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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.

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Nit de l'art

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.











Our second group of summer students arrived just in time for one of Mallorca’s most famous and lively parties, the Night of San Juan. With sparks, drinks, and candles, the Night of San Juan brings all different people and cultures together to celebrate on the beach. Our students watched the sunset over the ocean then made their way over to the Cathedral and watched as the demons paraded their way through the crowd with fireworks and music.13516720_10154226795688632_3889917219897577432_n Parade of demons.13524491_10154226795693632_8671752367607736333_n 13566940_10154226795828632_880045024964801676_n Before the parade - everybody enjoying the sunset with drinks and candles.13566983_10154226795698632_7908280561160068126_nFireworks and sparks.


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Bebe, by Hannah Johnson, CIEE Palma de Mallorca

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Name: Hannah Johnson

Semester: Liberal Arts Fall 2012-Spring 2013

School: University of Iowa

I have been listening to a lot of music lately. Trying to find some new bands that have the sound I am looking for. I have hit my max listening to what I know. The radio here provides nothing really, at all. So I went exploring. I found Bebe. I kind of dig them. What do you think?




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Thursdays in Palma, by Andrea Morgan, Feb 24 (Spring 2011)

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Name: Andea Morgan

Semester: Spring 2011

Program: Liberal Arts

School: Gustavus Adolfus College


are fun. It´s kind of like Friday, because there´re no classes tomorrow, but different in that there is no need to stay out until 6 am. Tonight was so much fun! I went with a few friends to a bar to listen to some live music -a guy in my program who has been here since August invited us, because his roommate was singing with a couple of his other friends. Now, the music was amazing, but first I need to tell the foolish story about what happened before any of the music. We planned to meet up and walk together to the bar, which we were told was in Plaza Mayor, one of our main meeting places. Our friend told us that the bar was called CuCu. We got to the Plaza and didn´t see it, and started asking some people where CuCu is. No one had ever heard of it. So, we asked a couple of people where bars were that play live music on Thursdays. We ended up walking around aimlessly for about twenty minutes, before I suggested returning to the Plaza and looking again. We got back and found the bar- a teeny tiny little place in the back corner of the Plaza (just saying, we would have found it way quicker if people had listened to me initially, because I had heard that it was IN the Plaza, but I digress). We hung out for awhile before any music started.

The bar was absolutely packed. The first picture I have posted below shows pretty much the entire space, but there were so many people in here! They had to move tables and chairs outside so people could fit.

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They sang for about an hour, American, Spanish, and some Portuguese songs as well.

Ok. Mind. Blown. This guy was absolutely incredible. He sang amazingly in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. I can´t get over how good he was, although I have to say that I had high expectations, because Ray, his roommate, told us the other day that he was on Portugal´s version of "American Idol" a couple years ago, and he came in like fifth place. So a random Thursday night turned into an amazing experience-listening to great music sung by a Portuguese celebrity in a cramped, tiny bar. Life is good.

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Palma de Mallorca: Day 6 - Weekend! by Mex Spadafore (Summer 2011)

Max spadaforeName: Max Spadafore

Semester: Summer Internship 2011

School: Arizona State University

I'm a little bit behind on my blogging today.  The weekend was super busy and then we had a lot of school work to catch up on as well.  We had a free day on Sunday, so we decided to hit the discotecas on Saturday night.  Things don't get going until reallllly late here.  I don't know how the Spaniards do it every weekend.  Clubs are open till around 5-6 AM and don't start getting busy until about 2 AM.  Here's some video of Tito's.


I could have picked video with a better song but this one has footage of some pretty cool lasers I hadn't seen before so..

The following day was supposed to be a relax day, considering the night before.  My madre and her friend, however, had other plans for Laura and I.  We woke up at 10 to go to Maria's beach house for the day.  Turns out, it wasn't the worst way we could have spent for our recovery day...



Palma de Mallorca: Day 4 - La Playa de Illetes, by Max Spadafore (Summer 11)

Max spadaforeName: Max Spadafore

Semester: Summer Internship 2011

School: Arizona State University

So I didn't go out last night because we had class at 9am this morning.  Figured I'd make a responsible decision and get some good sleep.  Well turns out, putting more minutes on your go phone resets the alarm and I slept through the first hour of the CIEE Palma de Mallorca class.  Thanks to Phillip calling me during break, I made it for the last half.

