Lucie's World http://www.luciesworld.net My world - Travels - Hotel entertainment / animation - Adventures Tue, 13 Aug 2019 07:30:12 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.1.1 http://www.luciesworld.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/cropped-cropped-LOGO-official-250x250.png Lucie's World http://www.luciesworld.net 32 32 Entertainer = ninja: Protur Sa Coma Playa http://www.luciesworld.net/2019/08/entertainer-ninja-protur-sa-coma-playa.html http://www.luciesworld.net/2019/08/entertainer-ninja-protur-sa-coma-playa.html#respond Tue, 13 Aug 2019 07:30:12 +0000 http://www.luciesworld.net/?p=2792 Three years ago when I was working in Cala Ratjada, in Mallorca, I published a post called “Entertainer = ninja“. Since then, I have worked two seasons in Menorca where I became the “Kids’ ninja” as well. Then I went “From miniclub superhero back to adults animation” and now I’m working in Sa Coma, Mallorca. […]

The post Entertainer = ninja: Protur Sa Coma Playa appeared first on Lucie's World.

]]>
Three years ago when I was working in Cala Ratjada, in Mallorca, I published a post called “Entertainer = ninja“. Since then, I have worked two seasons in Menorca where I became the “Kids’ ninja” as well. Then I went “From miniclub superhero back to adults animation” and now I’m working in Sa Coma, Mallorca. Today I would like to talk about the job of the hotel entertainer according to my current animation season. It’s definitely much different from my first season in Mallorca. There is one phrase that defines my job extremely well: “it’s called entertainer only because full time multi tasking ninja is not an actual job title”. Now let me tell you more about that.

Entertainer’s job

A job in hotel entertainment is different to all the other jobs out there. Some people don’t consider it as a “normal” job, I wrote a post about it, you can have a look here. For me it’s a great job, I just love doing it and I wouldn’t change it for anything else! Every day is full of emotions, happiness, laughs, energy and people’s stories. The days are never the same, even though the activities are nearly the same every week, it’s always with new people so there are always different vibes.

Chief ninja

During my entertainment seasons my role has changed from allround ninja to chief ninja. Every year I have learnt something new and thanks to my experience I have been able to start to lead a team. This year I have three more people in my team – two girls in the miniclub and one allround girl. The role of chief ninja is not just about doing the activities and guest relation. I organize my team, prepare the programmes, send reports and have meeting with my coordinator and the hotel director. I am responsible for the quality of the entertainment in the hotel.

 

Adults ninja

In the hotel Protur Sa Coma Playa I organise and host the activities for adults. You probably know that I prefer doing the adults animation, I feel more confident with the adults and I like doing the fitness and sports activities with them. This year I do some activities in the hotel and some are in the Club House (common sports house for all five Protur hotels in Sa Coma). In the hotel every morning I do either stretching, pilates, body balance or morning gym. Other activities that I do are table tennis, sjoelbak, pool, shuffleboard or darts.

The absolute favourite activity is the aqua gym which is a great workout and always finishes with our two club dances – Koukou move and Juicy wiggle. It’s really good fun and the guests usually enjoy it a lot! Like I mentioned, I also do the activities in the Club House. There is the archery, rifle shooting and pistol shooting.

Minidisco ninja

I believe an entertainer that doesn’t do the minidisco for the kids is not a real ninja. I used to do the minidisco with kids in a circle so I had closer contact with them. This season we started a different concept of the minidisco because it wasn’t possible to manage so many kids in the circle and nobody had space for anything. We started to do the minidisco on the stage with the kids under the stage. Because of that we use the microphone a lot more in order to connect with the kids and sometimes with parents as well. Between the songs we take short breaks to ask the kids some questions, to practice the movements of upcoming song or to do some funny moves.

At the beginning we felt a bit stressed about changing to the new ninja minidisco but in the end we have realised that it’s much easier for us to organize it this way. The minidisco doesn’t require any special skills, there is no space for being shy. It’s all about energy, enthusiasm, easy dancing moves and some confidence on the microphone. With all the energy it becomes some kind of minidisco show for the parents, we make jokes and we try to make them participate in it at least with some clapping or singing. At the end we make them dance with us for the two final songs – Baby shark and Koukou move. It’s always good fun for everyone!

