January 2010 magazine cover
In the January 2010 edition of Barcelona Metropolitan, we welcome in the new year and the new decade with a host of features about the people and places that make the city what it is today.
Our main feature is an interview with Ricardo Bofill, currently a leading Barcelona-based architect who is not interested in the fame and trappings of 'starchitects' that many others have sought; Suzanne Wales spoke to him at his studio on the outskirts of the city. We also have a feature about Barcelona metro's newest line, L9; although a small section of it was inaugurated in December, it won't be until 2013 or 2014 that the entire 40-kilometre-plus track will be open, making it the longest in Europe—William Truini investigates what goes into the making of such a forward-looking transport system and what special features it will include.
January is a time when many people reflect on different aspects of their personal and professional life, seeking ways to change and improve areas that they aren't satisfied with. It may be that some of them will decide to try life as a freelancer, as the people interviewed in our article 'The freelance life' have already done. We already know what nine readers are planning to try and change this year, because they told us their New Year's resolutions for our 'Speaking up' vox pop feature—read what they said here.
Other features include an interview with writer and journalist John Carlin, and a new item that focuses on different streets around Barcelona; for the first instalment, we go to Joaquín Costa in the Raval to see what life is like there. The main restaurant review returns to Mosquito, which has been 'reborn' (again), this time as a place serving the best dim sum in town, according to Tara Stevens. 'What's for lunch' sees Nadia Feddo venture to Els Fogons de la Barceloneta, where the food can be a hit and miss, but when it's good, it's very good.
Although a somewhat quieter month, there is still a lot going on this January: The Barnasants Festival kicks off with a varied and non-commercial programme with highlights including Soledad Villamil and Victor Manuel. The circus come to town in the form of Cirque de Soleil's longest running show Saltimbanco - it's an exciting mix of traditional circus skills with over 100 acrobats to wow you. If you are in need of a good laugh, and in January this is always welcome then Paul Sinha is in town thanks to the Guinness Laughter Lounge. If you are looking for some art then the MACBA is showing El mal d'escriptura which takes a look at the world of publishing plus the Picasso Museum is holding a show that details the fascination Picasso had with erotic Japanese art in the show Imatges Secretes. .