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Calcots and the typical romesco romesco
A calçotada is one of those things you wouldn’t necessarily know about unless you had been living in the Barcelona area for a while, or if you were chummy with the locals. These gastronomic feasts - which are typical of the Catalonia region - are usually held between January and March, as winter approaches its final months. A traditional...
Gin and tonic is a popular drink in Barcelona
When it comes to learning about a new culture, taking a look at what and how people drink is a great indicator of what you can expect. In Barcelona as well as throughout Spain, there is an atmosphere of relaxation, or tranquilidad. People gather to drink as if it were a special and sacred occasion. Find out what the...
Pretérito Indefinido, Irregular Verbs and Conjugations
The past simple tense, or pretérito indefinido, might just be one of the hardest tenses to learn in Spanish. Not only are there a plethora of irregular verbs and new endings to memorize, but each subject pronoun has its own particular suffix. Let's not lose hope, though! There are bounties of websites and apps where you can practice until you...
Bar del Pla
If you're living in Barcelona, chances are you'll have a few visitors wanting to come for a visit. One of the trickier things about hosting guests is being unsure of where to take them. If you're searching for a special place for a nice dinner, then you don't have to think too hard. Here are five of our favourite...
El Pretérito Indefinido - the past simple in Spanish
Unlike in English, the pretérito indefinido (the simple past) tense in Spanish is a bit harder to master. Whereas in English, you simply use the same form of the verb for every pronoun, in Spanish, each pronoun has its own past form. The best way to learn it is by memorizing, reviewing, reading, practicing speaking with natives and watching films....
Tió de Nadal, Christmas Log
One of the best things about being a student in Barcelona is the opportunity to experience the blending of two cultures in one place. Christmas is an important festival in many parts of the world and it's wonderful to celebrate and observe the unique traditions of both Spain and Catalonia. If you want to understand more about the customs and...
Sagrada Família
Barcelona’s rich diversity in architecture, art, gastronomy, sports, leisure, beaches and nightlife has contributed to making it such a popular destination in these last years. Read on to see which sights in the city are our favourites. For those who prefer to wander off the beaten path and stay away from the major crowds, you can check out this blog...
El pato está cerca/lejos de la caja.
Prepositions are one of the most difficult things for learners of a new language to learn, no matter what language. Take a look at our thorough guide to explaining location in Spanish. We've included pictures to make it extra clear!   Al lado de / junto a Next to / beside Mi perro se sienta junto a mí en el sofá. My dog sits next...
Born in the winter
Barcelona is the city of sunshine, but what happens when the days get shorter and the temperatures drop? Believe it or not, the Catalan capital is still a wonderful place to visit during winter months. With less crowds and a more local feel, your bank account and personal space bubble will thank you. What are some ways to enjoy...
Panellets for la Castanyada
Right around the beginning of October, you’ll notice the balmy scent of roasted chestnuts and baked sweet potatoes in the air. It is a sign that the festival of la Castanyada is approaching. The Castanyada is a popular festival celebrated in Catalonia, Aragon, Valencia and the Balearic Islands. It is traditionally celebrated on the October 31st, the eve of...