Café Zurich

•February 26, 2009 • 1 Comment

Located on Plaza Catalunya, Cafe Zurich is a convenient place to meet friends in the centre of town!
It can be a bit touristy as it’s so near La Rambla but the drinks are worth the price, considering the location.

Cafe Zurich has been on this location for over 80 years, and it was renovated a few years ago. Some may complain
that this took away some of the atmosphere, but I still like it as it a change from the local cafes and bars all
over Barcelona
 
The waiters are all local and appreciate if you want to practise your spanish. There is a lovely outdoor seating
area, perfect for enjoying the sun and watching the tourists passing by.

Plaça Catalunya 1
http://www.cafezurich.com/

¡Barcelona Marathon!

•February 25, 2009 • Leave a Comment

This sunday (March 1) is a day for everyone who wants to cruise through this beautiful city, in the Barcelona Marathon. The Marathon has been running since 1978. For the one’s not in shape enough to finish 42 kilometers (phew!),  there are also 5 and 10 km races sharing the start line with the marathon.

The course goes pass sights such as Camp Nou, La Pedrera and Sagrada Familia, and starts and finish in front of the Magic Fountain. Wonderful! Half of the runners (7.500) were foreigners last year, and I understand why they all choose to run in a city like Barcelona!

The field of runners is quite small, so the center doesn’t get really crowded.

If you want to be part of the Marathon check out the official website for registration and more information,
It seems like there will be more than 10,000 participants this year, so hurry up!
http://www.barcelonamarato.es/eng/index.html

Mexican Fiesta at ‘Opium Mar’

•February 25, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Every Wednesday Opium Bar open their doors to Erasmus and International students.

I heard from a friend that tonight there will be a Mexican fiesta, so if you want to get some new friends from all over the world during your stay here, as well as dancing the night away, it’s probably a good idea to go here prepare yourself to order some tequila!

There’s often special theme parties taking place here, as well as the regular club nights with good DJ’s playing house and R&B.

Opium Mar is located on Paseo Marítimo, along the seafront. It often fills up quickly so a good idea is to sign up to the guestlist, accesible on http://www.guestlistbcn.com

For more information http://www.opiummar.com

Latin concerts this month!

•February 24, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Don’t know what to do the final evenings of february? Why not enjoying a latino concert, and maybe dance to the latin rhytms at the same time? One of the places in Barcelona offering cheap and also free concerts is “Harlem Jazz Club”, in Barri Gotic (Metro Jaume I), and there’s alot of latin music these weeks, as well as flamenco, swing and of course jazz!

Also in other places around the town there are good latin music concerts, and I’ve made a list of them, so it’s just for you to listen on Youtube and find out what you like, and then go with some friends to enjoy some music! 🙂

24 feb:  Sandra Rehder (Tango), Bar Pastís. 22.30h Free
25 feb:  Sylvia Patricia (Brazilian pop), Harlem Jazz Club.  22.30h 8€
26 feb:  Costo Rico (Rumba/Reggae), La [2]. 21.00h
26 feb:  Los promiscuos del son (Cuban music), Jazz Sí Club Taller de Músics. 20.30h 7€
26 feb:  Doc Scanlon (Swing), Harlem Jazz Clu.  22.30h Free
27 feb:  Darlly Maia (Brazilian music), Bar Elèctric . 23.00h  2€
27 feb:  Saravacalé  (Flamenco/Brazilian  music), Harlem Jazz Club 23.30h 7.5€
27 feb:  Sada (Fusion Rai-Electronica), Robadors 23. 21.00h Free
28 feb:  Echapaká (Cuban music), Harlem Jazz Club. 23.30 h 7.5€

For directions and more information
http://www.barpastis.com
http://www.harlemjazzclub.es
http://www.tallerdemusics.com/web/04-club/con_club_cas.htm
http://www.sala-apolo.com/home.asp?sala=2

Robador 23: C/ Robador 23 Raval (Metro Liceu)

Result FC Barcelona – RCD Espanyol

•February 24, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Congrats to Espanyol and their fans, who ran out as 2-1 winners at Camp Nou! A bit of a surprise?!

The La Liga leaders, FC Barcelona, got their lead nearly halved after the loss against RCD Espanyol last saturday,  and Real Madrid won against Real Betis with 6-1, making the gap closing by seven points.

Ivan de La Peña did the goals for Espanyol in the 50th and 54th minutes, after FC Barcelonas Seydou Keita was sent off seven minutes before the break.

Two goals in five minutes and Espanyol winning! The goal from Barça was made by Touré in the 63th minute.

Vegetarian restaurants in Barcelona?

•February 24, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Alot of first time visitors to Barcelona seem to be worried about not finding vegetarian or vegan restaurants here. On the internet I see lines from vegetarians like “What will I eat? Am I going to starve!?”

Spain isn’t really known for the choice of vegetarian food, but once you are in Barcelona – No worries, you’re not going to starve (I hope)!!

There are  about40 restaurants  offering meat-free meals, and Barcelona ranks 19th in the world in the number of of vegetarian restaurants and cafés, the region in Spain with most vegetarians, so no doubt you will find a few nice ones when you go here!

For a list of vegetarian restaurants and cafés in Barcelona I can recommend these two sites:
http://www.sincarne.net
http://www.happycow.com

Flamenco in Barcelona

•February 19, 2009 • 2 Comments
Flamenco isn’t really the thing of Barcelona, or Catalonia, is it??! It’s more typical in Andalucía, but you can find great flamenco concerts every now and then in Barcelona!

During this spring a Flamenco festival is taking part in the city, “El Festival Flamenco de Barcelona de Cajón!”. It’s a series of concerts held in various areas in the city, on different days until April.

This folk art has been influenced by the cultures of the gypsies, the Moors or Arabs, the Jews and the indigenous Andalucians. It’s characterised by singing, dancing, guitar and rhythmic punctuation, mostly handclaps. There are several different styles of forms and styles of flamenco, eg. gypsy, andalusian and latin-american influenced. It’s worth to visit a concert at least once 🙂

The official website has all dates, information and prices listed on it http://www.theproject.es/