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From our contributors: week of October 25th

We continue with our bi-weekly roundup of articles written by some members of our contributors team on their personal blogs.

Sandra, our contributor from Portugal, published a series of posts where she pairs a Dutch flower with a Portuguese song. A fun and entertaining way to enjoy beautiful flowers and great music.

Jenna, our contributor from Poland, describes her backpacking journey across Poland, visiting the towns where her ancestors came from and how those places have shaped the person she is today.

“And I’m even more dumbfounded by the history of seemingly coincidental connections that shaped my family past and who I am. Each of my great-grandparents moved from these very similar places in Poland to America – alone. As far as I know, they all met and married in America. Yet, their home villages were all so much alike – places that have probably retained these similar characteristics for over a century.”

Marta, our contributor from Spain, writes about 48H Open House BCN, an event during which more than 160 buildings open their doors to the public.

“48H Open House BCN means the chance to visit more than 160 amazing buildings in Barcelona, next weekend, and completely for free. I think it’s a really interesting activity, as many of the buildings are not usually open to the public for a guided visit.”

Mike, our contributor from Japan, brings us photo essay about old staircases in Okinawa.

“On the outer islands of Okinawa, Japan there are many old caves and sacred wells. Some of them are pretty cool and they make great subjects for photography.”

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From our contributors: week of October 11
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October 25, 2011 Comments disabled

A Magical Midsummer Night

What are you doing tomorrow? The night of 23rd to 24th of June, many countries will be celebrating Midsummer Night, from Sweden to Brazil, from Chile to Portugal. Here in Spain it’s called the night of San Juan.

This has been a magical night for centuries. In different parts of Spain, you can hear many legends of encantadas, long-haired and non-human girls who suddenly appear on Midsummer combing their hair. More recently, this night has inspired the Spanish film “El Sueño de una Noche de San Juan”

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June 22, 2010 4 comments

New life, new culture, new timetable

I originally came to Barcelona as an au-pair. My host family lived in the Catalan village of Cabrils, in North-East Spain. Arriving jet-lagged and starved to my new home, I was shocked to find that dinner time wasn’t until 9:30pm. Then, instead of dinner being the heartiest meal as in the States, it was light and Mediterranean offering vegetables and seafood.


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May 24, 2010 6 comments

Can you learn Spanish in Catalunya?

My first encounter with the Spanish language was through a study abroad program in college. I spent three months at a foreigner’s school in Guadalajara, Mexico. This was quite brave as French had been my linguistic endeavor in school and I didn’t know a bit of Spanish. Everyone I spoke with had to repeat themselves at least once. It seemed the only word I could correctly use was “que?”

Before I knew it, my three-month exchange program had timed out just as I was getting the hang of the language! Luckily, I was given a second chance to master the Spanish vernacular in Barcelona.


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But just because Barcelona is in Spain doesn’t mean everybody speaks Spanish.

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April 14, 2010 16 comments

Getting lost to find yourself

When we travel to a city like Barcelona, we want to enjoy as many highlights as possible. That is why we usually go to the same places and follow the same route that someone did before us. We want to see the tourist attractions; we don’t have time to waste. Sometimes, though, the highlight is not finding that particular cathedral but finding yourself by getting lost.

One of my favourite parks in Barcelona is definitely off the beaten track and it’s called Parque del Laberinto de Horta (in Spanish) or Parc del Laberint d’Horta (in Catalan). It’s located in a neighbourhood called Horta. You can get there with the green line, Mundet station.

Horta labyrinth in Barcelona

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March 10, 2010 9 comments

A Taste of Catalonia

Barcelona Photoblog does exactly what it says – a new photo of Barcelona (nearly) every day. Through photos of his city, Carlos Lorenzo shows a taste of life in Barcelona. And there were some very tasty looking photos recently – the olives are just for starters.

The first months of the year are calcotada season in Catalonia. These calcots, which are a kind of cross between leek and onion, are eaten grilled as part of a traditional meal called a calcotada.

It’s not all about food – take a look at the Barcelonians for a fascinating close up of the people of Barcelona.

All photos from Barcelona Photoblog (with permission).

March 13, 2009 Comments disabled