Spring has arrived and so has the new guided walking tour of The Barcelona Feeling: Poble Sec & Montjuic.

Poble Sec is a multicultural, working class neighbourhood of Barcelona located between the sea, the old town and the hill of Montjuic. Its chaotic lay-out along the slopes of the Montjuic with many 19th century houses gives the quarter a distinctive atmosphere that is nowadays very popular among young people.

The tour starts with a discovery of Poble Sec before climbing up the hill of Montjuic – Barcelona´s green lung. During the walk you will escape from the bustling city and will be able to take amazing panoramic photos. We will also take you to one of the best kept secrets of Barcelona on top of the hill!

Learn more: https://thebarcelonafeeling.com/activities/poble-sec-montjuic/

The Barcelona winter sky is just amazing. Generally, even on a grey day (which we do not have that often here) the winter feels so different from back home in the Netherlands or Germany. The clouds are so much higher which provides a complete different feeling.

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January was also a party month for us. Our friend Victoria visited us with her niece and we had a great time at the Harlem Jazz Club in the Old Town just around the corner of our house.

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Also we spent a weekend in Madrid to meet our Dutch/Spanish friends who emigrated from Amsterdam to there. Coincidentally, also our friend Jadin from Colombia passed through the city on his way back to Bogota. So we had a party and reunion weekend in the Spanish capital (with super cocktails and tortillas gigantes).

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We kicked off the New Year in Barcelona with a lunch on the beach on January 3 with incredibly sunny 22 degrees. Our favourite beach restaurant: Ca La Nuri.

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We even had two more days above 22 degrees and a couple of mild days – but finally rain came after the extreme dry autumn where we were close to water rationing.

Michael joined a running group in January whereas Chris went back to his roots and joined a ping pong club. Also we are back to Salsa classes which are a lot of fun.

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Next to those activities January was very sportive. Michael went 3 times a week swimming and summed up 20 km. I went 3 times per week to the gym and swimming once a week. All those activities combined with an adjustment in our nutrition led to quick results: loss weight and and building up muscles.

But no only did we take care of our bodies but also our minds. Michael intensified his Spanish classes and we spend a lovely evening in the Palau de la Musica. For Christmas I got tickets for the New Year´s concert – Strauss´popular waltzes and marches.

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Body, mind, culture – January was also the month of partying… (to be continued)

Michael and I have started the year with focusing on changing our diet and increasing our sports activities with a great result. After the Christmas cookie marathon we both lost 4 kg while gaining more muscles. All this without actually doing a diet but eating more consciously and much more vegetarian.

That´s why we also checked out two vegetarian restaurants in Barcelona that we would like to recommend.

Rasoterra, Carrer del Palau 5, 08002 Barcelona

  • The restaurant is located in the middle of the Gothic quarter very close to the city hall. Its modern and bright design makes your stay very pleasant.
  • The 3 course lunch menu is very reasonable for 12,50 Euro including a large bottle of water.
  • Location: 9 / Food: 9 / Price: €€

The Barcelona Feeling Rasoterra

AquaribayCarrer del Taulat 95, 08005 Barcelona

  • The restaurant is located in the Poble Nou quarter, a ten minutes walk away from the metro station. Comfortable restaurant with a creative menu.
  • The food is excellent, though a bit more pricy. I loved the ecological wine. Come early as it is very popular during Spanish dinner time.
  • Location: 9 / Food: 9 / Price: €€€

The Barcelona Feeling Aguaribay