Blogs from Barcelona

I always wondered what it would be like if I’d move abroad. So one day in 2015 I moved to a city that might be the best city in the world: Barcelona. During that time I did a lot of things, like writing blogs about the Spanish culture & customs, but also about hidden gems in Barcelona.
Here you can find these blogs. Enjoy!

Let me guide you

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Seen the Sagrada Familia, the Ramblas and Parc Güell? Maybe it’s time then to get to know the other side of Barcelona. And I can be your tour guide.
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Wandering in Barcelona? Look up

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Whenever I tell people about the hidden gems of Barcelona, I always tell them to look up. Especially now, in the winter, when the trees are leafless. This is the time to go ‘façade-hunting’.
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All about food

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In Spain, a lot is about food, if not everything. So when you meet up with people, there’s always food involved. Inevitably, there is a moment that the food will be eaten until the last piece. No one ever takes that last bit silently, hoping that no one will notice.
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Wandering over the Montjuïc

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I just came back from a small holiday in Berlin. The bus took me from the airport to Plaça Espanya and I found myself gazing at the fountain on the middle of the square, thinking: this is the reason why the word magnificent exists.
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More tombstone tourism

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“Tombstone tourism is not that weird”, one of the readers of one of my previous blog posts stated on Facebook. Another said I should check out the cemetery of Poblenou. So I decided to give tombstone tourism another chance.
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Back in time in Berga

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Berga. A small city in the mountains of Catalonia. A city where the true Catalonian feeling is stronger felt than in the other places in the region that I’ve been to.
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Three kings in a parade

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“Christmas isn’t a big thing here.” Last year I was shocked to find out that the world doesn’t stop turning completely in Spain during Christmas.
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Tombstone tourism

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I never knew it was a thing: tombstone tourism. But apparently it is. Tombstone tourists (according to Wikipedia they’re also called taphophiles, cemetery enthusiasts, cemetery tourists, grave hunters or gravers) make it a habit to go to cemeteries.
Let’s be honest: it’s weird. Right?
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Spain and the art of insisting

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What happens if you offer something to a Spanish person? When, for instance, you’d like to pay for drinks. Most likely you’ll end up having a conversation that might strike you as a bit odd.
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Unnoticed beauty

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When walking a route every day, one might stop seeing the beauty of that route. I know I did.
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Underneath your feet

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Thousands and thousands of tourist have no idea what’s hiding underneath the streets of Barcelona. Some locals don’t even know. And, to be honest, I’m still finding out. What I do know is that Barcelona has many hidden treasures and some of them are very well hidden.
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Getting lost in Barcelona

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I believe getting lost is the best way to get to know a city. Years ago, when I was a student in Amsterdam, I wandered around for hours (with the map of Amsterdam in my bag, as Google Maps didn’t exist back then, let alone smartphones).
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Drinking with the Dutch

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“Would you like to have a drink?”
Make sure you react immediately when a Dutch person asks you this question, as this is the only moment you can say “yes please”. Otherwise you just won’t get a drink. Even though the Dutch will get himself/herself one.
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Closed cookie cans

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I thought it’d be time to tell you about one of the weirdest characteristics of the Dutch I know.
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