Following Tokyo, Seoul was a second Asian metropolis where I had a chance to spend some time with a friend, who knows the city very well and can introduce me to local food or show me a variety of places that are not very obvious to a first-time visitor. As much as I love exploring on my own getting that insider perspective about the places is invaluable to me.
Hwa Jin and I share similar interests so it was extremely interesting for me to find out more about cultural scene in Seoul from someone, who is close to that creative energy on a regular basis through her playwriting and journalistic work. Continue Reading
The Bilbao effect
During my arts management studies the Bilbao effect was a leading topic of many lectures and the Guggenheim Museum used as one of the flagship examples of arts-led regeneration. I was intrigued by this transition from the industrial port city to the cultural magnet and I always wanted to find out how this academic hype measures up to the reality. At the beginning of June I finally had a chance to visit the capital of Vizcaya.
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
My trip to Valencia was a fairly spontaneous one as I made up my mind about visiting Spain’s third-largest city only few days before a long May bank holiday weekend. Luckily, this wonderful destination is only 3 hours away from Barcelona by train so once I booked my place at the Red Nest Hostel and packed my small backpack, I was ready to go!
The Plaza del Ayuntamiento
First impressions? Classy, colourful and architecturally stylish, especially in terms of decorations, their detail and finesse. Although Valencia shares some resemblance to Barcelona, a mix of old and modern buildings together with a relaxed atmosphere gives this city a slightly different energy with a lot of flair.
The New Village
When walking the streets of Poblenou you come across strong contrasts, interrupted vertical symmetry and a mixture of rough and smooth in relation to textures, structures and colours. The New Village, as the name of this area can be translated from Catalan, was once a town completely separate from Barcelona but as the city started to expand it became another neighbourhood bordering with the sea.
I have discovered Poblenou in my first days since I moved to Barcelona. I decided to avoid the crowds in Barceloneta and venture out a bit further than the Port Olimpic and the Bogatell beach. The Rambla del Poblenou with its small cafes and bars, tall trees providing a cooling shade and the decorative Modernista facades charmed me straight away. As soon as I left the lively Rambla and started walking down the wide streets of Poblenou it was clear to me that this area has much more to offer than great spots for a coffee or a bite to eat. It was the urban landscape filled with warehouses, factories and their chimneys that won over my heart.
Old factory in Poblenou