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Barcelona Zoo

Let´s meet Alex Mascarell Llosa , Scientific illustrator and designer at the Barcelona Zoo.

His favourite animals are definitely birds. “ I like them since when I was 20 years old. I’ve never gave them that much appreciation until I began working ith them at the Zoo… then it all changed. I became a birder, a fat birder! Travelling all over to twitch as much species as posible”.

This pasión came from his mother. “She’s been always a keen observer of nature. When she was young she used to spend lots of hours out in the field watching and observing each living being around”. 

What happened during Lockdown in the zoo? “ To be honest, some animals have changed a bit their habits as they do not have the input of visiting people around. But the vast majority have not changed their habits and they do much or less the same. Keepers of the Barcelona Zoo work hard and straight to give the animals the maximum wellfare. During this pandemic they’ve had also to deal with the social situation of their friends,… and keep on doing their best to make their animals behave as always been doing”.

We love his ilustraciones,  Alex himself is very critical about his own work. “Actually, I’m not that proud of my illustrations. I try not to watch them after publishing or after a publication is out on sale. I allways find that they could be better, and I find all the errors in each drawing”. I try to learn and enjoy drawing each single day. I’d love to draw the 11500 species of birds of the world… but, I guess that this won’t be possible at all. By now, what I want is to keep collaborating with Lynx Edicions, a publishing company based here in Barcelona and specialised in nature books, in their field guides of the world”.

Do you think we have learned a good lesson  from this lockdown phase? “We have learned that nature is the first and the last shield that protect us from diseases, virus, etc. We are quite aware that breaking balance in nature has a price that we cannot pay at all. Every single human should have became humble when understanding that a really tiny single non living thing, can kill you. But in the other hand our civilisation is allways focused on growing and growing without understanding that nothing in the world can grow forever. Nothing. And if it tries to do it, nature tends to balance the situation. So, nature will suffer more on forthcomming years as new policies to recover from COVID crisis will lead conservation of nature to the last place of our agendas. Its happening right now. I’ve read about some politicians approving mesures to exploit further in nature in order to recover from the global economic crisis due to pandemic.  For me, this pandemic has been a short (and dramatic) trailer of the real movie that will end us forever, the Climate Change”.

Glimpses of the lockdown

Great news for the fans of the international artist Joan Fontcuberta  -the one that made the beautiful photomosaic in the heart of Barcelona named ‘the kiss of freedom.’ Together with the Cruilla festival and the Omnium Cultural, Fontcuberta is back with a giant photomosaic idea again or a so called ‘autohomenage’ to the medical sector and the solidarity of all the people staying home linked to the situation arising from the COVID-19. The title is going to be ‘glimpses of the lockdown’ and the good news is that you can participate as well!

Upload a picture with the link beneath of these days of lockdown showing this ‘collective solidarity’ 

Because we believe just as Fontcuberta himself, that all of us are a key piece to weave this great network of solidarity. https://miradesdesdelconfinament.cat/en/

Solidary rose for St Jordi´s day

Now more than ever we need to be close to the people we love and show it to them. So we invite you to download # RosaSolidariaStJordi2020 for € 1 and give it to a loved one. For each pink gift, Turisme de Barcelona will make a donation to Hospital Clínic to fight Covid19. The more roses you buy, the greater your contribution! a great solidarity project of #turisme de Barcelona. https://www.barcelonaturisme.com

 

A journey to the origin to rediscover Casa Batlló


This video looks back over two years of unique restoration works in which Casa Batlló has recovered it’s splendour of the façade, the Noble Floor and different decorative elements. The result is amazing! Let yourself be enchanted by this video and Casa Batlló likes to welcome you again in better times! https://www.casabatllo.es/

#CasaBatlló #Gaudí #Modernismo #PatrimonioMundial #Barcelona #Catalonia #Cataluña #Catalunya #BCNishere

A journey to the origin to rediscover Casa Batlló.

