A contribution from Peter Lavelle, an economist at foreign exchange broker Pure FX, on the currency situation for an independent Catalonia.
What currency would an independent Catalonia use?
Catalonia continues to press for its independence. This past September 11th (the 299th anniversary of the fall of Barcelona, which led to Catalonia’s accession as part of Spain), 1.6 million Catalans linked hands around the region, to draw attention to their cause. Moreover, next year, Catalan president Artur Mas plans a referendum, to see just how much of the Catalan populous favours ceding from Spain.
However, aside from Catalonia’s ongoing struggle, the possibility of its independence raises certain questions. Like, for example, what currency would an independent Catalonia use? Well, that’s what I want to look at here. Read the rest of this article…
- By Marta
- Filed in: BCN Days
Cake at Bubó
Despite being born and raised in Barcelona, it was not until I started travelling after college that my city had a wonderful combination of elements (sea and hills, old and new, good food and fun shopping, museums and sport…) that was difficult to beat.
To me, any season of the year is a perfect time to be in Barcelona, but since now we are leaving the summer behind, let me share with you how to take the most out of the fall. Read the rest of this article…
I came across this video yesterday about Pedro Collares who plays an instrument called the ‘hang’ behind Barcelona Cathedral. I’ve passed Pedro many times but never knew anything about him or the instrument he was playing. Read the rest of this article…
Día de Brasil Barcelona (photo by Eduardo Pimenta)
It’s that time of year again! The festival of Brazilian culture, Día de Brasil, comes to Barcelona for the 5th time.
It starts at 10am this Sunday (the 8th) but the music doesn’t get going until the around 3 in the afternoon and let’s face it, you need music right.
The highlight of this year is legendary guitarist and singer/songwriter, Armandinho Macêdo. Now in his 60s, Armandinho and his band were playing at the Montreux Jazz Festival back in 1970 when he was just 17. He has been honoured by Guitar Player Magazine as one of the best instrumentalists in Brazilian history and in 2004 was nominated for a Latin grammy. Read the rest of this article…
- By Marta
- Filed in: Out & About
Beautiful postcards around the wall of La Lentejuela
A guest post from London-based Marta on her passion for vintage shopping in Barcelona.
Barcelona is one of those cities that once you travel there; you will never want to leave. For fashion lovers, the City of Gaudí is the perfect destination to get the latest European vintage clothing while walking through beautiful boulevards whose architecture and Mediterranean atmosphere you will instantly fall in love with. If you are thinking about travelling to Barna, as the Spaniards call it, make sure you bring a big case with you, as a variety of vintage shops will be waiting for you. Read the rest of this article…
- By Emma
- Filed in: BCN Days
Carrer Verdi, Gràcia
Gràcia in Barcelona is the neighbourhood where I’ve lived my entire and still short (hey, I’m still young, ok?) life. To me, it is the best neighbourhood in Barcelona (you could argue I’m a little biased), as it still has that sense of antiquity, that village atmosphere as though it wasn’t part of the busy, modern city that lies just a few minutes away.
If you are planning on spending a few days in Barcelona, Gràcia is, without doubt, one of the must-sees. I’ve prepared for you a one day trip in Gràcia, and all I can say is: I wish all my days were like this!
You could start the day having breakfast at La Nena, a chocolaterie where you’ll be able to taste one of the best hot chocolates in town (with a French croissant, just to make sure you take in all the calories possible). Read the rest of this article…
- By Sally
- Filed in: Day to Day
One of my favourite writers, Sally, champions the district of El Raval in Barcelona.
Sally at the Barcelo 360 Bar
‘…the district of sinners, crooks and toughs, a maggot hill, a cesspit and cavern, a den of criminals. It is fetishized, endowed with causal powers, apparently destroying all moral and physical life within it… a terrible centre for infection, the pestulant bottom of a sewer, with its smell of sin and affliction. Many of the area’s inhabitants mutated into a subhuman race. Everyone has funereal features, the look of having recently been in hospital, the appearance of death. They don’t eat. They nourish themselves with alcohol, morphine, ether, ‘coke’ and wine’
An Imagined Geography: Ideology, Urban Space, and Protest in the Creation of Barcelona’s ‘Chinatown’ by Chris Ealham, c.1835–1936 Read the rest of this article…