Spring 2015 Welcome Parties

Welcome again to Barcelona… this is a forum for students that took the extraordinary leap to come halfway around the world to one of the most beautiful cities on this planet- to learn the culture, the language and of course go to the beach and party! Study abroad students came from everywhere imaginable in the states- Indiana, California, Massachusetts, Michigan, Tennessee, you name it, one of us is probably from there… all without knowing anyone, and trusting that we’d make new friends. So, here we are, halfway around the world, exploring a country that abounds with beautiful beaches, paella, flamenco, architecture, history and culture, exploring this amazing country and continent all while making friends to last a lifetime… And what better way to start than by welcome parties!

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Every week enjoy Barcelona Nights with free entrance to more than 40 parties at the best nightclubs in Barcelona – only with Aashi Guest List. The best clubs include, but are not limited to: Opium, Shoko, Bling Bling, Catwalk, Shoko, Pacha, Hyde Club, CDLC, Eclipse, Jamboree & Sala Apolo. Every night you can have free entrance to more than 7 top clubs via Aashi’s guest list!

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Barcelona Study Abroad Welcome Dinner & Blind Date Party at Shoko — Per the usual, we have planned a grand Welcome Dinner and Blind Date Party on January 7th at the beautiful Shoko Barcelona. Complimentary dinner + drinks (10:30 – 11:45) and then VIP celebrations to follow (Think Bottles, Sparklers, & Welcome gifts). Please fill this form to confirm your seats for Dinner: http://goo.gl/a7bsG5 You will recieve a confirmation Email for Dinner Invitation. Free access for all till 2:00am, by saying Aashi Guest List at the door. Plus great drink deals (all drinks 2 euros) from 12-1am, using Aashi’s stamp. Free drink for all w/ Aashi’s List until 1:30. Reach Shoko by metro L4 by getting off at the Ciutadella Vila Olimpica stop! See the official Facebook event invite here.

Welcome Pregame at Le Cyrano on Thursday January 8th– After party at Bling Bling… So from 10:30-1:30am we’re hosting a big pregame event at the famous bar, Le Cyrano! Best to arrive by around 11pm because the place always fills up. Le Cyrano is the perfect place for a pregame thanks to self-pour drinks (discounted price of 3 euros w/ Aashi), free popcorn, and welcome shots. Then of course after party at Bling Bling, a nearby exclusive nightclub that’s best on Thursday nights. Address of Le Cyrano: Carrer de Aribau, 154, 08036. Official event here via Facebook. 

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After party at Bling Bling 1/8 — Official Spring 2015 Welcome Party at Bling Bling with models and bottles, plus Free Entrance, drinks, & chocolate fondue fountain with fresh fruit. Everyone is welcome to join Aashi’s table to champagne and vodka drinks. Only with Aashi Guest List, enjoy Free entrance till 3am and VIP celebrations with massive sparklers & magnum bottles. Don’t miss the pregame at Le Cyrano before heading to Bling Bling, we’ll walk over all together. Dress to impress (collar shirt + shoes for boys). To reach Bling Bling by metro, get off at L3/L5 Diagonal or Provenca stops. More details at the official Facebook invite here.

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Welcome Party at Opium — Friday, January 9th huge Welcome party at Opium Barcelona! Here you’ll meet students from CEA, API, CIEE, IES, ISA, UAB, UPC, UP, ESADE, UPF, EAE, EADA & many more. Free entrance with Aashi Guest List till 2am, but better to arrive by 1:30 to avoid long lines. Everyone’s welcome to join Aashi’s VIP table for unlimited champagne, vodka drinks, shots, and massive sparklers. Plus, you’ll have the chance to be in Aashi’s opening Video Shoot! Dress code here is also dress to impress, same as above. To reach Opium by metro, simply get off at L4 Ciutadella Vila Olimpica stop. More details at the official Facebook invite here.

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…So how can YOU be in Aashi Guest List?! It’s actually really easy! No need to write your names anywhere or register formally in anything. You just need to say “Aashi Guest List” at the door of aforementioned clubs and then the world is your oyster! Simply add Aashi on Whatsapp at 677 211 048 or (on FB) like Barcelona Nights, Aashi Guest List, and add Aashi as a friend here. For more information and actual past reviews click here!



Barcelona Life Hacks

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After having lived here for about a year and a half, I have learned from my mistakes, learned from the locals, and learned that if it seems too good to be true, it is exactly that. My hope is that these tips will help make your time in Barcelona more affordable, less stressful, and overall a richer experience.

Price Generalizations…

Generally speaking, here are what I have found to be the cheapest in their respective fields:

  • Night life hook-up: Aashi Guest List …Saying those 3 words translates into free entrance to over a dozen of the best clubs all over the city.
  • Alcoholic beverage at bars: “una caña” (tap beer) and/or glass of house wine
  • Caffeinated beverage at cafes: “un café solo” (shot of espresso)
  • Mode of transportation: *looks at ground* your feet! BCN is a very walk-able city!
  • Cell Phone Carrier: Yoigo… Students interested in having a Spanish mobile only for calls and normal texts will get the best bang for your buck doing a pay-as-you-go plan with “la tarifa del cinco” via Yoigo
  • Stores for random crap: “los chinos” aka stores normally with signage reading “Bazars” of sorts, almost universally ran by Chinese immigrants.
  • Grocery stores: Mercadona’s the cheapest overall, but there is also Al Campo, which is more like a Sam’s or Costco. These two are a better value than say Sorli, Bon Preu, Suma, and sometimes Dia.
  • Clothing store: Primark. An Old Navy – Kohl’s – Payless hybrid.
  • Metro tickets: If you’re going to be here for 3 months or more and you use the metro and/or buses multiple times daily, the option with the best value is to bite the bullet and purchase a “T-Jove” ticket (90 days, unlimited trips, 105 euros).
  • Hair salon: Peluqueria del Café – it’s a small shop on Marina Street.

Other Tips…

  • Don’t tip. Unless you are in awe of the amazing service or just really want to, you don’t need to tip taxi drivers, bartenders, servers, hairstylists, etc. The most common tipping practice is if you do want to tip, leave the change in coins y ya esta.
  • Bags and bread are not included. Bring reusable bags to groceries because they’re not included and you will have to pay for them, same for bread at restaurants. Nothing is complimentary.
  • If you’re looking for gel manicures or reliable waxing, go to French Kiss on Port d’ Angel in the city center. A shiny, friendly salon, French Kiss does a great bikini wax for under 20 euros.
  • Get a library card. Things the many, many public BCN libraries offer: free Wi-Fi, bathrooms, quiet study rooms, DVDs, wide selection of books in English, and obviously plenty of Spanish and Catalan finds as well. Free intercambios at Lesseps.
  • Check to see when/ if museums are free before going; Picasso Museum, for example is free on Thursdays 7pm -9:30pm, and if you’re a college student with identification it’s always free.
  • 100 Montaditos is a fun, tapas chain that caters to groups and those looking to get a lot for their euro. On Sundays and Wednesdays, almost everything on the menu is 1 euro! Great place to watch games and enjoy free Wi-Fi.