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4 posts from December 2014

12/21/2014

DESPEDIDAS, CIEE Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Kathleen davinName: Kathleen Davin

School: Cornell University

El tiempo me ha pasado volando! At risk of sounding, cliché, time flies! The good news is I finished my last final and presentation today. The bad news is I only have four days left to say goodbye to some of my favorite places, people, and memories. This past weekend and the week ahead have been and will be full of goodbyes with some last minute sites and excursions around the island.

This Saturday, our group headed off to a “bodega” or winery about thirty minutes outside of Palma. Drinking wine at 11am may only be acceptable in Spain. We spent a few hours getting a Spanish tour of the processing facilities and then sitting down and enjoying a tasting of some great wines and Mallorquín snacks from everything from cheese with a spicy honey to olive tapenade and various olive oils. ¡Qué ricos! Later that night, we enjoyed a huge Italian dinner to say goodbye to some of our favorite professors and mentors in the program. Definitely a day full of delicious food and great Spanish conversations!

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Sunday was another morning full of Mallorquín delicacies, as we went to a market in the small town of Santa María for my Catalan class. We had a lot of fun attempting to ask for different fruits and vegetables in Catalan and joking around with the vendors in a mix of Castellano and Catalan. 

As it comes closer to my departure, the days seem to be getting shorter and shorter. There are so many things I’ll miss about Mallorca and España from the morning café con leches to the wonderful friends from all over the world I’ve made here. Tonight I went for about a two hour walk around Palma with a friend, enjoying the Christmas lights, people watching, and as always finding new places to explore. The week ahead will include some last-minute Christmas shopping, visits to some of our favorite bars and sites throughout the city, and of course sad goodbyes. 

Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad, y Bon Nadal!

Y a España, hasta luego!

 

Visit CIEE Palma de Mallorca facebook group: 

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

Our blog:

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

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

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

 

 

 

12/16/2014

THE HILLS ARE ALIVE… CIEE Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Kathleen davinName: Kathleen Davin

School: Cornell University

Hey everyone,

I can’t believe I only have two weeks left here! Time has really flown and it’s hard to think about the semester coming to a close and leaving the city and friends I’ve come to love. The good news is I’ll be back home by a warm fire with Christmas music and family in such a short time. And getting into that Christmas spirit, this weekend I headed off to Munich, Germany with 5 other friends from Palma. It was a weekend full of Christmas, snow, and pretzels with beer!

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After arriving late Wednesday night we woke up early Thursday to head off to the BMW museum where they had a great Rolls Royce exhibit aside from the incredible display of BMWs throughout the years. Definitely a museum my dad would have loved! We also checked out OlympiaPark where the summer Olympic Games were held in Munich in 1972.

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After a delicious meal of spaetzle from a classic German restaurant, we explored some of the Christmas markets trying some lebkuchen (a type of gingerbread) and exploring the endless array of vendors with ornaments and other German products.

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Friday, we spent the entire day at Dachau concentration camp, the first Nazi concentration camp opened in Germany in 1933 intended to hold political prisoners. We took an all day tour of the grounds which was somber, but also fascinating to learn so much about the atrocities that happened over the years and where the events fit into the history of the war. 32,000 deaths were documented at the camp and countless others remain undocumented. Aside from the 25% of Jews that were imprisoned at Dachau, endless groups of political dissenters, priests, prisoners of war, homosexuals, and Gypsies, among others were killed there. Going there felt like a step back in time to the cruel reality that so many there faced every day.

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After a pretty grim day, we ended the night at a festive bierhalle for a few hours. Saturday we made a spontaneous decision to hop on a train to Salzburg, Austria (birthplace of Mozart and setting of the Sound of Music) where we passed the day exploring even more Christmas markets, climbing halfway up to the fortress overlooking the incredible views, and exploring all around the beautiful city.

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Though we faced bitter cold weather, I had such a fun weekend exploring another part of Europe. It was the perfect final trip to end my adventures abroad. The next two weeks start final exams and projects galore, but I’ll be sure to squeeze in some adventures in between!

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Til next time! And as they say in Germany, Froehliche Weihnachten!!

