By: Amber Grindeland
With the end of the semester quickly approaching, a few of us decided we needed to get as much sun as possible before heading back to the cold weather in Fargo. This led us to the Island of Mallorca off of Spain! We knew almost nothing about the island before we went, other than what we had found on Google Images. Let’s just say, our expectations were exceeded.
The first day, we flew into the city of Palma on RyanAir. The flight went smoothly, and we were able to catch a city bus along the coast to our hostel. The bus ride was beautiful, as the sun was setting over the ocean and the mountains to the west. We checked into our hostel, and then went out to explore the town!
Day two consisted of laying on the beach…the entire day. And this wasn’t even the warmest day! We went to the grocery store to get some sandwiches, and didn’t leave the beach until late afternoon. We were told the island wasn’t yet in its tourist season, yet all of the quaint beach souvenir shops and restaurants were open and welcoming. Also, we made a rather exciting discovery that there was wifi on the beach! That was something we never would have guessed. When you’re traveling around all the time, locations with free wifi are few and far between. The internet access became very useful the next day, in one very stressful situation…
Day three was a bit more eventful than the previous two days. Okay, a lot more eventful! While some of the group rented bikes to explore part of the island, a few of us stayed back to walk to have an adventure of our own. We originally planned to relax on the beach for the morning, and then walk into the center of Palma to see the sights there. The plan changed a bit, when someone in our group realized her wallet was missing! We searched everywhere: our hostel room, the sidewalks, the beach, even the grocery store. We then proceeded to find the nearest police station to report a lost wallet/passport. The first station we found was a tiny shack on the beach, and just as our luck would have it, it was closed. We were finally able to find another larger police station more toward the center of Palma, and were given a phone number to call to report a lost passport. Since there wasn’t much else we could do until the next morning, we leisurely walked back to the hostel along the beach. On our way, we saw a man making a huge, gorgeous sand castle! A passerby told us that the man lives on the beach and builds sand castles everyday for tips.
On the morning of Day four, we called the national police number to report the stolen passport, and went to the station to get a printed copy of the report so that she could get on the plane the next day to to back to Brussels. Once we got that all figured out, we hopped on a bus that took us to a town about an hour away from Palma called Camp de Mar. We had all worn adequate hiking shoes, so we immediately went for the cliffs! We were able to find a small rocky beach area that had some huge rocks. One even had a small stairway carved into it. So, of course, we climbed the rocks and jumped off of them into the ocean! The water was pretty cold, but that sure didn’t stop us from swimming and having a great time! It was, by far, the highlight of an amazing trip! And to make the day even better, when we got back to our hostel in Palma, the receptionist told us that the police had called, and that they had something for us at the station. She got her passport back! The cards and cash had been stolen, but apparently the passport had been thrown aside in the street on its own. Someone had found it and turned it in, thank goodness!
Overall, Mallorca was one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. It was hot, even in April, and the people were so friendly! And even though we’re here to study architecture, we can all use a little island vacation in paradise every once in awhile, right??