Today I finally got my bicing card, I feel like such a local now. Bicings are red bikes are all over Barcelona and for a 30 euro yearly charge you get a card that allows you to check out a bike for 30 minutes. All you have to do is swipe your card and it unlocks a bike for you to check-out and when you’re done using it you return it to any bicing stand. If you go over 30-minutes, you get charged a few cents for every minute you go over, but you can usually get anywhere in the city in under the alloted time. It’s honestly genius and the best way to get around the city quickly since there are bike paths everywhere. I took my first stroll on my bicing today and I really liked it, I got to see a lot more of the BCN that I usually miss when I’m on the metro. In order to get a bicing you need a NIE and a local bank account (I went with La Caixa), I’m still waiting to get my NIE card, but as long as you have the number you can do it all online and they mail you your bicing card.
On November 20, I pick-up my NIE (Número de Identificación de Extranjeros), once I get that, I’ll officially be a legal Spain resident – can’t wait :).