Barcelona,  Culture,  Spain

Hello from Across the Water!

I’m incredibly excited and slightly nervous (especially after my fiancé said I would get bullied because of it), to introduce you to Across the Water, yet another blog about travel, food, cava, and all things nice! 

Let’s get started by answering some questions you may have.

Who are you?

I’m Chelsea, a vanilla-flavoured 27 year old English lass and what the Spanish would definitely call a “guiri”,(more on that later). A travel enthusiast, foreign languages lover, and wannabe cava connoisseur who always tries to look on the positive side of life, in my spare time I can be found discovering new beaches, scouring my adoptive city of Barcelona for the best bars and vegetarian eateries, performing in samba parades and investigating hidden corners of this ancient port city.

Why are you writing a blog?

I’ve always loved travelling, and as I’m sure you’ll agree, the best experiences are often the result of having insider knowledge. Whether in Brazil, Vietnam, Germany or Ghana, I believe getting genuine advice from a real person, amongst other benefits, prevents you from stepping barefoot into human feces on railway tracks or waking up with cockroaches encrusted into your back (again, more on that later).

The second objective of writing this blog is to get out of my comfort zone. I’ve always enjoyed writing and keeping a diary but the thought of sharing what I’ve written with others is daunting. By making this blog public, I’m committing to putting myself out there on a weekly basis, improving my writing skills and checking out what the world has to offer come rain or shine. I am trying to add some spice to my vanilla. Cinnamon, perhaps.

What can I expect from this blog?

A weekly post every Sunday on topics such as:

  • Barcelona – I aim to explain Barcelona and all its haunts and particularities through the lens of an English guiri trying to a) understand Catalan b) understand the Catalan and c) generally have a great time eating, drinking and seeing all-round awesome things.
  • Moving Abroad – Practical advice about the formalities and realities of moving to another country. (Hint: if you think you might want to do it, you should definitely do it.)
  • Travel – Features on destinations beyond Barcelona-performing in Rio Carnival wearing some very questionable outfits and travelling to Swiss cow festivals for example.
  • Culture – Observations about some of the interesting differences between UK culture and further afield.

Why should I read this blog?

Read my blog to: 

  • Gain insider tips about the best things to do/eat/drink in Barcelona and beyond, helping you get the most out of your travel plans or home city.
  • Get practial advice about moving to Spain, or abroad in general
  • Be surprised and have a laugh about cultural differences, challenges and the sometimes absurd and hilarious moments that arise from living overseas.

If you are still reading, congratulations! And thank you.

If any of that has piqued your interest then please stay tuned for weekly instalments from Across the Water. Click here to read this week’s first post on the Top 5 Beaches Near Barcelona. And please don’t bully me in the comments section as predicted! Or perhaps do, if it’s that bad… 

Sending you positivity and sunshine from Barcelona, and I hope you have a great day!

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    • h2omonkey

      Very good question Tom! So champagne and cava are both sparkling wines and are produced using the same method, however only winemakers in the Champagne region of France may legally label their product “champagne” due to geographical protection. All champagne comes from the Champagne region of France and 95% of all cava is produced in Catalunya so that’s one difference.

      Interesting fact: The word cava means “wine cellar” in Spanish as well as the drink itself. “La cava” meaning “wine cellar” is feminine and the drink “el cava” is masculine.

      Another difference would be the grape varieties, as both use grapes autochthonous to their respective region (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in Champagne for example and Macabeu and Xarello in Catalunya).

      Honestly though, I think the biggest difference is not so much the taste, which is a result of the different grape varities used, but the price. Champagne is much more expensive than its humble Catalan cousin, mainly due to the prestige and glamour associated with champagne.

      I think Catalunya could really market cava more. I would happily be an ambassador!

      If you’re interested in cava, keep your eyes peeled for my article about the best cava vineyards to visit in Catalunya which I’ll be publishing in September just in time for the harvest season 🙂 .

      Hope that answers your question for now.

  • respain

    Having just bought a property in Ontinyent, Barcelona is on our list of places to spend time exploring so it would be good to get some ‘insider info’ and hints and tips about the city.
    Our move is not permanent yet but we are spending more and more time there in preparation for the permanent move in a couple of years. Work dictates at the moment.

    • h2omonkey

      Yes, you must spend time in Barcelona. It’s a fantastic city with no shortage of things to do/see/eat/drink. Also, well done for making the jump to move to Spain! You won’t regret it. I’ve been here for almost 4 years now and every weekend I still feel like I’m on holiday 😀

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