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My Expats World | Foreigners’ habits that Spaniards find weird to see in their culture

Spain is home to millions of foreigners, so a multicultural environment doesn’t surprise anyone. However, newcomers should understand that their native customs may surprise locals, since the Spanish culture is quite particular in many senses.  Here is an article about the most standard situations that provoke awkward experiences with Spanish people.   Know how to greet a Spanish person  When Spanish people meet, they greet each other with kisses on the cheek. No matter if you are foreigner and they see you for the very first time, they will give you those two kisses. So, it is better if you could control your instinct to give a handshake, anyway it will not help you to avoid the double kiss.  Know what to wear  In the south the weather is very pleasant all year round comparing it with nort...

Your Local Expert in Barcelona

By Isabel Barjaktarevic If you’re looking to visit Barcelona to see the Gaudí architecture, lay on the beach or enjoy the Mediterranean cuisine, BCN Travel is your perfect go-to. They will be your local travel expert making sure that you enjoy your stay and keep visiting, as millions of other fans of Barcelona have done before. Passion for travel BCN Travel was founded by Christian Petzold, an avid tourism enthusiast. “Looking back to when my passion for travelling was developed, I think this must have been in my early childhood.” Says Christian. “My parents always used to travel with me and my siblings by caravan into a neighbouring European country. As a result, this lead me to study tourism management in Germany and the UK. Implementing at least some elements of this experience in a mas...

Where to Eat in Barcelona

By Michael Idov Breakfast at Granja M. Viader Recommended by Albert Adrià, Co-Owner   Of course. Of course the co-creator of über-modern El Bulli would recommend the most defiantly unreconstructed old-school café imaginable. Granja M. Viader has been around in some form since 1870; in 1931, it made its name with the invention of Cacaolat, a rather lovely bottled cocoa drink. Old-timey posters hawking Cacaolat line the walls; the drink is still sold here, too, albeit in boringly modern plastic bottles. I opt for a cappuccino and some dry sausage from the to-go counter out front. Carrer d’en Xuclà 6; granjaviader.cat. >> Lunch at Tlaxcal Recommended by Jordi Gasó, Cook Gasó comes from Mexico, so leave it to him to find the best tacos de lengua I’ve ever tried outside of Mexico City. Th...

Top 10 reasons to become an expat

Deciding to embark on life in a new country can be a difficult choice, but there are plenty of reasons to become an expat and potential benefits for your health. Becoming an expat is obviously not a simple choice, and the decision must only be made after plenty of deliberation and thought. Listed below are 10 reasons why becoming an expat could actually be an amazing choice.   1.Those horizons. Broadened. Life’s for living, and if you’re able to get out there and discover new places geographically you’re going to find that your life could change for the better. Broadening your horizons means that your life becomes richer and more developed. You’ll see new cultures, new ways of life. And that’s one of the main joys of becoming an expat.   2. Get busy You’ll find moving abroad to b...

Health cover for the globally mobile

When relocating to a new country, ensuring that healthcare will be available for you and your family is crucial. But with so many things to consider, it can be a daunting task. Here we list five important factors, to make your choice easier. A good health cover is important no matter where you are, but there are a number of factors to consider when choosing a policy. For instance, should you opt for public or private health insurance, or go for an international plan? Below are five factors to consider for ensuring your health cover abroad: Research country-specific factors. Healthcare varies from country to country. Some countries have specific rules about who can use public health services, and in some cases you may need permanent residency before you can enter the system. Are you covered...

World Class Theatre for the Whole World!

The American Drama Group Europe was formed by Ohio native, Grantly Marshall, in 1978 in the city of Munich. It was linked in the beginning to the University of Munich, where the first performances were held and then expanded quickly to other theatres in the city, then around Europe and Asia. Our goal is to perform high quality theatre in as many countries in the world as possible. Which performances do you have coming up? We have some exciting performances of Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare, which is his greatest and last pure comedy, the master at the height of his art. They will be held on the following dates: Bergen (Norway) on 21st August, Copenhagen (Denmark) on 24th August, Kristianstad (Sweden) on 25th August, and Stockholm (Sweden) on 1st September. All performances will be in...

