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Activities in Barcelona: Las Festes de Santa Eulàlia

Activities in Barcelona: Las Festes de Santa Eulàlia

The story of Santa Eulàlia is not a happy one.  With this weekend hosting the festival celebrations in her name I thought it was high time to learn more about her. One of the two patron saints of Barcelona, (along with our Lady of Mercy), Eulàlia was the young martyr who suffered horrific torture at the hands of the Romans when she refused to renounce her Christian faith.  As the legend goes, During the persecution of the Christians during the…

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Activities in Barcelona: EatWith Marta & Cook Paella

Activities in Barcelona: EatWith Marta & Cook Paella

You’ve gawped at Gaudi’s works, peeked in the Picasso Museum & rambled down La Rambla. And now you’re hungry. But perhaps you are hoping for something a little more authentic than the pre-packed, frozen paellas offered in many tourist traps. How about learning to cook paella for yourself, in the home of a local teacher? I am a big fan of EatWith; and a big fan of paella, so I have been waiting for a chance to combine the two,…

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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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Exploring Catalunya: A Waterfall Adventure in Campdevánol

Exploring Catalunya: A Waterfall Adventure in Campdevánol

If you follow my blog regularly you will know I am a fan of social networks as a way of meeting people and doing things I might not normally do.  So, feeling a little restless and in need of adventure I decided to get back on the Meetup wagon as I hadn’t done anything with them for a while.  After browsing the meetups on offer I selected one from the aptly named Enjoy Barcelona & Catalonia group.  The group’s organiser…

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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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A Calçotada: The Catalan Way to Get your Hands Dirty

A Calçotada: The Catalan Way to Get your Hands Dirty

When I tried calçots once before in a restaurant, I wasn’t overly impressed. Essentially a cross between a spring onion and a small leek, it was ok, but it didn’t blow me away by any means. However, this humble onion has now risen well above my expectations, thanks to 5000 other onions, 400 botifarra sausages, gallons of red wine and several buckets of romesco sauce. Take these delicious ingredients and throw in a gloriously sunny day, then you get the…

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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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