This past week has been crazy and unreal to say the least. Between work and classes, sometimes even 24 hours a day doesn’t seem like enough and each day can start to feel repetitive and dull. So you can imagine my excitement when my supervisor announced that I’d be attending a one week all-paid course in Palma de Mallorca.
“Palma?!” I screamed.
At that moment, I couldn’t believe what my ears were hearing. I’d be getting sent to Palma for a whole week for FREE.
Plane-view of Madrid
And as if that weren’t enough, I’d be going in business class! At twenty, to be told you’re being sent for work to another country seems pretty surreal especially when you’re still in college. Part of me was expecting Ashton Kutcher to pop out from behind a pillar and yell “you’ve been punk’d” while the other had already begun daydreaming about cute European boys and all the sightseeing I’d do.
The flight from Miami to Palma was about 11-12 hours, having a layover in Madrid for around an hour and a half, and from there taking another plane to Palma de Mallorca.
My flight landed in Palma at around 15:00 (3pm for those of you aren’t so fond of military time) and once I found my bags, I headed outside the terminal to look for the shuttle that would be picking us up to take us to the hotel.
We’d be staying the Be Live Collection Son Atem Resort and if you ever want to know what love at first sight feels like, I suggest staying at this hotel. From the moment the shuttle pulled up into the hotel entrance, I had massive heart-eyes.
The itinerary for that whole week was pretty simple; we’d have class everyday from 9:00 to 18:00 (9am to 6pm) and after class we were free to do whatever we pleased.
The first two days there consisted of most of us battling the jet lag we were facing, and several coffee breaks between class to avoid falling asleep mid-lecture. I swear if you tried to run a blood test during that week, all you’d have is caffeine running through my veins. But once that clock hit 6pm, we’d all run back to the bus to get ready to go to the city.
La Finca + BEST pizza ever
On our third day there, we visited a restaurant about 8 minutes walking from our hotel. Usually I’m not a big pizza fan; I’m not quite fond of cheese-y things. Mac and cheese. Grilled cheese sandwiches. Cheese fries. If it’s super cheesy, chances are I’ll avoid it. And pizza is very rarely an exception to that. Now don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy a nice warm slice of pizza every here and them, but usually pizza, at least here in the States, tends to be very thick and greasy and leaves me feeling rather bleh by the time I’m done eating it. But seeing as to how everyone was ordering pizza, I gave in and decided to give it a shot. BEST PIZZA EVER! That’s all I can say.
Thursday and Friday were the most fun for all of us; by then we had all adjusted to the time change and we were itching to explore Palma and visit the local spots.
All in all, Palma was a wonderful experience and I’m so happy and grateful for the opportunity. It was a short and small trip, but it’s something that I’ll always treasure.
– Ash xX