Author: Jessica (Barcelona Blonde)

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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The 7 Most-Read Posts Of 2016

2016 is drawing to a close – and what a year it’s been! I think it’s probably pretty safe to say that it’s been a strange year, right? But Last year, I rounded up my best Barcelona and best travel moments of 2015, which was a pretty good year. This year, I thought I’d do something a bit different. My friends over at Viaje Con Escalas (a great online travel magazine in Spanish) put out a list of their most-read pieces of the year. I liked the idea so much I thought I’d do the same. Here are the...

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My Very Favorite Things to do in Barcelona

Recently, I was having a think about what sorts of things I wanted to share on my blog – and I realized I’d never done a list of my favorite things to do in Barcelona! After a few years writing about how much I love this city, I still hadn’t pinned down a list of what I like to do here. Some of these things are touristy, others are more local, but all of them are some of my favorite ways to get and enjoy a good day out in Barcelona. — Lunch +  museum in the Raval This...

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Five Fantastic Historic Bars in Barcelona

The secret’s already out: there are plenty of great places to drink in Barcelona. I’ve hit up bars that have been entirely made of ice, bars with hundreds of different shots, rooftop bars, rock and roll bars, kitschy bars, chic bars, dive bars, wine bars, massive warehouse bars, tiny cave-like bars – you name it, Barcelona has it when it comes to bars. But some bars are more cultural than others. There are a few truly historic bars in Barcelona that are real gems from days gone by. They’ve clocked in over a hundred years of serving drinks to a thirsty...

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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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