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How I managed to get my Foreigner’s Identity Number (NIE) in Barcelona

The NIE (Número de Identidad de Extranjero) is a tax identification number in Spain for everyone who is not a Spanish citizen. It is...

My First Snowboarding Experience in Spain

Masella Ski Resort On January 4th 2018, I went snowboarding to Masella. It was my first skiing experience in Spain and I had a lot...

The Yellow Ribbon is a Polemic Symbol in Catalonia and South Korea this Christmas

Did you know that yellow ribbon is a symbol of division and unity both in Catalonia and South Korea? The yellow ribbon is used for...
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The Forgotten History of the Catalan ‘Santa Claus’

The real origins and history of the Catalan equivalent of Santa Claus is one of Barcelona's best kept secrets. (reader discretion is advised) As a Finnish...
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Internship in Spain. Working, collecting great memories and experiences

About me I’m 18 years old business student from Finland and I came to work as a trainee in Barcelona. The journey started on 22....
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The information war in social media is tearing Catalonia apart

How to fight against the misinformation and propaganda that is dividing Catalan society? During the last two months I have observed closely how Catalan society...
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An outsider’s view from inside the September 11th celebrations in Barcelona

On Monday September 11th, 2017 Catalonia celebrated the National Day known locally as La Diada Nacional de Catalunya. Like hundreds of thousands of Catalans, I...
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The Referendum in Catalonia is a Threat to Democracy

What if the referendum in Catalonia is undemocratic? Like Maduro in Venezuela and Erdogan in Turkey, Mussolini, Hitler and Franco also loved referendums. But what...

The politicians are leading Catalonia into a major crisis and nobody is doing anything...

Wake-up Call. The politicians are leading Catalonia into international isolation and political suicide. Many inhabitants of Catalonia do not consider themselves merely part of a...
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Barcelona’s blotted out history of hygiene, fecal waste business and the Caganers.

Barcelona has almost 2000 years of special connection with neatness and human feces. There are a lot of peculiar histories, but one of my favourites...

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