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03/06/2017

Newsletter 1: Spring 2017 with CIEE Palma de Mallorca, Spain

One month in Palma de Mallorca goes by very quickly! Our students are by now settled in their Spanish home, have tried many of our most traditional Mallorcan dishes, and have learned to move around the intricate streets of Palma like a local. They have started working at their internship, and are going regularly to CIEE and UIB classes. They are an active group who has been organizing its own excursions around the island on the side of the CIEE excursions, so they are getting to know not only Palma but also places such as the impressive Drach Caves or the beautiful historical Port de Soller.

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Group picture on campus, at the UIB building where the CIEE office is located

This spring semester, our students are enrolled in the following CIEE classes: Intermediate Spanish, Spanish for Business and Tourism, Advanced Spanish Writing and Stylistics, Mediterranean Cuisine in Spain: Cooking and Wine Tasting, Spanish Politics and Society, International Marketing, Contemporary Spanish Cinema and Literature, and the CIEE Internship Seminar.

And the following UIB direct enrollment courses: Design of Business Organizations, Strategic management, Corporate Investment and Financing Decisions, International Trade Law, International Protection of Human Rights, Psychology of Organizations, Microeconomic Analysis of Tourism, Introduction to Business, Environmental Economics in Tourism Spaces, Air Transport Economics, Management of Human Resources, and Psychology of Personality.

All the students who request them have started their internships at companies such as: Cadena Mar Grupo Batle offices, Hotel Caballero offices, Hotel Java offices, The Hotel Factory offices, Hotel Brondo Architect restaurant, Hotel Can Alomar kitchen, FUEIB University Events office, and SuperYatch Events in Palma.

These are some of our CIEE Palma excursions during this first month of the program:

Biking along the Bay: from Es Molinar to Portitxol, Can Pastilla and Arenal: We got to bike along the beaches of Palma de Mallorca, along boat-filled bays and rocky inlets. At the midway point we stopped for a break and enjoyed the sea breeze and the breathtaking view. In the end we got to Can Pastilla and although it was still winter, we enjoyed the beautiful weather and the landscape, while getting to know each other.

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Tour of Medieval Castle: Castillo de Bellver & Arab Baths of Palma: CIEE Palma students visited Castillo Bellver with the Language classes. This castle is well known for its museum of history of Palma, for being the only Gothic round castle in Spain, wonderfully preserved, and for its incredible views of the Bay of Palma. On another day we visited the Arab Baths of Palma, as well as the cloister convent of Santa Clara, where we tried delicious pastries baked by the nuns.

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Tapas Snapshot: Tapas have become a way of life in Spain. We introduced our students to this tradition by accompanying them with Spanish students of their age (Guardian Angels) to a Tapas event which happens every Tuesday in the streets of the old neighborhood of Palma: la Ruta Martiana.

Formentor, Pollensa, Alcudia: This past weekend we spent a day discovering the village of Pollensa, 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 and the valley. Afterwards, we visited the mirador of Formentor with its impressive

views, and the natural beach of Formentor. Last but not least, Alcudia, surrounded by a city wall from the Renaissance period, and its Sunday lively flea market.

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All CIEE Palma classes include field study visits to get hands on the culture of the city. On top of the long program excursions, we have as well visited the old village of Valldemossa to learn about its Muslim origins and the piracy in the old times; we have visited the main market of Palma with the Cuisine class to complete a research activity about local farmers from all the small towns in Mallorca; we watched the film “Vivir es fácil con los ojos cerrados” to discuss afterwards the educational system in Spain; we participated in the Carnival of Palma; and of course we joined the celebration of the Day of the Balearic with its Medieval Market which happens once a year on March 1, and where stands sell sausage and cheese from all around Spain, and local merchandises such as caramel almonds, jewelries, candies, candle holders, natural soaps.

In our next newsletter we will share with you more great stories and pictures. Have a great semester!

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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

10/21/2016

Fall 2016 CIEE in Palma de Mallorca - Newsletter II

The fall semester is halfway through, so this week students are taking midterms for most of their classes. After exams, this coming weekend we are travelling to Alicante to visit its beautiful city and castle, to learn about its history, as well as to discover the surrounding villages and traditions.

