Cavalcade of the Magi

Cavalcade of the Magi

Barcelona, Culture
Cabalgatas de los Reyes Magos (“Cavalcade of the Magi”) This is one of the most popular yearly events in Barcelona and is basically a “parade-slash-mardi-gras” celebration for adults and kids alike. The cavalcades date back to 1855 in Barcelona, which is the oldest in Spain, but the actual theme heralds back to the birth of Christ. According to the Gospel of Matthew in the New Testament, wise men (assumed to be three) traveling from the east arrived 12 days after Jesus was born. They had been following a star that announced the birth of a very special child, which was in fulfillment of previous scriptures. Therefore, the wise men wanted to meet the new messiah and bring him gifts, which consisted of frankincense, gold, and myrrh. This event, as you…
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Barcelona The Good and The Bad

Barcelona The Good and The Bad

Barcelona
Almost a year and a half in Barcelona! As we approach the end of 2019, we prepare for the second Christmas in the Catalonian capital. We, my family and I, have been happy living here, albeit with some inconveniences now and then, which I will talk about more later, but first I want to clarify that I strongly believe that there is no such thing as the perfect country, the perfect city or the perfect place. Therefore, I know that there will be things I do not like about Barcelona or any other city, but as long as the positive things outweigh the negative ones, then we are good. Since I want to end this article on a high note, I will start with the things that have not worked…
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Christmas Season in Barcelona

Christmas Season in Barcelona

Barcelona
Christmas Although Christmas in Barcelona, and in Spain for that matter, is not the wonderment that Christmas is in other European countries, such as Germany, Austria, England, and so, it is still a special season here. For example, there is a huge Christmas Market in front of the Cathedral at Pla de la Seu. The official name is the Fira de Santa Llucia and runs from November 29 to December 23 this year (2019.) This is the largest market in the city and, by far, the best and most “Christmassy.” You can peruse dozens of booths with arts and crafts, get something to eat at the many food and drink stalls and even buy a Christmas tree or other natural Christmas decorations, such as mistletoe, holly, and so on. Additionally,…
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Rental Scams in Barcelona

Rental Scams in Barcelona

Barcelona, Relocation
In general, always follow the old adage that “if it’s too good to be true, it probably is.” Recently, through documented as well as empirical experience, rental scams in Barcelona are on the rise. This trend, of course, is not exclusive to Barcelona, but it is among the highest level of scams around Europe. There are many types of scams, but in general, the following are the most common: You see the apartments in photos on some web-age and everything looks and sounds great. However, when you request to see the apartment, you will be told that you can see the building and neighborhood on your own, or even with the agent, but since the owners live far away they require a refundable deposit to send you the key. Then…
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Barcelona – New Resident Checklist

Barcelona – New Resident Checklist

Barcelona
In general, it is best to contact us directly to better assess your situation, as well as the particular requirements in order to live and work in Barcelona. However, in general, if you are not a Spanish citizen, and moving to Barcelona, you need to know the following: Rental/Home-purchase agreement: oddly enough, you do not have to be a legal resident first, or even buy property, in order to rent or buy a home. In fact, you need proof of residency, such as a lease, in order to register as a resident: “Empadronamiento” Certificado de Empadronamiento: you will need this document to prove that you are a resident, as well as to apply for the identification number needed for most things. The process is relatively simple. You just need to…
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The Catalonian Situation requires sound Project Management!

The Catalonian Situation requires sound Project Management!

Barcelona
It goes almost without saying that both the pro-independence movement, as well as the status quo, has yet to establish the correct message regarding their goals. In fact, aside from the obvious: “leave Spain” or “stay in Spain,” the goals have not been clearly communicated, therefore, the situation for both groups lack scope, schedule, cost, risk assessment, communication (of course,) and, most importantly, stakeholder management. Now you might say that the status quo group does not require anything since they are not proposing a unique product, result or service. However, just in the way that a company has to develop a project to address advancements in technology, a lawsuit from the outside or any corporate risk, so must the politicians, as well as other “sponsors” of remaining in Spain, should…
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Uncertain Times in Barcelona (16 October 2019)

Uncertain Times in Barcelona (16 October 2019)

Barcelona
Regardless of which side you’re on: “Independence or no independence,” the bottom line is that the current situation is negatively affecting the quality of life, as well as the general psyche of the people in Barcelona; and this is occurring in a large scale and impactful way. If you just take into account the time, energy and money being spent on protests and counter-protests, including additional police, security details, and so on, you can appreciate the investment being made in something that is destructive in so many ways. Those funds, efforts, work, and energy being used could easily and best be applied to improving infrastructure, helping the homeless, improving education and so on. Though I still love this city and enjoy walking around, it is very disconcerting to see cops…
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L’Eixample

L’Eixample

Barcelona
Tucked in the middle of the city, right above the Ciutat Vella district, lies the Eixample district, which consists of the following neighborhoods: Esquerra de l”Eixample, which includes the Nova Esquerra de l’Eixample and L’Antiga Esquerra de l’Eixample; Dreta de l’Example; Sant Antoni and Sagrada Familia. Nova Esquerra de l’Eixample This neighborhood stretches from Plaça Espanya to Carrer del Comte d’Urgell, from west to east, and from Diagonal to Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes from north to south. It is, generally speaking, a middle class to an upper-middle-class area with shops and businesses scattered on pretty much every block. The Arenas Shopping Mall is located at its southwestern corner. And just north of the mall is Joan Miró park. One of the largest and best-known recreational areas in Barcelona.…
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Sants-Montjuïc

Sants-Montjuïc

Barcelona
This is the westernmost district of Barcelona, as well as one of the largest. It is comprised of the “Sants” neighborhood, among a couple others, around the train station by the same name, “Sants Estació,” as well as the “Montjuïc” area, which lies just south of Plaça Espanya and Pral-lel and is home of the museum of art, including the beautiful grounds around it, and Castle Montjuïc, which is an old fortification overlooking the Mediterranean. The district also extends down to the water, which includes the port and industrial area known as Zona Franca. So let's start with the Sants area first. There are some good places to live around here, but a large part of the district around the Carrer de la Creu Coberta (aka Carretera Nacional N-340,) which…
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Les Corts

Les Corts

Barcelona
The Les Corts District encompasses the following neighborhoods: Les Corts, Pedralbes and La Maternitat i Sant Ramon. It is located in the northwest corner of Barcelona just north of Sants and east of Sarrià. The Pedralbes neighborhood is actually the most expensive one within Barcelona city limits; and famous for this fact. Les Corts This neighborhood is bordered on the south by Carrer de Madrid, on the west by La Maternitat, on the north by Diagonal, and on the west by Avinguda de Josep Tarradelles. For the most part, it is a very upscale neighborhood with lots of great shops, restaurants, bank buildings and some of the most well-known hospitals in the city. Additionally, the jewel in the crown of this neighborhood – at least for some of us –…
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