Study Abroad 2017Tales from Barcelona
Ever woke up thinking today is the day to face a fear? The day of the dairy farm and apiculture excursion, I felt unease because I have always feared bees. I did not fear the bee, but the sting and the unexpected physical pain which I have never felt before. Arriving...
“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved” – Helen Keller The Monserrat excursion was much more than a climb, it was self-development...
The second half of my selfie project took place in Barcelona! Within the first week of arriving in Barcelona we were encouraged to take on the mindset of a tourist and visit a number of landmarks which have historical meaning to the city we would soon be calling home....read more
The selfie project: Barcelona edition was hard for a girl that still gets lost in the Physical Education Building of UIC that she’s had class in for 3 years now. I have never had a knack for directions so this assignment presented a wonderful opportunity to bond with...read more
The selfie project from Chicago to Barcelona entailed a transition from snarking at tourists that were blocking my shots to being that very tourist. My expectations were that actually being the tourists in Barcelona would make the project easier. While in Chicago, it...read more
Chicago and Barcelona are tourist magnet cities. There is a sea of tourists snapping pictures at significant attractions with the selfie sticks on a warm sunny day. However, Chicago and Barcelona’s famous landmarks tell a different story. As I was taking selfies...read more
As much as I don't like taking selfies, I found my Chicago-Barcelona Selfie experience enjoyable. It taught me how to think bold and most importantly, how to BE bold. Taking a selfie with a stranger in both familiar and unfamiliar environments was nerve wrecking at...read more
While vacationing in California, my parents dragged me to join them on several wine tasting tours where we learned about the history, production and different types of wine. Too young to sip on the delicacies that the vineyards offered, I felt like my experience was a...read more
Just as I expected, my hypothesis was correct! I definitely feel like a tourist in Barcelona. I couldn’t help but notice how often the locals would stare when I snapped selfies. Some of their reactions were priceless, especially when they witnessed a group of college...read more
I didn't realize how much I miss my family, friends, and Chicago, until I've actually flown the nest. I don't just miss the good laughs, spontaneous adventures, and late night outs, but I miss the feeling of experiencing life with them. I wish you were here to...read more
Hola from Barcelona! I am finally here! It is my turn to be a lost and confused tourist while I try to find my way around this beautiful city. The first thing a tourist looks for when visiting a new place is the symbolic attractions and learn about them. Today I...read more
Taking selfies was no less strange in Barcelona than in Chicago. However, in between the mini photo sessions and sore feet I am learning about Catalonia and its beautiful people. Adventures come in many different forms: solo, in groups, unpredicted, structured. Our...read more
I entered this excursion with an open mind, undivided attention and complete curiosity. For someone who consumes wine and olive oil, on a daily basis, I had no knowledge about how Barcelona's wine and olive oil is grown, packaged, distributed and sold. As a tourist, I...read more
I began my day expecting that I would just learn about the technicalities of creating wine and olive oil and while that part was true, this excursion gave me insight into so much more as well. Through the guidance of our experts Albert and Antonio, I realized that...read more