Farming in Spain

                Every morning I have a cup of milk with my breakfast. Like many others, I do not give much thought in how it came to be.  The final excursion showed us the importance of knowing where some of our food comes from....

The Montserrat Journey

Hiking Montserrat Natural Park was no easy accomplishment. Our task was to hike the mountain up to The Monastery of Montserrat.  When heat is combined with the increase in altitude, it puts a lot of strain on the body. Upon arrival, I was feeling overwhelmed that we...

Costa Brava Views

    Thus far, the trip to Costa Brava has been the best part of the program.  We hiked 12 km on Camino Rhoda Costa Brava. Understanding the importance of what I got out of the journey, are stories, and memories that will live on forever. Like many, I started...

Universitat de Barcelona

The campus of the University of Barcelona expands to different buildings in different parts of the city.  By traveling among each building. I, as well as the rest of the group, were able to notice distinct differences among each of the areas. At our first stop,...

the Difference in Cities

In Chicago, I went to a certain landmark because I knew them. I had an idea of what they stood for and a schema of it was more than likely pre-existing. I felt awkward taking selfies, and in just about every one of them, I am not smiling or I look uncomfortable. I...

Adventures through Barcelona

     I am in a city that has a little girl playing with pigeons. Every day in Barcelona is a new experience, and a new perception of life outside the Southside of Chicago is unfolding. These selfies, aren’t just pictures, but each an individual story.  They...

Olive Drinking Wine

The understanding of centuries of culture and history can be physically seen through the production of wine and olive oil.  The purpose of the excursion was not to get free things. However, to understand the emotions and importance of these globally known products to...

Visit To The MNAC

  As we journey to the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya  or  MNAC Museum, the architecture and location is breathtaking.  Its placement and size imply high importance’s to the Catalan culture and the local population. The Catalan Museum offered a variety...

My Barrio

Excluding architecture, my neighborhood and my current apartment in Barcelona have a few similarities. These similarities are seen through local supermarkets and graffiti. However, differences are clearly visible in the usage of roads and sidewalks. In Barcelona as...

Native Tourist

When painting a mental image of what represents Chicago, many landmarks come to mind. These landmarks are often ones that we associate downtown Chicago with. As a native Chicagoans, our schemas are connected to our rich sports history as well as the contributions that art has to the city. The schemas Chicagoans often have of downtown are landmarks that our near each other. For example, the bean is next to the art institute, and it is next to the Buckingham Fountain. Though, I was born and raised here, visiting these landmarks felt new and I felt like a tourist