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It can all be a little overwhelming, the city may not be huge but the culture, activities, events, eateries etc. is vast. So we have taken it upon ourselves to amalgamate our local 12 years experience in the city via our blog. Whether you are planning on coming over for the festivals, want to find out vegan eats or general insider information, we will keep you in the loop.
Those that live in the city know just how much of an exciting technology hub Barcelona is. Not only is the city home to sun, sea and sand, it is also a leading place when it comes to technological innovation and start-ups. It is then no wonder that the Mobile World Congress, the world’s largest exhibition hosts it’s feria here, from the 25th to the 28th February. With many people in possession of a smartphone and mobile ownership having room to grow in even emerging countries, it is fair to say that this event is extremely significant and will not disappoint. This week the BBC reported about the first Firefox mobile, this is one trend that will continue to surge.
Next month sees the return of one of the world’s largest tradeshows, Cosmobelleza, due to take place on the 2,3 and 4 February. This 2013 edition is expected to be brimming with beauty, hair and other products, seminars, workshops, giveaways and more. Grupo Cosmobelleza is aimed at the professional hair and beauty market, extending it’s services to publications such as Tocado, for hairdressing; Vida Estética-Les Nouvelles Esthétiques, for aesthetics; Revista Cosmobelleza. They are at the forefront of industry news, which is why this international event remains ever so popular.
Fancy yourself as a good cook? Would love to entertain and get paid? Or perhaps you just love to eat out and meet different people. If so, we think you will be impressed with culinary concept EatWith, a dining experience that allows people to connect with the locals. So how does it work? Well it is all rather simple, you can either sign up to be a host and entertain your guests with your cooking skills or simply register as a guest, where you can select whose place you would like to eat in. Full information such as, menu, languages spoken and price are included so that you select which profiles suit your preferred taste.
Tucked away in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona you will find a hidden gem that reveals an impressive history. Upon entering the room which, is just down the tiny side street of Carrer Paradís, you almost question if you are in the wrong location. it isn’t until you take the stairs down to the right and gaze up, that you see the incredible columns that are more than 2000 years old. The well preserved 1st and 2nd century Corninthian Roman columns mark a great deal of history and remain near Plaça Jaume, a location that was once the heart of Roman Barcelona.
Churros are those crunchy simple sweet treats made from flour, water and salt that simply taste delicious. Now, much has been said about the churro when you look at it’s origin. Mexicans, will refer to it as their donut, whilst other countries claim it as their own. Regardless of what country it comes from, it is a naughty and tasty treat that shouldn’t be passed up whilst in Barcelona.
Happy New Year! 2013 is the year of change, that year when things are going to really happen, the year when we say…time for change. As repetitiveness as this may sound, we must admit that it is the same promises we make each year. If you are one of those people that want to take better care of your body, we know just the place to help you achieve that very resolution.
With all this talk of the crisis we are simply happy to hear about rebajas as it is in Spanish or rebaixes in Catalan, which refers to sales shopping. The winter sales in Barcelona start today as it is the day after ‘Festival of the Kings’, usually last up until the end of February or early March if you are lucky. Now this city isn’t as fashionably popular as say, Madrid London or Paris but there is an abundance of boutique brands in lets say El Born and other districts, which make it a very worthwhile shopping trip. Commercial fashion brands are heavily stocked in department stores and luxury brands litter the boulevard of Passeig de Gràcia.
SPAIN’s national train operator Renfe is ready to launch commercial services on the country’s newest high-speed line next week. Eight Madrid – Barcelona trains will be extended to Girona and Figueres via the AVE, near the French border from January 9th, plus an additional Barcelona – Figueres service. Two of the new services will be scheduled to allow passengers to transfer to TGV trains currently being operated by French National Railways (SNCF) between Figueres and Paris. It is planned to extend international services from France through to Barcelona in the spring.
Christmas may have been and gone but we still have Three Kings Day and the fortunate ones are still on vacation, so our gift guide in Barcelona continues! We must admit that we have a sentimental value when it comes to the street Notariat. We once managed a lofty space on this very quaint street in Raval, that was just in front of the cute art and design store OpenHouse Gallery Barcelona. Times have changed and although things have come and gone, skateboarding is something that isn’t likely to leave the city anytime soon. FTC is the elegant niche store dedicated to skating and it’s prime location being just by MACBA, the space that attracts an abundance of thrill seekers and veterans, is sheer brilliance.