After class we went to La Playa de Illetes near Palma.  This is my favorite beach at the moment.  It's small and today was rather crowded but it was still pretty awesome.


Also, I haven't uploaded any pictures of the group I'm here with.  Here are a few pictures from the castle, our bike ride on the beach boardwalk, and our 2 hour long walk to the disco's.

Grupo 1 

Grupo 2 

Grupo 3 

Happy Birthday to Phillip and Anna!






Weekend in Palma de Mallorca, by Andrea Morgan, Feb 22 (Spring 2011)


Semester: Spring 2011 Liberal Arts

School: Gustavus Adolfus College

This weekend wasn´t too eventful. This, however doesn´t mean much because I´m still in Spain and it was more eventful and fabulous than most weekends back home :)  Friday I had no class, so I got to sleep in, and then went with a friend to get Chocolate y churros. Unspeakably delicious! Basically, the hot chocolate here is like a gourmet chocolate bar heated up to be made liquid. Then, as if that weren´t great enough, you get churros or ensaimadas to dip in it. Seriously, Spaniards know how to live.

Choco churros

Friday night, a group of us met up to go out to Paseo and also to see for ourselves if what they call here ¨haciendo bolleton´ (basically, the very classy practice of drinking in the street...hundreds of young people go on this one sidewalk right next to the ocean where tons of gorgeous boats are kept and take bottles of alcohol to drink before going to dance in the clubs, because drinks are so expensive inside the discos) is a real thing. It is. We were celebrating one girl's 21st birthday that night, so after we were sufficiently shocked, we went intoto a club and danced to some Spanish music. That was pretty fun..I'm a fan of the music they play here, even though I generally don't know the words to the songs when everyone else in the club is shouting them. We left early (around 3:30am) though I was totally game to stay, other people were tired!

Saturday I slept a lot. Then, a friend from the UIB (from Sweden) had some friends visiting, so we went to his apartment to hang out and meet some Swedes :) There were couple of girls I´d met before who go to the weeb, as well as some people just visiting from Sweden. Everyone was really nice, and we were having a lot of fun, just listening to music and hanging out.We were having a lot of fun over there, some of which included a person who wishes to remain anonymous locking herself in the bathroom and trying to figure out what an "E" means on a Swedish playing card [it means Ace]. until the cops came to the door. Yes, cops on motorcycles came to the door and said there had been a noise complaint and that we all had to leave the apartment, and they waited for everyone to leave. Stupid neighbors. We all filed out into the street with the cops awkwardly while they rode through the middle of our group on their motorcycles and left. It was really hilarious, and I love this story, because even though it was really quite anti-climactic (we were seriously playing cards and listening to music...nothing crazy at all). I can tell the story like this "I was at a party in Spain with some Swedes, but we had to leave because the cops broke it up". Pretty sweet, although it was annoying at the time, because it was only like midnight, and therefore way too early to go out (unless you´re lame, foreign, or clueless).

So, we just took our time walking to Paseo. At one point, we were stopped in the street talking and we saw this guy on a bike. I didn´t see exactly what happened, but I just saw him crash into a wall and then take a nasty fall. People were looking around, because it looked like he had hurt himself. He got up, so clearly he was ok, but then suddenly he got up, started walking in circles around his bike, and yelling that he was going to kill someone. I was kinda freaked out, but being that I was in a large group which included a lot of guys  it was fine. We left and he did not follow us in a murderous rage. We went to a couple clubs, but one of the Swedes wasn´t feeling too well, so that pretty much broke up the group. It was another early night (again, like 330) with a somewhat humorous ending: I was walking back to my apartment, when I ran into one of our Swedish friends, sitting on the street. Apparently, he had foolishly given his apartment key to one of his friends who then proceeded to go into the apartment and fall asleep. He was locked out. Luckily, it wasn´t cold out and he was with another one of his friends, and a couple of our group stayed with them for awhile, but it is my understanding that they stayed outside until the people in the apartment woke up on Sunday morning!

