Study Abroad 2017

Tales from Barcelona

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....

The Montserrat Journey

Hiking Montserrat Natural Park was no easy accomplishment. Our task was to hike the mountain up to The Monastery of Montserrat.  When heat is combined with the increase in altitude, it puts a lot of strain on the body. Upon arrival, I was feeling overwhelmed that we...

It didn’t happen unless you took a selfie, right?

Barcelona has been home to me for the last week, and the experience has been wonderful thus far. I have had the opportunity to absorb the people, the art, the design of the city, and history as well as the rest of the components that makes up Barcelona and Catalan...

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Time Travelling to the Past..

For the past week, I have wandered through the streets of the beautiful city, Barcelona. I traveled 2,000 years back in time of kings and queens, religious martyrs, civil war, and the golden years of Barcelona on our tour with Dan in the Gothic Quarter, the center of...

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“Siempre Vida, Barcelona”

"Siempre vida, Barcelona" from the Ed Sheeran song "Barcelona" means always living in Barcelona. This city is full of life and it has been great to explore that through this selfie project. Our first day was a tour of the Gothic Quarter. We also wandered through Placa...

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Wine and Dine As One

After a few days of having no wifi to post my blogs with, I jumped out of bed in the morning of our first excursion. Within the first twenty minutes of driving away from Plaça de Catalunya I saw the first glimpses of how different the landscape of the countryside is...

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Imagine that

The Museu Nacional D'Art De Catalunya was quite an experience. As someone who is not a fan of art museums, I went into this excursion with a negative attitude. I have no artistic ability, and interpreting art is even more challenging for me. When I studied abroad fort...

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Eixample Esquerra, Mi Barrio en Barcelona

Walking through Eixample Esquerra, my neighborhood in Barcelona, I have noticed more differences than similarities between Lincolnwood, my home neighborhood in Chicago and my neighborhood in Barcelona. I have only been here for 4 days and I am already loving the...

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Visiting an Art Museum for the First Time

My Experience at the Museu D’art de Catalunya was an eye-opening experience to say the least because I cannot forget the part where I accidentally touched a multi million dollar painting while I was giving my one minute presentation and did not get arrested for my...

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Remembering Hong Kong while in Barcelona

As I am getting used to the bustling city of Barcelona, I have noticed many similarities to my experiences of my stay in Hong Kong. Growing up, I use to visit my grandparents for the summer, and I remember the pedestrian-friendly roads as I explored different parts of...

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Toto, I don’t think we are in Addison anymore…

My first full week in Barcelona is rapidly coming around the corner. For the past few days, I have been slowly but surely getting myself acclimated to the streets of L’Eixample. As much as I love living on Carrer de Balmes, I can not help but notice some similarities...

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Getting to know the art

On Wednesday evening, we went to the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya. I had already been there Sunday of the same week but this time I saw the art differently than I did before. Art in this form has never been explored in my family. I don't know anybody in my family...

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Looking Outside the Art

Visiting Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya was a majestic experience as I have never seen a grand entrance for an art museum, as it was so open and decorative with a mixture of natural and man-made designs. It was amazing to get to the top of the stairs and observe...

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