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4 posts from August 2015

08/27/2015

Another Day, Another Beach, by Naomi Pohl - Summer with CIEE Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Sundays are the days that all Palma residents descend on the beaches to unwind, so naturally I had to do the same. Yesterday my friends and I wanted to go somewhere completely new since we had the entire day free. We decided upon Cala d’Or, which is on the eastern side of the island. I hadn’t heard much about it (except that it’s secluded and beautiful…surprise surprise) but I was excited to explore a new part of the island.

The bus ride to Cala d’Or took an hour and a half from Palma, so I can see why it’s “secluded” and isn’t as frequented as the Illetas. We got off the bus and were surrounded by beautiful white buildings; I’ve never been to Greece, but I imagine Cala d’Or’s architecture is very similar. After stopping for fresh fruit at a small supermarket we wound through the back streets of Cala d’Or to the beach. It was breathtaking. The water looked like pool water–calm, clear, and perfectly turquoise. The sides of the beach were lined with rocky cliffs and huge gorgeous homes. Almost every house had a little stairway leading directly to the ocean. I hadn’t seriously thought about my retirement plans until seeing that beach.

Eating cherries by the beach.

Eating cherries by the beach.

The beautiful, secluded beach of Cala d'Or.

The beautiful, secluded beach of Cala d’Or.

A woman relaxes in the ocean.

A woman relaxes in the ocean.

On monday we didn’t have class until 3, so we decided to check out the Cathedral. I live a five minute walk from the Cathedral but haven’t been inside yet–this was a much needed visit. The inside was much larger than I had imagined (71 ft-tall columns, almost as tall as the Milan Duomo’s columns!), and the stained glass windows were more brightly colored than any I have seen. I learned that a few of the windows have recently been created by Majorcan artist Miquel Barcelo. Actually, when I walked into the main section of the Cathedral I thought that someone had set up rainbow lights to shine on the opposite wall, but it was just the sunlight streaming through the stained glass. The effect was beautiful. The Cathedral was built in the early 13th century, which amazes me…and it took a casual three centuries to build.

I came home to a lunch of pasta with homemade pesto and one of those simple but delicious salads, which was perfect fuel for a three hour class. Today’s class was on the smaller marine organisms; we began with femtoplankton (the smallest marine organisms!) and worked our way up to small benthic organisms. I like Professor Mateu’s teaching style because he makes a conscious effort to ask us lots of questions. Instead of telling us the adaptations that plankton have acquired to be able to float, he will ask us. It makes the class much more interesting and interactive. Tomorrow’s lecture will continue with the discussion of larger marine organisms.

After class Sam and I took a long winding route home and stopped to souvenir shop. Overall a very productive day; can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings!

Sunlight streams into Catedral de Mallorca.

Sunlight streams into Catedral de Mallorca.

Morning light on the cathedral walls.

Morning light on the cathedral walls.

A small side street vendor selling postcards.

A small side street vendor sells postcards.

Exploring a handmade glass goods shop in central Palma.

Exploring a handmade glass goods shop in central Palma.

Visit CIEE Palma de Mallorca:

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

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/cieepalma

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

http://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/spain/palma-de-mallorca/palma-to-kralendijk-summer-marine-science

 

08/20/2015

HOLA A TODOS/ HI EVERYONE, BY CAROLINE SCHULTE - CIEE PALMA DE MALLORCA 2015

*If you don’t speak/ read Spanish- scroll for an english translation*

Ya termina mi primera semana en Palma de Mallorca. Estoy viviendo con una familia mallorquina- María es muy simpática y me trata como su propia hija. Tengo tres compañeros en mi programa y a ellos me encantan mucho- se llaman Bronte, Chris y Emily y ellos están en mi clase de los Modos de Comunicación en España. Cuando no estamos en clase- hacemos excursiones con nuestra ángel guardian que se llama Alba. Ella es nuestra edad y está en su tercera año de la universidad. Voy a escribir sobre todas mis aventuras en Mallorca. Las primeras postas será sobre mis primeros días en Mallorca. No olvidas que hay un galleria de photos en mi página también. ¡Hasta pronto!

My first week in Mallorca is over. I am living with a family from Mallorca- María is very nice and she treats me like I’m her own daughter. I have three other people in my program and I really like all of them- their names are Bronte, Chris and emily and they are in my class- Spain and the Media. When we aren’t in class- we go on excursions with our guardian angel- her name is Alba. She is our age and will be a junior in college this year. I will be writing about all of my adventures in Mallorca The first posts will all be about my first week here. Don’t forget that there is a photo gallery on my page too! See you soon!

 

Visit CIEE Palma de Mallorca:

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

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/cieepalma

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

http://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/spain/palma-de-mallorca/palma-to-kralendijk-summer-marine-science

 

08/13/2015

All over Palma, by Naomi Pohl - CIEE Palma de Mallorca, Summer 2015

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Today started off like any other day (read: yogurt and granola), but quickly turned into one of the busiest and most fun days I’ve had in Palma. It all started at the “baratillo,” which translates as “dime store,” but was really an outdoor market. Many vendors were out selling clothes, sunglasses, jewelry, and household items. The beach clothes sold on the streets here are beautiful–white, loose-fitting, and delicate. Although this market sadly didn’t sell fresh strawberries like the one in Santanyi, it was still fun to look around.