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Our first October outing was a two-day Hiking adventure from Deià to Soller, spending the night at Can Boi refuge, surrounded by beautiful stone houses and mountains. We spent Saturday in Deià, a village with Moorish origins in the North Coast of the Island, named Sierra de Tramuntana, and recently declared World Heritage Site. We had time to walk down to Deià’s Cove and swim, but also to go up the hill to visit the cemetery where the poet Robert Graves is buried. On Sunday, we walked for five hours to Port de Soller. Students commented that the landscape was absolutely gorgeous, despite the extenuating walk.

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Our second excursion in October was taking a one-hour boat ride from Port de Soller (where we learned the history of this town of Modernist architecture and exclusive historical commercial relationship with France, to Sa Calobra, an impressive cove formed by the river mouth of Torrent de Pareis, with walls higher than 200 meters. It was a cold rainy day and from the boat ride we could see all the way outstanding views of Sierra de Tramuntana, the sea and the sky.

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With our Spanish classes, students have visited the Palace of Almudaina. This is a fortress built originally by the Romans (123BC), later rebuilt by the Muslims (10th century) and in the end rebuilt again by the Christian occupation, by James II, first king of Mallorca (14th century). This is probably the building in Palma which better tells the history of occupations and cultures living in Mallorca over the centuries.

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CIEE Palma students enrolled in International Tourism: Trends of the 21st century enjoyed their 2nd field visit to 3 Meliá Hotels in Magaluf: Me Mallorca, Sol Katmandu, and Sol Wave House, three very diverse styles, themes and clients of the same hotel chain, located in one touristic resort. Afterwards, students shared in class their learning intakes from this experience.

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Some university classes include as well field visits, such as the class International Marketing which visited the company Dingus with Doctor Professor Miguel Trías. Three of our students are enrolled in this class, Rui, Zijing and Matt.

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Our students continue working at their internships at Hotel Caballero, Hotel Java, Outlining Innovation, Brújula, and Mar Hotels. And the semester continues, so we will share with you in a month what will come next: Alicante trip, Valldemossa, and more.

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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

08/05/2016

"EXCURSION TO ES TRENC" GROUP III: CIEE PALMA DE MALLORCA, SUMMER 2016

 

 

Last weekend we took the bus to Es Trenc and spent the day in the sun. We relaxed, hung out, and a couple of the students went paddle boarding!13699958_1204083789644129_4970193040044144687_n 13775414_1204082436310931_4018961988857925516_n Courtney the pro.13731729_1204082506310924_5311423682942163189_n Courtney and Rachel testing their balance on the board.13775492_1204082659644242_4684726807140808913_nDakota's first time.
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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

07/29/2016

"MALAGA AND MOROCCO" BY EMILY WILLIAMS: CIEE PALMA DE MALLORCA, SUMMER 2016

Adventure of a Lifetime: Malaga and Morocco

Sara and I had a really good (almost) solo trip to Malaga and Morocco. We survived without data for directions and even made it all the way to Africa and back!

 

07/22/2016

"SERRA DE TRAMUNTANA": CIEE PALMA DE MALLORCA, SUMMER 2016

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On a Saturday excursion, our students spent the afternoon hiking to Cala Deià. Soaking up some sun on the rocks, they spent an hour at the beach before heading to different panoramic lookouts around the coast. They ended the afternoon with a great view and cold “cafe con leche” after spending the day learning about the island’s Roman, Arabic, Christian origins and frequent run-ins with pirates.

 

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Our view while drinking our "cafes con leche"...not too bad.13516472_10157196717010602_5565599643297658555_n

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Stopped for a picture of the panoramic view and made a friend along the way.13600126_10157196709190602_3637412729870898332_n

Andrew, munching on an apple and excited that he found a hiking stick.

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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

06/23/2016

''Formentor'' By Sara Prust: Ciee Palma de Mallorca, Spring 2016

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Name: Sara Prust

University: University of Purdue

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I am so in love with this beautiful island!!! You never run out of places to explore. We visited Formentor, the northern most part of the island, and it was incredible!

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Cap de Formentor

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Sara, Emily and Kat

The day we visited, it was very cloudy and rainy but as we say here in Spain ‘Hay que aprovechar!’, it essentially means to seize the day. We climbed the stairs built along the cap de Formentor to get the best views. It wasn’t really raining at this point but very foggy. We were literally in a cloud!

