Blogs from Barcelona

I always wondered what it would be like if I’d move abroad. So one day in 2015 I moved to a city that might be the best city in the world: Barcelona. During that time I did a lot of things, like writing blogs about the Spanish culture & customs, but also about hidden gems in Barcelona.

Here you can find a few these blogs. Enjoy!


Wandering over the Montjuïc

I just came back from a small holiday in Berlin. The bus took me from the airport to Plaça Espanya and I found myself gazing at the fountain on the middle of the square, thinking: this is the reason why the word magnificent exists.
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Back in time in Berga

Berga. A small city in the mountains of Catalonia. A city where the true Catalonian feeling is stronger felt than in the other places in the region that I’ve been to.
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Wandering in Barcelona? Look up

Whenever I tell people about the hidden gems of Barcelona, I always tell them to look up. Especially now, in the winter, when the trees are leafless. This is the time to go ‘façade-hunting’.
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Let me guide you

Seen the Sagrada Familia, the Ramblas and Parc Güell? Maybe it’s time then to get to know the other side of Barcelona. And I can be your tour guide.

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Getting lost in Barcelona

I believe getting lost is the best way to get to know a city. Years ago, when I was a student in Amsterdam, I wandered around for hours (with the map of Amsterdam in my bag, as Google Maps didn’t exist back then, let alone smartphones).
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Underneath your feet

Thousands and thousands of tourist have no idea what’s hiding underneath the streets of Barcelona. Some locals don’t even know. And, to be honest, I’m still finding out. What I do know is that Barcelona has many hidden treasures and some of them are very well hidden.
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Tombstone tourism

I never knew it was a thing: tombstone tourism. But apparently it is. Tombstone tourists (according to Wikipedia they’re also called taphophiles, cemetery enthusiasts, cemetery tourists, grave hunters or gravers) make it a habit to go to cemeteries.
Let’s be honest: it’s weird. Right?
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More tombstone tourism

“Tombstone tourism is not that weird”, one of the readers of one of my previous blog posts stated on Facebook. Another said I should check out the cemetery of Poblenou. So I decided to give tombstone tourism another chance.
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All about food

In Spain, a lot is about food, if not everything. So when you meet up with people, there’s always food involved. Inevitably, there is a moment that the food will be eaten until the last piece. No one ever takes that last bit silently, hoping that no one will notice.
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Three kings in a parade

“Christmas isn’t a big thing here.” Last year I was shocked to find out that the world doesn’t stop turning completely in Spain during Christmas.
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Found in a gallery near the cathedral. Photo: Annoesjka Brohm

Spain and the art of insisting

What happens if you offer something to a Spanish person? When, for instance, you’d like to pay for drinks. Most likely you’ll end up having a conversation that might strike you as a bit odd.
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Unnoticed beauty

When walking a route every day, one might stop seeing the beauty of that route. I know I did.
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Bottles of beer on the wall - photo: Annoesjka Brohm

Drinking with the Dutch

“Would you like to have a drink?”
Make sure you react immediately when a Dutch person asks you this question, as this is the only moment you can say “yes please”. Otherwise you just won’t get a drink. Even though the Dutch will get himself/herself one.
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Closed cookie cans

I thought it’d be time to tell you about one of the weirdest characteristics of the Dutch I know.
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