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Culture

9 best Barcelona beer gardens

Posted by on Aug 16, 2015

Barcelona has been a sweatbox of a city for months on end now, with the trusty old trope of “¡Es la humedad!” trotted out by way of resigned explanation in offices, on...

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History

Is Scotland set to break Catalonia’s heart?

Posted by on Jul 28, 2014

It’s not a good sign when you sit down to write a blog post and your heart is already sinking. Alliterative reasons aside, not for nothing is my blog subtitled ‘from...

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Language

Top tips for learning Spanish

Posted by on Feb 21, 2012

My main goal in moving to Spain last year was to achieve fluency in Spanish. I’m starting to think ‘fluency’ is a fleeting, indefinable beast, but I’m...

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Society

Does living abroad give you a split personality?

Posted by on Mar 2, 2014

A few months back, as I was cursing the detritus of a burst teabag in my morning cup of Earl Grey (in shall-we-say somewhat brisk Glaswegian), a Spanish colleague piped up from...

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Recent Posts

Is Scotland set to break Catalonia’s heart?

Is Scotland set to break Catalonia’s heart?

Jul 28, 2014

It’s not a good sign when you sit down to write a blog post and your heart is already sinking. Alliterative reasons aside, not for nothing is my blog subtitled ‘from Caledonia to Catalonia’. But as a Scot who’s spent the last almost three and a half years living and working in Barcelona, I have to admit that I’ve tried my hardest to steer...

Chasing waterfalls in Catalonia

Chasing waterfalls in Catalonia

Jun 3, 2014

Next Monday, the 9th of June, is a bank holiday here in Barcelona (at last a long weekend!), and if you’re stuck for ideas in the face of closed shops and a stowed seafront, I have a suggestion. Hire a car and head for the hinterland. Because although the beaches of Barcelona and the Costa Brava itself are rightly renowned, inland, Catalan waterfalls are...

The glutton’s guide to gluten-free Barcelona

The glutton’s guide to gluten-free Barcelona

Apr 29, 2014

Wheat. It gets about a bit. Whether you’re among the increasing number of people being diagnosed with Coeliac Disease (an incurable genetic disease whose only remedy is to avoid gluten for life), or simply prefer to avoid this pesky protein for health reasons, finding food that’s safe for you to eat is no mean feat. Throw in a trip abroad, where...

Does living abroad give you a split personality?

Does living abroad give you a split personality?

Mar 2, 2014

A few months back, as I was cursing the detritus of a burst teabag in my morning cup of Earl Grey (in shall-we-say somewhat brisk Glaswegian), a Spanish colleague piped up from across the desk with an unexpected appeal. “Julie, por favor, habla en español.” Looking a bit sheepish, his tone verged on imploring. Now, this particular colleague speaks excellent...

New article on Barcelona in the Sunday Times

New article on Barcelona in the Sunday Times

Mar 2, 2014

New blog post coming soon, but in the meantime, I wanted to share with you a brand-new article I was invited to collaborate on with Chris Haslam of The Sunday Times. It’s fresh out today, online and in glossy hard copy, so if you’re in the UK, head to your local newsagent! Cheers, Julie Follow @guirigirlbarca...

A new view of Barcelona – from the Fabra Observatory

A new view of Barcelona – from the Fabra Observatory

Nov 17, 2013

Mount Tibidabo is fast becoming my favourite place in Barcelona. It’s a slow burner, granted. I’d lived here two full years before ever setting foot on a single funicular to ferry me up to its pine-clad slopes, up, up and away from the anything-but-bucolic Barcelona below. And once you peak, chances are your head is turned by the exigencies of...