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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…

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    My NIE Experience 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…

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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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    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…