Lending a Helping Hand

Lending a Helping Hand

A few weeks ago, I hiked eight miles up the coast of Barcelona. (Check out what we did in my YouTube video!) Growing up, I traveled many times with my parents and siblings. The one common theme in our vacations besides our love for the sun, sand, and sea was that my...

Barcelona Week 3: Mental Health

After hikingMontserrat on Monday, Tuesday’s class was reflection based. What was supposed to be a short think-pair-share, turned into a whole class discussion on what the hike meant for each student personally and academically.┬áThis created the opportunity for...
Minding Nature

Minding Nature

Sailing in Costa Brava Costa Brava shoreline Little cove in Costa Brava Residence for Salvador Dali built by wealthy family as a refuge for inspiration Colored garages and doors matched fishing boats Close-up of sailor’s coat of arms Coastal fishing town...
Tapas, Tapas, Tapas

Tapas, Tapas, Tapas

Tapas are Spanish dishes that are typically, small plates or appetizers meant to be shared amongst family and friends before dinner. Last week, we were lucky enough to get the full tapa experience. The students divided themselves into cooking teams with each team...
What’s the Buzz?

What’s the Buzz?

Today we visited family run businesses: an organic dairy farm, and an apiculture center. Visiting both presented a variety of shared purposes and similarities, but also differences that we can see between Barcelona and Chicago. La Selvatana, the dairy farm run by Anna...
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...
Show Praise with Your Body

Show Praise with Your Body

During our early morning departure from Barcelona, my classmates and I were buzzing with nervous anticipation at the task ahead of us: climbing Montserrat Mountain. Some were dreading the physicality of the hike, others relishing in the natural beauty of the...
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