Study Abroad 2017

Tales from Barcelona
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...

De-cluttering the mind

De-cluttering the mind

  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...

Reflecting on Chicago and Barcelona

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...

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Nothing is Impossible!

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...

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the Difference in Cities

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...

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Adventures through Barcelona

     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...

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An Emotional Rollercoaster

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...

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Home Sweet Home

  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...

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From Burbs to Barrio

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...

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In Spain, the Proof is in the Wine/Cava/Olive Oil

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...

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Hola! Barcelona

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...

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Exploring Barcelona through Selfies

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...

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