Spanish NIE numbers: Why you need one, and how to get one in or outside of Spain

If you own property in Spain, or live here as a resident, you are going to need an N.I.E. number. This section explains what an NIE number is, why you need one, and how to get one, either in our outside of Spain. Spanish NIE Number Guide This guide is about Spanish NIE numbers for the purpose of buying property in Spain. If you need an NIE number for another purpose, for example to work in Spain, the process might be different. The rules, or the application of the rules, can vary from place to place, and can change without warning. As a result, this guide can be temporarily out of date from time to time. What is an N.I.E Number? N.I.E. is an abbreviation for Número de Identidad de Extranjero, which translates as Identification Number for Foreigners, or Foreigners’ Identification Number if ...

Education In Spain

If you’re moving to Spain, here’s a guide to Spanish education to help enrol your child into the Spanish school system from primary to secondary school. The education system in Spain is overseen and regulated by the Ministry of Education, a branch of the government currently headed by the Minister of Education and Sport, José Ignacio Wert.  The current system is known as LOE, named after the Ley Orgánica de Educación, or Fundamental Law of Education, and is supported by the government in each region.  Under this system, education is free and compulsory for a total of 10 years, from age 6 to 16 years of age. The schools in Spain can be divided into three categories: State schools (colegios públicos) Privately-run schools funded by the state (colegios concertados) Purely private ...

The 25 Best European City Breaks for 2017

ITALY ROME Rome’s mild Mediterranean climate is a persuasive draw for visitors from the cool north, but the main draw will always be the pulsating energy of a place which lives life as a form of theatre. There are great neighbourhood trattorias, quirky shops and a buzzing aperitivo scene. The challenge is deciding what not to do: there are so many churches, archaeological sites, piazzas and paintings to see that a lifetime is hardly enough. VENICE Venice never loses its capacity to enchant. Summer brings some of the most daunting crowds, but there’s a reason why they come: the sheer loveliness of an exquisite city that seems miraculously built on water. Venice’s churches and museums offer antique glories aplenty, but there is also a vibrant contemporary art scene, even aw...

How the world’s highest-tech cities are making travel less irritating

by Reed Alexander Aug. 13, 2017 From free cell phones to bullet trains, these cities know how to make your life easier. What a trip. Travel can be filled with headaches — getting stuck in traffic when you’re not sure where you’re going, paying for a costly guided tour — but the world’s highest-tech destinations have equally high-tech solutions for the challenges that tourists face. Earlier this week, Business Insider and research firm 2thinknow named the world’s 25 highest-tech cities. No. 1 on the list was San Francisco; Tokyo, Hong Kong, Copenhagen, New York and Los Angeles also made the cut. The cities were ranked on 10 factors related to technological advancement — including the number of patents filed per capita, startups, tech venture capitalists, ranking in other innovation datasets...

The one thing you can do to make sure your airline doesn’t lose your luggage

And how to cope if they do… By Jess Edwards 11 AUGUST 2017  Losing your luggage on holiday (or whilst abroad) has to be one of those nightmare scenarios that almost stops you sleeping the night before you travel. Almost… If it’s ever happened to you, then you’ll know just how much of a faff it can be to try and recover your lost items, if you’re that lucky. And if it’s never happened to you then you probably approach the luggage belt with one eye closed every time just willing your suitcase to come flying around the corner. According to research by the International Currency exchange, it can cost up to £179 on average to replace the contents of a lost suitcase while you wait for the airline to find it. The study also found that airlines can take up to fo...

Gentle Chiropractic Care in Barcelona

There are many people in Barcelona looking for the results that chiropractic can offer but want a chiropractor that uses gentle, comfortable techniques. Stefan Becker at Sarrià Quiropràctica is an Australian-trained Chiropractor with 23 years of experience and specialises in exactly that. What is Chiropractic and how does it help? – Vertebrae in the spine often get jammed up or restricted in positions that cause inflammation, muscle tightness, and/or nerve irritation. Chiropractors free up these restricted vertebrae using gentle mobilising techniques. Many people initially see a chiropractor to help with common, spinal-related problems such as lower back pain, neck pain, sciatica, disc protrusions and headaches, but Chiropractic offers great results with general health and wellbeing ...