Barcelona, August 17

En aquest món tothom plora / In this world everyone cries tothom plora dia i nit / everyone cries day and night si no les penes passades / if not for the past sorrows, les penes que han de venir / then for the sorrows that are to come.   -Jacint Verdaguer, Catalan poet, 1845-1902 Yesterday afternoon I was getting

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Barcelona Bizarra

Before describing the adventure that took place last night when I went out with my friends, I’d like to present the idea behind the mini (very mini)-series on my YouTube channel: “Barcelona Bizarra”. Barcelona is a fashionable city whose leaders are ceaselessly selling it to the world as a sophisticated, cultured destination… and, in my opinion, a sanitized, posh, and

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El Piano de Robadors

Han sido 10 meses de aventuras, sorpresas, y, sobre todo, cariño. Me encanta ese bar desastroso, que sigue luchando para existir contra un sistema que es cada vez más opresivo en su trato de locales pequeños de ocio no-corporativo de Barcelona. Mi historia personal con Bar 23 Robadors es larga. Empezó en 2004, cuando apenas llevaba tres meses en este país. No

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Legal vs. Illegal in Barcelona

In Barcelona, a city in the midst of a profound economic crisis, there are strict codes governing what a private business can and cannot put on the sidewalk immediately in front of its establishment. Being Barcelona, these codes seem to be enforced selectively, depending on what kind of business it is (or whose business it is), which neighborhood it is,

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A Good Girl

I’m walking home after the bars have closed on Saturday night. A little drunk, a little melancholy. That’s how I roll lately. All of Barcelona is a little drunk and a little melancholy these days. The crisis. The streets of the Raval neighborhood, always full of party-goers a few years ago, are empty except for the Pakistani illegal beer vendors

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