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People from South Europe are always more relaxed than ones in North Europe. It seems in Catalonia as well – expression of emotions is higher, sometimes people simply don’t take too much stress about their lives – work, routine, time spending, time felling, and so on. It is, however, sometimes for North Europeans look like a not serious attitude of life. Seems here people just enjoy life, spend their leisure time, and not so stressed about being late at work ;)
Catalonia, feel of independence
Despite of being Spain for a long time, Catalonia and its people more and more want to have their own independent country with a capital of Barcelona. It is easy to see how locals try to show they are not Spanish, put Catalan flags on their balconies, having such autonomous objects and Catalonian Parliament or Generalitat.
Once in metro station we met one man, who sold us an all-included ticket to Serra de Montsserat. He asked where we from and asked for our support about their independence as he did the same for Lithuania. He told they are different from Spanish, not “bull fight – lovers”.
I made the mistake of wearing shorts while in Barcelona and became the subject of many stares and weird looks. I am a girl and apparently there girls do not wear shorts, it is a dead giveaway that you are a tourist.
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The Emporer's New Clothes
Before I left for Spain, my co-worker, who used to live in Spain, told me "In Spain, anything goes." Boy, she was not kidding. When we were walking up Passieg Gracia in L'Eixample, right in the middle of the crowd coming from the opposite direction, was a man who was stark naked. Just walking down the street in the crowd, naked as a jay bird! The really funny thing was, no one seemed to give two hoots about it. A couple of people did double takes, but that was it. I don't think people would be so blase in the US.
There is something to be said about a culture that is so tolerant that one could walk down the street without a stitch of clothing on, and no one is going to jump him and handcuff him.
Now, having said all of this, I also have to say this guy was the only naked guy I saw in Spain (other than my husband), so please don't take away from this tip that half the country is walking around in their birthday suits. The vast majority of Spaniards do wear clothing.
- Luxury Travel
Come listen to the band
While walking through Sant Jaume Square there was a festival of Santa Eulalia and a band concert - lots of wooden seats were set out for the audience, but we watched from the sidelines for FREE. The band played lots of music from Broadway shows and from blockbuster movies my favourite was the theme from Star Wars - Magic - creating a perfect opportunity to see a local band playing excellent music on a sunny day.
- Family Travel
Traditional Catalonian Dance
We saw some children in the Gothic Quarter performing a Sardona which is a traditional Catalonian Circle Dance dating back to the sixteenth century. The young girls were dressed in traditional costumes of red flared skirts and white tops. It was a wonderful experience to see some local culture and all because we were in the right place at the right time. The girls did a great job with their skilled dance steps which kept the crowd entertained.
- Family Travel
Always some thing to see some thing to listen too
The many buskers provide good entertainment in the many tourist areas of the city. Colourful people and usually good music will grab your attention. The buskers are a common site at the many bus stops on the tourist route, they know how to make money in crowded places = if you like what you hear toss a Euro in the bag as it is passed around the crowds.
- Arts and Culture
- Family Travel
Going Topless or Nude on a Beach
It is quite common for women to take off their bikini tops on Barceloneta Beach. The way the rule was described to me was that if it doesn't create a public disturbance, you can do it. In fact the further down Barceloneta Beach you walk, the more clothes people seem to lose. If you make it to Mirabella Beach, which is about a twenty minute walk down from the big Golden Whale, you will see a large amount of nude sunbathers many of whom happen to be male. This seems to be common and quite legal so be prepared for a shock if you are not used to this type of public nudity.
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Si os interesa la cultura de los gitanos y quereis comprar quiz?s alg?n que otro libro sobre ellos, poneros en contacto con la Uni?n Roman?. Os atender? el Sr. Francisco Santiago por las tardes, de 15 a 19 h.
Romanes also spoken- more or less.
To get CDs of true flamenco, look at Discos Castell? in c. Tallers.
- Arts and Culture
This is where im working right now and some of my friends and collegues
I try to explain what is Racc ..First of all its a members club where we give assitance when they are steering around europe and mediterranean africa, healty assitance by a doctors staff and finally home assitance
We management their requests if they need a doctor , a crane, mechanics and so on
Women do often go topless on the beaches here it seemed pretty common, so for those of you who aren't used to it ( my fellow americans) just be aware, and don't stare because no one else does!!! I don't believe that this is an entirely Spanish tradition, I think that northern European women started this trend in the 60s when they came to Spain as tourists. At the time Spain was under rule by the authoritarian and very conservative leader Franco. The topless trend therefore must have gradually evolved over the years. Don't feel pressured to if you don't want to , and again no one stares.
This is a local custum in Catalonia and other parts of Spain.I found this nice "correfoc" walking by one quarter of the old town not far from Passeig de Gràcia.It consist in a group of people that celebrate some festivals on their neighborhood.They were carrying some fireworks and a small band was playing some nice music behind them, they walks for many streets of the quarter burning the fireworks,it is an amazing and very noisy event,but they have lots of fun.
Don't ask locals for directions!
Catalunyans are really friendly people, but they are horrible at giving directions. Asking a simple question such as, 'can you tell me where Cassanova street is', will merit a long drawn out answer that probably wont lead you to your destination. Go to an information center or consult a map instead.
Importance of the Sea to Tourism
The Mediterranean is not only key to the industrial and commercial success of Barcelona, but for a city that depends heavily on tourism, the sea ports provide the perfect place for cruise ships from all over to dock. This allows for the influx of thousands of day trippers into the Barclona' s shops, restaurants, and sites.
An added benefit is that whenever you wish to take a cruise of the Mediterranean, you can look for cruises that include Barcelona if you ever wished to go back and visit again (or for the first time).
Can you make out the name on the boat? Look just above the sailboat, below the red smoke-stack. Yes!!! It's the famous Queen Mary 2. We saw it just a week before this picture was taken in New York City! How surprised where we to find it here!
- Luxury Travel
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
Well, maybe my sister will kill me when see this photo, but is worthy to show it. It's no so clear, but is quite authentic. The photo date from the early seventy. My mother wore my sister with tipycal catalan before a fest, i don't remember whych.
The tipycal catalan dress, people only wear in specyal events. Well, I have not ever wear it. You can see, my sister yes.
Bé, potser la meva germana em matarà quan vegi aquesta foto, però val la pena ensenyar-la. Data de principis dels setanta. La meva mare va vestir la meva germana amb el tratjo típic català abans d'alguna festa.
Aquí, el tratjo típic només es porta en moments especials. Jo mai me l'he posat. Poeu veure que la meva germana, sí.
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