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…Continue reading...
So, seriously considering moving to Barcelona, eh? It would be great to have a job fixed up front, right? I don’t say it is impossible, cause I myself had found a job before coming here. You need to know, though, that the salary might not impress you, it’s definitely lower then in Germany or the UK. On the other hand, the climate, the beach and way of life may well be worth the
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
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
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
When you get Empadronamiento in the city of Barcelona, you become a real resident of the city with its rights and obligations. You acquire the possibility to use public health service (Cat Salut) in the nearest clinic. You can take part in municipal and European elections and many more… What is Empadronamiento – Padrón Municipal de Habitantes? It means registering your residency in the city at the given address. Everybody who lives in
Finally we’ve found it! A few places with the best Italian ice cream in Barcelona! I remember seeing a sign “Italian Ice Cream” a lot but never actually understood what it meant. The ice cream was OK but nothing special. It was only when I went to Italy that I understood what the real meaning of “Gelato Italiano” was. And after that, nothing was the same and no ice cream was good enough anymore. Obviously on arriving
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
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.