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¡Qué ciudad tan Sexy! CIEE Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Olivia eggertName: Olivia Eggert

School: University of Colorado Boulder 

Amigos, ¿Queréis explorar una ciudad nueva? ¡Vamos a Palma de Mallorca! Palma de Mallorca es una ciudad con mucha historia, cultura y carácter. Vale la pena visitarla. Hay muchas cosas para hacer cuando estáis en Mallorca, solo necesitáis un buen par de zapatos y un espíritu de explorador.

Primero, Palma tiene tres lugares históricos que son importantes visitarlos para entender la historia de la ciudad. El primero es el Castillo de Bellver. Está localizado las afueras de la ciudad encima de una colina. Tiene una vista magnífica de Palma, las montañas y la mar. En el pasado, los miembros de la familia real vivían en el Castillo cuando no estaban en la península. Durante muchos años, funcionó también como una cárcel. Es interesante verlo porque es uno de los castillos en Europa que tiene forma circular. Segundo, la Catedral es uno de los lugares más impresionantes para ver en Mallorca. La Catedral es inmensa y fue construida con el estilo gótico durante los siglos XIII y XVI. Recomiendo que la visitéis durante la noche porque hay luces y parece increíble. El tercer lugar es Los Baños Árabes. Este lugar es importante para entender la influencia de los árabes en los primeros años de la ciudad de Palma. Los baños son un lugar tranquilo donde podéis leer o relajaros.


Para continuar, las plazas en cada ciudad española son muy importantes. Las plazas son maravillosas porque son centros de la cultura en una ciudad. Podéis quedar con amigos, tomar un café, leer un libro o mirar a la gente en una plaza. Las plazas más importantes en Palma son Plaza Mayor, Plaza España, y Plaza del Rey (Plaza de Las Tortugas). Durante el buen tiempo, estas plazas tienen mucha gente y actividades. Son lugares de energía y emoción. En relación con las plazas, hay calles en Palma que tienen historia y cultura. Las calles más famosas en Palma son Passeig de Born, La Rambla, Paseo Marítimo y Paseo Mallorca. Estas calles son bonitas con árboles, flores y bancos. Hay muchas tiendas para ir de compras y muchos restaurantes para ir a comer.


Además, Palma tiene museos que son necesarios visitarlos. Hay muchos museos para descubrir en Palma incluso hay un museo para los deseos de cada persona. Si te gusta el arte, visita El Museo d’Art Espanyol o el museo Es Baluard. Los dos tienen muchas obras de arte. Si quieres más la historia, visita el Museo Catedral de Mallorca.


En conclusión, siempre hay algo para hacer en Mallorca sin importar el tipo de persona. Hay muchas opciones, lugares y actividades para elegir cuando estéis en Palma de Mallorca. Solo necesitareis ir con una mente abierta y toda la ciudad va a estar lista para compartir su historia y cultura.


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T-2 Hours, by Hannah Johnson, CIEE Palma de Mallorca Spain

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School: University of Iowa

Semester: Fall 2012

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I can’t remember the last time I felt this way on the first day of school. Maybe it was the first day of kindergarten, or the first day of high school, I know I was certainly better at hiding my nervous stomach on the first day of college, but not today. Today in T-2 hours I start my first university class in Spain and I am beyond words nervous. The strange mix of adrenaline, excitement, apprehension and pure dread running through my system made it hard to eat this morning. This morning I think I tried on 4 outfit already and I am still on the fence about this one.

Why all the nerves? Because in T-2 hours I find out if I can do this. In T-2 hours I learn if I will sink or float as I learn how to swim. In T-2 hours I will be sitting next to people who speak no English and probably don’t care who I am or where I am from. In T-2 hours the study part of study abroad becomes real, the part vacation atmosphere will begin to fade, as it must, and reality will begin to set in. In T-10 hours it will be over and I will relax, but for now the T-2 monster, my unknown monster, is growling behind a curtain of doubt and I’m giddy and nervous at the same time.

Until next time, what was the last time you had a T-2 hour monster hiding in your shadows? Do you have any advice?


