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10 posts from March 2016

03/31/2016

''IT'S SHOCKING'' BY ERINN ROGOWSKI : CIEE PALMA DE MALLORCA SPRING 2016

Erinn Rogowski sp 16 LA Name : Erinn Rogowski

University : University of Iowa

So, I want to share all of the different cultural practices I’ve noticed, but also the surprises I’ve encountered when it comes to la vida España. This is probably one of the most important things I will write while here in Palma, and if you don’t read any of my other posts, at least read this one. It amazes me. I’ll keep adding to this list as well, so this is not concrete.

  1. Dos Besos: Kind of like a hug in America. Upon greeting your friend, a stranger, or a relative you haven’t seen in a while, the commonality is to give them two little smooches on either cheek. This is done for an encounter with men/women and women/women. For two men, a handshake will do. I will state that I am not sure if it is common for family members to do this (sister/sister, mother/sister, etc.) but I am pretty sure that the answer is “not so much.” Contrary to your current belief, this is not awkward. Americans are weird about their personal space, but I honestly love this little exchange when I greet my friends. It’s something different and I definitely feel the love
  2. La Siesta: As an American, I can say that our perception of Spaniards and their siesta is a bit off. Siesta is an event that happens every day–depending on who you are, or what kind of day you are having–around 2 or 3pm, where you recoup from a long and tiring morning. Shops during the hours of 2-5 (roughly, it is really up to the owner) will close in order for employees to go home, eat, rest, pick up the kids from school if needed, or really anything of their choosing. In my opinion this is the greatest idea for business owners and parents. And WHO doesn’t like a few hours to just relax? It’s basically our right, and Spain acknowledges that. Way to go, Spain!
  3. Tips: no. Tips don’t exist here. If you really like a waiter, or you’re a really pesky customer, or you want him to call the number you left because you think he’s gorgeous, tip him. Or don’t. Because unlike in the U.S., angry and greedy American’s do not choose your hourly wage at the end of the day. On a busy night when you have a 30 page midterm paper due the next day and you forgot to study for that Spanish exam, you will not be punished for not satisfying the grumpy old man who sends his steak back three times because it wasn’t firm enough. Europe knows how to do life. Europe knows how to deal with snobbish customers–by not letting them punish you for their own self misery.
  4. Time To EAT!: Breakfast is on your own. whenever you awaken is when you choose to have breakfast. However, Lunch is roughly around 2 pm every day. Dinner is anywhere from 8:30-10:00pm. Or so it has been for me. This is called being generally knowledgeable. Once again, Spain wins. If you get hungry between breakfast and lunch because you woke up early, eat a snack. Hungry between lunch and dinner? Eat a snack. In this country I am always hungry for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. I hardly every snack, and I never question why I am eating. Meal times here just known when your stomach will be a growlin’. And it’s magnificent. PROPS.
  5. Mediterranean Cuisine: best thing I have ever tasted. Never going back to my frozen vegetables and Boca burgers. Goodbye to the disgusting, packaged, processed life I once led. Never again.
  6. Las Noticias-Is this saying something?: This isn’t much of a culture shock, but more of a surprise to me. Every night my host family watches the news after eating dinner, which is weird on its own. What’s even weirder is that the news contains highlights on the presidential campaign in the United States. Hold up. WHY IS THIS HAPPENING. Not that I don’t appreciate catching up on los estados unidos in spanish, but WHOA. Guys, they actually care about what is happening in our country. This is completely and utterly wrong to me. It’s wrong because I know many young people here who know what is going on with our country. Yet ask a youth of America anything about Spain and they’ll stare at you blankly until you change the subject. They hardly know anything about our OWN country. But then you come to a country like Sapin, which is having its own incredibly hard time in terms of the “presidency,” and they are interested in our stupid, effed up elections. Let’s open our eyes. Let’s get educated.
  7. Me+Fashion=no: I haven’t worn a sweatshirt in public once. If I did I’d fear the instant judgment from all of the incredibly fashionable Spaniards. They told us to try to blend in while we are here, and I thought I wouldn’t have a problem. However I was born a blonde and that unfortunately does not mesh here in the country that basically created the whole “tall, dark, and handsome” thing. So in an attempt to look less American, I try to at least wear jeans and a scarf every day. It doesn’t do much but a girl can dream.

