An expensive taste of Barcelona! Worth it. I loved how everything was in Catalan!


El Born



Girona is a beautiful, ancient city just a short train ride (about 60 miles northeast) from Barcelona. One of the major Catalan cities, its quiet demeanor and graceful structures make it feel like a small, quaint town. I’ve visited a couple of times, and after going to the Cloisters Museum in New York, the parallels of art and architecture reminded of Girona. A snippet of history and wiki link follows the gallery.

Here is a sizable gallery of photos I dug up from my trips in 2008 and 2009 — 

A brief history
The first historical inhabitants in the region were Iberians; Girona is the ancient Gerunda, a city of the Ausetani. Later, the Romans built a citadel there, which was given the name of Gerunda. The Visigoths ruled in Girona until it was conquered by the Moors. Finally, Charlemagne reconquered it in 785 and made it one of the fourteen original countships of Catalonia. Thus it was wrested temporarily from the Moors, who were driven out finally in 1015. Wilfred the Hairy incorporated Girona into the countship of Barcelona in 878. Alfonso I of Aragón declared Girona to be a city in the 11th century.


Punt de reflexió

What are you missing? What can you spare?
Barcelona, Spain

Musings, Photography

Point of Reflection


Unemployment in Spain / El paro en España

An animated infographic about unemployment in Spain. The narration is in Spanish, so I apologize if you’re missing out. If you ask nicely, I suppose I can update this post with a translation of the author’s description or narration.

Description: El paro en España es un drama que ha conseguido colocar el desempleo en niveles récords en términos absolutos. Datos tan demoledores como una de cada tres personas está sin trabajo en el sur de España o las preferencias de movilidad geográfica entre unas zonas u otras, crean un mercado laboral muy peculiar.

El volumen de ofertas de trabajo presenta cifras muy dispares de unas zonas a otras, al igual que también existen determinados puestos de trabajo con capacidades de contratación muy altas, sobre todo en técnologías de la información, telecomunicaciones y comerciales.

El vídeo que hemos preparado en Actibva ha sido realizado por Vostok; un maravillosos estudio de estrategia y diseño de productos digitales con sede en Madrid y Tokio.