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...

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...

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...

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