Author: Jessica (Barcelona Blonde)

The Essential Guide to Moving to Barcelona: How to Get Set Up in the City

Are you thinking about moving to  Barcelona? You’re certainly not the only one who’s been lured in by the Catalan capital’s charm. The city is home to a thriving international community with plenty of people who decided to make the move here. Still, even when you’re moving to a place as exciting as Barcelona, it can be hard getting everything set up. It’s not easy moving to a new country where you’re not a native speaker of the language. It’s also not easy moving somewhere with a challenging job market. But it can definitely be done. You’ll need a...

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10 Things You Have to Do When you Study Abroad in Barcelona

Studying abroad in Barcelona is a really special experience. Who knows – you might even end up staying for a few years like someone I know! 🙂 No matter where you go in the world, a semester abroad is the perfect chance to get out there and try something different. Even if it doesn’t end up being a life-changing experience, it can be a lot of fun.  A whole semester or year might sound like a lot of time when you’re applying for programs but once you actually jump on that plane, you might find out that time flies...

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Where to Play Soccer in Barcelona: The Complete Guide

Here’s something I bet you don’t know about me – I play soccer. Yep, even though I never talk about it on my blog. Until now, that is! That’s because I’ve recently rediscovered my love for the beautiful game and finally worked up the courage to go play again. I’d toyed with the idea of joining a team here, but never actually got around to it. I also wasn’t quite sure how to go about finding a team in the first place. So, here’s the guide to where to play soccer in Barcelona that I wish I’d had a few...

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10 Non-Touristy Things to do in Barcelona: Alternatives to the Top Sights

Barcelona is a pretty popular place these days! With visitors from every corner of the globe paying visits to the Catalan capital, things can get busy – especially at the height of the tourist season. Still, there are plenty of places where you can go to get away from the crowds and still enjoy some impressive sightseeing. This is also helpful if your first choice pick is full…which does happen. Or, maybe it’s not your first time in Barcelona and you’re looking to see something off the top 10 list. Let’s get started! Here are the best non touristy...

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15 Perfect Things to Do in Summer in Barcelona

Every time summer rolls around in Barcelona, there seem to be about a million things to do all of a sudden. The good weather definitely brings along a helping of good times. Between traditional celebrations, classic Barcelona fun, and a happily contagious laid-back attitude, there are nearly countless reasons why summer in the city is nearly always a lot of fun. (Except for those days when it’s too sticky and hot to move. But that’s just an excuse to have more ice cream). So, here are my top 15 tips for the best things to do in Barcelona in...

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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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