Author Archives: Patrick Reyes

Patrick Guide Barcelona presents Fun with Flags Episode 4: La Bandera Negra

October’s sentences handed down by the Spanish Supreme for the Catalan Political Prisoners had thousands take to the streets in protest; and with protests means… more flags!  Around that time I was getting quite a few questions about the various … Read More

Barcelona’s First Olympic Winner

It’s true, a record 13 gold medals, and 22 overall were won by Spain in the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games, the most the country had ever seen during the modern Games.  But, when was the first medal won by a … Read More

Portes Obertes (Open Doors) at the Sagrada Familia

With the Festival of La Mercè underway, the Sagrada Familia opened its doors to the public and from the 12th-16th of September held a contest to give away 30,000 tickets during the afternoons of the 20th, 21st and 23rd with … Read More

La Mercè 2019

The end of summer brings the best festivals to Barcelona.  If you happen to be here during the 20th-24th of September this year, you are in for a treat.  La Mercè is here and while the weather is still beautiful … Read More

“The Olympics that Never Were”

On the eve of the anniversary of the opening of the 1992 Olympic Games, I thought it would be interesting to focus on one of Barcelona’s other (and most interesting) Olympic bids: the 1936 Olympic Games, or, the Olympics that … Read More