Study Abroad 2017

Tales from Barcelona
Barcelona Market Project Group Posts

Barcelona Market Project Group Posts

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...

Feeling Alive For The First Time

Feeling Alive For The First Time

Have you found yourself? No, not metaphorically, but seriously... have you found what makes feel so alive, so happy you could fly?   I have a hobby that might seem strange to some, which is the practice of lucid dreaming. Lucid dreaming and self-realization are...

Maritime Adventures in Costa Brava

"Live in the moment" are wise words to live by. However, throughout the excursion in Costa Brava I could not help but continuously reflect on my past. This journey brought me back to my adventurous childhood memories and reminded me of my nautical times in the...

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Difference of Walking & Wandering

Growing up in suburbia, walking was beyond safe. To say the small town that raised me, Lemont, was protected would be an understatement. However, even though it was safe, it wasn’t the accepted norm. You typically only walked to school there if you lived within a...

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Finding Your Own Way

Imagine you are hiking up a mountain and you’ve found yourself separated from the group of 20. You know there are people in front of you and behind you but you can no longer see them. The sun is beating down from above, the rocks are uneven below your feet. To your...

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Inspired, empowered, and liberated

  The minute I chopped my hair off I felt a huge weight lift off my shoulders…literally and figuratively. The weight of society’s standards, the weight of a toxic relationship, the weight of safety, and the weight of fear.  I refuse to live my life by the...

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Marco….Polo

The derives from Monday and Wednesday felt very much like a Marco polo game. The more people involved the more challenging it became for me to pinpoint landmarks, and navigate my way around. MARCO! Monday, we started off the day in groups of five walking the...

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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...

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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....

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A Heartwarming Catalan Neighborhood

Walking around the local neighborhoods of Barcelona has given me much appreciation for their way of living. I was grouped with an amazing set of people to explore a local Barcelona neighborhood, Gracia.   Being away from the tourism and venturing through...

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Taking chances

How assured does someone feel when they have their future planned? It has been ingrained in me to know my goals and how to get there. I grew up learning to map out my route to get to my destination. I have always followed the path that I drew out for myself, but I...

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Just Keep On Walking

My fifth project 'Walking Barcelona' was broken up into two segments; the first being given a structured route with set locations to follow, and the second segment was having a semi-structure route. After ten days of being here I started to realize how annoying the...

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Whatever Happens, Happens..

Being in a new city with many intricate alleyways, it is easy to get lost. Getting lost in Barcelona was a perfect stepping stone for me to grow as individual because every path I choose to go down is a risk I have to take.   Taking risks is not something I normally...

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Hangriness<Happiness

Can you name the last time you wandered around your city/block? The last time hunger limited your performance in accomplishing a task? This week we were given a map with a route and a mission: photograph assigned areas. Level of difficulty: Medium. Making our way...

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