The Montserrat Journey

Hiking Montserrat Natural Park was no easy accomplishment. Our task was to hike the mountain up to The Monastery of Montserrat.  When heat is combined with the increase in altitude, it puts a lot of strain on the body. Upon arrival, I was feeling overwhelmed that we...

Costa Brava Views

    Thus far, the trip to Costa Brava has been the best part of the program.  We hiked 12 km on Camino Rhoda Costa Brava. Understanding the importance of what I got out of the journey, are stories, and memories that will live on forever. Like many, I started...
I am Brave!

I am Brave!

I woke up the morning of our Montserrat excursion with mixed emotions. I felt fairly confident about the day because I was able to climb Costa Brava, but I was anxious because I knew it was not going to be an easy day. When we arrived to the bottom of the mountain, I...
Stronger, Confident and Conquered!

Stronger, Confident and Conquered!

“It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves” as Edmund Hillary says which summarizes my journey at Montserrat. This past week we discussed mental health, and for me, Montserrat was physically challenging but mentally rewarding. It was not about climbing to get to...
Sailing To A Better Future

Sailing To A Better Future

Cost Brava, a magical place you see in the movies that you would think is photo edited, but it is not! Costa Brava is one of the best places I have yet visited. Beautiful beaches and an amazing hike that will literally leave you breathless, and it is worth every...
A Detour to Your Adventurous Life

A Detour to Your Adventurous Life

Whenever I am alone, I find myself going into deep thought, thinking about anything that comes to my mind, and always finding a meaning to all my experiences. The excursion of Costa Brava was a very eye-opening experience. Though I have hiked through trails in the...
Walking Barcelona

Walking Barcelona

Sometimes when you want to learn more about a person or in this case, a neighborhood, you might need to walk the extra mile and get into their personal space. Walking Barcelona was a great exercise, both as an assignment and a mental exercise. Walking for a few miles...
Here to Help

Here to Help

Growing up I would hear my dad, who for the majority of the time only speaks Spanish at home, say this phrase whenever we had red meat at dinner, “no beans, more meat”. I wondered why he would always say that phrase when he did. As I grew older he...
Reaching for New Heights

Reaching for New Heights

When I laid my eyes on the majestic mountains of Monserrat, I felt in awe. Remembering the experiences of hiking at Shawnee Natural Forest and Costa Brava gave me a rush of adrenaline that flowed all throughout my body. As chills overcame me, I was excited to hike...
Feeding the Future

Feeding the Future

I visited a local organic dairy farm and apiculture site recently. There was a similarity between the two places that really struck a chord in my heart, the connection to culture and children. Anna’s passion resonated with the words she spoke about her work on the...
Manure, Sweet Manure

Manure, Sweet Manure

Over the course of the study abroad program we have experienced many emotional moments as a group. Reflecting back at excursions in the classroom easily triggers memories from our past and often times provokes tears. However nothing was able to stimulate my lacrimal...
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...
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