WISW: The Guggenheim in Bilbao
País Vasco / Spain / Where in Spain Wednesday

WISW: The Guggenheim in Bilbao

OK, I’m finally getting around to going through my photos and notes from my trip to the Basque Country back in June, so here’s a picture of one of my favorite things in Bilbao – the Guggenheim Museum!  The Guggenheim Bilbao sits almost right on the river and has a few very cool outdoor art … Continue reading

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WISW: Correfocs in Barcelona
Barcelona / Barcelona's Best / Catalan Festivals / Catalonia / Spain / Where in Spain Wednesday

WISW: Correfocs in Barcelona

Today is the last day of Barcelona’s Festa Major de Gràcia! To celebrate, here’s a picture of one of the highlights of the festival – the correfocs (literally “fire runs”).  The name pretty much tells you all you need to know; a correfoc involves both running and fire. Teams dress up in demon costumes and march … Continue reading

Where in Spain Wednesday – Barcelona’s Festa Major de Gràcia
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Where in Spain Wednesday – Barcelona’s Festa Major de Gràcia

We’ve officially hit mid-August (how scary is that??), so that means one of my favorite Barcelona events is here – the Festa Major de Gràcia!  The Festa Major is a huge street party that takes place during the third week of August every year in the Gràcia district (my new neighborhood!). And it’s not just … Continue reading

My Apartment Crisis: Why You Should Never Rent a Room Like This in Barcelona
Barcelona / expat life / Spain

My Apartment Crisis: Why You Should Never Rent a Room Like This in Barcelona

“Aprovechar”. Ask any foreigner living in Spain, and they probably know exactly what that means. Spanish has a rather nice way of expressing getting taken advantage of. I got used to this word early on in my stay here. Not that there’s anything wrong about Spain or Spanish people; it’s just that here my obvious … Continue reading

WISW: Barcelona’s La Pedrera
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WISW: Barcelona’s La Pedrera

Hello hello hello! For this week’s Where in Spain Wednesday, I’m featuring the other Gaudí house (after quite a few posts professing my love for Casa Batllò).  This fancy building is La Pedrera – the Quarry. Its official name is Casa Milà, and that’s a fun way to test if people are native Spanish speakers … Continue reading

Barcelona’s Best Vintage Shopping and Flea Markets
Barcelona's Best / Spain

Barcelona’s Best Vintage Shopping and Flea Markets

Barcelona’s famous for having great shopping streets – Passeig de Gràcia and Portal de l’Àngel are probably the best-known – but if you’re looking for something a little less Zara and more unique, here are some of the coolest markets and vintage stores in the city.  Vintage stores There are two big streets in the … Continue reading