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06/26/2015

Hay que aprovechar, by Naomi Pohl - CIEE Palma de Mallorca Summer 2015

…Which translates to “be seized!” The Spanish use this phrase in the way the Romans would use Carpe Diem… or as Americans use YOLO. “Seized” is how I have felt in the past 48 hours. The culture shock–in the best way possible–has been overwhelming.

Cala figuera

On my tiny flight from Barcelona to Palma (by “tiny” I mean we were airborne for 20 minutes before the captain announced our descent) I looked out the window and saw something unusual: mountains. I realized I hadn’t seen anything other than the flat, green Dutch landscape for weeks. That was my first hint that I was in for a change, and since then I have experienced nothing but change.

Yesterday was my first full day here. We walked around the city center with our “guardian angels,” Spanish students who act as our guides, and shopped for shampoo, plug converters, notebooks, and anything else we forgot. Downtown is bustling but not overcrowded like Amsterdam or Rome. It’s a more local population and tourists don’t stand out as much (ehem, “I <3 Amsterdam” shirts). The architecture is a gorgeous cross between Italy and the American Southwest–flat slated roofs, tan stone, balconies with forest green shutters, crooked satellite dishes. And, of course, there are lots of palm trees.

I also met my host mom yesterday, Marisa, who I will be living with in Palma. She’s a señora (unmarried middle-aged woman) and a fantastic cook. Last night I came home to homemade vegetable lasagna, Mallorcan zucchini soup and ice cream. She works as a cooking teacher in the city so I’m hoping to learn a thing or two before I leave. Despite the fact that we can bond over food, we have had trouble bonding otherwise because she speaks no English. The last time I took Spanish class was in eighth grade, so our conversations are short and basic. What’s interesting, though, is how much of the language I remember when I’m forced to speak it. I find myself putting together simple sentences without really thinking. Marisa has been very patient with me; she takes time to correct my mistakes and make lots of hand motions.

Last night was the festival of San Juan, which is equivalent to Christmas for Spaniards since many people believe that, historically speaking, Jesus was born on June 24th. We were advised to wear all cotton, pants, long-sleeved shirts and hats. Hmm… After walking to the cathedral’s courtyard as a group we were greeted by dozens of masked demons in red and black costumes. They were dancing crazily with torches and sparklers and fireworks. Teenagers, older people and even children gathered around and danced with the demons, even through the flames. I immediately understood why we were instructed to wear lots of clothing. The demons processed through the courtyard, followed by a band of drummers. So many fireworks were going off at once I didn’t know where to look. It was absolute madness. People seemed unfazed by the fire, though, and were laughing and joyous. One of my friends and I eventually found the guts to (briefly) go into the sparklers. It was kind of scary, but more exciting. My host mom told me that people also write down their hopes for the coming year and send them into the ocean with candles. The night was a crazy, happy experience I will never forget.

Today we first went to the town of Santanyi by bus. There we shopped through a busy Spanish market selling fresh fruit, meats, cheeses, jewelry, clothes, and souvenirs. We bought lots of strawberries and cherries and ate them on the sunny steps of the town’s cathedral.

Fresh produce at a market in Santanyi

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Nora eats strawberries in the Santanyi market

Nora eats strawberries

From there we drove to the fishing town of Cala Figuera where we had incredible views of the turquoise ocean and learned a bit about the Spanish fishing industry.

View from the cliffs over the fishing town of Cala Figuera

Views from cala figuera

Our last stop was the gorgeous beach of Cala Mondrago. It looked like something out of a movie–turquoise clear water, rocky cliffs, and white sand. We stayed there for a few hours before heading back to Palma, where I had a delicious dinner of Mallorcan zucchini topped with melted Menorcan cheese. Very Balearic!

The beach of Cala Mondrago

Cala mondrago

I don’t think one could pick two countries more different than the Netherlands and Spain. I am so excited to see what else Palma has in store. Carpe diem!

 

 

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06/18/2015

Third oldest lighthouse in the World: Palma de Mallorca Porto Pi

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Portopí is the third oldest working lighthouse in the world, after Hercules Tower in La Coruña and the Lanterna in Genova. Our students visit this beautiful museum with the class Palma in the Mediterranean.

