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Barcelona pickpocket

How to avoid Barcelona pickpockets in 10 steps

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Barcelona is a top city to visit but tourists are also targets for Barcelona's pickpockets. A local expat shares her tips on how to avoid pickpockets in Barcelona, including areas to avoid in Barcelona at night.

New Year's resolutions

New Year's resolutions only expats will understand

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As an expat New Year's resolutions are more about memorising foreign irregular verbs or visiting that landmark you keep putting off, rather than slimming down or saving.

Dia de los Santos Inocentes: April Fools

Dia de los Santos Inocentes: How Spanish are you really?

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MadridMan discusses the origins of 'el Dia de los Santos Inocentes' – the Spanish 'April Fools' day on 28 December – and how an April Fools day prank revealed there's always more to learn about Spanish culture.

Spanish customs

Understanding Spanish culture

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Even Spanish locals admit the uniqueness of Spanish customs; from tapas culture and time management to siestas and hugging, here's a brief guide to understanding Spanish cultural quirks.

Heating your Spanish house economically in the winter

Heating your Spanish house economically in the winter

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There is a range of heating options in Spain besides electricity that can keep your house cosy and warm, says Sandra Piddock.

The pros and cons of living in Barcelona as an expat

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Barcelona is a top city for expats but it's not all sunshine, tapas and siesta in the Catalan capital – here are both pros and cons to living the Barcelona expat life.

The perfect gift: The best shoe brands and styles to buy from Spain

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There are many top Spanish shoe styles that have reached international fame, from high-end Manolo Blahnik to the woven-soled 'espardenyas'. Here are the best Spanish shoe brands.

Living in Spain

When living in Spain starts to feel like America

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American expat Cat Gaa laments the loss of the authentic Spain she first fell in love with, as American culture slowly infiltrates Spain's way of life.

Giving birth Spain

Spanishized: The good, bad and confusing of giving birth in Spain

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You'll be thankful that Spain gives four months maternity leave and is breast-feeding friendly, although the post-birth paperwork isn't much fun.

Useful Spanish expressions

9 useful Spanish expressions you need to know

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If someone asks to pull their hair, you probably shouldn't. Knowing these common Spanish phrases can keep you out of some awkward situations and talking like a local.

Is there racism in Spain?

Is race an issue in Spain? A black woman's story why she left Spain

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"I’m a black woman who wanted to move to Spain for years. Here’s why I lasted only a few months." American Nneka shares her story.

Top Spanish films

Top 10 Spanish films you should watch

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You don't need to meticulously study the dreaded 'subjuntivo' to get a dose of Spanish – Spanish cinema is much more entertaining, shows expat Danni.

Top 10 obscure and unbelievable driving laws in Spain

10 unbelievable driving laws in Spain

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If you're in the mood for confronting Spanish police, then drive in Spain without a t-shirt, argue with a passenger or place your arm on the window.

Spanish coffee guide

Living the Spanish life: The best of Spanish coffee

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Bombón or cortado? Coffee is an institution in Spain, although you'll find many coffee variations that you've never seen before.

Dancing in the Fountain: The tipping point of Spanish coffee and tea

Dancing in the Fountain: The tipping point of Spanish coffee and tea

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Karen McCann explains the peculiarities of the Spanish types of tea and coffee, and how tipping is generally handled in Spain.



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