DJ ninja

This year DJ Lucie had to learn some more things about how to manage the music as well as the lights. In the hotel, next to the stage we have a DJ box full of different electronic devices with hundreds of buttons. In April I was a bit lost trying to manage all the devices. Step by step I have learnt how everything works and now I’m able to manage everything by myself, we only call the technician exceptionally when we have some problems.

When we have professional performances in the evening, we always manage the music and the lights ourselves for the artists. After the shows sometimes DJ Lucie plays what the guests wish but that’s the easiest part of it. Youtube has everything.

 

Ninja’s daily schedule

Every hotel has a similar daily schedule for the ninjas. We work 40 hours per week as we have 1,5 days off. Let me present to you what my usual day looks like:

9:00 – Get up

9:45 – Breakfast in the hotel

10:15 – Making a round of the pool before the first activity

10:30 – First morning activity (Stretching, Pilates etc.)

11:15 – Second morning activity (Sjoelbak, Table tennis etc.)

12:15 – Aqua gym + Club dances

13:00 – 15:15 – Lunch break

15:15 – Making a round of the pool before the afternoon activity

15:30 – Afternoon activity (Shuffleboard, Archery, Shooting etc.)

16:30 – Finish, break

19:30 – Dinner in the hotel

20:00 – Preparing the minidisco

20:30 – Minidisco

21:30 – Professional show

22:30/23:00 – DJ Lucie (or Karaoke), guest relation

0:00 – Finish

 

A ninja’s job can be very exhausting but it’s also fullfilling. When you give good vibes and positive energy, you also get it back, sometimes even more. I love the job. Find out why I love animation. It’s just the best job ever!

The post Entertainer = ninja: Protur Sa Coma Playa appeared first on Lucie's World.

]]>
http://www.luciesworld.net/2019/08/entertainer-ninja-protur-sa-coma-playa.html/feed 0
Short trips from Cala Bona to Cap des Pinar & Son Servera http://www.luciesworld.net/2019/07/short-trips-from-cala-bona-to-cap-des-pinar-son-servera.html http://www.luciesworld.net/2019/07/short-trips-from-cala-bona-to-cap-des-pinar-son-servera.html#respond Thu, 04 Jul 2019 08:00:21 +0000 http://www.luciesworld.net/?p=2788 Since April I have been living in Cala Bona, in Mallorca. I haven’t done many excursions yet but I’m still trying to explore some parts of the island. When I was in Mallorca three years ago I visited quite many places but I still discover new places that I haven’t been to. This time I […]

The post Short trips from Cala Bona to Cap des Pinar & Son Servera appeared first on Lucie's World.

]]>
Since April I have been living in Cala Bona, in Mallorca. I haven’t done many excursions yet but I’m still trying to explore some parts of the island. When I was in Mallorca three years ago I visited quite many places but I still discover new places that I haven’t been to. This time I would like to give you tips for two short excursions that you can do while staying in Cala Bona/Cala Millor.

 

Mirador Cap des Pinar

Mirador Cap des Pinar is a popular viewpoint located in Costa dels Pins (Pine Tree Coast). It offers a spectacular view of Cala Bona, Cala Millor and Punta de n’Amer. It’s also traditional for lovers to fix a padlock on the railings and throw the key into the sea as an expression of eternal love.

Cap des Pinar is situated quite close to Cala Bona and that’s why I decided to go there by bike. It took around 20 minutes to get to the top, I had to cycle up the hill but it was definitely worth the effort. The view is just amazing. I spent some time there, sitting, looking at the sea, enjoying the sunshine and then I went back to Cala Bona. It was definitely much easier to go back since I was going down hill.

On the way I also stopped at the beach Platja de sa Marjal and I regretted that I didn’t take my swimming suit and a beach towel. Anyway, it was a nice trip and it wasn’t too busy at the viewpoint. Just a few people went by car, bike or walking but they didn’t spend much time there. I would definitely recommend to visit it because it’s really worthwhile.

