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    Cool restaurants in Barcelona: Toma Ya Street Food

    For those of you who don’t know, I’m a foodie. I just love my food. Every time I experience a new place that plays with my senses and makes my mouth water… well that’s my definition of heaven. Especially with amazing people around! I also happen to be a creature of habit. When I find something I like, I like enjoying it again and again. And when something is really good, it tends to get even better with time. That’s exactly what I’ve found with Toma Ya Street Food in Barcelona.   The Introduction and getting there I first ran into this place a few weeks after my arrival in…

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    Sunbathing at Poblenou beach – A surprising Saturday at the Platja de la Mar Bella

    This weekend, my friend Ineke and I decided to head for the beach. I’ve been to the Poblenou strip many times since moving to Barcelona. It’s usually been in the evening with the sun about to set though – keeps my ghostly complexion in tact, you know (just kidding… well… sort of!). On this particular occasion, however, we decided to go visit the beach on a Saturday. It was around 4pm, the sun was shining. We were pleasantly full after a hearty home-cooked lunch and headed to the ‘Platja de la Mar Bella’. It’s the beach just to the left off the Rambla del Poblenou. Sunscreen applied, smiles on our…

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    Mynie.co.uk review – My Barcelona NIE experience in 2019

    I first landed in Spain about two months ago. Since then I’ve been testing a few services to make settling in and setting up essential services easier. One of these services was mynie.co.uk. A service that is meant to make getting your NIE number a lot more straight forward. For those who don’t know, the NIE number (Número de Identificación de Extranjero ) is the ‘Foreigner’s Identification Number’, which allows non-Spanish citizens to perform legal and tax related activities in Spain. Among other things, having an NIE number allows you to open up a bank account, set up a phone contract, buy/sell property, open a business etc. When it comes…

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    Landing in Barcelona: Settling in and setting up the essentials

    I’ve now been in Barcelona for a little less than four weeks. Technically I’ve only been here three weeks, as I flew back to Prague last week to pick up my kitty Nala. It’s been a pretty productive few weeks though, that’s for sure. It’s also taught me a lot about navigating situations I hadn’t really anticipated. Since it’s been a few years since I last moved, I had forgotten some of the little things that happen. Those little details and events that make a real difference to your experience. I’m still navigating some of the waters of getting settled, but there are some experiences I felt are worth sharing.…

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    Finding a place to live in Barcelona… from overseas!

    After deciding to quit my job and move to Spain, I started looking at the options available to me to find a place to live. Some people choose to first land in a place and then find an apartment – I am not one of them. Having been through the moving rodeo 20+ times, I’ve learned that preparation is the key to a successful transition. And having a place to call home before arriving relieves a whole lot of stress in the long run. Valencia was where I originally started my apartment search. It was an attractive location. Access to multiple beaches, first rate Spanish language schools, the Parque Natural…