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As almost anyone else, I’ve opened my account at “La Caixa”: it’s one of the biggest bank of Spain and has got an ATM machine every second street.
It’s quite easy open the account: just go to a bank office (better if close to your flat or office), take your passport and, if you have got it, your job contract, and ask to open the account. That’s all !
There are 2 kind of accounts: one for residents, the other for no-residents. Main difference among the two is expenses (the one for residents is really cheap. The other is a bit more expensive…but not too much) and the ability to ask for a credit card.
To open a no-resident account you just need you passport.
Once you’ve arranged all your documents to be legally entitled to live and work in Barcelona you can go to your bank and ask for a resident account.
Accounts in Spain are quite cheap: withdraw from any “La Caixa” ATM is free, as it’s free the on-line banking: La Caixa’s web application is really great and if you use it regularly, you will rarely need to go your bank office in person.
For more information, just have a look at Caixa’s website (

 Moving around Barcelona

Even though public transports in Barcelona works great (and metro, trains, bus and taxis are very cheap), buying a scooter is the best way to enjoy the town and be anywhere within 10 minutes: this will allow you to be independent and rapid in your movements.
Be careful because if you don’t tie it really carefully, it’s easy someone will steal it.

If you decide to live in the center and you’re lucky enough to find a job close to your place, an interesting opportunity is getting a bike. Since it quite common to assist to bike robberies, many people buys really old bikes…or uses Bicing, the new public bicycle renting service: you have several “station” across town, and you can decide to take the bike at one station and give it back to another one. The service is also very cheap: free for the first 30 minutes, and then 30 cents each half an hour more. To be entitled to rent these bikes you need to subscribe (and pay an year fee) to the service.
Have a look at their webpage: http://www.bicing.comm (sorry, just Spanish or Catalan).

If you prefer moving though public transportation, it’s still ok: you will not have many problems in reaching any part to the city.
Tickets are quite cheap: €1.3 single ride, €6.65 for 10 rides and €27.55 the 50 rides ticket..
As for service hours, Metro closes at midnight from Sunday to Thursday, on Fridays it closes at 2 AM and on Saturady it’s open all night long (to allow people to enjoy their night out and go back home safe).
When Metro is closed, you still have the Bus service, which will take you anywhere in town. Most of them starts their route from Plaza de Catalunya. Anyway, especially at night, you can also take a taxi to go back home. Compared to other countries, they are quite cheap: usually with 5/7 euros they will take you back home.

What’s hot in townn

Barcelona is a really vibing town: every day and night it’s full of interesting things to do.
Of course, it's hard being informed  on everything deserves to be done in town.
Even if word of mouth is still really important, best way to know what’s hot in town, is reading !!
Many magazines are given for free in almost any bar in town: take them home and have a look.
Also you might buy on Thursday the “Guia de Ocio”:  it’s a kind of local Time-out with huge list of things to do each day of the week.



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