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Category: Backpacking in Barcelona

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.

Paella Cooking Class in Barcelona: EatWith Marta

Paella Cooking Class in Barcelona: EatWith Marta

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 cooking class in Barcelona is the perfect way to sample authentic food – and take the recipe home to make it yourself! I am…

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Where to drink in Barcelona: The Lime House

Where to drink in Barcelona: The Lime House

The Lime House is the younger, bigger sister of the awesome Rubi. Opened in May 2014, and run by the same team, they keep the best things about Rubi the same, simply on a larger scale. The same playlist & friendly service; with a bigger food menu, more homemade gins, more flavours of Mojito to choose from (Sake Mojito anyone?) and more room to sit. For me it loses some of the charm of Rubi as I prefer my drinking establishments intimate…

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Exploring Catalunya: An Adventure at Campdevánol Waterfalls

Exploring Catalunya: An Adventure at Campdevánol Waterfalls

If you follow my blog regularly you will know I am a fan of social networks as a way of meeting people and doing things I might not normally do.  So, feeling a little restless and in need of adventure I decided to get back on the Meetup wagon as I hadn’t done anything with them for a while.  After browsing the meetups on offer I selected one from the aptly named Enjoy Barcelona & Catalonia group.  The group’s organiser…

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How to Make Friends in a New City

How to Make Friends in a New City

Congratulations, you’ve done it!  Taken the plunge!  Took a deep breath and leapt into the unknown!  And here you are, in a new city, excited at the adventure that faces you, thrilled at the prospect of discovering new places, learning new things, making new friends and living a new life!  But wait.  Ah.  Shit.  Friends.  You haven’t had to make friends since high school.  How do you meet people now?  What do you do?  Where do you start?  That feeling…

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The One Year Itch? Or just another mosquito bite?

The One Year Itch? Or just another mosquito bite?

It has occurred to me that lately I seem to be moaning about a lot of things that get on my nerves.  I hope you don’t think I’m ranting about everything and hating Barcelona because that really isn’t the case – it may seem that way, but it is just these little irritations that get to me after a long day at work, or that time of the month when my hormones turn me into a raging monster. The truth is…

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My Love Affair with Barcelona

My Love Affair with Barcelona

It all started for me when I was at University in Leeds back in 2003, and the time had come to choose our year abroad options.  I was studying French & Spanish, and for me it was an easy choice to pick Spain over France, but as for a specific location I didn’t have a clue.  It was actually my brother who suggested Barcelona, having visited there once before with friends, so it was through a combination of luck &…

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