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March 2021
  • How enjoy Barcelona during spring time

    All secrets you need to know as a student to enjoy Barcelona in the best way in spring

     Barcelona is a fantastic city at any time of the year and we are very sure about that.  However, one of the most magical seasons and with many plans to do here is, definitely with the arrival of the spring in Barcelona and all involve for residents and tourists.

    And it is that this period feels very well the Catalan capital in all aspects, filling gardens and parks with color, bringing happiness to its inhabitants and, especially, offering a wide rage of cultural and entertainment proposals to enjoy the best and true charm of Barcelona.

    For this reason, today at TheLofttown we share with you an interesting post where we explain how enjoy Barcelona in spring with all interesting plans that you can choose, as in the city as around with the arrival of this magical station. Do you want know more? Welcome to our blog #TheLofttowner!

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    A different year

    Although we live in an atypical time due to Covid-19 and the restrictions of the authorities that greatly limit the actions and events in the city, if you are a student and you are already settled in Barcelona you can always find fantastic ideas on how to enjoy the most of the city, especially with the arrival of spring.

    From religious events, such as events for Holy Week, concerts with limited capacity, the wide beaches facing the Mediterranean, passing through the Sant Jordi Day among other artistic and cultural attractions, Barcelona always offers you a splendid way to get out of it. the most out of your academic stay.

    Therefore, here are some examples of what you can do during your stay as a student in Barcelona now that this wonderful season is about to begin. Take note!

    Easter in Barcelona

    Regardless of your personal religious beliefs, it is honestly worth experiencing Holy Week in Barcelona. And it is that the religious traditions in the Catalan capital are full of several surprises that will not leave you indifferent, such as the ancestral celebration of Palm Sunday and the holidays that offer several options that you should write down in your agenda.

    In the same way, in Barcelona the traditional Burreta is celebrated, which is an authentic procession of the city that runs through all the streets of the center. In turn, there are also other processions that you should also know, especially when it is Good Friday, which take place in the main neighborhoods of the city center, such as Born, Gótic and Barceloneta.

    In Barcelona, ​​both Good Friday and Resurrection Monday are festive, also known as Easter Monday, which is celebrated with a classic Catalan and Mediterranean pastry dessert such as Easter mona and you should enjoy it because it is delicious.

    International Comic Fair

    April is a month when the weather is already very welcome in Barcelona. Meanwhile, the city is filled with various types of international events, that although the pandemic has changed the way they are held, the essence of these events still persists.

    One of those emblematic events is the International Comic Fair that has been held since 1981 in the city during the second weekend of April at the Fira de Montjuic, where the most important exponents of the world of comic gather together with many fans of the comic. If you want to go back to your childhood and fill your spring with color and adventures, this event is your best choice

    Sant Jordi, the festival of the rose and the book

    Barcelona has an authentic celebration recognized worldwide, we are referring to Sant Jordi, patron saint of Catalunya and which also coincides with International Book Day. This day is perhaps one of the most magical in the city because two great reasons come together for people to fill the streets of Barcelona with books and roses, thus highlighting the spirit of the city everywhere.

    However, in a normal year all the streets of the center of Barcelona are paralyzed with this special celebration in each of its corners. However, being still in the pandemic and with the congregations of people restricted as a precaution, the city always proposes a different way of experiencing Sant Jordi that we are sure you will also be able to enjoy.

    The Monastery of Montserrat

    And when Sant Jordi ends, it is the turn to celebrate the day of the Virgin of Montserrat, also known as the Moreneta, patron saint of Catalunya. If you have a free day, we recommend visiting the Montserrat monastery located one hour from the city, where you will live a wonderful getaway to a beautiful monastery installed in the middle of the mountain, where nature with its splendid geological formations and the magic of the architecture of This enclave will make you enjoy a formidable experience during your stay in Barcelona.

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    Girona, time of flowers

    In Barcelona you can find practically everything you need to enjoy spring. However, if you want to expand your cultural plans, you can travel outside the Catalan capital to learn more about Catalan culture in all its splendor.

