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Activities in Barcelona: Live Music at JazzSí

Activities in Barcelona: Live Music at JazzSí

There are a ton of music venues in Barcelona, but for me one of the best places to see live music  is JazzSí in the Raval neighbourhood. Linked with the Taller de Músics music school, it offers an opportunity for young musicians to get involved with the live music scene, and hosts jam sessions and live concerts every night of the week. Entry costs between 4 to 8 euros (including a drink) for a 2 hour show.  There are different themes each night,…

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Activities in Barcelona: La Diada de Sant Jordi

Activities in Barcelona: La Diada de Sant Jordi

When I first came to Barcelona, I was surprised to learn that Catalunya and England share a patron Saint. St George to the English, and Sant Jordi to the Catalans, the story of the dragon slaying saint is celebrated on the same day in England & Catalunya, on April 23rd. Whereas in England we don’t really mark the day with anything special (preferring to jump on the back of the Irish for Paddy’s Day) La Diada de Sant Jordi is…

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True integration into Catalan Society: an impossible dream?

True integration into Catalan Society: an impossible dream?

I have lived in Barcelona now for 2 years, and I have realised during my time here that the number of foreign people I know far exceeds the number of Spanish, and especially Catalan, people I have become friends with. This poses an interesting conundrum to me, in my quest to become a true Barcelonian. I love this city, it is my home and I feel like I belong here.  However, without fully integrating into Catalan society, I remain on…

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Activities in Barcelona: Explore the Beaches and Ports

Activities in Barcelona: Explore the Beaches and Ports

There is definitely something inherently relaxing and ultimately satisfying about a sunny day with clear blue skies, and looking out to sea – seeing nothing but the blue horizon glinting back at you. The combination of blue hues in the sea and sky; the glistening rays of the sun shimmering on the gentle waves; the sound of seagulls calling out to the white yachts as they float above….. Just thinking about it relaxes me. One of my favourite places to…

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My Head in the Clouds: Spectacular Views of Barcelona

My Head in the Clouds: Spectacular Views of Barcelona

I love a beautiful view.  Nothing makes me happier than gazing at scenery that stretches as far as the eye can see; it gives me an amazing sense of freedom and relaxation, a feeling that all is right with the world.  Add to that clear blue skies and my blissful smile gets just a little bit wider.  So when I was feeling particularly blue myself one weekend I wondered what would pull me out of my metaphysical funk and give…

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Customer Service: a Foreign Concept?

Customer Service: a Foreign Concept?

I’m teetering on the brink of another rant, I can feel it.  But this isn’t supposed to be an outlet for my venting, it is supposed to be a commentary on my life here in Barcelona, and the city itself.  So if you are familiar with Barcelona customer service, you will know the reason for my deliberation. I am all for the Spanish mentality of ‘mañana, mañana’ (tomorrow, tomorrow), but I do get a little bored of waiting till next…

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Feeling Grumpy in the Rain

Feeling Grumpy in the Rain

So what to do in Barcelona on a rainy Saturday, when you can’t sleep and your head has its own miniature marching band inside it….  That is the question that posed itself this morning.  A similar question often arises, but with better weather, so in those cases during the summer the natural answer is crawl up to the terrace & lie in the sun for an hour or so.  However, when the weather isn’t up to scratch (despite being gloriously…

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New City, No Friends?

New City, No Friends?

Congratulations, you’ve done it!  Taken the plunge!  Took a deep breath and leapt into the unknown!  And here you are, in a new city, excited at the adventure that faces you, thrilled at the prospect of discovering new places, learning new things, making new friends and living a new life!  But wait.  Ah.  Shit.  Friends.  You haven’t had to make friends since high school.  How do you meet people now?  What do you do?  Where do you start?  That feeling…

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The One Year Itch? Or just another mosquito bite?

The One Year Itch? Or just another mosquito bite?

It has occurred to me that my last couple of posts seem to be moaning about a lot of things that get on my nerves.  I hope you don’t think I’m ranting about everything and hating Barcelona because that really isn’t the case – it may seem that way, but it is just these little irritations that get to me after a long day at work, or that time of the month when my hormones turn me into a raging…

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To Bicing, or not to Bicing. That is the question…..

To Bicing, or not to Bicing. That is the question…..

To those of you who live in Barcelona, you can’t avoid being aware of the Bicing phenomenon, unless you’ve been living with your head ostrich style in Barceloneta beach.  To those of you unfamiliar with this fair city, or perhaps those who have just passed through, you probably have no clue what I’m talking about.  Bicing is a bike sharing service provided by the city council, whose natty name comes from the Catalan (& Spanish) word for bicycle – bicicleta;…

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