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The question of Catalan independence on the eve of a revolution

DISCLAIMER: I don’t often write about politics, and have never done it on the blog. But considering the current political turmoil, I have more people asking me if they should cancel their trip to Barcelona out of safety concerns, than those asking me for the best places to brunch. (BTW--do not cancel your plans to…

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Or…impress your friends/family/partner by being a Barcelona buff even before you land.

Barcelona is a city constantly toeing the line between being Spanish or European. (Yes, I'm aware that it is technically both--for now anyway--but stay with me.) The Spanish side being all, beers-on-beers-on-tapas-on-beers in a small, sunny plaza, and the European side nudging its elbow reminding Barç that there's work tomorrow, and someone has to pay…

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Getting an apartment abroad…painlessly

Finding an apartment is a pain in the puto culo. Trying to get all of the things you want in the right location isn't always a guarantee and usually ends in compromise. Add to this situation not being able to speak the native language fluently or have any friends or acquaintances in the city, no…

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10 spots you can’t miss on the Costa Brava

I have been to a lot of Spanish beaches in my day. And to be honest each one of them is gorgeous in its own way. The extensive beaches of Cádiz, the rocky and virgin coves in Alméria, the dramatic cliffs of Galicia and Asturias. But the Costa Brava is still one of the highest…

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Your personal to do list this summer in Barcelona

Whether its January or July, you will always be able to stumble upon something unique  happening in Barcelona.  But like most places, it oozes its coolness and shines most in the months from April to September. Any given day you step outside you are bound to find yourself sipping on a vermut in a neighborhood…

Where to see films in their original language in Barcelona

Wow. Quick question. Have you ever stared at a word so long or said it so many times that it just stopped making sense? That just happened to me with the word "MOVIES" while making the image for this post. Yikes. Moving on. One of the things I most often point to when someone brings…