However, it did feel good to get back to Palma tonight. Tomorrow I have a day off from classes so we’re planning on going to Las Cuevas del Drach which are supposed to be some beautiful caves about an hour away on the island. I’ll be sure to let you all know how they are! :)

Visit CIEE Palma de Mallorca facebook group: 

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

Our blog:

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

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

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

 

12/12/2014

DE SÓLLER A DEIÁ, CIEE Palma de Mallorca

Kathleen davinName: Kathleen Davin

School: Cornell University 

Well it finally happened. I finally experienced cold weather in Mallorca. Or around 55 degree weather, which is still pretty cold by our standards.

Yesterday, we left the sunny familiarity of Palma, for an overnight hiking excursion with our group. We started our Saturday afternoon in the Puerto de Sóller right on the water. From there we hiked for a few hours and arrived at a refuge right next to a lighthouse. The views were spectacular and we had a great night of chatting, playing card games, and star gazing while dreaming of hot tubs and hot chocolate. The wind and cold were pretty harsh since we were right on the water, but it was a welcome change from the heat.

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the lighthouse next to our refugio for the night

After a good night of sleep (sleeping on the top bunk in a room full of about 20 people), we left the next morning to complete our hike to Deiá.  We ate lunch in the town of Deiá, grabbed a hot coffee at a café, and jumped on the bus to head back to Palma. We were all pretty exhausted and had a large cloud of homework looming over our heads.

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It’s been a pretty jam packed weekend. Friday I went on a field trip with my Entrepreneurship and Innovation class to a waste management facility of all places! I expected to hate it, but it was probably one of the most interesting companies I’ve ever visited. Named Tirme, the company was one of the first “zero waste” garbage facilities in the world. Because of the tourism Mallorca sees during the summer, they generate a huge amount of waste during those peak months. Tirme focuses on separating all this garbage and converting it all to something reusable. It was incredible to see a company on a small isolated island in Spain value sustainability this much.

So much basura at Tirme!!

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A view of Sóller from above

Definitely an exciting weekend, but now it’s time to get down to some homework and head out to our Spanish mass at the Cathedral. ¡Hasta luego!

 

Visit CIEE Palma de Mallorca facebook group: 

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

Our blog:

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

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

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

 

 

12/05/2014

SANGRE, SANGRÍA Y SANTOS, CIEE Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Kathleen davinName: Kathleen Davin

School: Cornell University

Hey everyone!

The past couple weeks have been a great chance to explore Palma, relax in between travelling adventures, and of course brush up on my Spanish. I’ve been spending a lot of time at meetings with my “intercambio” (a local language partner), enjoying some Spanish movies and books, and I even started a job tutoring English. The tourists have started to filter out of the city as the cold weather comes (cold meaning around 70 degrees Fahrenheit!). It’s been great to relax at the beach and go for walks around the city without all the crowds.

Today, I want to talk about a holiday weekend for Spaniards. Ity was Halloween, but more importantly Friday brought All Saints’ Day, and Saturday, All Souls’ Day. For most Spaniards this is a chance for them to honor their dead by going to the cemetery and spending time with family. We also discovered, that Halloween is celebrated a little bit differently here than in the US. Instead of the Americanized costumes that have veered away from scary towards more funny and provocative, the Spanish really go all out with the gore. On Thursday, we went to the last open night at one of the most popular discotecas in Palma, Tito’s. Literally everyone in the club was covered in fake blood, scary makeup, and terrifying masks and costumes. 

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Yesterday, a few friends and I headed out to Sollér, a picturesque village on the water that is really popular on Saturdays for its outdoor market. We took the oldest train in Palma to get there which took us on a scenic route through mountains and small towns. Once in the town, we explored the market and grabbed a coffee at a great café. Then we made the long trek to the Port of Sollér where we unfortunately failed to accomplish our original plan of getting kayaks, as they were closing down for the day. We did, however, enjoy chatting and relaxing on the beach. 

A few friends and I have made it our goal to go church hopping every Sunday night. Last weekend we went to mass in the Catedral. It was a great chance to listen to some new Spanish and enjoy the beauty without all the tourists. Who knows…maybe I’ll try out a Catalan mass at some point! Right now the extend of my Catalan includes the alphabet, your basic greetings and members of the family, but it’s getting there! If not, it’s still really interesting just to see the similarities with Spanish and struggle completely with the French-like accent.

Anyway, between seeing sunsets at the beach, drinking café con leches for hours at cafés, and learning new things every day about Spanish and other cultures, I can’t complain! 

Hope you all had a fun Halloween! Can’t believe it’s already November!

 

 

Visit CIEE Palma de Mallorca facebook group: 

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

Our blog:

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

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

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