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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…

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MONTHLY COST OF LIVING IN BARCELONA

Before making a decision to move to Barcelona you probably wonder what's the monthly cost of living here. It is not easy to find this…

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5 TIPS BEFORE YOU START LOOKING FOR A FLAT IN BCN

Looking for the perfect flat in Barcelona may seem daunting and impossible at times. If you don't have the luck of getting a relocation agency to do…

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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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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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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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WHEN DO I NEED TO EXCHANGE MY DRIVING LICENCE FOR A SPANISH ONE?

Exchanging a driving licence from EU & EEE countries (EEE: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway). REQUIREMENTS to have your place of residence in Spain not to be below the age set by the Spanish legislation This is a voluntary procedure* and can be requested at any provincial traffic department. OBLIGATORY EXCHANGE You may be required to exchange your driving license: after two years of normal residence, if you have a driving license valid

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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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L9 METRO BARCELONA TO THE AIRPORT AND WHY IT IS NOT SUCH A BIG DEAL

This Friday, February 12th, L9 a new metro line connecting Barcelona with El Prat airport will be inaugurated. As promised, it should be up and running for the Mobile World Congress, 22-25 Feb 2016. I thought this is rather exciting news but haven´t heard any enthusiasm about it from my Spanish friends. I couldn´t get why is that. Then, I started reading about L9 metro line in Barcelona and began to

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