This video looks back over two years of unique restoration works in which Casa Batlló has recovered it’s splendour of the façade, the Noble Floor and different decorative elements. The result is amazing! Let yourself be enchanted by this video and Casa Batlló likes to welcome you again in better times!#CasaBatlló #Gaudí #Modernismo #PatrimonioMundial #Barcelona #Catalonia #Cataluña #Catalunya #BCNishere

Publicada por Minicards Barcelona en Viernes, 10 de abril de 2020

This spring Barcelona is here

As well in Barcelona we are now in quarantine for at least 14 days. Museums, shops, restaurants, attractions; everything is closed as in many cities. Until further notice. In order to continue and enjoy in these circumstances all the beauty that the city Barcelona has offer to you, Minicards Barcelona keeps you up to date. What about a virtual tour through Casa Batllò, which shows you all the secret spots of this modernist building or enjoying the playlists of the DJ´s of disco Jamboree, which will bring their music straight to your house. We admire our customers for their creative input in these uncertain times and for their dedication to keep safe! 

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Barcelona is here

This spring Barcelona is here, As well in Barcelona we are now in quarantine for at least 14 days. Museums, shops, restaurants, attractions; everything is closed as in many cities. Until further notice. In order to continue and enjoy in these circumstances all the beauty that the city Barcelona has offer to you, Minicards Barcelona keeps you up to date. What about a virtual tour through Casa Batllò, which shows you all the secret spots of this modernist building or enjoying the playlists of the DJ´s of disco Jamboree, which will bring their music straight to your house. We admire our customers for their creative input in these uncertain times and for their dedication to keep safe! Casa Batllo Jamboree #bcnishere #stayhome #minicardsbarcelona

Publicada por Minicards Barcelona en Viernes, 27 de marzo de 2020

Rickshawriders

You have probably noticed them already. The many rickshaws in the city centre of Barcelona. They drive tourists from one place to another, giving tours and providing the tourists with information of the city. However, the rickshaw business is hard. Nowadays over 80% of the rickshaws you see on the streets in Barcelona is illegal and the legal cyclers are struggling. Six years ago you could find around 50 rickshaw tours in the city. Now, in 2019, there are over 1200 rickshaws ready to drive tourists around.

Aron Marcel Teixeira founder of Rickshaw Riders Barcelona is one of the most experienced rickshaw tour guides in Barcelona. He started his business six years ago. His rickshaw is more than just a bike. Wi-Fi, access to Spotify, music on the way, and power banks to recharge your devices. This “bike” has more luxury and class to it than the average flight agency that flies you from Amsterdam to Barcelona. It even has a blanket to keep you warm during the tour on cold winter days.

During our tour Aron tells me everything about tourism in Barcelona and how it is changing every year. Aron is struggling, he is one of the few riders who is providing tours legally and the government does nothings about the fact that 80% is illegal, which is very frustrating for Aron and his colleagues.

Aron has been living in Barcelona since 2011 but he visited Barcelona for the first time in 2009. “I was a professional skateboarder. I came to Barcelona because this place it the Mecca of street skateboarding.” Skateboarding was Aron’s top priority, he made a living of his hobby traveling the world to skateboard. Because of different injuries Aron stopped skateboarding. Even though skateboarding was his top priority, he studied graphic design and worked as a video editor for a few companies.

In March 2016 Rickshaw Riders Barcelona was born. “Other times back then, only 50 rickshaws in the city, having fun with the tourists.” Barcelona is an amazing city with a lot of different activities for tourists. This city will always be a nice place for a city-trip or a longer vacation however we do feel that the independency situation, even though its calm right now, is an influence on the tourists.

If I ask Aron what he likes about his job he tells me that he loves to talk and he loves to talk to the tourists. “They come from all over the world, Australia, Canada, The States, China but most of them are from Europe.” Aron likes to show them the city and to tell them about the buildings, history, architecture, food and other interesting things. Rickshaw Riders offers tourists different tours with different highlights but tourists can also decide where they want to go.

Minicards Barcelona and Rickshaw Riders have recently joined their forces. Tourists can find Minicards in the Rickshaw and use them right away.

