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January 2023
  • The Second Semester Begins

    Many will have already started the second semester, others still have a few days to enjoy the holidays until it begins.

    At Xior The Lofttown we also start a new semester, new people, new challenges, new objectives, as well as residents who have been with us since the first semester who are learning with us to live day to day outside their homes.

    Our residents have possibly gone through one of the most difficult moments: the adaptation period away from home. Therefore, if you are new and it is your first time away from home, we are going to give you a few tips to help you adapt to this situation:

    1. Avoid setting high expectations: Having high expectations depending on what, can lead to other problems, such as frustration or anxiety that they may not have been met. For this reason, sometimes it’s better not to have high expectations and to let yourself go with what happens to you on a daily basis. You can have goals as always in life, but if you do, you have to be clear that sometimes they don’t have to be fulfilled and nothing happens. This way you can avoid any type of stress and try the best possible way to deal with the situation.
    1. Learning the language of the place: Learning the language of the place where you’re going to live for a while is highly recommended, not only because it will be easier for you to communicate with the people who live there and you won’t have as many problems making new friends, but also because you will learn another language and could be very important for your professional future.
    1. Know more about the culture: A good way to adapt to the country or city that you are going to settle in for the first time is to find out a little about the place, what their customs are, if they have any local traditions, what are the typical foods, etc.
    1. Knowing and being aware of the reasons why we made the decision to leave home: You can make a list with the reasons why you decided to move, taking this into account, it can help you reach your destination in a calmer way.

    Once you arrive at your “new home” you can:

    1. Maintain a routine: You can start with new habits and turn it into a routine for your day-to-day life in your new home, or simply do everything you used to do at home now at the Xior The Lofttown.
    1. Creating or keeping your interests can be a good way to connect with what you had, it will make you not miss the way you lived before so much.
    1. Socializing with other people in order to make plans can be difficult at first, but if you live at Xior you can have it easier, since you can meet many people who are in the same situation as you.
    1. Knowing ourselves, if one day you feel like going out to do anything that your friends are not very keen on, you can make that plan with yourself, going out alone is a way to disconnect from everything that surrounds you, and learn to get to know you much more, the things you like or the things you prefer to do.

    Many times the changes are necessary and also hard, whether it’s to leave or to return home after a period away from it. From The Lofttown we hope that these tips can help you.

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  • Winter Wellness. How to Stay Healthy and Happy During the Cold Winter Months

    With winter comes colder, darker and shorter days, freezing temperatures, and gross germs. For that reason, today at The Lofttown, your student residence in Barcelona, we want to share with you some useful tips for winter wellness. These are simple things that you can start today and could actually do all year round.

    Stay Active

    It’s important to stay active during the winter to maintain good physical and mental health. Go for walks or runs outside (dressing in layers and wearing appropriate shoes is important), or find ways to stay active indoors, such as taking up a new exercise class or going for a walk in a shopping mall.

    Get Enough Sleep

    It’s easy to let your sleep schedule slip during the winter, but it’s important to make sure you’re getting enough rest. Set a consistent bedtime and try to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep per night. Share tips for improving sleep quality, such as creating a bedtime routine or reducing screens before bed.

    Eat A Healthy Diet

    It can be tempting to turn to comfort foods during the winter, but try to focus on eating a balanced diet that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Share recipes for soups, stews, and other comfort foods that are made with nutrient-dense ingredients.

    Stay Hydrated

    It’s easy to forget to drink enough water during the winter, especially if you’re spending a lot of time indoors , but hydration is important year-round. Make sure to drink plenty of water and other hydrating beverages.

    Stay Warm

    Make sure to dress in layers. Wearing layers traps heat between the layers and helps to regulate body temperature. Choose moisture-wicking materials for the base layer to help keep your skin dry, and add insulating layers on top. Also keep your home and workspace warm to help prevent colds and other illnesses.

    Get Some Sunlight

    Winter can be a gloomy time, but it’s important to get some natural sunlight to help boost your mood and energy levels. Try to get outside for at least a few minutes each day.

    Take Care Of Your Mental Health

    The shorter days and colder weather of winter can lead to feelings of sadness and loneliness. Try to practice self-care, such as setting aside time for hobbies and activities you enjoy, or seek support if you’re struggling with your mental health. It’s easy to get stressed during the winter, so make sure to take time for yourself to relax and recharge. You can also try activities like meditation, yoga, or taking a warm bath to help reduce stress and improve your overall well-being.

    Are You Ready to Spend the Winter with Us at Xior Lofttown?

    We hope that with these tips we shared with you today, you can be prepared for the winter of 2023.

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  • Three Kings Day!

    Today at Xior The Lofttown, your student residence, we tell you the whole story of Three Kings Day in Spain, while the preparations are finalized for its magical celebration. In Spain, the celebration of the Epiphany on January 6 is known as Three Kings Day.

    Three Kings Day commemorates the story of the three wise men who visited Jesus after his birth. According to the Bible, the wise men followed a star to Bethlehem, where they gave Jesus gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. This day celebrates the revelation of Jesus as the Son of God to the Gentiles, represented by the Magi.

    In many countries, Three Kings Day is a reason for family reunions, gift giving and religious celebrations. Children usually receive large gifts or sweets, and it is a tradition to buy or cook a “roscón de reyes” on this day. Many people also attend church on Three Kings Day, where they hear the story of the Magi and the birth of Jesus.


    In addition to gift-giving, Three Kings Day is also celebrated with parades and processions in honor of the three kings. Floats with actors dressed as kings usually participate in these parades, as well as live music and dance performances.

    History of the Cavalcade in Barcelona

    It is said that the first references to the presence of the Three Kings in Barcelona date back to the Corpus Christi processions of the 14th century. However, the first parades that were officially registered in the city date from the end of the 18th century, being held intermittently until the beginning of the 20th century.

    Later, during the first decades of the last century, the parade had a charitable focus in order to help the most needy in the city. Later, during the Civil War, the parade was interrupted until 1942 by order of the Barcelona City Council.

    Roscon de Reyes

    The Roscón de Reyes is the highlight of the Three Kings Day celebrations. This cake is shaped like an open circle, or crown, and contains candied fruit and dried fruit to represent the crown jewels of the Magi. This tradition requires that a small magician king be hidden inside the cake and a bean. Tradition says that whoever finds the bean has to pay the amount of the roscón, and if you find the king, you will enjoy a prosperous New Year.

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    We hope to see you very soon in Xior The Lofttown!

    Have an amazing year 2023!