Study Abroad 2017Tales from Barcelona
Today the curtain closed on an amazing study abroad experience. The pace of the program was intense. A 3-day orientation in Barcelona and then 31 days full throttle in an experiential program designed to exploit the learning opportunities to the maximum possible....
After our last weekend in Barcelona, it was time to come together for our last week in the Barcelona classroom. Our first session on Monday was with Karen Smyth. She previously worked with the students during the first week of the program which you can read about...
Thursday was our last content class as this week is project development, completion, and final presentations. Since it was our last day of discussing the material, experiences, etc. as a class, it was critical to bring together all the information, excursions, and...read more
Visiting the dairy and apiculture farm was a treat to experience as I use both products daily. We started the excursion by visiting an organic dairy farm. I loved the calf as they were adorable, listening to them "moo" and having them nibble my hand warmed my heart....read more
This marks the final excursion of the program (insert sad face here). I got to hang out with cows (which I love) and bees while learning about what it takes to provide organic products to the community. The day started with a visit to the organic dairy farm La...read more
As part of the nutrition-related part of this program, students completed a project in a day process. Students got up early to get to their designated Barcelona community markets across the city. 6 groups of 3 were given the task of observing, visualizing, assessing...read more
Have you found yourself? No, not metaphorically, but seriously... have you found what makes feel so alive, so happy you could fly? I have a hobby that might seem strange to some, which is the practice of lucid dreaming. Lucid dreaming and self-realization are...read more
The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. -Lao Tzu While this journey was not a thousand miles, it was without a doubt the most physically challenging activity I have ever done in my life and this comes only a week after hiking the Costa Brava. I also...read more
Imagine walking into a room with study table. There are few books, pens, and a laptop sitting on the table. As the day goes by, the table keeps filling up with stuff on top of each other. At the end of the day, the whole table is filled with random stuff and...read more
Ever woke up thinking today is the day to face a fear? The day of the dairy farm and apiculture excursion, I felt unease because I have always feared bees. I did not fear the bee, but the sting and the unexpected physical pain which I have never felt before. Arriving...read more
“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved” – Helen Keller The Monserrat excursion was much more than a climb, it was self-development...read more
Every morning I have a cup of milk with my breakfast. Like many others, I do not give much thought in how it came to be. The final excursion showed us the importance of knowing where some of our food comes from....read more
Hiking Montserrat Natural Park was no easy accomplishment. Our task was to hike the mountain up to The Monastery of Montserrat. When heat is combined with the increase in altitude, it puts a lot of strain on the body. Upon arrival, I was feeling overwhelmed that we...read more
Thus far, the trip to Costa Brava has been the best part of the program. We hiked 12 km on Camino Rhoda Costa Brava. Understanding the importance of what I got out of the journey, are stories, and memories that will live on forever. Like many, I started...read more