Great things you can’t miss while you are in Palma de Mallorca with CIEE, by Jimm Watt (alumni)
Semester: Spring 2008
Program: Liberal Arts
School: University of Colorado at Boulder
Go to all of them. You never will be able to rent a car and drive to Formentor another time. Go to EVERY one of your excursions with CIEE. First off you paid for them, second your parents want to see some good pictures, and third because you will see how amazing this island is. Go to everything. You will learn so much about Mallorca and Spain from Antonia and Susan or who ever goes on the trip with you. If you have an excursion to Madrid or a big city, there is absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t go. Madrid is AWESOME.
I could name off a bunch of great restaurants or beaches but I think this is something you need to learn. Walk within the city all the time just browsing and really becoming a local.
What I will mention are great things you can’t miss while you are there.
RCD Mallorca – Go to a soccer game. I went with some kids in my class and had a great time.
Ferias de Abril – This is a huge celebration. You will see everyone there and it lasts for 1 week almost. Go at least 3 times and have fun.
Es Trenc Beach – You can take a bus there and it is hands down, the best beach on the Island.
Magaluf – When it gets into season, go party crazy in Magaluf. You take the 10PM bus to there and the 6AM back. It’s a place for English tourists and gets rowdy but is a good time.
Get a Spanish cell phone. Don’t try to use your American phone. You need a Spanish phone to keep in contact with everyone you meet. MSN Messenger is basically the AIM of Europe. Everyone has it and it is a great way to keep in contact with people during the day. People don’t use their cell phones as much in Spain, so using MSN is crucial. It’s called hotmail windows messenger.
There is so much more I can say about my experience and my recommendations. But I think this is enough. I just wanted to give you these aspects so it can give you some sort of direction. To end this, all I can say is really open yourself up. Get out of your comfort zone and push yourself to be the most productive person while you are there. It’s definitely going to be tough the first month or two while you try to adapt. You’re going to miss you friends, your family, and the American college life. You kind of are in a real world setting as you live on your own in a different country. This experience is going to further prepare you for your life. Try to get through the tough times you have and realize the bigger picture of this opportunity. Once you get to that point, it’s all up hill and you will have the best time of your life. Take advantage of it all.