Manure, Sweet Manure

Manure, Sweet Manure

Over the course of the study abroad program we have experienced many emotional moments as a group. Reflecting back at excursions in the classroom easily triggers memories from our past and often times provokes tears. However nothing was able to stimulate my lacrimal...
Romantic Reality

Romantic Reality

Barcelona: a land of endless romance. There are couples in streets holding hands and displaying affection at every corner. There are people from every corner of the world walking the same sidewalks, people of different beliefs enjoying the city simultaneously and...
Coast of the Brave

Coast of the Brave

“Not hammer-strokes, but dance of the water, sings the pebbles into perfection.” ―Rabindranath Tagore   Uncomfortably sweaty, sunscreen sticky, and ready to get to the beach, this is how it started. Our enthusiastic guide Layla led our exhausted group over loose...
Hangriness<Happiness

Hangriness<Happiness

Can you name the last time you wandered around your city/block? The last time hunger limited your performance in accomplishing a task? This week we were given a map with a route and a mission: photograph assigned areas. Level of difficulty: Medium. Making our way...
Happily Confused

Happily Confused

Just as I originally predicted, unfamiliarity continued to be familiar in Barcelona just as it was in Chicago just on a much grander scale. Taking selfies has NOT become easier because no matter where in the world you are, taking pictures of yourself in public WILL...
Wine is Grape!

Wine is Grape!

On our first excursion, we had a switch of scenery from urban apartment to rural residences. As a large group we were welcomed by the owners of two small family owned businesses and shown the secrets of producing the best of Catalonia’s wine and oil. Our guides...
ABC: Awesome Barcelona Célfies

ABC: Awesome Barcelona Célfies

Taking selfies was no less strange in Barcelona than in Chicago. However, in between the mini photo sessions and sore feet I am learning about Catalonia and its beautiful people. Adventures come in many different forms: solo, in groups, unpredicted, structured. Our...

Barcelonian Barrio

During the last few days Barcelona has become a home and the people that I am living with are becoming like family. As streets become more and more familiar navigating the city is simpler. Soon, I was exploring the well lit streets past dusk. Walking through the maze...
The Adventures of a Local Tourist

The Adventures of a Local Tourist

Walking sandals, check. Selfie stick, check. Google maps, check. Okay, my day long journey of being a tourist within my own city, Chicago, was ready to begin! As we prepare ourselves to begin our program in Barcelona, students of the program were assigned to visit...