Fall 2016 CIEE in Palma de Mallorca - Newsletter I
Fall semester is already on its third week. During the first two weeks our students live one of the most exciting moments in Palma de Mallorca, when they meet their homestays. Bellow you can see Kellie meeting her “familia española”.
Also, during these weeks we organize many activities to put students in contact with the culture and the logistics of the city. We have walked around the streets in Palma’s historical district to shop and obtain the bus card and cellphones. We have visited the campus before classes started, so we got to know the installations and classrooms.
Our language class organizes an outing to see an impressive fortification of the 14th century, Bellver Castle, so important for our historical memory. This Gothic Mallorcan castle is the oldest in Europe with round shape. Not only we enjoy the beautiful landscape and natural environment, but we learn about our history and lots of vocabulary, with organized activities which require speaking Spanish all the time.
And of course, we have visited the Cathedral. Palma Cathedral is known as the Cathedral of Light because the Mediterranean light goes through its 87 stained glass windows and its 8 impressive rose windows, one of them the biggest of the Gothic world. It is also known as the Cathedral of Space, because it is said that with 43m height is the gothic cathedral which with less stone embraces more useful space.
This year, the Night of the Art happened on the second weekend. This is already a tradition in Palma, a one night dedicated to art in which galleries and museums are all open for free to the public. Some students joined Aina, our Guardian Angel, in this colorful, busy and cultured night.
Biking Palma Bay is one of our star excursions in which we bike along the Bay of Palma for 8 kilometers.
International Tourism CIEE class first field visit was to the Congress Palace recently built in Palma, still under construction. Professor Montse Gatnau accompanied students in this academic guided visit.
All our students have started their internships at this point at companies such as Hotel Caballero, Hotel Java, Outlining Innovation, Brújula, and Mar Hotels.
And the semester continues, so we will be back with more. Our next excursion is a hiking two-day trip in Tramuntana mountain range, World Heritage Site, visiting Deia and Port de Soller villages.