Sunday, 21 December 2014

Merry Christmas !!!

These days we'll be a bit offline... enjoy your family and friends!!!

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Barcelonogy Magazine: learn about what is going on in Barcelona

Some months ago we informed about Barcelonogy, a project created by Gabriela Zea Nadal which is based on interviews where different characters explain what Barcelona means to them and what are their contributions to the city. Barcelonogy investigates the different identities you can find in Barcelona.

Gabriela's project has become a digital magazine, we invite you to enjoy the new format reading the story of Marçal and Marona, two young Catalans in Christchurch, NZ.

Enjoy it!

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Theatre in English in BCN: The Pillowman by Jocular Theatre

Do you have a date for the theatre yet?. Jocular Theatre's production of The Pillowman opens on Wednesday, November 26.  They have been working with severed toes, electric drills, barbed wire and premature burial just to provide an epic show.

Tickets are selling fast so don't wait till the last minute to purchase yours. Buy them today at

 Enjoy it!

Australian media: The Conversation (

If you are looking for balanced information about what's happening around the world, about society, technology, arts... there is an interesting Australian option: The Conversation is a collaboration between editors and academics to provide informed news analysis and commentary that is free to read and republish. They also have UK and US editions.

Before reading the article you can see if the author has or hasn't relevant affiliations related to the issue he or she is writing about.

As an example you can read this one about the "Catalan process".
Enjoy it.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

AFL Grand Final 2014 live in Barcelona (new venue!!!) ....

Come with us to enjoy live the AFL GF 2014!!!!
The venue is an English pub, The Philarmonic.

The Philarmonic
Carrer Mallorca 204
08038 Barcelona

Saturday, 27 September, 6:30 am (Barcelona Time)

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

AUNZOD: Australia & New Zealand Opportunities Day (Sept 19th from 6pm to 7pm)

The session has been organized by AuNZ.Cat, and

C/Pau Claris 106 BCN

September 19th, from 6 pm to 7 pm


Joan P. (AuNZ.Cat)
  • What is The Australian New Zealander Catalan Society (www. AuNZ.Cat). Presence in Catalonia, Australia and New Zealand.
Sergio R. (
  • Student visa for Australia and NZ (with right to work), no age limit. We also comment on the visa for Canada.
  • Work visa for a year (working holiday visa), for Australia (age 18-30), NZ (age 18-30) and Canada (age 18-35)
  • Info about possibilities to settle in Australia, NZ and Canada
Dani A. (
  • Options offered by

Please send an email to

Monday, 1 September 2014

Queensland Migration Heritage Hub on Catalans

Thanks Brett for suggesting this post....

According to the Queensland Heritage Hub  the state is home to more of 200 cultures, 220 languages and 100 religious beliefs. To understand how QLD became this vibrant and diverse state the QHH publishes the histories of those who travelled to and started a new life from other countries.

Here you can read an article about the Catalans who settle there.

Monday, 16 June 2014

AUNZOD: Australia & New Zealand Opportunities Day (July 4)

Session about study&work opportunities in Australia and New Zealand for student-visa holders.
There have been changes in the visa processing system, you will get updated information.
The speech will be given by Sergio from

Expand your horizons at TrekYourWay!

DATE: July 4 (Friday)
TIME: 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
PLACE: Pau Claris 106 BCN

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Book presentation "The Remade Parent" by Brett Hetherington. THANKS FOR COMING.

As we informed, Brett presented his book "The Remade Parent" last Friday.

Brett explained the "backoffice" of the book and read some parts, one of the readings was about the importance of playing, an interesting one. We asked lots of questions to the writer and had an engaging conversation at the end of the presentation.

Recommended book for parents!!!

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Watch Australian Government films from the past 100 years...

The NFSA (National Film and Sound Archive) is the custodian of the Film Australia Collection (FAC), it preserves and provides access to the Australia's documentary record.

Now the NFSA has created a Youtube NFSA Channel and a Flick NFSA Channel  where you can see documents from the past 100 years.

Here one of these documents...

Thanks to Josep Vidal O+

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Book Presentation by the Australian writer and journalist Brett Hetherington: "The ReMade Parent" (Friday 13th June)

"The ReMade Parent" by Brett Hetherington.

