Barcelona Tourist and Expat Guide – I'mMovingToBarcelona

THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE MOVING TO BARCELONA

Category TIPS & TRICKS

BEST BRUNCH IN BARCELONA

Who doesn’t love a good brunch? However, it’s not easy to get it in the country where people are set to always eat their lunch at 2pm. We decided to put together a list of top brunch restaurants in Barcelona for those, like us, who like to wake up late and eat their breakfast closer to lunch. Our list contains places we like and also those recommended to us. If

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FURNISH YOUR APARTMENT FOR LESS IN BARCELONA

Cheap ways to furnish your apartment in Barcelona seems like a good topic for all those who come to live here. Even if you rent a furnished apartment you will still need to buy some stuff before you make it “yours”. And if you go for a non-furnished one, you will need to start from scratch. The good news is you made it through the sometimes hellish process of renting in Barcelona,

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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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BARCELONA IN AUGUST – CLOSED FOR VACATION

If you come from customer-driven capitalist countries where all shops are open on Sundays and where customer service is highly valued, you might be slightly surprised after settling in Barcelona. Not only are almost all shops closed on Sunday (yep, Zara too) and many close at 2 pm on Saturday but some of them might also close for the whole month of August. When the last occurs, you will usually

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NIE NUMBER – 5 STEPS FOR EU CITIZENS

Your first bureaucratic step in Barcelona should be towards a police station. You need to get a NIE, Número de Identidad de Extranjero, or ‘Foreign Identity Number’. It will open the doors for you for basically all the legal stuff: from opening a bank account through applying for a job, up to buying a property. In order to get it, you need to go to a foreigners office. For Barcelona is located in Rambla

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WHAT DO EXPATS DISLIKE ABOUT BARCELONA?

Is it possible not to love Barcelona? Probably not. But it doesn’t mean there aren’t things about this city you might not fancy. Let’s take a look at what expats dislike about Barcelona. A recent study held by OK Apartment Barcelona shows that over 1 in 3 expats dislike the level of mass tourism in the capital of Catalonia. 850 expats from 26 nations living in Barcelona for at least 3 months

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BANKS IN SPAIN

Depending on where you´re from, your experience with banks may be different. I doubt, though, that it can be worse than what you’re about to discover here in Barcelona. Few words about banks in Spain, banking  – the Spanish way. The good news is that times change and during the past year some banking services have improved considerably. And at the same time others got worse. To give an example

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HACKING BARCELONA – TIPS & TRICKS

At first sight, Barcelona seems an expensive and complicated city. All the touristic places, must-see museums, and stylish restaurants. Here are some tips & tricks on how to hack Barcelona and make your life easier and… cheaper. TIPS FOR TRANSPORT Bicing to move around If you like riding a bike it’s a perfect way to move around Barcelona. Very efficient, quick and simple. We are amongst the biggest fans of Bicing,

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STARTUPS IN BARCELONA

Barcelona is ranked as one of the Europe’s hottest startup hubs. Wired.com makes annual guides of startup trends in Europe and Barcelona appears among cities like London, Moscow, Berlin, Stockholm, Paris, Helsinki, Tel Aviv, Istanbul and Amsterdam. OK, but what is actually a Startup? Forbes has a somehow twisted answer to this question in its article with the same title, quoting people like Neil Blumenthal, cofounder and co-CEO of Warby Parker: “A startup is a company

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WATCH OUT FOR PICKPOCKETS IN BARCELONA

You may have already heard many stories about pickpockets in Barcelona. It is a pretty common issue here and it feels like the authorities are totally incapable of putting it to a stop. I have a lot of friends who experienced theft on the metro, on the beach or even while driving their car. These are the most typical situations where you need to keep your stuff close to you. Instead

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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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8 MOST USEFUL APPS WHEN LIVING IN BARCELONA

When moving to a new place let’s not forget how helpful the technology can be. In this article I’d like to share with you my list of mobile applications which will make your life easier and more fun. Here are 8 MOST USEFUL APPS WHEN LIVING IN BARCELONA: TMBApp The official Barcelona public transport app. After downloading it and creating an account you can configure it to work best for you. Choose

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HOW TO GET TO BARCELONA FROM EL PRAT AIRPORT

For all those who are flying to Barcelona and those who live here and want to get away for the weekend. Here’s how to get to Barcelona from El Prat Airport. T-10 is a multi-person travel card valid for 10 trips, up to 75 minutes each (even if you switch means of transport or metro lines within this time). It is available for all 6 zones but if you want to travel just

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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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WHAT’S THE COST OF MOVING TO BARCELONA?

You are probably wanting to ask me: what’s the cost of moving to Barcelona, man? Is there a recommended amount of money I should have on my bank account before coming to live near la playa? That is a very good question but the answer depends on so many factors that I am wondering where do I begin? Are you moving alone, with a couple or as a family with kids? Wanna rent

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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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HOW TO FIGURE OUT PARKING ZONES IN BARCELONA?

Public parking in Barcelona not only seems tricky, it is damn complicated indeed. When we first came to the city we couldn’t distinguish one zone from another or remember which rules apply to a given color. The more you park in different zones the more confused you become. So for the sake of this blog and my own mental health I sat down and checked what it all means, for once. The

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