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Barcelona is an amazing city.  It has something very special about it – the culture, architecture, food, nightlife, beaches, people….  And backpacking in Barcelona needn’t be expensive!  There is plenty to see and do in Barcelona on a budget too.

A Paella Cooking Class in Barcelona Spain

A Paella Cooking Class in Barcelona Spain

You’ve gawped at Gaudi’s works, peeked in the Picasso Museum & rambled down La Rambla. And now you’re hungry. But perhaps you are hoping for something a little more authentic than the pre-packed, frozen paellas offered in many tourist traps. How about learning to cook paella for yourself, in the home of a local teacher?  A paella cooking class in Barcelona Spain is the perfect way to sample authentic Spanish food – and take the recipe home to make it…

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Bitemojo Self-Guided Food Tour in Barcelona

Bitemojo Self-Guided Food Tour in Barcelona

As you probably know by now, I love taking food tours.  All over the world, I explore a destination through its food, on a food tour in Mexico City, a farmers’ market tour & cooking class in Bogota, and a chocolate making workshop in Belize, among others!  The downside with guided tours is they can be expensive for budget travellers, so when I heard about the self-guided food tours from Bitemojo I wanted to give it a try.  As soon…

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A Gin Making Class in Barcelona with Corpen

A Gin Making Class in Barcelona with Corpen

Gin is hot in Barcelona.  Restaurants and bars all over the city are serving up beautiful gin and tonics, in bucket-like goblets to be devoured by willing punters.  And now you can even make your own gin in Barcelona.  My friend Brian and his business partner Pablo have developed their own gin distilling business, Corpen Distillers, and offer the chance for you to learn all about this delicious spirit, try several of their recipes in the gin tasting, and to…

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How do Digital Nomads Make Friends in Barcelona?  With NORN!

How do Digital Nomads Make Friends in Barcelona?  With NORN!

One of the hardest things I find about moving around all the time is how difficult it is to meet new people and make friends.  We spend about one-third of our time at work, so when we move somewhere new, the first people we usually meet are work colleagues.  Naturally, we get to know our them pretty well, and perhaps go out for a drink or a meal with them.  But what if you don’t have colleagues?  Working as a…

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The Best Hostel in Barcelona – Fabrizzio’s Petit Review

The Best Hostel in Barcelona – Fabrizzio’s Petit Review

I love Barcelona.  The city was my adopted home for three years before I disappeared to travel the world.  Now, it is always a pleasure to come back, visit old friends, eat all the amazing food, and discover new hidden gems that I didn’t know existed.  In between staying with friends in Sitges and Barcelona, I had four nights ‘spare’ when I wanted to stay in a hostel in Barcelona.  I searched online, found Fabrizzio’s Petit hostel and was thrilled…

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15 Awesome Free Things to Do in Barcelona

15 Awesome Free Things to Do in Barcelona

Barcelona is a perennially popular destination, and with its Mediterranean climate, spectacular food, nightlife, culture, and beaches, it’s not hard to see why. Recently tourism has faltered after the terrorist attack in 2017, and the more recent demonstrations regarding Catalan independence, but there is no denying Barcelona has long-lasting appeal.  Barcelona does tend to be more expensive compared to other cities in Spain, but there is still plenty to do for the budget traveller.  Here are just a few of…

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The Barcelona Taste Tour: The Best Food Tour in Barcelona

The Barcelona Taste Tour: The Best Food Tour in Barcelona

If you are planning your first visit to Barcelona, deciding on where to eat can be a challenge. The city is bursting with literally thousands of bars, restaurants and cafes, all potentially offering the best food money can buy. Or not.  I found a saviour in The Barcelona Taste Tour. The choice of where to eat in Barcelona is overwhelming, and as a tourist in an unfamiliar city there is a tendency to either follow your Lonely Planet Guide to…

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Barcelona Brunch: My Top Best Spots for Brunch in Barcelona

Barcelona Brunch: My Top Best Spots for Brunch in Barcelona

The residents of Barcelona love a good brunch, that’s for sure.  And as lunch in Spain doesn’t really start until 2pm (at the earliest), we have the luxury of being able to lie in bed that little bit longer, and only stumble to our favourite brunch hangouts before 4 or 5pm to take advantage of the delicious menus.  Here’s my pick of the best brunch in Barcelona, spread throughout the city so you can find a delicious Barcelona brunch wherever you…

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Preparing to Travel: Stress & Goodbyes……

Preparing to Travel: Stress & Goodbyes……

So it turns out planning a nine month backpacking trip isn’t as easy as I thought. Or rather, trying to combine preparing to travel with working a 9-6pm job 5 days a week, a part time job 2 nights a week, trying to see all my friends & family before I leave, and putting something up on the blog every now and again! And now, a mere 2 weeks before I start my journey I am lurching between total calm…

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Barcelona Pickpockets: How to Stay Safe in Barcelona

Barcelona Pickpockets: How to Stay Safe in Barcelona

In the last year, I’ve had a lot more people ask me if it is safe to travel to Barcelona.  Since the terrorist attack in Barcelona in 2017, and the elections and protests regarding the independence of Catalonia, more people are certainly concerned about coming to Barcelona and are worried if Barcelona is safe to visit.  To reassure tourists and visitors to Barcelona here’s why Barcelona is safe, and a few tips to avoid the notorious Barcelona pickpockets and not…

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