Study Abroad 2017Tales from Barcelona
Visiting the dairy and apiculture farm was a treat to experience as I use both products daily. We started the excursion by visiting an organic dairy farm. I loved the calf as they were adorable, listening to them "moo" and having them nibble my hand warmed my heart....
This marks the final excursion of the program (insert sad face here). I got to hang out with cows (which I love) and bees while learning about what it takes to provide organic products to the community. The day started with a visit to the organic dairy farm La...
Shades on, cap on, backpack on; I am ready to begin this trek. Today would be the day that I could finally say I hiked a mountain. My self-efficacy in this sense was at an all time high, and I took advantage of my optimism by transferring my mental power into physical...read more
I really looked forward to the excursion of the dairy and apiculture (bee keeping) farms. When I reflected on the way home after visiting both farms I realized that nutrition and education for children was the theme for the day. The dairy farm is owned and operated...read more
Costa Brava translates directly to wild coast and that is an accurate description of the rocky coastline along the Mediterranean Sea; filled with small beaches, wildlife, and boat houses owned by the locals. To me, our excursion was based on hiking the coastline and...read more
Sports injuries are hard. Being physically unable to partake in the one thing that your life revolved around for over 10 years is hard. Sometimes I feel like I don’t have the right to be angry and upset over my injuries anymore but unfortunately they are not a thing...read more
At home I feel overcommitted and spread too thin. My days are a continuous cycle of checking off as much as I can in a to-do list until I fall asleep only to wake up and repeat. I’m constantly squeezing as much as I can into tiny pockets of time and convincing myself...read more
This has been a busy, physical week as the students completed two derives and a trek of 8 miles. I think it's safe to say that by Thursday, they were okay with not walking and being in the classroom. See my previous post to learn about derives. Unlike the structured...read more
I never thought my first-time hiking would be while I am studying abroad in Barcelona, Spain. I imagined my first time hiking would be at Starved Rock, a state park in Illinois. I have always wanted to go there with a group of friends; however, I never got the chance...read more
I love a place that feeds peace to my mind and gives wings to my heart. That place is nature for me. As a quiet person, I believe nature is a paradise. It lets me listen to the birds chirping, observe the leaves moving as the wind passes through and allows me to be in...read more
If the future me came back to tell past me, “you climbed up a mountain,” past me would have laughed. I often find myself holding back on doing things out of fear of re-injuring my knee. I tore my ACL back in high school and the injury has come to haunt me years...read more
My restless mind tends to keep me awake into the early morning, and Sunday night was no exception. With a coffee standing outside a small shop at the base of the mountain, I took a moment to gloss over the challenge that laid before me. Montserrat steeped overhead,...read more
A few weeks ago, I hiked eight miles up the coast of Barcelona. (Check out what we did in my YouTube video!) Growing up, I traveled many times with my parents and siblings. The one common theme in our vacations besides our love for the sun, sand, and sea was that my...read more
After hikingMontserrat on Monday, Tuesday's class was reflection based. What was supposed to be a short think-pair-share, turned into a whole class discussion on what the hike meant for each student personally and academically. This created the opportunity for...read more