Spanish Language Statistics Infographic
Are you thinking about learning a new language? You might want to consider Spanish! Why, you ask? Its popularity is on the rise and you can find it spoken in a ton of places. Read on to see the numbers! Where is Spanish spoken? Spanish is the official language of 20 countries spread over four continents: North America, South America, Europe (Spain),...
Plaça Reial on a Rainy Day
Barcelona doesn't see many rainy days - it averages about 55 per year. When it does rain, it’s a big deal for us because it's not something we're very used to. People will stay home to avoid the rain, sometimes even cancelling plans. So what is there to do when you can't wander the streets of the city best-known...
El Born
Aside from being known for its tapas, beautiful architecture and sparkling cava, what some people may not know about Barcelona is its high rate of petty theft. People who have grown up or lived here have most likely had something stolen at least once. But, es lo que hay (it is what it is) and these unfortunate events always...
How to Get Your Spanish NIE
Oh, the elusive NIE. For some, the process to get this little piece of paper is a breeze. For others, it's a nightmare. In this article, we'll explain the process and what the NIE is as simply as possible.   What is a NIE? The NIE (Numero de Identificacion de Extranjero) is the Foreigner’s Identification Number. It is a number assigned by...
Padrón: Exactly How to Get It
When moving to a new country, dealing with new bureaucracies can be confusing and overwhelming. In a country like Spain, some steps can be entirely different depending on which office you go to. We break down the steps you'll need to take to get your Spanish padrón.   What is el padrón? The padrón is a document you receive when you register your Spanish address...
Hospital Sant Pau
Barcelona is an immensely popular tourist destination with many famous must-see landmarks that are standard for a first-time visitor. If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed by the tourists or want to experience a different side of Catalonia's capital, we’ve rounded up a few alternative options.   Instead of eating on La Rambla… Go pintxo-hopping on Carrer Blai First of all, you...
Fountains and Palau Nacional of Montjuīc
  So your parents have decided to visit you in Barcelona. Where should you take them? We've rounded up a list of 6 places in and around the city that might tickle their fancy. From trekking the mountain of Montserrat to enjoying a live flamenco show, there is something here for every type of parent. El Nacional, for the food and...
Maybe you’re sick of studying in your dark, interior room. Perhaps you can’t stand to see the same people at the library anymore. These Barcelona cafés offer a tranquil ambience where you can settle in for some deep concentration or meaningful study. We’ve picked our favourites that are all in the vicinity of Academia Speakeasy and have free WiFi....
If you’ve been living in Barcelona for a few seasons now, you’ll have noticed the unique period when the days are finally getting a bit longer and sunnier, and the daytime temperatures are rising. It is the season before Lent, and a massive celebration is just around the corner. The first spring festival of the year, Carnival signifies a rebirth...
If you’ve recently moved to Barcelona, you might be wondering where all your favourite shops might be. Maybe they don’t even exist in this country! Sometimes you need something more elaborate than what you can find in your local shops. We’ve rounded up a few spots we wish we had known about when we first arrived. Wallapop to Buy or...