Moo-ving and Bee-ing Around the Farmland

Moo-ving and Bee-ing Around the Farmland

Although I was not interested in visiting La Selvatana, a family run dairy farm in Campllong Catalonia, Spain, it turned out to be an interesting experience. I now have new knowledge about agriculture and the role of gender in agriculture compared to my Pakistani...
Costa Brava and the Views

Costa Brava and the Views

I never thought my first-time hiking would be while I am studying abroad in Barcelona, Spain. I imagined my first time hiking would be at Starved Rock, a state park in Illinois. I have always wanted to go there with a group of friends; however, I never got the chance...
It’s Only 4,055 Feet High

It’s Only 4,055 Feet High

I woke up feeling extremely tired, stressed, and lacking sleep as I was up late the night before working to finish my assignments. I had been waiting for this day ever since I got accepted into this program to study abroad; however, I was lacking motivation to get out...
Barcelona and its Barrios

Barcelona and its Barrios

Exploring our assigned neighborhood of La Gracia in a group of four was an extremely interesting experience. We were notified by John, our instructor, that locals in that neighborhood don’t take kindly towards groups walking together, so I was a bit anxious to...

Reflecting on Chicago and Barcelona

Taking selfies in Chicago was no big deal as I met up with Kaisa and Tiffany  and quickly walked and used public transportation to get to our destinations. Even though I had been living in Chicago for 10 years, I was unfamiliar with many of the monuments and landmarks...

Exploring Barcelona through Selfies

Walking through the streets of Barcelona while taking selfies at the various monuments and historic landmarks, I felt a sense of uneasiness as the locals stared at me and made me feel as if I wasn’t welcomed in their historic city. I later learned that if people...
Fine Wine and Olive Oil

Fine Wine and Olive Oil

Having absolutely zero knowledge about how wine and olive oil are made, I was very excited to arrive at the Penedès Wine Region. It is located one hour south of Barcelona between the Mediterranean Sea and the Catalan Pre-Coastal range. Arriving at our destination...
Eixample Esquerra, Mi Barrio en Barcelona

Eixample Esquerra, Mi Barrio en Barcelona

Walking through Eixample Esquerra, my neighborhood in Barcelona, I have noticed more differences than similarities between Lincolnwood, my home neighborhood in Chicago and my neighborhood in Barcelona. I have only been here for 4 days and I am already loving the...
Visiting an Art Museum for the First Time

Visiting an Art Museum for the First Time

My Experience at the Museu D’art de Catalunya was an eye-opening experience to say the least because I cannot forget the part where I accidentally touched a multi million dollar painting while I was giving my one minute presentation and did not get arrested for my...

Selfieing My Way Through The City of Chicago

I never knew that there were places I have yet to visit in downtown Chicago. I have been to downtown more times than I can remember and I feel that I am relatively aware of my whereabouts. This project made me realize there is a lot to experience in this magnificent...