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Newsletter I, CIEE Palma de Mallorca, Summer 2015 Session I

Imagen1This is our newsletter about Summer Session I 2015 in Palma de Mallorca. During this session, our students can study the following topics:

  • Beginning Spanish
  • Spanish for Business and Tourism: An introduction to Tourism in Mallorca
  • Mediterranean Marine Environment
  • Mediterranean Cuisine in Spain: Cooking and Wine Tasting


Imagen2During the orientation our students learnt about the history and culture of Palma, as well as the Mediterranean gastronomy, Spanish customs and the basics to move around the city as Spaniards. They were also explained about the activities (excursions, field visits…) they were going to take during their Session in Palma.

Also, during the orientation each student was told about their host families, so their first impression was not so shocking.

Our students could even see which other students live by their surroundings through a map we made up for them so they could be more connected, something they really appreciated.

IMG_5887 (2)Courtney meeting her host family


All our summer classes have a hands-on component and put students in contact with relevant local examples related to the content of each particular subject. Imagen3

- Field Trip to Dragonera Island: Our marine students started their second week in Mallorca going to Dragonera. In this activity they visited a Natural Park  and identified the human impacts on the coast.  They also studied the diversity of flora and fauna and its management, as well as analyzing the different species and the fund management.

Imagen4- Mercado Pedro Garau:  Our cooking students during their second week in Palma also had the chance to see first-hand typical products of Mallorca at one of the most emblematic markets of Palma: Pedro Garau. During this session they discovered the most common products used in the Mediterranean cuisine, such as “snails” a typical Spanish dish they did not expect at all.

Imagen5- Field Visit to Natural Sciene Museum, Sóller: during this visit  our Marine students went to the Balearic museum of natural sciences, where they studied the living foraminifera collection and also  had the chance to dissect fishes.

Imagen6- Bellver Castle: Our language students visited the Bellver Castle last week, where they had to practise their language skills. Among the linguistic activities organised for them during the excursion one of them consisted on searching for clues in order to find a treasure. They really enjoyed the activity as well as the views of the city of Palma from the top of the castle.      Imagen7

Natalia showing her cooking skills

- Cooking: first day of practicum: Our cooking students had on Tuesday their first practical session, during which they learned to cook gazpacho, tortilla de patata and gató of almonds with vanilla ice cream. In further classes they’ll also learn other Spanish recipes such as paella, sangria, tapas and many others. This class includes 15 hours of practical lessons, plus the theoretical ones. 

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CIEE Palma de Mallorca: Spring 2015 About Homestays

Greetings from Antonia Ferriol, RD of CIEE Palma de Mallorca!

These series of posts come from currently onsite students’ blogs.




My host mom, Alicia, is so nice! Even though I do not speak a lot of Spanish, she has been very patient with me speaking at a slower pace and speaking the sentence in Spanish first then in English if I do not understand. I also have a host brother (Hugo) and a host sister (Martha). I live about five minutes walking distance from La Plaza de España which is the common meeting place here in Palma. I went with my mom to el Supermercado (supermarket) and a fresh fruits and vegetables shop. These two shops and una Farmacia (pharmacy) are very close to my home. She also showed me some landmarks that made it easier to find my way home. She even had me show her the way home to test me if I knew my way around. My room is very spacious considering that I live in an apartment. I have plenty of closet space to organize my clothes and a desk so I can easily study. I actually think this room might be bigger than my room at home! I also lucked out and have my own bathroom. I am very much looking forward to being involved and fully immersed into a Spanish family's lifestyle. I feel like I have learned so much from just spending a day in my homestay!



Newsletter I, CIEE Palma de Mallorca, Spring 2015

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Greetings from Antonia Ferriol, RD of CIEE Palma de Mallorca!

Our Spring students arrived less than two weeks ago into Palma de Mallorca. How exciting to meet at the Orientation Hotel, then wandering around the old streets of Palma for the first time, and finally trying the different kind of Mallorcan tapas and pambolis. Now our students are settled in their Spanish home, know how to move around the intricate streets of Palma, have started going to the gym at the university and to meet with their intercambio, and have attended for a whole week their CIEE and regular university classes.

