Study Abroad 2017

Tales from Barcelona
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...

Montserrat Mountain: A Physical and Emotional Journey

Montserrat Mountain: A Physical and Emotional Journey

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...

On Foot

  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...

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I Will Be My Own Tour Guide

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...

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Free Falling

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...

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Universitat de Barcelona

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,...

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Let’s Be Alone Together

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...

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It Does Not Always Go As Planned, And That Is Okay.

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...

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It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

  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...

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Talk About an Uphill Battle!

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...

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Not All Those Who Wander…

"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...

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Some days, but not today

  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...

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Nature Leads to Self-Reflection

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,...

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Wandering Through Barcelona

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...

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