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The Best of Palma in 5 Days


Name: Brittany Vulich

Semester: Spring 2011

Program: Liberal Arts

School: University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee

Whether you are new to Palma de Mallorca and need a few tips on where to go and what to see, trying to plan a full week of activities for visiting family and friends or have been here for a while and want to try something new, there is more than plenty to do. Palma offers something for everyone within city borders and outside. Below are some of the most well liked activities by past students.  


Daytime: Go shopping

One of the first things you will notice about the young people in Palma de Mallorca is that they follow a very particular style ("de modo").  If you want to spruce up your wardrobe, there are plenty of store where you can find the pieces you need to fit in with the Mallorcans at every price. You are looking for higher end stores, check out Calle Jaume III. You will find big names such as Lowe of Madrid, HM and Armani mixed in with boutiques while strolling past the charming cafes and fountain on Paseo de Born. If you are looking for more economic places to shop, go to Calle San Miguel. You will find many stores ranging from $-$$$ in price. Zara, Desigual, and Mango (located on the Avenidas just a few blocks away) are some of the popular shops for students. If you don't like to waste time going from store to store, check out Corte Ingles, a huge department store that sells everything from clothing to food to computer. It has the exact layout and offerings as Macy's or Boston Store in the States.

 Nighttime: Rent a bike and go for a ride along Paseo Marítimo

There are a few stores where you rent a bike or you can bring your "tarjeta cuidadano" to the metro and rent a bike for free. The students from Spring 2011 semester and I did this with our guardian angles and it was really a great way to see more of the island other than just Palma. One of the stores "Palma en Bici" is located at the end of Paseo de Tortugas on Avenida Antoni Maura 10. For just 14 EURO you can rent a bike all day. I recommend heading towards playa de Palma and beyond because there are amazing views, landscapes, and little towns with great restaurants.

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Daytime: Go to Castillo de Bellver

This castle was built at the beginning of the 14th century by Jaume II. It's located on the western part of Palma de Mallorca on a hill with some of the best views in the city. On a clear day you can see for miles. Inside you can check out the full history of Palma and some interesting artifacts. Up top on the roof, you will be able to take in the 360-degree view of the sea, mountains, city, and woods. The entrance fee is only 2.5 ERUO Monday to Saturday and free on Sunday.     

                                                                                    (Inside of Castillo de Bellver)


Nighttime: Tapas 

"Ruta Martiana" or tapas route on Tuesday is a young (and old!) peoples Tuesday night tradition. The route is a chain of bars and restaurants starting in Plaza Mayor, which offer food and drink specials such as a caña (small beer from the tap) and a tapa (an individual serving of some type of finger food) for 2 euro as well as hard alcohol and wine specials. Try the Sushi Club, Jamón Jamón, and Ruta de Té for a good variety. ¡Buen Aproveche! (¡Enjoy!)




Daytime: Take in the sun at the beach Illetes.

Hop on bus number 3 to Illetes and take it all the way to last stop to experience what most students consider to be the most beautiful beach around the city of Palma de Mallorca. 




Nighttime: Go see the Cathedral by night.

La Seu is the grand gothic cathedral along the sea right in the center of the city.  Walk around and take in the impressive architecture and beautiful views. During the sunset, the figure of the cathedral is reflected really well in the body of water directly below it.




Daytime: Take a day trip into Deiá

Deiá is located outside of Palma about 45 minutes by bus and is my favorite town to visit for its amazing location in the mountains, greenery, and seaside views. To get there, go down into the metro in Plaza de España and ask for the bus to Deiá or take a look at the bus times. During off-season times, tickets are just a couple euros each way. Deiá is located right in the Sierra Tramuntana although you can follow the zig zag trail through the olive groves and oranges trees to the bottom where you can then walk to the Cala de Deiá, another beautiful beach.

                                                                                                  (Excursion to Deiá) 


Nighttime: Go to Ladies' Night in Agua Bar.

The name "Agua" in Agua Bar is a testament to the resilience of the surrounding neighbors who have been known to throw water on the loud gathers outside this popular bar. You have been warned. Inside, you will find mainly Erasmus students and English speaking folks. Ladies can drink free wine and cava from 7:30-10:30 and all other drinks are half off. Good music, good people, good location.


