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from The Huffington Post

Christmas Celebrations Around The World

Athletes leap into the Mediterranean sea as they take part in the Copa Nadal in the northern Spanish port of Barcelona, Spain. The Copa Nadal (Christmas Cup) is a traditional swimming competition that takes place in Barcelona every December 25th, where participants swim 200 meters in the open sea in the port of Barcelona. (AP Photo/Emiliio Morenatti)

Expat Bloggers in #Spain are a fabulous resource for planning life abroad from Andalusia to Barcelona http://www.blogexpat.com/en/dir/spain.htm

from the Guardian

24 hours in pictures

24 Hours: The Sagrada Família in Barcelona, Spain, is illuminated during the Ode à la Vie light show

Home Exchange > Spain - Cataluna > Sant Cugat Del Valles. HomeExchange Destination wanted: Open to offers throughout the year but particularly would like to swap for a home in Hertfordshire over the Christmas holidays. About #HomeExchange Owners: We are a young English family living in Barcelona looking to travel without too much expense and visit family in the UK.

from the Guardian

Cheap tapas bars in Barcelona

Bar-celona … some Barcelona bars are offering a caña of beer or small glass of wine with a tapa for just €2. Photograph: Ace Stock Limited/A...

*** Cervecería Catalana {FAVOURITE & right around the corner of my old flat} Address : 236 Mallorca y Rambla de Catalunya Zip code : 08008 City : Barcelona - Spain Area : Eixample right Opening hours : From Monday to Friday from 8ham to 1:30am. Saturday and Sunday they open at 9ham. Closed for Christmas. Prices : 20€ Phone : +34 932 160 368 Metro/Bus : Metro: L3 Passeig de Gràcia [when you arrive you MUST go inside & see the waiter to put your name on the list. do not just…

from MyRecipes

Barcelona Hot Chocolate

Barcelona Espresso Hot Chocolate _ The combination of hot chocolate and espresso is enjoyed in Spain and throughout Europe. This version shows off the chocolate with a hint of orange and isn't as sweet as traditional American-style cocoa drinks.

from Passport & Plates

The Best Alternative Travel Sites You Aren't Using - Passport and Plates

A collection of some great travel sites that help you get a taste of local living and experiences. Click to read the best travel sites you aren't using!