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Showing posts from July, 2012

Grácia: the barrio of Dreams Come True

spending the weekend in barcelona, i had a feeling. a feeling for the neighbourhood (=barrio in spanish) that i used to walk around in. i used to walk around in this barrio, thinking about the crisis. LA CRISIS. la crisis that everyone talks about.  i used to wonder, how with this crisis, how could all these tiny establishments survive? there are hundreds of them in the barrio of Grácia and they are all tiny and cute and marvelous. i marvel at the magic of the crisis wonders. but i wondered. how?

but then i realised, standing there in the rain, under the dusty umbrella. i realised, that these establishments are all little dreams come true.
"la casa de cuentos" on ramon y cajal, for example. it's a little shop filled with stories. "the house of stories". here, you can listen to stories, take workshops in how to tell stories, and buy and borrow and swap stories. you can look, feel and breathe stories. you can be inside the story of someone's dream. it's a dream…

the beauty of the fleeting

it's such a special feeling to visit a city that you used to live in. it's like taking all that time you took to discover its secrets and condensing it into the very best of the best.  i love visiting London for that reason. five years of essence in one short visit.  now barcelona. one year of living and now i have my local special secrets to enjoy.  i still love the details of barcelona. i love the balconies with laundry. i love the sound of the steel curtains being pulled up in the early morning (11-am-ish!) and the smell of pee in raval doesn't disgust me when i am only visiting.  i love the sound of barcelona-catalan (as opposed to ibiza-catalan!) and i am not irritated with my neighbours, as i know i won't have to listen to them for that many days.
i love taking a bicingbike and rolling all the way down through eixample to downtown barcelona. i love walking past the groups of checked-shorts-dressed tourists, knowing that i know more than them, even though i am also a f…