Episode 20 – Hola, Barcelona
Original air date: July 4, 2011




Current City producer Ivy Lin talks about her recent experiences in Barcelona:

On May 21, 2011, I arrived in Barcelona on a hot, sunny day (85°F) after a smooth landing that won enthusiastic cheers from passengers on the airberlin flight. Soon after that I realized that airberlin did not check my luggage in time and that it was still in Berlin. So I arrived at Plaça de Catalunya on an airport bus, frustrated by the lost luggage and overwhelmed by the influx of people going in all directions. I was lost on La Rambla, the most touristy spot in the entire city. With the help of a clerk at a museum shop, I found my hostel, checked in and called my first friend in Barcelona, Lucy Garcia (a freelance TV producer and foodie). Lucy was among 25 new friends I would end up meeting by the end of my four-day stay in Barcelona. She invited me to Kasparo, a popular café in El Raval, and told me to look for someone with brown hair in a ponytail and big red lips! She also said that she should have warned me about the protests going on all over Spain since May 15 (15M*), a week prior to my arrival. Sitting in the hot sun on the terrace of Kasparo and hearing about Lucy’s experience at the 15M protest the night before I got there, I downed two cool Spanish beers by 4 p.m., including a clara con limón (one part beer and one part lemon soda).
What a dramatic first half-day in Barcelona!

*The protests were reported on Facebook and Twitter and are taking place all over Spain. People are fed up with the corruption and lies of politicians and bankers and the way the economic crisis is being manipulated to cut living standards for most people, while a minority still grows richer. Unemployment in Spain is now at 21 percent, with youth unemployment at 45 percent. The 15M protest continues today and more than 45,000 Catalans have participated in it since May 15.
Show CreditsProduced By: Ivy Lin

Episode 20 – Hola, Barcelona

Original air date: July 4, 2011

Current City producer Ivy Lin talks about her recent experiences in Barcelona:

On May 21, 2011, I arrived in Barcelona on a hot, sunny day (85°F) after a smooth landing that won enthusiastic cheers from passengers on the airberlin flight. Soon after that I realized that airberlin did not check my luggage in time and that it was still in Berlin. So I arrived at Plaça de Catalunya on an airport bus, frustrated by the lost luggage and overwhelmed by the influx of people going in all directions. I was lost on La Rambla, the most touristy spot in the entire city. With the help of a clerk at a museum shop, I found my hostel, checked in and called my first friend in Barcelona, Lucy Garcia (a freelance TV producer and foodie). Lucy was among 25 new friends I would end up meeting by the end of my four-day stay in Barcelona. She invited me to Kasparo, a popular café in El Raval, and told me to look for someone with brown hair in a ponytail and big red lips! She also said that she should have warned me about the protests going on all over Spain since May 15 (15M*), a week prior to my arrival. Sitting in the hot sun on the terrace of Kasparo and hearing about Lucy’s experience at the 15M protest the night before I got there, I downed two cool Spanish beers by 4 p.m., including a clara con limón (one part beer and one part lemon soda).

What a dramatic first half-day in Barcelona!

*The protests were reported on Facebook and Twitter and are taking place all over Spain. People are fed up with the corruption and lies of politicians and bankers and the way the economic crisis is being manipulated to cut living standards for most people, while a minority still grows richer. Unemployment in Spain is now at 21 percent, with youth unemployment at 45 percent. The 15M protest continues today and more than 45,000 Catalans have participated in it since May 15.

Show Credits
Produced By:
Ivy Lin

Episode 20 – Hola, Barcelona
Original air date: July 4, 2011




Current City producer Ivy Lin talks about her recent experiences in Barcelona:

On May 21, 2011, I arrived in Barcelona on a hot, sunny day (85°F) after a smooth landing that won enthusiastic cheers from passengers on the airberlin flight. Soon after that I realized that airberlin did not check my luggage in time and that it was still in Berlin. So I arrived at Plaça de Catalunya on an airport bus, frustrated by the lost luggage and overwhelmed by the influx of people going in all directions. I was lost on La Rambla, the most touristy spot in the entire city. With the help of a clerk at a museum shop, I found my hostel, checked in and called my first friend in Barcelona, Lucy Garcia (a freelance TV producer and foodie). Lucy was among 25 new friends I would end up meeting by the end of my four-day stay in Barcelona. She invited me to Kasparo, a popular café in El Raval, and told me to look for someone with brown hair in a ponytail and big red lips! She also said that she should have warned me about the protests going on all over Spain since May 15 (15M*), a week prior to my arrival. Sitting in the hot sun on the terrace of Kasparo and hearing about Lucy’s experience at the 15M protest the night before I got there, I downed two cool Spanish beers by 4 p.m., including a clara con limón (one part beer and one part lemon soda).
What a dramatic first half-day in Barcelona!

*The protests were reported on Facebook and Twitter and are taking place all over Spain. People are fed up with the corruption and lies of politicians and bankers and the way the economic crisis is being manipulated to cut living standards for most people, while a minority still grows richer. Unemployment in Spain is now at 21 percent, with youth unemployment at 45 percent. The 15M protest continues today and more than 45,000 Catalans have participated in it since May 15.
Show CreditsProduced By: Ivy Lin

Episode 20 – Hola, Barcelona

Original air date: July 4, 2011

Current City producer Ivy Lin talks about her recent experiences in Barcelona:

On May 21, 2011, I arrived in Barcelona on a hot, sunny day (85°F) after a smooth landing that won enthusiastic cheers from passengers on the airberlin flight. Soon after that I realized that airberlin did not check my luggage in time and that it was still in Berlin. So I arrived at Plaça de Catalunya on an airport bus, frustrated by the lost luggage and overwhelmed by the influx of people going in all directions. I was lost on La Rambla, the most touristy spot in the entire city. With the help of a clerk at a museum shop, I found my hostel, checked in and called my first friend in Barcelona, Lucy Garcia (a freelance TV producer and foodie). Lucy was among 25 new friends I would end up meeting by the end of my four-day stay in Barcelona. She invited me to Kasparo, a popular café in El Raval, and told me to look for someone with brown hair in a ponytail and big red lips! She also said that she should have warned me about the protests going on all over Spain since May 15 (15M*), a week prior to my arrival. Sitting in the hot sun on the terrace of Kasparo and hearing about Lucy’s experience at the 15M protest the night before I got there, I downed two cool Spanish beers by 4 p.m., including a clara con limón (one part beer and one part lemon soda).

What a dramatic first half-day in Barcelona!

*The protests were reported on Facebook and Twitter and are taking place all over Spain. People are fed up with the corruption and lies of politicians and bankers and the way the economic crisis is being manipulated to cut living standards for most people, while a minority still grows richer. Unemployment in Spain is now at 21 percent, with youth unemployment at 45 percent. The 15M protest continues today and more than 45,000 Catalans have participated in it since May 15.

Show Credits
Produced By:
Ivy Lin

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Current City is a series of radio documentaries hosted by Ivy Lin and inspired by her recent travel to Scandinavia. Current City features architecture, music, film, places, and people from Oslo, Copenhagen, Stockholm, and Reykjavik. Current City will begin with episodes featuring one city per show, then Portland, Ivy's current city will come into the mix for the purpose to create dialogues/exchange between Portland and these cities by "pairing up" architects, urban designers, musicians, film directors, cultural houses, local record stores/labels, etc. As Ivy continues to travel, more cities have joined Current City, including Taipei, Zurich, Hong Kong, Berlin, and Barcelona.

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