“Surviving is not and should never be a crime”

Article and photos by Larice Schuurbiers Selling bags, trainers and other cheap accessories to tourists on the streets is officially illegal in Spain, but in Barcelona, a few hundred manteros earn their living this way. These street vendors are often from migrant backgrounds, as the majority of manteros is from Senegal but also from Pakistan and India. Most of them are undocumented immigrants who came … Continue reading “Surviving is not and should never be a crime”

Will the bulls be back?

Catalonia banned bullfighting a few years ago the ban is reversed by the Spanish Supreme court. By Jing de Visser and Elif Doganyigit January 11, 2018 BARCELONA-Bullfighting is one of Spain’s most well-known traditions. In 2010 bullfighting was banned by the Catalonian government and was reversed in 2016, because the Supreme Court of Spain in Madrid ruled that any territories of Spain cannot ban a … Continue reading Will the bulls be back?

Studying in Barcelona: ‘The conflicts about independence make it even more exciting’

By: Amy Pelsma If you’re going to study abroad, you don’t expect to find yourself in the midst of political turmoil. For Dutch student Bo (20) however, the unexpected happened. She settled in Barcelona to study Art History at Universitat Autònoma in Bellaterra and found herself in the middle of a social uprising. Before Bo started her courses at the university, she did a language … Continue reading Studying in Barcelona: ‘The conflicts about independence make it even more exciting’

Gucci bags and police chases: Barcelona’s street sellers

Article by Isa Radich Photos by Larice Schuurbiers It’s a cat-and-mouse game that has been going on for years: the Barcelona police chasing the hundreds of illegal street vendors: the Manteros. Since two years they are organised in a union and since last summer they even have their own fashion label: Top Manta. But their clients still seem to prefer the fake brands they sell. … Continue reading Gucci bags and police chases: Barcelona’s street sellers

Prostíbulo Poético: Barcelona’s poetry brothel

By Elisabeth Ulla Uksnøy Imagine you’re at a bar or a dinner party. Among the regular guests, there are men and women walking around in costumes, some of them quite provocative. If you find their Madame, you can throw two dices, and for the prize that the dices show, one of the men or women is yours for a short moment. This is Barcelona’s poetry … Continue reading Prostíbulo Poético: Barcelona’s poetry brothel

Old but gold: Street art in Barcelona

Article and photos by Kimberly van Dijk Barcelona is known for its artistic delights. If you think of Barcelona, you think immediately about Gaudí and his architecture, Joan Miró and his sculptures and Picasso and his renowned paintings. But there is so much more to be seen. In the little hidden streets of El Born and El Gothic – the two oldest neighbourhoods of Barcelona … Continue reading Old but gold: Street art in Barcelona

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

Electric bikes rule Barcelona’s streets

Article by Felix Kostersitz If you’re walking around in Barcelona you’ll see a new, tiny vehicle dominating the bike paths and pedestrian areas. “Patinetes electrics” (electric bikes) are a new way for Barcelonians to swiftly move through heavy traffic. Especially for those who have to go to work or school during rush hour, the patinetes electricos serve a great purpose. But there are also those … Continue reading Electric bikes rule Barcelona’s streets