Back to Palma--back, back, back to Palma

Trip Start Jun 05, 2006
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Trip End Aug 01, 2006


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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

It's my fourth day here in Mallorca, and I am loving being back on the island. Miguel and his girlfriend Aina picked me up at the airport on Sunday afternoon, after I said "peace out" to Jon, and we parted ways. So far I've been living it up--Monday I worked out at the health center where Miguel works (I'm still sore), and then hung out with my friends Josep and Noelia. We had dinner at their flat and then went to this cool bar, and in the morning, which was Josep's birthday, we met up with his mom and her French boyfriend, and some of his equally French friends to go snorkeling at Cala Conill. It was amazing--I had forgotten the constant clicking of fish cracking shells and how ridiculously clear the water is. We saw a TON of fish and--best of all--I got to use an aqua scooter (one of those torpedo things with a propeller on it that pulls you along.) After that I hung out at the pool while Miguel taught swimming lessons and then came back for dinner, met up with some of his buds, and then we all went out to a local bar so they could tell me they would speak in Spanish, and then gradually descend into Mallorquín, and I could sit there feeling like I was in the most challenging oral exam ever. But...I'm learning a lot of Mallorquín, "com rebot." Today, I have a hard day planned out--I'm about to go chill with some of Miguel's friends at the public pool here in Santa María, where Miguel lives, and then tonight I'm supposed to meet my friends Vane and Juan for dinner in Palma. Tomorrow I have lunch with Juan Miguel, who was my professor and the director of the Vanderbilt program here, and then I have dinner with Xisca, Rafa and Lluc, who were my Spanish family here. And Xisca even promised to make my favorite dish--broiled salmon with mushrooms, peppers, and shrimp in a white wine sauce! Oh baby! Oddly enough, with all the chilling out I've been doing, there's been little time for updating the ole travel log. But, to say the least, I am really enjoying my stay so far in Mallorca! It's been great to see friends I haven't seen in a year or more, and to finally put some use to all that Catalán I learned. Well, that's really all I have to add for the moment. I hope you're all doing swell!

fins aviat,
Mateu
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And for those of you
who speak 'Castelá' (Spanish) and want to show off, and/or figure out some of the expressions I'm likely to use, here is a useful site: http://www.internostrum.com/ It is also good for figuring out ways to say things to people and have them not get mad at you for it (i.e. have them not understand it). Please use this new power responsibly.

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