This is the Story of a Girl

My experiences in Barcelona have taught me that I am so much more that I thought I was. I have always thought that everything I have done is average, but that’s not the case. When I first got accepted into this program I was surprised that, for once, my work wasn’t...

Thanks for the Memories

As my time here in Barcelona is coming to an end I would like to share some of my favorite things I have seen and done while I’ve been here. I am so grateful for all the experiences that I’ve had throughout this program and I am so glad that I can share...

Get Out and Move!

Barcelona offers many different options at parks than just your regular playground. At Plaça de Gaudi, a park near my apartment, they have a playground for young children but they also have bocce ball courts that I saw older adults using. I saw something similar at...

If You Could See Me Now

Coming to Barcelona, I was terrified because it was the first time that I flew anywhere by myself. Of course, the first time I chose to fly alone I was going to a completely new place where I didn’t know the language or have any family to greet me. I have flown to...
There Must Be Something in the Water

There Must Be Something in the Water

The first time I went to the beach in Barcelona it felt like home. It felt familiar because of the times I would spend at the beach with friends in Chicago. It all felt familiar until I saw all the different water activities that were taking place. One of the...

“Tourists Go Home”

  Coming to Barcelona, I was excited to experience the fresh markets the city has to offer. I have been to fresh markets in Chicago but, I didn’t know what to expect coming to Barcelona. In Chicago, you only see fresh markets during the summer months and they are...
Spain Runs on Nescafé?

Spain Runs on Nescafé?

Whenever I go to a cafe in Chicago I order my coffee or tea and sit with a friend to do homework. We would sit for hours doing work on our laptops while other patrons would do the same. You won’t see that scene in Barcelona. Here, people go to cafes to socialize...
Into the Night

Into the Night

People enjoying a lovely night in Barcelona. Different forms of transportation are seen throughout the night. Eventually, the city sleeps. A lot of people might think that Barcelona is only lively, fun, and colorful during the day but that is not the case. Barcelona...
Another Place to Call Home

Another Place to Call Home

Walking everywhere is the best way to see all the sights A little cafe near my apartment View of the Sagrada Familia walking to class Since arriving in Barcelona, I have been in awe with everything that I have seen and my experiences thus far. Even though all these...
Better Together

Better Together

Even though the two girls are walking through the city they still convey that there are other available modes of transport. Taking in the many attractions along La Rambla, a popular tourist spot with many shops and cafes. No matter what you see or do in Barcelona,...
Garden in the City

Garden in the City

Entering into my senior year at UIC I have seen it grow and change so much since the beginning of my freshman year. UIC has become more sustainable as a campus and recently become a smoke-free one as well. Many people think that since UIC is in Chicago there aren’t...