Son Servera

Son Servera is the main urban area of the municipality. It’s located in the north-west of the island on a hill with sea views. It’s a small town but it’s definitely worth at least a short visit. Every Friday there is a street market where you can buy fruit, vegetables, clothes, plants and many other things. In the heart of the town you find Plaça de Sant Joan with a church. Nevertheless, the most popular attraction of the town is the New Church.

New Church

The New Church is an unfinished, roofless building in which religious and cultural events are held. The church was designed by Joan Rubió Bellver, a Catalan architect and a disciple of the Antoni Gaudí. It was built in the Neo-Gothic architectural style during the years 1905 – 1929. Entrance to the church is free and it’s open from Monday to Friday from 9:30 till 14:30.

I visited Son Servera twice. First time I took my bike and I was cycling from Cala Bona to Son Servera. It’s not far, it took me just around 15/20 minutes to get there. When I went to visit the New Church, I was very lucky because there was no one. It was completely empty so I could admire its beauty by myself and I could take some nice photos as well.

My second visit was last Friday, that time I took a bus which costs 1,90€ and I went to see the markets. I wasn’t too amazed by the stuff they sold at the market, they have the typical things that I mentioned before. The town got very busy during the street market and the buses were also busier on the way back. My friend and I decided to take a taxi back, together we paid 5,50€ so there wasn’t such a big price difference comparing to the bus.

 

Anyway, I would definitely recommend to see both places. If you decide to rent a car, stop by the Cap des Pinar to look at the whole coast of Cala Bona and Cala Millor. It’s truly amazing so I’m sure you will like it. You shouldn’t skip visiting Son Servera but I would probably avoid going to the town on Fridays since it gets very busy. Better to choose other day for seeing the town centre including the New Church. No doubts that it will be more quiet and you will be able to enjoy your time there much more.

The post Short trips from Cala Bona to Cap des Pinar & Son Servera appeared first on Lucie's World.

]]>
http://www.luciesworld.net/2019/07/short-trips-from-cala-bona-to-cap-des-pinar-son-servera.html/feed 0
Cala Bona, Cala Millor, Sa Coma: Three holiday resorts in Mallorca http://www.luciesworld.net/2019/05/cala-bona-cala-millor-sa-coma-three-holiday-resorts-in-mallorca.html http://www.luciesworld.net/2019/05/cala-bona-cala-millor-sa-coma-three-holiday-resorts-in-mallorca.html#respond Thu, 30 May 2019 08:00:51 +0000 http://www.luciesworld.net/?p=2782 At the beginning of April I took a flight from Vienna to Palma de Mallorca. I started to live in Cala Bona and work in Sa Coma. During the first days I had to buy a bike in order to be able to go to the hotel. Since that time I have been going by […]

The post Cala Bona, Cala Millor, Sa Coma: Three holiday resorts in Mallorca appeared first on Lucie's World.

]]>
At the beginning of April I took a flight from Vienna to Palma de Mallorca. I started to live in Cala Bona and work in Sa Coma. During the first days I had to buy a bike in order to be able to go to the hotel. Since that time I have been going by bike every day along the seaside from Cala Bona to Sa Coma, passing Cala Millor. Today I would like to talk about these three beautiful holiday resorts in Mallorca.

 

 

Cala Bona

Cala Bona used to be a small fishing village which, with increasing tourism, developed into a small holiday resort. It’s situated in the northeast of Mallorca, north of Cala Millor and south of Costa dels Pins. It consists of a cove with a harbour and surrounding coastal area. In 2006, the beach of Cala Bona received a Blue flag beach award. The resort offers everything you need for a relaxing holiday. There are many shops, bars, restaurants as well as bicycle, motorbike and car hire points.

The first apartment where I was living, was located directly in the port of Cala Bona, after two weeks I moved few blocks further to an apartment with a sea view. It’s situated above the Restaurant Melis which I can definitely recommend. Anyway, I like living in Cala Bona because it’s not that busy like Cala Millor but you still get everything you need. The photo that you can see below was taken in Cala Bona and I just love that tree, the spot is amazing!