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Fun fact: That “little rock” at the end of the peninsula used to be on top of the tip but has since fallen off to create a tiny island.

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My friends and I had been taking in the view and snapping some pics when I asked someone to take a picture of me. I turned around to get ready and the cloud had completely encompassed us. What should be behind me is the picture above this one of the large peninsula and cove but in seconds the fog covered it all.

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Because of the rain, we also got to see some slugs!!! They are cute little creatures.

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After climbing to the cap we ventured down to Playa de Formentor. This is a long, thin beach that stretches more or less the entire length of the coves interior. Gorgeous even in the clouds and rain. Formentor is very preserved and protected. There is only one hotel and it is very concealed, purposefully placed as to not disrupt the beauty.

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The cove

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The beautiful Med

We were the only ones on the beach which was really cool!

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Can’t wait to come back in the sunshine!!!

Besos, Señorita Sara

Visit CIEE Palma de Mallorca:

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SEMESTER PROGRAMS:

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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

06/09/2016

''SUNNY SOLLER'' BY KATRHYN MALONEY : CIEE Palma de Mallorca Spring 2016

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Name : Kathryn Maloney

University : Providence College

Nikki came to visit this past week and we went on a two day overnight hike to Cala Deia and Soller, which were seriously two of the most beautiful and breathtaking places I’ve ever been in my life. We started off on the hike to Cala Deia with the rest of my abroad group by taking a bus there to our hostel. We had a cute little hostel in the middle of the town, which was adorable, and hiked around there for a while. As we began our hike, we saw a bunch a sheep and lamb up on the mountains that were seriously SO adorable. I actually got on video a mom sheep and her two lambs climbing up these rocks and one of the lambs was so tiny that it didn’t make it up. However, the mom didn’t realize and kept on walking and the baby lamb started freaking out and screaming all over for its mom. Then, it finally got up the big rock but when it got to the path to go find it’s mom, it saw us standing there and started freaking out even more and began to run the wrong way! So we were trying to help it by standing in the way of the path so it would be forced to turn around and go the right way but it just kept screaming and bahhhh-ing! Finally, it saw it’s mom and I got the whole thing on video when they reunited it was the cutest thing ever. But anyways, moving on, we got to Cala Deia cove which was essentially a cove surrounded by mountains and a tiny beach. It was so cool because all the waves kept hitting the rocks and crashing all over the place. I don’t even know how to describe the beauty of it so I’ll just post pictures at the bottom of this post. After taking about a hundred pictures, we hiked back up the mountain and decided to grab something to eat. We ended up going to a Chinese place, random I know, but it was soooo good. After that, we headed back to the hostel and hung out with our friends playing a bunch of card games and “left, right, center” which was a ton of fun. After that, we decided to hit the hay because we had a six hour hike the next day to Soller.

In the morning we woke up at 7am, probably the earliest I’ve gotten up in a very long time, and began the hike early. It was amazingly beautiful but actually quite hard! I found myself having to even take a break to catch my breath for a second because we were seriously going straight up at one point. But the hike was so cool because it reminded me a lot of the Adirondacks with all the trees and things like that. It was definitely not the typical Mallorca that you’d normally think of. Then we finally got to the top and the view was incredible. We only ended up staying there for about 15 minutes though because we needed to hike back down so we could see the Port of Soller before having to catch the bus back. Half way back down the mountain we stopped for lunch and sat on the ledge of a mountain overlooking the entire Port of Soller. It was the most amazing view I think I’d ever seen. The water was just so blue and the mountain surrounding the cove went as high as the clouds. Eventually, we walked all the way down to the beach area where Nikki and I collected a ton of sea glass, like I’m talking about 60 pieces, and just hung out in the sun. The air was so warm it was amazing and we even got to have some Sangria! Then we ended up taking the 4pm bus home, which was great because it gave Nikki and I a lot of time to explore Palma and we got to go to the beach there and see the Cathedral at sunset, which was gorgeous.

After the hike that weekend and even just walking around Palma and showing Nikki all of the cool things it has to offer, it made me realize just how lucky I am to be here. Mallorca is seriously one of the most beautiful places in the world.

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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

 

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: 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

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
 

05/05/2016

''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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