You Are What You Eat

You Are What You Eat

The past few days in Barcelona have been centered around food. The experience has gone full circle: we started by learning how to make tapas from scratch, then we toured markets around the city, lastly we visited a diary farm and apiculture center to learn about the...
Finding Your Own Way

Finding Your Own Way

Imagine you are hiking up a mountain and you’ve found yourself separated from the group of 20. You know there are people in front of you and behind you but you can no longer see them. The sun is beating down from above, the rocks are uneven below your feet. To your...
Empowerment Through Walking

Empowerment Through Walking

Last week, we’ve been talking a lot about walking. One idea presented in class was empowerment through walking. I didn’t understand how walking, something I do to get from one place to another, could be empowering. The excursion to Costa Brava, which involved an...
Not All Those Who Wander…

Not All Those Who Wander…

“Not all those who wander are lost”, this quote from JRR Tolkien describes the idea of a dérive. Coined by Guy Debord, a dérive is “when one or more persons during a period drop their usual motives of movement … and let themselves be drawn by the...
Wine Not? Olive this Excursion!

Wine Not? Olive this Excursion!

Going into our first excursion, I didn’t know what to expect. I knew nothing about wine and olive oil production, which made me more aware of how removed I am from the foods that I consume regularly. After a scenic ride through the Penedès region, the first stop was...
Tourist or Traveler? A Look Through Selfies

Tourist or Traveler? A Look Through Selfies

During our first week here, we discussed being a traveler vs. being a tourist. We viewed the documentary “Bye Bye Barcelona” which addresses the negative impact of tourism in the city. Our purpose in Barcelona is to be a traveler and immerse ourselves in the culture...
“Siempre Vida, Barcelona”

“Siempre Vida, Barcelona”

“Siempre vida, Barcelona” from the Ed Sheeran song “Barcelona” means always living in Barcelona. This city is full of life and it has been great to explore that through this selfie project. Our first day was a tour of the Gothic Quarter. We...
Now What?

Now What?

“How will a 90 minute art museum tour help me become a better researcher?” I wondered, as we began our session at the National Museum of Art of Catalonia (MNAC). I was not expecting an afternoon of group discussion, memory games, and improvisation, which showed me new...
A Long Way from Chicago

A Long Way from Chicago

After an overnight flight, we arrived at the apartment that will be our home for 5 weeks. Right away everything felt so foreign: the street signs (or lack thereof) and signs in Catalan. We landed in Barcelona on a bank holiday, which meant the streets were deserted...
But First… Let Me Take a Selfie

But First… Let Me Take a Selfie

Before traveling to Barcelona we were tasked with taking 10 selfies at historical landmarks around Chicago, including one with a stranger. I was apprehensive, yet excited to explore and view the city through a different lens. Brittany, Melyssa and I visited locations...
Walk. Bike. Climb. Repeat.

Walk. Bike. Climb. Repeat.

Ellen Woodcock, Shailja Patel, Courtney Ban, Luis Gaspar & Stacy Rodriguez When exploring how UIC’s east campus promotes physical activity in students, we initially thought of exercise and athletics. After redefining physical activity in the context of the...