Barcelona keeps reinventing its reputation as the creative hub of Southern Europe, and attracts countless new international residents every year. But as the saying goes, “how far we travel in life matters far less than those we meet along the way.” Whether you’re new in town or just feeling restless, why not kick-start the summer by finding some fresh faces to share the journey with? One of the most successful MeetUp groups in Barcelona, the BCN Social Experience, was created two years ago by Barcelona-born resident Sergio. After living for several years in the UK he got a taste for hanging out with an international crowd, and combined this with his passion for music. The concept has now evolved into the Be Social Afterwork, international parties where people meet to socialize, make friends, practice languages and networking, while having a tasty aperitif and enjoying good live music; jazz, boss nova, soul, funk, etc. www.meetup.com/besocialafterworkbcn. If you’re looking for a flutter of romance, you could check out Date Club, which offers an authentic speed date experience. This is usually with about 16 guys and 16 girls, which gives you a lot of opportunities to meet someone you’ll click with! The concept is to meet as many people as possible in a short amount of time; 5 minutes per person. You mark if you’d like to keep in touch with each guy/ girl on a card, and then you have a week to go online and tick who you’d like to see again. If there’s a match, your emails are automatically swapped. You can choose to create a profile with photos and info which will only be visible to other people who attended your event – and which adds to the fun! www.dateclubconnect.com. You can also find many more social groups, clubs and special events in our events section http://www.barcelonaconnect.com/Events.