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Where to drink in Barcelona: The Lime House

Where to drink in Barcelona: The Lime House

The Lime House is the younger, bigger sister of the awesome Rubi. Opened in May 2014, and run by the same team, they keep the best things about Rubi the same, simply on a larger scale. The same playlist & friendly service; with a bigger food menu, more homemade gins, more flavours of Mojito to choose from (Sake Mojito anyone?) and more room to sit. For me it loses some of the charm of Rubi as I prefer my drinking establishments intimate…

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Where to drink in Barcelona: Tasca el Corral

Where to drink in Barcelona: Tasca el Corral

Carrer de la Mercè is a fantastic street for bars & tapas restaurants; and if you fancy some cider and cheap & cheerful service then this is your place. Another no-frills bar with simple rustic & delicious food, to be washed down with a bottle of cider or the local speciality ‘leche de pantera’ (panther milk). The staff are friendly, and patient, posing for photos as they pour the cider as should be done – from a height! Then cheerfully…

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True integration into Catalan Society: an impossible dream?

True integration into Catalan Society: an impossible dream?

I have lived in Barcelona now for 2 years, and I have realised during my time here that the number of foreign people I know far exceeds the number of Spanish, and especially Catalan, people I have become friends with. This poses an interesting conundrum to me, in my quest to become a true Barcelonian. I love this city, it is my home and I feel like I belong here.  However, without fully integrating into Catalan society, I remain on…

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Ten Simple Pleasures of Travelling

Ten Simple Pleasures of Travelling

There are many simple pleasures in life, that don’t require any technology, hard work or complicated designs.  And for me, most of these can be found through travelling.  I was planning to just do a top 5 list but there are just too many pleasurable aspects to travel!  The sheer joy of discovering something new, leaving your daily grind back in the city, and breathing fresh air somewhere else….. just get me on a plane! 1. The moment you get…

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Exploring Catalunya: A Waterfall Adventure in Campdevánol

Exploring Catalunya: A Waterfall Adventure in Campdevánol

If you follow my blog regularly you will know I am a fan of social networks as a way of meeting people and doing things I might not normally do.  So, feeling a little restless and in need of adventure I decided to get back on the Meetup wagon as I hadn’t done anything with them for a while.  After browsing the meetups on offer I selected one from the aptly named Enjoy Barcelona & Catalonia group.  The group’s organiser…

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Lucky 7? My Tips for Flying with Ryanair (& other Low Cost Airlines)

Lucky 7? My Tips for Flying with Ryanair (& other Low Cost Airlines)

Cheap with no frills, these so-called “low cost” airlines are usually adequate as long as you don’t need anything else from them, but are to be approached with caution, and typically, low expectations.  I don’t like flying with Ryanair et al, but I continue to do so simply because they are cheaper, and still get you from A to B (even if B is slightly further away from where you actually need to get to). Having said that, both the…

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Customer Service: a Foreign Concept?

Customer Service: a Foreign Concept?

I’m teetering on the brink of another rant, I can feel it.  But this isn’t supposed to be an outlet for my venting, it is supposed to be a commentary on my life here in Barcelona, and the city itself.  So if you are familiar with Barcelona customer service, you will know the reason for my deliberation. I am all for the Spanish mentality of ‘mañana, mañana’ (tomorrow, tomorrow), but I do get a little bored of waiting till next…

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My Top 10 Travel Tips

My Top 10 Travel Tips

In my years of travelling, and working in hotels, and having so many frustrating moments of ‘oh crap why did I do that??’  I have learned a few tricks along the way that help make your oh so stressful journey just a little more enjoyable.  Some may be obvious, some maybe not, but these have become my Golden Travel Rules!  What do you think, are there any I have missed? 1.  Take earplugs with you, wherever you travel.  They are…

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