everyone in Mallorca and I can’t wait to go back with my mom during Semana Santa!

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