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2 posts from December 2016

12/16/2016

Puerto de Alcudia & Formentor, by Sara Prust

This past weekend was a blast! My friends and I rented an Airbnb in Alcudia, a town in the north of Mallorca. We made meals together and hung out at the beach. It was such a great way to spend time with all these great people!

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Sorry Mom, Im never coming home!

As I mentioned, our Airbnb was located on the shore of a little cove in Alcudía. We didn’t spend much time on this beach but did watch the sunset. Sharing a house together was loads of fun! We made dinners together and talked and enjoyed the company.

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The little cove near our Airbnb
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Unreal Mountain Views //  Sierra Tramuntana
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Family dinner // Pasta & Salad

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My family!!!

Saturday we took a short cab ride to the port. The water here is crystal clear and spectacular! We laid around, swam, and took walks along the shore.

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Puerto de Alcudía
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Stellar Views

My favorite part of the whole day was finding an estrella del mar (star fish)!!! I was swimming in the water and noticed something standing out against the sea bottom, clearly visible because of the transparent water. I reached down and picked it up in my hand. After some screeches of excitement, I brought it over to my friends in disbelief of what I was holding. SO SO SO cool!!! It was smooth on the top and felt a bit jelly-ish if you poked it. Underneath, It had little tendrils all along the outline of the star and these tickled my hand as I held it, continually dipping it back into the water so I wouldn’t hurt it.

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Ahhhhhhhhhh!!!! So rad
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The Chicas

On Sunday, we took another cab to Playa de Formentor. Formentor is the northern most tip of the island of Mallorca. The beach here is thin but stretches along the length of the cove. Here too, the water is crystal and the cove is surrounded by beautiful mountains.  Boats dotted the sea and it was a gorgeous blue sky day.

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The Beach // La Playa

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Of course more swimming was bound to happen because it’s the med and you all know I love the med… so lots of “oh my goodness this is gorgeous, I can’t believe this is real life, I am never leaving…” etc. Another relaxing day chatting and sunning with the best of the best in one of the most beautiful places in the world.

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“Jordan and his mermaids” -what Jordan’s Grandfather said when he saw this picture
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Beach Necessities

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A super fun weekend that unfortunately had to end and get back to school and internship but I am so thankful for all the good times!

UGH I AM JUST SO ENAMORED BY THE MED!!!

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Besos. ~Señorita Sara

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Visit CIEE Palma de Mallorca:

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

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/cieepalma

SEMESTER PROGRAMS:

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

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

SUMMER PROGRAMS:

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

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

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

http://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/netherlands/groningen/groningen-to-palma-summer-environmental-issues

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

12/09/2016

CIEE visits Cabrera Island National Maritime Park, by Sara Prust

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Cabrera is an island off the southern coast of Mallorca that is also a National park. A couple of my friends and I took a boat to the island for the day. The boat ride was about 45 minutes but the views were awesome! The crew onboard the boat was so kind. We had expected it to be a bit warmer and sunnier of a day than it was and my friend had forgotten a jacket so the captain lent his to her. They were making sure we were comfortable and would let us get up to take pictures at the best moments. So sweet!

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On the boat to the island!

The island is uninhabited. The only structures are some workers quarters, a restaurant/bar, and a Castle. When we first arrived we hiked up the short path to the Castle. From here, the views were incredible!!!

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View from the castle
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Cameron eating his new favorite fruit

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After the castle, we walked to a cove and went for a swim. The water was absolutely freezing and the cloud cover didn’t help much but it was probably one of the best moments of my life. Swimming in a cove, with the most incredible water I have ever seen, surrounded by the rocks of a national park in the middle of the mediterranean sea. Incredible! You can even see the castle in the background.

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Probably couldn’t have been any happier
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That water!

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Cameron, Kat, and I were the only ones brave enough to swim in the cold water. As you can see below, I threw on that Patagonia as soon as I got out so I could warm up.  And I don’t remember you captured this moment but thanks to them because this pretty much sums of my idea of perfection… The med, my patagonia, chacos- all I need is a puppy, some cold brew, and a hammock and I would never ever leave that island!

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Such a fun day trip! The nature here was super cool and I loved just relaxing with some of the greatest people in the world!

Besos y piñas!

~Señorita Sara

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