Playing in Palma
Trip Start Sep 01, 2013
24Trip End Dec 20, 2013
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Cathedral (Le Seu) Palma
Read my review - 5/5 stars
Read my review - 5/5 stars
We stayed at a place called Hostel Atlanta, Three blocks off the beach
Saturday was a busy yet amazing day. By 9am, we were out and headed back to the Sea. This time however, it was to kayak. With our own personal guide, leading our group of five college students, we headed out onto the choppy, windy waters of the Mediterranean. My kayak was a two seater, so I rowed with Olivia, another Butler student on the trip. This was absolutely my favorite part of this weekend. In about three hours of kayaking, we managed to make a 6km trip along the southern coast of the island. We always stayed within about 300 yards of the coast and would sometimes get up very close to the rocky cliffs that looked every bit as cool as you would expect from pictures of the Mediterranean coast elsewhere
Later Saturday afternoon we were bussed away from the city into the interior of the island where we rode horses! This was a very different experience that offered incredible views. It was nice to get away to a more secluded area and to see the countryside of the island. The "Ranch" we went to happened to have an American cowboy theme, which was slightly funny. We spent the rest of the afternoon riding horses, getting called "cowboys" and "cowgirls" by Spaniards, and listening to country music/ dancing to American Western music with tourists from all over Europe. It was a unique experience thats for sure.
My flight back to Madrid left the island at 3pm Sunday, so I had plenty of time to do more in the morning
I arrived back home this evening at around 7pm and walked into the apartment to find my spanish mother on the couch with her foot propped up in a cast. Yesterday she was walking quickly back to the apartment because it had started raining and lost her footing. She ended up twisting her ankle pretty bad and may have torn some ligaments. Tomorrow she goes to the family doctor (yesterday was just the hospital). Luckly Alberto, my host brother is staying around for the next few weeks to help her out more. She also has a sister that lives only 20 minutes away that will be coming around more often to help out with cleaning, laundry and other chores. Surprisingly my spanish mom was able to make dinner tonight almost just like any other night. There were only a couple times when she called to myself or Alberto to help her grab a plate up high or throw something away
She really seems to be taking it well and tells me I shouldn't worry about anything. She was even sure to let me know that nothing will really be different for me because she has her sister and son to help her with what she needs. I will certainly be the one around more than anyone else in the afternoons though because Alberto has class all afternoon, so its my plan to spend plenty of time with her and help her with whatever she needs these next two weeks because I know she has got to be frustrated at the circumstances. I have no worries that she will still manage to do everything she needs to do.
This upcoming Friday I have a class trip to Segovia, Spain. Its one of the cities with the most classic Romanesque architecture left! The remainder of the weekend I will be spending relaxing in Alcala and helping my spanish mother when I can. It will be nice to not travel for a weekend.
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