Life in Barcelona, Spain

Life is good here in Barcelona, Spain. After about three weeks, we’re finally feeling settled in here. Our typical daily activities include buying groceries, cooking, cleaning, and taking care of the kids.

As parents, things have really slowed down for us as the girls started their summer school last week. They’re in a local multilingual preschool (English, Spanish, and German) and are engaged in a lot of outdoor activities with excursions to the beach, zoo, museums, and nearby parks. They’ll be in this school for a total of three weeks, which should be a great experience for them, while also giving my wife and I a much needed break from four weeks of non-stop travel with them through Italy and Spain.


Outside of La Catedral

Barcelona is an amazing city with pretty much everything we need to feel at home. With great weather, beaches, shopping, and lots of dining options, what’s not to like about this city?! And the best thing about our life in Spain is that we live right in the heart of the city center, in the Gothic Quarter, near all the shopping and landmarks of the city. It’s been really convenient to walk everywhere, especially with the kids.

Some highlights of our first few weeks include:

  1. Sant Joan Festival: To mark the beginning of the summer, we got to watch giant puppets dancing, a human tower, and the lighting of the bonfire.DSC04053
  2. Visiting the Palau de la Musica: For International Music Day, we got a complimentary visit to the beautiful opera house to watch and listen to some different opera and choir performances.DSC03897
  3. LGBT Pride Parade: It was a fun afternoon of music, costumes, rainbows, and lots of crazy, surprising stuff.DSC04207
  4. Museum Hopping: Museums aren’t the girls preferred places to visit, but when they’re free, we opt to take them anyway. Every Sunday afternoon after 3pm, all the municipal museums offer free entrance. We’ve been able to visit the Picasso Museum, World Cultures Museum, History of Barcelona Museum, and the National Museum so far.


    The girls doing their butterfly impression outside one of the museums we visited.

  5. Slow Days at the Beach: We’re a short bus ride away from the La Barcoleneta beach. The girls really enjoy the beach and can spend hours playing in the sand and the water.
  6. Shopping: Summer is the time for all the big sales and my wife has enjoyed going to all her favorite stores. I, on the other hand, have done a lot of waiting and reading on my iPhone. 🙂

    La Sagrada Familia


    Jumping fun at one of the local markets

Next stop is Paris, France in a couple of weeks. Looks like some fortunate timing will allow us to see the last stage of the Tour-de-France in Paris, so I’m looking forward to that.

But for now, we’re focused on enjoying the time that we have left here in Barcelona. After a few weeks here, it’s easy to forget how fortunate we are to be here in this beautiful city, so we’re going to savor every moment that we can.

Cliff Hsia is a writer, husband, and father, who is determined to live a better than normal life by traveling the world, slowly and purposefully, with his wife and two young daughters. His writing has been featured on MSN, TODAY, The Huffington Post, The Good Men Project, and other publications. He writes about travel, parenting, and lifestyle design.

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  • Liza Zenit

    How inspiring! Thank you for sharing!