Zombies Invade the Sitges Film Festival

Devoured flesh, gouged eyes, torn-up faces, ripped-out jaws. A bunch of undead people infested Sitges on Saturday — moaning around the city, stupidly and relentlessly. The renowned Sitges Film Festival celebrates fantasy and horror films, where that evening they would film the Sitges Zombie Walk.  The zombies started swarming the city at daylight. Hordes of them gave normal…

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Supersize It: Playing Big at Parc de Francesc Macià

Let’s say you want to feel tiny — just for fun. I’m talking “Honey I Shrunk the Kids” tiny. Well there’s a spectacular park in Catalonia where little ones (and big ones) can pretend they’re as big as their thumb. It’s at the Parc de Francesc Macià in Malgrat de Mar. It’s just one hour away…

The Ostentatious and Decorative Streets of Festa Major de Gràcia 2015

Hi, everyone! July robbed August of all of the heat, so it seems we have a mild and rainy August. I’m not complaining. It’s perfect for being outdoors in the city! Also, you cannot miss the Festa Major de Gràcia in Barcelona. It’s the neighborhood festival of concerts, films, workshops, eating, drinking beers, and more…

Summer in Marbella, My Future Retirement City

Whew! Someone open a window, please. The temperature today in Barcelona is 31ºC/87ºF. Mix in a little humidity and..well what does it matter…it’s only going to get hotter later this week! While I’ve been on hiatus for awhile, I’ve been busy with summer shenanigans. That includes planning my daughter’s birthday…and going on vacation! I’m really…

Fideuà vs. Paella: The Spanish Dish Showdown

Some rivalries in Spain are hard to kill. Real Madrid vs. FC Barcelona. PP versus PSOE versus…Podemos? And in Catalonia, another harsh battle is being fought: the fideuà versus the paella. Anyone familiar with Spanish food knows about paella, a one-pot rice dish stuffed with goodies like mussels, shrimp, chorizo, rabbit, peas, or other ingredients. It belongs…

A Spanish Lesson: Body, Panty, Leotardo, and More

When I was pregnant, I started to make a list of newborn clothes that I’d need before my baby girl’s arrival. My mother-in-law (who’s Spanish) asked me if my daughter had enough bodys. Well course she’d have a body. A cute little baby body. I’m sure she didn’t mean to say cuerpo, the Spanish word for “body”. After some…

Badalona, Not Barcelona

  Oh, never-ending summer. I don’t know what the weather is like in your neck of the woods, but it’s been quite the warm autumn here in Barcelona. With temps around 24ºC / 75ºF and the added humidity, it’s still short-sleeve season. In fact, we’re experiencing the hottest fall since 1950 (or so I heard on…

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