Daytime: Eat lunch like the Spaniards and explore the Lonja.  

On Fridays, Palma really comes alive as everyone takes to the street to commemorate the start of the weekend. Paseo de Tortugas always has a plethora of people of every age just hanging out, catching a drink, eating lunch, reading a book, ECT. I recommend going to Cappuccino for none other than a cappuccino and catching up on some reading and people watching. Hit up the Lonja at the end of the paseo for a great lunch of a first plate, second plate, postre (dessert) and glass of wine within a two-hour period (to be truly authentic).


Nighttime: Salsa dancing

There are many salsa clubs in Mallorca that offer formal lesson and more laid back environments where you can watch from a distance then give it a try. Made in Brazil on Paseo Marítimo offers a variety of salsa music and other Latin music (best drink award in my book too!)

Like I said, these are just a few of the amazing cities, restaurants, sights and sounds of Mallorca.  For more ideas ask locals (they are always willing to help), consult travel books or just start walking around. There is always a new person or place to encounter. ¡Hay que aprovechar! (¡Take advantage!)


Renting a Car Step-by-Step


Name: Brittany Vulich

Semester: Spring 2011

Program: Liberal Arts

School: University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee

Renting a car in Spain may be easier than you think. For one, the age requirement to rent a car is 21. Secondly, you can book online as late as the day before and still reserve the car you need. However, for all the automatic users out there, renting a car in Spain may be the easiest step. Driving a car in Spain could be a whole other issue.

Where: You will be renting a car from one of the car rentals at the airport or within the city (Hertz or the hotel Melía Salinas on Marítimo, for example). I used The prices are really excellent. For 18 euro, I rented a 5 passenger Ford Escort with a huge trunk. Unlimited mileage is included in the price (just fuel up before returning it, of course.) Insurance is only 5 euro (worth it!)

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Warning: the website is pretty faulty. I tried renting a car between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. and was denied on the basis that I needed to rent a car for at least one day. I entered 10 a.m. to 12 a.m. and was still denied. Once the website registered my information, I was told that I "only booked 13 hours in advance, please try again in 3 hours". Crazy. Stick with it though. You'll receive two e-mails. The first will advise you that your order is being processes and the second will have your confirmation number and info. All else fails, just call whichever company you want to rent from and book over the phone.

Who needs to be present: The person who reserved the car online is the one who needs come to the airport to pick up the car no matter if he or she is driving. Obviously, the drivers need to be present too. You can have up to 3 drivers per car.

What you need to bring: Passports. Bring your passport and your current address. European students, Erasmus, were able to show a driver's license. You don't need to print off your confirmation page, just write down your confirmation number.

 Note: Record, and presumably every other car rental, only offers stick. Automatic, if available, will be at least double the price.

 How to get there: To get to the airport, just hop on bus #1. From Plaza de España, the ride is about 20 minutes. You can pay the 1.25 euro or use your bus pass. The airport is divided in "incoming" and "outgoing" floors. Go to the "incoming" floor, the lower floor, to get to Record (next to gate E). You can return your car at anytime before your scheduled return time. There are attendants in the garage that will take the keys and car from you at the end of the day.


Why: Those amazingly pristine beaches that you see advertised on front of tour guides for Mallorca are only accessible by car. Buses will only take you to the more touristy beaches. In Palma de Mallorca, take bus #3 to Islletes (30 minutes) to enjoy a few hours of sun in a relatively tranquil playa (beach!) For a long day at the beach, take a car to the east coast. Unlike the mountainous west coast of Mallorca, the east is more rolling hills and white sandy beaches with lots of coves to discover. 

Warning: Don't forget your water bottle! As obvious as it may seem, always have a bottle of water handy. Mallorca does not, I repeat, does not have public drinking water facilities. All drinking water comes from a bottle or purifier, if your home has one. Some Americans can drink a glass of the tap water and feel fine others feel sick to their stomach. Either way, the ultra calcified water tastes terrible so try to avoid it at all costs.

