Study Abroad 2017Tales from Barcelona
“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...
Cost Brava, a magical place you see in the movies that you would think is photo edited, but it is not! Costa Brava is one of the best places I have yet visited. Beautiful beaches and an amazing hike that will literally leave you breathless, and it is worth every...
My sanctuary, a place where I can unwind and reflect on my life, also known as, Chicago. The Bean is a constant reminder of why I moved to the city. This well-known landmark is a place not everyone can experience on the regular, the way I’ve had the opportunity to. I...read more
Though I have lived in Illinois for all my life, I still felt like a tourist in this great big city. Even from living in Chicago for four years, I was not a Chicagoan. When traveling, I only went to the places that I knew, traveling from destination A to B, and...read more
The first leg of our journey to Barcelona begins right here in our own backyard with the objective of being a tourist in our own city. Being from the suburbs of Chicago, and moving to Chicago within the past year, I never actually had the opportunity of experiencing...read more
"I have never, in the 20 years I've been living in this city, heard anyone call themselves a fake tourist, wow!" said Jeremiah as I was talking to him at The Bean. He would eventually become my "selfie with a stranger" victim! In the 23 years I've lived in Chicago I...read more
Sometimes you have to look at things from other’s perspective to appreciate what you have. Our first assignment has taught me the same. We were given a list of famous landmarks in Chicago to take selfies with. Well, I didn’t think my day in the city would be any...read more
Walking sandals, check. Selfie stick, check. Google maps, check. Okay, my day long journey of being a tourist within my own city, Chicago, was ready to begin! As we prepare ourselves to begin our program in Barcelona, students of the program were assigned to visit...read more
Our first mission, the Selfie Project in Chicago explored the traveler vs. tourist experience. Upon receiving a list of Chicago's historical landmarks, I chose my top 9. In addition to the landmarks, a selfie with a stranger was assigned. My selfie stick and I began...read more
The "Windy City" is known for the food, art, and sports. However, some may say Chicago is known for their vacillating weather. We could have snow, rain, and sunshine with temperatures reaching 65 degrees in a span of one week! Before we embark on our journey to...read more
I never knew that there were places I have yet to visit in downtown Chicago. I have been to downtown more times than I can remember and I feel that I am relatively aware of my whereabouts. This project made me realize there is a lot to experience in this magnificent...read more
The purpose of this project was to go around to different locations throughout the city of Chicago and take selfies. I did this with two other students who will be studying abroad with me, Ellen Woodcock and Melyssa Pham. We decided to start our route near UIC at the...read more
As part of our first study abroad project before we take off to Barcelona, I was given a list of some of Chicago’s famous landmarks and had to take selfies in front of them. To be honest, I thought this was an easy task until I actually began shooting. Snapping...read more
While I’ve lived in Chicagoland for two decades, only now am I acting as a tourist in my own city, packing in the many hotspots around town in a timeframe of just a few hours. The urban experience would not be fulfilled without visiting the many public attractions...read more