Back to Basics

Back to Basics

As city streets faded into fields of hay on our drive from Barcelona, nature demonstrated the theme I would be observing all day: going back to basics. The first stop of our excursion examining food production was La Selvatana, an organic dairy farm run by Ana....
Show Praise with Your Body

Show Praise with Your Body

During our early morning departure from Barcelona, my classmates and I were buzzing with nervous anticipation at the task ahead of us: climbing Montserrat Mountain. Some were dreading the physicality of the hike, others relishing in the natural beauty of the...
I Want to Live a Life from a New Perspective

I Want to Live a Life from a New Perspective

After spending the weekend exploring Park Güell and Bunkers del Carmel with Asha, I was excited to spend another day being active in nature.  My classmates and I took a hour and a half bus ride to Costa Brava to tour the old fishing town of Calella de Palafrugell....
Let’s Be Alone Together

Let’s Be Alone Together

On Monday I was paired up with a group of my classmates to explore a set route through Central Eixample, near the areas we live and learn in.  Two days later I worked with Kasia to explore Eixample again, but with the challenge of following a circular path in a city...
Wine and Dine As One

Wine and Dine As One

After a few days of having no wifi to post my blogs with, I jumped out of bed in the morning of our first excursion. Within the first twenty minutes of driving away from Plaça de Catalunya I saw the first glimpses of how different the landscape of the countryside is...
Bienvenidos a Barcelona

Bienvenidos a Barcelona

After an eight hour overnight flight from Chicago, I was thrilled to finally be in Barcelona.  I quickly dropped off my bags in the apartment as I was eager to work on the second half of my selfie project.  The first half of the selfie project involved taking selfies...
The Night Is Still Young

The Night Is Still Young

It did not take long to realize how different my new neighborhood of L’Eixample, Barcelona is in comparison to my lifelong hometown of Bartlett, Illinois.  Everything was foreign to me; from the warm climate, to the vibrant nightlife, the street walkability, the...
Obtaining a B.S. in BS

Obtaining a B.S. in BS

After an hour of wandering uphill through quiet Catalan neighborhoods, colorful street markets, and quaint coffee shops, I arrived drenched in sweat at Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC).  The view from nearby Montjuïc Hill made me even more breathless and...
Sweet Home Chicago

Sweet Home Chicago

It is very easy to spot a tourist; their fanny packs, selfie sticks, tour bus rides, and confused expressions always give them away.  However, in attempt to gain empathy for the locals of Barcelona I will be living with for the next month, I swallowed my pride as a...