 I hope this has helped to settle some questions on an alternative way to get around Mallorca other than by bus. Renting a car is a relatively cheap, easy, and quick way to get to some of the best places in Mallorca and see some great countryside. Not to mention you never know what great encounters you'll have along the way with your pit stops. Happy adventuring! 


(We saw a sign for the "Drach Caves" and decided to veer off and take a look.)


Why intern while studying abroad in Palma de Mallorca?









Name: Brittany Vulich

Semester: Spring 2011

Program: Liberal Arts

School: University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee


Work while studying abroad, you say? -Not exactly. Interning while abroad is a fantastic way to earn credit and get real world work experience in another country (minus the homework!)  Think of an internship abroad as having a normal class load but studying in a professional atmosphere, acquiring skills that you will actually use later on and learning about what interests you. Not to mention, an internship, much more abroad, will look impresionante (impressive) to potential employers.  


Sounds intriguing? -Read on. I can say from first hand experience that interning in Palma de Mallorca has been a really positive experience for all the above reasons and so much more. Since early March, I have been interning with Fundación Vicente Ferrer a NGO organization based in Antapur, India. A little history about my empresa (business,) Fundación Vicente Ferrer works specifically in Antapur, India, the poorest state, improving the lives of the people there through initiatives such as building schools, health care facilities, viviendas (housing) and creating employment opportunities for women. Unfortunately, equality for men and women has not been realized everywhere in the world, especially in India where the caste system and dowries drive some families to abandon their daughters rather than face financial hardship. Moreover, there is little governmental or familial support for persons with disabilities and much less for a woman. To combat the social injustices that leave women particularly vulnerable, Fundación Vicente Ferrer created talleres (workshops) for women of all physical and mental capabilities to come and create handmade products to be sold in stores all across Spain, giving these women an opportunity to earn a salary and gain economic independence. All of the products (earrings, games, clothing, baskets etc) are made from 100% organic cotton and are fair trade. 


That said, my first project has been to e-mail the organic cotton manufacturers and producers based in India that are listed on in order to inquire about details of the product, the process of placing an order, the pricing, the shipment, etc. I've then taken the information given and organized it all in an excel sheet for English and Spanish. The end result is that FVF will have a "phone book" of organic cotton sources to reference for future orders.  The work has been a bit tedious, admittedly, but I have learned a lot of new vocabulary in Spanish that I know I will come in handy later on. More importantly, I have learned a lot about Non Governmental Organizations, which I plan to be involved in after college.


Once I wrap up that project, I'll be investigating which requirements the foundation needs to complete in order to have the official seal of "fair trade" as constituted by the Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International. What makes this project so great is that I won't be focusing on the theories of international regulations on fair trade, but putting them into practice, something that the classroom alone couldn't offer.



Okay, besides a rewarding experience, what is the "work" aspect like? A CIEE internship is comprised of 135 hours total for 3 credits. 15 hours are dedicated to a weekly diary entry and meeting with your advisor (short and sweet) to answer any questions you have. Also included in the 15 hours are the prep time and execution of your 15-page reflection paper and 15-minute power point presentation, which you will give at the end of the semester. The remaining 120 hours are spent actually working in your internship.


TIP: If you are receiving transfer credit for this internship, be sure to double check that the minimum hours and overseeing of the internship through CIEE are compliant with the standards at your home institution.  My home university, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, requires Global Studies students to do 160 hours in an internship for 3 credits so I have had to slip in a couple extra hours here and there. 


NGO's not your cup of tea? -No problem. Fundación Viecente Ferrer is just one example of the many internships to choose from. CIEE has many connections within the community to make sure you have the best of the best to choose from. Business majors, Economics majors, etc all have found rewarding internships here in Palma de Mallorca.