BT Orientation walk

Plaza Mayor

CIEE language classes (Beginning Spanish, and Advanced Spanish for Business and Tourism) visited the 15th century castle of the city of Palma.

Bellver group

This castle is well known for its museum of history of Palma, for being the only Gothic round castle in Spain, wonderfully preserved, and for its incredible views of the Bay of Palma.

No wonder its name Bellver means “Beautiful view”.

Bellver 2

This semester, CIEE students are enrolled in the following CIEE and UIB classes: International Meetings and Event Planning, Contemporary Spanish Cinema and Literature, Beginning Spanish, Advanced Spanish for Business and Tourism), Internship Seminar, International Protection of Human Rights, Survey of Spanish Literature, Teaching Spanish as a Second Language, Tourism Industry Contracts, Public Law of Tourism, Tourism Promotion Management, Quality Management of Hospitality Corporations, International Tourism Development, Psychology of Groups, Psychology of Personality, Couple Treatment and Therapy, Intelligence, and Psychology of Art.


Cathedral and Arab Almudaina Palace

No wonder... The first time that a person sees the Mediterranean Sea from the top of the 16th Century walls of the old City of Palma, with the impressive Gothic Cathedral behind and the deep blue sea on the front, one can’t stop marveling and thinking how lucky Mallorcans are, being able to see this view every single day.

Eight students are undertaking internships this semester, and they have been attending interviews this week to start in the coming two weeks. Companies in which they will be interning are: Logitravel, Sol Melià, Santa Clara Urban Hotel, Palma Aquarium, M3Forum Events, Nixe Palace, Highlife Mallorca Events, Marina Hotels, Saint Michel Hotels, Amara marketing.  

You can see here pictures of some of the activities we have been doing so far:

BT Dinner first day

Orientation Tapas Dinner

Grupo 2

Bystander Intervention Workshop


Biking along the Bay of Palma

This coming weekend we will participate in local Carnival, with parades and costumes. So in our next newsletter, we will share with you some great stories and more pictures.

Have a great semester!

Antonia Ferriol

CIEE Palma de Mallorca

  Uib campus

University Campus


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Newsletter II, CIEE Palma de Mallorca Spring 2014

Group in madrid

It’s the middle of the spring semester, and now that students are settled in their Spanish home and university classes, we just officially changed the hour in Europe to start welcoming the spring-summer season! Many things have happened since our first email, so what have we been up to?

Since the first excursion to Soller by train organized by the university for all the international students, CIEE Palma students have now formed their own group of friends from all over the world. With them, they are discovering the many beautiful landmarks and secrets of Mallorca. Our students do many activities as well with our Guardian Angels, students who collaborate with CIEE to introduce students to Mallorcan young lifestyle, such as Tuesday tapas night. They showed them the nice bike route along the coast of Palma, and hiked with them to the Hermit of Valldemossa. Bellow you can see David showing to some students how to take the metro to the university.

All our classes include an experiential component out of the classroom. Among other places, students have visited Bellver gothic castle, the Arab Baths, and the Cathedral of Palma. In all these places, students need to take a hands-on attitude and participate actively in the visit, not only to practice real life Spanish, but also to learn about the culture from the direct contact with the locals.

This year the Business and Tourism program is offering for its first time the course International Meeting and Event Planning, which is taught by two well-known professionals of this business sector in the Balearic Islands. We have invited to join this CIEE class five Spanish students from the university, so the class has become as well a nice way for our students to get to know Spanish students, not being anymore a class only for CIEE students. This class has enjoyed speakers such as Mark Damon, the Head of Soccer at Real Club Deportivo del Mallorca, and Madeleine Heckel, in charge of sponsorship of nautical events such as SuperYatch, Palma Vela and Copa del Rey. Students loved the experience of hearing from them how sport events of this magnitude are organized.