 

 

Cala Millor

Cala Millor is a purpose built holiday resort which began to develop in the 1950’s and has continued to grow ever since. It consists of mainly holiday accommodation except for a few areas that have been designed as nature reserves. Cala Millor literally means “Better Bay”. The biggest attraction in Cala Millor is the Blue Flag beach which is 1,8 km long and up to 35 metres wide. It’s also one of the finest beaches in Mallorca.

A photo taken in May 2017.

Along the seafront promenade of Cala Millor there is a cycle path that I always use when I go to work from Cala Bona to Sa Coma. It’s really beautiful to cycle along the seaside but there are two things that I hate about it. First, it’s the “confused” tourists walking on the cycle path and getting scared when I ring the bell to be able to pass. Second, the quad bikes that occupy the entire width of the path so sometimes it’s impossible to pass them.

Anyway, it’s a nice resort that offers many opportunities. There are many restaurants, bars and bike/quad/car rentals. On the beach there are many sunbeds with sun umbrellas for rent and they also offer different water sports. On the promenade from Cala Bona to Cala Millor there are 15 stone and metal works made by the Spanish sculptor Pedro Flores. Shown are quite every day objects, such as beds, windows andsofas. You can see all of them here. It offers an unusual shot from your holidays!

 

Sa Coma

Sa Coma is a small resort with beautiful sandy Blue Flag beach. It was created in 1980’s as a tourist resort and residential development. Sa Coma is very family orientated so the evening entertainment mainly takes place in the hotel, rather than in bars or clubs. If you want to enjoy the nightlife, it’s better to go to Cala Millor. Sa Coma also offers a variety of watersports , such as scubadiving, windsurfing or boat rental.

Talking about Sa Coma, I should definitely mention the Smooth Jazz Festival, an outstanding cultural event held annualy in May in 5-star Protur Biomar Gran Hotel & Spa. For about a week there are live performances of soul, funk and jazz music.

 

Animation in Sa Coma

This year I work in the hotel Protur Sa Coma Playa & Spa. At the moment I have just one colleague, Czech like me, but soon I’m getting two more people into my team. The beginning of the season was quite quiet, it got busy during the Easter holidays when the hotel was full but then the occupation of the hotel went down again. Currently it’s getting busier which is good for us because like that we’re not too bored and the time passes much faster! I’m really curious how the season will be. Everything is new so I don’t actually know what to expect but I’m excited about it and I’ll definitely keep you updated!

 

If you ever decide to come to Mallorca, I would definitely recommend you to stay in one of these resorts. All of them are very nice and offer many things. The beaches are beautiful just during the high season, I suppose, it gets overcrowded. I’ll try to discover some hidden spots that I could recommend you after. It’s also worth renting a bike because it’s so easy to cycle along the path and you get to see more from the resort.

The post Cala Bona, Cala Millor, Sa Coma: Three holiday resorts in Mallorca appeared first on Lucie's World.

]]>
http://www.luciesworld.net/2019/05/cala-bona-cala-millor-sa-coma-three-holiday-resorts-in-mallorca.html/feed 0
Best things to see in Thessaloniki http://www.luciesworld.net/2019/05/best-things-to-see-in-thessaloniki.html http://www.luciesworld.net/2019/05/best-things-to-see-in-thessaloniki.html#comments Tue, 14 May 2019 11:00:49 +0000 http://www.luciesworld.net/?p=2674 Thessaloniki is a city that will stay in my heart forever. Four years ago I spent there 5 months with exchange programme Erasmus+. That’s when I fell in love with the city and that’s also when I started to write my blog. You can still check my posts from that times of “Thesserasmus“. After Erasmus […]

The post Best things to see in Thessaloniki appeared first on Lucie's World.

]]>
Thessaloniki is a city that will stay in my heart forever. Four years ago I spent there 5 months with exchange programme Erasmus+. That’s when I fell in love with the city and that’s also when I started to write my blog. You can still check my posts from that times of “Thesserasmus“. After Erasmus I visited Thessaloniki two more times just for few days – in 2016 and this year – and I finally realized that I had never talked much about this amazing city. So let me present you the best things to see in Thessaloniki.

