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Europe » Spain » Balearic Islands » Majorca » Palma April 10th 2019

We're starting to feel a lot more comfortable in our new roles at work now we've been here a week or so and are more familiar with the lay of the land. I've also helped out a few customers so feeling more integrated and actually involved rather than just standing back and watching and letting others do the hard work. The summer season hasn't quite kicked in yet so it will be interesting to see how different it will be then! On our day off this week we decided to head to Palma Nova and then walk to Portal Nous as Greg had read about it somewhere online. But unfortunately you can't walk along the coast as there are lots of very nice, big houses and hotels in the way, but the pathway is still very ... read more
The 'anchor' lol
Drums and the didgery-doo
Live bee nest!!

Europe » Spain » Balearic Islands » Majorca » Palma March 23rd 2019

Eventually Saturday comes around and there's no rest for the wicked as we have to get up at the back of eight (for our final buffet breakfast) and then head over to Santa Pola to pick up our new keys! It's exciting but a bit annoying we have to do it in two trips, as we have so much stuff (including the new bed) and its a half hour trip each way. By the time we have gotten the keys and moved all our stuff in and picked up the dog, it is already early afternoon. The dog is ecstatic to see us and looks really happy and relaxed which is a good sign. And Sergio seems enamoured with him which is a good thing and says he was good as gold with him and the ... read more
Having a well earned rest!
Port d'Andratx bridge
Port d'Andratx

Europe » Spain » Balearic Islands » Majorca » Palma November 25th 2017

November 21, 22, 23 Mallorca A 25 Euro taxi ride got us to the small Granada airport for our flight to Palma de Mallorca. Mallorca is the largest of the Balearic islands. It's a 50 minute flight (or seven hour ferry ride) from Barcelona. We had rented an apartment in the heart of the old town and looked forward to doing laundry (it had been two weeks since our last apartment rental in Madrid). I was instructed to call Maria who would give our driver directions about where to drop us off as the building couldn't be reached by vehicle. It was a short, up hill and up steps walk to #8 Cofrerria de San Miguel. Maria welcomed us with a bottle of Spanish wine, olive oil and candy and showed us the large apartment, all ... read more
Handsome Spanish prebooked drivers everywhere we go!
Lugging our luggage up to our amazing apartment...the travails of travel
Our beautiful front door

Europe » Spain » Balearic Islands » Majorca » Palma July 21st 2016

I arrived at Mallorca very late Wednesday night, my flight with Ryanair was delayed one hour but also only cost me 50 euros, so it was quite OK. After waiting in the airport the flight only took around 50 mins, I slept all the way. I arrived in the airport after the busses had stopped going, I was going to the port right next to the airport and decided for a taxi, the port is called Can Pastilla - at night it was a 15 euro taxi trip, cheaper in day time. There I met my father and his travel buddy Claus, him and his wife both retired and sold the house and are currently travelling around on their boat in Spain. We went on their little rubber boat (they did not want to pay the ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Balearic Islands » Majorca » Palma September 6th 2015

After almost one week in Palma the introduction week for the Erasmus students started on September 7th. I'll describe the activities day by day! Monday & Tuesday On Monday morning Yoran and I had an appointment at the local government in Palma with our landlord to get our Residents Card. With that card we can use the public transport with a 50% discount. It's quite some paperwork but luckily we had our landlord preparing everything for us :-) On Monday and Tuesday we had introductions at the university. It was the first time at the Universidad de las Islas Baleares so at first we had to find the right building. The campus is really big so we had some issues finding it. As Yoran and I were not the only ones who were a little later, ... read more
Rainy trip to Valldemossa..
Rainy trip to Valldemossa...
Yes, it was still raining here

Europe » Spain » Balearic Islands » Majorca » Palma September 1st 2015

After a great internship in Paris it's time for my next adventure! This time with a good friend, Yoran. From September until February we will be studying and living in Palma de Mallorca. In this first blogpost I'll tell you about the whole process of searching a room, arranging the Erasmus grant and my first experience in Palma, enjoy! Application process As a part of our studies International Business and Languages Yoran and I had to study a year abroad to develop our cultural awareness and to learn Spanish. Already in November/December 2014 we had to choose three universities where we'd like to go study. We both really liked Palma and heard good stories of this university so this became our first preference. After two months we got an email from the Hanze University that we'd ... read more
Ticket to Palma
El room
Cathedral of Palma

Europe » Spain » Balearic Islands » Majorca » Palma June 16th 2015

We have a cocktail party at 11am to meet the captain today, we slept in till 10am, rats missed breakfast, got dressed in our casual but tidy went to the Top Sail Lounge for vodka martins, salmon, salami and caviar canapés, no don't have to worry about me wanting that again I can't see what all the fuss is about, we had quick chat with the captain, Lexie asked him couple of questions but he has limited English so didn't understand, we had photos taken. It was raining, thunderstorms again. We arrived at Palma da Mallorca at 2.30 pm but we don't leave port until midnight so we got changed and got a shuttle bus to the port of Mallorca, another beautiful place, we arrived and hired Segways then the rain came, it was wet but ... read more
Absolutely stunning
Awesome church
Another church

Europe » Spain » Balearic Islands » Majorca » Palma April 2nd 2015

Total distance travelled from Santos: 5837 nautical miles We had made an executive decision to stay on board and mind the ship!! It was hot. 36 degrees C. Peace at last!! Roisin and I have both visited Valencia before and all we'd be doing is the 'same old, same old' walking around the gothic quarter and paying $19.90 each for the privilege of being taken in to the city centre. It made a pleasant change to walk around the ship and not have to negotiate over-keen and over-enthusiastic Brazilians!! Stick a few Goths in the Safari lounge and the ship would even have its very own Gothic quarter!! The air temperature was in the mid-30s (centigrade) which is not ideal for city sightseeing. We have been ashore at a different port for the last six days ... read more
The hoards returning to the ship!!
Palma cathedral
A sample of the Poble Espanyol srchitecture

Europe » Spain » Balearic Islands » Majorca » Palma August 30th 2014

Palma de Mallorca 2014 This trip was something different for me, I went on it with just my dad, that wasn't the original plan, he was meant to go with his partner but in the end she couldnt make it and the place was offered to me ;) and who could say no to that? We hired a car, so pretty much travelled all the island in the week. Driving on the other side of the road was fine but going around a round-a-bout the wrong way is very strange! haha ~ its like your brain tells you not to do it :p We got used to it after a few days, though I still often opened the wrong door and accidently sat behind the wheel lol oops ;) We stayed in a lovely hotel in ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Balearic Islands » Majorca » Palma October 12th 2013

How time flies - having waited months on end to start my gap year, my time in Palma is slowly coming to an end and what a shame too! Palma has been everything we expected and more. This Island in the heart of the Med offers stunning architecture, culture and history and you are almost always guaranteed some sun...we have certainly been blessed with that over the past 3 days. Having arrived in Palma an hour later than scheduled due to the French air traffic control strikes, rest and relaxation (a few beers) has been the order of the day. We caught the bus from the airport (EMT 1) and walked from Plaza Espanya to Plaza Major where our apartment was. We couldn't have chosen a more central hub to spend our time here! I would ... read more
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