More to come, lo prometo.

DOS BESOS

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

http://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/netherlands/groningen/groningen-to-palma-summer-environmental-issues

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

03/26/2016

''Embracing no pasa nada'' By Emily Williams: CIEE Palma de Mallorca, Spring 2016

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Name : Emily Williams

University : University of Massachusetts Amherst

 

bikes. sobrassada. classes.

This week was the start of classes. I am taking a Mediterranean Cuisine and Wine class which is awesome. I have to do a presentation on the history of zucchini in the Mediterranean. I am also taking a Spanish class with only two other students which will be a really good way to learn. My other class is Air Transport Economics which I am excited for because I think it will be interesting and I have not taken a tourism class yet. I had my internship interview this week and I will be working at Hotel Caballero twice a week in the back office.

Tapas Tuesday: We went out with our Guardian Angels (some girls from UIB that help us get to know the area and things) to get drinks and tapas. Tapas are like appetizers that you can get at a lot of the bars here and they are all so good. Most of the time you do not even know what you are eating because you just point to something that looks good but it always turns out delicious.

Biking Palma Bay: We got to bike along the coast with our program on Saturday morning which was so fun! It was great to get to experience the area on a bike. We stopped halfway through for a cafe con leche (naturally because that’s what you do here! haha) Then we made our way back along the gorgeous beaches.

Playa de Illetes & Playa Comtessa: Sunday afternoon we decided to venture out and take the bus to some new beaches. I don’t think you could go wrong with any of the little beach coves here! Since it is February there is hardly anyone in these areas yet, but we are enjoying exploring Palma without the tourists.

Favorite food of the week: strawberries, broccoli, fish (I forget what it’s called, of course), Seafood Paella (delicious!), and I tried a sandwich with sobrassada (meat spread) and tomato jelly- not my favorite but sobrassada is Mallorcan so had to give it a chance!

I am getting settled in and adjusting more to my homestay. A lot of nights I watch Spanish tv with my host mom and she explains what is happening to me (in Spanish, of course, but slower and helps me to understand). Palma is starting to feel like home and I can’t wait to keep exploring!

Went straight to the beach after class for the sunset.

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Biking Palma Bay.

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03/25/2016

''LA TRAPA Y CASTILLO DE BELLVER'' BY SARA PROUST : CIEE PALMA DE MALLORCA SPRING 2016

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Name : Sara Prust

University : University of Purdue

The past two days have been incredible!!! We have taken two excursions, La Trapa and Castillo Bellver, as a group. Our group of CIEE students is made up of twelve business and tourism students and four liberal arts students. Everyone is so fantastic and it is like a family.

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Mis amigos y yo

On Friday, we hiked La Trapa. This excursion was put on by the international student club at UIB, my university here. We hiked 2.5 hours up the mountain and 3 hours down. This hike was challenging, but definitely worth it! I am actually glad they didn’t tell us how difficult it would be because I do not know if I would have done it. The views were amazing and I got some really cool pictures. It was fun to complete this challenge with my CIEE fam and enjoy “la vista” together!

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The Mediterranean Sea

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Chiste Local // Local Jokes

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I felt like I was on top of the World!

Today, we visited Castillo Bellver. It is a castle that was created as a summer home and then, interestingly enough, used as a prison. It got its name from the beautiful views you see from the top. In Spanish, “Bella” is beautiful and “ver” is to see. Combine these and you get Bellver! The castle was gorgeous and I really enjoyed the architecture and of course, the beautiful views.

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Una vista de las montañas

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Una Torre

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La arquitectura (architecture) is so georgeus

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Hasta Luego!