Meetings and events presentation

During the student individual mid-semester meeting with the RD, all of them shared how interesting was the one-day field visit to the following different events venues: Son Termes, Melia Palacio Atenea, Melia Victoria, Puro Beach and Celler Sa Premsa. See bellow images of two moments during this visit:

Group picture

Field visit

This spring semester, CIEE students are enrolled in the following CIEE and UIB classes: Historia el siglo XVIII, Historia de las ideas estéticas, Literatura española contemporánea: fin de siglo, Introducción a la literatura hispánica, Literatura del modernismo: estética literaria y diálogos con otras artes, Cultura Europea, Protección Internacional de los Derechos Humanos, Historia de las religiones del mundo clásico, Economía española y mundial, Zoologia I, Environmental Economics of Tourism, Tourism Promotion Management, Business Internationalization, Strategic Management, Management Skills, International Meetings and Event Planning, Spanish Politics and Society, Intermediate Spanish, Advanced Spanish for Business and Tourism, Advanced Spanish Writing and Stylistics, and Introduction to Everyday Catalan.

Ten students are undertaking internships this semester. Anderson is teaching "English as a Foreign Language" to children in a public local school, and so far he says she loves the experience. Christa is doing her internship at Puro Hotel in the Events department. Christian is learning cost control management at two Five Star hotels from Starwoods chain, Hotel Castillo Son Vida and St. Regis Mardavall. Lyna is interning at the reception in Urban Hotel Santa Clara, Bailey is learning marketing skills at Saint Mitchell Hotels, Michelle is working with an events agency helping organize forthcoming events in Mallorca, Bella is supporting her team at an events agency which organizes disc jockey concerts, Rachel is working in the restaurant at Hotel Costa Azul, Kira is learning at the sales and marketing department in Lowcostholidays, and Karlissa is interning at the online travel agency Logitravel.

Hoteles Saint Mitchell 1

This semester CIEE Palma did a day-excursion to Formentor, Pollensa and Muro. Students wandered around the stone streets of Pollensa, one of the first Christian cities of Mallorca, as in 1229 became a village under James I the Conqueror, who donated the territory to nobleman Templar knights and to the Bishop of Mallorca, giving to that little village an enormous economic power. Students enjoyed the traditional non-touristic Sunday market in downtown Pollensa, where they could see artisans work, food, plants and flowers. The group visited Nuestra Señora de los Angeles church, and learnt about its Greek-roman style with Barroc decorations, founded in 14th century by the Templars. Afterwards, the group hiked the stairs to the Calvary, 365 stairs from the 18th-19th centuries at one of the most traditional Easter locations in Mallorca. Up to the hill, there is an Oratory from the 18th century, one of the most exceptional views of the village of Pollensa, and a small walk of ten more minutes to a Roman Bridge.


  Formentor hike

The bus

After the village of Pollensa, the group admired the natural views from Formentor cliffs. And we ended the excursion at the natural beaches of Formentor and Muro, where some students decided to run, and even the bravest ones, swim.


Part of the group in formentor

Muro and alcudia beaches


Group in alcudia

 Finally, last weekend we spent three days in the capital of Spain, Madrid. On top of the usual visits to the Museo del Prado and Museo Reina Sofía, the Retiro Park, a guided tour of the historic center of Madrid, eating churros con chocolate and the popular calamari sandwich, we were in Madrid on a very eventful weekend, when key politician of the transition in Spain Adolfo Suáez died (some students were eager to hear in real life what they were learning in CIEE class Spanish Politics and Society, others learnt some new history for them on the spot). It was also a weekend with an important game between the two soccer teams Madrid-Barcelona, with people manifesting in squares to protest against Government social cuts, and even a popular marathon.


Reina sofia

Museo del prado

Palacio cristal resting 

This coming weekend we will sail in two sailboats from Palma bay to Cabo Blanco natural area, so in our next newsletter, we will share with you some great stories and more pictures.

