Bringing It All Back

Bringing It All Back

Returning Home 1.What made me laugh out loud: When Paul eats. 2. What brought tears to my eyes: When Dr. Coumbe-Lilley shared about his past in class one day. 3. My biggest cultural gaffe: When I went grocery shopping inside a local market at Sagrada Familia, I asked...
Memories Are Fun with Friends

Memories Are Fun with Friends

Pablo and I relaxing and meeting new friends through slacklining at Parc de L’Espanya Industrial. My classmates and I find these jungle gyms at each beach we go to in Barcelona. It’s a fun alternative to tanning. Our class decided to walk around the tiny...

Citadel

Masking my feelings has never done me well; The past can speak of it. So here are a few words on what may have been a Citadel And a few on my emotions. School preached life, movement, mood; They tell me to search, to analyze, to report. Here I am doing so; Searching,...

Moody Parks

When I looked for basketball courts to play on within Barcelona, I have noticed that many parks have different environments that reflect on where they are located. Each park in specific areas gives certain atmospheres to people that go there. For example, in Jardins...

Lifestyle Differences

Going to Barcelona, I thought I would not have an issue going to a local park to play some street basketball. I was not entirely wrong, but it was certainly difficult trying to find one because I could not speak Spanish or Catalan. However, once I did find one, there...

Overcoming Waves

Preface Little did I know that I would end up coming to Barcelona doing a water sport that is relative to the ones listed and is highly recommended here according to Stab Magazine: surfing. Before the program even started, I was told that we would be doing stand-up...

Veggies for Life

Before I even got to Barcelona, my roommates were asking me if I can cook. I told them that I could and that I would cook for the apartment on certain days. Having said that, I had no idea what I could make because I was so used to cooking Chinese food at home. Prices...

Adapting to Cafe con Leche and Croissants

  Bridgeport is a neighborhood located in southside Chicago. It’s a location in the Windy City that I’ve spent most of my life and there have been so many changes within the past two decades. The biggest change that has impacted my life there are the...

Local Nights

Whenever I talked to my friends back in the States about Barcelona, or Europe in general, the first thing they think about is how cheap the wine is and how they can “turn up” at night. In other words, become inebriated in the new generational terms. In...

Magnífico Vecinos

Growing up in the Windy City, the amount of apartment complexes were miniscule compared to the number of three-story houses that look very similar to each other within their own blocks. When the program first started and I arrived at my apartment in Sagrada Familia,...
A Commuter’s Choice

A Commuter’s Choice

About 90% of the student community live in or around Chicagoland area. If people live in the suburbs, they usually end up commuting all the way to the city just to go to school. The total commute time would be around two to three hours round trip. Some people give in...