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05/15/2015

CIEE Palma de Mallorca: Spring 2015 About CIEE Field Class Study Visits

These series of posts come from currently onsite students’ blogs. Listen to what they have to say about field study visits done with CIEE classes.

Angie: https://angieineurope.tumblr.com

Emily: https://emiliaenmallorca.tumblr.com

Jordan: https://raverjordan.weebly.com/blog

At the end of this month, I visited two different markets. The first one was Mercado Pere Garau. This one was a local market in which they have local farmers (from all the small towns in Mallorca) come in and sell their fruits, vegetables, meats, seafoods, fishes, flowers, and even clothes! What intrigued me about this market was seeing live snails for sale in a bucket. They were so big too…

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On Sunday, I went to a Medieval Market. This market was only there for this weekend to celebrate El Día de Las Baleares dedicated to all the 4 Balearic Islands including Palma de Mallorca.

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There were a lot of “tiendas” (stands) of sausage and cheese from all around Spain, and local merchandises such as caramel almonds, jewelries, candies, candle holders, natural soaps, etc.

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The best part of this was that I got free samples of sausages and cheeses!

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Also, I had an Ebora Mediterráneo (a gold ale beer made in Spain) to go with my food. It was really refreshing. At the end of the day, I was able to appreciate all the local performances and shows!

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02/13/2015

Newsletter I, CIEE Palma de Mallorca, Spring 2015

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Greetings from Antonia Ferriol, RD of CIEE Palma de Mallorca!

Our Spring students arrived less than two weeks ago into Palma de Mallorca. How exciting to meet at the Orientation Hotel, then wandering around the old streets of Palma for the first time, and finally trying the different kind of Mallorcan tapas and pambolis. Now our students are settled in their Spanish home, know how to move around the intricate streets of Palma, have started going to the gym at the university and to meet with their intercambio, and have attended for a whole week their CIEE and regular university classes.

BT Orientation walk

Plaza Mayor

CIEE language classes (Beginning Spanish, and Advanced Spanish for Business and Tourism) visited the 15th century castle of the city of Palma.

Bellver group

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.

No wonder its name Bellver means “Beautiful view”.

Bellver 2

This semester, CIEE students are enrolled in the following CIEE and UIB classes: International Meetings and Event Planning, Contemporary Spanish Cinema and Literature, Beginning Spanish, Advanced Spanish for Business and Tourism), Internship Seminar, International Protection of Human Rights, Survey of Spanish Literature, Teaching Spanish as a Second Language, Tourism Industry Contracts, Public Law of Tourism, Tourism Promotion Management, Quality Management of Hospitality Corporations, International Tourism Development, Psychology of Groups, Psychology of Personality, Couple Treatment and Therapy, Intelligence, and Psychology of Art.

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Cathedral and Arab Almudaina Palace

No wonder... The first time that a person sees the Mediterranean Sea from the top of the 16th Century walls of the old City of Palma, with the impressive Gothic Cathedral behind and the deep blue sea on the front, one can’t stop marveling and thinking how lucky Mallorcans are, being able to see this view every single day.

Eight students are undertaking internships this semester, and they have been attending interviews this week to start in the coming two weeks. Companies in which they will be interning are: Logitravel, Sol Melià, Santa Clara Urban Hotel, Palma Aquarium, M3Forum Events, Nixe Palace, Highlife Mallorca Events, Marina Hotels, Saint Michel Hotels, Amara marketing.  

You can see here pictures of some of the activities we have been doing so far:

BT Dinner first day

Orientation Tapas Dinner

Grupo 2

Bystander Intervention Workshop

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Biking along the Bay of Palma

This coming weekend we will participate in local Carnival, with parades and costumes. So in our next newsletter, we will share with you some great stories and more pictures.

Have a great semester!

Antonia Ferriol

CIEE Palma de Mallorca

  Uib campus

University Campus

 

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

11/27/2014

A Royal Thanksgiving for CIEE Palma de Mallorca: Queen Letizia shaking hands with CIEE staff

Today the Queen of Spain Doña Letizia visited the local University in Palma de Mallorca (UIB), in order to inaugurate the 17th National Congress of Voluntary Work and to award prizes to the non-profit organizations who have contributed with their work to a better world.