Have a great semester!

Antonia Ferriol

CIEE Palma de Mallorca


Fall 2013, Issue 1: CIEE PALMA DE MALLORCA

Greetings from Antonia Ferriol, RD of CIEE Palma de Mallorca.

It's a bright sunny Tuesday (75ºF) in Palma de Mallorca, with one of those blue Mediterranean skies reminding us that Summer season, no matter what the calendar says, is not finished yet...

And here we are planning our next activity: a hike into the mountains of Sierra de Tramuntana, (from the harbour of Sóller to the Bohemian village of Deià) a World Heritage Site for its natural beauty and historical villages. Of course, we will be sleeping in a cabin in the woods by an impressive lighthouse.

Foto divertida

So, what have we been up to?

First week

We navigated the city of Palma, learnt the ins and outs of the narrow streets of the city, its gastronomy, its people, its art (on the second day, Palma celebrated the night of the Art, so all museums were open and free, offered music, new exhibitions... Palma was a huge urban gallery hop!). We placed particular emphasis on showing students how to use public transportation and let them experience Mallorcan traditions, by means of trying typical food and spending time with their familia española.

As usual, the most anticipated event of this week was meeting the Spanish Familias, with whom students will share their lives for the rest of the semester. Everybody looked really excited, so here I would like to share some pictures of this important event:

Homestays 1

Homestays 2

Homestays 3

Homestays 4

Homestays 5

Homestays 6

Homestays 7

Homestays 8

 Homestays 9

Orientation 1

We introduced students to two Spanish university students, DAVID and ALI, who will help them feel integrated into the young Palma society. On the second day, David and Ali went shopping with CIEE students, and helped them acquire their cellphone and other things they needed for classes. Students already talk about David and Ali as their true "guardian angels". With David and Ali, students went biking, and hiking in the mountains of Valldemossa to an old hermit.

Deia 4

Intensive Spanish

Liberal Arts students arrived one week earlier in order to take Intensive Spanish, review grammar aspects, and start using as much Spanish as possible before regular university courses start. It is impressive that this year all students compromised very seriously with speaking Spanish at all times, even among themselves. To this day, I have only heart Spanish in the group. So... CONGRATULATIONS! But not only LA students are using Spanish. For some reason, this year Business and Tourism students have come to Palma with enough Spanish to compromise themselves as well to use only Spanish during CIEE actitivies. CONGRATULATIONS again!

Also, this year most of the students have already met their language exchange partner with whom they will meet at least once a week to speak in Spanish and in English, a great opportunity to get exposed first hand to the local culture, and to make a friend.


International students

On the second week, students attended the Welcome reception, organized by the University for all international students. In this event, students were able to meet students from France, Germany, Italy, China, just to mention a few. On top of this, Spanish University students have created an Association to organize activities which bring together Spanish and International students. Among other things, they organize a soccer championship, a night out to eat tapas, an excursion by bus to the cliffs of Formentor and natural beach of Muro, with a stop in Lluc Monastery, and another excursion with an old wood train into the mountains of Soller. CIEE students were able to join many of these activities, and this helped them feel integrated into the university community by making their first friends.

Orientation 2

Classes at the University

After academic advising, and making sure each student had the right class, students went to their first university class. This year, students have enrolled in the following CIEE and UIB classes: Spanish Politics and Society, Contemporary Spanish Cinema and Literature, Intercultural Communication, Spanish for Business and Tourism, Advanced Spanish Writing and Stylistics, Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Marketing Management, Psychology of Development, History of Psychology, Contemporary Spanish Literature, European Union Law, Sustainable Tourism, Business Strategy, Progress of Spain in the International Order, Seminar on Living and Learning, and Introduction to Everyday Catalan.



Four students are doing internships this semester. Karah is teaching English as a Foreign Language to children in a public local school. So far she says she loves the experience and is trying to learn from her mentor professor Silvia the magic of making children be quiet and pay attention in class!

