Barcelona Tourist and Expat Guide – I'mMovingToBarcelona

THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE MOVING TO BARCELONA

Category CULTURE

BANK HOLIDAYS IN BARCELONA – CALENDAR FOR 2017

Bank Holidays in Barcelona probably differ from those in your country. What’s more, bank holidays in Catalonia may differ from those in other Autonomous Communities, because aside from nation-wide bank holidays there are also a few specific for each region or even city. Second Easter and other holidays What was most surprising for me, was that those local holidays can change dates each year. Each municipality is entitled to two

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FREE ENTRY TO BARCELONA MUSEUMS

No matter if you live in Barcelona or just came to visit the capital of Catalonia, with the right information you will be able to make the most of the city and even cut on the expenses. Take advantage of free entry to Barcelona museums. This time, we provide info on how to hack Barcelona’s museums. So, take note that all Sundays after 3pm most of them open the doors for

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BRUNCH AND MEAL TIMES IN BARCELONA

The Spaniards are pretty strict about their daily meal routine. This is something a foreigner needs to fit into, especially if one doesn’t want to starve. It’s like similar to a train schedule, if you miss one, you’ll need to wait for the following. And sometimes the waiting might be pretty long. The Spanish meals go more or less like this: EL DESAYUNO – breakfast 10:00 am – usually right after

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KEEP CALM AND SPEAK CATALAN

Buenos días or bon dia? Adios or adéu? You arrive in Barcelona and find that the people here speak Catalan instead of Spanish. You listen and hear that some words are common, but still there is a difference in the accent. And you wonder how much different this language is from Spanish. 1. Catalan is a Latin language If you have Catalan friends, you probably already know that Catalan is a language not a dialect. Both Catalan

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CULTURAL FAUX PAS IN SPAIN

Just when you think you know Spain, some of these happen and you feel like “lost in translation” all over again. Tranqui, we’ve been there too! Here are some tips on how to avoid making a bad first impression. Treating Spain as a homogeneous country Spanish culture in not all about corrida, flamenco and colorful fans. Each autonomous community has its own customs and traditions and even bank holidays. Hardly anybody outside

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SURPRISING FACTS ABOUT BARCELONA – PART 2

By moving to this city for Erasmus or any other reason you are in for a great experience! Sunny weather, warm sea and friendly people, it’s just the right mixture for an enjoyable stay. To make the most of your stay, there are a few surprising facts about Barcelona  you need to know. Here’s the second part of surprising facts about Barcelona! (In case, you haven’t read part I, here it is) 6. Shops

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SURPRISING FACTS ABOUT BARCELONA – PART 1

By moving to this city for Erasmus or any other reason you are in for a great experience! Sunny weather, warm sea and friendly people, it’s just the right mixture for an enjoyable stay. To make the most of your stay, there are a few surprising facts about Barcelona  you need to know. Here’s the first part of surprising facts about Barcelona! To get you well prepared we have made a list

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CULTURAL FAUX PAS IN SPAIN – THE FOOD

Eating at McDonald’s, Burger King, etc. Starbucks? You’ll find a few of them and only in the city center, designed for tourists I think. None, absolutely no Spaniard I know dines at McDonalds or drinks Caffè Latte with soya milk at Starbucks. It is seen as a lack of knowledge of the local lifestyle and easily defines one as a person from outside of the circle of cultural heritage. Eating

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THE PROS OF WORKING IN SPAIN

It’s hard to enumerate all the advantages of living and working in Barcelona during summer, at least in June. Especially if you are coming from much less pleasant climate. If you enjoy warm climate, you will love summer in Barcelona. Believe me, in June it feels like heaven here. It’s warm but not hot yet and you feel like on holidays all the time no matter if you are at home, at work’s lunch

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CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS! A SHORT GUIDE TO FC BARCELONA CELEBRATIONS

If you live in Barcelona you get to participate in one of the most spectacular sports events and celebrations in the world. FC Barcelona winning it all. Champion of the Champions! #ViscaBarca #Campeones For 2 days Placa Catalunya becomes a FC Barcelona Celebrations square. On June, 6th 2015 Barcelona has won Champions League for the fifth time! At the same time they’ve won their second treble (i.e. winning 3 cups

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VOCABULARY TIPS: SPANISH WORDS THAT IN REALITY ARE BRAND NAMES

I was quite surprised that here in Spain, a lot of brand names are widely used to name common things. I dig a bit into it and found out that some of these words are already forming part of official Spanish language. It happens if the word is recognized by RAE Real Academia Española. And we have to admit that they keep up with the pace of the spoken language and add new words

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FIESTA DE LAS FLORES 2015 IN GIRONA

Can anyone think of a better way to celebrate Spring than with colorful flower installations? “Fiesta de las Flores” or “Temps de Flors” [in Catalan] is celebrated in Girona in May, annually. And it’s already happening! You can join its 60th anniversary celebrations between May, 9th and 17th in Girona’s old town. Fiesta de las Flores It’s one of the most beautiful and cheerful feasts in Spain. And it’s spectacular! The streets and monuments of Girona’s

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SPANISH VOCABULARY TIPS

Welcome to Spain! The country where it is nice to speak some Spanish or Catalan, if in Catalonia. People here are very friendly but they rarely speak good, OK, communicative English. So, if you are planning to stay here for a bit longer, it’s not a bad idea to learn some Spanish 🙂 Meanwhile to help you with the basic stuff in day-to-day situations, I’ve created a small Spanish vocabulary tips corner.

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SPANISH VOCABULARY YOU NEED TO KNOW TO RENT A FLAT

So, how is your search going? Have you already learned what “timing is everything” means in renting propriety? I’ve learned quite pronto. So, don’t waste your time and learn some español! Here you will find the essential Spanish vocabulary you need to know when looking for a flat in Barcelona: HABITACIONES – rooms dormitorio – bedroom baño – bathroom, con bañera – with a bath, ducha – prysznic cocina – kitchen, cocina americana –  kitchenette, kitchen integrated with

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