WTF? New Restrictive Abortion Law in Spain

Abortion in Spain?

Spain is generally considered an extremely liberal country in which to live, especially in relation to personal freedoms. Spain was one of the first countries in the world to legalize gay marriage and they have quite a blase attitude when it comes to things like soft drugs and prostitution. So news that a new law outlawing abortions (they will only be allowed in cases of rape or to save the life of the mother if there are complications with the pregnancy) hit a sensitive spot for many people living on the peninsula. The law still must be approved by parliament but the majority of opinion leaders say that it will almost definitely pass into law. Whereas up until now a woman was free to have an abortion during the first trimester no questions asked, they will now have to be evaluated by a doctor to see if their cause for an abortion is legit under the new laws.

Abortion in Spain

Obviously many people in Spain have been outraged by this news and there have been demonstrations all over Spain before Christmas (Photos of demonstration in Barcelona.) Naysayers are worried that not only is the new law taking away a woman’s right to freedom of choice, but that this new law will also force women to look for illegal means and hence create an underground, and unregulated industry with risky consequences for women unfortunate enough to find themselves in the position of needing an abortion.

Most European countries are without any restrictions in terms of abortions as you can check out for yourself using the World’s Abortion Laws Map here.

abortion in spain

What do you think guys about this new law? Why are they making this move now? Is it correct? Moral? Fair? Leave us a comment below thanks!


~ Ivet

Win a Nespresso For Renting with SuiteLife!

Win a Nespresso Coffee Machine for Renting with SuiteLife! Limited time offer.

Win a Nespresso Machine for Renting with SuiteLife!

Mmmmmm Nespresso Coffee is just so good. We can’t get enough of it in the SuiteLife office! That’s why for a limited time we will be giving away a Nespresso coffee maker to each client who rents an apartment through SuiteLife! What a perfect gift to get you started in your new apartment! Please checkout the following terms and conditions and let us know if you have any questions at all! We really value all of our clients and this will be just the first promo that we will be running this year. Enjoy SuiteLifers!  ~Benny

Terms & Conditions

- This promotion, unless extended later, will run until February 28th, 2013 at 12:00H.
- In order to qualify for the gift you must: 1) Have rented, or at least reserved a flat with SuiteLife before the end date of the promotion, 2) Have rented a flat in which SuiteLife does not have a collaborator (this is about 95% of our flats, look for the reference “SLPxxx” and you know you are OK and 3) have not negotiated the commission price.
- The actual model of machine given will be the one featured in the photo above, the entry level Nespresso machine (value 99€).
- By participating in the promotion you hereby acknowledge and agree that SuiteLife has the final say over any disputes, clarifications, rules,  changes, and that SuiteLife has the right to change and/or revoke the promotion as they see fit (and especially in the case of a participant ‘not playing fair’) etc…
- If you’d like any more info or clarification on the promotion, please send us a mail at before entering the promotion.

SuiteLife’s 1st Barcelona Instagram Competition: Winner Announced

Annnnnnd… We Have a Winner!

barcelona instagram competition

We kicked off our very first Barcelona Instagram competition at the beginning of October. The theme was “My BCN Home” and over 150 photos were submitted!

After a grueling couple of hours of discussion and quarreling our team of judges has finally narrowed it down to our one winner.  And the winner is….

Drum Rollllllllllllllll…

The winner is @kimdmw !! This SuiteLife fan, Kimberley De Miguel, wins our fabulous prize, a 50 € gift certificate to Barcelona’s coolest home store, Vincon.

Thanks SO much to everyone who participated and keep your eye out for more super fun Barcelona Instagram competitions coming soon!





To all my fellow graduates, if you are looking for a European internship, then the Leonardo da Vinci Programme could be just the thing for you!

The Leonardo da Vinci Programme is open to all European graduates (in any subject) and it provides you with a great opportunity and funding to work and live in another European country!

Leonardo da Vinci Programme

It is open to graduates up to the age of 30! I used this programme to come to Barcelona for 6 months to do an online marketing and social media internship. The experience you gain can be really useful to future employers to show them new skills, language skills and how proactive you are willing to be to succeed in your career.

The Leonardo da Vinci Programme is part of the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning Programme, established to promote vocational education and training. It aims to  make vocational education more attractive to young people and, by helping people to gain new skills, knowledge and qualifications, the programme also boosts the overall competitiveness of the European labour market.

Key criteria:

  • To be a European graduate (in any subject)
  • To be under 30 years old

For more information about applying for the  Leonardo da Vinci Programme, you should check the link and follow the instructions. You may need to get into direct contact with the National Agency within your country of origin.

For frequently asked questions: please check this link

Hope you find this useful information! Good luck in your internship search!!


Marie Obileye





Erasmus grant internshipHey there, fellow student!

Many people associate the word ERASMUS with studying abroad, a lot of partying and of course the grant that you get given. That’s correct, but not entirely and this is why I am here to give you a useful tip, one that I was given. Because of that advice I ended up doing my internship at SuiteLife which has been more than just a valuable experience so far!

