Ej-moo-keyt

Ej-moo-keyt

As a child, I never questioned where my food was coming from or how it was produced. I was oblivious to the quality of food that I was consuming. Whether it was a McDonald’s happy meal or home cooked dinner, all that was important to me was the taste. If...
Uphill Battle

Uphill Battle

Imagine the toughest workout that you’ve ever done. Now add a little bit of sweat to that. This is how my body felt hiking up the Montserrat. The hike, almost completely an uphill battle, left me feeling proud and thankful for my body’s physical capability. My fitness...
Shavasana

Shavasana

“Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self”, The Bhagavad Gita. Every practice of yoga that I follow, I learn something new about myself. At the start of practice, I take an upright position in Sukhasana. My hands are open, my palms facing the...

Time Crunch

As a college student living in the Chicagoland suburbs, I have used many means of transportation for my daily commute to UIC. During the fall semester of 2016, I commuted by taking the CTA‘s orange line. From there, I would transfer to the 8 Halsted bus and walk...
180

180

As much as I don’t like taking selfies, I found my Chicago-Barcelona Selfie experience enjoyable. It taught me how to think bold and most importantly, how to BE bold. Taking a selfie with a stranger in both familiar and unfamiliar environments was nerve wrecking...

Wine not?

While vacationing in California, my parents dragged me to join them on several wine tasting tours where we learned about the history, production and different types of wine. Too young to sip on the delicacies that the vineyards offered, I felt like my experience was a...

Tourist vs. Traveler

Just as I expected, my hypothesis was correct! I definitely feel like a tourist in Barcelona. I couldn’t help but notice how often the locals would stare when I snapped selfies. Some of their reactions were priceless, especially when they witnessed a group of college...
Inside-Out

Inside-Out

Barcelona’s most beautiful and prestigious art museum, the National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC), is located at Montjuïc at the end of Avinguda de la Reina María Cristina. This is where the Magic Fountain shows take place. Its classic Spanish Renaissance style was...
Carrer de Balmes

Carrer de Balmes

It is nearing the end of the first week of my travels abroad and I’m still having trouble finding my way around the neighborhood. As you may or may not know, I am terrible with directions. Shocker! My apartment on Balmes Street is surrounded by important landmarks...

Staying Fit While Abroad

As a Kinesiology major, exercise and nutrition never leave my mind. After an 8 hour flight from Chicago’s O’Hare Airport to Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport, I can feel a lack of proper nutrition, sleep and physical activity taking a negative toll on my...
Traveler vs. Tourist

Traveler vs. Tourist

Our first mission, the Selfie Project in Chicago explored the traveler vs. tourist experience. Upon receiving a list of Chicago’s historical landmarks, I chose my top 9. In addition to the landmarks, a selfie with a stranger was assigned. My selfie stick and I...