• Barcelona

    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 autónomo (self-employed person), but very possibly as an employee too. Regardless, the one thing I need for this is my número de afiliación 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. temporary 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…

  • Barcelona,  Restaurants in Barcelona

    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…

  • Barcelona

    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…

  • Barcelona,  Relocation

    Fluency in Spanish: The journey of a wannabe Spanish speaker

    I had an amazing epiphany this morning: Spanish is getting easier! It seems so insignificant and yet… for someone who is trying to learn a new language the road to fluency can be tough. My first steps towards learning Spanish started in December 2017. I had been dating my then Mexican boyfriend for a few months and we were planning my trip to Monterrey a little while later to visit him and the family. There was only one problem. His parents spoke no English and my Spanish consisted of little more than “hola”, “gracias” and “sombrero!”. Ay dios mio! Since I’m a pretty social person and I’m not one for awkward silences,…

  • Barcelona

    Gathering the correct NIE documents in Barcelona (2019)

    Ah, the beloved NIE. The Número de Identificación de Extranjero (Foreigner’s Identification Number). Your best friend, when you first move to Spain. With this number in hand, you will be set to navigate the sometimes rather unwieldy system of Spanish bureaucracy. Among other things, you will be able to: Register for commercial services (phones, gas, internet, bank accounts, etc.) Join government services (social security, health care, pension, etc.) Apply for a mortgage Buy a house Apply for a driving license Purchase a car Set up a business or work in Spain Pay taxes Inherit You really won’t know the true value of this tiny card until you land in the…