In the UK I live in the countryside or to put it more accurately, the middle of nowhere.  Therefore I am accustomed to wide open spaces and a horribly limited access to public transport - even the closest bus stop is 15-minutes away by car. Therefore living in Rhode...
Right on cue, the weather is slowly turning into fall on the last days of the La Mercè festival in Barcelona. By fall I really mean 73 degrees and rain showers, but here that means people have been putting on their scarves and sweaters. The La Mercè festival included a...

How to make it in America

Since arriving in America I have been changed. Not for the better. Something in the water or the air has significantly interfered with my ability to look after myself. I’ve been here for almost a month now and I haven’t died so I’m doing okay in the key areas...
It is September 11  and I’ve ended up at Avinguda Diagonal, one of the main streets in Barcelona, half by accident and half out of curiosity.  A few minutes earlier, I was looking down from my apartment window three stories up, and I saw what seemed like the whole...
It’s a humid day, but a breeze is coming through the open window in la sala (the living room), carrying the sounds of a street performer playing the accordion and voices from the café below. Picture a quaint European street, like you see in a movie, and that’s where...
Barcelona lies on the Northern coast of Spain, not far from the border of France. It is a combination of mountains and sea, facing the Mediterranean on the Iberian Peninsula with the Pyrenees Mountains at its back. Barcelona is the capital of the community of Catalunya, which is marked...