Is Barcelona Safe? And How to Avoid the Barcelona Pickpockets!

Hand stealing a smartphone from a woman's handbag - Barcelona Pickpockets

People often ask the question “is Barcelona safe?”.  To reassure visitors to Barcelona, I’ve updated this post to explain why Barcelona is safe, and a few tips to avoid the notorious Barcelona pickpockets and not get robbed in Barcelona. Is Barcelona Safe? The first thing I have to emphasize is that violent crime in Barcelona […]

15 Awesome Free Things to Do in Barcelona to Rock your Stay

Casa Batllo Barcelona, One of Gaudi's Masterpieces - 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.  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 the awesome […]

Bitemojo Self-Guided Food Tour in Barcelona

The 2nd bit of the self guided food tour in Barcelona - Cheese and fuet in the Boqueria Market

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 […]

A Gin Making Class in Barcelona with Corpen

gin making class barcelona

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 […]

The Barcelona Taste Tour: The Best Food Tour in Barcelona

Tapas Food Tour in Barcelona - The Barcelona Taste

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 […]

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 […]

How to Make Friends in a New City

drinks with friends - 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.  […]

Exploring Catalunya: An Adventure at Campdevánol Waterfalls

One of the Waterfalls at Campdevanol near Barcelona

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 […]

An Expat in Barcelona: 10 Things I Miss About the UK

I wasn’t born to live in Britain.  I have always yearned for travel and adventure, for more excitement than the usual kids’ activities of girl guides and piano lessons.  From ice-skating to horse-riding and considering jumping out of a plane at 15 (as I was underage I needed a parent to jump with me, which strangely […]

Preparing to Travel: Stress & Goodbyes……

Too Much to Do Too Little Time

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 […]