Study Abroad 2017Tales from Barcelona
“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...
Every morning I have a cup of milk with my breakfast. Like many others, I do not give much thought in how it came to be. The final excursion showed us the importance of knowing where some of our food comes from....
Being a tourist in your own city verses a new one is very different. While exploring Chicago, navigating was very easy because we already knew where the landmarks were, how to use public transportation, and had working GPS. In addition, Chicago is our home city so I...read more
The sense of unity among the people of Barcelona that I referenced in my previous blog was increasingly felt during my sneak-peek into the Catalonian community. First we traveled to the Penedés region to the Euadald Massana Noya winery. Albert Massana worked at this...read more
When I wake up in Chicago, I feel humbled, but waking up in Barcelona, I feel very fortunate. This beautiful city has everything to offer: culture, views, food, history, and perspective.During my first week, I've come up with six reasons why Barcelona is good for me....read more
On our way to our first excursion, a wine and olive oil tour, I believed I had a slight understanding of how wine and olive oil is produced; but it is so much more than taking grapes or olives and producing a liquid. Our first stop was the winery which was called...read more
Going into our first excursion, I didn’t know what to expect. I knew nothing about wine and olive oil production, which made me more aware of how removed I am from the foods that I consume regularly. After a scenic ride through the Penedès region, the first stop was...read more
I don't think I have ever visited so many monuments in such a short time period! Seeing so much of the history, culture, and beauty of Barcelona through its landmarks alone was eye-opening. The way I had to go about visiting these locations forced me to become a...read more
ANSWER: Nothing, it just let a little wine! Our first excursion was to a local vineyard and olive oil mill in the Penedes region located just an hour outside of Barcelona. This was the first time I have seen how the goods are made in person. Our tour guide, Albert,...read more
Often times when one travels from their home to a different area to where they haven't been before, but are curious to see what the place has to offer, the person becomes known as a "tourist". Depending on the place however, sometimes the act of tourism isn't seen as...read more
During our first week here, we discussed being a traveler vs. being a tourist. We viewed the documentary “Bye Bye Barcelona” which addresses the negative impact of tourism in the city. Our purpose in Barcelona is to be a traveler and immerse ourselves in the culture...read more
As Ed Sheeran sings in his song “Barcelona” dancing through the streets, having fun in the sun, and being free all over the historical city, we set off to explore it for ourselves. Over the past week, I explored the Old City of Barcelona, and saw two thousand years of...read more
Many of us often wonder what is put into what we consume, right? After a spending a day with wine and olive oil producers in their respective lands in the Penedés Region, we saw how much more is added to what Barcelona is fed: dedication, perseverance, and intrinsic...read more
As reflected in the title, a reference to Sophocles' Oedipus Rex, I was not particularly fond of the two selfie projects while taking the photos and while looking back upon them. However, despite my distaste at having to take pictures of myself in front of landmarks...read more