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Barcelona

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Alex Dworkin

on 9 September 2014

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Transcript of Barcelona

Barcelona
From the eyes of a yanqui
Barrios
Housing
Security
Transportation
Banking
Phones
Aprender
Hablar

Going out
Eating out

De Compras
Events/
Festes

Socializing
Culture
Introductions
name
origin
what you "do" or will "do"
why Barcelona?
History
Medieval times (Fuente de Portaferrisa)
Siege of Barcelona (11 sept. 1714)
Guerra Civil
Franquismo
Independentismo
Today
History! (Carrer del Bisbe)
Monuments! (Sagrada Familia)
Land! (Montserrat)
Sea! (BCN beach)
nightlife (clubs)
Food! (tapas)
Poble Sec!
Resources:
Loquo
Habitaclia
Mil Anuncios
Idealista
Consider:
Price range
Location
(close to metro?)
(close to school?)
(close to the action?)
Outdoor space
furnished
potential "dangers"
pickpockets
Bike thieves
scams
occasional hold-ups
Where is most "dangerous"

El Raval/city center?
periphery neighborhoods
The metro
empty streets
Advice:
don't go alone at night
Watch your back
careful when out drinking
bags in bars
don't look like a "guiri"
Bike locks
Walking
biking
Metro/bus
Moto
-Best way to experience
the city
-Free!
-Depends on where
you live
- Bicing
-buy your own
-Alex's Recommendation
-Metro vs.
Ferrocarril vs.
Renfe
-Types of tickets
-Transbordos
-Bikes
-horario
- buy and re-sell
- better than a car
- probably not worth it for
short-term stays
Big banks!
Hippie banks
Los grandes
online operated/
others
ATM networks
Language academy
- location
-cost
-small groups
Private classes
- one on one
-experience of teacher
- cost (reduce cost with one on two)
Methodology
- immersive (no translation)
-Communication based
(emphasis not on
reading/writing)
- interactive (use of role playing,
games, conversation activities,
etc.
Tapas!
Canyas!
Restaurants
classic "bar"
Moderno
guiri
High class
nightlife
Bars
clubs
street
Festes?
- each neighborhood has its own!
-Great way to meet people and get
to know the culture.
-Upcoming: La Mercé, etc.
Festivals/Events
-Primavera sound, Sonar, Cruilla etc.
- Picnic Electronic, Cinema a la fresca
Art exhibitions etc.
-Keep up on events:
Time out
BCN Mes
Butxaca
Metropolitan
Barcelona Connect
-Ajuntament: festes majors Barcelona
-look around for flyers, ads, and events mags
Shopping
-Specialty stores:
more traditional
-commercial
centers: Malls
*Plaça Catalunya
* Gran via II
* L'illa


Groceries

- "Mercats de tota
la vida"
- "colmados" or
"Pakis"
- Supermarkets
- Organic/local/
specialty
- "Chinos"
Second-Hand!
- BCN Flea, Fleadonia,
Demanoenmano, Lost & Found
-Second hand shops
-Riera Baixa (Raval)
-Els Encants
Schedule
Catalan
Service
Manners
eating/drinking
-meals and bedtime
- the infamous "siesta"
-Sunday funday
-Language/independence
-Cerrados?
-tipping
-patience
-its bad (by our standards)
-Get their attention
-Music, art, innovation
-Money
-greetings
-table manners
- "Sobre mesa"
- drinking rhythm
- Paying the tab
Climate!
meetup.com
Classes/clubs
Meeting locals
Meeting other Guiris
Cafe solo
cortado
Americano
Cafe con
Leche
Catalan
-introductory course free with the
"Consorci per a la Normalització Lingüística
-3 course "menú" or
plato combinado
-go alone or with one other
-know the language
-know where to go
-easier than meeting locals
-downtown center
Events/Festivals/concerts
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