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

Rebuilding Spanish Jewry after 500 years

By: Liora Israelsohn In 1492 the Jews in Spain were either expelled or forced to convert to Catholicism. Some 500 years later, the small but growing Jewish community in the old center of Barcelona is trying to recreate a culture which was nearly forgotten. From the outside, the building looks abandoned. It’s hidden in a small, dark street in what used to be the Jewish … Continue reading Rebuilding Spanish Jewry after 500 years

A shared economy is the new thing in Barcelona

By Christina Hanson A new trend has arrived in Barcelona – the shared economy. The average household income and the power of consumer purchasing has dropped, which means that more and more people living in Spain are forced to find additional ways to supplement their income. To get more value for money, two workspaces in the city of Barcelona offer the opportunity of a shared … Continue reading A shared economy is the new thing in Barcelona

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

‘Catalonia needs investments, not uncertainty’

By Viva van Jaarsveld The conflict about independence in Catalonia has caused the Catalan economy damages of around € 1 billion in the fourth quarter of 2017. Until today, 3.700 companies have moved their headquarters out of Catalonia and many people are losing their jobs. What does this mean for the current and future economy of Catalonia? According to the international and national media, the … Continue reading ‘Catalonia needs investments, not uncertainty’

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

How the terrorist attack changed Las Ramblas

By Roxanne Hendrickx On August 17th time stood still in Barcelona. A white van entered the busy boulevard Las Ramblas and zigzagged over the sidewalk for almost half a kilometre, killing 13 people and wounding many more. It was a tragic event that affected a lot of people living, working and visiting the city. But how does Las Ramblas look now, five months after the … Continue reading How the terrorist attack changed Las Ramblas