Besos, Señorita Sara

 

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SUMMER PROGRAMS:

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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/netherlands/groningen/groningen-to-palma-summer-environmental-issues

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

03/24/2016

''San Sebastián,España'' By Sara Prust : CIEE Palma de Mallorca, Spring 2016.

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Name : Sara Prust

University : University of Purdue

Weekend theme: Pintxos & Ponchos

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Last weekend we took a plane to Northern Spain. We flew to Bilbao and then took a bus to San Sebastián. The plane ride was so turbulent and I thought I was going to die. Every movie scene of a plane crash was flashing in my head. Apparently, this is very normal when flying into northern Spain due to the coastal rain and clouds but I didn’t like it at all. The bus ride was much better! The views were like that of a painting with mountains and and dark green trees and tiny little houses. When you looked out the window, there were layers of landscapes, even snow covered hills could be spotted through the clouds. There was water running down the rocky sides of the highway like little waterfalls. The grass was so green and lush due to all the rain the area receives. There were even little sheep strolling around. It was so beautiful to ride the bus along the winding roads.

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We arrived at our hostel, A Room in the City. This hostel was so fun! It was very modern and my favorite part was that they had tons of cactus!!! My roommate for the weekend was my friend Emily. This hostel was really nice because it had a sink in the room. We had a floor bathroom as well. Normally, there are more people in each room but this really felt like a hotel. Very comfortable and a great location.

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Our rad little hostel

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Roomie for the Weekend

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Our own sink! That’s rare for a hostel.

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Michelle. Looking classy as always.

The first night we visited a museum called San Telmo Museo. The museum contained works of art that related to Basque history. San Sebastian is also know as Donostia or Basque country. Basque is a language spoken in this region and in Southern France, which is just North of this area. The museum was connected to an old monastery. The monastery was also used for military storage and then transformed into a museum. In the church section of the monastery, a Mallorquin painter had been commissioned to paint large murals of San Telmo, the saint of sea men. The large murals of Saint Telmo holding a boat in one hand and a candle in the other consume the high walls. In the other rooms of the monastery, more modern Basque art can be seen.

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Monastery Courtyard

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For dinner, we got tapas! The Basque country is known for their incredible tapas, also known as pintxos. Tapas and pintxos are essentially like appetizers. They are often served on a piece of bread. They can be topped with meat, cheese, fish, or anything really. Going to a tapas bar is the same as going to get dinner for Spaniards. Traditionally, their largest meal is lunch and then they eat a light dinner. It is very typical to go to tapas with some amigos and order a couple pintxos and a drink. The great thing about this is that its all cheap! Drinks are a euro or two and pintxos the same. Everything was delicious!!!

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Pintxos!

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Tortilla de Patata

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Mi Cena // My Dinner

The next morning we went to this amazing little cafe for breakfast called Irubi. Defiantly a local place, not very big at all. They had many pastries, fresh bread, juice, and of course coffee. I ordered a cafe americano and what I think was the spanish equivalent to a cinnamon roll. This thing was incredible. Loaded with raisins and just the right sweetness of the dough. And washing it down with some coffee was divine!

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How Cute!

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Delicioso

Next, we went on a walking tour of San Sebastian. It rains a lot in San Sebastian, and by that I mean there was probably about an hour total the whole weekend without rain. I brought a rain coat, expecting a light drizzle throughout our stay but it rained, really rained the entire time. My shoes were like little boats willed with water. I smartly invested four euros in a very fashionable pink poncho. No regrets.

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Poncho Squad

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S-Prust & Jeffrodog (rain)droppin our first mix tape

But anywho, back to the tour. We learned a bit about the history of San Sebastian. San Sebastian used to be just a poor fishing town until Queen Maria Christina built her summer house here. It then became a tourism destination for wealthy Europeans. Now, as I said before, it is known for its pintxo gastronomy and beautiful beaches.

