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

Where in Spain Wednesday – Barcelona’s Sant Jordi Celebrations
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Where in Spain Wednesday – Barcelona’s Sant Jordi Celebrations

This week was one of the prettiest weeks in Barcelona, because it was the Diada de Sant Jordi! The city was full of beautiful freshly-cut roses and the smell of new books. La Diada de Sant Jordi (Saint George’s Day) falls on April 23, which is also World Book Day internationally now (thanks, Catalunya!). The … Continue reading

Las Fallas: The Loudest Party I’ve Ever Been To
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Las Fallas: The Loudest Party I’ve Ever Been To

“Diez minutos.”  More people than will physically fit in the streets are trying to jam their way into the packed crowd. Like it or not, you can feel everybody’s breath around you on your shoulders, hair. The combination of the midday sun and the sheer amount of people is creating a suffocating heat. A helicopter is thudding above … Continue reading

Salamanca: Pretty Plazas and Tasty Tapas
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Salamanca: Pretty Plazas and Tasty Tapas

After seeing Ávila, I continued my tour of Castilla y León. Next stop was beautiful Salamanca, which is a place I’ve dreamed of going to ever since I saw photos of the incredible Plaza Mayor.  It was also the weekend of the National Event in Salamanca where they invited all the exchange students in Spain to … Continue reading

Catalan Festivals: Festa Major de Gràcia
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Catalan Festivals: Festa Major de Gràcia

During my first summer in Barcelona, I heard people talking excitedly about the Gràcia festival. I had no idea what they were so happy about. So I asked around a bit, and found out that the people of the neighborhood decorated the streets, put on local events, and had concerts for a week in August. … Continue reading