Category Barcelona Life

Spanish 101: What are Those Little Accent Marks For?

I could go on and on about the virtues of learning Spanish (or any foreign language, for that matter), but let’s save that for another post. For now, let’s learn a bit about Spanish pronunciation- particularly, word stress and accent marks– to make your next trip to a Spanish-speaking country a tiny bit easier! Luckily, […]

Getting Robbed in Barcelona: How to Avoid Pickpockets

I’ve been robbed 3 times during the 2 years that I’ve been living in Barcelona. That also doesn’t count the time that my friend was mugged while we were walking back to our hostel the first time I visited Barcelona in 2012. Barcelona is home to world-class pickpockets who pry on the millions of visitors […]

Can You Be Extroverted and Be a Writer?

One of the main reasons why I spent 6 months thinking about having a blog but not actually starting it was this fear: that it’d be lonely. My God, is my blog turning into the “how to avoid loneliness” blog? Anyhow, the consistent doubtful thought that prevented my blog and I from coming together was […]

On Loneliness Abroad

It’s a Friday at 8:30 P.M., the sun is still out, and no, I’m not at a terraza in a plaza in El Gótico drinking sangría with my worldly group of friends. I’m not at a chiringuito on Barceloneta Beach either, anticipating the sun’s departure with said group of worldly friends. Rather, I’m sitting on my […]

What the First Day of Moving to a New Country Feels Like

I am writing this from my new apartment in Barcelona, Spain. I almost didn’t think that I would make it. Since making my decision official to move to this country and to leave my hometown in California, I have mostly been riddled with anxiety. Thinking about my move would induce feelings of nausea and fear moreso than excitement.

Hidden Benefits of Living in Barcelona

Beyond the usual tourist spots that still manage to enchant many people, Barcelona consists of many unseen aspects that trap one not just into buying a selfie stick in Las Ramblas but into staying here permanently. Here are some of the reasons why I choose to call Barcelona home: