Tourists & Andorrans

There are four kinds of foreigners in Barcelona: tourists, guiris, immigrants and Andorrans. The first are just visiting, so they sightsee. The second are foreigners…

Mediocrity in the Middle

A Barcelona guidebook once asked me to review every museum in the city, large or small, prominent or obscure. This atypical experience (as guidebooks are…

Dusk Glow in Winter

There are only two good things about ending Daylight Saving Time and going back to Standard, where the days are shorter and the nights are…

Why do we have to run?

Every society does irrational things unthinkingly, holding them dear and stubbornly refusing to change. When they are big things, like sending armies off to war…

At Home in This Residential Orgy

Barcelona is a dense accumulation of small apartments, organized into over-height apartment buildings, crammed into each available centimetre of every city block. Nothing better describes…