White Tower

The White Tower is the most commonly known monument of Thessaloniki and the symbol of the city because of its prominent position, long history and imposive architecture. The tower was built in 15th century in order to replace an older 12th century Byzantine fortification while it was later reconstructed by the Ottomans. It was used as a fort enhancing the harbors defences, as a garrison and a prison. Because of its fame as a notorious prison it was also know as “Tower of Blood” or “Red Tower”. It was renamed White Tower after it was whitewashed possibly in 1891.

Today the tower is open to the public, the visitors can enjoy a wonderful paronamic view from its highest level. Inside the monument there is also a museum dedicated to the city’s history, its multicultural spirit and several other aspects of Thessaloniki.

 

Arch of Galerius (Kamara)

The Arch of Galerius, better known as Kamara, is one of the most famous meeting points in Thessaloniki. It’s a triumphal arch built shortly before 305 AD to honor the Roman Emperor Galerius, after the final victory over the Persians. It used to be a part of the large building complex which included the Galerius Palace, the Hippodrome and the Rotunda.

 

Rotunda

Rotunda is one of the oldest religious sites of the city. It was built in 306 AD by Romans. Its building measures 29,8 metres in height and 24,5 metres in diameter. Its walls are 6,3 metres thick and can be only compared to the Pantheon in Rome. The interior of Rotunda was covered in glittering Byzantine mosaics, of which only a few fragments survived. In the yard around the Rotunda there are marble fragments from the Byzantine church, Jewish tombstones and other artifacts.

The Umbrellas

At the seafront on the promenade of Thessaloniki there is a sculpture depicting metal umbrellas. It was made in 1997 by the Greek sculptor Giorgos Zogolopoulos. At the Umbrellas there is a wooden platform with some stairs where you can sit, drink your takeaway coffee, enjoy the sunshine or watch the sunset.

 

Aristotelous square

The Aristotelous square is the city’s most central square boasting monumental mansions. It’s one of the biggest and most impressive squares in Greece. Under clear skies you can see Olympus massif in the far distance from the square.

 

Ano Poli (Upper Town)

Ano Poli is a part of Thessaloniki that you shouldn’t miss. This part is the only one that survived the big fire of 1917. As such, it boasts an old-time charm, it will take you back to the city’s Byzantine past. Because of its location, it’s where the city’s main fortress and other defensive structures (Eptapirgion, Trigonio Tower) were built during the Byzantine and Ottoman period. A large part of the Byzantine Walls that surrounded Thessaloniki have been well preserved, adding to the beauty of the city’s Acropolis.

Ano Poli can be reached by foot or by bus. I would definitely recommend to walk, it’s worth getting lost in the little streets surrounded by beautiful houses. On the top you can enjoy the amazing paronamic view of the city and sea.

Roman Forum

Another site worth visiting is the Roman Forum, also known as “Ancient Agora”. It was constructed in the 1st century AD. The Roman Forum was a large open area surrounded by buldings of various functions. The forum was beautifully decorated with arches, cloisters and fountains. It was dug up by accident in 1960s. Currently, inside the agora you can visit the restored ancient amphitheater (Odeion) with its stands and scene, elements and parts of the Corinthian columns that used to form the imposive two-storey porticoes, and well-crafted mosaic floors.

Churches

I would like to mention two important churches of Thessaloniki.

Agia Sofia

Agia Sofia is one of the oldest churches in the city. It is one of several monuments in Thessaloniki included as a World Heritage Site on the UNESCO list. The date of the Agia Sophia is not entirely clear but most believe it dates from the early 8th century.

 

Agios Dimitrios

The church was built after 313 AD on the ruins of Roman baths. It’s the main sanctuary dedicated to Saint Demetrius, the patron saint of Thessaloniki.  It’s also the part of the site Palaeochristian and Byzantine Monuments of Thessaloniki on the list of World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1988.

 

Museums

In Thessaloniki you can visit many different museums. The most important is the Archaeological Museum which highlights the history of Ancient Macedonia through a great collection of ancient findings dating from the 6th century. The Museum of Byzantine Culture hosts the richest collection of exhibits from the Byzantine period to the Turkish occupation. In the city, you can visit other museums as well, such as the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art that displays many artworks and organizes many exhibitions. Museums that emphasize the history of Macedonia are the Museum of Macedonian Struggle, the Balkan Wars Museum and the Atatürk Museum.

