Few nights ago, while talking to my friend Tani, I realized that on June 11th 10 years ago I arrived Barcelona with a suitcase, ready to start a new life in this city. Time goes so fast! It’s unbelievable!
The main reason for moving to a big city was that I needed to live in a more musical and cultural scene, looking for something resembling my experience in London, but this time being an adult and with some lessons already learnt. I had been working for a toy store chain for 2 years already in my hometown, and had requested a position in Barcelona, which took some time, but was firm. It was great this happened at the right time, when I was recovering from my 10 year relationship breakup, so I had new horizon ahead and cool expectations, so as the willing to have fun and live new experiences.
As with every change, the beginning wasn’t 100% easy. I had a couple of incidences with some people until I found a decent place to settle, but I remember that summer as one of the funniest and craziest ones.
Sometimes I think of the reason why I chose Barcelona instead of Madrid, and the only certain explanation is that I knew the city and how to handle living in it, and I got friends. Plus it was a time I used to go to the beach. Not anymore. I don’t regret my choice either, but it’s curious how friends change depending on the kind of live you carry out and most of the close ones back then have disappeared, except for Jaume, one of my main pillars.
Let’s start with the result of a quick brainstorming related to ramdon personal facts:
1. When I arrived it was taking place the Universal Forum of cultures. I never visited it. I’ve been in the place attending festivals afterwards.
2. First series I watched on TV was Falcon Crest.
3. I moved 6 times. Sant Antoni, the current hood I’m living in, is becoming quite fashionable. I love this area anyway.
4. I lived with a hooker for one month. She never admitted her activities, but there were lots of signs which which proved it.
5. I’ve had 7 different employments and spent 6 months unemployed.
6. I must have attended approx. 600 shows. Wish they had been more.
7. I rarely speak Catalan no matter I studied this language at college in my hometown.
8. I hate the popular fests in the city. I hate national popular fests anyway.
9. I don’t have a favorite bar nor restaurant here.
10. The fact that they don’t serve free bread without requesting when having papas bravas or any other tapas still pisses me off. A lot.
11. I met some of my best friends during these 10 years.
12. It’s been said Barcelona people are close and cold, and it’s true, however I’ve never felt aside or rejected. Completely the opposite.
13. I don’t discuss about politics and even less about independence of Catalonia with anyone.
14. I support any soccer team but Barça just to break balls.
15. I hate humidity. Don’t get used to summer weather.
Will I celebrate another 10 years in this city? Who knows. Right now I’d say yes without hesitating thinking of the kind of life I have, but you never know. Truth is that Barcelona has lost lots of its essence and charm on behalf of becoming one of the most touristic places in the country and in the world, so lots of business, commodities and services have focused on this money target, so the locals are getting more and more disappointed.