Wrapping it up: Looking back

Wrapping it up: Looking back

  I definitely do not want to forget: 1. What made me laugh out loud: Mallorca rock jokes 2. What brought tears to my eyes: Having my classmates understand how much I love the outdoors and feeling that same passion and exhilaration after they climbed Montserrat...
A Way of Life

A Way of Life

I started climbing 2 years ago and ever since the first timeI struggled up the wall I fell in love with it. I am an extremely competitive person and climbing requires you to push yourself testing your abilities at 100% the whole time. The level of dedication and...

Home is in the Mountains

    When we stepped off the Montserrat cable car, all I could do was smile from ear to ear with excitement. Barcelona is beautiful and leaves me in awe, but seeing millions of years of history in these massive rock formations is a feeling I can hardly come...

Castellers: A community created on risk

  Communities built around risk create unique relationships with a stronger sense of trust than typically seen.  Becoming completely dependent on someone else leaves you vulnerable and if you chose not to trust those you are working with the consequences can be...

Being Happy: the new standard

“Surfers travel the boundary between culture and nature when they ride waves…” — Michael Roberts               If you ask my classmates to describe me it will probably be centered around climbing, outdoors, physical activity;...
Back to basics: grape seeds

Back to basics: grape seeds

This morning I strolled across the street to pick up some groceries for the day. Inside the market, my eyes were caught, yet again, by the giant purple grapes tempting me every time I go to market. They were a little pricey, but I decide to go through with the...
Parra Aqui or Parra Llevare?

Parra Aqui or Parra Llevare?

The cafe culture of Barcelona exhibits a unique personality defined by the spaces and people rather than the food or drinks served. I have yet to see a 20 minute wait in the morning for a personalized coffee 20 words long; rather people go to homely neighborhood cafes...
Holding on to Barcelona

Holding on to Barcelona

  Since arriving in Barcelona every  street I stroll, I’m entranced by the neighborhoods like that of photo 3. The sidewalk is divided by a street light on one side and the building on the other creates a perspective leading your eye to look to the distance...
Lines of Padilla 240: Mi Barrio

Lines of Padilla 240: Mi Barrio

  The first thing I noticed upon arriving at Padilla 240 was the lines. The doors and balconies lining the streets were intricate mazes merging into the defining columns reaching to the sky, straight as possible. I have taken dozens and dozens of photos of the...

Naturally Planning

The first time I walked through Chicago I was amazed by the green spaces and parks scattered throughout the city and especially the effort UIC put into greening up our concrete campus. My inner nature lover struck a balance with my desire for a large city as I...