Author: Jessica (Barcelona Blonde)

8 Reasons You Should Definitely Visit La Pedrera

There are plenty of great things to see in Barcelona – but there aren’t many that are as spectacular as La Pedrera, officially called Casa Milà. This gorgeous building is one of the two houses famous architect Antoni Gaudí designed on the grand Passeig de Gràcia. Though there are plenty of pretty buildings on the street, this one stands out immediately. But though you can get a wonderful view from street level, there are plenty of things that you can only  enjoy by going inside the building. Here are 8 reasons why you should visit La Pedrera! Real people lived...

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Is Barcelona Overrated?

“Barcelona,” Don Quixote exclaimed, is a “fountain of courtesy, shelter of strangers, hospice to the poor, land of the valiant, avenger of the offended, reciprocator of firm friendship, a city unique in its location and beauty.” – Miguel de Cervantes, 1605 In other words, people have been raving about Barcelona and how incredible it is for centuries now. It’s consistently ranked as one of the best places in the world to visit. And I’m not going to lie – I think it’s pretty fabulous! But. Over the past few years, things have changed a bit in Barcelona. In just...

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Learning to Love Downtown L.A. (Well, Almost)

L.A. is perhaps the most frustrating city I’ve ever been to. A permanent snarl of traffic in an endless sprawl of a city, with many areas that are ugly and others that are flat-out dangerous, Los Angeles isn’t exactly the easiest city to get to grips with. But there is one place I feel like I get a bit better these days – and that’s Downtown L.A. While by no means have I gotten to grips with the City of Angels, Downtown is now on my list of places I almost always stop by when I visit home, and...

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10 Delicious Cheap Places to Eat in Barcelona

One of my very favorite things about living in Barcelona is that you can do a lot of stuff here while still sticking to a fairly strict budget. As I’ve mentioned before, with the way the economy is, it’s just as well  – but still, it’s definitely something that’s much appreciated! Upon request on my Facebook page (thanks for the suggestion, Kristin!), I’ve picked out ten of my favorite cheap places to eat in Barcelona. With €10 to go on, you can eat really well here. Everything here is around or below that price point. It’s all good stuff...

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6 Great Resources to Translate Spanish to English

New year, new you – right? This time of year, lots of people are busy making New Year’s resolutions. One that I’ve made a few times has been to improve my Spanish. Over the years, I’m proud to say that I’ve managed it! Unlike other resolutions…er, let’s not mention those! Anyway, in the spirit of the New Year, I’d like to share some of the tools and tricks I actually use to translate Spanish to English and to improve my Spanish. You can use them to help whether you’re hoping to do some translation work or if you’re studying...

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I'm Jessica, a travel writer and translator from England who grew up in California and now lives in Barcelona. Come read all about my aventuras in Spain and beyond!

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