Sunday was probably the laziest day I've had since I've been here. I slept in, and hung around the house most of the day. I can really get used to this laid back lifestyle :)
aaand some more pictures

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This is tumbet, a very traditional Mallorquin dinner. Doesn't look very delicious, but it definitely is! (I'm weird, but I continue to take pictures of my food)




Arco iris  


I am not sure how well this picture shows it, but on Thursday last week, it was really rainy, and there was this beautiful rainbow over the mountains at the weeb. I took a couple photos, but the colors are definitely not as vibrant as in real life. Sad face for my camera's shortcomings. 




Me and a couple of friends at the Swedes' apartment before the cops came :)



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.

(Students from CIEE)



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!)


Great things you can’t miss while you are in Palma de Mallorca with CIEE, by Jimm Watt (alumni)

Jimmy watt 2Name: James Watt

Semester: Spring 2008

Program: Liberal Arts

School: University of Colorado at Boulder



CIEE Events

Go to all of them. You never will be able to rent a car and drive to Formentor another time. Go to EVERY one of your excursions with CIEE. First off you paid for them, second your parents want to see some good pictures, and third because you will see how amazing this island is. Go to everything. You will learn so much about Mallorca and Spain from Antonia and Susan or who ever goes on the trip with you. If you have an excursion to Madrid or a big city, there is absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t go. Madrid is AWESOME.

In Mallorca

I could name off a bunch of great restaurants or beaches but I think this is something you need to learn. Walk within the city all the time just browsing and really becoming a local.

Futbol game by jimmy 


What I will mention are great things you can’t miss while you are there.

RCD Mallorca – Go to a soccer game. I went with some kids in my class and had a great time.

Ferias de Abril – This is a huge celebration. You will see everyone there and it lasts for 1 week almost. Go at least 3 times and have fun.

Futbol by jimmy



San juan correfoc by jimmySan Juan Festival – more in late June but this is one of the craziest, most fun festivals I got to celebrate in Spain.

Es Trenc Beach – You can take a bus there and it is hands down, the best beach on the Island.

Magaluf – When it gets into season, go party crazy in Magaluf. You take the 10PM bus to there and the 6AM back. It’s a place for English tourists and gets rowdy but is a good time.

Spain futbol by jimmyArenal – You can do the same thing in Arenal and party with the German tourists. Both are a change of pace from the usual Paseo Maritimo with Mallorcans, mostly locals.

Random reminders

Get a Spanish cell phone. Don’t try to use your American phone. You need a Spanish phone to keep in contact with everyone you meet.  MSN Messenger is basically the AIM of Europe. Everyone has it and it is a great way to keep in contact with people during the day. People don’t use their cell phones as much in Spain, so using MSN is crucial. It’s called hotmail windows messenger.

Last words

IMG_3650There is so much more I can say about my experience and my recommendations. But I think this is enough. I just wanted to give you these aspects so it can give you some sort of direction. To end this, all I can say is really open yourself up. Get out of your comfort zone and push yourself to be the most productive person while you are there. It’s definitely going to be tough the first month or two while you try to adapt. You’re going to miss you friends, your family, and the American college life. You kind of are in a real world setting as you live on your own in a different country. This experience is going to further prepare you for your life. Try to get through the tough times you have and realize the bigger picture of this opportunity. Once you get to that point, it’s all up hill and you will have the best time of your life. Take advantage of it all.


“Dimecres y Dijous Bo”, por Jamie McDowell

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Name: Jamie McDowell

Semester: Fall 2010

Program: Liberal Arts

School: University of Colorado at Boulder




Dimecres Bo es una fiesta en el tercer miércoles de noviembre de cada año.  Esta fiesta se celebra en una ciudad que se llama Inca.  Si vas a ir a Inca, tienes que tomar el tren.  La fiesta pasa por la noche y hay carpas de bares, música, y conciertos.  Las carpas están fuera en la calle, así que la fiesta está en la calle. Hay carpas en lugares diferentes con tipos de música variada.  Hay espacio para conciertos pequeños donde puedes bailar. Después de algunas bebidas, querrás bailar más. La mejor parte es cuanto la gente viene.  Las calles están llenas de gente joven.  Es una fiesta muy divertida y el día antes por la mañana hay un mercado al aire libre llamado el “Dimecres Bo”.  Hay tiendas de ropa, comida, etc.  Los dos son festivales fantásticos!