Two other students, Christa and Jenni, are doing their internship at Puro Hotel , one of them in the marketing department and the other in the Events department. Both are not only working at the offices, but helping with several events organized by the hotel, in the coming months.

And Henri is working with a small company named Telm Produccions, which organizes events for children in schools of Mallorca. He will help in these events, and also in the marketing and web design of the company.


This Saturday, the group visited La Granja, an old farm which has become a museum about the rural history and traditions of this Mediterranean island.

La granja 1

La granja 2

La granja 3

La granja 4

La granja 5

Afterwards, the group visited the town of Deià, and had lunch at the beach, by the coast of Sierra de Tramuntana, recently declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO for the great value of its unique historical, artistic, and ethnographic heritage. We had the opportunity to admire the landscape of the typical Mediterranean forest: pines, holm oaks, carob trees, fig trees... By the end of the day, we visited the ruins of a watch tower from 16th century, and also the tower of the souls, an example of piracy of the 17th century.

Deia 1

Deia 2

Deia 3

Class Field visits

Language classes have brought students to the well preserved Bellver castle, a round gothic castle with incredible views of the city of Palma.

1 castillo bellver

2 castillo bellver

And to Palma Cathedral, an impressive Gothic building by the sea.

3 catedral

And of course students took a class on how to cook Paella and crespells, a traditional Mallorcan dessert.

4 cooking
Coming next

We went to Granada for three days and had a wonderful time, so in our next newsletter, we will share with you some great stories and more pictures.

Have a great semester!


Summer 2013 Session I: CIEE PALMA DE MALLORCA

Palma bay


This is our newsletter about Summer Session I 2013 in Palma de Mallorca. During this session, our students can study the following topics:

Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Spanish (Language)

Spanish for Business and Tourism: an Introduction to Tourism in Mallorca (Business, in Spanish)

Contemporary Writers Travel Spain (Literature, in Spanish)

Mediterranean Marine Environment (Biology, in English)

Internship in a business company or in a hotel department (Business Internship, in Spanish)


Our students learnt about the history of the beautiful city of Palma, its culture, gastronomy, architecture, and of course the basics of how to move around the city. Students met their homestays, and gave them two kisses the Spanish style!


During orientation, the CIEE summer group spent a lot of time with Spanish students (Guardian Angels) who helped them buying cellphones, getting around the city, going out for tapas, finding out about the amazing nightlife by the harbour of Palma, discovering the closest beach used by Palma locals, a well kept secret. Ali, Andrea and David are always there during the summer to help out students with anything, guide them through young life in Palma, and of course help them with their Spanish.

Orientation 2
Orientation 3


All our summer classes have a hands-on component and put students in contact with relevant local examples related to the content of each particular subject.


This class did a thorough field visit to three very different hotels owned by the famous Spanish hotel chain Sol Melià: Antillas Barbados (family and children oriented), Beach House (a design driven beachfront hotel, connected with Nikki Beach, a restaurant and a bar with the finest international gourmet cuisine), and Sol Wave House (flowboarding and innnovative experience hotel).

Field visit presentation Hotel Antillas Barbados 2
Field visit presentation Hotel Antillas Barbados 3
In each hotel, a manager introduced us to the special characteristics of each hotel, the type of audience, sales techniques, relevant marketing strategies, services offered, differentiation and innovation goals, etc.

Field visit presentation Hotel Antillas Barbados 5
We were impressed by the two innovative artificial wave machines for flowboarding, the infinity pool, the landscape view from the beautifully designed rooms, but specially with this new concept of hotels which offer a lifestyle experience on top of comfortable and original rooms and services.

Field visit to Magaluf
Shockwave hotel 2
Shockwave hotel



This is a popular activity organized by the language classes. Students learn to cook Spanish meals, from paella to coca de verduras, gazpacho, tortilla de papatas, etc. See picture bellow of students with our stellar cook Cati Aguiló.

