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. This 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...
Coast of the Brave

Coast of the Brave

“Not hammer-strokes, but dance of the water, sings the pebbles into perfection.” ―Rabindranath Tagore   Uncomfortably sweaty, sunscreen sticky, and ready to get to the beach, this is how it started. Our enthusiastic guide Layla led our exhausted group over loose...
“And into the forest I go…”

“And into the forest I go…”

I don’t think I’ve ever cried and felt so much emotion, in such a positive and moving way, as I did on this day. If I go back home and never shed a tear again, I can successfully say I cried all I have to cry in Spain. We are all individuals that have experienced life...
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...
Bravo, Costa Brava, Bravo!

Bravo, Costa Brava, Bravo!

The past week has been a stressful one, but my worries were washed away in Costa Brava. Costa Brava, is a beautiful coastal region in Catalonia. The water is as clear as crystal but you see a completely different person in the reflection. There was no connection to...
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...
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...
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