Why I Love Living in Barcelona, Spain
Living in Barcelona, Spain
Life in Barcelona, Spain is delightful. I have been here for a couple of years and I feel that I can live here forever precisely because Spain is a beautiful place, with a cheerful blend of the modern and the traditional. Barcelona is the home of traditional Catalonians who marry among themselves and look askance at those who cannot speak Catalan. Barcelona is also known for its exuberant nightlife and features live bands playing at pubs that remain open throughout the night.
There is no dearth of things to do in Barcelona and you will never feel bored there. Spain has miles and miles of charming coastline, great weather and splendid mountain ranges. In summer, you can head over to the beach, and in winter, you can ski on the mountains.
Seven percent of Barcelona’s population comprises expatriates from North and South America, Asia, Africa and Europe. You do not really need to know Catalan in order to survive in Barcelona thanks to the large number of places where expatriates can meet and interact, but knowledge of the language will definitely help. If you are an English-speaking expatriate in Barcelona check out the local newspapers and magazine, most of which are free and offer plenty of valuable information about living in Spain, local events and places of attraction.
Living in Barcelona is especially fascinating because of the modern architectural style of Antoni Gaudi illustrated in works such as Sagrada Familia, Padrera and Parc Guell as well as the scores of breathtaking museums and churches, beaches, monuments, parks and fountains. The views from Montjuic are also well worth taking in, of the city.
If you want to live in Barcelona like a native, you must learn Catalan or Spanish because you can then mingle with the locals. Moreover, Spain has four Catalan TV stations and most of the advertisements, public signs and street names are in Catalan.
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