Cooking class
Cooking class 2

Language classes are small and students learn by doing in and outside of the classroom. Students use the language in class by exploring different tasks and having to use the language to express what they are discovering.

In class activity Intermediate Spanish
Intermediate Spanish students play games which make the class playful and experiential

Students Castell de Bellver
Classes combine culture and history with language learning, like this field study trip to Medieval Bellver Castle (as well, Museum of the History of Palma), where students learn about the history of Palma, and apply their recently learnt vocabulary while doing a scavenger hunt activity.


This summer session I group travelled one day to the old mountain village of Soller. They did it with the oldest wooden train in Europe.

Our second long day excursion was to Formentor to see the incredible views of the northern cliffs of the island.

On the same day, we visited Alcudia, and walked inside the Medieval walls of this beautiful historical city.

Within the medieval walls alcudia
We also were able to discover the ruins of the old Roman city of Pollentia, maybe the oldest site students have visited during their stay in Mallorca.

Roman Ruins Pollentia
And of course we spent some time at some of the most amazing natural beaches of Mallorca, Formentor and Muro.

Formentor beach


Today we had our farewell party at Can Joan de S'Aigo (XVII century chocolate coffee shop) for those students who have to leave and can not stay with us during session II.

Becca, Camile, David, Taylor! We will miss you!!!



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National Sibling Day, a glimpse of what happens daily in this house, by Sunny Shih, CIEE Palma de Mallorca

Sunny shih cathedral

Name: Sunny Shih 

Semester: Business and Tourism Spring 2013

School: George Washington University

Happy Sibling Day everyone! May everyone have a wonderful day with their brothers and sisters, same mothers or not. I am an only child at home, the apple of my mom’s eye, and forever the guinea pig of their parenting methods. To my parents’relief, I turned out somewhat normal, in spite of only-child stereotypes.

Here in Mallorca, I have two siblings in my host family. Andreu is turning 8 soon, and Caterina is 4. It’s awesome being the oldest, these two follow me around like I am the coolest person they have ever met. And I never get castigada, either, because I have more years of experience playing the game. I’m glad that they are comfortable around me now; I am always asked to play, even though I never win at Pokemon cards. Read below for the things that happen in this household:

1. Gangnam Style. I swear that this family-student pairing is meant to be; I finally found someone who is more obsessed with Gangnam Style than I am! Andreu doesn’t walk, he does the horsey down the street while yelling oppa gangnam style. It is his all-time favorite song.


2. They fight to sit next to me during dinner. I have never felt so popular in my life. Most of the time Caterina loses, so she whines until Carmen (my host mom) pulls up an extra chair on my other side. 

3. They’re extremely curious about my culture and my background. One of my first nights here, Andreu asked me to teach him how to write my name is Chinese. I was very impressed: 


4. Arts and crafts happen a lot here. One time, Andreu made a giant ant out of clay, and then showed me a picture that he drew of a guy vomiting, urinating, and defecating at the same time. Unfortunately I only have a picture of the giant ant. Yesterday, we took turns drawing the family; Carmen, Vicente, and I all ended up being trees. 



5. Daily question: Can I play games on your phone? They whisper it when the parents aren’t around, because usually they’re not allowed to play with my phone. If one catches the other on my phone, he/she runs to their mom and tattles.


6. They’re not afraid to try new things. Once during dinner, I was given a bottle of Tabasco and another bottle of green hot sauce. Andreu pours both all over his food, then spends the rest of the meal running around in the living room as if his pants were on fire.

7. It’s cute when they sleep. Caterina is the only kid I’ve seen that asks to go to bed because she is tired. One time, she was sulking and curled up under the dinner table, and then fell asleep. Under the dinner table.


8. Here’s a picture of Vicente (my host dad) carrying Caterina like a sack of potatoes because she was too tired to walk uphill. We were in Estellencs, a town in the Sierra de Tramuntana (UNESCO World Heritage Site) where they have a summer house.


9. We play the restaurant game with the Hello Kitty kitchen. “Is there anything for dessert?” I asked Caterina. “Yes, we have fried chicken,” she answered.