    One of those destinations that never go unnoticed is the city of Girona. Located about 100 kilometers north of Barcelona, ​​it is characterized by the fact that in spring its old town is covered by endless floral compositions during the month of May that adorn the buildings in a fantastic way. A mix of colors, aromas and a good atmosphere that will make you enjoy this beautiful city to the fullest and disconnect a bit from the hectic pace of Barcelona.

    The museum night

    Barcelona has a wide variety of museums throughout the city, making it one of the cities with the most cultural life in Europe. If you are a lover of art and history, you should know that every year on the second Saturday of May you can access all the museums totally free of charge and at night from 7:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

    This event brings together many people each year who seek a different and, above all, free alternative to enjoy the artistic and historical wonders of the city.

    Bikini season on the beach

    In Barcelona you can enjoy a good climate throughout the year. But if there is a time when the beaches begin to fill with bathers, outdoor sports and people having picnics with friends, this is undoubtedly spring.

    Therefore, we recommend that you take a walk through all the beaches that the city offers, as well as those that are outside it. Remember that just 30 minutes away, either north or south of Catalunya, you can find fantastic beaches to go on excursions and enjoy with family or friends.

    Music festivals

    Although this year we still continue with restrictions that affect major musical events, Barcelona still has a wide range of concerts with limited capacity throughout the city.

    You will find these festivals for all tastes and audiences almost daily. Before the pandemic, Primavera Sound as well as Sónar were internationally renowned international festivals that were associated with Barcelona and with the arrival of spring, macro events that marked a before and after in the year.

    Therefore, until this normality returns to our lives, we recommend that you continue enjoying everything the city has to offer through these small musical events.

    Sant Joan, the shortest night of the year

    Everything comes to an end and so does spring. And what better way to close it with a flourish than with the magical night of Sant Joan, also known as the shortest night of the year and which becomes the official start of summer, a season that we will talk about later in another. post giving you many tips so you can fully enjoy it.

    During the night of Sant Joan, which is celebrated on June 23, the city is filled with pyrotechnic fires that fill the Barcelona sky with color and with joy to the city and its inhabitants.

    With this post today we hope you have learned much more about how to enjoy Barcelona in spring. And remember that if you are determined to move to the Catalan capital, you can always count on our university residence so that your stay in Barcelona becomes a splendid experience that you will never forget in life.

    We hope to see you in Barcelona soon and that you become a new #TheLoftowner!

    We also invite you to follow us on Facebook and Instagram so that you are always up to date with the latest promotions and news in our university residence.

    Have an excellent day!

     

  • How to find university internships in Barcelona

    All the information you need to know for university internships in Barcelona


    However, to do this, you need few requirements that you must take in consideration the respective academic credits approved at your university of origin. In the Catalan capital there are many companies that can give an opportunity to young foreigners, who want to become professionals and who are 100% sure of their possibilities.

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    Chemistry Laboratory.

    Remember without the practical part, if you study only theory is insufficient to develop you as a professional worker. Especially if you want to improve yourself in Barcelona, one of the cities with more competition between professionals from all sectors. Therefore, we recommend you to value all the advantages of university internships in prestigious companies because they will enrich your curriculum and also provide you lots contacts in your professional profile.

    How to find internships in Barcelona?



    Depending on your professional area there are many online portals where you can find what you are looking for. In this sense, we suggesting you consult popular websites such as Domestika, Infojobs, Welcome To The Jungle, First Job or Linkedin.

    Here you will find more than 25000 companies can offer you various options for internships and in some cases even remunerated, depending on the field of your profession. This is the easiest and quickest way to look for internships in companies that publish daily many opportunities for young students who do not yet have experience.

     

    Ask information at your school


    Remember that all universities have a job exchange offers and a lot of internship for their students. Therefore, the first step is always to go to your faculty in order to speak with the human resources, because they are the perfect intermediaries between students and companies.


