• Brandon Torres

    Brandon Torres

    Class of 2014
    Howard Lake, MN
    Psychology (OT intended)

    Brandon's Bio:
    My major is on the left, but it’s taken me six major changes, two minor changes and three graduate-track changes to get there. I’m from a small farming town west of the Twin Cities and came to Duluth for the city and stayed for the school. I work at the Burns Wellness Center at the front desk and have pretty much the best job in the world. I like to take any opportunity thrown at me, and since coming here I’ve been thrown plenty. Life’s an adventure, and so is CSS!

  • Laila Zemar

    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

    Takudzwa Munjanja

    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

    Neena Koslowski

    Apple Valley, MN

    Daniela Moreno Gomez

    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

  • Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

    Brooke Elvehjem

    Mora, MN

    Laura Salazar

    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

    Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

  • Kathryn McCarrick

    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

    Shivani Singh

    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

    Jin Baek

    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

    Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

  • Katelyn Gehling

    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

    Jason Chavez

    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

    Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

    Halle Nystrom

    Graduate Student
    Fargo, ND
    M.S. Health Information Management

  • Bryan Chavez

    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

Barcelona, Catalunya


Well it has been quite the trip. This city is gorgeous! There’s way too much to see and do in the short time I have. On my first night and last, I made a visit to Sagrada Familia, an incomplete basilica that was started over 130 years ago, and is poised to be completed in about 2030 or so. Yeah. The next day I got up in Spain’s idea of bright and early: about 11:00. After which I walked down Las Ramblas where I watched the moving statues and peddlers selling anything from pets to dead rabbits. Yum. Next I did a walking tour through the main city area. It was incredible hearing how the city has been moved around so much. Many buildings are made if gravestones while others are built into ancient walls and aqueducts. The most powerful part of the tour however was when we walked to a church where children played in the courtyard. The wall they kicked the ball against was battered and broken. Our guide explained how nazis slaughtered kids about their age in front of the wall we looked at. The battered appearance was a direct result of the .50 caliber assault weapons used to murder men, women and children alike. As I kicked a ball back to the kids I couldn’t help but feel empathy for the other children who stood in the same courtyard for a very different purpose. He also told us how its catalan tradition to set out figures of pooping statues. Yes, pooping statues. After the tour I took to the streets and eventually found myself on the Platja de Barcelona, in English, the beach of Barcelona. It was stunning. Though I had to fend off people trying to illegally sell beer on the beach, it was nice to make some final reflections about my adventure.
The next day I got up bright and early once again and decided to head for the hills. Literally. I climbed up one of Barcelona’s highest points and from there visited the 1992 Olympic Park, a castle atop the hill and the gardens surrounding all of it. Again, it was amazing. That night our hostel went to a flamenco show, which was absolutely fantastic, followed by dinner where we were given bottles of free champagne. We then went to a cool bar and pub before returning home. All in all it was absolutely amazing and the perfect dramatic conclusion to my adventure.
Salud, España. I’ll see you again soon. I know it.

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