Renewal Placements are In!

In our post about renewal we said we wanted either the Balearic Islands, Pais Vasco or Galicia. 

We’re pleased to announce we got the Balearic Islands! I’ve been assigned to a joint funded Catholic/Public school that has every age (3-18 years old). My students wear uniforms and the school has been around for centuries. Chris was assigned to a high school (again) that has almost no information about it online.

As for a place within the Balearics- we were placed in Manacor.

To recap a big post we did here: The Balearic Islands are actually more north than where we are now. 

There are 151 islands, 5 of which are populated, 4  of which matter to tourists: Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera.

We got placed on the big one, Mallorca. We’ve actually been to this island before back in 2012.

We went to Palma de Mallorca, which is the capital of the Balearics. Manacor (where we’re placed) is the third biggest city after Palma (population wise. In terms of physical size, it’s the 2nd largest city).

Palma is where the ferry port and big airport is. So we wanted to be nearby to those and  fortunately on an island you are always nearby. We’re please to be linked by a train (and bus) from Manacor.

Manacor is not just a city but a “municipality” which covers this much area:

The city versus the municipality

This is why, when you search “Manacor,” you’ll see pictures of beaches. The city of Manacor (where we are placed) is NOT on the beach. Manacor city is 6 miles from a beach – so about a 20 minute drive (or 2 hour walk).It’s really difficult to tell what is in the city versus what is in the municipality.  But it looks easy enough to get around with a bike so it’s not a big thing.

Manacor, like Martos, has a via verde (we got lucky because Manacor is the ONLY area on any of the islands with a via verde). This is an old railway line converted into a bike path. Manacor’s path goes about 18 miles up north. It will also get us really close to the ocean. If that’s not enough they have 14 trails you can follow to really anywhere you want within in the municipality.

Population of Manacor 40,859

Altitude: 262 feet above sea level.

They have some olive trees, vineyards, famous caves, museums. It really looks like a nice place. The apartments will be much more expensive than what we’re used to.

For now we’ll stay in Martos and see about moving sometime in September. We’re working on visa extensions from Martos and will be able to renew the visa in Palma when we arrive in the Balearics. If we had flown to the United States we would’ve spent more on flights and a whole new visa (rather than extension/renewal) than the cost of just staying in Martos, renewing and moving. We’re also excited to stay and explore this area as thoroughly as possible. We still have many hikes and Andalusian adventures in store for us.

 


4 thoughts on “Renewal Placements are In!

  1. Hey you guys: Thanks for your awesome postcard! Sorry it took a while to get back to you as we were on vaca in Ocean City, MD with the family. Was thinking of you last night as we had “corn on the cob”, LOL! Just remembering how we had that when you were here and how much you enjoyed it, as it was the first you had since returning from Korea. We are so enjoying these blogs, everyone gets better and better . . . and we’re learning a lot too! So happy for your next move to the “islands” of Spain. If we could swing it we’d love to come, but we’re in the process of buying a motor home and since we’ve been to so many countries on our cruises, we’ll be seeing the good ole USA and its national parks, visiting relatives, friends, etc. for probably the next few years. But . . .. you never know, if we hit the lottery you may get some visitors, ha! Take good care and keep in touch. Love, Liz

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.