    It is also important that you check your university agreements with companies. Our recommendation is that you get advice from those responsible for the internship program, because they will have all the information you need to find a best practice for your needs and preferences.

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    Connects directly with businesses companies

    If you’re looking for an opportunity, don’t wait for it. Therefore, we recommend you, go and follow your goals and put all your enthusiasm. Firstly, organize a good curriculum describes completely you and can also take into consideration on human resources managers.


    Then, check the companies websites in which you are interested and contact them with a message that captures their attention so they can think about in the future as a real candidate to be part of their company. Remember that you must be very persevering in your research and you will find the success you so much desire.

     

    Research on scholarships and helping programs

    If you something more than a conventional professional internship we suggesting you to investigate also about the different scholarships offered by private institutions, which are characterized by providing the opportunity for professional internships outside Spain and even for longer periods than normal, both for national and foreign students. These typology of scholarships normally cover all travel and expenses so you can do your internship with all the necessary amenities.

    With this post today we hope you have learned a lot more about how to find university internships in Barcelona. And remember that if you are sure to move to the Catalan capital, you can always contact our university residence so that your time in Barcelona becomes an unforgettable experience.

    We look forward to seeing you soon as a new #TheLoftowner member!

    We also invite you to follow us on Facebook and Instagram, you are always update with the latest promotions and news in our university residence.

    Have a great day!

  • The importance of good nutrition when you are a student

    Everything you need to know about the importance of a healthy diet that helps you to be full concentration in your performance when you’re a student


    To be a student requires have nice physical and mental health. Therefore, eat well becomes a great guarantee to always obtain a good academic performance. For that reason, today at The Lofttown we share a post dedicated exclusively to the importance of having a regular nutrition when you are a student.

    Want to know more?

    What is a good diet?


    Remember the time you spend to attend classes, study, prepare for exams, meet with other colleagues, involves to lose energy during lunch time. In this sense, meals are also reduced, especially among young students who prioritize their social life to respect their schedules for a good nutrition.

    In the other way, they prefer to eat anything without considering the place and what they are eating. For this reason, the ideal thing is that you take your time to eat with calm and always at your hours so that you never affect your body.

     

    Tips for Eating Well

    Our body is our temple. Therefore, keep in mind that your body is not a machine to just full it when you want and how you want. Therefore, if you want your body works well as your mind to be in full condition, it is important to take your nutrition seriously, as this way you ensure optimal academic performance. Next, we suggest you how to follow a healthy alimentation in your day by day:

    Have breakfast like a king


    You have to know the most important meal for a student is breakfast. That’s why is recommended to start the day with the best balanced and nutrient-rich diet will help you get full energy to face up you day.

    Forget about the fast food


    A healthy diet doesn’t connect with fast food or a sedentary life at the same time. In that sense, a healthy mind in a healthy body is only possible with a nice alimentation rich in fruits and vegetables, in addition to all the nutritional foods such as meats and fish. We know that when you are a student sometimes there is not much time to cook every day at home or at your student’s residence; however, we recommend you always try to eat well and if possible, in places where there is quality and healthy food. Remember fast food will only affect your health and performance.

    How TO learn to cook

    When you are young be creative is almost normal. And that’s why we recommend you also practice it also in the kitchen, as this way you can always eat as you like with own pace and taste. The essential thing is you get to know your body and your needs.

    Cooking for yourself is always a good pleasure and much better if you do it sharing moments with your colleagues at the university or in residence. Therefore, could be nice for you learn some simple and healthy recipes so you can change your daily menu and not always have to eat outside your residence.

    Respect your schedule

     

    Just as with your academic schedules, you should also organize diary schedule for your meals. Ideally, never skip any meals time because at the end it can affect your academic performance, your concentration and generating more hunger and anxiety than you imagine. Our recommendation is you always prioritize your lunch hours over all things, and then can you have a better quality of your style life.

    With this post today we hope you have learned more about the importance of good nutrition when you are a student. Remind that in our university residence we have an excellent restaurant service and we only offer you healthy and balanced meals to make more comfortable your stay in Barcelona and you only have to worry about studying and enjoying the city.