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Clothes for sale at the “baratillo”

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A handmade goods store tucked away in the old city

My group of friends then headed to Illetas beach, the more “local” beach west of the city center. Here we rented paddle boards and four-person paddle boats with slides on them (yes). Paddle boarding was simple to learn but was such a workout once I got started. Keeping my balance required lots of focus and core strength. My entire body is sore from just an hour of boarding! Since our research projects for the marine bio course require familiarity with the local beaches, I’m going to chalk this trip up as a field visit.

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Illetas Beach

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Paddle boarding in Illetas beach

After the beach I had a late lunch (and siesta, of course) before my friend Sam and I went to Castell Bellvar. As I was heading out, Marisa and I had a funny language-barrier moment. For a few days now, I thought Marisa has been saying something about fruit each time I leave the house. Maybe she’s asking me to buy fruit? Maybe there’s a Spanish greeting about fruit? I wasn’t sure. But today I discovered she’s been telling me to “enjoy” myself (“disfrutar”)…nothing about fruit.

The view Bellvar Castle was so worth the trouble we went through to get there. We got off the bus expecting a short fifteen-minute walk to the castle, only to be greeted by steep, winding, rocky paths through a large park when we got to the entrance. After another half hour of wandering we finally found the castle. The building is large but plain, and looks more like a fortress than a castle. And a fortress (and prison) is exactly what it was. We unfortunately didn’t get to go inside the building because we got there at closing time, but we still got a spectacular view of the city and surrounding mountains. Well worth the sweat.

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The view from Castell Bellver

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A cat lounges on the streets near Castell Bellver

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Me and Sam inside the castle

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Sunset over Marina Port de Mallorca

08/07/2015

Newsletter CIEE Palma de Mallorca, Summer 2015 Session III

 This is our newsletter about Summer Session III 2015 in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. In this session, our students have been studying “Spanish Conversation: Culture and Media in Spain”.

1During their first week, our students went to Sa Ràpita, one of the most pretty seaside towns of Mallorca, where they had the chance to paddle surf and have a gelato with such views.

The following day they started their classes with Tamara, their professor. Afterwards, they headed with their Guardian Angel to Illetas, a beach of Palma mostly visited by locals.

To finish this first week of adventures, our students went biking the Palma Bay, one of our most popular activities.

The second week started with a Field Visit to Bellver Castle, where they had to practice their language skills with several activities organized by their professor.   2 On Tuesday night, after a day of class, we introduced our students to the well-known “Ruta Martiana”. During this activity people all over Palma gather in the same area of bars and have a tapa plus drink for a very cheap price. Our students really enjoyed the activity discovering this (unknown for them) Spanish tradition.

They also had the chance to watch a Spanish movie “Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios” by the Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar, followed by a talking shop about the movie and its comparison to the American culture.

Also, the town hall of Palma organizes in July and August a live cinema settled by the cathedral where they play movies after sunset. We recommended our students to go there and watch the Spanish movie "Ocho Apellidos Vascos", one of their favourite Spanish ones, we were told.

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Another class activity our students did was the Palma Photo Marathon, during this activity our students had to test their speaking skills by searching for clues in order to find whatever their teacher asked them to, anything related to Spanish culture and located in Palma, so most of the time they had to ask Spanish citizens for information in order to find “the treasure”. The winner couple were given an apron of Mallorca as a prize.

To finish this second week, our students went on an excursion by boat to Dragonera Island. They went to Santa Ponsa, and from there took a boat along the coast to Dragonera and back, stopping in several caves to snorkel and discover the wonders of the Mediterranean Sea. During this trip they were also offered paella for lunch, something they really enjoyed since it’s the most typical Spanish dish.

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Their third week started with a Field Visit to Contemporary Art Museums of Palma, followed by class. This day, our students wandered around a few museums of Palma in order to practise their Spanish in a more sophisticated environment.  

Their next field visit consisted in visiting the Cathedral of Palma, where they had the chance to learn about the history of Palma and its development throughout the years, as well as historical and cultural Spanish vocabulary. 

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At this very moment our students are heading to their ICE Trip to Barcelona, but for next week they will have many more activities to do, such as a Field Visit to Mercado de Pedro Garau. There, they will discover the most important market of Palma, where local farmers sell their harvest or fishing and where our students will discover the traditional meal products of Mallorca at its fullest.  After this, they will go on an excursion to the Winery Macià Batle. During this activity our students will have the chance to learn about the wine-making process, from the harvest of the grave to the bottling of the wine, as well as the history of the winery and a wine tasting.

Nonetheless, this will be a very important week since it is going to be their last week in Palma and their last week of classes, which means that they will have to test everything they learned in a Final Exam and an Oral Presentation.

From CIEE Palma we are looking forward to meet our students again and making their stay in Palma unforgettable, as we say to our students “¡Hay que aprovechar!”.  

Visit CIEE Palma de Mallorca:

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

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/cieepalma

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

http://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/spain/palma-de-mallorca/palma-to-kralendijk-summer-marine-science