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Queen Maria Christina’s Summer Palace

We had lunch at this bomb burger place. Like OH MY WORD this burger was one of the best I have ever had, and that is saying a lot coming from America. It was a burger made from local meat, cheese, bacon, and a fried egg… so great. I was originally going to order a chicken sandwich but then I saw the waiter bring out a plate with this burger and I was like… I NEED that in my life! hahaha it was so delicious!

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After lunch, we ventured back out into the lluvia (rain) to walk along the coast all the way up to a castle. The views were incredible! The sea was very rough and it was a bit foggy but that just made it all the more beautiful. We walked along the beach, passing boats, and then started our ascent. It was so green, mossy, and Ireland-esque. Reminder, it was still raining… the whole time. The view from the top of the castle was really cool and totally worth it. You could see the whole cove, the city, and the mountains. This country is beyond beautiful!

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My favorite picture from the weekend

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Look at that sexy pink poncho!

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Incredible!

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The sea was so rough!!!

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“I took it” -Antonia

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Literally the things of fairytales

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Ugh!!! Love it!

We had dinner at this relaxed little tapas bar in the old town. They had tapas but we were feeling bocadillos (sandwiches). The food here was so cheap! I got a giant sandwich for six euros. So delicious and fresh. The waiters were so friendly and really worked with us asking lots of questions about Spanish words we didn’t know. Afterwords, we met up with the rest of the group to enjoy each others company.

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So much for so cheap

The next morning we went to the same cafe for breakfast. This time I ordered a croissant with chocolate dipped tips. Little did I know, there was also chocolate on the inside and woah it was incredible! With my amazing pastry I had two cafe americanos and was ready to explore with out last few hours in San Sebastian. We visited the Cathedral. It was very ornate and beautiful. We also visited a nearby bridge with stunning architecture. Then we were on our way back to Bilbao to fly back to sunny Mallorca. By this point, we were beyond ready for some sun!!!

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Filled with chocolate = Cloud Nine

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A bit of blue sky right before we leave

San Sebastian was a short and sweet trip but it was so cool to get to visit and taste a part of mainland Spain!!!

Hasta Luego! Besos y abrazos, Señorita Sara

Visit CIEE Palma de Mallorca:

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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/netherlands/groningen/groningen-to-palma-summer-environmental-issues

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

03/20/2016

''EASTER TRADITIONS IN MALLORCA'' BY CRISTINA GOMILA: CIEE PALMA DE MALLORCA SPRING 2016

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Name : Cristina Gomila

CIEE Intern

Easter in Mallorca is closely associated with the celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus. Processions account for most of the acts of these days and ‘’cofradías/ brotherhoods’’ are prepared with great care and affection , year after year to get dressed penitents , some others by tradition "promises" . The procession of Palma is one of the most spectacular, by the great number of people involved.

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The processional routes are important at this time, it begins on ‘’Palm Sunday’’/ ‘’Domingo de Ramos’’ and it ends on Friday where is celebrated the resurrection of Jesus.

The processions that are highly seen are the ones made on Thursday and Friday.

But they not only take place in Palma, they take place in almost every single part of the Island such as Pollença, Manacor, Artà, Inca among others.

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During this week, the processions made have different routes.

In Easter, Majorcan people meet with his/her families as a tradition in order to celebrate these days.  We love spending time with our families preparing traditional dishes such as ‘’panades, crespells i robiols’’

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Panades : A traditional meal stuffed with meat , or fish and people can put it pea as well or not.

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Crespells : Made thanks to a special dough (mixing flour, eggs..)

Crespells are the favorite desserts for children, since they can made crespells with the shapes they want.

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Rubiols, stuffed with custard or jelly.

It is a wonderful time children enjoy spending  in the kitchen because they start to see how mothers and grandmothers make this desserts and  they start learning how to do it.

