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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.


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....

Prague: It Really is Absurdly Beautiful

Five minutes into my first-ever stroll around Prague, I was totally captivated by the little red trams whizzing around, the deep blue of the Vltava River, the beautiful Art Nouveau apartments, and the promises of fairytale castles in the tips of the towers poking out...

Hola Yessica is now Barcelona Blonde! Here’s Why

Hello lovely readers, and I apologize for the fairly unannounced absence and name change. I hinted at it in last Sunday’s post, but then things rather suddenly started happening. I support chatted my host to see if it was possible to change the blog name, and...

Discovering the Catalan Calçotada

For this week’s mini-episode of MyBarcelona, I’m talking about a much-neglected topic on my little blog – the incredible food Spain has to offer! It’s really a shame that I’m not more of a foodie, but even though my very limited palate...

A Pretty Plaza With an Ugly Story

Hello from a very rainy Sunday in Barcelona! For this week’s episode of MyBarcelona, we’re going to one of the hardest-to-find squares in the city.  Seriously, it took me about two years to figure out how to get to this square. I tried a few times to take...

The Barcelona Cathedral of LIES!

(And no, this has nothing to do with getting ripped off on Las Ramblas).  Imagine that your favorite person in the whole wide world had lied to you. Even worse, you had to find out from someone else. Even WORSE, they’d been lying for ages. That’s pretty...

Barcelona’s Plaça Reial

Hello lovely people! I hope you’re all having nice relaxing weekends. And speaking of nice and relaxing, here’s one of my favorite places in Barcelona to relax – Plaça Reial! It’s right in the city center off the Ramblas, and it’s quite a...

Learning Spanish with Fun Cat Expressions

Learning Spanish can get really boring. When to use which article (ugh), when to use the ‘estaba’ past versus the ‘estuvo’ past (ugh), the subjunctive (TRIPLE ugh)…there are definitely parts of it that are, shall we say, less than...

10 Tips for Making a Good Travel Video

Hey guys! Today I’m pleased to share with you an article about travel video blogging from my friend Ruben Alonso, who blogs over at Ruben y el mundo. I hope you’ve been watching my new series MyBarcelona, which I work on with Ruben. His video series takes...

The Aire de Barcelona Spa

Happy Monday, everyone! Due to external factors (by which I mean discovering my inner Viking in Oslo), the new MyBarcelona video is a little late going up on the blog. But I hope you enjoy one of my latest favorite finds in the city – the Aire de Barcelona Spa....

Discovering the Delights of the Summer Terraza Bars in Barcelona

Last summer, my friends kept raving about the “terraza” bars. As they enthused away about these drinking spots, I was kind of confused. I mean, a terrace is just outdoor seating, right? And lots of restaurants have those, with much cheaper drinks as well. ...

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...