Study Abroad 2017

Tales from Barcelona
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...

The Heros Behind the Farm Scene

The Heros Behind the Farm Scene

Ever woke up thinking today is the day to face a fear? The day of the dairy farm and apiculture excursion, I felt unease because I have always feared bees. I did not fear the bee, but the sting and the unexpected physical pain which I have never felt before. Arriving...

Fine Wine and Olive Oil

Having absolutely zero knowledge about how wine and olive oil are made, I was very excited to arrive at the Penedès Wine Region. It is located one hour south of Barcelona between the Mediterranean Sea and the Catalan Pre-Coastal range. Arriving at our destination...

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Olive Drinking Wine

The understanding of centuries of culture and history can be physically seen through the production of wine and olive oil.  The purpose of the excursion was not to get free things. However, to understand the emotions and importance of these globally known products to...

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“Picture or it never happened”

We started our study abroad program in Chicago. We were asked to be tourist in two different cities. We took selfies being a tourist in Chicago and in Barcelona. I thought “how hard can it be?” We all want to go to places where we haven’t been before, have fun and...

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Happily Confused

Just as I originally predicted, unfamiliarity continued to be familiar in Barcelona just as it was in Chicago just on a much grander scale. Taking selfies has NOT become easier because no matter where in the world you are, taking pictures of yourself in public WILL...

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Need more exercise? Train a Dog!

As I take selfies at Chicago and Barcelona, I noticed a few differences that drastically changes the way we decide our transportation methods. Although both Barcelona and Chicago is a city location, Barcelona's land usage is more structured compared to Chicago....

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Stop and Smell the Rosé

The day started with an hour long bus ride to the Penedes region where we visited a winery, Eudald Massana, in the morning, lunch at La Posada de Sant Pere, an olive mill, Ca La Madrona, in the afternoon. Albert was our tour guide and translator for the day. Watching...

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¡Que Turista!

At last! It is time to reveal my inner tourist self. The second part of my selfie adventure takes place in Barcelona where I was able to blend in with all of the other nearly 9 million people who visit the city each year. Some side effects of touring the hotspots of...

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Olives & Wine, Oh My!

Olive Wine! (I Love Wine!) Many people buy products just knowing that it came from some store or a factory. Many products do not get the appreciations they deserve such as we observed, wine and olive oil. Many people drink wine and don’t think where it came from and...

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New Country means New Selfies

Traveling to Barcelona and exploring its' iconic landmarks not only has given me the opportunity to get to know the city, but also gave me more confidence to try new things. As I was looking for a person to take a selfie with, I came across a man who was spinning two...

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Wine is Grape!

On our first excursion, we had a switch of scenery from urban apartment to rural residences. As a large group we were welcomed by the owners of two small family owned businesses and shown the secrets of producing the best of Catalonia's wine and oil. Our guides shared...

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Reflections: Chicago and Barcelona

Yes, it is possible to learn about yourself and the world around you by taking selfies.  This selfie project began in my hometown of Chicago with the objective of taking pictures with various landmarks throughout the city. At first I thought this was going to be a...

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Mucho Gusto, Barcelona

One week ago, I touched down in Barcelona tired and hungry, but eager to get out and start exploring. Upon arrival, I imagined I would love this city; that much has proven true. Despite the language barrier, I feel much more comfortable here than when I visited...

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