10. Fashion shows and dance recitals. And serious concerts at church. Last night, Andreu pranced around with his sister’s underwear on his head. Then he added his mom’s jewelry. Then the lipstick. Then the toothpaste behind his ear. Grand finale? Both of them running around the house naked. Caterina performs ballet for me while I eat, and can sing an entire song in English from memory. On a more serious note, Andreu is a part of the boys choir in his school, Colegio de San Francisco. 




Everyday there is something new in this house. I can’t tell you how lucky I am to have this hilarious family around. Once again, happy Sibling Day, and I hope you give yours an extra hug today!


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A dog named cat and another named whiskey and other new things about my Spanish home, Hannah Johnson, CIEE Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Hannah johnson perfil

School: University of Iowa

Semester: Fall 2012

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When I left for Spain my dad told me he had a feeling that I would be with a family with kids and a really good cook. Well I bought presents for kids just in case and it was a good thing that I did, mostly because everyone is enjoying the magic growing moose a lot, but also because mi madre española has a daughter. She might be a little old for kids toys at 15, Lola, is a bundle of fun and hormones, just like 15 year olds all over the world. The four people who live with me are loud and full of life. They argue at the kitchen table and scold each other, they poke fun and sing made up songs while they cook, they are kind and above all things patient when I say one more time “explicame mas no oye rapido” (explain it to me again, I did not hear you fast enough). I cannot pass too many judgments as these are all early observations after only living in their home, in my new home, for a few days, but I think I am going to like it here a lot. These people remind me of my own family, but, you know, Spanish.

So there is this fancy and formal picture of the three of this, but when Nuria, my host mom, threw her arms around her daughter and told me to “take a picture with my fancy camera" and it turned out like this,I thought it was worth a thousands words or solo, "me encanta"

My apartment is on Avenida Alejandro Rosello (Alejandro Rosello Ave.), a main street in the old town of Palma. We are on the ninth of ten floors, which for Palma is about as tall as it gets. I have a small bedroom off of the front hall, the other bedrooms are in the back of the apartment. It is perfect for me. I have more than enough space and the most amazing view, EVER! but more on that later. There is a snug and warm kitchen and a moderately sized and well used living room. There is a large balcony attached to the living room which has the same view as my room.


A stagnant view from my room

The VIEW! Can you see it there?! SEE ^^^^ Enlarge it if you dare! Ok enough of that… I call the view stagnant because each time you move it changes what you can see. There was no way to get it all in one shot so here it is, in and outside of the pic, from left to right. At the sky line on the left you can see the Mediteranian ocean. My sight lines include the route into the harbor so I often get to see big ships (I have seen four so far). As you move right you can see the buildings of old town. Notably there is a Gothic cathedral and then THE Gothic cathedral, La Catedral de Palma. Behind that large white glaring building (visible when you shift left or right) is a view of Spain’s only round castle (yup a castle), called Belver (which means beautiful view). Starting mid view and getting larger as you move right are the Tramatura Mountains (they tell me they might have snow on them in the winter). Finally, not visible in the pic is a great view of the street below my as it pours into the Plaza Espana, Palmas most bustling plaza. FEW! a lot of information. Seriously there are more than 600 words in this post so I will stop. Is there anything YOU want to know about where I live? Digame (TELL ME)! Me da. ( I will tell you).


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The adventure Begins, by Emily Southmayd (Summer CIEE Palma de Mallorca)

Emily bajo el agua 

Name: Emily Southmayd

School: The Pennsylavnia State University

Semester: Summer program Language and Culture

After a long day/night/morning flying from JFK to Dusseldorf to Palma de Mallorca, Spain, I arrived yesterday (Friday) afternoon on this beautiful island.  I took a taxi from the airport to the hotel, Hotel Jaime III, then met with the other students from the group and had lunch.  Once everyone from our group arrived (16 students total), we did introductions and then spent time walking around the city, exploring, seeing the sights, and trying to orient ourselves.Then, we ate dinner at a restaurant...not surprisingly, several of us ordered different variations of cheeseburgers.  We were all very tired and jet-lagged, so we weren't exactly in the best shape to try to decipher Spanish menus.  Afterwards, we went back to the hotel, which was very nice by the way, and went to sleep...quite easily after so much traveling.

