Strave Until The End

Strave Until The End

Strave Adjective A combination of being strong and brave Strave is the word that I accidentally created when talking with students as we were hiking Montserrat. Costa Brava was nothing compared to Montserrat in that the latter was an incline the entire way. Strength...
Costa Brava: From Land to Sea

Costa Brava: From Land to Sea

I have never been hiking before, but I can say with confidence that Costa Brava was the absolute best way for me to be introduced to it! Although challenging, it was hard to be in a bad mood when nature, the sea, and good people surrounded me. I also had the...
Maritime Adventures in Costa Brava

Maritime Adventures in Costa Brava

“Live in the moment” are wise words to live by. However, throughout the excursion in Costa Brava I could not help but continuously reflect on my past. This journey brought me back to my adventurous childhood memories and reminded me of my nautical times in...
Difference of Walking & Wandering

Difference of Walking & Wandering

Growing up in suburbia, walking was beyond safe. To say the small town that raised me, Lemont, was protected would be an understatement. However, even though it was safe, it wasn’t the accepted norm. You typically only walked to school there if you lived within a...
Finding Your Own Way

Finding Your Own Way

Imagine you are hiking up a mountain and you’ve found yourself separated from the group of 20. You know there are people in front of you and behind you but you can no longer see them. The sun is beating down from above, the rocks are uneven below your feet. To your...
Inspired, empowered, and liberated

Inspired, empowered, and liberated

  The minute I chopped my hair off I felt a huge weight lift off my shoulders…literally and figuratively. The weight of society’s standards, the weight of a toxic relationship, the weight of safety, and the weight of fear.  I refuse to live my life by the...
Marco….Polo

Marco….Polo

The derives from Monday and Wednesday felt very much like a Marco polo game. The more people involved the more challenging it became for me to pinpoint landmarks, and navigate my way around. MARCO! Monday, we started off the day in groups of five walking the...
Empowerment Through Walking

Empowerment Through Walking

Last week, we’ve been talking a lot about walking. One idea presented in class was empowerment through walking. I didn’t understand how walking, something I do to get from one place to another, could be empowering. The excursion to Costa Brava, which involved an...
I Want to Live a Life from a New Perspective

I Want to Live a Life from a New Perspective

After spending the weekend exploring Park Güell and Bunkers del Carmel with Asha, I was excited to spend another day being active in nature.  My classmates and I took a hour and a half bus ride to Costa Brava to tour the old fishing town of Calella de Palafrugell....
A Heartwarming Catalan Neighborhood

A Heartwarming Catalan Neighborhood

Walking around the local neighborhoods of Barcelona has given me much appreciation for their way of living. I was grouped with an amazing set of people to explore a local Barcelona neighborhood, Gracia.   Being away from the tourism and venturing through...
Taking chances

Taking chances

How assured does someone feel when they have their future planned? It has been ingrained in me to know my goals and how to get there. I grew up learning to map out my route to get to my destination. I have always followed the path that I drew out for myself, but I...
Just Keep On Walking

Just Keep On Walking

My fifth project ‘Walking Barcelona’ was broken up into two segments; the first being given a structured route with set locations to follow, and the second segment was having a semi-structure route. After ten days of being here I started to realize how...
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