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This three-day solidary event happens to meet inside Arxiduc, the building of the Faculties of Tourism and Hospitality at the Universitat de les Illes Balears, where the CIEE office is located.

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CIEE staff and some of the CIEE students were able to see the Queen as this was a normal day for us, with classes and even a Thanksgiving celebration. The anecdote of the day is that one of the university students screamed at the Queen as she was passing by: “Letizia, qué guapa” (“Letizia, how beautiful”). So Doña Letizia turned back and came towards this student and decided to shake hands with two people, who happened to be Antonia and Susan, RD and RC of the CIEE program in Palma de Mallorca. The student who complimented the Queen with a “piropo” got a selfie with her. And after this encounter she went into the building for the inauguration. So we can say that the Queen of Spain Doña Letizia shaked hands with CIEE Palma staff.

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Ciee students and staff

After the excitement of meeting the Monarchy, we celebrated Thanksgiving US tradition with CIEE students eating a piece of pumking pie, a glass of a nice Spanish cava, and thanking for our lives in beautiful Mallorca!!! A very Royal Thanksgiving day for CIEE students!

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

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11/10/2014

Newsletter III, CIEE Palma de Mallorca, Fall 2014

We are half through the semester at the University of the Balearic Islands. I think it is a good moment to share with you some of the activities we have been doing since our last newsletter. And we will do it with images and a little bit of history…

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Sierra de Tramuntana, World Heritage Site since 2012. We got to visit the towers built in the 17th century to defend the villages on the coast from surprise corsair attacks, which usually happened in the nights. In 1558 Menorca lost half of its population due to these attacks. Therefore, the importance of these towers which were used to communicate with fire the imminent attack to all the other towers along the coast.

Foradada

In this excursion, we visited La Granja, a mansion and a farm with Muslim origins, which was rebuilt as we see it in the 17th century. We were able to learn about traditions and even try delicious buñuelos, a Mallorcan pastry which is eaten to celebrate the Day of the Virgins, a non-PC tradition in Mallorca, in which men sing to women and all together eat buñuelos. Evidently nowadays women sign serenades to men and of course men can cook buñuelos!

La granja

La granja 2

La granja noria

Tasting mallorcan buñuelos

We were also able to see how traditional blown glass is made at Lafiore factory, using a technique brought to Mallorca by the Phoenicians 200 years Before Christ.

Lafiore

During these months, we have visited the Cathedral, the Almudaina Palace, La Lonja, the Arab Baths, and the cloister convent of Santa Clara (where we got to buy pastries made by the nuns). We learnt the differences between Romanic and Gothic architecture, as well as the history of the Muslims and Christians in Mallorca. We wandered around the narrow streets (Arab design), and were able to see an arch from the Roman period of the city of Palma, which was actually founded by the Romans in year 123 BC.

Baños arabes

Palma Cathedral is known as the Cathedral of Light because Mediterranean light goes through the 87 stained glass windows and the 8 impressive rose windows, one of them the biggest of the Gothic world. It is also known as the Cathedral of Space, because it is said that with 43m of height is the gothic cathedral which with less stone embraces more useful space.

Catedral

Under La Almudaina Palace, rest prehistoric remains from the Talayotic period, as well as part of the Roman city, and the Muslim fortress. It is said that this is the building which, together with the Cathedral, can better tell the whole history of the city of Palma from its origins to contemporary Palma, as this is the place where the king and queen of Spain receive most important visits to Mallorca.

L'Almudaina

In September, students went on an excursion by boat from Soller to Torrent de Pareïs.

Sa calobra 1

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Language classes visited the family own Macià Batle winery and vineyards, and finished with a wine and food tasting.

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Macia 1

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On the Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos), students visited the cemetery with our Guardian Angel David. Students were impressed by the massive attendance of people to decorate with flowers the graves of their Dead Beloved ones. 

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Dia de los muertos

Our students keep learning about business and other matters at their internships: teaching "English as a Foreign Language" to children in a public local school, learning about how a small five star hotel functions at Urban Hotel Santa Clara and Hotel Palacio Ca Sa Galesa, and learning about development with non-profit Fundación Vicente Ferrer.

On their own, the group of students travelled to Menorca, which is not the typical trip our students usually do. They loved the island and had a wonderful experience with people from there as you can see below.

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Happy Thanksgiving and till next time! 

