Still Capable

Still Capable

Sports injuries are hard. Being physically unable to partake in the one thing that your life revolved around for over 10 years is hard. Sometimes I feel like I don’t have the right to be angry and upset over my injuries anymore but unfortunately they are not a thing...
Living for Today

Living for Today

At home I feel overcommitted and spread too thin. My days are a continuous cycle of checking off as much as I can in a to-do list until I fall asleep only to wake up and repeat. I’m constantly squeezing as much as I can into tiny pockets of time and convincing myself...
Difference of Walking & Wandering

Difference of Walking & Wandering

Growing up in suburbia, walking was beyond safe. To say the small town that raised me, Lemont, was protected would be an understatement. However, even though it was safe, it wasn’t the accepted norm. You typically only walked to school there if you lived within a...
Role Reversal

Role Reversal

The selfie project from Chicago to Barcelona entailed a transition from snarking at tourists that were blocking my shots to being that very tourist. My expectations were that actually being the tourists in Barcelona would make the project easier. While in Chicago, it...
People Over Profit

People Over Profit

The sense of unity among the people of Barcelona that I referenced in my previous blog was increasingly felt during my sneak-peek into the Catalonian community. First we traveled to the Penedés region to the Euadald Massana Noya winery. Albert Massana worked at this...
The Art of Appreciation

The Art of Appreciation

I’ve found that every day here in Barcelona I am expanding my knowledge while digging deeper in my thought-processing and development. To be completely honest, I can’t distinctively remember the last time I was at an art museum. I know that I’ve been to the Art...
Unity & Community Inside or Outside

Unity & Community Inside or Outside

There’s a certain comfort to be felt in open spaces; a certain sureness of your surroundings and those than occupy them with you. Typically, I have found that “open” would not pop into my head when thinking of an urban area. I have found this particularly true of...
Cows, Beans, & Flamingos

Cows, Beans, & Flamingos

As part of our first study abroad project before we take off to Barcelona, I was given a list of some of Chicago’s famous landmarks and had to take selfies in front of them. To be honest, I thought this was an easy task until I actually began shooting. Snapping...