The insider's opinion: Catalonia wants the independence

The insider's opinion: Catalonia wants the independence

A lot of people ask me what is going on in Catalonia about the independence. Why Catalonia wants to be independent? Some think, that the country has woken up one day and all the movement began. But independence goes far beyond that and the feeling of the nation starts long ago. One of the crucial moments in history for Catalans was Franco's regime, Catalan culture was banned, our language could not be spoken and the police could beat you if they heard you speaking in Catalan. My grandad always explains that he was walking on the street speaking Catalan with a friend back in the 50s and he was beaten up to speak his own language. You might think that this was long ago, but sadly it wasn't, on 1975 was the end of Franco's dictatorship, so only 40 years have passed, is recent history. My mum…

My rural catalan wedding: traditions and DIY wedding

My rural catalan wedding: traditions and DIY wedding

Oh, weddings, some hate weddings, and others love them. If there is something that is full of culture and traditions is how a wedding is lived in a certain place. I would like to explain to you how a Catalan wedding looks like and how was ours this year. I say Catalan wedding because there are some things that are different from Spanish weddings. In Catalonia when we marry we keep our made name, the most you can get is being called by your husband's sir name when they refer to you as couple but you will still have your name and sir name everywhere you go. We divide our belongings, and anything that is yours before the marriage or after will keep being yours, we call it -separació de béns-. In my opinion is the best solution as everyone will keep his belongings. Catalan wedding traditi…

Humans of Barcelona: a city through the faces of their citizens

Humans of Barcelona: a city through the faces of their…

Humans of Barcelona is the project by the photographer Enric Mestres. I first met Enric when he was taking pictures of myself in the staff party at work, and I thought OMG he captured my beauty...I really liked the photos and digged a little deeper on his work. Humans of Barcelona started named as Lalala Barcelona with the same concept as Humans of New York and when the famous New York Humans appeared it was clear that the name had to evolve. I found his interesting project that is gathered in Humans of Barcelona, his photo blog where he shows portraits of people that he finds around Barcelona. He jumps to the street every week hunting citizens and capturing their essence.It is extraordinary to see the different people around the city all shown in the same place, from interesting profes…

Catalan independence: the catalan way

Catalan independence: the catalan way

Catalonia independence has been the topic of the last 4 years in Spain and it has become a conflict known internationally. After 2012 demonstration in 11th September and 2013 via catalana a human chain from north to south of Catalonia, 2014 V of victory demonstrating in Gran Via and in 2015 a demonstration in La Meridiana in Barcelona everyone knows about the Catalan will of being independent. People asked to have the chance to decide their own future in every single demonstration, Catalonia a new state of Europe. A demonstration gathering with around 2 million people each year. The Catalan politicians answered to this demonstration in 2014 allowing a referendum on 9th November 2014 that was not legally binding since Spain did not allow it to be. Now a new element has come into place s…

12 things that have happened to you if you live in Barcelona

12 things that have happened to you if you live in Bar…

People from Barcelona, we are such a weird troupe of people and there are definitely things that only happen here. Sometimes among barcelonins we do undertand each other as the same things happen to all of us. It is funny to think about it and I came up with some 12 things that have happened to you if you live in Barcelona. Try to avoid as much as possible Passeig de Gràcia change between metro lines. Is the worst one and the longest one. When you avoid to be stopped to join associations or any other service on the street. Smile and run. In the biggest place ever you always find someone you know ( Festes de la Mercé, sales etc...) Watching foreigners buy Mexican hats thinking that is typical and eating frozen paella, poor them When you manage to park without paying. Big smile. Trying …

Traditions in Catalonia: Els castellers

Traditions in Catalonia: Els castellers

Traditions in Catalonia is something I am very familiar with being a Catalan and I would like to share a bit of my culture with you. We have very interesting things that are unique of Catalonia and part of our identity. A castell is a castle translated in English, els castellers are a group of people that climb into each other to built a castle (human tower). Els castells are traditionally built in festivals all around Catalonia. The aim of this castles is to build it and succeed in dismantling the tower's structure. Since 2010 els castells were declared Unesco to be amongst the masterpieces of oral and intangible heritage of humanity. The tradition of building castells started in Valls, near Tarragona at the end of 18th century. Since 1981 it became popular in other parts of Catalonia.…

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