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

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

The last days of La Modelo, the legendary prison in Catalonia

By Romee van Klaveren The oldest and most well-known prison in Catalonia, de Centro Penitenciario de Hombres de Barcelona, also known as La Modelo, officially closed theirits doors in June 2017, just before its their 113th birthday. Part of the prison is now open for the public and soon the complex of almost three hectares in the neighbourhood L’Eixample will be turned into a cultural … Continue reading The last days of La Modelo, the legendary prison in Catalonia

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

The (un)fortunate ones

by: Jill Paat We tend to fantasise about our future. We might expect that everything will turn out exactly the way that we’ve planned. But that’s when life happens. What if your expectations don’t match reality? This was the case for three (un)fortunate ones who, for different reasons, didn’t have a say in what their future would hold.  Martien Hunnik (59) Martien has been unjustly … Continue reading The (un)fortunate ones

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?