Study Abroad 2017

Tales from Barcelona
Senderisme Montserrat

Senderisme Montserrat

“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...

Farming in Spain

                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....

People Over Profit

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...

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6 reasons why

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....

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For the People

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...

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Wine Not? Olive this Excursion!

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...

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A Monumental Adventure Through Barcelona

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...

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What did the grape say when it was crushed?

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,...

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Oh the Places you’ll Go! But will you be welcomed?

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...

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Tourist or Traveler? A Look Through Selfies

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...

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“Come on, Let’s Be Free in Barcelona”

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...

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You are what you eat, so why not add some wine?

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...

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