Study Abroad 2017Tales from Barcelona
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...
“It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves” as Edmund Hillary says which summarizes my journey at Montserrat. This past week we discussed mental health, and for me, Montserrat was physically challenging but mentally rewarding. It was not about climbing to get to...
It did not take long to realize how different my new neighborhood of L'Eixample, Barcelona is in comparison to my lifelong hometown of Bartlett, Illinois. Everything was foreign to me; from the warm climate, to the vibrant nightlife, the street walkability, the...read more
After an hour of wandering uphill through quiet Catalan neighborhoods, colorful street markets, and quaint coffee shops, I arrived drenched in sweat at Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (MNAC). The view from nearby Montjuïc Hill made me even more breathless and I...read more
It is nearing the end of the first week of my travels abroad and I’m still having trouble finding my way around the neighborhood. As you may or may not know, I am terrible with directions. Shocker! My apartment on Balmes Street is surrounded by important landmarks...read more
There’s a certain comfort to be felt in open spaces; a certain sureness of your surroundings and those than occupy them with you. Typically, I have found that “open” would not pop into my head when thinking of an urban area. I have found this particularly true of...read more
As I step foot into a new neighborhood, I feel so lost. I feel uneasy, looking around for familiar faces. I imagine myself walking outside of my apartment in Chicago and seeing my street full of parked cars. I try to envision the corner of my street, as I walk down...read more
LOCATION: BARCELONA, SPAIN TIME: 16:20 MISSION: ARRIVE AT NATIONAL ART MUSEUM OF CATALONIA PROMPTLY PARTNERS: EDDIE, ASHA, SHAILJA Briskly walking through the narrow streets of Barcelona trying to arrive at our designated destination on time was, to say the least, a...read more
Can you believe our new classroom is situated in Plaça de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain? Neither can I! We did not plan for our program to have traditional lecture-style teaching and so far this has held true. Instead, the program is designed for the students to learn...read more
When painting a mental image of what represents Chicago, many landmarks come to mind. These landmarks are often ones that we associate downtown Chicago with. As a native Chicagoans, our schemas are connected to our rich sports history as well as the contributions that art has to the city. The schemas Chicagoans often have of downtown are landmarks that our near each other. For example, the bean is next to the art institute, and it is next to the Buckingham Fountain. Though, I was born and raised here, visiting these landmarks felt new and I felt like a touristread more
As a Kinesiology major, exercise and nutrition never leave my mind. After an 8 hour flight from Chicago's O'Hare Airport to Stockholm's Arlanda Airport, I can feel a lack of proper nutrition, sleep and physical activity taking a negative toll on my body. As I'm...read more
I am writing this post as I sit in the terminal at Chicago O’Hare and it still hasn’t hit me that I will be in Barcelona in 10 short hours. Time sure does fly! Yesterday was our final class here in Chicago and it is exciting to know the next time we meet will be in...read more
For this first project, our goal was to appreciate some of Chicago's well-known attractions through the eyes of a tourist. Several of the landmarks pictured here are ones I pass en route to work; others were hidden in plain sight. The daily grind has a way of...read more
Starting out this project, I was not expecting to learn so much about the city I lived in for the past 13 years! For this project, we had to travel all around the city and take selfies with some of the Chicago monuments. Starting my route at the Chicago Cubs Stadium...read more