Visit CIEE Palma de Mallorca:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cieepalma 

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

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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/netherlands/groningen/groningen-to-palma-summer-environmental-issues

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

 

 

03/18/2016

'' SUNDAY FUNDAY'' BY SARA PRUST : CIEE PALMA DE MALLORCA SPRING 2016

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Name : Sara Prust

University : University of Purdue 

Sunday FUNday!!! I spent my “domingo” walking along the port and relaxing on the beach. It was an incredible day!

I woke up and took a two hour stroll along the marina in Palma. It was cloudy and a bit drizzly at first but it cleared up. I had not explored in this direction yet but it was really cool to see all the boats. It was like a scene from a movie with the beautiful port and endless rows of boats. The walk was very peaceful. And I got some great pictures!!!

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El Puerto

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Los barcos en el Mar

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A little edited but how incredible is that water?!?!

Later that day, after lunch, my friends and I took the bus to the beach. We went to La Playa Illetes. Illetes is east of the city and the beaches here are little coves nestled between gorgeous Mediterranean style houses. The first cove we explored was situated by a stunning resort. Because this is the off season for tourists there were only about four other people on the beach. The resorts are closed right now so we explored the area a bit and wandered along the deserted decks taking in the view of the Mediterranean sea.

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My Stunning Friend Michelle!

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I think I am dreaming

The second cove was just minutes away. This beach was slightly smaller but had a restaurant near it just above on a cliff. This was definitely a locals spot during the off season as there were a handful of people eating. Here we just sat in lounge chairs and enjoyed the view. It was a little chilly but I am definitely not complaining. My favorite part was surely the waves rushing over the rocks. The sea was pretty rough but watching it rhythmically crash into the rocks and spill over them was incredible! Without a doubt, I will be spending some summer days sunbathing here!

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Had to strategically time this picture so I didn’t get splashed on

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It really doesn’t get any better than this!

I can’t wait for a million more beaches! Loving the island life.

Thank you to everyone who helped me get here and live this dream! I am so grateful for you and your continuous and abundant support.

Besos y Amor, Señorita Sara.

 

Visit CIEE Palma de Mallorca:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cieepalma 

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/netherlands/groningen/groningen-to-palma-summer-environmental-issues

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

03/17/2016

''LIFE IS GOOD'' BY ERINN ROGOWSKI : CIEE PALMA DE MALLORCA SPRING 2016


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University : University of Iowa

CIEE provided us with an amazing opportunity yesterday. All of us got to bike along the beaches of Palma de Mallorca. Lately we have been dealt some pretty windy days, and as a result the tide is a little higher than usual, and the waves are a lot larger than when I first arrived in Palma. This made for a misty ride. It could not have been more perfect.We biked along boat-filled bays and rocks perfect for climbing. At the midway point we stopped for a break and enjoyed the sea breeze and the breathtaking view. The waves would crash against the rocks and urge you to climb down so you wouldn’t get soaked.After we stopped, we headed to Playa de Can Pastilla. I was amazed at the amount of people in the water.

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It’s winter here, and if I’m being honest, the water is cold. Like way too cold for me to even think about going in. There were surfers, windsurfers, and peoplewith parachutes (I don’t really know what to call this, because I’m pretty sure it’s not parasailing, but I’m confused with it so it’s remaining people with parachutes). We parked our bikes and took a break in a café, sipping on café con leche and reading German newspapers (There’s a huge amount of German tourists here, as well as German students–it’s a popular site for travelling).

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These activities with the program have allowed me to get to know the others in my group. What I like about them: they are all adventurous. They all seem to enjoy trying new things and experiencing Palma to the fullest. They have kind hearts and they’re fun people. In situations like studying abroad, or going to camp for the summer, or going to college, it amazes me that the people you get to know and develop relationships with all chose that one place to go. If my friends from UIowa had chosen a different school to spend their four years, life would be a lot different. Same goes for Palma. The 16 of us just happened to choose a tiny island off of Spain, hoping we’d have the time of our lives. So far, I think we’ve been successful. I love getting to know people and the stories they carry with them. This is one of the best opportunities for me, not only to learn about Palma, practice my Spanish, understand European culture, and travel, but to learn about these amazing people I never would have met if I hadn’t chosen to study abroad.