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    Have a great day!

     

  • Tips for Erasmus students in Barcelona

    All the tips you should know if you are an Erasmus student in Barcelona

    Hello Erasmus friends in Barcelona. Are you new in town? Here is an interesting post with all the essential information you need to know so that you can enjoy your stay in the city to the fullest.

    ¿You want to come with us? Continue reading!

    Once you have already been accepted to a Catalan university and you have all the documentation, the great time has come for you to take the first step in your new adventure in Barcelona. We refer to your move to the Catalan capital and all the aspects that this have

    Remember that here you will live in one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Europe and you will find a great variety of cultures in one place. However, for your adaptation, it is important that you know some particular details of the city so that you are prepared for certain daily situations that we will explain below:

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    A new language

    In Barcelona, ​​people speak all the languages ​​you can imagine, since it is a city where many nationalities from all continents converge. However, you should know that the official language here is Catalan, which coexists perfectly with Spanish, since they belong to the same linguistic family and, in general, local people are bilingual and will have no problem speaking to you in any of these two languages.

    For Spanish-speaking students, especially those who come from Latin American countries, the switch to the Catalan language will not be very complicated, since there is a great resemblance to Spanish. But if you are from a country where Spanish is not the mother tongue, the situation changes significantly. Our recommendation is that you adapt as much as possible to the language so that you do not have coexistence problems. Remember also that universities often give free Catalan courses to their foreign students.

    Catalan customs

    Every city in the world has its own customs and Barcelona is no exception. Here, for example, shops close at noon, dinner is eaten very late at night and when you go to a restaurant tips are not mandatory. If you really want to adapt to the city, it is necessary that you also adapt to its customs, which are many. Our recommendation is that you become a circle of local friends so that you fully immerse yourself in authentic Barcelona life.

    Get around town

    Barcelona is one of the best cities in Europe when we talk about connections and public transport. It does not matter in which part of the city you live because you will always find an easy way to get around, it can be by bus, metro, tram and also the bicing service, which has thousands of exclusive lanes for people who opt for a more sustainable mobility.

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     Interesting neighborhoods to live

    In Barcelona, you will find neighborhoods for all tastes. If what you are looking for is a bohemian life close to all the bars and restaurants in the city, the Gothic and the Born are your perfect option, since they are located in the heart of the city and have all the services you need to make your much more comfortable life. Of course, we remind you that here the noise and the passing of tourists will be your company every day.

    On the other hand, if what you are looking for is a complete connection with the sea and the maritime spirit, Barceloneta is your neighborhood for excellence. In the heart of the city, this centenary neighborhood has all the magic of being located in a port, with very authentic shops, bars and restaurants where all cultures come together in perfect harmony. However, we remind you that here you will also live with tourism and the size of the flats are very small.

    Finally, if what you are looking for is a bit of peace next to a more residential neighborhood, l’Eixample, Poble Nou and Sant Antoni will be your best option. Here the flats are much larger and are characterized by being less noisy compared to the more central neighborhoods. In addition, they are also very well-connected and have all the essential services for your comfort.

    Where to eat in Barcelona

    The Catalan capital is characterized by offering a wide variety of restaurants for all tastes and budgets. In that sense, foreign students will be able to find all kinds of places with food from all over the world at a price that is quite affordable for their pockets.

    The options go from traditional Catalan and Spanish food, Latin American and Asian restaurants, fast food, tapas, pizzerias and many more options. The secret is to explore the city to find that culinary corner that completely satisfies your palate without affecting your budget too much.

    With today’s post we hope you have learned a little more about the secrets of the city of Barcelona. If you are already in the process of moving here, remember that you can always count on our university residence so that your stay in Barcelona becomes the best experience of your life.

    Do you want to be a new #TheLoftowner?

    We invite you to follow us on Facebook and Instagram so that you are always up date with the latest promotions and news in our university residence.

    Have a good day!

     

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