From Antonia Ferriol and the CIEE team in Palma de Mallorca 

Elizabeth ho en la catedral

One of our fall students enjoying her day 

by the Parque del Mar, down the Cathedral 

 

Visit CIEE Palma de Mallorca facebook group: 

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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

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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

We are half through the semester at the University of the Balearic Islands. I think it is a good moment to share with you some of the activities we have been doing since our last newsletter. And we will do it with images and a little bit of history…

Sierra de Tramuntana, World Heritage Site since 2012. We got to visit the towers built in the 17th century to defend the villages on the coast from surprise corsair attacks, which usually happened in the nights. In 1558 Menorca lost half of its population due to these attacks. Therefore, the importance of these towers which were used to communicate with fire the imminent attack to all the other towers along the coast, signed in the map.

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10/16/2014

Newsletter II, CIEE Palma de Mallorca, Spain, Fall 2014

Greetings from Antonia Ferriol, RD of CIEE Palma de Mallorca!

A month has passed since the day our students were nervous to meet their homestays at the orientation hotel, and since that first night when they were excited and a little bit afraid to try the different kind of Mallorcan tapas and pambolis. Now our students are settled in their Spanish home, know how to move around the intricate streets of Palma, have started to meet with their intercambio, and are attending regularly their CIEE and university classes.

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University Campus, picture by Dan Smith

CIEE language classes (Beginning Spanish, Intermediate Spanish, and Advanced Spanish Writing and Stylistics) visited the 15th century castle of the city of Palma.

Castle 2

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.

No wonder its name Bellver means “Beautiful view”.

Castle

This semester, CIEE students are enrolled in the following CIEE and UIB classes: Urban Geography, Tourism Marketing I, Memory and Cognition, Personality and Adaptation, Innovation Management, Philosophy of Politics, International Meetings and Event Planning, Palma in the Mediterranean, Beginning Spanish, Intermediate Spanish, Advanced Spanish Writing and Stylistics, and Introduction to Everyday Catalan.

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Four students are undertaking internships this semester. Keara is teaching "English as a Foreign Language" to children in a public local school, and so far she says she loves the experience. Bailey and Elizabeth are interning at the reception in Urban Hotel Santa Clara and Hotel Palacio Ca Sa Galesa. And Charlotte is interning at a non-profit organization which works with Anantapur in India, named Fundación Vicente Ferrer.

Group meeting

You can see here pictures of some of the activities we have been doing so far:

Nit de l'art

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Night of the Arts in Palma: Open Museums

Biking

Biking along the Bay of Palma

Festa del vermarGrape Harvest at the Village of Binissalem

Finally, last weekend we spent three days in the capital of Spain, Madrid. On top of the usual visits to the Museo del Prado and Museo Reina Sofía, the Retiro Park, and a guided tour of the historic center of Madrid, we ate churros con chocolate and tapas, and visited the Egyptian Debod temple.

 

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Chocolate churros
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Plaza españa

Palacio cristal

Retiro

This coming weekend we will explore Sierra de Tramuntana, World Heritage Site since 2012. So in our next newsletter, we will share with you some great stories and more pictures.

Have a great semester!

Antonia Ferriol

CIEE Palma de Mallorca

 

 

 

Visit CIEE Palma de Mallorca facebook group: 

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

Our blog:        

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

And our official websites:

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

09/12/2014

CIEE Palma de Mallorca Fall 2014 - FIRST DAY IN PALMA

Bailey, Charlotte, Cullen, Daniel, Elizabeth and Keara arrived yesterday into Palma de Mallorca. How exciting to meet at the Orientation Hotel and then wander around the old streets of Palma for the first time!

Plaza Mayor

 

Plaza Mayor 

The first time that a person sees the Mediterranean Sea from the top of the 16th Century walls of the old City of Palma, with the impressive Gothic Cathedral behind and the deep blue sea on the front, one can’t stop marveling and thinking how lucky Mallorcans are, being able to see this view every single day.

We ended the day having delicious Spanish tapas such as pulpo a la gallega, gambas al ajillo, pimientos de padrón, fiambres, tumbet, queso manchego, and more. And then of course a chocolate dessert, mouse de chocolate con nata, which has chosen unanimously by the six students.

