A Lifestyle Change

A Lifestyle Change

The comfort of urban-suburban life has definitely spoiled me and left me ignorant towards the importance of rural life. From this perspective of mine, I had an eye-opening experience on this excursion. Visiting the dairy farm, I could not help but be inspired by...
Revisiting Myself on Montserrat

Revisiting Myself on Montserrat

Shades on, cap on, backpack on; I am ready to begin this trek. Today would be the day that I could finally say I hiked a mountain. My self-efficacy in this sense was at an all time high, and I took advantage of my optimism by transferring my mental power into physical...
Maritime Adventures in Costa Brava

Maritime Adventures in Costa Brava

“Live in the moment” are wise words to live by. However, throughout the excursion in Costa Brava I could not help but continuously reflect on my past. This journey brought me back to my adventurous childhood memories and reminded me of my nautical times in...
On Foot

On Foot

  Exploring La Gràcia district in Barcelona on foot introduced me to a beautiful part of the city that represents what Barcelona really is, was, and should be. By following a strict map that wandered through the barrio and hit the many plazas of Gràcia, I was...
An Emotional Rollercoaster

An Emotional Rollercoaster

Reflecting back on my experience selfie-ing my way through cities, I realized just how different I felt holding up my cell phone in front of my face in Chicago versus Barcelona. The context surrounding my two selfie adventures differed so much and affected my...
¡Que Turista!

¡Que Turista!

At last! It is time to reveal my inner tourist self. The second part of my selfie adventure takes place in Barcelona where I was able to blend in with all of the other nearly 9 million people who visit the city each year. Some side effects of touring the hotspots of...
As Fine as Wine

As Fine as Wine

I began my day expecting that I would just learn about the technicalities of creating wine and olive oil and while that part was true, this excursion gave me insight into so much more as well. Through the guidance of our experts Albert and Antonio, I realized that...
It’s All Up to Interpretation

It’s All Up to Interpretation

My experience at the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC) was a wild ride from start to finish, but I would not have it any other way. Nearly every part of the journey involved novelty and taught me important lessons that I will continue to remember. While I...
Where Am I?!

Where Am I?!

The thought of venturing out of my comfort zone and tackling a whole new city is nerve-racking. Back in Chicago, it took me nearly a month to finally familiarize myself with just the few blocks of UIC’s East Campus and even afterwards I still get disoriented...
A Tourist in My Own City

A Tourist in My Own City

While I’ve lived in Chicagoland for two decades, only now am I acting as a tourist in my own city, packing in the many hotspots around town in a timeframe of just a few hours. The urban experience would not be fulfilled without visiting the many public attractions...