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I’m soaking up this time and feeling gratitude in every inch of my being. I’m a lucky, lucky gal.

Dos Besos from your favorite Hawkeye (;

Visit CIEE Palma de Mallorca:

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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/netherlands/groningen/groningen-to-palma-summer-environmental-issues

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

03/10/2016

''LIVING THE ISLAND LIFE'' BY SARA PROUST: CIEE PALMA DE MALLORCA SPRING 2016

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University : University of Purdue

Hola mis amigos!

Today is my fourth day in Mallorca and it feels like it has been over a week. We have been so busy seeing the city, eating great food, and completing our orientation. The island is beyond gorgeous and I am in love with the culture!

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The busy streets in Palma.

The first day we arrived in Palma, I hadn’t slept since the morning I left. I finally took a nap after 25 hours of being awake… I think I was running on pure excitement. We stayed at the very modern Hostel Flemming downtown Palma. It was beautiful and very “comodo”, or comfortable. This was the first hostel I have stayed in. There were two bunkbeds in each room and a shared floor bathroom. What I didn’t realize is that hostels do not provide towels and soap like hotels do… so, as you may have guessed, I didn’t have these things. You had to rent towels for three euros. Muy interesante en mi opinion. But overall, I enjoyed my first night in the hostel and meeting the other students. The next morning we ate breakfast in the cafe next to the hostel. I consisted of two croissants and un cafe. The breakfast here is nothing like in America. In Spain, desayuno (breakfast) consists of some sort of pastry and coffee. Very delicious but also very different.

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The Business & Tourism group on our first night

The next day we met our host families. My host mother, Marisa, is so sweet and loving. She is a cooking instructor at the university I am attending. She lives in the historic district of Palma in an apartment type building. The home is small but so comfortable. My room couldn’t be more perfect! I have an amazing view filled with plants and Spanish style architecture. Over the roof across from me I can see the top of an incredible iglesia (church). Also, In the apartment next to me is another student from my program. Her name is Kate and our host mothers are friends. The first night we had dinner together and It was so much fun!

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A normal breakfast prepared for me by Marisa

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The view from my bedroom window

Yesterday, we visited the University. I will be starting classes on Monday at the Universitat de les Illes Balears, or the University of the Balearic Islands. It is a fifteen minute bus ride. During the ride you can see the almond trees blooming with beautiful white flowers and of course some local ostriches. The university is located more inland; therefor, it is much closer to the mountains than the sea. The views are increible! I am very excited to start class and spend time studying tourism in Mallorca!

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View from inside the University of the mountains on a cloudy day.

The coffee here is so different! It is really delicious! Espresso or cafe con leech (coffee with milk) are very popular. They do not have brewed drip coffee like we do. The closest thing is a cafe americano. This is my favorite. It is not only the type of coffee that is different but also they way they take it. You never take it to go and always sit to enjoy your cafe. Below is a picture of my cafe americano. This is the only time I have been asked if I want it to go and they gave it to me in a small solo cup. I thought this was so funny!

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I am falling in love with the island and the culture! Enjoying every bit. I have impressed myself with how well I am able to speak and understand in Spanish. Obviously not perfect, but I can get around. I’m off to have more aventuras!!!

Te amo y besos, Señorita Sara

 

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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/netherlands/groningen/groningen-to-palma-summer-environmental-issues

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

03/03/2016

''IS THIS REAL LIFE....?'' BY ERINN ROGOWSKI: CIEE PALMA DE MALLORCA SPRING 2016

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Name : Erin Rogowski

University : University of Iowa

Three weeks ago I was enjoying my time at home, preparing for my four month trip to Spain. Belvidere was suffering some very windy days, filled with snow and ice. It was pretty much urging me to sleep through the next three days until my flight in order to escape the cold. I was scarfing down processed foods and spending hours in front of the T.V. I was obsessing over Making a Murderer and determined to finish F.R.I.E.N.D.S. before I left (I didn’t, and little did I know, Spain Netflix is NOT the same as U.S. Netflix. I REPEAT, I cannot watch friends for four months. I’m almost over it…almost).

