Our Favorite Barcelona Traditions

As our time in Barcelona is coming to a close, I can’t help but take note of the things I have grown to love and appreciate here.  Every culture has certain traditions – some have been around for hundreds, if not thousands of years… others, perhaps a generation or two.  One of the perks of living in Europe is that it’s full of traditions, many of which are older than the United States itself.  As it’s these traditions that make me smile (most days) as we go about our daily lives, I thought I’d share a few of them with you. Continue reading

The Rise and Fall of the Human Tower – Castellers

Josh got back from the US this morning and it was soooo good to see him (and our American goodies).  Liam was waiting at the front door to our building waving and blowing kisses as Josh got out of the cab.  He was just so excited to see his daddy after 10 days!  And it was so nice to be back together as a family.  Josh travels for work but usually it’s 2-3 days here and there, maybe once every 6 weeks.  I know we are lucky in that aspect here as many families I know here have a spouse that travels several times per month.  But Josh doesn’t do many 10 day trips, as a matter of fact this was only his second this year, so it was really nice to have him home. Continue reading

A Fire Filled Weekend – La Merce

Once again it’s that time of year, La Merce.  And like last year, this is a festival that gets me really excited – it’s tradition reaches back hundreds of years and it is a celebration that is truly Catalan in nature.  From the gegantes to the castellers and of course, the correfoc, there are festivities for the old and young alike that last all weekend long. Continue reading