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September 29, 2006

Finding a Home/In Barcelone (imagine the letter rhyme)

Barrí GotícOne of the first new words I learned upon arrival here is piso, which means flat.

Everyone around me is looking for something, people go on inspection visits, time after time. Every single time something is not right. The alquiler (rent) may be way too high (around 300-400 euros, which is – don´t be snobby you Brits and Skandinavians – a major chunk out of an average European and especially Spanish budget). The flat lacks windows. Housemates or the landlord may suck. Or the location may be way out of the centre.

Take, for example, Poblenou, a great barrio (neighbourhood) on the coast. Anything further away than there is pretty much undoable, as travelling from there to uni (out of the city) already takes between an hour and 1,5 hours.

So, my brain started to grind, dust from the summer came off. I slowly started to realise I´d better start looking around for something after the 1st of December when I get kicked out of my campus piso.

A friend of mine lives in the very heart of the centre, a sidestreet of the famous Ramblas. It was weekend so I stayed at his place to avoid having to take a nightbus every night. I found out one housemate is leaving the flat, the city, the country, the continent from the 1st of December. Something clicked in my brain. The rent is really quite low and the housemates are all great guys who have a nice atmosphere going. In short – everybody, exhausted from looking around, wanted his place.

And then, after the weekend, I was invited to come and live with them. It´s unfair to the rest and just very lucky, but I´m moving into Barcelona´s very city centre, the Barrí Gotíc. Looking something like the photo posted along with these words. Click on it to enlarge.


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