Study Abroad 2017Tales from Barcelona
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...
The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. -Lao Tzu While this journey was not a thousand miles, it was without a doubt the most physically challenging activity I have ever done in my life and this comes only a week after hiking the Costa Brava. I also...
Exploring La Gràcia district in Barcelona on foot introduced me to a beautiful part of the city that represents what Barcelona really is, was, and should be. By following a strict map that wandered through the barrio and hit the many plazas of Gràcia, I was...read more
My ideal city tour is sitting on a bus and someone leading the tour, but this time, a small group and I were the tour guides. This past week I spent my time walking through locations around the city center. As someone who is heavy, walking feels like a chore and it...read more
In Chicago, walking in my daily life functions primarily as a mediator of transportation; it is seldom I walk without a destination in mind. Walking in this sense constitutes a majority of my regular physical activity, as I...read more
The campus of the University of Barcelona expands to different buildings in different parts of the city. By traveling among each building. I, as well as the rest of the group, were able to notice distinct differences among each of the areas. At our first stop,...read more
On Monday I was paired up with a group of my classmates to explore a set route through Central Eixample, near the areas we live and learn in. Two days later I worked with Kasia to explore Eixample again, but with the challenge of following a circular path in a city...read more
As I entered week 2 of the Mood, Movement, and Mediterranean Diet program it became apparent that walking will be my best friend as it is a huge part of completing my projects. I mean, this project is literally called "Walking Barcelona!" First, I was assigned to...read more
The first walking tour was with a large group. I feel at the 4 stops we chose to reflect at, we were able to reflect on ourselves in regards to our surrounds the most. The purpose of the exercise may have been to think about the design of Barcelona, but it...read more
On Tuesday, as a group, we hiked 8 miles along the coast of Spain in the Costa Brava region. For those of you that do not know me, I am not an active person and was very nervous for this hike. One reason being, I am the biggest person in the group and have never done...read more
"Not all those who wander are lost", this quote from JRR Tolkien describes the idea of a dérive. Coined by Guy Debord, a dérive is “when one or more persons during a period drop their usual motives of movement … and let themselves be drawn by the attractions and the...read more
Some days I really don't feel like getting out of bed. Some days I don't think I'm doing enough. Some days I feel like I don't know enough. Some days I feel like I'm not strong enough. Some days I feel like I'm not pretty enough, I'm not smart enough, I'm not...read more
If you have not caught on by my posts already, this program is active! Today, our excursion led us to Costa Brava. Some may argue, like me, that it is the most beautiful and serene place they've been too. We trekked 8 miles along the coast going up and down the hills,...read more
Today, the students completed the first part of their second project. This time, they did a walking project called a derive (drift). It is a psychogeographic approach to research in which one literally drifts in the direction of whatever they are attracted too. This...read more