Return to Palma

I am back in Palma, and am very busy looking for apartment, so that I can come back here in February: the reason being that I would love to travel to see more of Europe using Palma as my base. I will be going to Iceland next April for the Spirit of Humanity Forum, and it is certainly cheaper to travel from here instead of from Tasmania, but I am still looking forward to going to Tasmania later in 2014.
I spent last weekend at a monastery outside of Barcelona at a Spiritual retreat. (Barcelona is a magnificent city). The topic was silence: the monks had transformed the small rooms into lovely small hotel rooms with everything you could need: very smart of them to generate revenue from groups.
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I have been asked to tell you more about Palma. It is a small city of 300,000 people, as I said before. It is very old and beautiful, it’s got great restaurants, it’s on the sea, and there are little alley ways all over the city: you never know what you will find down them.

IMG-20131212-00292There’s opera, theatre, concerts, even English movies (or at least one!). Last evening we attended a classical concert held in a beautiful “Spanish fortress style” hotel. The concert was presented salon style (very gracious), we were the only non-Spanish people attending!

Palma is a very international city. There is even a 24 hour Diner called Route 66, where you can get American food! It is operated by a woman from Texas. There are many different cultures here, and many different and expensive boats in the harbour. At the moment my Spanish is terrible and I really have to make more of an effort.

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I have found good person to put my colour in my hair, (so important!), a good laundry and dry cleaner, and of course a manicurist! I have a network of friends/contacts here already: some Spanish, some German and some American. I have been invited to a number of Christmas events, the old fashioned kind: carol singing, and children’s parades. Christmas markets are everywhere. It is a very safe city and I feel very comfortable here. I am still at my guest house until I fly back to Canada on Dec 22nd.

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I have been asked by Kathy in New York to explain on my blog more about how I feel about my nomadic Internship role so I will properly report early January, after I am back in Canada, and have had time to think.

About Betty Steinhauer

Betty Steinhauer was born in England and raised in Toronto, Canada. Even as a young mother, Betty was active in the community sitting on a number of boards and lending her expertise to various public organizations. In 1983, she founded Betty Steinhauer & Associates Ltd. a consulting firm where, for twenty-five years, she used her unique abilities to act as a catalyst, facilitator and advisor to both the private and public sectors, in forging relationships between organizations and/or individuals for mutually advantageous outcomes. For many years, Betty travelled widely in out-of-the-way areas of the world. As she travelled, the idea for The People Bridge Charitable Foundation was formed. The People Bridge was registered as a Canadian charity in 1997. The mandate of the Foundation was to facilitate important changes in the lives of ordinary people through small-scale charitable projects. Betty has now retired the Foundation that, during its lifetime, undertook over 100 projects worldwide, mostly in conjunction with organizations already working in the target area. Betty’s experience and expertise in business, along with the advice and assistance she receives from colleagues around the globe, give her a unique ability to spot the need and understand how it can be met. Betty has the unusual combination of an entrepreneur’s abilities and an intrinsic understanding of people. Betty has visited India seventeen times in the past twenty years to pursue her spiritual journey. She has frequently been a guest of the Brahma Kumaris and the World Spiritual University to study meditation and further her own spiritual life. Betty is currently active with the Steering Committee of the Spirit of Humanity Forum, in Reykjavik, Iceland. This is an annual Forum that, it is felt, will become to the spiritual world what the Davos Forum is to the financial world. Betty makes her home in Toronto, and has published her memoir “My Way”. She began her Nomadic Internship in the summer of 2013.
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