Study Abroad 2017Tales from Barcelona
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...
As part of the nutrition-related part of this program, students completed a project in a day process. Students got up early to get to their designated Barcelona community markets across the city. 6 groups of 3 were given the task of observing, visualizing, assessing...
Meditation is a way of mindfully connecting the mind, body and spirit. I find stillness in playing the cello or ukulele, writing, and when alone in my quiet moments. Walking never spoke to me as a form of meditation...read more
“Not hammer-strokes, but dance of the water, sings the pebbles into perfection.” ―Rabindranath Tagore Uncomfortably sweaty, sunscreen sticky, and ready to get to the beach, this is how it started. Our enthusiastic guide Layla led our exhausted group over loose...read more
I don’t think I’ve ever cried and felt so much emotion, in such a positive and moving way, as I did on this day. If I go back home and never shed a tear again, I can successfully say I cried all I have to cry in Spain. We are all individuals that have experienced life...read more
Tapas are Spanish dishes that are typically, small plates or appetizers meant to be shared amongst family and friends before dinner. Last week, we were lucky enough to get the full tapa experience. The students divided themselves into cooking teams with each team...read more
Today we visited family run businesses: an organic dairy farm, and an apiculture center. Visiting both presented a variety of shared purposes and similarities, but also differences that we can see between Barcelona and Chicago. La Selvatana, the dairy farm run by Anna...read more
I woke up feeling extremely tired, stressed, and lacking sleep as I was up late the night before working to finish my assignments. I had been waiting for this day ever since I got accepted into this program to study abroad; however, I was lacking motivation to get out...read more
Thinking of hiking brings me back to my first real hike I did at Lake Tahoe in California. The trek was 14 miles up to the top, and my brother tagged along. We could make it with a couple stops for me to catch my breath since asthma slowed me down. Trailing behind...read more
The past week has been a stressful one, but my worries were washed away in Costa Brava. Costa Brava, is a beautiful coastal region in Catalonia. The water is as clear as crystal but you see a completely different person in the reflection. There was no connection to...read more
During our early morning departure from Barcelona, my classmates and I were buzzing with nervous anticipation at the task ahead of us: climbing Montserrat Mountain. Some were dreading the physicality of the hike, others relishing in the natural beauty of the...read more
Exploring our assigned neighborhood of La Gracia in a group of four was an extremely interesting experience. We were notified by John, our instructor, that locals in that neighborhood don't take kindly towards groups walking together, so I was a bit anxious to begin...read more
Strave Adjective A combination of being strong and brave Strave is the word that I accidentally created when talking with students as we were hiking Montserrat. Costa Brava was nothing compared to Montserrat in that the latter was an incline the entire way. Strength...read more
I have never been hiking before, but I can say with confidence that Costa Brava was the absolute best way for me to be introduced to it! Although challenging, it was hard to be in a bad mood when nature, the sea, and good people surrounded me. I also had the...read more