Date:  13th June
Time:  6pm-7:30pm
Place: C/Pau Claris 106 (please, confirm sending an email to

Brett Hetherington is originally from Canberra and he is currently living in Catalonia. He has collaborated with some Australian and Catalan Media (, Catalonia Today, Barcelona Metropolitan).

Brett has worked as a teacher in four countries for more than a decade. 

In The ReMade Parent, Brett offers an optimistic picture of parenthood, he helps mothers and fathers recognize how, why and where their parenting is under the greatest pressure. He explains the deeper reasons for men too often failing in their role as fathers and looks truthfully at the current phenomenon of many mothers increasingly "opting out" of being genuinely involved in their children's lives.

This book says the recent global economic recession has provided us with the perfect moment to re-think and then re-make parenting. Drawing from years of personal experiences, extensive research and original interviews with real parents, the author wakes us up to the simple fact that we can all do better as those responsible for bringing us our kids. He argues that most of young people's problems in the 21st century begin either before or outside of school but too often they become destructive in the classroom. He makes clear how the solutions start with us, as mothers and fathers.

The ReMade Parent also raises serious questions about how our rapid-paced working lives mean that our sons and daughter's needs are too often overlooked and it suggests what to watch out for.

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Thanks for coming to Carlo J. Vella's book presentation

Thanks for coming to Carlo's book presentation on Friday 9th May.
After the speech, Carlos organised a tour around the places that appear in "The Thirteen Tortures", another way of enjoying the book.

By the way, the "The Thirteen Tortures" is available in!

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Australia in Eurovision 2014

The Eurovision contest has a pretty good audience in Australia and for the first time ever, Australia was represented in a Eurovision Song Contest show, not as one of the competing countries but is has the opportunity of being represented in an interval act by Jessica Mauboy, a popular singer from down under.

This video shows the "process" for being accepted in this European contest and the song performed by Jessica Mauboy.

Enjoy it!

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Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Contrastos d'Austràlia (photo expo about Australia, Sant Feliu de Guíxols, till 2nd May)

After 9000 Km and 6345 pictures taken, the photographer Jordi Prat Puig has organised this collection of pictures showing lots of faces of Australia. You can also win a copy of your favourite picture!

Click on the picture for more information...

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Sunday, 13 April 2014

Book Presentation by the Australian writer Carlo J. Vella (Friday 9th May, 5pm)...

Carlo is an English teacher and writer, he was born in Australia and he is currently living in Barcelona.

Carlo wrote two other books before The Book of Secrets which was released in January 2010. The Book of Secrets combines an interesting plot with historical events, religion, life, love, fear, anger, passion and it gives some context before Carlo's new book The Thirteen Tortures (even though they can be read separately).

In The Thirteen Tortures the team from The Book of Secrets return to investigate the story of Santa Eulàlia, the patron saint of Barcelona, travelling throughout the province in search of what happened to a young girl of 13 who, whe asked to renounce her faith, she let her angels guide her to an unspeakable death. Little did she know that something else was amidst. For centuries angels have been building their armies to fight agains each other, but they have another enemy, its soul blacker than darkness- and it is coming. A horrific though sad, a tale that historically takes you back hundreds of years and returns you to the present where Mary and Gerard open a portal through a painting depicting the death of Santa Eulàlia.

Come to C/Pau Claris 106 BCN next 9th May (5pm-7pm), Carlo is going to talk about his book and it will be a perfect excuse to meet other interesting people!!!!

The attendance is free, please confirm it sending an email here...

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Melbourne and Wellington: great "coffee" destinations...

According to an article published by the CNN, these are 8 of the world's great coffee cities:

1. Melbourne, AUS
2. Rome
3. Singapore
4. Vienna
5. London
6. Reykjavik
7. Wellington, NZ
8. Seattle

Read more here...

 coffee destinations

Also read Flat White Coffee in Barcelona...

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AUS & NZ Economic facts

These days we have read interesting updates from government sources.

One of them is a snapshot of Australia's economy, Australian trade, studies in Australia and so on. You can read (and watch) all this info visiting the Department of Foreing Affairs and Trade's website:

 Australian Economy

The other one is from the NZ's Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, this ministry has published the report "Occupation Outlook 2014" designed to be one of the first places for young people to look when considering career options. You can also read the report using an app (Android or IOS):

 Economy NZ

Two useful iniciatives to get the info in a comprehensive and accesible way. Thanks!

