Reflection

Reflection

Returning Home I definitively do not want to forget: that these new experiences have challenged my views on who I am as a person and what I value. 1. What made me laugh out loud: free rapping 2. What brought tears to my eyes: when my classmates would cry 🙁 3. My...

Happiness Is Only Real When Shared

Happiness is only real when shared- Christopher McCandless  This is a quote from one of my favorite books; Into the Wild. My experience abroad has showed me that it doesn’t necessarily matter where you are in the world, but who you are with. During the second week of...
Public Place Urban Space

Public Place Urban Space

The city of Barcelona is laid out to preserve the infrastructure of green spaces that can be benefited by all citizens, young and old. The parks I have seen typically consist of plenty of trees, a form of water (fountain, pond, etc), swing sets and ping pong tables-...
Nature Serves As The Best Gym

Nature Serves As The Best Gym

Description: The beaches in Barcelona are more than your typical city beaches. The first thing that caught my attention was the play grounds at the beach. These aren’t just for kids though, they are for people of all ages. From monkey bars to a tower of rope I have...

A Tradition of Trust

Trust, community, spirit, confidence, balance– these are just a few words that come to mind when I think about castellers. Last week I was able to witness one of the Catalonia castell teams practice for a performance. In Catalan, the the word castell means...
Break the Language Barrier

Break the Language Barrier

If there is anything that has shocked me the most in Spain is the lively and colorful atmosphere I find at the local fresh markets. Mercat  de la Sagrada Familia and Mercat de la Concepció are two markets I have visited that embody all things local- from the food to...
Slow Down and Enjoy Your Café

Slow Down and Enjoy Your Café

I am an avid coffee drinker typically drinking at least 2-3 cups a day. When I received my first Café Americano here in Barcelona, I have to admit I was completely shocked how small the cup was. How am I supposed to get my caffeine fix with this little Dixie size cup?...
Personality of Padilla

Personality of Padilla

  Here it is, my new home – quite different from Taylor Street (my home in Chicago). The first thing I noticed was the abundance of bakeries and the huge market right across the street from my window, Mercat de la Boqueria. I have noticed a few cafes, a...
El Bonita Montserrat

El Bonita Montserrat

I’ve always been drawn to the mountains. If it is out in nature with a good view, chances are you have my attention. On Sunday, four girls and I decided to take on Sant Jeroni of Montserrat monastery in Barcelona. However, to see the mountains, we had to manage...
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