Today students are spending the morning discovering Palma downtown with one of the Guardian Angels, David. And in the afternoon we have orientation sessions to help them prepare for a wonderful experience in Mallorca.

Have a great semester!
Antonia Ferriol, RD

CatedralCathedral (La Seu)

 

Visit CIEE Palma de Mallorca facebook group: 

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

Our blog:        

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

And our official websites:

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

09/04/2014

CIEE Students Integrating into Palma de Mallorca's Local Community and Lyfestyle, Spring 2014

Palma is a small enough community for our students to really integrate in the community life of the city, and participate individually or in groups in local events.

Several CIEE students joined an event in an elementary school named “English Day”, and devoted their morning to teach English to children with passion and dedication. They ended the morning event singing in a karaoke competition in front of all the school. And in the end they received a diploma by the Director of the school. This public school was very thankful to CIEE and our students for this voluntary work.

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Also, some students volunteered to do presentations in English about American culture at the University of the Balearic Islands, for students who are learning English.

Many of our students love hiking in the beautiful mountains of Mallorca and have completed the different series of trails along Sierra de Tramuntana, World Heritage Site for its natural and historical landmarks.

Another example of individual commitment to joining Palma events is Michelle, who run for the marathon of Palma, as you can see in the picture bellow.

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And our adventurous student Alex participated in a popular local event in a little own of Mallorca, Es Firó. During this festival, the inhabitants of Sóller re-enact the invasion of the Turkish and Algerian fleets of pirates and their successful defeat. Held with great passion, this colorful and realistic festival celebrates Sollerics’ cultural heritage while they dress up as both the invaders and the locals, in traditional costumes of the period (1561). You can see Alex bellow being “kidnapped” by the “enemy”, and more pictures she kindly shared with us.

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Visit CIEE Palma de Mallorca facebook group: 

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

Our blog:

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

And our official websites:

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

08/17/2014

Newsletter III: CIEE Summer 2014 in Palma de Mallorca

Session II included a wide diversity of activities, classes, excursions and field study visits. The first week, students had to absorb all the information about the program. We know is a challenge to adapt to a new place with differences in terms of culture and language, and we can say that all students succeeded in falling in love with the island and its traditions, while making local and CIEE friends with whom they have built an unforgettable study abroad experience.

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Apart from the orientation and the meeting with the homestays, students were introduced as well to the Guardian Angels. During this summer session we had the pleasure to count with four Spanish students: Rita, Juanma, Tere and Marc. They helped CIEE students to find the easiest way to move around the city, and this is something students appreciate a lot because it gives them confidence and security.

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Students shared not only the experience of walking around downtown, but also the opportunity to experience different activities together such as biking along Palma´s bay, watching Spanish movies to get closer to Spanish culture as portrayed in films, going out to eat Tapas on Tuesday night, and exploring beautiful beaches near Palma.

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FIELD VISITS

Students of Session II met those CIEE students from session I who stayed in Palma, not only because they shared classes together, but because they shared excursions and activities organized by CIEE.

During summer session II, we offered the following four classes:

 Mediterranean Marine Environment

Advanced Spanish

Globalization, Human Migration and Tourism: the case of the Balearic Islands

Internship Seminar

Some of our classes in Palma are focused on providing students a different and in depth perception of Mallorca’s history, economy, and natural environment. Interactive experiences make our classes alive, and help students connect with the local Spanish community, so they learn Spanish, history, biology, economy and tourism from direct exposure to Palma de Mallorca's heritage and current daily life.

ADVANCED SPANISH

VISIT TO THE MARKET

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The purpose of the visit to the main market in Palma is using Spanish language in a real and everyday life environment. The market is noisy and live. It says much about the local way of living. Students have to communicate with people at the market, ask what they want, and recognize Mallorca’s local products.

PHOTO MARATHON & CATHEDRAL/ALMUDAINA PALACE VISIT

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In this activity, students need to find places, monuments, objects, and cultural stories, and popular legends. It’s challenging, especially if you don’t know well the directions around the city. It requires talking with people on the streets in order to find out where places are. A real interactive activity which students enjoyed very much.