 

 

Thessaloniki is a beautiful city with a lot of history. On the picture and video below, you can see how the city looked like in the past. It’s very interesting to see how everything used to be connected because when you visit the city, you can just hardly guess how it used to look like. Anyway, if you get a chance to visit it, don’t hesitate. You will love it!

 

Historical Thessaloniki

 

 

 

The post Best things to see in Thessaloniki appeared first on Lucie's World.

]]>
http://www.luciesworld.net/2019/05/best-things-to-see-in-thessaloniki.html/feed 2
Easter in the Czech Republic http://www.luciesworld.net/2019/04/easter-in-the-czech-republic.html http://www.luciesworld.net/2019/04/easter-in-the-czech-republic.html#respond Mon, 22 Apr 2019 07:30:40 +0000 http://www.luciesworld.net/?p=2598 It’s been an Easter time so I decided to dedicate one post to the Czech Easter. Everytime I speak with foreigners about the Easter in the Czech Republic, they cannot believe that I’m telling the truth. Let me explain you why.   Easter week The Easter week consists of “Ugly Wednesday”, “Green Thursday”, “Good Friday”, […]

The post Easter in the Czech Republic appeared first on Lucie's World.

]]>
It’s been an Easter time so I decided to dedicate one post to the Czech Easter. Everytime I speak with foreigners about the Easter in the Czech Republic, they cannot believe that I’m telling the truth. Let me explain you why.

 

Easter week

The Easter week consists of “Ugly Wednesday”, “Green Thursday”, “Good Friday”, “White Saturday”, “Easter Sunday” and finally “Easter Monday”. All the preparations are finishing on Easter Sunday. The women decorate eggs to be hung in windows, put in baskets or given to the men on Easter Monday. Men prepare (or, nowadays, buy) their “pomlázky”. “Pomlázky” are braided whips made from pussy-willow twigs and colourful ribbons. Its original purpose and symbolic meaning is to chase away illness and bad spirits and to bring health and youth for the rest of the year to everyone who is whipped.

 

Easter Monday

Easter Monday is the main day of Easter celebrations. The boys and men go from house to house (just where they know some girls/women). They whip the girls and women while chanting: “Hody, hody doprovody, dejte vejce malovaný, nedáte-li malovaný, dejte aspoň bílý, slepička vám snese jiný…”. It’s quite difficult to translate into English but it means something like: “Give me a painted egg, if you won’t give me a painted egg or at least a white one. Chicken will lay another to you.”. In return, the girls/women reward the boys/men with a painted egg and tie a ribbon on their “pomlázky”. The reward can vary and instead of or in addition to painted egg, the men are given a shot of slivovice (plum brandy) or other alcohol.

 

 

This tradition is still largely upheld, especially in villages and small towns, although it may have lost its symbolism and romance and is now performed mainly for fun. Most of the boys and men seem to have forgotten that the whipping is supposed to be only symbolic and they hit the girls/women quite hard. That’s why some girls don’t like this tradition at all. Personally, I hate Easter because I don’t see any point in “official tradition” of whipping the women. Like I mentioned before, it has lost its symbolism (not in the villages in Moravia though) and the men just don’t care if it hurts the women or not.

Anyway, everytime I describe to foreigners how we celebrate Easter in the Czech Republic, they think I’m joking. Normally, they can’t believe it, they get very surprised, nearly shocked about these facts and they can’t understand why the women should be hit.

 

Easter in the hotel in Mallorca

At the moment I work in the hotel entertainment in Mallorca. We had an Easter programme for the kids which included some handicrafts, egg painting and egg hunt. I really liked the idea of hiding eggs and then searching for them. The kids enjoyed it very much, they had a lot of fun and in exchange for the painted egg, they got a chocolate egg. In my opinion, this kind of activity would be definitely much better to do in the Easter time in the Czech Republic. So let’s see if this “whipping” tradition will disappear one day and it will be replaced by something more enjoyable for everyone!

The post Easter in the Czech Republic appeared first on Lucie's World.

]]>
http://www.luciesworld.net/2019/04/easter-in-the-czech-republic.html/feed 0