Study Abroad 2017Tales from Barcelona
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...
Imagine walking into a room with study table. There are few books, pens, and a laptop sitting on the table. As the day goes by, the table keeps filling up with stuff on top of each other. At the end of the day, the whole table is filled with random stuff and...
As cooking is a big hobby for me, I love to cook and make all kinds of dishes. From my experience, one of the most important features of a great dish is fresh ingredients. Living in Chicago and being a college student, it is difficult to find or buy fresh produce as...read more
Taking selfies in Chicago was no big deal as I met up with Kaisa and Tiffany and quickly walked and used public transportation to get to our destinations. Even though I had been living in Chicago for 10 years, I was unfamiliar with many of the monuments and landmarks...read more
We had our first excursion at The Vineyard and Olive Oil Factory just outside of the city of Barcelona. After being in Barcelona for five days, we got to see a different side of Spain where we met some amazing locals of Spain who made wine and Olive Oil. We took a bus...read more
In Chicago, I went to a certain landmark because I knew them. I had an idea of what they stood for and a schema of it was more than likely pre-existing. I felt awkward taking selfies, and in just about every one of them, I am not smiling or I look uncomfortable. I...read more
I am in a city that has a little girl playing with pigeons. Every day in Barcelona is a new experience, and a new perception of life outside the Southside of Chicago is unfolding. These selfies, aren’t just pictures, but each an individual story. They...read more
Reflecting back on my experience selfie-ing my way through cities, I realized just how different I felt holding up my cell phone in front of my face in Chicago versus Barcelona. The context surrounding my two selfie adventures differed so much and affected my...read more
Doing both selfie projects at both Chicago and Barcelona was very interesting. Both cities had different feelings when visiting the city's monuments. Even though Chicago is my home city, Barcelona definitely hit home and reminded me of my origins from...read more
Let me tell you, there is nothing like consuming a product from it's source. And when I say "source" I do not mean a factory, I mean fresh from the farm it was grown on. The first excursion of the program took me to the winery Eudald Massana and the olive oil cellar...read more
When I think of Chicago I think of stop-and-go traffic, crowds of people flocking towards the Bean, and 90 degree Fahrenheit weather; but I also think of drives down Lake Shore Drive, the Cubs Stadium, and all my favorite spots to go for a quick bit. When first...read more
Growing up, most of my family's groceries were purchased from our local Meijer. My parents bought fresh produce as much as possible, and if anything we had frozen vegetables, fruits and meats. The only time we bought from local vendors was when we traveled up...read more
After the first day of walking around the city and not knowing where I was, I thought to myself, " I'll be here for 5 weeks. I should start familiarizing myself with streets here." The problem was I didn't how would I do that in short amount of time. The solution to...read more
Walking through the streets of Barcelona while taking selfies at the various monuments and historic landmarks, I felt a sense of uneasiness as the locals stared at me and made me feel as if I wasn't welcomed in their historic city. I later learned that if people in...read more