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Exploring and understanding the importance of Palma’s Cathedral is essential to learn part of Mallorca’s history and culture. The jewel of Palma, “La Seu”, an astonishing and spectacular cathedral located in front of the sea, is one of the most prestigious and appreciated cathedrals in Gothic architecture. Afterwards, students visit La Almudaina, a royal palace with Arab origins, currently used by the Spanish monarchy as official residence for important diplomatic events.

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MARINE ENVIRONMENT

SA DRAGONERA AND THE NATURAL SCIENCE MUSEUM

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The study field activity consisted on visiting Sa Dragonera Natural Park. Six kilometers long and crowned by an ancient watchtower, Sa Dragonera takes its name from its shape, said to resemble a dragon. It’s possible to visit it in summer by boat from Sant Elm. Flora and fauna of Dragonera are similar to those of Mallorca, although in the island students can find some protected species.

11The Balearic Museum of Natural Sciences is dedicated to the study, conservation, and the divulgation of nature within the Balearic islands

LIMIA LAB/CABRERA AND PALMA AQUARIUM

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LIMIA LAB (Laboratorio de Investigaciones Marinas y Acuicultura)

located in Port de Andratx

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Cabrera Archipelago Maritime-Land National Park is an important ecosystem for the fauna and flora. There are more than 450 plant species and it is a strategic point for many birds during their migration.

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The aquarium in Mallorca operates with one main objective to spread awareness, knowledge and admiration for the beauty of the marine world.

GLOBALIZATION

CALVIA-MAGALUF/ HISTORIC CENTER/MALLORCA’S HINTERLAND

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Students visit the tourist destination of Magaluf, the Mecca of mass tourism, most probably the most well-known Spanish resort in the United Kingdom, in order to get to know the ins and outs of a mature sun and beach tourist destination first hand.

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The second visit of this class provided a taste of the countryside. Students visited Mallorca's hinterland, normally portrayed as one of the last unspoiled picturesque territories of the Island. The tour consisted of a mishmash of contrasting experiences such as walking through villages of the area, dropping by a market, meeting local organic producer.

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And the last trip was to the historic centre of Palma, the capital of Mallorca and of the Balearic Islands. The aim of this visit was to show how tourism morphs the city, how the centre became such and what makes it historic.

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INTERNSHIPS

 Three students interned at different companies in Mallorca. One student worked at Amara Marketing performing the following tasks: TV Channel 4 in Mallorca: helping prepare material for a website for this TV channel, finding vimeo videos, looking up events and posting them in their website, research on logotypes and presentations for Trablisa, and translation support for TV commercials.

Another student worked at Puro Hote doing contracts, budgets, and fliers for clients and for Opium Bar, helping to design a visual manual for the cafeteria, translations, reservations, templates, running errands, and assisting with events.

And the third student did her internship at Brujula Technology Solutions (www.brujula.es) dedicated to technology development for tourism companies such as Barceló, Iberia, Sol Melià. She entered reservations info for Barcelo Hotels and solved complaints, audited their website offers and put info in excel sheet (she had to look for cheaper prices on the competitors, and eliminate past offers).

The three students loved the most the people and the work environment. 

EXCURSIONS

SANTANYI/CALA FIGUERA/CALA MONDRAGÓ

The first excursion of Session II was to Santanyi, Cala Figuera and Cala Mondragó.

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Santanyi is a small town where art seems to play a central role and you can find many types of galleries and workshops in the narrow alleys of this quiet country town.

Cala Mondragó is an unspoiled beach in the south of the island, declared natural park.

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The astonishing blue color of the Mediterranean sea impressed students, which described Cala Mondragó as their favorite in Mallorca by the end of the summer.

SIERRA DE TRAMUNTANA

The group explored Tramuntana Mountain Range and its little villages, recently declared Natural and Historical World Heritage Site.

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From Andratx to Deià, students visited different watch towers (Torre des Verger, Es Grau), a viewpoint (Sa Foradada), and the town and beautiful beach of Deià.

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FAREWELL

As everything in life, there is an ending, a time to look back and be thankful for the experience. Now it comes a time of reflection about those things we learnt, about the people that shared moments with us, and about what it is that everyone takes back home with them forever. 

GOOD LUCK! STUDENTS OF SUMMER SESSION II 2014. PALMA DE MALLORCA WILL BE ALWAYS HERE FOR YOU!

UNDERTHE WATERMediterranean Marine visit to Blue Cave in Cabrera

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