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Pumpkin Oatmeal

Recent pumpkin projects leave you with an odd amount of leftover pumpkin puree lingering in the can? Time to make Pumpkin Oatmeal! This recipe makes two tidy servings, you can cook it on your stove, in your microwave, or even turn it into cold pumpkin overnight oats in your refrigerator, and it is spiced just […]

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Great Alternative Bars in Raval, Barcelona

This blog looks to introduce you to alternative bars in the neighbourhood of El Raval that the average tourist would never see.

The aim being that you can mix with locals in environments that welcome people from all walks of life. These reccommendations are for open-minded people that are searching for unique experiences when they walk into a bar, here in Barcelona.

 

Here are 5 great alternative bars in Raval, Barcelona

33/45

33/45 is one of the most intruiging bars you can see in Barcelona, situated on Carrer de Joaquín Costa, this neon lit bar is full of quirky furniture and offers visitors a chance to have a new bar experience. Offering reasonably priced drinks, the bar offers itself to expressive people that do not take themselves too seriously.

Opening every evening until around 2 am (except for midnight on Sundays), 33/45 is an ideal option to anyone wanting to keep the party going around El Raval. This sociable and relaxed environment is encaptured with the unique decoration it has to offer. 

Getting there:

This bar is located at Carrer de Joaquín Costa, 4.

Metro: Liceau (L3), an 8 minute walk / San Antoni (L2) a 5 minute walk

 

Madame Jasmine

Madame Jasmine follows as another alternative bar on offer in El Raval. It is seen as a busy and lively bar that is known for its friendly staff, unusual decoration and for being LGBTQ+ friendly. If you go here with an open-mind you will definitely leave with many great experiences to make your time in Barcelona one to remember! 

Opening from 6:30pm until 3:00am you will be able to visit at a time that suits you best. Places like this show why the locals of Barcelona and El Raval love to party!

Getting there:

This bar is located at Rambla del Raval, 22.

Metro: Para-lel (L2 and L3), a 7 minute walk / Drassens (L3), also a 7 minute walk

 

Nevermind

Nevermind is located slightly North of El Raval and is also known for its decoration, as well as its skater-image. Offering itself to skateboard and Street-wear fans alike in a way that stands out from normal bars or pubs in the city. Being located in a close proximity to Plaza Catalunya makes it extremely accessible, which is good to know considering it is open until 2:30 everyday and 3am on Fridays and Saturdays.

Like to two bars mentioned beforehand, customer experiences speak highly of the staff and the drinks prices alike.

Being situated 5 minutes walking from the Universitat de Barcelona means it attracts many students and young people looking to enjoy themselves on an evening.

Getting there:

This bar is located at Carrer dels Tallers, 68.

Metro: Universitat (L1 and L2), a 3 minute walk / Plaça de Catalunya (L1, L3, L6 and L7), a 7 minute walk

 

Big Bang Bar

The Big Bang Bar is found on Carrer d'En Botella, El Raval. At first glance, this small bar seems to go under the radar and does not immediately jump out to the usual pedestrian. However, you´re not just a usual pedestrian, you are becoming trained in finding these kind of gems in El Raval.

Once you enter the Big Bang, the black and white tiles on the floor combined with the wooden bar take you back in time and gain your full attention. With live music the norm here, this bar converts itself into a very intimate gig that you can enjoy with your partner, friends or family. The dark lighting is pierced with bright lights that really set the ambience as the evening draws in.

An ideal location for a drink at night as it is open from around 9pm until around 2:30 am most evenings, being closed Mondays and Tuesdays. We would urge anyone who enjoys live music with great drinks to visit here.

Getting there:

This bar is located at Carrer d'En Botella, 7.

Metro: Liceu (L3), a 9 minute walk / San Antoni (L2), a 5 minute walk

 

Centric Bar

Lastly, the Centric Bar is the most traditional option of the 5 bars, offering cheap tapas and a very wide range of drinks for you to enjoy in a very sleek and rustic setting. Opening from 8 am (9am Fridays and Saturdays) and closing between 1-2am everyday, this choice enables you to enjoy breakfasts and lunches, as well as tapas and evening meals. 

It is worth noting that the compact design of the bar means that it gets busy quickly here, especially around midday as the lunchtime rush ensues. Despite that, this bar is also reasonably priced and well-staffed to ensure you have a great time.

Getting there:

This bar is located on Carrer de les Ramelleres, 27.

Metro: Universitat (L1 and L2), a 4 minute walk / Plaça de Catalunya (L1, L3, L6 and L7), a 5 minute walk

 

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The Story Is in the Pictures

Learning from the Past
My university is allowing me to attempt an AT thru-hike if I can directly tie it to the research I conduct as a professor. Some of the research that I’ll conduct aims to understand people’s lived experiences. This kind of research not only reports what people say, but creates meaning from the stories in a way that connects with people or uses theory and philosophy to explain the story.
While preparing for my thru-hike and the research I’ll do during it, ...

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This Really Is Real Life

Officially Two-Thirds of the Way Completed!
I was telling my Nana that I was struggling trying to write another blog. She, being the trail-wise lady that she is now, threw out several good examples of stuff I could blog about that I have mentioned to her. Stuff like how mornings are so cold now. How water has been really scarce to come by and it’s only getting worse. How I’m two-thirds of the way through. It kind of clicked for me then. ...

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Sunny Moments, Cloudy Days, and Silver Linings on the Roller Coaster

Sunny Moments
When I was a competitive runner, I enjoyed a lot of modest success. In high school, I earned All-State and All-Conference honors as a runner. I was voted the MVP of the cross-country team three times, and was the third-fastest in my high school’s history. In college, my team won three straight conference titles, and I was even conference runner-up my sophomore year. Running was a big deal for me. It helped me stand out. ...

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Sunny Moments, Cloudy Days, and Silver Linings on the Rollercoaster

Sunny Moments
When I was a competitive runner, I enjoyed a lot of modest success. In high school, I earned All-State and All-Conference honors as a runner. I was voted the MVP the cross-country team three times, and was the third-fastest in my high school’s history. In college, my team won three-straight conference titles, and I was even conference runner-up my sophomore year. Running was a big deal for me. It helped me stand out. Even people who weren’t my friends recognized I was good at it. ...

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50 Shades of Graying

Or more precisely, 53 and graying…
Let’s start this adventure with an intro and a short, light-hearted post. I’m sure things are gonna get heavy (literally and figuratively) in the months to come.
Who’s that?
Your average mid-western, 50-something empty nester.  I somehow miraculously reared and sent two successful children out into the big, bad world.  Now is my time.  Granted, not the ideal time, given creeping menopause and weight gain, but my time nonetheless.  I “came out” to my family with this crazy idea a month ago, ...

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Walking Home: From Gorham, NH to Monson, ME

“Walking Home huh?”
Though I always responded with a chuckle and a nod, I resisted the near-overwhelming urge to roll my eyes.
From day one, I’ve been hearing the “walking home” comment from both locals and my fellow hikers. Sure, it was true; I was walking back to my home state after an extended time abroad. “Walking home” became so common on the trail that it nearly became my trail name (one I had swiftly rejected), ...

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Backcountry Recipes Ideal for a Thru-Hike

Fall is here, which means hiking season is fading into eating season. For those of us who will be dreaming of warmer trails and longer miles, it can be a difficult time of year. We hang up our short shorts and dad shirts for another day. As you turn inward this fall and winter and begin daydreaming about next spring—whether you’re hiking thru or merely wandering in the woods–remember, hiking season may soon be over, but hiker hunger is a year round endeavor. ...

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