Study Abroad 2017

Tales from Barcelona
Taking chances

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...

Just Keep On Walking

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 is having no structure just a given area. After ten days of being here I started to realize how annoying...

Bienvenidos a Barcelona

After an eight hour overnight flight from Chicago, I was thrilled to finally be in Barcelona.  I quickly dropped off my bags in the apartment as I was eager to work on the second half of my selfie project.  The first half of the selfie project involved taking selfies...

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What is Art?

Going to the Museu Nacional D'Art De Catalunya (MNAC) for the first time I could not believe that magnitude of the building, making it the very first piece of artwork visitors observe. It's massive pillars that are proudly displayed in front of the building with a two...

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A Long Way from Chicago

After an overnight flight, we arrived at the apartment that will be our home for 5 weeks. Right away everything felt so foreign: the street signs (or lack thereof) and signs in Catalan. We landed in Barcelona on a bank holiday, which meant the streets were deserted...

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Team Work Makes the Dream Work

This past Wednesday, we visited the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya. As a group, we participated in various activities that would help us develop qualitative research skills by analyzing while appreciating the history of the Catalonia the art tells. We practiced...

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Mi Casa es Su Casa

  Hola from Barcelona! Throughout the week, we have had some opportunities to get a feel for our new neighborhood on our group excursions. Here are a few places discovered thus far that have made this home away from home feel all...

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The Art of Appreciation

I’ve found that every day here in Barcelona I am expanding my knowledge while digging deeper in my thought-processing and development. To be completely honest, I can’t distinctively remember the last time I was at an art museum. I know that I’ve been to the Art...

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A Stroll through the Streets of Spain

Similarities stood out between my home in Round Lake, Illinois, and the city of Barcelona, my home for the next 5 weeks. The differences were much bigger. It has been 3 days since I arrived in Spain and the efficiency of the city is incredible. Back home, it is a...

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The Night Is Still Young

It did not take long to realize how different my new neighborhood of L'Eixample, Barcelona is in comparison to my lifelong hometown of Bartlett, Illinois.  Everything was foreign to me; from the warm climate, to the vibrant nightlife, the street walkability, the...

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Welcome to MNAC, I’m Professor Courtney

After an hour of wandering uphill through quiet Catalan neighborhoods, colorful street markets, and quaint coffee shops, I arrived drenched in sweat at Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (MNAC).  The view from nearby Montjuïc Hill made me even more breathless and I...

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Carrer de Balmes

It is nearing the end of the first week of my travels abroad and I’m still having trouble finding my way around the neighborhood. As you may or may not know, I am terrible with directions. Shocker! My apartment on Balmes Street is surrounded by important landmarks...

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Unity & Community Inside or Outside

There’s a certain comfort to be felt in open spaces; a certain sureness of your surroundings and those than occupy them with you. Typically, I have found that “open” would not pop into my head when thinking of an urban area. I have found this particularly true of...

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