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4 posts from February 2012

02/27/2012

Fairs, Festivals and Markets 1, by Toni Vives (Professor at CIEE Palma de Mallorca, Spain)

Toni 2Name: Antoni Vives Reus

Professor at CIEE Palma de Mallorca

Fairs, festivals, and markets have played a part in the life of Balearic society for centuries. Deeply rooted in the history of the Islands, they are an important reflection of the culture of the Western Mediterranean. This is the first article of a series. Today I will tell you about markets in Mallorca.

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Some markets can trace their origins back to the era of King Jaime II in early Mediaeval times. In fact, a large number of those that are still celebrated today – that may not date back that far – are at least a century old. As elsewhere, markets held on the Islands are occasions when manufacturers, producers, intermediaries and customers meet for trading purposes. In the Balearics, goods on sale are frequently related to agriculture or the fishing industries.

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Nowadays, the vast majority of towns and villages have a weekly market. Two of the markets which have a lengthy tradition and which have been going from strength to strength in recent years are that of Sineu which is held every Wednesday, and that of Santa Maria del Camí, which takes place every Sunday morning. Both are significant because of the high number of marketeers and visitors who flock to the stalls.

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Visit CIEE Palma de Mallorca facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/155911482876

And our official websites:

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


02/20/2012

Hasta luego y te amo Mallorca, my experience with CIEE Palma de Mallorca, by A Morgan (Spring 2011)

Andrea 1

Name: Andea Morgan

Semester: Spring 2011 Liberal Arts

School: Gustavus Adolfus College

So. I´ve got about 17 hours left in Palma. I seriously can´t believe it (super cliché, yes. I know). I completely remember my cab ride from the airport to Hotel Jaime. I hadn´t slept in about 24 hours (something I would soon become a bit more accustomed to), but...

when I saw the Catedral for the first time, I was in love. "I didn´t even know where to look, because everything was so beautiful" I found that quote in one of my first blogs, and while Palma is just as beautiful as it´s always been, it has become much more normal. I am used to walking along the ocean and seeing the Catedral reflected in the water. I am no longer a tourist here, because while I know it is beautiful, I don´t feel the need to take a picture of it everytime I see it. It does make me very nostalgic, however to see the new students, and how exited they are. They´re doing everything I was when I first got here, and I remember being them (has it seriously been 5 months??).

So much has changed, and I´ve learned SO much since January-more than I´d ever imagined I´d do. I´ve visited 6 cities in 4 different countries with 5 different languages and 2 different currencies. I´ve visited 8 world famous cathedrals, 5 museums with artworks like the Mona Lisa and Michelangelo´s David, and I´ve visited 2 Arab palaces. I´ve lived with a Spanish family in 2 different houses. I´ve climbed mountains, swam in the Mediterranean sea at midnight, explored caves, partied until 7 am, ridden a train (and been threatened with the police by an Italian train conductor); I´ve had an infinite number of transportation fails, and I´ve explored foreign cities. I´ve taken a Salsa class and learned to cook Spanish food. I´m so much more independent now than I was when I came here, it´s unbelievable to me. All of this in only 5 months, and I'm still not done yet! I am so lucky and I seriously can´t believe my life.

I cannot say how glad I am to have been able to study in Palma. This experience has been absolutely spectacular and I couldn´t be happier. I´m really sad to be leaving Mallorca-I´ve fallen in love, but as much as I love it, I am so excited to see my family and friends again, and to return to a university that I love as well (I´m a Junior now? what?) and to do some more travelling as well (Edinburgh, Amsterdam, Paris, London, and Dublin, here I come!)

I wanted to do a little post to organize my thoughts-I have such mixed feelings right now- and to kind of sum up (as if it were even possible) my semester. I do plan on continuing to update this blog as I travel around more, but this will be my last post from Palma de Mallorca.

Hasta luego; te quiero Mallorca

 

 

Visit CIEE Palma de Mallorca facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/155911482876

And our official websites:

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

02/13/2012

One more week with CIEE Palma de Mallorca, by A Morgan, June 5 (Sp 11)


Andrea 1

Name: Andea Morgan

Semester: Spring 2011 Liberal Arts

School: Gustavus Adolfus College

Totally have mixed feelings about that. On one hand, I´m leaving my little island for an indefinite amount of time, which is very sad. Chelsea is leaving me on Tuesday which is also very sad. I just got a new host sister who is super sweet and very fun, and now I have to leave which is sad again. On the other hand: I´m going to Scotland again, then Amsterdam, Paris, London, and Ireland. Not upsetting at all. Also, I get to go home and see all my favorite people :D. So I´m definitely conflicted, but generally just excited about what´s going on for this next month.

Anyway, pensive time is over. Yesterday, the summer batch of students arrived, and my stay overlaps with them a little bit, so for the next week, I have a "sister" named Ariel. So, she got in around 8 last night with Rosario with more luggage than I brought for the entire semester (!) I had such a nice time at dinner with her and Rosario :) Her Spanish is pretty beginner, but it was such a good time.

Then, she said she and her friends wanted to go out, which was super shocking to me, because I remember when I got here, all I wanted to do was sleep. But, being a good sister, we went out together with a few of her friends, who were totally not prepared for how late nights get here. It was so much fun, and it definitely made me sad that I don´t get to stay and be friends with these people.

I´m trying to enjoy my last few days here in Palma and not be too sad that I´m leaving.

02/06/2012

Chocolate con churros, by A Morgan, June 3 (Sp 11)

Andrea 1Name: Andea Morgan

Semester: Spring 2011 Liberal Arts

School: Gustavus Adolfus College

Yesterday was really fun. First, I met up with Chelsea, Lynne, Brittany, and Amit to go to this place called Rosaleda. It´s Chelsea´s favorite churro place, and since she is leaving so soon, we figured it was only fitting ot go there! I had never been, so that was really fun. We got chocolate and churros, and it was really just ridiculous. So good. The "hot chocolate" is really more of a melted chocolate bar into which you dip the churros. Definitely not healthy, but also definitely delicious.

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Then, we all headed to Agua bar for the last Ladies' Night. Normally I really hate Agua Bar, but yesterday was actually really fun. The bartenders were still rude, but the few of us who went were able to just hang out for a couple of hours, and it was really fun.


After Agua Bar, we headed to this Indian restaurant on Paseo to get some food before heading to Le Suite. It was about 11:30 at this time, so we were the only ones in there. Also, our waiter was quite attractive, and Brittany kept hitting on him. We headed over to Le Suite to dance for a while. I had a lot of fun, and didn´t make it home until around 7am. It was light out, and kind of strange, because I haven´t done that in a while.