On a closing note, while internship technically means a "job" it also means "networking", "connecting", and "community involvement". For example, my Fundación Vicente Ferrer focuses on spreading the mission of our organization through public talks, visiting different institutions, or setting up a stand in the metro station. Just last week, I was fortunate enough to tag along with Isabel and Sasi, from India, whose mother actually worked in one of FVF's workshops, to "Good Morning, Baleares", the morning show for the Balearic Islands, as he gave a candid interview about his personal experiences within FVF. Later on, Isabel invited me to join her in showing Sasi around the city of Palma. It was such a nice break from the office. Furthermore, on Fridays, everyone in the office at Fundación Vicente Ferrer brings in a lunch and spends a good part of the afternoon outside on the patio enjoying food, drinks, and one another's company. I can sincerely say that I enjoy my internship and the people in it.


I hope that I have given you some lesser-known insight into the positives of interning abroad. Whether your goals abroad are to learn about another culture, meet new people, or live and work in a new environment, interning while abroad will be a great supplement.


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"Transform society into humanity" - Vicente Ferrer



Why study abroad in Palma de Mallorca, Spain?


Name: Brittany Vulich

Semester: Spring 2011

Program: Liberal Arts

School: University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee


 ¡Hola! My name is Brittany Vulich from Milwaukee, Wisconsin studying abroad in Palma de Mallorca for the Spring 2011 semester. In the States, I'm a Global Studies and Spanish major with a Chinese minor. In my spare time, I  enjoy watching documentaries, hanging out with friends, and running.

In the Spring 2010 semester, I was in your shoes. I remember spending hours upon hours of research on which study abroad program to chose weighing in costs, courses, credits, and of course, cities! I knew I wanted to study abroad in España but I didn't know which city was right for me. Madrid? Barcelona? Granada? Fortunately, I had two "must-haves" to help me narrow down my search: 1. My home school, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, had to accept the transfer credits as all the credits I'd earn would be counting towards my Spanish major. 2. The program had to include an internship as it was a requirement for my Global Studies major. 

My options dwindled down to Barcelona and Mallorca. 184367_10150099686877426_500457425_6520830_3220749_n

Both are very "parecidos", similar, but what Mallorca had over Barcelona was the true "Spanish lifestyle" that I was craving: rustic seaside villages, charming cafés, and a rich history. I was also drawn to the fact that the UIB, University of the Balearic Islands, is nestled right along the Tramuntana Mountains (spectacular views from the classrooms!)  

I can say with 100% certainty that if I had the chance to go back and do it all again, I would still chose Palma. I have felt right at home from the moment I stepped off of the plane. The Program Directors, Antonia and Susan are there from day one all the way through the semester to answer any questions you may have. During your first few days, you will see the new part and the old part of Palma (la Lonja) by foot, try a montón ( a lot of) authentic Mallorquín food, buy your buss pass for the city and your metro pass to get to and from school, as well as meet your Guardian Angels (Spanish students from the University who let you in on all the insider information on Palma) just to name a few activities.

A few of the many "nice surprises" that I've discovered about Mallorca only once I arrived were:

1. The food and pastries are just amazing. A normal Mallorquín bakery will have meat or veggie stuffed pastries called "empenadas", ensaimadas, gató, and napoletónics (nutella stuffed croissants, my favorite). A typical Mallorquín restaurant offers two courses, a pastry, red wine (vino tinto) and olives all for around 10 euro. My personal favorite is "Paella Ciega" or paella with seafood, minus all the heads and claws!

2. The café con leche (more or less an extra small latte) is only .90 centimos at the UIB and zumo de naranja, or fresh squeezed orange juice, is about 2 euros for a cup.

3. The Mediterránean Sea is just a 15 minute walk from any point in the city.  215569_10150158214047426_500457425_6889046_3079152_n

4. There are so many amazing opportunities for day trips. The island is actually quite larger than I had expected and very diverse. The north, east, south, and west of Mallorca are so geographically different that you must take advantage of exploring each one for a day. My favorite so far has been Deiá on the west coast.

5. Palma has an a -m-a-z-i-n-g night life! Going out for tapas and cañas (beer from the tap) is a Thursday night tradition for many young people along the Ruta Marítima, located in the Lonja, where a good tapa and beer cost only 2 euros.   188346_10150107788042426_500457425_6601138_7677994_n

I hope this has given you some food for thought (no pun intended) for when you are making your decision on where to study abroad. It was a long tedious and process but well worth it in the end.

¡Hasta luego!