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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.


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,...

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...

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...

Falling in Love with Madrid’s Literary Quarter

I’d originally planned to post something completely different, but there’s something about Madrid’s Literary Quarter that distracted me and pulled me in. Funnily enough, this isn’t the first time literature has played a role in my trips this...

Who Knew You Could Go Wine Tasting in a Castle?

I’m pretty new to the arena of wine tasting, having only been for the first time last year, but I’m quickly enjoying exploring the world of the demon grape. After trying out some wineries in California, it was time to try things over in Europe –...

On the Trail of Harry Potter in the U.K.

If I had to pick one book that’s been important to me…well, I’d have to stop and think for a while! I love to read and re-read stacks of books. But there’s one book that holds an extra-special place in my little heart, and that’s the Harry...

Tricks to Learning Spanish Quickly (Intermediate Level) + GIVEAWAY!

My first few weeks into learning Spanish, I was convinced I was never, ever going to be able to speak the language. Everything was so impossibly hard, and I didn’t understand a single thing. But suddenly, a few months later, things turned around. It seemed like...

Surprise! I Just Lost My Job

So I’m officially unemployed. Yesterday morning, the HR guy showed up unexpectedly and asked me to have a chat. I wasn’t too worried – last time we’d had a chat, it was to discuss the possibility of working full-time instead of part-time. It...

Eating My Way Through Madrid

For a while now, I’ve been seeing posts about Madrid Food Tour on quite a lot of blogs, and all of them had pretty much nothing but good things to say about the tour (and the food). After seeing all their pictures of mouth-watering Spanish dishes, I was pretty...

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...

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