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Portraits of: Barcelona

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Paulo was sitting at one of the benches along my favourite street/neighbourhood in Barcelona, Passeig de Sant Joan. Originally from Chile, USA, he moved here as he felt his hometown was overwhelmingly emulating the American lifestyle, and has called Barcelona home for the past 10 years.

It was after speaking to him that I learnt that the art exhibit being set up along the street was part of an annual artwork competition held by the districts in the city. He shared his joy at seeing passers by connect with his art – a triadic conversation that must be so sacred and magical to the artist.

I returned to watch the award ceremony and catch up with my ex-flatmate. He won the competition with his paintings: Sunday, Friday 3am, Fireworks. You can see them on his website here:



And your dream?
Be able to feel at home everywhere.

The best thing that has happened to you?
Wake up this morming.

One thing you would like to change? (It can be about anything)
I would change the wauy people relates with each other (distrust).

One thing you don’t want to change? (It can be about anything)
The surprise of those casual encounters (spontaneous).

Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?
In any place feeling at home.

Favorite things about Barcelona?
The diversity.

Things you don’t really like about Barcelona?
The motorcycles.




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