#9N – So, Catalonia Voted

There were elections today in Spain. I was still reeling from the shock of the UK's exit poll when the campaigns started here. This has got me thinking of the last time Catalonia headed to the polls; not, that time, for local town hall elections, but for the much-hyped independence referendum, sorry, "participatory process". Six … Continue reading #9N – So, Catalonia Voted


Oh Sugar

Life abroad is made of little observations. Sure, there are the headline differences: different major festivals, different languages, different daily routines. They grab you by the throat with their neon lights and let you know with their mixed metaphors that you're somewhere else. But that's tourism, it's the little things that are living abroad. The … Continue reading Oh Sugar

Poopy Log: A Very Catalan Christmas

Like the UK, people in Catalonia were able to start complaining very early about how early the Christmas season starts. Only a couple of days into November, my favourite Catalan chain restaurant was being draped in artificial greenery, baubles and lights with instrumental carols joining their normal classical playlist. It’s easy to blithely assume (read: … Continue reading Poopy Log: A Very Catalan Christmas