Archive | February, 2011

If you haven’t Heard…

24 Feb

Interested in tasting local wine, seeing a contemporary art gallery, and screening the first movie filmed in Mallorca? The Sifoneria is a stone that simultaneously murders these three birds. This hole in the wall is situated in the barrio antiguo (C/ Santa Clara, 4, Hours : Tues-Sat. 13:00-21:30) and upon entering one experiences the sensation of life in the days of Mallorcan yore, not to mention that the cost of a bottle of wine is absurdly low. If you’re not yet convinced, below is a  photo tour.

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Anarchy in the BI

23 Feb

There has been some recent unrest amongst the faculty of the Instituto Son Pacs over one José Ramón Bauzá. If the PP wins the next election, which many see as likely, Bauzá will become the next president of the Balearic Islands. According to my co-workers, Bauzá does not regard Mallorquin as a dialect of Catalan and also considers Spanish to be more significant. If you all remember our orientation, and I know sometimes it’s difficult to recollect extremely invigorating events, we learnt that in the Balearic Islands it is mandatory that all public education must be taught at least 51% in Catalan. Supposedly A Bauzá in office means this will change.

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Hittin’ the Books

21 Feb

Upon a recent visit to our dear director and friend Ricardo, I was told that the blog had a lot of potential but should present more subject matter concerning the classroom directly. I think R has got a very valid point, and as such I’ve started compiling a list of online resources to help vosotros come up with English activities.

http://www.usingenglish.com/handouts/ – This página de web has
brazilians of worksheets that cover all the verb tenses in printable
handouts that mostly seem to be in exam format. This would be ideal if
you wanted to pull a pop quiz on your youngsters, or simply just
sequence and review afore-taught subject matter.

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Thought Your Job was Difficult?

17 Feb

Personally, I think that being an Auxiliar is the greatest job in the world. We  get paid 14.58€ to assist in English courses. I’ve made less scrilla planning, purchasing supplies, and teaching classes by myself back in the new world, not to mention all my co-workers here treat me like a genius just because I can speak my own language. To put things in perspective, HERE is a story of a 23-year-old American who went to Tunisia to teach English. I assure you it’s not half as cushy as being surrounded by beaches in a country with the 12th highest gross domestic product on the planet.

Feliz Día de Valentino

16 Feb


Unfortunately globalization has yet to permeate the month of February in Mallorca with the consumer-driven eros we’ve come to except as granted in the States. The little attention this day seems to outwardly evoke appears to be strictly reserved for adult situations in this fair country of España, so I decided to teach my pupils that behind every great farce there’s a host of creative activities to be derived.

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Mem….ories of the Torrada

8 Feb

The 20th of January was sin duda one of the most congested days of the year in our humble city center.  Hopefully all of you had the chance to get out and see a live show or two, grill up some meat slabs, watch adults climb on top of each other, or  even see giants meandering through the muchedumbre.

Below I’ve included photos that outline a torrada night on the town

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Keep It Wheel

2 Feb

It’s the first week of a new month which means another Critical Mass ride through Palma. The collective bike ride takes place monthly all over the world  and happens every first Saturday of the month in Palma. Although it’s been around in Palma since May 2002, Critical Mass actually started in San Francisco in 1992 with the unpleasant name of Commute Clot. [The current moniker originated from the short documentary ¨Return of the scorcher¨ and was used to describe how bicyclists get around in China (see awesome 90’s video below).] The idea of critical mass is simple: a group of bicyclists riding together from one point to another. It has been described as a ¨spontaneous coincidence¨. Others call it a protest but it’s more of a celebration. The ride in Palma is usually escorted by one or two local police officers for extra security and it lasts más o menos 40 minutes. If you don’t have a bike, borrow your roommate’s or rent one for the day and get to Plaza España by 11:00. Take a look at the bike section under shops&markets for more info about renting or buying. Here’s some helpful links as well:

Critical mass in Palma (mostly in Catalan): http://www.mallorcaweb.net/massacritica/massa.html#inicio

Palma bike blog (includes local news and politics related to cycling): http://www.palmaenbici.com/

List of Critical Mass rides around the world: http://criticalmass.wikia.com/wiki/List_of_rides

S.F. Critical Mass: http://www.sfcriticalmass.org/

Seattle Bike Blog: http://seattlebikeblog.com/