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Today I’m living on the 9th floor in an urban area. On an island. An ISLAND. The balconypalma2 of my homestay allows me to view the city of Palma. To the right, that includes mountains. To the left, an incredible cathedral and, let’s not forget, the Mediterranean Sea. So, in a nutshell, I have mountains to my right, a sea to my left, beaches over here, cliffs over there, caves in the distance, castles on hills, and almost every day is filled with 12 hours of sun. It’s winter here, but today was 63 degrees. No picture you see will ever do this place justice. So all in all, wouldn’t you say I’m living in Paradise?

My homestay includes a host mom, Núria, a sister, Lola (19), and two dogs, Gato and Whiskey. My host mom is a very talented cook, and let me tell you, I have never tasted such amazing food. Not only is everything I eat made with fresh vegetables and/or fruit, and fish, but they’re not kidding when they say the Mediterranean diet is one of the best and one of the healthiest. Paella, pescado, ensalada, pan mallorquin, tomates, aceite…

So, to be honest, aside from missing my pals and mi familia, why – why in the world – would I ever want to leave?There’s
siesta and food and warmth and mountains and beaches and café con leche. There’s vino de espana and “no pasa nada.” There’s relaxation and activity and shopping and rebajas (this is like sales. there’s a whole season for sales, and they end soon…). There’s plazas and bars and TAPAS. There’s classes with professors that believe in getting to know their students and interacting with the community. There’s fountains and cathedrals you can’t even believe exist because of the amazing architecture, how many years have passed since their construction, and what kind of people have placed their feet at exactly the same spot that yours now stand. Palma is blowing my mind.

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Truth is, I’m on a tiny speck compared to this extraordinary continent. I’m already in love. The people, the culture, the history, the lifestyle. How different my days would be if I had grown up in a place like Palma… more on that to come.

About to settle into bed and watch an episode of my friends replacement, Narcos. I figured, I’m in Spain…may as well watch a show that encourages my learning the language.

Dos besos,

Erínn

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

http://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/netherlands/groningen/groningen-to-palma-summer-environmental-issues

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

03/02/2016

DAY OF THE BALEARIC ISLANDS (march 1) at CIEE Palma de Mallorca, by Cristina Gomila

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Name : Cristina Gomila

 CIEE Intern

On March 1, Palma celebrates the Day of the Balearic Islands. In this date, mallorquines go out to the medieval market set by the harbour. In this market, it is possible to find all kinds of traditional food from Mallorca (sobrasadas, butifarrones, camaiot, turrón de almendras con azúcar quemado, olivas trencades, pan payés, ensaimadas, miel con almendras, mermeladas de tomate, kiwi y mandarina). There are many handcrafted jewels, and decorations. All sellers are dressed in medieval clothing. Acting groups dressed as buffoons go around dancing and representing medieval short plays.

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A banner with the name of the festival

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A man dressed with traditional clothes making a Majorcan dish

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A stand with Majorcan olives

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One Catalan tradition that is now becoming popular as well in Mallorca is the castellers or human towers. People make towers from at least five levels and they can get up to nine and ten levels. On the top there is always a child, named enxaneta (rider). CIEE students find very surprising that mothers would let their child climb a seven levels human tower only protected with a helmet.

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Folklore dances of different regions of Spain

Concerts in the street and some of the main squares make the city streets more lively. Also the cultural associations representing all regions of Spain place stands where everybody can learn about their traditions, dances, traditional dressing, and try some of the delicacies produced in their regions.

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A turron stand

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A candy stand

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A cheese stand

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The spice stand

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There are plenty of bagpipe players in the streets and everyone is celebrating the ‘’Balearic Islands Day’’!

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

http://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/netherlands/groningen/groningen-to-palma-summer-environmental-issues

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