1. What makes you happy in this city?

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Barcelona is a relatively small city with a great balance of concrete and nature. As the weather is almost always sunny, we love to ride our bikes everywhere to enjoy the city’s hotspots. On weekends, riding to Barceloneta beach for a spritz and some fish is one of our favorite pastimes. Mediterranean style.

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Barcelona is an easy city to live in. Once you get to know it and its people, it almost feels like a small town. You can pretty much walk anywhere you like or explore it on a bike ride. What’s more, Barcelona is full of artists, culture, and musicians, but to me the BEST thing about Barcelona is its sunny coastal location. You can relax next to the Mediterranean, making it a VERY photogenic city for street photographers.

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2. WHAT INSPIRES YOU IN THIS CITY?

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The people and friends who surround us. Barcelona is full of artists and creative people from different backgrounds and ethnicities who inspire each other. On our blog Heelsandcigarettes we feature a new video section called Artist in action with a diverse selection of creative people. Nicholas himself is our first artist in action.
Here you can see him playing his trumpet at Plaça Espanya, Barcelona.

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The Raval! My neighborhood. I spend plenty of days and nights just roaming the streets of the Raval – it is full of surprises and interesting people. It remains a true melting pot of culture and I have spent several years documenting this amazing neighborhood and the people populating it.

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3. WHAT WORKS FOR YOU VERY WELL IN THE CITY?

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Probably our favorite time in Barcelona is during music festivals like Primavera Sound or Sónar. Right at the start of the summer season, lots of people from all over the world travel here to enjoy the sound. It turns into a great meet-up with all our friends that live in other cities. Also, last year we had the pleasure of personally meeting musicians like Cole Alexander, lead singer of the Black Lips, and ASAP Rocky backstage.

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Getting around – the city “center” is relatively small, allowing you to get anywhere via the metro, bike or walking.

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4. WHAT WOULD YOU DO BETTER?

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Barcelona is really important for the skate world, but at the same time you are not allowed to skate in the streets. Lots of skaters from everywhere come here to skate because of the city’s cool spots, weather, and skate culture. But if someone catches you skating, and this has happened to a lot of friends, the police can fine you and take your board. In this picture, my friend Josef Scott Jatta is doing a backside lipslide at MACBA, Barcelona’s main skating hotspot.

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Barcelona is a very bike-friendly city – it is easy to ride your bike and get around. And riding a bike saves our planet from the toxic emissions of cars and motorbikes. I would welcome more designated spaces for locking and leaving your bike. Recently, my bike was removed by the city and I had to pay 100 euros to get it back because I had chained it to a pole not cleared for bikes. At the same time, I could not leave my bike in the designated area because it was full of abandoned bikes and trash.

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5. HOW WOULD YOU DO IT BETTER?

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We definitely need more official spaces where people can lock up their bikes because cycling is really popular in Barcelona. And the city should remove all abandoned bikes. But services like Bicing could be an alternative for those who want to avoid the problems of owning a bike like theft or lack of a space to lock it.

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I think Barcelona is one of the most recognized skateboard spots in the world: Many people travel here just to go skateboarding, but it is illegal! In order to improve the situation – and knowing that many tourists come here to spend money and skateboard – they should build more public skate parks.

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