Jessica, from BarcelonaBlonde, is the second local hero we want to introduce. Sincere and funny, don’t miss her answers 🙂
Where are you from and how old do you feel?
– Hello! I’m Jessica, and I was born in England, grew up in California, and now I live in Barcelona. I’m 27 years old, and I most days I feel 27!
Why did you choose to live in Barcelona? How long have you been living here?
– I originally came to Barcelona to study abroad for a summer, and I totally fell in love with the city. I came back straight after college (literally two weeks after I graduated), and I’ve been here ever since. It’ll be five years this summer!
What do you do when you’re not a tripUniq Local Hero?
– I’m a freelance travel writer and translator. I love writing about Barcelona and helping other people fall in love with it! So it’s really not too different from being a tripUniq Local Hero anyway 🙂
Tell us the weirdest or funniest thing that happened to you in Barcelona.
– Once, a stranger recognized me from my blog while I was out on a date. This hasn’t happened either before or since, so it was ideal timing! The guy was suitably impressed. I later got in touch with the stranger who’d recognized me on Twitter to thank him for accidentally helping me look good.
Now, a little bit about Your Barcelona:
You can’t leave BCN without visiting
There are lots of amazing things to visit here, so it’s hard to choose just one. But I have to say something Gaudí! You can see museums, markets, and beautiful old churches in many cities. Gaudí, however, is something that’s really unusual about Barcelona.
You can’t leave BCN without eating
Having a glass of cava at the Xampanyeria. It’s totally crowded and decidedly uncomfortable, but SO much fun! You’ll squeezed in tight elbowtoelbow with far too many people drinking ridiculously cheap cava and it tastes good, too.
If you were visiting Barcelona for the first time, you’d feel special discovering, finding, going to?
– I felt really special when I discovered Plaça de Sant Felip Neri. It’s a particularly pretty little square in the Gothic Quarter, and though it’s just around the corner from the cathedral it’s easy to miss.
Can people reach you in any social network or blog? What do you talk about?
Yep! I blog at BarcelonaBlonde.com, which is an expat blog with a focus on travel in Spain and Barcelona. Well, that’s the official line, anyway I often just end up writing about what I feel like! I’m also on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Periscope and have officially joined Snapchat, though I don’t understand it quite yet. 😉
Finally, tell us something personal: your worst defect? What makes you laugh? Any mania? Whatever you want 🙂
– Haha my love for “productive” time wasting is definitely something I’m working on! I’m a freelancer and work from home, and it can be a bit tricky to stay focused sometimes. When I’m having a tough work moment, I often get a sudden urge to start taking care of things around the flat, like cleaning. It’s stuff that needs to be done anyway, so I can trick myself into thinking I’m being productive when I’m actually wasting time. My flat is always extra clean when there’s something I really don’t want to do!