Name: Sara Prust
University: University of Purdue
I went on a little solo adventure this Sunday to a new place on the island called Cala D’or. It was a long bus ride, and hour and a half, and I fought with the weather but it was definitely worth it!
There are actually seven calas, or coves, in this area. The bus dropped off right in front of Cala D’or but I accidentally got off at the stop before it. Thankfully, a kind older man noticed that I was dressed for the beach and walked me in the right direction. He was very familiar with the area and gave me some tips about which beach is best. He even complemented my Spanish which always makes my day because it does not come easily.
Map of all the calas
I explored Cala Llonga, Cala D’or, Cala Gran, and Cala Esmeralda. Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to see Cala Ferrera or Serena. But hey, now I have a excuse to go back!
The temperature was much lower than I expected and unfortunately I was wearing shorts and a bathing suit. I spent the first half hour searching through tourist shops to find some pants. At this point, it had started to rain, I was cold and decided to grab a coffee to warm up and dry off.
By the time I finished my coffee, the sun came out! I was so excited so I hurried out, back to the beach to explore. The coolest part about this area is all of the rocky peninsulas that protect the coves. You can adventure from cala to cala by hiking and climbing all along the rocks. I can not tell you how cool this was. The views were incredible and I was just living on cloud nine!
Exploring the Peninsulas
I think my favorite feature of the island of Mallorca is the mountainous rocky terrain juxtaposed to the clear, turquoise mediterranean sea. I can not get enough of it! I often see the quote that says “Do more of what make you happy”, and this just really made me happy.
So the rain had stopped, and I had been exploring for about two hours along the peninsulas and the calas, and it started to sprinkle again. I didn’t worry much, expecting it to pass over and bring more sun. But then, I heard thunder! At this point I was at the tip of a peninsula, at least a twenty minute hike from the closest cala, or beach. So off I went, speed hiking and jumping from rock to rock. I was actually just loving the adventure and the feel of the light rain on my skin and the wind whipping my hair. As I turned a corner, practically rock climbing along the ridge, I saw a man fishing and said “Hola”. I stepped to walk behind him and almost squashed the big fish he had just caught! He laughed at my surprised reaction.
Enjoying a little bit of the Sunshine
Just a few moments later, I reached the cala just in time to hustle to catch the bus home. At this point, it was raining but not pouring. About a minute after I had boarded the bus, it started to downpour. I had just made it, thank goodness!
Even though I had some trouble with the weather, I loved the adventure! This part of the island is absolutely breathtaking, the water is crystal clear and blue. The perfect way to spend my Sunday!
Today, I think I was most thankful for my rain jacket because without the jacket I would have been frozen and soaked. I am also thankful for my iPhone camera because I could attempt to capture the beauty that I saw, even though the the pictures don’t do it justice. Oh man, I just love this island! A huge thanks to everyone who helped me get here. I really am so grateful for you supporting me and helping me have the opportunity to explore the world. Being abroad is without a doubt the coolest experience I have had in my life.
Until next time!
Besos y hasta luego, Señorita Sara
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