Friday, July 6, 2007

The Big Clean

Barcelona is keeping good on its promise to crack down on graffiti in the city by increasing its cleanup crew to 28 workers, a big jump from the paltry crew of six back in 2001. What started as an effort to get rid of tagging is now spreading to the cleanup of large murals, and it has local artists longing for the freedom they had to bomb wherever they please. The teardrop project is trying to memorialize some of the lost works by fixing a framed photograph of the grafitti to the wall where it once stood. This worked ok until a fan of the site started taking some of the plaques down. If Barcelona is known for its grafitti, it's even better known for it's thieves.

If you want to see some world class graffiti, head over to BCNgraffiti. They have galleries of some of best Barcelona has to offer. I'm not sure if any of it can beat the farting transvestite t-rex adorning this home in barrio Carmel.

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Woody Allen starts shooting next week

Woody Allen held a press conference on Monday to promote his new film which starts shooting on July 9th. The film stars Scarlett Johansson, Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz which Allen describes as "a love letter to Barcelona and from Barcelona to the world." Spain is really in love with the prolific filmaker, in Oviedo they erected a bronze statue of the man in one of their parks.
According to, in addition to Barcelona, Woody was looking for locations in Oviedo and in the Asturias. He was spotted around Barcelona at Sagrada Familia, Barrio Gotic, the Barcelona Cathedral, and some high end shops on Passeig de GrĂ cia scouting locations for his film. Woody is notorious for using people off the streets as extras and rumor has it he's staying at the Hotel Arts, if you see him try to refrain from screaming 'These pretzels are making me thirsty!' I'm sure he's heard it before.

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Sant Joan Fireworks

Was anyone on the metro on the night of Sant Joan? I almost complained to the manager about the crowds! In Barcelona how long do you have to wait before you're old enough to blow your fingers off?


Barcelogna is an english language website about Barcelona and everything that happens in it. You're probably here because your spanish is as bad as mine.

This is also the birthday of the blog. Today I saw two old men fighting, one was knocking on the others head like a door.