ERASMUS INTERNSHIP GRANTBesides the ERASMUS study grant there is another branch of the fund called ERASMUS WORK PLACEMENT GRANT and it’s given for students doing internship abroad. It is part of the European Union’s Lifelong Learning Programme, established to promote university co-operation and in particular student mobility. What does this mean to you? If your university is part of the network, you can apply for a grant (varying around 250 euros / month) in order to do a internship abroad.


Few highlights which might be important to know about the ERASMUS INTERNSHIP GRANT:

  • Eligible to BSc and MSc students from the European Union
  • Time period of the internship 3 to 12 months
  • It is possible to take both the study and working grant
  • 31 countries currently participate in the Erasmus programme and over 4,000 Higher Education
    Institutions hold an Erasmus University Charter

In order to apply for the grant you need to contact the ERASMUS office in your university and submit a few documents which they will provide for you:

  • agreement between you and the erasmus internship grantuniversity, stating that they support your initiative
  • a document signed by the company where you are going to do your internship – perhaps SuiteLife?


You can find more information about the internship grant on the official ERASMUS website! If you have any questions – feel free to contact us and we would gladly help you out!



SuiteLife Instagram Competition Rules


Here is your chance to show off your photography skills, show us Your Home, and win a great prize!

But please remember the following rules apply:

1. These Participation Rules (“Rules”) apply to the Competition. By entering the Competition, participants expressly agree to be bound by the Rules. However, the Competition shall be void where prohibited by law.

2. By entering the Competition, Participants expressly acknowledge that the Competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Statigram, Instagram or any other social networks such as Facebook and Twitter where a selection of photographs may be published; and releases the aforementioned of any and all claims relating to or arising from the Competition.

3. The Competition is promoted and organised by SuiteLife.

4. Participants need to use the Instagram smartphone application to participate. SuiteLife will moderate entries. Accepted entries will be displayed on SuiteLife’s Facebook page.

5. Before submitting their photographs, Participants must ensure that:

• All entrants must ‘Like’ the SuiteLife Facebook page:

• The Photograph is original – in other words, the work of the Participant is exclusively the work of the author, nobody else has worked on it and he/she is the owner of all the copyright in the Photograph;

• The Photograph has not been published elsewhere and has not won a prize in any photographic competition;

• In the event that any Photograph presents an individual, the participant must have obtained permission from the individual for use in the Competition;

• The Photograph does not contain any element whatsoever that might infringe a third party’s right in any way, for example another work of art;

• The Photograph does not in any way reflect negatively on anyone’s image or reputation;

• The Photograph is not in any way violent or pornographic, and will not, in any way whatsoever harm the dignity or any other rights of any third party;

• And, overall, the Photograph does not to their knowledge contravene current legislation;

• The Photographs must be published on “Instagram” and include the captions: @SuiteLifeBCN and #mySuiteLifehome

6. SuiteLife will moderate the receipt of the photographs and reserves the right not to accept or publish any Photograph from the Competition that does not comply with the above-mentioned conditions and/or the Rules.

7. Submitted Photographs will not be returned to Participants. By submitting the Photographs, Participants grant SuiteLife the non-exclusive right to reproduce, display and more generally use and publish the Photographs online free of charge. This use may include SuiteLife websites, its social network pages including Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Pinterest, You Tube etc. and publication in magazines, catalogues and the like.

8. SuiteLife reserves the right and the participant expressly agrees that SuiteLife may use the name and/or pseudonym of the Winner and/or all photographs at whatever location such visual material may be produced. Use may include the Internet, such as SuiteLife’s website, its social network pages including Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, You Tube etc. and all Photograph, publicity, magazines, catalogues or the likes.

9. Employees and families of SuiteLife, agents and photographers connected with the creation or administration of the Competition are not eligible to take part in the Competition. SuiteLife reserves the right to verify the eligibility of all Participants.

10. By entering the Competition, the participant hereby warrants that all personal details submitted by him/her are true, current and complete SuiteLife reserves the right to disqualify any participant if it has reasonable grounds to believe the participant has breached any of these Rules, has cheated or does not meet any of the conditions set out in these Rules.

13. The Competition begins on 9 October 2012 and ends on the 31 October 2012 at 23:59 (GMT). Submissions received after this time and date will not be taken into account.

14. Each participant may submit up to one photograph per day.

15. A jury composed of SuiteLife personnel will select the Winner of the Competition.

16. SuiteLife will notify the Winners by using their Instagram profile name.

17. SuiteLife reserves the right and the participant expressly agrees that SuiteLife may use the name and/or pseudonym of the Winner and/or all photographs at whatever location such visual material may be produced. Use may include the Internet, such as SuiteLife’s website, its social network pages including Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, You Tube etc. and all Photograph, publicity, magazines, catalogues or the likes.


SuiteLife’s Barcelona Instagram Competition

SuiteLife’s Barcelona Instagram Competition Begins Today!

