The Caganer: the pooping figure in the nativity scene

Tió, the present shitting tree log is not the only scatological Christmas tradition in Catalunya. In fact, a while before tió gets around to delight everyone by pooping presents after receiving a good beating, the caganer (lit. “the pooper”) is already doing his business in nativity scenes around Catalunya. The Caganer is typically wearing black … Continue reading

Caga tió – this Catalan Christmas tradition is the shit!

Christmas time is full of traditions, that are often quiet and festive reflecting strong family values such as harmony and love. The Catalan habit of Caga tió is a tiny bit different. Sure, it brings family together and ends with presents and even more certainly it creates a lot of joy especially for children. As … Continue reading

Day trips in Catalonia: Sant Joan de les Abadesses

Sant Joan de les Abadesses is one of many wonderful, small and less known places to visit in Catalonia. It is situated about 120km north of Barcelona, near the French border in the Ripollès county. Although the town is located in the valley the river Ter, it lies 775m above sea level. This very river … Continue reading