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6 posts from May 2012

05/29/2012

Cuando no hay hombres, no hay guerra, by Rhonda Crittle, CIEE Palma de Mallorca

The guys were unable to make it this morning, so it was just us chicas. We took a bus ride up north to Alcúdia to visit the Roman ruins called Pol-léntia or Pollença. This included la Portella, el Forum, and el Teatro. We were literally standing in the middle of ancient history! After, we toured the surrounding city and local market. It was crowded, but nice to see all the vendors, locals, and many tourists. This northern part of Mallorca is popular amongst tourist of all walks of life. Luckly, with great timing, we were able to experience a mass in the local Catholic church. I was right back in Ms. Bucci's Spanish class, "En el nombre de Padré, el Hijo, y el Espíritu Santo."

When we were done taking in all the history and crowds, we headed to the beach of course, La Playa de Alcúdia. I love how the weather is perfect on every beach here even when the sun isn't shinning. It came and went throughout our stay. I mostly walked along the beach and took photos of the view. I tried to capture all the colors and landscape but still did it no justice. It was that pretty!

Leaving Alcúdia, we went to Formentor, also known as the top of the island. It was unreal, breath-taking. We were able to drive up so high and then walk higher to take in all the beauty. I loved every second of it.

In Formentor, we went to a second beach, una playa especial. We actually drove to a higher altitude to get to it! It was just as lovely.

05/22/2012

Biking Palma de Mallorca with CIEE, by Ronda Crittle

We had a blast today riding along the Mediterranean coast. We biked for about an hour up the coast to another beach near the airport. There, we had some delicious refreshments and relaxed on the beach before returning to central Palma.

Get READY,

 Biking 1
Get SET,

 

Biking 2

Get GELATO!

Biking 3
Biking 4


 

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05/18/2012

Moment of the day, by Rhonda Crittle, CIEE Palma de Mallorca

I found this little guy on the stairs in our building, coming home today. We startled each other. However, he was so cute that I just had to take a picture and share his close-up as the moment of the day!

Moment of the day

 

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05/15/2012

From campus in Palma de Mallorca to the beach with CIEE guardian angel, by Rhonda Crittle

We took the Metro to campus to see it for the first time, La Universitat de Les Illes Balears (UIB). Here is the School of Hotel Management.

Uib campus 1

We had lunch then hit the beach, la playa!

Illetas
Down the bus and walking to Illetas Beach

Illetas 2

At the beach

Illetas 3
Illetas 4

 

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05/08/2012

Hello lovely CIEE Palma people, Suggestions by Jillian Twardowski (Denison University)

Hiking in MallorcaI spent 10 months in Palma an every single day I dream about going back, it absolutely changed my life. Suggestions for you: 
1. Go to agua bar. Every Thursday is ladies night from 7-9. Free wine and cava for the ladies. Also the bartenders are awesome guys from NY and they have great live music on Sunday's.
2. For active people: my FAVORITE activity was running along the med past the cathedral. Also biking to arenal is a bit of a hike but a bike is 50cents and it makes for a great day.
3. HIT THAT PASEO! Clubs are so fun, but prices are expensive. Surely go to titos once for the experience, but once is enough. La suite is free and fabulous. Also keep in mind (this took me months to get used to) don't start drinking at 8 like we do here (you will die) in Spain it's very typical to go out around to and come back around 6, I'm confident you'll get the hang of it.
Beach
La Playa!!!!!
4. Hang with Erasmus kids! I have great friends I'll never forget all over the world now. It's so fun and you'll learn so much about other cultures, while getting to practice Spanish. 2 of my best friends were Spanish and I still talk to them constantly.
5. EAT nomnom the food is so amazing, I learned how to cook from my host mom, and I use her recipes and tips ALL the time here. Gaining weight is what abroad is for. The food in America will suck forever once you've eaten in Europe.
Abc
Erasmus ABC (anything but clothes) party
6. Travel-- around Europe and on the island. Especially on the island. There are some beautiful places, I highly recommend Cala Varques, my favorite beach, and also Formentera. Take advantage of it. Also Dublin and Italy are amazing!
7. Spend time with and bond with your host fam. I absolutely loved my host family and miss them every day. You'll learn so much about Spanish culture and your speaking ability will skyrocket.
Saint Johns celebration
Fire Dance
8. Do the tapas route on Tuesday's- 2 euro for a tapa and glass of caña (beer) or wine. Really fun and a great way to spend time with friends and meet new people.
9. Explore-- get on buses, go on walks/runs/bike rides. There's so much to see and it's so different from America.
10. Immerse yourself-- you will all bond so much in the CIEE group and will love Antonia and Susan. But you need to hang with Spanish people your age too. It's really the best way to learn the language, and they'll be eager to help you.
11. Finally (promise I'll shut up now) do not waste a minute. Go to the beach, make friends, go to all of Palma's awesome festivals and hang out at the cathedral at night (not alone) and take it all in. Whether you have a resaca (hangover) are tired, sick, don't waste any time, because it flies.
Student with her homestay sister
My host sister and I making a ginger bread house during christmas time
If anyone has any other questions feel free to ask any of us in the Facebook Group “Amigos de CIEE Palma de Mallorca”: http://www.facebook.com/groups/155911482876 
Also I have about 7465836 pictures in Facebook, from my time in Palma, so if you wanna stalk them no shame in the awkward we dont' actually know each other, friend request!
 

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05/01/2012

Fairs, Festivals and Markets 7, by Toni Vives (Professor at CIEE Palma de Mallorca, Spain)

Foto toni blogOne of the original elements of the festivals and traditions of the Balearic Islands is its folk dancing which is rooted in ancient folklore surrounding gods and godesses of the harvest. Above all, the dance of the cossiers, an eye-catching ritual akin to Morris dancing, features a central female figure protected from a «devil» by three pairs of male dancers dressed in white tops and trousers with coloured belts. The cossier dancers are most well known for their performances in Algaida, Montuïri, Alaró, Manacor and Pollença.

 

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Also worth a mention are the cavallets - the «little horse» dancers of Felanitx, a tradition which dates from 1671. The dancers, wearing a hobby horse costume, can be seen during the Felanitx-based festivals of San Augustín; Santa Margarita and in the Festival of the Bulls held every year on 28th August when the small bullring in Felanitx is opened up for a bullfight for just one day a year. Local people dress up according to their different clan colours and there is much merry-making in the streets. A variation of this dance can be seen in other parts of the Island but it has had the longest association with Felanitx.156_004070

 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