All Good Things Must End, Too

All Good Things Must End, Too

And just like that, six weeks in Barcelona comes to a close.  Six weeks of navigating a new city, six weeks of befriending perfect strangers and six weeks of pushing ourselves past our known limits.  Time came and went faster than we could have imagined but of course,...
My Three Homes

My Three Homes

I don’t call one place home.  That would be impossible.  A home is defined as a place where one lives permanently.  Throughout the course of my life, I’ve lived in upwards of twenty different homes.  Beginning with the Chicago apartment where I was born...
All For One

All For One

This week focused heavily on the element of teamwork.  In every excursion, the need for group effort and support was overwhelmingly present.  We began the week at a Tapas cooking class, completed our last yoga session and visited historic Tarragona.  While our program...
First and Last Time

First and Last Time

I started the weekend by hiking up a valley to get to Vall de Nuria. This was just one of many amazing views that made the journey worth it.     Last Saturday was about to be the most adventurous day in my life so far. This sign marks the beginning of a...
Reflecting and Unfolding

Reflecting and Unfolding

I often got sick when I was little. I was not good at sports or any physical acitivities. I’ve been told that I have a weak body. I grew up believing that 99% true until today. After 5 weeks in this program, with a lot of hiking and walking, I started to...
4 Friends vs. 4 Peaks

4 Friends vs. 4 Peaks

I travelled to Vall de Nuria for 3-days of hiking with the people in my study abroad program. The first day consisted of a hike up to the resort from Cremallera Vall de Nuria – Queralbs, the second day included hiking up four peaks, and the third day included the hike...
How Time Changes, but History is not Forgotten

How Time Changes, but History is not Forgotten

España is one of the very few professors I had in my life that taught me life lessons. I never thought a country could teach me so much and show me the differences compared to where I was born and raised. First off, I was born and raised in a suburb of Illinois about...
Vall De Nuria: Round 2

Vall De Nuria: Round 2

I came into this program with ZERO hiking experience, and I am leaving this program having conquered the 4 peak challenge. Originally John, the program director, sent out a mass email challenging us to a 3 peak challenge in Vall De Nuria. The 3 peak challenge involved...
The Climb

The Climb

BEFORE Vall de Nuria Captain Kiyana: I suppose; Sometimes I point myself in the wrong direction but my plan is to get there, i,e. to the destination to encourage others to do the same. Before the hike I wasn’t set on going. I rustled with the idea of taking on...
No Matter Where we are, We are not Alone

No Matter Where we are, We are not Alone

Dear Sister, Guess what I had learned in the past few days!? I learned how to make Tapas!! So watch out because chef Campy is about to come home and make these delicious tapas you can possibly have. At first I thought tapas were just potatoes. You might think the same...
Surviving a Cooking Class

Surviving a Cooking Class

One of my difficulties throughout this program is having to cook for myself. Unfortunately, I have never taken an interest in cooking in Chicago even though my mom has tried teaching me on multiple occasions; which I immediately begun to regret upon arriving because...
Tortoise or Hare I’ll make it there

Tortoise or Hare I’ll make it there

As you may or may not have seen, this isn’t my first rodeo at Val De Nuria. Some would question why I would bother to return when I already climbed my mountains, and initially I questioned it too. Once there I realized Val De Nuria is much more than a single...