Here to Help

Here to Help

Growing up I would hear my dad, who for the majority of the time only speaks Spanish at home, say this phrase whenever we had red meat at dinner, “no beans, more meat”. I wondered why he would always say that phrase when he did. As I grew older he...
All The Way Up

All The Way Up

Have you ever had that feeling of wanting to begin something new but not knowing where to begin? Now imagine that that something is climbing a mountain and not having any knowledge of physical activity is your starting point. That was the position I was in three years...
Coast to Coast

Coast to Coast

Costa Brava translates directly to wild coast and that is an accurate description of the rocky coastline along the Mediterranean Sea; filled with small beaches, wildlife, and boat houses owned by the locals. To me, our excursion was based on hiking the coastline and...
Just Keep On Walking

Just Keep On Walking

My fifth project ‘Walking Barcelona’ was broken up into two segments; the first being given a structured route with set locations to follow, and the second segment was having a semi-structure route. After ten days of being here I started to realize how...
From Burbs to Barrio

From Burbs to Barrio

When I think of Chicago I think of stop-and-go traffic, crowds of people flocking towards the Bean, and 90 degree Fahrenheit weather; but I also think of drives down Lake Shore Drive, the Cubs Stadium, and all my favorite spots to go for a quick bit. When first...
Taking It All In

Taking It All In

The second half of my selfie project took place in Barcelona! Within the first week of arriving in Barcelona we were encouraged to take on the mindset of a tourist and visit a number of landmarks which have historical meaning to the city we would soon be calling home....
For the People

For the People

On our way to our first excursion, a wine and olive oil tour, I believed I had a slight understanding of how wine and olive oil is produced; but it is so much more than taking grapes or olives and producing a liquid. Our first stop was the winery which was called...
Different But The Same

Different But The Same

When arriving to Eixample Esquerra, the neighborhood I will be living in while in Barcelona, I noticed a few things right away; it is just as diverse, everything is much smaller, and there is enough room for everyone. Before leaving my apartment in McKinley Park,...
What is Art?

What is Art?

Going to the Museu Nacional D’Art De Catalunya (MNAC) for the first time I could not believe that magnitude of the building, making it the very first piece of artwork visitors observe. It’s massive pillars that are proudly displayed in front of the...
A Day in Chicago

A Day in Chicago

The first leg of our journey to Barcelona begins right here in our own backyard with the objective of being a tourist in our own city. Being from the suburbs of Chicago, and moving to Chicago within the past year, I never actually had the opportunity of experiencing...