In front of the cathedralIn front of the Cathedral during orientation

This morning, we had breakfast at the hotel, then met up with our "Guardian Angels," Spanish students from the university here, and walked around some more.  Several people purchased cell phones, then we just explored some more.  Later, we met up with our Resident Directors for lunch, where I had a version of Paella made with noodles, Pollo Croquettes, and Flan...todos fueron muy delicioso.  Then, after a couple hours of information sessions, we met our host families and moved in!  Mi madre is very nice, and luckily she speaks some English so if I'm every REALLY confused, she'll be able to help me out.  The view from my room is absolutely breathtaking, and the rest of the city is beautiful as well, so be expecting lots and lots of pictures!  So overall, so far so good!  Tomorrow, our first activity isn't until 4 pm, so I'm looking forward to the downtime (and sleeping in!)  And our activity of the day is a biking tour of Palma so rest before will be very important.  Until next time, adios :)   
Orientation first picture together
Our first picture together in Plaza Mayor


Our first week in Palma de Mallorca with CIEE - Sailing in the Mediterranean

This is the second week of Palma’s fall 2012 semester. This is what we have been doing so far… During the first week we did several informative orientation sessions, as well as practical visits to become familiar with the city of Palma. We placed particular emphasis on showing the students how to use the public transportation and let them experience Majorcan traditions by means of trying typical Majorcan food and spending.

Laura and David are this semester’s “Guardian Angels”; they are Spanish students who collaborate with CIEE and do activities with our students, many times becoming best friends with our students. Among other activities, they went out to eat tapas, to the night of the open museums, and shopping with the students.

Grupo al caer la tarde
On the first week, students took an intensive language class, which helped them to remember the most important aspects of advanced Spanish grammar, and to break the ice of talking and writing in Spanish at an academic level, before going into regular university classes. During this week, students were invited by the university (UIB) to several events organized for international students, coming from all over Europe, and other countries around the world. These events included a welcome reception and an excursion to the Caves of the Drach in Porto Cristo.

Our students not only sign a language commitment, but they are exposed at all times to oral Spanish with their homestays, guardian angels, staff, and professors. It is obvious to us that they are trying very hard to get out of English and their Spanish is improving day after day.  In order to strengthen this language commitment, students will start their Spanish-English exchange with some Spanish students.

Grupo con velas
This week students start regular university classes. We have had an academic meeting in order to register in these classes, and discuss how the classes are going. Before enrolling a student in a class, we talk to the professor and make sure the student meets the requirements and the professor is receptive towards the student. Students are enrolled in CIEE & UIB classes (all taught in Spanish) such as: Palma in the Mediterranean, Spanish for Business and Tourism, Advanced Spanish Writing and Stylistics, Welfare Economics, Hygiene and Nutrition, Geography of Tourism, International Economics, Progress of Spain in the International Order, International Tourism, Communication Strategies of Spanish Language, and Introduction to Everyday Catalan.

This semester, we are offering for the second time the Seminar on Living and Learning in Palma de Mallorca. Since the group is small, the seminar will be a very important experience to discover ourselves and become more intercultural competent. All students are very excited to learn more about their own culture and Spanish culture, and afterwards start building bridges among both cultures.

Patrick saliendo del mar

Other than this, we organized an outing to the urban beach of Palma by bike. Students and Guardian Angels took the bike in Paseo Marítimo and biked along the coast until Arenal. This past Sunday we sailed on a sail boat the coast of Palma Bay. It was an incredible new experience for all of us. This weekend we will travel to Madrid for three days, so we will be able to tell you more about this.

Chicos en el velero inclinado


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