thought it would be do fun to make a list of the things that are better here in Barcelona than at home in Finland, in my opinion of course. Finland being one of the most developed countries in the world it usually wins Spain in many things (economy, houses, salaries, being able to drink water from the tab, education system etc.)
, but there's something that makes me still want to live my life here. Some of them are little things and some of them bigger and more meaningful! I think this is the question that I get asked the most; why Barcelona?
Nail and hair growth.
I don't know why it is, but my nails and hair are in so much better condition in Barcelona than in Finland. My nails never chip here and they are thick and strong! And my hair feels fuller too, heheh.The mail system.
I've heard so much bad from Spain's mail system and how you shouldn't trust it, but I find that it works almost perfectly. As I am a big fan of buying stuff online I always have packages coming to my way and they have always found their way. And the deliveries come to my home (or usually at my work) with no extra charge. In Finland there have been some changes in the mail system I've heard, and things are getting lost etc. It didn't used to be like that, but lately people are getting sick of the system. And you have to go and pick your package from the mail office if you don't want to pay extra, and I don't.The sun.
Obviously! I don't think this needs any explanations? I need sun shine and light, and now that I'm used to them it seems impossible to think about living without them.The atmosphere.
The atmosphere in Barcelona is much more relaxed than in Finland. There's no pressure of having to accomplish things all the time. I find this so freeing.The "tomar algo" culture.
I can't find a proper translation to this. Basically it means going to have a drink, a coffee, water, wine or whatever you feel like while having social interactions. Sure people go out for drinks in Finland too and have coffee with friends, but it's usually something planned and if it refers alcohol it usually doesn't end with one or two. And the coffee costs you 1,50€ at most places, so you can afford it no matter the low salaries that we have here.People are more social.
I have many things that make me really a Finn (besides my heritage of course) but I do find that I'm more social than a basic Finn. Maybe that's why I feel more comfortable here than in Finland. Here it's nothing strange if you are talking with a stranger or with your neighbor, or say hello to people sitting in the text table in a restaurant. Actually it's rude if you don't say hello and bye to them.The architecture.
I love Finnish design and I'm a big fan of Iittala for example, but the architecture in Barcelona is amazing. There are beautiful and different buildings everywhere, pretty balconies and weird shapes and structures. And that's something pretty important and inspiring to a visual person like myself. There are some pretty houses and streets in Helsinki too, but in Kuopio it's all the same and pretty boring for my taste. Of course these pretty and old houses mean that usually they're old from the inside and things need fixing more often then in a newer house, so there's a different side to this too. But there are beautiful photo locations behind every corner, a big plus if you have a blog, hahah.Colors.
There are colors everywhere, in the buildings, in the way people dress, in the interior designs etc. And I find it so inspiring!The open-mindedness.
I feel like everyone should be able to love who ever they love, no matter the gender. It's getting there slowly in Finland too, but in Barcelona is a completely normal
thing, as it should be. Love is for everyone!The cheap vegetables.
And also other food, but specially the vegetables. I swear that I didn't buy fresh vegetables when I spent a few months in Finland this year, I think the prices are ridiculous. Here it's so cheap to eat healthy!The alcohol.
I love that you can buy wine (and other alcohols also)
anytime of the day from any store you want. In Finland you can't buy wine from a supermarket and not even a beer after nine o'clock in the evening. And I'm not going to even start with the prices! The first night back in Barcelona I had a glass of wine with a friend and the price was 1,30€. Ok, it wasn't the best wine I've ever tasted, but it made me think out loud that I've found my place on earth.
There are sooo many other things that made me move here over three years ago, but here are some that came in mind right now!
Read the things that I miss the most from home from here.
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