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Ana Payo Antarctica



Ana Payo Payo participated as a student in Homeward Bound 2017. Two years later, she has been invited to join the expedition as part of the teaching staff.


FOOT: Ana Payo Payo in Antarctica during her participation in the Homeward Bound expedition in 2017. @anapayopayo

Homeward Bound is a pioneering and innovative international initiative that integrates gender equality, climate change and leadership in the scientific, political and social fields. The program annually brings together 100 scientists from around the world who receive personal and specialized training in leadership techniques, team management, international relations, project development and financing and collective intelligence for one year. The gold brooch of the program is a three-week Antarctic expedition. The project is creating an international network of women working towards the visibility of the figure of women in STEM disciplines and the fight against climate change. Homeward Bound Project is backed by great personalities such as Christiana Figueres (Former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Climate Change Convention) who joined the expedition in December 2018.

Ana Payo Payo participated for the first time as a student at Homeward Bound in 2017. After her experience as a student in the 2018 Expedition, the founder and leader of the Homeward Bound program, Fabian Datner, contacted Ana to invite her to participate as part of the team faculty. Thus becoming the youngest component of the teaching staff.

“Getting to enter the program and financing my participation as a student was very hard” - although now all of that proves a great success with the invitation to participate as part of the management team - “Being able to participate again and this time from the other side is a great opportunity. I'm very happy. However, all this would not have been possible if it were not thanks to the support of Mallorcan businessmen such as: Inturotel Hotels & Resorts, Cinètica, Bestard, Melicoto, Pelopantón, Webstyle Mallorca and Cristina Benaescoechea. In addition to the support of more than 500 patrons through a crowdfunding with the Indigogo platform. ”

Next November, Ana will return to Antarctica in charge of logistics and communication tasks. Together with her, five other Spanish women, including the Mallorcan Marga Gual, will participate as students in this edition.

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Ensaïmada: the sweet taste of Mallorca
Ensaïmada: the sweet taste of Mallorca
Ensaïmada: the sweet taste of Mallorca   Travelling to Mallorca and taking one, or several, ensaimadas back home is a tradition amongst visitors to the island. Today we invite you to discover the history of this island delicacy, and the best places to try it. Sound good?     The origin of the Mallorcan ensaïmada   The “ensaïmada” is of Hebrew origin, and comes from a kind of sweet bread, similar to the brioche, that used to be prepared for the Sabbath, the holy day of the Jewish religion. The recipe developed into the ensaïmada we now know thanks to the converted Jews who stayed to live on Mallorca after the diaspora – a recipe that has not changed since then, over 500 years ago: strong flour, water, sugar, eggs, sourdough and lard. Originally in the Jewish homes of Mallorca, it was prepared using olive oil instead of lard. It was in 1492, when the Jews were expelled from Spain, that the converts were obliged to make an external display of their Christian faith by eating things forbidden by their previous religion. These prohibited foodstuffs included lard, or pork fat, which from that moment on replaced olive oil in the method of this ancient recipe. Simple, and yet delicious!     In the 17th century, we find the first texts that speak of the Ensaïmada de Mallorca, which now enjoys Protected Designation of Origin and Protected Geographical Indication, recognised as such since 1996. It was from the 18th century on that it began to be popularly consumed amongst the middle and upper classes, who accompanied the cake with a cup of hot chocolate for their afternoon tea. The ensaïmada achieved significant popularity, and started to be exported to other countries in the 19th century.   Mallorca has a grand tradition of baking breads and pastries, two of the oldest guilds on the island. Which is why there is a host of places where you can try an exquisite ensaïmada. Although we would like to propose the following five places, which are very traditional among the inhabitants of the island, and where you will doubtless enjoy the experience.       Five places you can eat a delicious ensaïmada   For an ensaïmada accompanied by an artisanal ice cream or a hot chocolate, the best option is the emblematic Ca’n Joan de s’Aigo, established in the year 1700 and now with three establishments in Palma. You simply must taste one along with a glass of ‘meringue milk’ (leche merengada) ice cream, one of the most authentic options.   El Horno de Santo Cristo, with over 60 years of experience: you can eat the  ensaïmada on the premises or take it home with you in the original, typical octagonal cardboard box.   In Inca, in the centre of the island, the small, discrete Forn de Sant Francesc contains some wonderful sweetmeats. Here you can try the ensaïmada that won the prize for The Best Ensaimada in the World in the first competition of its kind, held in 2017.   And in our own area, we recommend two establishments. In Cala d’Or, very close to our hotels, you will find a local Forn i pastisseria Terrassa, which has been making one of the best ensaïmadas in the Migjorn region since 1936. And in the tiny town of S’Horta, 7 kilometres from our hotels, is the Forn de S’Horta, a traditional bakery with cafeteria service where you can try a delicious ensaïmada with your favourite drink in the sunshine.     And naturally, we invite you to try the delicious ensaïmada we have prepared for you in our Inturotel buffets. We look forward to seeing you in Mallorca. Bon profit!    
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