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The Sardana

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The Sardana is a traditional Catalan dance. Danced in a circle, the origins remains unclear. Some report it began in the 16th Century, others say it rose to popularity by tne end of the 19th Century.

In 2010, the Generalitat de Catalunya added the sardana to the Catàleg del Patrimoni Festiu de Catalunya.


Written by Paulo Loreto

August 26, 2012 at 6:35 PM

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

Vichy Catalan

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An over 125 year old tradition of promoting health is underlined by the philosophy “to be the point at which nature and people come together.”

The first bottling plant was founded in 1889.

Beyond the expected benefits of water, it is said Vichy Catalan can help control cholesterol.

This photo was taken at Despaña, a Spanish food shop and café in New York City.

Written by Paulo Loreto

June 25, 2012 at 4:56 AM


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A Catalan tradition that happens between the end of Winter and April. A variety of green onion, called Calçots, are consumed by the masses. Typically accompanied by a salvitxada or romesco sauce, the calçots are barbequed and enjoyed with red wine or cava.

This calçotada took place in New York City, at a restaurant called Boqueria.

Written by Paulo Loreto

May 26, 2012 at 10:20 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


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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


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Wandering the streets of Barcelona in the morning, the quiet nature of an early Saturday brings some discoveries when finding new streets and pathways to follow.  A desolate street near the site of the Mercat del Born, politically charged graffiti found its place on a storefront cover.

"Free Catalan Political Prisoners"










Daily reminders arise everyday, in Barcelona, of the on-going conflict between Catalonia and Spain.

Written by Paulo Loreto

August 12, 2011 at 9:33 PM