Study Abroad 2017

Tales from Barcelona

Costa Brava Views

    Thus far, the trip to Costa Brava has been the best part of the program.  We hiked 12 km on Camino Rhoda Costa Brava. Understanding the importance of what I got out of the journey, are stories, and memories that will live on forever. Like many, I started...

I am Brave!

I am Brave!

I woke up the morning of our Montserrat excursion with mixed emotions. I felt fairly confident about the day because I was able to climb Costa Brava, but I was anxious because I knew it was not going to be an easy day. When we arrived to the bottom of the mountain, I...

Where Am I?!

The thought of venturing out of my comfort zone and tackling a whole new city is nerve-racking. Back in Chicago, it took me nearly a month to finally familiarize myself with just the few blocks of UIC's East Campus and even afterwards I still get disoriented walking...

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Art From a New Perspective

I'm the kind of person that enjoys creating art more than viewing it in a museum.  So when I heard that we were going to the Museu Nacional D'Arte de Catalunya (MNAC), an art museum, I wasn't too thrilled. I assumed we would just walk around, look at art pieces, and...

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Barcelonian Barrio

During the last few days Barcelona has become a home and the people that I am living with are becoming like family. As streets become more and more familiar navigating the city is simpler. Soon, I was exploring the well lit streets past dusk. Walking through the maze...

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An Art Gallery & A Window into History

Culture exists throughout the city of Barcelona, and I was able to experience extra on my way "Museu Nacional D'Art De Catalunya" (MNAC), after getting lost in Las Ramblas. Arriving at the MNAC, I expected simply observing styles of art used by Catalonian artists...

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Bienvenidos a Barcelona

After an eight hour overnight flight from Chicago, I was thrilled to finally be in Barcelona.  I quickly dropped off my bags in the apartment as I was eager to work on the second half of my selfie project.  The first half of the selfie project involved taking selfies...

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What is Art?

Going to the Museu Nacional D'Art De Catalunya (MNAC) for the first time I could not believe that magnitude of the building, making it the very first piece of artwork visitors observe. It's massive pillars that are proudly displayed in front of the building with a two...

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A Long Way from Chicago

After an overnight flight, we arrived at the apartment that will be our home for 5 weeks. Right away everything felt so foreign: the street signs (or lack thereof) and signs in Catalan. We landed in Barcelona on a bank holiday, which meant the streets were deserted...

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Team Work Makes the Dream Work

This past Wednesday, we visited the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya. As a group, we participated in various activities that would help us develop qualitative research skills by analyzing while appreciating the history of the Catalonia the art tells. We practiced...

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Mi Casa es Su Casa

  Hola from Barcelona! Throughout the week, we have had some opportunities to get a feel for our new neighborhood on our group excursions. Here are a few places discovered thus far that have made this home away from home feel all...

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The Art of Appreciation

I’ve found that every day here in Barcelona I am expanding my knowledge while digging deeper in my thought-processing and development. To be completely honest, I can’t distinctively remember the last time I was at an art museum. I know that I’ve been to the Art...

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A Stroll through the Streets of Spain

Similarities stood out between my home in Round Lake, Illinois, and the city of Barcelona, my home for the next 5 weeks. The differences were much bigger. It has been 3 days since I arrived in Spain and the efficiency of the city is incredible. Back home, it is a...

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