At 9.55 every night, the tension mounts. In every household across the land of Catalonia, matriarchs stare at the clocks, waiting. And then the moment arrives: 10pm. The matriarchs hurl their battle-cries: ‘Once more unto the breach, dear friends – and bring the pots’, and families dart to the front-line of the balconies to wage […]
In October, Girona will hold three more festivals; I love this city! Find out more below. Girona’s ultimate festival Spanning two weekends, this is my favourite time of year in Girona. The city celebrates its patron saint, Sant Narcis, in style: with an amusement fair, chestnuts, drinks stalls (barracas), castellers and performances. Make sure that […]
As tensions rise between the Catalan and Spanish governments, the Catalan people protest, chanting “We’re not afraid”. But as I watch from the balcony, I can’t help but feel they’re wrong: the Catalans should feel afraid. Catalonia is one of Spain’s 17 autonomous regions, all overseen by Spain’s central government in Madrid. The Catalan people […]
Meeting Spanish friends after a summer in the UK, I came down with a nasty dose of kissing culture shock. And based on previous experience, I knew that if I didn’t readjust to the greeting custom fast, the results could be catastrophic.
What’s on in September? Swords, beer and jazz. Check out the line-up of events …
Although many locals abandon Girona in August to the scorching sun, there is plenty to do. Check my top picks out below:
This month, Girona continues to live up to its reputation of being Spain’s ‘City of Festivals’. Check out the music and theatre festivals below: Theatre Festival Throughout July, Girona hosts a range of theatre performers in multiple venues. If you struggle with Spanish or Catalan, check out the comedic acrobats, Circo Los, at their outdoor […]
Living as a Brit in Spain, many people ask me about my views on BREXIT. This has always seemed a silly question. I am a British migrant living in Europe: clearly, I support European migrants living in Britain and the European Union. However, this is not obvious to all of the 300,000 other Brits who […]
When I said I was moving to Catalonia, a friend said I should join the human pyramid teams. I laughed.
But here I am 9 months later, a weedy, British casteller, embedded in the mass of bodies below. So here are some insights from within the castellers: