This Isn’t Good Bye. I Will See You Later.

This Isn’t Good Bye. I Will See You Later.

Returning Home I definitely do not want to forget the time a group of us thought we were in Tarragona, but after going out to eat and asking the waiter where the Amphitheater was and he answered “in Tarragona.” We eventually learned we were actually in Sant Vicenç de...

Worth a Thousand Words

I would have never thought that the simplest parts of a city could uplift ones mood until I came to Barcelona. Sure living in Chicago I knew art and skyscrapers are pleasant thing to look at, but Barcelona does it so much better. This post explains how I now...

Better Than a Swing

Parks in Barcelona are not the average playground and benches kind of park. In this blog post I will talk about how different each park is, and how a park reflects Barcelona. According to Excursions Barcelona there are over 68 parks in which 48 are urban parks that...
The Real Mediterranean Diet

The Real Mediterranean Diet

Before I came to Barcelona, my Mom and I would eat chicken shawarmas with hummus and pita and I thought that was the Mediterranean Diet. Oh No! This post explains how I now understand the Mediterranean Diet compared to before I came to Barcelona. I will talk to about...
It’s a Lifestyle

It’s a Lifestyle

(click to enlarge) First, is the board and the beach. (click to enlarge) Next, is the will. (click to enlarge) Finally, is accepting the challenge by choice. People in Barcelona are always on the move: this is especially present on the beaches of Barcelona. One...
It’s Not Just a Diet

It’s Not Just a Diet

(Click on photo for more detail) Loli making custom fresh juices on the spot (Click on photo for more detail) Vendor speaking to locals at Mercat de la Sagrada Família (Click on photo for more detail) The delicious peaches I was given to try I thought The...
It’s Bitter Sweet

It’s Bitter Sweet

I’m not an avid coffee drinker. Honestly, I have never even finished a plain cup of coffee. I’d rather have my typical mocha ice coffee from Dunkin Donuts. However, when I heard that Café con Leche and Café Cortado are two of Spains most popular coffees I...
A View From a Bench

A View From a Bench

It’s 11 pm on a Thursday night in the neighborhood of Sagrada Familia. The streets are lit by the reflection of the lights from the center of it all: the church of Sagrada Familia. I decide to sit on different benches to observe, and as my friend Susy likes to...
Living As a Local Amongst Tourist

Living As a Local Amongst Tourist

Corner of Career de la Marina and Carrer de Provença Passatge d’Utset Plaça de Gaudí As I walked from one block to the other in La Sagrada Familia neighborhood I saw the segregation within. While walking north I can hear languages from all around the world. I...
Just Breathe

Just Breathe

It’s easy to get lost in the noise of the city. Many go about their day from going to point A to point B without realizing the beautiful city they are part of.  It wasn’t until last semester that I realized the beauty within UIC. While walking around...