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Hola From Jessica!



I’m Jessica and I’m 25 years old. I’m from England, I grew up in California, and now I live in beautiful Barcelona. Come read more about my aventuras in Spain and discover why this California girl is so obsessed with the Catalan capital.

Come discover the very best of what the Catalan capital has to offer, from Gaudí’s wildest works to the most mouth-watering local cuisine.

Step inside Barcelona in this video series that gives you an inside look at the vibrant city. Welcome to MyBarcelona!

Spain’s reputation for its wild parties is well-deserved. Brush up on everything from Ibiza’s all-night foam parties to the Catalan fire runs.


Relaxing in Style in La Jolla, California

Tucked away in a protected part of the southern California coastline is pretty La Jolla, a small city near San Diego that’s got all the glam but not as many of the crowds. This spot is hands-down one of my favorite places to spend a relaxing day enjoying the...

Dealing When Your Best-Laid Travel Plans Go Awry

Today, instead of chilling at my apartment with a huge bowl of Vietnamese takeout, I’m supposed to be partying it up at the BBK Festival in Bilbao. I bought my tickets months ago when one of my friends invited me to tag along with her group of friends. But right...

El Born Centre Cultural in Barcelona

If you’ve spent any time in Barcelona, you may have heard people talking about how they feel Catalan rather than Spanish. Actually, as you get the train into the city from the airport you can see a huge piece of graffiti demanding that people “Speak...

Hacks to Learning Spanish Quickly (Beginner Level)

The first time I stepped off the plane in Spain, I was hitting a mini-crisis on my way to my study abroad program in Sevilla. I was horribly lost on a layover at the Madrid airport, afraid of being so far away from home for months on end, and worried about making my...

The Hidden Roman Temple in Barcelona

“There’s a hidden Roman temple in Barcelona”, someone told me in my first year here. I pretty much laughed them off, thinking it was a joke. First of all, how could you hide something as big as a Roman temple? And second of all, wouldn’t...

A Springtime Stroll Through the Parc de Cervantes

One of the most common complaints Barcelona residents have about the city is that it’s seriously lacking in green spaces. It’s true – although there are lots of places you can sit outside, a lot of the parks are mostly just fancy patches of dirt....

Ch-ch-ch-changes: Updating My 2014 Travel Plans

I seriously cannot believe it’s already June. That means we’re already nearly halfway through 2014! This year, I had some very ambitious travel plans, and although they haven’t exactly worked out as I’d planned, I’ve definitely be very,...

Enjoying Barcelona’s MNAC Museum and Palace

Happy Sunday, everyone! Things in Barcelona have been up and down; after some pretty torrential rain all week today was absolutely lovely. Hopefully this means I can start skipping the jacket in the near future. Fingers crossed! This week for MyBarcelona, let’s...

A Colorful Weekend Safari Through Berlin

When I thought of Berlin before going, I’d imagined a pretty but cold and grey European city. After a visit for the second time, I have to say that my initial ideas of the city were totally wrong. Well, except for the “pretty” part – it’s...

The Prettiest Way to Welcome Spring: Girona’s Temps de Flors

(Warning: there’s a photo-heavy post ahead! I couldn’t stop snapping away at all the gorgeous displays).  Every time spring rolls around in Barcelona, I feel like I’m a whole new person, much lighter and happier. After the chilly winter, it’s a...

How to do Oslo on a Tight Budget

When I happily announced to my friends I was planning a trip to Oslo, their response was not as upbeat as I’d anticipated. “You’re going WHERE?? Do you know expensive that place is? And how COLD??” My excitement suddenly dimmed, and I started...

Why I Hated the Feria de Abril, But You Should Try it Anyway

If you’ve read anything about Sevilla on my blog, you may have read that I’m not the biggest fan of the Andalusian city. From a purely superficial perspective, it’s hard to understand. After all, the golden city is probably one of the most beautiful...

I’m Officially a Barcelona Know-It-All

Hello everyone! I’ve got some exciting news about my most recent project that you may have seen on my Facebook page or Instagram – I got to be the STA Travel Insider for Barcelona this weekend!  I basically got to do one of my favorite things in the city,...

Wine Tasting: Not Just for Pretentious Snobs

“We have to go wine tasting next time you’re home!” enthused my mum and sister for weeks leading up to my fall visit to California. I agreed, of course – I’m always down for drinking on someone else’s dime – but secretly...

Sant Jordi – a.k.a. Catalan Valentine’s Day

April 23rd is a big celebration here in Catalunya – the day of Sant Jordi (or Saint George, as you probably know him). But what’s the day all about?      The first year I was here, I saw the Saint George’s cross flags (a red cross on a...

The Best Luxury Shopping in Barcelona

Here’s a question I get e-mailed about from time to time – where’s the best place to go luxury shopping in Barcelona?  Now, normally, I’d be at a bit of a loss as to how to answer that one. My budget definitely does NOT allow for a Chanel fix....

If You’re Going to Go Into Any Gaudí House, Make It This One

You’re not really supposed to play favorites, right? But I must confess – I do have a favorite Gaudí house to visit. I say house, because it’s hard to say that anything tops the Sagrada Familia in terms of a must-see, as the church is just so bizarre...

Expectations vs. Reality: A Surprising Trip to Helsinki

Sometimes you visit a place and it’s exactly what you expect it to be like from the guidebooks and photos. Other times, there’s something special that those books and pictures aren’t quite able to capture – and that’s what I found in...

The Big News – I’m Filming A Travel T.V. Show!

I’ve been irritatingly hinting at a big project I’ve been cooking up for a while now, and I’ve finally gotten the go-ahead to post about it on my blog. So this is the big news – I’m filming a T.V. show! At first, I thought it sounded...

A Literary Adventure Through Dublin

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Dublin? Okay, so it might be something like Guinness, or pubs, or castles, or leprechauns (all but one of those are fair!). But a huge element of Dublin culture is the city’s incredibly rich...

My Love-Hate Relationship with the Festa Major de Gràcia

Last summer, I moved into the lovely Gràcia neighborhood in Barcelona, and was super stoked to find a great apartment right in the heart of the barrio near one of the main squares. One of the neighborhood’s highlights is enjoying the wild Festa Major de Gràcia,...

Going to a Country You Know Practically Nothing About

Tomorrow morning I’m jetting off to exciting Helsinki, Finland! But apart from a general impression of the Nordic countries as being very chic and cool (in both senses of the word), I don’t actually know very much about Finland…er, at all! Of course,...

How to Be The Most Annoying Person on Instagram

I’m still fairly new to the smartphone world, but almost straight away I became a total Instagram addict. I love it! It’s so much fun creating your own little square pictures and checking out what other people have done. I like seeing how other people have...

Why Things Have Been Quiet Around Here Lately

Over the past couple of weeks, things have been pretty quiet around here. Usually, whenever my blog goes suddenly quiet for over a week, it means that real life has gotten too busy to spend much time online, and that’s exactly what happened this time. I...

Who Thought Visiting a Hospital Could Be This Fun?

Normally, I don’t associate the words “fun” and “hospital visit”, but the Hospital de Sant Pau in Barcelona is an incredibly fun day out. A little while ago, I posted a video of the cool hospital, and now I finally got around to editing...

The Journey That Almost Made Me Reconsider Road Trips

If you’ve ever spent any time in a car with me (unlikely), you’ll know how much I loathe driving around. I love traveling around to see new places, but the instant the words “road trip” are uttered, I’m probably already figuring out a way...