If you want to explore Barcelona in a different and original way and see and feel the vibe of Barcelona definitely book a tour at Rickshaw Riders Barcelona. WhatsApp: 664896690 / www.rickshawriders.com

Barcelona

Who: Ciska van Schagen (49)

What: Minicards Barcelona 🇪🇸

Part of the Minicards network since: 2003

Exploits also: Minicards desk maps in two versions: English and Chinese

1. What’s your biggest milestone or achievement?
“I started Minicards Barcelona in 2003.A great concept: simple, easy to use and visible. My plan was to run this business for five years. I expected Minicards to be overtaken by digital media by then. But despite the online competition Minicards remains a strong product. The cards are still a popular source of information for tourists. I expect it stays like this in the near future, especially for those who don’t want to have a mobile in their hands on vacation all the time. Now, sixteen years later I’m still running Minicards. That’s quite a milestone and I’m proud of it.”

2. Can you tell us about your biggest challenge right now?
We are visible in hotels and other locations, but online there are still many opportunities. The biggest challenge for me is: how are we going to create more online visibility and profile ourselves on social media? In this way we can attract new customers and offer the existing ones even more service.”

3. What’s big on your to do-list for this year?
“Approaching customers by phone or email is not always effective; people do not read their mail or are difficult to reach. Via social media, such as LinkedIn, I see new opportunities. That’s why I want to focus on social selling. It would be great to make contact with potential customers through social media, so we can build up valuable relationships and start a sales process.”

4. What’s the most remarkable thing that ever happened at your business?
“Once, a Russian company wanted to advertise on Minicards. The contact person suggested to meet in the lobby of a hotel. I saw a man sitting at the bar with a suitcase beside him. I started to talk about Minicards, but he looked at me and said: “Don’t say anything. We’re just going to do business and here’s the money.” He pushed the suitcase towards me. It felt like I was in a mafia movie and didn’t accept the money. Confused I left. This was a Russian way of doing business, but I had no idea. In the end we worked together, by the way. Finally, I accepted the money, but not after he signed a contract of course.”

5. What’s the most valuable lesson you’ve learned since starting your business?
“Always invest in personal contact with your customers. Start a conversation, and don’t be afraid to ask about personal stuff too. Building on a good relationship, so that customers know you and trust you, is worth its weight in gold.”

Minicards Madrid & Valencia

Who: Rubén Martin Barriga

What: Minicards Valencia and Madrid 🇪🇸

Part of the Minicards network since: 2009

Number of employees: 10 working for his company GrupoDream

Exploits also: Minicards desk maps


1. What was your biggest lightbulb moment or insight concerning Minicards?
“Minicards is a strong, simple product. That realization came mainly during the economic crisis, when I noticed that our revenues hardly decreased. In Spain the only sector that suffered the least from this crisis was the tourism industry. That has given me even more confidence in the product and has always inspired me to continue with Minicards Spain. In addition to the cards, we also distribute the desk maps in hotels in Madrid. With a circulation of 600.000, we are the largest operator in the city. That’s a great achievement.”

2. What is your biggest challenge right now?
“In fact, I always want to keep growing; in customers and in distribution points. That motivates me constantly. But I would also love to add a few institutional clients to our portfolio of advertisers, such as the Prado Museum and the Reina Sofia Museum. Such advertisers are good for our brand and because of the high number of visitors, many tickets are submitted. Which works well for such a measurable product as Minicards of course.”

 3. What’s big food for thought for the future?
“We are exploring whether it is profitable to place digital screens in hotel lobbies, so we can offer a wider portfolio and increase our impact. And minor detail: there is a demand from our advertisers for such screens, so we feel we have to respond on that.”  

4. What’s the most wonderful or remarkable thing that ever happend at your business?
”Multiple things! For example, our Minicards have been on Spanish television several times. Also the fact that Minicards are known all over the world. Many of our customers already knew about Minicards, because they saw our product abroad. And last but not least: we have a fanatic collector of Minicards regularly asking us to send him the latest versions. Amazing, right?”

5. What’s your biggest lesson about the Minicards business?
”Keep on going and never give up: that’s what it takes to run my business. And even more important: always go for quality and advertisers that really benefit tourists.”

 Do you want to get in contact with Minicards Madrid of Valencia? Send an email to: madrid@minicards.com


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