Keep Looking Back at 2014?  Look Forward to 2015!

Keep Looking Back at 2014? Look Forward to 2015!

As we usher in a new year, shake off the inevitable hangovers, grimace at our waistlines and look ahead at the year to come, many of us also look back on the previous year.  We assess our achievements, successes, adventures and the missed opportunities.   2014 was my second full year living in Barcelona.  I had …

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 …

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 …

What is the Worst Thing About Solo Travel?

What is the Worst Thing About Solo Travel?

The world is full of adventurous souls, discovering new and exciting lands every day, and many of these travellers are doing it solo.  Going it alone can be a rewarding and fulfilling experience, but it is not without its trials and tribulations.  So what is the worst thing about solo travel? For me, it is …

Exploring Catalunya: Girona Flower Festival “Temps de Flors”

Exploring Catalunya: Girona Flower Festival “Temps de Flors”

In what will be a series of posts, I am chronicling my trips outside of Barcelona in a bid to explore more of Catalunya’s beautiful countryside, towns and coastline.  Catalunya (in Catalan, Cataluña in Spanish, or Catalonia in English) boasts a spectacular variety of treasures to unearth, and if you are spending more than a weekend …

Activities in Barcelona: Explore the Beaches and Ports

Activities in Barcelona: Explore the Beaches and Ports

There is definitely something inherently relaxing and ultimately satisfying about a sunny day with clear blue skies, and looking out to sea – seeing nothing but the blue horizon glinting back at you. The combination of blue hues in the sea and sky; the glistening rays of the sun shimmering on the gentle waves; the …

A Calçotada: The Catalan Way to Get your Hands Dirty

A Calçotada: The Catalan Way to Get your Hands Dirty

When I tried calçots once before in a restaurant, I wasn’t overly impressed. Essentially a cross between a spring onion and a small leek, it was ok, but it didn’t blow me away by any means. However, this humble onion has now risen well above my expectations, thanks to 5000 other onions, 400 botifarra sausages, …

My Head in the Clouds: Spectacular Views of Barcelona

My Head in the Clouds: Spectacular Views of Barcelona

I love a beautiful view.  Nothing makes me happier than gazing at scenery that stretches as far as the eye can see; it gives me an amazing sense of freedom and relaxation, a feeling that all is right with the world.  Add to that clear blue skies and my blissful smile gets just a little …