Study Abroad 2017

Tales from Barcelona
Empowerment Through Walking

Empowerment Through Walking

Last week, we’ve been talking a lot about walking. One idea presented in class was empowerment through walking. I didn’t understand how walking, something I do to get from one place to another, could be empowering. The excursion to Costa Brava, which involved an...

I want to live a life from a new perspective

I want to live a life from a new perspective

After spending the weekend exploring Park Güell and Bunkers del Carmel with Asha, I was excited to spend another day being active in nature.  My classmates and I took a hour and a half bus ride to Costa Brava to tour the old fishing town of Calella de Palafrugell....

Wine Not? Olive this Excursion!

Going into our first excursion, I didn’t know what to expect. I knew nothing about wine and olive oil production, and I was excited to learn more. As the day progressed, I realized how far removed I am from the production of the foods that I purchase and consume...

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A Monumental Adventure Through Barcelona

I don't think I have ever visited so many monuments in such a short time period!  Seeing so much of the history, culture, and beauty of Barcelona through its landmarks alone was eye-opening.  The way I had to go about visiting these locations forced me to become a...

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What did the grape say when it was crushed?

ANSWER: Nothing, it just let a little wine!   Our first excursion was to a local vineyard and olive oil mill in the Penedes region located just an hour outside of Barcelona. Check out my video of our trip! Our tour guide, Albert, took us through what types of...

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Oh the Places you’ll Go! But will you be welcomed?

Often times when one travels from their home to a different area to where they haven't been before, but are curious to see what the place has to offer, the person becomes known as a "tourist". Depending on the place however, sometimes the act of tourism isn't seen as...

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Tourist or Traveler? A Look Through Selfies

During our first week here, we discussed being a traveler vs. being a tourist. We viewed the documentary “Bye Bye Barcelona” which addresses the negative impact of tourism in the city. We learned that our purpose in Barcelona is to be a traveler and immerse ourselves...

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“Come on, Let’s Be Free in Barcelona”

As Ed Sheeran sings in his song “Barcelona” dancing through the streets, having fun in the sun, and being free all over the historical city, we set off to explore it for ourselves. Over the past week, I explored the Old City of Barcelona, and saw two thousand years of...

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You are what you eat, so why not add some wine?

Many of us often wonder what is put into what we consume, right? After a spending a day with wine and olive oil producers in their respective lands in the Penedés Region, we saw how much more is added to what Barcelona is fed: dedication, perseverance, and intrinsic...

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It didn’t happen unless you took a selfie, right?

Barcelona has been home to me for the last week, and the experience has been wonderful thus far. I have had the opportunity to absorb the people, the art, the design of the city, and history as well as the rest of the components that makes up Barcelona and Catalan...

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Time Travelling to the Past..

For the past week, I have wandered through the streets of the beautiful city, Barcelona. I traveled 2,000 years back in time of kings and queens, religious martyrs, civil war, and the golden years of Barcelona on our tour with Dan in the Gothic Quarter, the center of...

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“Siempre Vida, Barcelona”

"Siempre vida, Barcelona" from the Ed Sheeran song "Barcelona" means always living in Barcelona. This city is full of life and it has been great to explore that through this selfie project. Our first day was a tour of the Gothic Quarter. We also wandered through Placa...

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Wine and Dine As One

After a few days of having no wifi to post my blogs with, I jumped out of bed in the morning of our first excursion. Within the first twenty minutes of driving away from Plaça de Catalunya I saw the first glimpses of how different the landscape of the countryside is...

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