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    My COVID-19 diagnosis, vaccine and recovery in Barcelona

    For over 2 years, I was completely COVID-19 free. I have to admit, I was proud of it too. I was careful about who I went out with. Meeting new people, I also tried to limit my exposure to friends of friends, hoping this would keep me safe. Then, at the end of June this year, I decided to take one of my best friends in Barcelona to Valencia for a long weekend away. That’s when the tables may have turned… We arrived Thursday evening and she was feeling a little under the weather with a sniffle and sore throat. Friday we decided to have a relaxing day shopping in…

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    Buying contraceptive pills in Barcelona

    Sooo, you’ve landed in Barcelona and you are planning to have some good old fashioned fun, eh? Congratulations you lucky duck! ­čśë Before getting to the fun part though, you want to make sure you don’t have any “unexpected surprises” along the way, right? Very wise, very wise indeed… Not so long ago I found myself potentially being in a similar situation. That being the case, I was doing some research. You see, contraceptive pills are one of those things, where depending on the country you are in, the rules of purchase can vary drastically. In some countries they are horrendously expensive. In other countries they are specifically age restricted.…

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    Getting a Social Security Number in Barcelona (2020)

    The time has finally come. I am going to officially start working in Barcelona soon. Likely as an aut├│nomo (self-employed person), but very possibly as an employee too. Regardless, the one thing I need for this is my┬án├║mero de afiliaci├│n de la seguridad social (aka. Social Security Number). Contributing to the social security system in Spain gives you access to their social security services. These include : Public healthcare Benefits – e.g.┬átemporary incapacity, maternity, pensions, unemployment etc. Employment re-training Rehabilitation of invalids Assistance for senior citizens I was a little wary of the process to start with, because I had no idea what to expect. The internet gives you lots…

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    RomaBella BCN

    As you may already know, I’m kind of a big foodie. I love my food. Especially the kind of food that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside when you eat it. Another thing I love is when I walk into a new place, not expecting much, and then walk out again feeling all excited. It’s as if I just hit the jackpot! For me, RomaBella BCN was exactly one of those places. It’s one of the reasons I felt it worth sharing with you too. When I first walked into RomaBella, I wasn’t really thinking that it was anything special. I had wanted to visit once before, because…

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    Camino Barcelona: Review of my experience in 2019

    When I think of Camino Barcelona, I think of the “school with heart”. Throughout the last 3 months here, in many ways it has come to feel like home. I have also experienced a number of situations that would test the school’s limits and flexibility, which is why I now feel licensed to write this review. So here I am – writing a review!   How I found Camino Barcelona I first started looking into Spanish language schools in July 2018. I was thinking about a move to Spain at the time, but wasn’t 100% sure I would do it and so was exploring my options. Originally, I was looking…