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Barcelona Marathon

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The annual marathon around the Catalan capital started in 1978. The marathon route starts at the foot of Montjuïc, at the Plaça d’Espanya, it snakes around the city and comes back for the finish.

Both current winners are from Kenya; the women’s winner Emily Samoei is the current course record holder for women runners, finishing in 2:26:53.

Over 10,000 participants took part in the event that year.


Written by Paulo Loreto

June 28, 2012 at 6:34 AM

Protest in Barcelona

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Following news out of neighboring València of police brutality against student protests, individuals gathered in solidarity with the people of València. Students were protesting the federal government’s planned education cuts as part of the all-encompassing austerity plan in an effort to rescue Spain from economic calamity.

Crowds gathered before the Generalitat de Catalunya and soon began to march.

In València, 25 were arrested; but the real meat of the issue came out with several videos getting posted to the internet showing police beating and dragging protesters.

Protesters performed a short sit in on the Via Laietana.

Written by Paulo Loreto

March 11, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Café Bombón

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Popularized in València, Spain, a coffee treat with such rich texture and sweet taste, the Café Bombón has grown to international popularity. Found in different varieties across Europe and Asia, this style of coffee holds particular acclaim in Malaysia and Thailand.

The drink is traditionally prepared with espresso and condensed milk, in Asia, regular ground coffee is used instead of espresso.

Written by Paulo Loreto

March 9, 2012 at 9:03 AM

The Cascada

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Located in Barcelona’s Parc de la Ciutadella, the Cascada was first inaugurated in 1881, but without sculptures. A six year period, between 1882 and 1888, saw the fountain take its current form.

The structure was erected by Josep Fontsére.

Antoni Gaudi is said to have had some input in the structure's construction.

Written by Paulo Loreto

March 6, 2012 at 5:24 AM

The San Miguel Corporation

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In 1889, Filipino businessman Enrique de Ycaza was given a royal grant from Spain to brew beer in the Philippines.

Throughout the early 20th Century (and during the World War II era), the San Miguel Corporation, thanks to efforts by Andrés Soriano y Roxas, grew and diversified.

Upon Soriano’s death, the San Miguel Corporation was in the dairy, newspaper, radio station, and soft drink industries. They also held distributorships in the United States, Kenya, and Spain. The American distributorship brewed Lone Star Beer and Colt 45.

This eccentric beer tap can be found at the Sunset Lounge bar on the rooftop of the H10 Montcada in Barcelona, Spain.

Written by Paulo Loreto

November 28, 2011 at 8:21 AM


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Barcelona’s Bicing system is a public transport system in which the public can travel through the city in a more sustainable method. The bikes are accessible through a membership system where one subscribes online and receives a card that will allow them access to one of the numerous bicycle stands around the city.

Bicing is accessible to about 70% of the city.

Written by Paulo Loreto

October 8, 2011 at 10:52 AM

Wandering Discovery

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Leaving the Casino Barcelona and attempting to find a way back to the Plaça Catalunya was no easy feat on one’s first trip to Barcelona. After wandering through residential neighborhoods for about an hour, the site of an antique car show also lead the lost tourist to a landmark in the Catalan capital.

The brick and stone structure was built for the Exposición Universal de Barcelona













Built by Josep Vilaseca i Casanovas, Barcelona’s Arc de Triomf served as a magnificent backdrop for the day’s special event.

Written by Paulo Loreto

August 25, 2011 at 10:28 PM