SuiteLife is hosting its first Instagram competition and it’s SO easy to Win!

barcelona instagram competition

Theme: My Home in BCN

What to Do in 3 Easy Steps:

1. Snap a CREATIVE photo using the theme “your home in Barcelona” with Instagram, and edit as you please.

2. Hashtag the photo #MySuiteLifeHome and also tag us with @SuiteLifeBCN (very important otherwise we wont see your photo!).

3. Follow us on Instagram @SuiteLifeBCN and like our facebook page at Feel free to share your photos on social media with your friends too!

That’s it! Sit back and relax! On Wednesday October 31st we will choose a winner. Make sure to checkout the official rules.

What’s the Prize?!

The prize for our one lucky winner is a 50 € gift certificate for the coolest home-ware store in all of Barcelona, Vincon! (

SuiteLife Instagram Competition

So get snapping Instagramers!! Looking forward to seeing your photographs!!



The Welkin Contest Presents ARTBOX: Win a Trip to Barcelona!

The Welkin Contest = Free Trip to Barcelona!

Are you an artist? Wanna win a free trip to Barcelona, Spain? Then you must checkout The Welkin ARTBOX project.  The deadline’s arriving quickly so read the info below and get started!

Welkin Contest ARTBOX Barcelona

When our friend Rebecca told us about The Welkin ARTBOX Contest we were immediately intrigued.  Basically, here’s the scoop:

The Contest & How you Can Win a Trip to Barcelona

The Welkin Contest presents ARTBOX, a large scale art installation in conjunction with SWAB Barcelona 2012, and is offering the chance to one emerging contemporary artist to be flown to Barcelona to take part in designing and creating this exciting project.

The ARTBOX project showcases the work of a hand selected group of urban-contemporary artists from Spain and abroad. Each artist is invited to customise one ARTBOX, size 1.80 x 1.80 meters. Using mediums such as Montana spray paint, acrylic paint, house paint or found objects; the 3-dimensional wooden boxes will be completely covered on all four sides. The 10 cube installation will be on display at the exterior entrance of SWAB, in Plaza Universo, creating a labyrinth of art to welcome the 20,000 expected visitors. The aim is to introduce SWAB visitors to a new generation of contemporary artists and invite viewers to interact with art in a new way.

The Welkin Contest is offering one talented European artist the chance to take part in the ARTBOX project. Through a competition platform, young and emerging visual artists from across Europe are invited to design one of the 10 ARTBOXES. A panel of judges will decide the winner in early May 2012. The winner will have the opportunity to participate in the ARTBOX project alongside 9 other recognized contemporary painters and the chance to get their work seen by a large array of collectors and art lovers.

More information can be found here:
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Don’t miss this chance to have your work seen by over 20,000 contemporary art fans, curators and critics!

Important Dates:

Application Deadline: April 20, 2012
Submission Deadline: May 4, 2012
Winner Announced: May 8, 2012
ARTBOX Workshop: May 19 – 23, 2012
SWAB Art Fair: May 23-26, 2012

Know anyone who might be interested? Pass them the info!




SuiteLife on Foursquare! Insider Tips While You’re Out & About

Follow us now! – We Will be Adding Tips Daily

makes the real world easier to use. We build tools that help you keep up with friends, discover what’s nearby, save money and unlock deals. Whether 


For those of you who don’t know, foursquare is a free checkin-based app that you can get on Android iPhone’s that helps you decide helps you discover great things around you, wherever you may be.  It works by letting you know where nearby places are and lets you read tips and reviews written by people who have already been there.  This way if you are hungry in the middle of Barcelona but you don’t know where to eat you can check foursquare to find a place nearby and read lots of individual reviews and tips about what their best products are.

The trouble with foursquare is that you may not always get a reliable recommendation.  That’s why you should follow SuiteLife on foursquare.  We leave reliable and useful tips on all sorts of different places in Barcelona.  We make sure each tip is a real insider tip, something we’ve experienced ourselves and are dying to pass on to our fans. We will soon have tips on 100’s of different places in Barcelona that you can read wile out and about, on anything from bars to art galleries.  So be sure to follow us and tell all your friends too so you can make the most of your time In Barcelona.

Please leave any comments or questions below.


Matthew Rutter

SuiteLife is Now on Pinterest!

SuiteLife Joins Pinterest Phenomenon

suitelifebcn on pinterest

Yes that’s right we’ve joined Pinterest, the fastest growing social media platform on the web.  It’s a great site where you can pin your favourite photos and videos onto a virtual pin-board for your friends and the world to see, re-pin and comment on.  SuiteLife has 4 of these virtual boards so far to showcase all of Barcelona’s best sights, tastes and of course our beautiful apartments for rent in Barcelona.

If you’re not already on Pinterest what are you waiting for? There are loads of cool photos and ideas, from recipes to interior design and there is all our cool Boards.Pinterest

Follow us now and we will follow you too, we would love to see what SuiteLifers are interested in.   Oh, and if you’re in need of an invite to join Pinterest, send us a message or leave a comment and we will try to help you out.

Find our Pinterest page here.


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