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

It’s My Barcelona Birthday! Reflecting on 2 Years in the Catalan Capital
expat life / Spain

It’s My Barcelona Birthday! Reflecting on 2 Years in the Catalan Capital

It’s May 31st, so I’ve officially spent two years in Barcelona today. It’s a little over two years since I graduated college with big dreams of living in a cool European city. So what’s changed over the past 2 years? I’ve traveled more than I expected.  From day trips to pretty medieval Girona to weekend jaunts … Continue reading

Catalan: The Weirdest Language Class I’ve Ever Been To
Catalan / expat life / language learning / living abroad / Spain

Catalan: The Weirdest Language Class I’ve Ever Been To

Catalan is that other language they speak here in Barcelona. It’s sometimes mistakenly called a dialect, though it’s officially recognized as an official language by the Spanish government (along with the Basque Country’s Euskara and Galician). If you’re not familiar with Catalan, it might sound like you’re hearing  Spanish but not understanding anything. But it is its own unique … Continue reading