Study Abroad 2017Tales from Barcelona
After our last weekend in Barcelona, it was time to come together for our last week in the Barcelona classroom. Our first session on Monday was with Karen Smyth. She previously worked with the students during the first week of the program which you can read about...
Thursday was our last content class as this week is project development, completion, and final presentations. Since it was our last day of discussing the material, experiences, etc. as a class, it was critical to bring together all the information, excursions, and...
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...read more
“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...read more
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...read more
Whenever I am alone, I find myself going into deep thought, thinking about anything that comes to my mind, and always finding a meaning to all my experiences. The excursion of Costa Brava was a very eye-opening experience. Though I have hiked through trails in the...read more
Sometimes when you want to learn more about a person or in this case, a neighborhood, you might need to walk the extra mile and get into their personal space. Walking Barcelona was a great exercise, both as an assignment and a mental exercise. Walking for a few miles...read more
Growing up I would hear my dad, who for the majority of the time only speaks Spanish at home, say this phrase whenever we had red meat at dinner, "no beans, more meat". I wondered why he would always say that phrase when he did. As I grew older he explained that in...read more
When I laid my eyes on the majestic mountains of Monserrat, I felt in awe. Remembering the experiences of hiking at Shawnee Natural Forest and Costa Brava gave me a rush of adrenaline that flowed all throughout my body. As chills overcame me, I was excited to hike...read more
I visited a local organic dairy farm and apiculture site recently. There was a similarity between the two places that really struck a chord in my heart, the connection to culture and children. Anna’s passion resonated with the words she spoke about her work on the...read more
Over the course of the study abroad program we have experienced many emotional moments as a group. Reflecting back at excursions in the classroom easily triggers memories from our past and often times provokes tears. However nothing was able to stimulate my lacrimal...read more
The comfort of urban-suburban life has definitely spoiled me and left me ignorant towards the importance of rural life. From this perspective of mine, I had an eye-opening experience on this excursion. Visiting the dairy farm, I could not help but be inspired by...read more
Barcelona: a land of endless romance. There are couples in streets holding hands and displaying affection at every corner. There are people from every corner of the world walking the same sidewalks, people of different beliefs enjoying the city simultaneously and...read more
As a child, I never questioned where my food was coming from or how it was produced. I was oblivious to the quality of food that I was consuming. Whether it was a McDonald's happy meal or home cooked dinner, all that was important to me was the taste. If it's tasty,...read more