Category – The Good: Exploring Catalonia

As a newcomer to Barcelona, or even as a frequent visitor it is easy to miss some of the treats that make the city and the region of Catalonia so special. Our recommendation is simple, go explore Catalonia! It is truly a shame if the only beaches you park your backside on are the city READ MORE

Category: The Ugly – The Catalan Referendum

in 5 Questions First off, let me state this is neither a pro independence or a pro Spanish state article, but a pro reason and democracy argument. Both sides in this sorry mess that is the conflict between the Spanish government and Catalan separatists, have brought the country to the brink of political mayhem.  I READ MORE

Category the Ugly: Renting an Apartment in Barcelona – 3 common pitfalls.

Don’t rent an apartment in Barcelona before reading this article! In fact, you’re better off not renting an apartment in Barcelona at all. Why? Basically, because there’s so many ways to get screwed. Let us introduce you to the three most common pitfalls that will get your blood boiling: #1 Agencies. So, if you’re using READ MORE

Category The Ugly: Anti-Tourism in Barcelona

Barcelona is, like a few other Spanish regions, in the throes of a real zealous anti-tourism movement theses days. One constantly runs into “Tourist Go Home” posters and graffiti around town. Rising prices on rental apartments, congestion in popular spaces and noise level all contribute, and are reasonable concerns. However, the level of xenophobia and READ MORE

Category The Bad: Barcelona in August

  10 Reasons to hate Barcelona in August   Landed in Barcelona for your August getaway?  One piece of advice, get out!   Why? Let me count the (10) ways I hate Barcelona in August;   Heat and humidity, and what it does to people. August is the hottest month of the year, so most READ MORE

Category The Bad: The closing of BarcelonaReykjavik

Sometimes things are just too good to last. The closing of eco-bakery BarcelonaReykjavik is a recent example, leaving Barcelona less rich in fiber and variation. Before BarcelonaReykjavik, the city was a desert of white, bland bread. Personally, I was in excellent shape, back then, running for miles through the city trying to find a bread READ MORE

Category: Society – The Bad: Working in Barcelona

Updated; June 18. Working in Barcelona still has a ring of the good life about it for foreigners, and company’s promote the beachside lifestyle for all that it is worth. The ads don’t tell you the real story; that for most people working in Barcelona means a pay check so thin you can use it READ MORE

Doble Zer00

Category: Restaurants – The Good: Doble Zer00   Doble Zer00 is located by a small plaza around the corner from the Santa Caterina market. It is a discreet location for a pretty exciting take on Asian fusion. Nice selection of sushi plates, but also some Thai and other “exotic” varieties. A favorite is the steak with READ MORE