The Endless Sagrada Familia

By Marion Caspar After over 135 years of construction work, he Basilica Sagrada Familia is almost finished. According to the communication and press department of the most famous church in Barcelona, it will be finished in 2026. It will not be completed entirely, just architecturally; there will be some sculptures left to build. We will not be able to see the entire Gaudí’s creation before … Continue reading The Endless Sagrada Familia

Gaudi: A Cultural Icon for Tourism

By Marion Caspar Antoni Gaudí is a legacy for Barcelona, and Barcelona is an art gallery for Gaudí. However, it took one hundred years before the architect was fully appreciated and became an icon, especially for foreign tourists. ‘He is promoted by the city, but other architects are extremely good too.’ As the face of the ‘Catalan Modernism’ art movement, which is a part of … Continue reading Gaudi: A Cultural Icon for Tourism

A Masterpiece of Food Waste: sObres Mestres

By Christina Hanson Nikoletta Theodoridi will host her second food waste pop-up dinner in Barcelona in January. The Greek lightning designer started this initiative to reduce the amount of wasted food from markets and farms, by using it for dinners for an affordable price. Her dream is to set up sustainable food waste canteen: sObres Mestres.    ‘Once, when I was in London visiting an … Continue reading A Masterpiece of Food Waste: sObres Mestres

Tattoo Talent in the Gothic Quarter

By Megan Whitfield Long recognised for its vibrant artistic flair, the creative spirit of Barcelona is not restricted to it’s unique architecture. One only needs to take a quick look around the bustly streets of the city to notice this creativity reflected on the skin of it’s passionate citizens. “I spent 15 years cooking, but the kitchen is boring. And hot. The menus would only … Continue reading Tattoo Talent in the Gothic Quarter

Crackdown on Catalan Code: Internet Censorship During the Referendum

By Poppy Prescott BARCELONA – In the days leading up to the unofficial 1st October 2017 Catalan referendum, the Spanish government chose to turn off the screens of those seeking information and polling details of the event. With hundreds of pro-independence internet domains and services, activists used mirror websites to override such silence, but they now face prosecution. Many question the legitimacy of the Madrid … Continue reading Crackdown on Catalan Code: Internet Censorship During the Referendum

Sunshine and Startups: Barcelona’s Rise as an International Startup Hub

By Megan Whitfield   Long regarded for its innovation in architecture and creative spirit, Barcelona has now cemented this reputation into business as well. Although the broader economy feels the impact of the recent political unrest, the Catalonian capital is rising up the ranks to become one of the top startup hubs in Europe. Well and truly established as an important international competitor, this bustly … Continue reading Sunshine and Startups: Barcelona’s Rise as an International Startup Hub

Barceloneta Fights Against Tourism

By Anja Gehring You may not notice it on your first walk through the streets of Barceloneta, but the inhabitants of Barcelona’s former fisherman’s quarter are annoyed, not to say angry. In 2017 nearly 8 million people spent their holiday in Barcelona, whereas the number of citizens is only 1,7 million. Higher living expenses, like the rent, drunk vandals and naked couples on the beach … Continue reading Barceloneta Fights Against Tourism

Future: Life After Sport

By Liora Israelsohn Breaking records, beating personal bests, always chasing something just out of reach. This is the life of an athlete; focused and goal-oriented. But what happens after the ultimate goal is achieved? After the Olympics, World Cup, or international championship? How do athletes make the transition into a new life after sport? What steps can they take to ensure a successful future? The … Continue reading Future: Life After Sport

What If: The European Union Fell Apart?

By Poppy Prescott Eurosceptic movements have been gaining momentum all over Europe. This culminated in Britain when the British public voted to leave the European Union last June. It leaves a problematic question for many citizens in EU member states: What if it happens here too? Dr. Anthony Zito, a professor of European Public Policy at Newcastle University sheds light on this question. With the … Continue reading What If: The European Union Fell Apart?