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Saturday, 15 February 2014

Air New Zealand Safety Video...

It's not the first time Air New Zealand creates a special in-flight safety video, time ago they had a video showing characters from The Lord of the Rings.

Now Air New Zealand  has partnered with Sports Illustrated  to celebrate 50 knockout years with their latest in-flight safety video...

 Air New Zealand Safety Video

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Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Personal and creative development workshop Friday 14 Feb

You are invited to participate in a foundation workshop, centred in the practical work of personal and creative development, learning new ways to create the future you want to live.
It is for people who are in transition and realise that old ways of thinking and doing things are no longer working. They are looking for a new beginning: how to use more effectively what they already have, how to develop their inner resources and create new possibilities.
Do you already have a picture of what you want to create for yourself, but donʼt know how to bring it forward? Are you unsure of what you want to create in your life but feel that something new is imminent? Maybe you have some pieces of the puzzle and want to put them together to get a clear picture of what you are walking into?
Some people see crisis in the world. We can all choose how to respond to this: there is a huge opportunity here for individuals to discover what gifts they have and what truly brings us connection with our authentic being: happiness!
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams” Eleanor Roosevelt
What happens in the workshop?
We explore how we can use communication with self and others to open doors in our way of thinking. We learn how to practice simple bodywork and breathing techniques to create space in our life and to allow this new vision - that is the expression of our authentic self, to emerge. These techniques are effective immediately in the interactive workshop and can be used at any time after that you choose to engage this work for your personal and creative development.
The workshop is based in English, so a good upper intermediate level of English is required.
Please let me know ASAP if you would like to register for this workshop, places are limited. There are two dates to choose from. You may bring a friend.

Course Director: Sophia Le Rendu MA 
Place:  Pau Claris 106 Barcelona
Date: Friday 14 February, 18.00 - 20.00 
Cost: 20 Euros 

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Australia & New Zealand Opportunities Day: Friday 21st February

This new edition of the Australia & New Zealand Opportunities day will be focused on work&study opportunities.

The info will be provided by Sergio Romagosa from

DATE:    Fri 21st February
TIME:    6pm (till 7:30pm)
PLACE:  C/Pau Claris 106 Barcelona

Please confirm sending an email to or

See you!

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Recommended book: The Remade Parent by Brett Hetherington

We recommend this book by Brett Hetherington. Brett is an Australian currently living in Barcelona, some of us know him, he has attended some AuNZ.Cat events. 

Brett is a parent and former foster-parent. He was a secondary school teacher for 15 years in Australia, Japan, England and Catalonia (where he has lived since 2006). He is a regular commentator for Australia's ABC Radio where he reports on family and cultural life. His journalism has appeared in publications including The Guardian and Barcelona Metropolitan. He has also worked as a speechwriter and researcher for a Member of Parliament in Australia, specialising in education and social politics. 

He is currently a staff writer for Catalonia Today Magazine

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Monday, 20 January 2014

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

AUNZOD: Australia & New Zealand Opportunities Day next 24 January

One of our partners, MyVisaSolutions, a company based in Barcelona and Auckland, is going to give an update about work opportunities in Australia and NZ. The session will be held in C/Pau Claris 106 and Juan from MyVisaSolutions will talk through videoconference.

18.00 Reception
18:10 Australian Skilled Visas (subclasses 189 & 190)
18:50 Possibilities for professionals
19:15 Q&A
19:30 It's over

The session is free but you need to confirm (enter here to confirm).

Before coming:
  • Visit to get basic info about visas
  • Check the basic requirements to qualify
  • Look at the point table to check if you get the minimum points (if you don't get points required the session could not be useful for you)
  • If you enter your CV in the webpage and you come to the session a registered agent will evaluate it

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Official Barcelona Apps

If you have family or friends coming to Barcelona you could recommend these official apps to start 'tasting' the city.

  • Official Guide to Barcelona
  • Barcelona Restaurants
  • Gaudi's Barcelona
  • Medieval Barcelona
  • NicePrints Barcelona

We like specially Official Guide to Barcelona, it includes important information and practical data (city map, metro map,...). Available in Apple and Google stores for free.

 Official Barcelona Apps
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